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Kurds deny criticism of Sunnis

ERBIL, Iraq, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- The Kurdish president denied in a statement that he had criticized Sunni Iraqis for sidelining the Kurdish members of the Iraqi military.

Iraqi Kurdistan mismanaged, report says

ERBIL, Iraq, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- The failure in the leadership of Kurdish President Massoud Barzani is putting both Iraqi Kurdistan and its people in danger, an analysis said Wednesday.

U.S. envoy meets Kurdish president

ERBIL, Iraq, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. ambassador to Iraq and the president of Iraqi Kurdistan addressed tensions between the Kurds and Baghdad as well as constitutional and security issues.

No unilateral moves on Diyala, Kurds say

ERBIL, Iraq, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- The Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq has no intention to annex territory unilaterally, nor are its forces encroaching on any jurisdiction, officials said.

Kurds question Baghdad's rhetoric

ERBIL, Iraq, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Kurdish President Massoud Barzani said he doubts the sincerity of Baghdad regarding a national partnership but supports broader security goals nonetheless.

Kurdish president concerned over Diyala

ERBIL, Iraq, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Kurdish President Massoud Barzani told U.S. officials he was surprised by the Iraqi troop presence in the north of Diyala province.

Kurdish officials visit Kirkuk

ERBIL, Iraq, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Officials from the Kurdistan Regional Government visited Kirkuk to meet with various leaders over the status of the disputed Iraqi city.

Barzani to take Kirkuk issue to U.S.

ERBIL, Iraq, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Kurdish President Massoud Barzani will take up the issue of the status of Kirkuk and the Iraqi-Kurdish row with the U.S. president, sources said Wednesday.

Peshmerga ponder uniting with Iraqi forces

ERBIL, Iraq, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Kurdish officials moved to unify Peshmerga forces into a singular entity as Iraqi defense ministers invited former army officers to join the national military.

Kurdish president warns of foreign agendas

ERBIL, Iraq, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Kurdish President Massoud Barzani said foreign agendas should not drive Kurdish issues and warned further encroachment may divide Iraq.

No movement seen in Iraqi election talks

BAGHDAD, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Iraqi political leaders were expected to resume negotiations to seek a compromise that would allow provincial elections to proceed this year.

Kurds back U.S.-Iraq security deal

ERBIL, Iraq, July 21 (UPI) -- The Kurdish president backed the security deal currently under review between U.S. and Iraqi officials, following a meeting with the top U.S. diplomat in Iraq.

PKK not terrorists, Barzani says

ERBIL, Iraq, June 23 (UPI) -- The Kurdistan Workers' Party in northern Iraq should be considered a terrorist organization only if it refuses political dialogue, the Kurdish president said.

Kurdish government supports U.S. SOFA

ERBIL, Iraq, June 19 (UPI) -- The president of the Kurdish government in Iraq, Massoud Barzani, said Thursday he favors the status of forces agreement between Iraq and the United States.

Kurds upset over U.N. Article 140 report

ERBIL, Iraq, June 12 (UPI) -- Kurdish officials expressed dismay over a U.N. report suggesting various scenarios for the Iraqi government to address internal border disputes.

Garner advocated federalized Iraq

ERBIL, Iraq, April 3 (UPI) -- Jay Garner, the first U.S. administrator in Iraq following the ouster of Saddam Hussein, likened the Kurdish region to a potential federalized Iraq.

Cheney visits Kurds; conference boycotted

ABRIL, Iraq, March 19 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney met with Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani, while Shiite and Sunni groups boycotted a conference on reconciliation in Iraq.

Iraq welcomes Arab delegates in Erbil

ERBIL, Iraq, March 11 (UPI) -- The Iraqi Parliament speaker and the president of the autonomous Kurdistan area welcomed Arab delegates at a conference in Erbil Tuesday.

Analysis: Turkey's risky PKK war

BERLIN, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- While the European Union has criticized Turkey's ground incursion into northern Iraq, Washington seems to silently approve. That strategy is not without risk, however, especially if the military move would take civilian lives and longer than it should.
STEFAN NICOLA, UPI Germany Correspondent

Iraq Press Roundup

Kitabat newspaper said in its editorial Tuesday that Iraq's Parliament, which it said "supported occupation," passed a law changing the features of the Iraqi flag, a step that reflects failure and loyalty to Iraq's enemies.
HIBA DAWOOD, UPI Correspondent

Iraqi Parliament approves temporary flag

BAGHDAD, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- The Iraqi Parliament by a majority vote passed a bill to alter temporarily the national flag amid Kurdish opposition to the current Saddam Hussein-era design.

Kurds' Kirkuk demands raised after rebuff

BAGHDAD, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- A top Iraqi Kurdish leader says oil-rich Kirkuk's fate will be decided in a vote, a day after a coalition of Sunni and Shiite Arabs united against Kurd plans.

Iraqi Constitution Court gets Kirkuk issue

BAGHDAD, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- The future of Iraq's oil-rich Kirkuk will be decided by the Constitutional Court, despite a new U.N. process, as the Kurds' dispute with Baghdad continues.

Analysis: Turkey pits U.S. against Kurds

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Turkey's president made it clear during his visit to Washington this week that his country will continue a hard-line approach in dealing with the Kurdish guerrilla campaign in his country and ensuring Kirkuk, Iraq's oil-rich northern city, doesn't fall under control of Iraq's Kurds.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Turkish bombing of Kurds raises concerns

WASHINGTON, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Talks were held Monday in Washington and the Middle East among U.S., Turkish and Iraqi leaders about Turkey's recent bombing of Kurdish Rebels.
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