Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani confirms he will step down on November 1, and asks the parliament to fill the vacancy in power in northern Iraq as Iraqi forces and Kurdish Peshmerga start a new round of talks to resolve conflict in the region.
Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region will hold a referendum on September 25 to ask people if they are in favour of an independent state. But is a 'Yes' vote enough to declare independence?
Just a week before the Kurdistan Regional Government’s now suspended referendum in northern Iraq, Turkish tanks and army move to the southern border.
Operation in western Akashat town will secure part of the border and the area near a vital highway that links Baghdad to Jordan and Syria, Iraqi officials say.
The White House urged Iraq's Kurdish leaders to cancel the September 25 vote on independence, saying the move is a distraction from the efforts to defeat Daesh. Germany has also renewed its opposition to the vote.
Mattis is expected to meet Iraqi leaders and discuss the ongoing fight against Daesh in the region as well as the KRG's referendum for autonomy planned for next month.
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