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Monday 31st May, 2021.

An improvised explosive device (IED) killed a shepherd today outside the Kurdish disputed town of Khanaqin in Diyala province. Last night ISIS attacked an Iraqi Army checkpoint in the district of Tuz Khurmatu. Four soldiers were wounded in the attack, the insurgents escaped towards Hamrin mountain range. On Saturday ISIS released an execution video of a Kurdish police officer who had been abducted in Narin, Diyala province around one and a half years ago, ISIS executed him after their ransom demands of a Yazedi girl in exchange had been refused.


Saturday 29th May, 2021.

The Baghdad-appointed governor of the disputed Kurdish province of Kirkuk, Rakan al-Jabouri, continues to push the Kurds out of their ancestral lands and replace them by non-indigenous Arabs. In his latest attempt, Jabouri attempted to provide houses and agricultural lands, which originally belonged to the Kurds, to scores of Arab families from Shamar tribe, who come from southern provinces of Iraq. Out of 42 villages in Sargaran, at least 40 of them are Kurdish and are under the threat of Arabization.


Tuesday 18th May, 2021.

A fire burned a vast area of farmland in the disputed Kurdish areas of Kirkuk province, officials said on Tuesday. Kirkuk Police Spokesperson Qais Abdulrazaq told BasNews that the latest fire, which is believed to be a deliberate act of sabotage, was reported from Shanishin village on Kirkuk-Erbil road. He said the firefighters had rushed to control the blaze but it has already burned a vast area to ashes. Crop burning season (May to June) has started again, it's been yearly since October, 2017.


Wednesday 12th May, 2021.

Last night at around 10:00 pm, Erbil time, the Islamic State insurgents targeted a Peshmerga position in an area between the two villages of Balaga and Omar Bil, with the Kurdish forces repelling the attack. However, a Peshmerga fighter named Mohsen Hussen, 45, was wounded in the attack and later succumbed to his injuries on his way to hospital, he leaves 4 young daughters.


Wednesday 5th May, 2021.

A policeman was killed, two were injured and two oil wells exploded west of Kirkuk in an attack by IS militants riding motorbikes yesterday. ISIS are regrouping in the disputed territories and have lately escalated attacks. The disputed territories extend from Khanaqin in the east on the border with Iran to the city of Kirkuk heading to the west of Mosul in Shingal, home to Ezidi ethno-religious minority, on the border with Syria.


Saturday 1st May, 2021.

Early this morning, three Peshmerga were killed and others wounded whilst repelling an Islamic State (ISIS) attack close to the village of Qaya Bashi near Prde in Kirkuk province. The militants attacked the Peshmerga Brigade 10 with mortars, machine guns and AK-47s. The attack took place at thirty minutes past midnight and lasted 45 minutes. The Peshmerga killed were Captain Pishtiwan Zrari, Idris Barham and Hemin Yahya Saeed.


Friday 23rd April, 2021.

An Iranian backed militia group in Shingal names a street after a commander killed in a US airstrike for hit ties with Iran, a similar move repeated in other disputed territories. A month ago, brigade three of pro-Shiite Popular Mobilization Forces PMF paramilitary deployed in Shingal district, home to Ezidi religious minority, put a big poster for Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, a key Shiite commander of PMF, in a main street of Shingal without consultation with the municipality in charge of such issues.


Friday 16th April, 2021.

The USA, UK, France, Germany, and Italy released a joint statement condemning the Wednesday night attacks on Erbil Airbase and a Turkish military facility near Bashiqa. The attacks were not claimed by any established groups, but suspicion immediately fell on the Iranian backed militias in the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), who have been behind similar attacks on Erbil in the past.


Thursday 15th April, 2021.

A drone dropped explosives near US forces stationed at Erbil airport in the Kurdistan region late yesterday, Kurdish officials said, with no immediate reports of casualties. A separate rocket attack killed a Turkish soldier at a military base nearby, the Turkish defense ministry said. Washington blames the Iran-backed militias.


Sunday 11th April, 2021.

Directorate of Kirkuk police has transferred the cases of 49 Kurdish police officers to Mosul martial court, The case is dated back to November 2017, a month following 2017 referendum for independence by the Kurdistan northern region from Iraq. The case was halted then by a political decision in Baghdad temporarily then reactivated late by March upon approval of the Iraqi minister of interior. The Iraqi ministry of interior on March 17 dictated Kirkuk police directorate to be charged by Iraqi penal code 111 of (crimes against national security) for being separatists, supporting the Kurdistan region.


Monday 5th April, 2021.

Kurdish officials and British diplomats gathered in Erbil to remember the 30th anniversary of the UNSC’s Resolution 688 by naming a street in Erbil after former British PM Sir John Major. On 5th April 1991, in the wake of the ceasefire to the Gulf War, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 688 to prevent the Baath regime from systematic repression against the people of Kurdistan. It later led to the creation of the No-fly Zone over Kurdistan, which prevented the regime aircrafts from flying over these areas.


Wednesday 24th March, 2021.

Iraqi security forces banned raise of Kurdistan flag in the disputed territories as Kurdish residents were celebrating Kurdish New Year Newroz on March 20. It also commemorates the day Peshmarga (Kurdish forces) controlled the oil-rich city of Kirkuk after driving out the former Ba’ath regime from the city in 1991.


Friday 12th March, 2021.

A soldier of Iraqi army was killed and another injured yesterday night when militants named as "ISIS" fired Iraqi army brigade southwest of Daquq district of Kirkuk Northern Province. Brigade 45 of Iraqi army deployed in the villages of Mora and Ban Shakh, southwest of daquq, were targeted by snipers around 11 pm.


