Arab-Kurdish rows escalate on election eve

ERBIL, Iraq, March 2 (UPI) -- Simmering tensions between the Arab and Kurdish governments in northern Iraq expose the many fault lines at risk as Iraqis head to the polls Sunday.
Iraq says it can prevent coup attempts

Iraq says it can prevent coup attempts

BAGHDAD, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Iraqi security forces can protect the country against a possible coup as a security crackdown continues in the capital, the interior minister said.

Kurdish army plan heightens Iraq tension

BAGHDAD, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Plans by President Massoud Barzani of Iraq's semiautonomous Kurdish enclave to merge the military forces of the two main Kurdish parties, known as "peshmerga," or those who face death, into a unified army is antagonizing the Kurds' Arab rivals.
Gates says more sanctions on Iran likely

Gates says more sanctions on Iran likely

KIRKUK, Iraq, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Iran likely will be slapped with tougher sanctions because it still is shielding its nuclear program from inspectors, U.S. Defense chief Robert Gates said.
Kurdish leader pleads for EU investment

Kurdish leader pleads for EU investment

BRUSSELS, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- The president of Iraq's Kurdistan region says the European Union should assist it in setting up its health, judicial and educational systems.

Turkey, Iraq Kurd relations said improving

ANKARA, Turkey, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Ankara and the semi-autonomous Iraqi Kurdish area are close to reconciliation after years of hostility, Iraq Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani said.

Kurdish government faces test of unity

ERBIL, Iraq, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- The president of the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq is moving to form a new ruling coalition as splits emerge among members of the opposition.

Biden talks oil in Iraqi Kurdistan

ERBIL, Iraq, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Kurdish leaders in Iraq welcomed U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to discuss outstanding issues with the central government regarding national oil wealth.

Kurdish groups may call for conference

ANKARA, Turkey, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- The main pro-Kurdish party in Turkey plans to discuss the so-called Kurdish question and push for a broader conference to tackle the issue with Iraqi leaders.

Iraq and Kurdish leaders set meeting

BAGHDAD, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Leaders of Iraq and the Kurdish semiautonomous region have agreed to meet to try to resolve disputes over land and oil, Iraqi officials said Sunday.
Gates offers Kurds aid to resolve disputes

Gates offers Kurds aid to resolve disputes

ERBIL, Iraq, July 29 (UPI) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates offered help to Kurdish leaders in Iraq Wednesday to try to resolve disputes with Iraq's central government, an aide said.

Talabani talks security with KRG

ERBIL, Iraq, April 1 (UPI) -- Iraqi President Jalal Talabani traveled to a resort town in northern Iraq on Wednesday to discuss political developments with his Kurdish counterpart.

Merkel welcomes Kurdish President Barzani

BERLIN, March 4 (UPI) -- The president of the Kurdistan Regional Government embarked on the second leg of his European tour with a visit Wednesday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Barzani praises Iraqi elections

ERBIL, Iraq, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- The people and politicians of Iraq should respect the results of the provincial elections, the president of the Kurdistan Regional Government said.

Kurds pay heavy price, 3 killed in blast

BAGHDAD, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- More than 2,000 Kurdish militiamen have been killed in Iraq by al-Qaida Mesopotamia over the past five years, Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani says.

Barzani describes Mosul as harmonious

MOSUL, Iraq, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- The northern Iraqi city of Mosul is an example of the multicultural heritage of Iraq and a symbol of regional tolerance, the president of Iraqi Kurdistan said.

Talabani in Erbil on Kirkuk talks

ERBIL, Iraq, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Iraqi President Jalal Talabani met officials with the Kurdistan Regional Government to discuss the status of the disputed Iraqi city of Kirkuk, officials said.

KRG holds ceremony for Anfal victims

ERBIL, Iraq, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- The Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq held a formal ceremony for 150 victims of the 1980s Anfal ethnic-cleansing campaign against the Kurds.

Civil war without SOFA, Barzani says

ERBIL, Iraq, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Iraq may descend into civil war if Baghdad and Washington cannot agree to the provisions of a bilateral Status of Forces Agreement, the Kurdish president said.

Kurdish president to visit Washington

ERBIL, Iraq, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Kurdish President Massoud Barzani departed the region for Washington at the official invitation of U.S. President George Bush, officials said.

Iran urges Iraqi solidarity on SOFA

TEHRAN, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Iranian officials said all Iraqi ethnic and political groups should stand in unity in negotiations with Washington over the long-term security arrangement.

Kurds back SOFA as Christians grow wary

ERBIL, Iraq, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Iraqi Kurds called on Baghdad to sign the long-term security arrangement with Washington despite a growing sentiment of dissatisfaction with the accord.

Turkish officials in Baghdad for PKK talks

ANKARA, Turkey, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Turkish officials plan to visit Iraqi Kurdistan Tuesday to meet with top officials to discuss efforts at reining in the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.
Report: Turkey, Iraqi Kurds hold talks

Report: Turkey, Iraqi Kurds hold talks

ANKARA, Turkey, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Turkish officials have held secret talks with leaders of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish zone on dealing with Kurdish separatists in Turkey, sources say.

Kurds respond to Arafat comparison

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. representatives for the Kurdish government Monday offered a rebuttal to comparisons between the president of Iraqi Kurdistan and Yasser Arafat.
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