Police and medics say Iraqi forces shot dead three anti-government protesters, adding to the hundreds killed in weeks of unrest, as a rights group warned a deadly crackdown could spiral into a "bloodbath."
Meanwhile, Daesh set fire to farmland overnight in a village in Iraq’s Kirkuk province killing one person and wounding seven others, police said on Thursday.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Ankara and Baghdad discussed a possible deal to increase military and security cooperation, after meeting with visiting Iraqi PM Adil Abdul Mahdi in Ankara.
Iraqi authorities in the northern oil-rich province of Kirkuk have begun recounting votes from a parliamentary election in May that was marred by allegations of fraud, Reuters reports.
Tensions are high in Kirkuk, where the results of a parliamentary election in May are being disputed by the Turkmen and Arab communities after a Kurdish party appeared to have won.
According to intelligence services, tests of electronic voting machines -- used for the first time in Iraqi elections – produced varied results, appearing to give credence to the fraud claims.
KDP, the most powerful party of the KRG, slightly increased its seats in the Iraqi parliament despite the diplomatic and military failure after leading a non-binding independence referendum last year in September.
In Ankara's recent talks with Baghdad, the fight against the PKK in Iraq and reconstruction of the country top the agenda. But how and for how long has the PKK been based in Iraq, Turkey's neighbouring country in the southeast? We break it down:
While the economy and corruption seem to be the dominating discourse in the run-up to the Iraqi elections, the Kurds in Kirkuk are not only entangled in infighting but also at odds with Baghdad. Political uncertainty looms over the city's prospects.
Kirkuk remains a disputed territory and under Iraqi central government control since last year when they were deployed to take it back from the Peshmerga.
Iraq's Kirkuk has a diverse ethnic makeup. Turkmen, Arabs, Kurds and Christians all live there. Ahead of parliamentary elections, minority leaders are calling for cooperation.
Iraq’s first election since Daesh’s defeat will test the country’s divided political scene. Here’s everything you need to know about the alliances, candidates and the political environment in post-war Iraq.
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