Wednesday 3rd March, 2021.

Kurdistan Region’s Counter-Terrorism Unit announced that a man involved in the Erbil rocket attack last month has been arrested. On February 15, 14 rockets were fired towards Erbil International Airport, killing a foreign contractor working with the Coalition forces, as well as an Iraqi civilian. The attack also left seven others injured, including US service members.


Tuesday 16th February, 2021.

Three people were taken in by hospitals in Erbil after a rocket attack on Monday night, Kurdistan Region’s Health Ministry said. The ministry confirmed that one of the injured works as a guard at a consulate, while the other is a Syrian Kurdish national. One of the injured needed immediate surgery as he suffered severe injuries.


Saturday 6th February, 2021.

Today, in a somber ceremony, in the village of Kocho, the re-burial of the 104 of the 700 Yezidis massacred by Daesh/ISIS in 2014 finally took place. This is the first funeral for the exhumed and identified bodies of those buried in mass graves by ISIS.


Thursday 21st January, 2021.

A security vacuum in the district of Makhmour in Erbil province has caused desolation of Kurdish villages in the area, consequently affecting agricultural production. The security vacuum came to being after forces of the Federal Government retook the area from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) by force after the latter held a referendum on independence, giving ISIS room to be active at night.


Monday 19th January, 2021.

The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan renewed criticism of the current Kirkuk administration, accusing it of working as a "chauvinistic" and adopting Saddam Hussein's policy. MP for Kirkuk, Jamal Muhammad Shakour, said, "We witnessed the current governor of Kirkuk Rakan Saeed al-Jubouri's Baathist actions again; in excluding, marginalizing and fighting the Kurds for several years without any interference from the federal government."


Wednesday 13th January, 2021.

Three years after end of ISIS war, Kirkuk’s Riadh subdistrict still lays in ruins. Deprived of most basic services, residents of the villages in Kirkuk’s Riadh subdistrict have been requesting the Kirkuk administration for compensations and rebuilding the infrastructure. Most of the villages in Riadh subdistrict (located 33 km south of Kirkuk City in Hawija district) were destroyed in the ISIS war and are still lay in ruins: houses are destroyed, no electricity and water provision, and part of their inhabitants are displaced.


Wednesday 6th January, 2021.

Anonymous gunmen opened fire on a Kurdish young man named Peshtuwan Karim in Tuz Khurmato and he lost his life to his wounds. Tuz Khurmato is one of the Kurdish towns invaded by Iraqi forces/Iranian-backed militias since October 16th 2017. The UN and Human rights organizations should intervene to stop the ethnic cleansing against the indigenous Kurds.


Friday 18th December, 2020.

ISIS/Daesh ambushed a civilian, Kamal Rabi Jalal, in his vehicle near Kubeiba village in west Kirkuk countryside and burned the car while he was still in it before fleeing.


Monday 7th December, 2020.

Ethnic cleansing in Kirkuk. Iraqi forces destroyed stores and car shops that belong to Kurdish business owners in Hasir market which is a Kurdish neighbourhood in Kirkuk. Tens of Kurdish business owners lost their jobs because of this brutal action by the Iraqi government. Human rights organizations and UN organizations should pay attention to what is happening against the Kurds in Kirkuk.


Thursday 3rd December, 2020.

Iraqi government refused to send salaries of Kurdish employees. Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Spokesperson Jutyar Adil said on Wednesday that Erbil has borrowed 205 million dollars to pay the salaries of the autonomous region's employees resulting from Baghdad’s failure to release funds allotted for that purpose amid ongoing budget disputes between the two governments.


Friday 13th November, 2020.

Turkish and Iranian bombs are likely responsible for setting alight nearly 50,000 acres of land in the Kurdistan Region this summer, according to a new report analyzing satellite imagery, making this one of the worst years for wildfires and sparking concerns for the future of the Region’s biodiversity.

The Netherlands-based NGO PAX compared reports of Turkish and Iranian artillery fire and airstrikes with satellite imagery showing areas where fires had swept through vegetation between June 1 and October 1


Monday 9th November, 2020.

Kurdish farmers in Kirkuk have complained that Arab farmers are not abiding by an agreement to stay off farmland in Daquq, with federal police doing little to solve the situation. Locals say an agreement was made that neither Kurdish farmers nor Arabs in the area would use 7,000 dunams of farmland in order to avoid further tensions in the area. However, farmer say that they are prevented from using the land while Arab residents violate the agreement.


Tuesday 27th October, 2020.

After 21 days of his kidnapping, the family of a 52-year-old Kurdish university lecturer learned about his fate today. His body had been found 11 days ago at Domiz neighbourhood in Kirkuk, and the authorities don’t want to hand it over before taking statements from his family members. Safa Kalhuri was a professor at the Garmiyan University in Kalar, Sulaymania province. He was kidnapped on 7 October on the road between Kalar and Khanaqin. Although his body had been found 11 days ago, his family learned about the discovery today. “The body was wrapped up in three blankets. There were signs of severe torture on it. It seems he was strangled.


Wednesday 14th October, 2020.

The Kurdish residents of Palkana village in Kirkuk province once again on Wednesday confronted a group of non-indigenous Arabs who were planning to seize their ancestral lands. Palkana and several other villages fall in the Kurdish areas disputed between Erbil and Baghdad.Today’s attempt by the Arabs to seize the Kurdish lands comes after Iraqi Justice Minister ordered agricultural contracts of the non-indigenous Arabs to be deemed invalid on September 23. However, Kirkuk administration continues implementing the contracts which were part of the Arabization campaign of the Baath Regime.


