A path toward reconciliation will be a long, arduous test of nerves that could expose the US-backed war effort in Iraq to risks from insurgents and militants.
ISIS’s self-declared caliphate effectively collapsed in July, when US-backed Iraqi forces re-took Mosul, the group’s de facto capital in Iraq, after a gruelling nine-month battle.
Amid fears the proposed independence will stoke separatism among their own Kurdish populations, Iran and Turkey vowed to work closely together.
Several hundred Mosul residents,including taxi drivers, Iraqi soldiers and defectors from ISIS, provided crucial information on ISIS militants.
The travel curbs will discourage visits by businessmen and Kurdish expatriates affecting industries, financial services, transport and real estate.
Iraq considers the vote unconstitutional, especially as it was held not only within official KRG territory itself but also on disputed territory held by Kurds elsewhere in northern Iraq.
The Kurds consider Monday’s referendum to be a historic step in the generations-old quest for a state of their own.
The voting is open to all registered residents, Kurds and non-Kurds, in the Kurdish-held areas in northern Iraq aged 18 or over.
Older generations of Iraq’s Kurds suffered during Hussien’s Anfal campaign, and want to see their struggle for national independence come to fruition.
US President Donald Trump used his maiden speech to the world body to address what he considers the top global challenge.
In a setback for the Iraqi government and western powers who pushed for dialogue, the plebiscite will go ahead as planned, later this month.
Efforts to dissuade Kurdish lawmakers from going ahead with the “very risky” vote continued, amid fears the move could flare tensions in the already volatile region.
Security officials described Thursday’s attacks as an attempt to send a message to ISIS followers that the group is still strong and can operate in other parts of Iraq following its territorial losses.
Barzani told a gathering of Kurds, Arabs and Turkmen in Kirkuk that the referendum was “a natural right”, according to a tweet from his aide Hemin Hawrami.
US troops supporting Kurdish and Sunni Arab fighters battling ISIS in Syria have been wrestling with how to respond to hostile actions by Iranian-backed forces.
It is the largest group of foreigners linked to ISIS to be held by Iraqi forces since they began driving the militants from Mosul and other areas in northern Iraq last year, an aid official said.
France is a main partner in the US-led coalition helping Baghdad fight the militants who seized parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014.
Dozens of displaced residents are returning to Mosul after the nine-month battle to recapture ISIS’s Iraqi stronghold, but devastation and jihadist threats remain.
Iraq’s Yazidis marked three years since Islamic State launched what the UN said was a genocidal campaign against them on Thursday, but their ordeal is far from over despite the ouster of the jihadist fighters.
Syria’s ambassador to India Riad Kamel Abbas said an Indian delegation has made several trips to Syria and Iraq in the past to seek information about them.
Thousands of children have been separated from their parents in the nine-month battle for Mosul and the preceding years of ISIS rule in northern Iraq – some found wandering alone and afraid among the rubble, others joining the refugee exodus from the city.
How Mosul’s identity is reconstituted will help determine whether Iraqi leaders can pacify a country dogged by jihadists and sectarian bloodshed for the past decade.
In its war against ISIS, the Trump administration has escalated its military intervention in the Middle East from extermination to straight up annihilation.
US district judge Mark Goldsmith’s decision effectively means no Iraqi nationals can be deported from the US for several months.
The Congress has claimed Sushma Swaraj has misled the families of the missing labourers by saying they were in a jail in Iraq, although the jail appears to have been destroyed three months ago.
Iranian defence minister Hossein Dehghan and his Iraqi counterpart Erfan al-Hiyali signed a memorandum which covered border security, logistics and training.
Repatriating the dead militants to their home countries is a sensitive issue for governments involved, wary of acknowledging how many of their citizens left to fight as jihadists in Iraq, Syria and Libya.
More than one million people have fled their homes in Mosul and nearby villages since the fighting started over nine months ago.
By ramping up the violence and allowing the Saudis to wreak carnage in the Yemen war, the US is essentially repeating the process that birthed ISIS.
Earlier the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it had “confirmed” that Baghdadi had been killed, but Western and Iraqi officials have been sceptical.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s victory announcement signalled a big defeat for the hardline Sunni group, but pockets of Mosul remain insecure.
Amnesty said the Iraqi coalition carried out a series of unlawful attacks using crude Improvised Rocket Assisted Munitions that devastated densely populated areas.
Despite the imminent closure of the conflict, concerns remain about resettling the displaced and rebuilding Mosul, while various religio-ethic tensions remain unsolved.
The ACLU which sought the extension argued that those arrested in immigration enforcement operations face persecution, torture or death if deported to Iraq.
President Masoud Barzani of the Kurdistan Regional Government, says he will pursue an independent Kurdistan through dialogue with Baghdad and other regional powers.
After eight months of warfare, Iraq captures mosque in Mosul, ISIS’s de facto capitol, and declares an end to the Islamic caliphate.
Iraqi forces started their push into the Old City of Mosul, which is the de facto capital of the ISIS ‘caliphate’, engaging militants dug in among civilians.
The court sided with lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union who argued that the deportees could face persecution, torture or death due to their identity.
An excavation at Shanidar Cave in Iraq has led to the unfolding of many Neandrathal debris and provides an insight into their lives.
Foreign militaries on the list can face sanctions including a prohibition on receiving US military aid, training and US-made weapons unless the White House issues a waiver.