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.
Barzani sent a letter to the KRG parliament asking to distribute his powers among the regional government.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi orders a 24-hour suspension to military operations against Kurdish forces in northern Iraq.
Baghdad 's seizure of Kirkuk and swathes of northern Iraq has left the Kurds defeated, divided and displaced.
Iraq's first non-Arab president, Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani, was known for his pragmatism and his attempts to build bridges between Iraq's warring factions at the height of tensions between different parties.
Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government says Iran-backed Hashd al Shaabi militias attacked its posts in Rabia. But Baghdad denies clashes happened in the region.
Iraqi government forces continue to consolidate their control of areas in northern Iraq, displacing the KRG's Peshmerga forces from the territory. The operation has sparked tensions among the different Kurdish groups in the region.
Baghdad's move to reassert control over oil-rich Kirkuk and its surroundings from the KRG is displacing Peshmerga forces, who took control of the city when the Iraqi army lost the region to a Daesh advance in 2014.
The Iraqi government accused Kurdish authorities on Sunday of bringing PKK militants to the disputed oil-rich city of Kirkuk, and said it considered the move a "declaration of war."
The Peshmerga deployed amid KRG fears of Iraqi government troops and militia moving against the city. The Iraqi military denied it had launched operations south of Kirkuk, but said it was moving to mop up in areas recently liberated from Daesh.
Turkey has not yet moved to take control of Iraq's borders under the control of the KRG. But a senior diplomat warns that it could still be possible.
Support for the semi-autonomous Kurdish region's independence referendum was generally opposed with the notable exception of Israel.
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