Thursday 1st October, 2020.

Kirkuk’s Department of Agriculture refuses to abide by a decree from the Iraqi Ministry of Justice, which stipulates disregarding all contracts and leases on agricultural land from the Ba’th regime period. The decree was issued on 23 September for seven Iraqi provinces, including Kirkuk.

Agricultural lands in Kirkuk and some other provinces were distributed among Arabs from central and southern provinces of Iraq under the rule of Saddam Hussein and the Ba’th regime.


Sunday 20th September, 2020.

A Peshmerga position was targeted by Katyusha close to the town of Altun Kopru north of Kirkuk last night. In a second attack villagers in the disputed Kurdish province of Kirkuk were able to repel an attack by the Islamic State (ISIS/Daesh) militants. No reports of any casualties.


Tuesday 8th September, 2020.

Turkish warplanes and artillery struck several villages in the Duhok subdistrict of Kani Masi today. Kani Masi is located in the Amedi region of Duhok province, near the border with Turkey. Six villages were hit, including the villages of Razik, Baze and Chaqala, Kani Masi Mayor Sarbast Sabri said. No one was injured


Wednesday 26th August, 2020.

Five attacks took place on Monday evening by armed militants (suspected of belonging to ISIS/Daesh) in Kirkuk and Diyala. Four attacks took place in rural areas of Diyala's Khanaqin district and two villagers were abducted. Four Iraqi soldiers were killed in the fifth attack which was in southeastern Kirkuk.

ISIS carried 101 attacks in Iraq between July 23 and August 19, according to its weekly propaganda newspaper al-Naba, accessible on its official telegram channel.


Wednesday 19th August, 2020.

Turkish airstrikes killed a Duhok villager, Khalid Abdulrahman, who was a local Teacher, while he was grazing his animals in Kani Masi today.


Friday 7th August, 2020.

Kurdish leaders, public warn of fresh wave of Arabization, land occupation in Kirkuk. Days after Kurdish villagers engaged in clashes with Arab families over land ownership claims in the disputed territories of Kirkuk and Salahaddin provinces, a senior Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) leader warned of a new wave of Arabization, urging Kurdish leadership to halt the phenomenon.


Wednesday 5th August, 2020.

The Kakai’s are marginalized and excluded in decision making in Iraq. From village administrations to the highest political, military and administrative positions, the Kaka’is don’t have representatives they can petition when they need help.

The Kaka’is are in need of representation more than ever, given they are being targeted by religious extremists and the existence of security vacuum in their areas.


Monday 27th July, 2020.

Today another young man from Kurdistan was martyred due to the targeting of his car by a Turkish drone in the city of Dohuk.


Friday 17th July, 2020.

Three handcuffed and blindfolded corpses found at a plantation in Kirkuk. "One of them is the owner of the plantation, the other two are Arabs who were employees. All three were handcuffed with black plastic handcuffs, and blindfolded as well. There were pistol bullet holes on their bodies," said the source who wished to remain anonymous because he didn’t have permission to speak to the press.


Friday 10th July, 2020.

Sweden urges Kurdistan and Iraqi government to solve the problems of the Kurdish disputed territories. Katrin Mansson from the Swedish department for Middle East and North Africa Ministry for Foreign affairs told Crimes Against Kurds "The Swedish government closely follows the development of the situation in the disputed territories of Iraq."

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Saturday 20th June, 2020.

A Kurdish lady is crying for her dead son who was killed by Turkish air strike in Shiladzi. Turkish aircraft targeted a vehicle, in which four civilians were killed.


Friday 12th June, 2020.

A leaked document has gone viral proving that the Baghdad-appointed governor of Kirkuk, Rakan al-Jabouri, has been involved in forceful expulsion of Kurds from their own lands. Jabouri's letter to the Kirkuk Operations Command asks for providing residence to an Arab tribal leader who had been moved to Palkana as part of the Arabization Campaign and was compensated later for returning to his original hometown. The document names the Kurds as transgressors and states the army should help with ousting the Kurds.


Friday 29th May, 2020.

Burning of the Wheat and Barley's fields of the Kurdish farmers continues in Kirkuk. Photograph from QadirKaram village.


Monday 25th May, 2020.

The body of Kurdish policeman, Bahjat Anwar was found slaughtered inside his car on a public street in central Kirkuk, the first day of Eid Al-Fitr.


Friday 15th May, 2020.

ISIS attacked the Kurdish village of Mubarak, Khanaqin. One Kurdish man, Asaad Nemat, 54 was killed and Hussein Fazil, 24 was severely injured. Local residents request that the Kurdish Peshmerga forces return to Khanaqin to stop this ethnic cleansing process against them.


Tuesday 12th May, 2020.

Militias suspected to be ISIS killed a husband and wife in Tafraqa village, Khanaqin. Ali Farman was driving his car with his wife Huda Kenaan and their two year daughter on his way back to his village before they got shot by anonymous militias. His daughter was found unharmed inside the car.


Saturday 2nd May, 2020.

During late last night and the early hours of this morning, ISIS attacked Iraqi forces and Iranian-backed militias in 5 different locations in Salahadin province South West of Kirkuk, 11 Iraqi force members lost their lives and 30 others were severely injured.

Iraqi forces also reported they blew up a “pick up vehicle which was carrying a group of Daesh [ISIS] fighters that was trying to attack a security point in Makishifiya.”


Sunday 19th April, 2020.

Makhmur, Isis attack Iraqi forces again with a bomb set in the roadside, killing this soldier called Ali Hussein, and severely injuring another.


Thursday 16th April, 2020.

