Iraqi Kurds boycott Turkish goods after Syria assault | AFP

Shopkeepers in Iraq’s Kurdish region have been responding to activists’ calls to boycott Turkish goods in protest at Ankara’s assault on Kurdish forces in neighbouring Syria. From pomegranates to plastic buckets, yoghurt and beauty products, Iraq imports more than $8 billion worth of Turkish goods a year through its autonomous Kurdish north.

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Iraqi Kurds celebrate Nowruz, the Persian new year

Iraqi Kurds holding lit torches walk up a mountain in the town of Akra, 500 kilometres north of Baghdad, during celebrations of Nowruz (Noruz), the Persian New Year. The Persian New Year is an ancient Zoroastrian tradition celebrated by Iranians and Kurds, which coincides with the vernal (spring) equinox and is calculated by the solar calendar.

Syria, Iraq Kurds in Arbil hold protest Turkey Syria operation

Syrian and Iraqi Kurds hold posters and olive branches during a demonstration outside of the UN office in the northern Iraqi city of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdistan region, against a military operation by the Turkish army against the Kurdish YPG forces in Syria’s Afrin.

Kurds Lose Oil Fields As Iran and U.S. Battle For Influence in Iraq (HBO)

Since the Kurdish referendum on Independence, Iraqi Kurds have lost their president, control of airspace and disputed territories — including the oil rich province of Kirkuk. It’s meant that hundreds of millions of dollars in profits from oil exports in the disputed territories are now entirely under Baghdad’s control.

The Kurdish region is faced with the sudden loss of resources – which had been vital in its push for independence. Meanwhile many Kurds are also angry at their long-standing allies, the US, for not intervening to stop the Kirkuk offensive – which was carried out by Iraqi forces and the Iranian backed Shia paramilitary group the PMU.

Vice News travels to the Baba Gurgur oil field in Iraq’s disputed territories – newly recaptured by Iraqi forces following the Kurdish vote on independence.

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Kurdish ‘Threat’: Turkey & Iraq hold drills after Kurdish referendum passes successfully

Iraqi Kurds have voted in an independence referendum, despite opposition from both Baghdad and abroad. Baghdad sees the referendum as another source for destabilization of an already fragile state and doesn’t want to lose the oil-rich region.
Turkey is conducting joint military drills with Iraq, and threatened to block an oil pipeline operated by the Kurds. RT discussed the Iraqi Kurdish referendum with Namo Abdulla from Rudaw, a Kurdistan media network, and former CIA officer Jack Rice.

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RAW: Turkey & Iraq stage joint military drill on border

Turkish and Iraqi soldiers conducted exercises on the border between the two countries on Tuesday, a day after Iraqi Kurds voted in a landmark referendum to support independence.
Monday’s vote was billed by the Kurdish leadership as an exercise in self-determination, but was viewed as a hostile act by Iraq’s central government and provoked the threat of a military response from neighboring Turkey.

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Historic Vote: Iraqi Kurds celebrate independence referendum in Erbil

Kurds celebrate a historic independence referendum on Monday in Erbil, as polls closed across three Iraqi Kurdistan provinces.
There was high voter turnout, an estimated 72%, despite international pressure for President of the Iraqi Kurdistan region Masoud Barzani to call the referendum off.

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Massive drills held near Iraq border ahead of Kurdish referendum

As Iraqi Kurds are preparing to launch an independence referendum, despite Baghdad’s objections and international calls to postpone the vote, neighboring countries are holding massive wargames on territories adjacent to the Kurdish-held areas.

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SPIEF17: Russia gains access to oil pipeline in Iraq under deal with Kurdistan

Russia and Iraqi Kurds signed an oil deal today, on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg World Economic Forum. Under the agreement, Russia gets access to a Kurdish oil pipeline – and will participate in the creation of a new joint company.

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