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Kurdistan prepared to freeze referendum results amid clashes and oil effects

Dubai — Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said it’s prepared to freeze the results of last month’s independence referendum, which triggered deadly clashes with government troops and hurt oil exports. The KRG also proposed an immediate ceasefire and talks with the central government in Baghdad “on the basis of […]


As ISIS Nears Defeat, Old Rivalries Flare Up With Oil at Stake

In 2014, when Islamic State rushed into northern Iraq, the region’s rival factions and their international backers turned their attention to defeating the extremists despite old rivalries, sectarian divisions, and differing agendas. Three years later, as Islamic State nears defeat, having been expelled from its stronghold of Mosul and its […]


Islamic State Is Dying on the Battlefield—and Winning on the Internet

July20, 2017 After Iraqi forces reclaimed control of Mosul, the country’s second-largest city, on July 10, Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared “total victory” over Islamic State. The American commander of the global ­coalition to defeat the group, U.S. Army Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, said the loss of Mosul had […]