Kirkuk - ISIS performs its 5th attack in less than a week, last night ISIS attacked the oilfield police in Dubiz, Kirkuk and unfortunately a Kurdish security guard called Ahmed Mustafa was severely injured.

KRG Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs chief of staff Jabar Yawar said his forces are capable of filling the security voids to stop these IS attacks in the disputed territories themselves - but the Iraqi government does not allow them to do so.


Thursday 16th April, 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic has prevented survivors of the Halabja chemical attack from seeking medical treatment in neighouring Iran amid ongoing border closures. Hawkar Sabir was three years-old when he survived the Halabja chemical weapons attack in March of 1988. There are almost 1,000 survivors of chemical weapon attacks suffering from chronic health conditions in the Kurdistan Region. 485 of them are in Halabja province. Many of them visit Iran two to three times a year for medical treatment. "The normal treatment hospital is now a COVID-19 treatment center. The injured cannot go to the hospital," said Luqman Abdulghafur, head of the Halabja Chemical Victims Society.


Wednesday 15th April, 2020.

Kirkuk again, ISIS attacked an Iraqi police patrol with a bomb set at the roadside in Ryad southeast Kirkuk and four Police members have been injured.


Tuesday 14th April, 2020.

Islamic State (ISIS) militants kidnapped four Iraqi soldiers near Daquq district in south of Kirkuk, and 2 Iranian-backed militia members were killed in the attack. The abductees are reportedly members of Iraq’s military intelligence. Iraqi federal police has launched a search operation in the area to find and rescue the abductees.

It comes amid a dramatic increase in the IS attacks on the Iraqi forces in the disputed Kurdish provinces.


Monday 13th April, 2020.

Kirkuk... An ISIS sniper killed this Iraqi police force member, called Ali Abdulhasan in Mansouria village.


Thursday 9th April, 2020.

ISIS kills two Hashd al-Shaabi members in an attack near al-Sadeq (Haliwa) military airport in Tuz Khurmatu.

Earlier today, Two Policemen from Federal 1st Division were seriously injured in other ISIS attacks on checkpoints in villages in Riyadh district, Kirkuk Province. Attacking lightly armed checkpoints is the latest ISIS trend, with temporary COVID-19 checkpoints providing more targets.


Wednesday 8th April, 2020.

Two Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers (Sorkio Saeed and Ismail Faris) who were killed by ISIS militants after they launched an attack on Peshmerga forces in Kolajo in Garmiyan administration last night.


Tuesday 7th April, 2020.

Prominent Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani stated in a television interview that former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had, in conversation, once acknowledged the city of Kirkuk’s deep-rooted Kurdish identity as a legitimate foundation on which to build an independent Kurdistan, however undesirable he found this conclusion to be. Baghdad's harsh response to the 2017 independence referendum that is outlined in the constitution and the 1970 agreement before that and attacking the disputed territories has resulted in Kurdish landowners being told to vacate lands they had returned to by ethnically Arab claimants in possession of Saddam-Hussein-era documents.


Tuesday 7th April, 2020.

Today in Dubiz, ISIS attacked and kidnapped three Iraqi police officers and have taken them to an unknown location.

Later in Dakuk, a bomb exploded attacking an Iraqi police patrol resulting in the severe injury of two police officers.


Friday 3rd April, 2020.

Kirkuk: Two bomb explosions kill three and wound another three. Three members of the security forces were killed, and another three were wounded in two car bombs

The latest explosion took place this afternoon, in Ghazra neighborhood in Kirkuk, where a bomb glued to a car exploded. Earlier today at 9:30 a.m., a road bomb blew up a vehicle of the 14th unit of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) in Dibis district, 35 km west of Kirkuk.


Thursday 26th March, 2020.

ISIS attacks, wounds Iraqi Federal Police in disputed Kirkuk. A group of Islamic State militants launched two attacks against the Iraqi Federal Police forces in Kirkuk governorate. The source claimed Islamic State militants attacked a security checkpoint belonging to the Iraqi Federal Police southwest of the city of Kirkuk, leading to heavy clashes between both sides. The source also confirmed that Islamic State militants bombed the headquarters of a federal police brigade near the oil fields in Khobaza, severely wounding an officer.


Monday 16th March, 2020.

A motorcycle bomb exploded this morning in the Kurdish town of Tuz Khurmato, 7 innocent people were injured, it also damaged several shops.


Thursday 5th March, 2020.

Four ISIS gunmen snuck into the Kurdish town of Kolacho and started firing guns randomly. After a few minutes of clashing with the Kurdish Asayish forces, they were all injured and then arrested.


Thursday 27th February, 2020.

Ebdulxefer Hesen’s house in Ênzê was completely destroyed by Turkish attacks. He is nevertheless determined to stay.

"Turkey destroyed my house but I'm not leaving my land". The Turkish government attacks Kurdistan region (Bashur), Iraq almost daily. Very often the villages in the region of Binarê Qandil are affected. One of these villages is Ênzê.


Sunday 23rd February, 2020.

ISIS militants of the extremist organization launched an attack late Wednesday night on "Bahar Taza" village in Khanaqin district in Diyala Governorate within the disputed borders, killing a man and his son from the Kakai Kurd and wounding 10 others, including members of the security forces.

Kurdish political officials and military leaders say that the disputed areas between Erbil and Baghdad are witnessing a notable security vacuum since the withdrawal of Peshmerga and Asaish forces from them after the events of October 16th, 2017.


Monday 17th February, 2020.

Militias in Tuz Khurmatu Southern Kirkuk finally released two Kurdish men that they had kidnapped two weeks ago for $70000.

