American energy giant ExxonMobil has put on hold a $53 billion deal with Iraq over “security concerns” stemming from escalating tensions between the United States and Iran, an excuse that observers say the firm has made up to avoid discussing differences of opinion with Baghdad over the contract.
The parliament of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region has sworn in Nechirvan Barzani, the prime minister of the region, as its president, in an attempt to complete the formation of the cabinet of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).
The Importer and Exporter Union of Iraq’s northern region of Kurdistan called for wider economic relations with Iranian traders, and asked for an office of Sanandaj Chamber of Commerce to be opened in Erbil, the central city of the Iraqi region.
More than a dozen families from the Izadi minority group have repatriated to Iraq’s northern province of Nineveh, after four years of displacement caused by the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group’s occupation of their homeland and brutal atrocities committed against them.
Turkish military forces have “neutralized” more than a hundred members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militant group following a string of counter-terrorism operations in the country’s southeastern provinces as well as Iraq’s northern semi-autonomous Kurdistan region in the month of May.