A Human Rights Watch report on the treatment of children in custody of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq should lead to an inquiry and accountability by the Iraqi government.
The Trump administration’s decision to completely withdraw troops from Syria comes after Turkey’s plans to carry out an operation against the YPG east of the Euphrates river. This is how it came about:
Kurdish security officials launched manhunt operations after the break-out late on Wednesday and 15 of the 21 escaped prisoners were recaptured, two security officials said. The whereabouts of the other six remains unknown.
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.
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.
The ongoing conflict in Iraq has displaced millions of people and destroyed much of what they had left behind.
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."
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi has given instructions that the Iraqi flag be hoisted on Kirkuk and other territories that are disputed between the Iraqi government and the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG).
The Peshmerga forces, based in the northern city of Kirkuk, say they have been waiting for the Iraqi army to finish its operations in Mosul first. But critics say the Peshmerga have been delaying their attack for political reasons.
Fighting between Peshmerga forces and the PKK-backed Yazidi militia group YBS is forcing the Yazidi community to seek refuge in the Sinjar mountains.
Kurdish security sources say the clashes took place after peshmerga forces were deployed to an area controlled by the PKK, a designated terrorist organisation.
Brave Peshmerga fighters have been sacrificing their lives in the fight against Daesh to retake Mosul, Iraq's second largest city.
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