Previous to that, on Monday two other Kurdish men that had been kidnapped in the same area six months ago were released in return for a $40,000 ransom.


Friday 31st January, 2020.

Islamic State (IS) have abducted seven people in the disputed town of Qara Tapa, Diyala province, a report said yesterday.

The militants had set up a fake checkpoint near the village of Qariyatakh, Qara Tapa town, where they kidnapped two drivers and five passengers.


Wednesday 29th January, 2020.

In Iskan neighbourhood, people waited in long queue to receive kerosene and later demonstrated as they could not receive it.

“I have been in the line since 6:00 a.m. with this white beard (indicating how old he is) and cannot survive this crowd queue for 50 litres of kerosene,” Hassan Ali, 63, said.


Wednesday 15th January, 2020.

Turkish jets carried out airstrikes on Sinjar today, targeting the YBS (Shingal Protection Units). Reports are that 5 YBS members were killed, including commander Zardasht Shingali and several others wounded, including a civilian.

Commander Zardasht Shingali who fought against Daesh (ISIS) is one of the five militia members confirmed killed by Iraqi Security Media Cell after a YBS vehicle was targeted.


Wednesday 8th January, 2020.

Two Iranian missiles targeted Kurdistan region, one of them was shot down near Erbil while the other one was dropped the little town of Bardarash. Reports stated that American forces in Kurdistan stopped the missiles from targeting their original destinations.


Friday 20th December, 2019.

Kurdish villagers in Iraq's disputed Makhmour district repel ISIS attack last night. Residents of the village who are members of the Peshmerga, faced the intruders head-on, leading to armed clashes between them. The residents worked together and the perpetrators eventually withdrew into the darkness.

The local residents were well aware that around 1,000 ISIS members exist in the foothills of Qarachokh Mountain in Makhmour district who are active during the night time.


Wednesday 18th December, 2019.

Iraqi forces started harassing the Kurdish families again by searching their houses in the Kurdish neighborhood of Barootkhana early this morning.


Tuesday 17th December, 2019.

Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani attended a ceremony today to mark Kurdistan Flag Day. PM Barzani, together with the children of Hujam Surchi, a Peshmerga martyr, raised Kurdistan flag to celebrate the national day.

Hujam Surchi was beheaded in a brutal Islamic State (IS) propaganda video on 27 January 2015 after he was taken captive by the jihadist group.


Tuesday 17th December, 2019.

Young Kurdish men in Kirkuk were arrested for having the Kurdistan flags on their motorcycles and Kirkuk University authorities prevented the Kurdish students from celebrating Kurdistan Flag Day on campus.

Kurdistan Flag is recognised by the Iraqi Constitution. However, since October 2017 when the Iraqi army attacked the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Kirkuk in retaliation for the “independence referendum”, restrictions for Kurds and their national symbols in Kirkuk are put in place.


Saturday 14th December, 2019.

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said in a statement that 18,301 refugees fleeing the Turkish offensive in Syria have so far arrived in the autonomous region since early October.

The KRG, apart from hosting the refugees in the Kurdistan Region, it has also delivered tons of humanitarian aid to the affected civilians in the neighbouring country through the Kurdish Barzani Charity Foundation (BCF).


Wednesday 11th December, 2019.

Unknown gunmen kidnapped 2 people in an ambush on Kirkuk - Diyala highway earlier today, one of them is said to be a member of the PUK'S security forces.


Wednesday 11th December, 2019.

Unknown gunmen believed to be ISIS militants attacked a security checkpoint manned by federal police near Kirkuk's Dubz district late yesterday night. Two police officers were injured in the attack.


Friday 6th December, 2019.

Earlier today, a member of the Kirkuk emergency police was killed, another was injured when a roadside bomb blast targeted their patrol in Panja Ali neighbourhood.


Saturday 30th November, 2019.

Three bombs exploded targeting civilians, many cars have destroyed and 16 people were injured in Kirkuk, Southern Kurdistan.

Kirkuk is a Kurdish majority city, after it was invaded by the Iranian-backed militias they started bringing in newcomer Arabs for demographic change and they started threatening the Kurds in different ways to enforce them to leave similar to back in the days of Saddam Hussein.


Thursday 21th November, 2019.

A photo report has been released by IS showing its militants in Kirkuk pledging bayah to the new IS emir, Abu Ibrahim al Hashimi al Qurashi. Inteligence sources affirm al Hashimi imposed a capillary pledging allegiance and obedience from all IS operative cells.

This is the 5th pledge of allegiance from Kirkuk Province and is the 22nd official pledge so far.


Wednesday 13th November, 2019.

Two more villages in northeastern Diyala’s disputed district of Khanaqin have been deserted, bringing their total number since last year to six, villages of Shafiq and Jamil Beg, where dozens of families lived are now totally empty.

Osman Manhal, headman of Shafiq village, explains “the increase in armed attacks by terrorists, particularly following the October 16, 2017 events (when the Peshmerga were replaced with Iraqi forces and Iranian backed militia) which have targeted civilians and security personnel have raise the fears and concerns of villagers.”


Tuesday 5th November, 2019.

Turkish air strike near the Ezidi village of Bara in Shingal, about 15.30pm UK time. According to the correspondent, three people were injured; it's the third air strike in the area by Turkey since yesterday.


Monday 4th November, 2019.

Three civilians were killed, two others injured when a Turkish airstrike targeted a house in Shingal's Khansur residential compound earlier today.


Monday 28th October, 2019.

The Iraqi Commission of Integrity's Kirkuk office arrested 14 employees at the governorate's office yesterday.

