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Kurdish forces withdraw to June 2014 lines: Iraqi army commander

KIRKUK, Iraq Kurdish Peshmerga forces have retreated to positions they held in northern Iraq in June 2014 in response to an Iraqi army advance into the region after a Kurdish independence referendum, a senior Iraqi commander said on Wednesday.

Germany suspends training of Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq

BERLIN Germany will suspend its mission training Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq because of the conflict between the Kurds and the Iraqi government, the German defense minister said on Wednesday.

World, Germany, Oct 18 2017

Defiant Kurds shrug off risk of trade war after independence vote

ZAKHO, Iraq More than three weeks after Iraq's Kurds voted for independence, it's business as usual at the bustling Ibrahim Khalil border crossing with Turkey.

World, Turkey, Oct 18 2017

Oil steady as U.S. output gains offset Middle East tensions

NEW YORK Oil prices ended little changed on Tuesday, steadying after earlier gains and losses, as expectations of high U.S. production and exports offset concerns that fighting between Iraqi and Kurdish forces could threaten the country's crude output.

Oct 17 2017

Kurds abandon territory in the face of Iraq government advance

BAGHDAD/KIRKUK The Baghdad government recaptured territory from Kurds across the breadth of northern Iraq on Tuesday, making startlingly rapid gains in a sudden campaign that has shifted the balance of power in the country almost overnight. | Video

World, Oct 17 2017

Tuesday Morning Briefing

U.S. President Donald Trump keeps his options open as a Republican feud rages, Airbus is set to buy a majority stake in Bombardier’s struggling CSeries and aggressive U.S. demands wrap up a contentious round of NAFTA talks.

A divided Iraq tests U.S. influence as fight against Islamic State wanes

WASHINGTON After years of focusing divided Iraq on a shared fight against the Islamic State group, the United States is now straining to leverage its limited influence to avoid a full-blown conflict between the Iraqi and Kurdish forces it has armed and trained.

World, Oct 16 2017

U.S. 'not taking sides' in Iraqi-Kurdish dispute: Trump

WASHINGTON The United States sought on Monday to avoid openly taking sides in an Iraqi-Kurdish dispute, as Iraq's capture of the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk raised the risk of an open conflict between U.S. allies in the fight against Islamic State.

Politics, Election 2016, World, Oct 16 2017

Turkey to close air space to Northern Iraq, work with Baghdad on border

ANKARA Turkey said on Monday it would close its air space to Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region and work to hand control of the main border crossing into the region to the central Iraqi government.

World, Turkey, Oct 16 2017

Monday Morning Briefing

Shares of scandal-ridden Kobe Steel skid to a five-year low, British Prime Minister Theresa May heads to Brussels to break the deadlock in Brexit talks and Iraqi forces capture several positions in the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk, sparking a jump in global oil prices.