Warrants were issued for several officials close to acting Kirkuk governor Rakan Saeed al-Jibouri, including his son Qutaibia and brother Haji Ibrahim, who are his secretary and head of office respectively. The director of the accountancy directorate, the director of the planning directorate, the head of auditing directorate, a senior official at the general planning directorate, and the head of contracts were arrested on yesterday.


Sunday 27th October, 2019.

Kurdish prominent leader and the president of ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Masoud Barzani, said that the war against terrorism must continue after the killing of Islamic State (IS) top leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his top aide, Abu Hesen al Mouhjir.

Both were killed earlier today by US special forces in separate operations in separate locations in the Turkish held area of Syria.


Saturday 26th October, 2019.

An Islamic State (IS) attack resulted in the killing and wounding of three civilians in the disputed Kurdish town of Khanaqin.

Jalawla mayor, Ya'qub Yousif, said that the jihadists attacked a village near the town yeserday night, where they killed one 14 year old civilian and wounded two others.


Friday 25th October, 2019.

More than 10,000 refugees have now crossed into the Kurdistan Region of Iraq fleeing the Turkish offensive in northeast Syria, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR.

Many Syrian refugees have been moved to Bardarash camp in Duhok province, where local and international aid agencies are providing food and shelter.


Saturday 19th October, 2019.

Mohammed Hamid, 13 suffering from severe burns he sustained during Turkish bombardment in Rojava, northeast Syria is set to be brought to Erbil by the Barzani Charity Foundation (BCF) for treatment.

Mohammed Hamid, 13, was injured during the Turkish offensive to take Serekanye from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Local medical officials have accused Turkey of using unconventional and banned weapons in the battle, allegations which Turkey denies. He is in considerable pain due to the wounds, according to his father.


Friday 18th October, 2019.

Iraqi Kurds plea for emergency funding amidst Syrian refugee influx.

The Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCC) on Friday morning pleaded for more emergency funding after a total of 2,000 refugees have arrived to the Kurdistan Region since Monday to escape the ongoing Turkish military assault on northern Syria. Hoshang Mohammed, Director General of the JCC, said they need “immediate emergency funding for the required preparations to manage the influx of refugees and provide basic life-saving assistance to those who just arrived.”.


Thursday 17th October, 2019.

The Islamic State (IS) has recently slaughtered six shepherds in the disputed Kurdish province of Kirkuk.

The militants killed six shepherds and beheaded five of them in the town of Yaichi, in Kirkuk province.


Wednesday 16th October, 2019.

First wave of Syrian refugees fleeing to Kurdistan Region reaches nearly 1000.The Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCC) announced that on late Tuesday night, 472 new Syrian refugees had arrived in the Kurdistan Region to escape the ongoing Turkish military assault on northern Syria. This brings the total number since Monday, when they began crossing, to 930. “We have made the proper preparations in coordination with the Board of Relief and Humanities Affairs in Duhok to receive the refugees,” he added, explaining that they would be transferred to settle in Bardarash camp.


Friday 27th September, 2019.

Three Kurdish citizens, Rokan Namiq, Omran Namiq and Adnan Ghayib were killed in Mekhas village, Khanaqin by an ISIS terrorist group.

Khanaqin is one of the Kurdish towns that Iranian-backed militias invaded almost two years ago and afterwards let ISIS return.


Thursday 26th September, 2019.

Local citizen, Ahmed Khalaf was found dead in the village of Goli Tapa Southern Kirkuk.

Ahmed Khalaf had been kidnapped by the Iranian-backed militias two days earlier.


Tuesday 24th September, 2019.

Several mortar shells were fired at a base belonging to the Iraqi federal police forces (Iranian backed militias, Hashd al-Shaabi), in Kirkuk’s Riyaz sub-district late yesterday night.

A security source said "several mortar shells were fired at the headquarters of the Iraqi federal police's mechanics division in Riyaz without causing any injuries. An investigation has started at the site where the mortar shells exploded".


Sunday 22nd September, 2019.

As many as 60 head of cattle have been killed when a barn and several homes were set ablaze following an armed attack by unknown gunmen in Khanaqin's Ali Sabahi village.


Friday 20th September, 2019.

A member of Iraqi federal police was killed and 2 others including a high ranking officer were injured in a roadside bomb blast that targeted their patrol in Gharib village in Kirkuk's southern Abbasi sub-district.


Friday 20th September, 2019.

The PUK has expressed objection to a decision by the Iraqi Prime Minister to form a special committee for the provincial elections in Kirkuk which did not include members of the Kurdish, Turkmen or Christian component.


Monday 16th September, 2019.

Two Iraqi Policemen were killed in a bomb explosion near Rashad village southwest of Kirkuk.

The current governor Rakan Saeed al-Jabouri brought ISIS families to the town and this is the results.


Sunday 15th September, 2019.

Karzan Asaad who used to live in Chaghmagha village near Dubiz in Kirkuk was kidnapped yesterday by an anonymous group and this morning he was found dead, his body showing signs of electrocution as cause of death.

Every week Kurds in Kirkuk get abused and kidnapped for racial discrimination purposes, we need the Peshmerga forces back to stop these demographic changes against the Kurds.


Friday 13th September, 2019.

Iraqi government with the current racist governor of Kirkuk keep bringing ISIS families to increase the Arabs population in Kirkuk and make more demographic changes.


Wednesday 11th September, 2019.

Iraqi government keeps bringing ISIS families to Kirkuk to increase Arab population in the town and to make a demographic changes.

Those people when they settle down, they will start terrorist attacks against the Kurds to push more of them out and Arabs families only will stay.


Tuesday 10th September, 2019.

The Iranian backed militias decorate the main streets of Kirkuk with their banners, earlier this month they decorated all their checkpoints in the same banners.

This demographic changes should stop, we the Kurds are fed up with it they stop us having our flags and banners, non of those people are from Kirkuk they are all from Southern Iraq.


Sunday 8th September, 2019.

Three bombs have exploded in Kirkuk today.

Two people have been killed and many others have been injured.


Thursday 5th September, 2019.

Aram Jalil is a Kurdish farmer was working in his farm which is located in Lailan and suddenly two Arabic speaking gunmen attacked him and he was left with serious head injuries.

Again American government should let the Peshmerga return to Kirkuk to protect and stop this oppression against the Kurds.


Wednesday 4th September, 2019.

A video has been released on social media of the Iranian backed militias and Iraqi forces recently killing dogs in Kirkuk, brutally.


Tuesday 3rd September, 2019.

The Racist governor of Kirkuk, Rakan Saeed al-Jabouri bring ISIS families and register them to participate in the next upcoming election to increase Arabs population in Kirkuk.

ISIS is taking over Kirkuk officially with cooperation of Iraqi government after they have failed invading.


Thursday 29th August, 2019.

A huge fire has broken out at the North Oil Company in Kirkuk. The thick black smoke from the fire has polluted the air in the city.

The Iraqi Authorities are trying to control it.


Tuesday 27th August, 2019.

Two Iraqi soldiers were killed in Shirak, a Kurdish village in Khanaqin in an attack by an ISIS group. Khanaqin is one of the Kurdish towns that Iranian backed militias invaded them almost two years ago, they let ISIS families back and kicked out the Kurds from it, so this is the result.


Sunday 25th August, 2019.

The son of Aso Jalal an Asayesh (Kurdistan Region internal security forces) killed in an ISIS attack last month died in hospital on Sunday 25th August, 2019, due to what family members have called "heartbreak". Bryar Jalal, aged 4, had been living with Type 1 diabetes. His condition is said to have worsened after the death of his father. Bryar died while receiving specialist care at the Shar Hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU), according to doctor Yad Naqshbandi, "Bryar's blood sugar had risen dramatically, probably because of the trauma he had suffered after his father was martyred".


Sunday 25th August, 2019.

Rockets fell on a football stadium in the Zain al-Abdeen village in the town of Daquq south of Kirkuk late Saturday night. Six people were killed and four others were wounded by the rockets, according to Daquq Mayor, Sheikh Lewis Findi.

The rockets fell on a local football stadium, when the young men were playing, most of the casualties were young men, and one was a police officer.


Sunday 18th August, 2019.

ISIS has bombed a village affiliated to the disputed Khanaqin district between Baghdad and Erbil with mortar shells, a security source said today. The source told Shafaq News that "ISIS bombed late yesterday night, Mubarak village affiliated to Khanaqin district in Diyala province by mortar shells."

The source did not mention the extent of the losses caused by the mentioned shelling.


Thursday 15th August, 2019.

Unonymous militia in a BMW car have shot and seriously injured Kurdish Peshmerga soldier "Ibrahim Muhammed" near his house in Shorja district.

The Peshmerga forces should go back to Kirkuk to protect the Kurds.


Wednesday 14th August, 2019.

Iraqi forces / Iranian-backed militias destroyed all the properties of the Kurdish hawkers in the town without giving them any warnings.

The American government should encourage that the Peshmerga forces to go back to Kirkuk to protect the Kurds to stop the opression against them.


Tuesday 13th August, 2019.

ISIS members have joined the ranks of the Badr and Asaib Ahl al-Haq forces in the disputed Kufri district between Erbil and Baghdad, a Peshmerga official said yesterday.

"According to the information available to us, dangerous elements of ISIS have been involved in two ranks of the Popular Mobilization Units in the Kufri district," he said, adding that "the two factions are Badr forces and Asaib Ahl al-Haq" he pointed out "that these elements are targeting Kurdish villages in Jalawla and surrounding areas".


Wednesday 7th August, 2019.

Three attacks in four days by ISIS terrorist groups, another attack targeted the Iranian-backed militias in Alburgulia village near Hawija one militia member was killed and two others were seriously injured.

Two days ago ISIS killed two Iraqi federal police officers in Daquq, and last night there was also another attack in Daquq.


Monday 5th August, 2019.

Iranian backed militias blocked the road between Mosul and Erbil and clashes occurred with the Iraqi forces. The Iraqi forces want to take control of the area and the Iranian backed militias refused!

When you give weapons to the wrong people, this is the result.


Thursday 1st August, 2019.

Islamic State (ISIS) militants from Tuz Khurmatu killed four Kurdish security (Asayesh) members and wounded eight others (including 2 civilians) in an assault on a checkpoint near Kifri south of Kirkuk during last night.

ISIS launched the attack in the beginning with mortar shells, then as Kurdish Counter-Terror Group forces rushed to repel them a landmine which the militants had laid targeted a vehicle of the counter terror forces and killed two of its members.


Wednesday 31st July, 2019.

The Martyrs Foundation has published more images of items found in a mass grave of 171 Kurdish Anfal victims in the Samawa desert. It's imperative to expose the depravity of Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath regime. These images are heartbreaking.

Yet on the same day, officers from the Iraqi army prevented relatives of the perished people to carry the flag of Kurdistan.


Saturday 27th July, 2019.

Another Kurdish populated village in south of Kirkuk province came under a rocket attack reportedly by the Islamic State (IS) jihadists. Earlier the week, the villages of Dara and Topzawa, on the outskirt of Daquq, were attacked by the IS jihadists.

Hiwa Rashid, a KDP local representative in Daquq, said that the village of Mansour was attacked yesterday at around 23:00 (local time) with multiple rocket fires. He said preliminary reports show there were no casualties after the attack.


Saturday 27th July, 2019.

A bomb blast in a village in Kirkuk's Daquq district killed two members of a family last night.

An improvised explosive device hit a shepherd family of nine near Bashir village, killing two people and wounding the seven others.


Friday 26th July, 2019.

Residents of Topzawa Kakei village in Daquq town, southern Kirkuk assess damages after 10 mortar shells hit the village late yesterday night. Villagers are currently trying to defend the village themselves as IS militants repeatedly attacks them.

IS activities is on the increase, the Peshmerga really need to return to help secure the area.


Thursday 25th July, 2019.

Iraqi federal police were accused of killing nine members of the same family in the Daquq area of southern Kirkuk after mistaking them for Islamic State (IS) jihadists, yesterday evening after a mortar attack by unknown militia. A two-year-old child sustained injuries but survived.

"The Iraqi federal police mistakenly thought the van was carrying IS jihadists, and as such killed all of them" Shiekh Lewis Sindi, mayor of Daquq, said today.


Wednesday 24th July, 2019.

In the district of Quq south of Kirkuk mortar shells were fired late evening by unknown militias resulting in 1 innocent persons death and several others injured (4 from 1 family).

The responsible thing would be for the British and American governments to request that the Peshmerga return to Kirkuk to protect the Kurds as it is this that they request to help stabilise and secure these areas, which clearly are still not safe!


Wednesday 24th July, 2019.

A group of 7 IS militants murdered two Yazidi men, Hussein Khalef Hussein, 51, and Haji Hammo Hassan, 34, after they went hunting birds near the empty village of Khana Shwahnia near Sinjar this afternoon.

The group were pursued and after fighting against YPS (Kurdish Civilian Protection Units) and Yazidi soldiers, 2 of them were shot and killed, and another killed himself by detonating an explosive belt, and the remaining militants managed to flee.


Tuesday 23rd July, 2019.

A mass grave unearthed 23rd July, in Iraq's Samawa city is believed to contain the remains of Kurdish civilians buried alive during the former Iraqi Ba'ath regime's Anfal campaign. Traditional Kurdish clothes in the grave along with the remains of the bodies, investigators believe the victims were from the Garmiyan area, (located south of the Kurdistan Region's Sulaimani province). The remains of 171 bodies were discovered, the majority appear to be women and children. Two more mass graves have been found in the locality.


Monday 22th July, 2019.

Roadside bomb attacks in the past five days have resulted 11 casualties in Jalawla, a sub-district of Diyala's disputed Khanaqin, raising concern about authorities' ability to maintain security in the area.  The latest attack occurred late yesterday evening after mortar shells fired from unknown locations fell on houses of civilians.

The Kurdish people that live in the locality are pleading that the Peshmerga are allowed to return to restore the security and stability of the area.


Thursday 18th July, 2019.

Today, Turkish warplanes bombarded border areas of the Kurdistan Region's district of Amedi in Duhok province, wounding three civilians. The shelling caused material damage to the site of the shelling and its surroundings.

This led the villagers to flee their village and go to the cities leaving their homes, farms and animals.

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Wednesday 17th July, 2019.

The civil organization committee in disputed Khanaqin and its surrounding areas has launched a campaign to gather signatures to support the implementation of Article 140 of the Iraqi Constitution. The campaign began as a result of the dire security situation in the disputed town and its surrounding villages. It has gathered over 3,000 signatures in 24 hours. The area was under the protection of Peshmerga troops, but following the Oct. 16, 2017, attack and military takeover by Iraqi forces and Shia militias, the region has witnessed increased instability.


Tuesday 16th July, 2019.

2 civilians were killed by unknown gunmen believed to be IS militants in an attack on a village in southwestern Kirkuk's Riyadh sub-district late yesterday

The Kurdish people that live in Kirkuk are pleading that the Peshmerga are allowed to return to restore the security and stability of the area.


Thursday 11th July, 2019.

Two people were killed and another was wounded by a bomb blast in the Domiz neighborhood of Kirkuk city yesterday night. The explosion was reportedly caused by a bomb on a booby-trapped motorbike.

The security forces and ambulances rushed to the scene and evacuated the wounded to the hospital and transported the deceased to the forensic department.


Friday 28th June, 2019.

2 people were killed, 2 others wounded (all of the same family) by a bomb (Improvised Explosive Device) explosion this morning in Um Gasir village in Kirkuk's southwestern Hawija district.

The Kurdish people that live in the locality are pleading that the Peshmerga are allowed to return to restore the security and stability of the area.


Thursday 27th June, 2019.

At least four people (3 children and their father) were killed and five others wounded when an airstrike by Turkish warplanes hit a civilian vehicle in the village of Bardakuran, in Sangasar sub-district of Sulaimaniya province, this evening.

Muhammad Hassan, co-chair of the Qandil administration said "We do not know about the exact number of casualties due to continuous flying by the warplanes" he asserted "there are no PKK fighters at the site where the airstrike took place, just civilians".


Friday 21st June, 2019.

In Khanaqin today at least three citizens were wounded when a suicide bomber threw a grenade into a cafe but his full planned attack was foiled by a young man that noticed him acting suspiciously and called out, the suicide bomber killed himself throwing the grenade before managing to detonate his vest.

We blame the Iraqi forces / Iranian-backed militias for what happens to the Kurdish towns because they invaded our towns and do not let the Peshmerga forces intervene.