Second top Iraqi oil official shot dead in Kirkuk - police

KIRKUK, Iraq - Gunmen shot dead a senior official working for Iraq's North Oil Company (NOC) on Monday, police and company officials said, just over a month after his predecessor at the state-run firm was gunned down.

Iraq's Barzani condemns Turkish bombing he says killed civilians 01 Aug 2015

BAGHDAD/ISTANBUL - The president of Iraq's Kurdistan region on Saturday condemned Turkey's bombardment of a village there which he said had killed civilians, and called for a return to the peace process.


Iraq's Kurdistan laments caught in middle of Turkey-PKK fight 01 Aug 2015

WASHINGTON - Iraq's Kurdistan region is suffering the fallout as Turkey launches strikes against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) camps in northern Iraq, the region's top diplomat said on Friday, calling for both sides to return to a ceasefire.


Early poll prospects grow as Turkish air strikes muddy coalition talks 31 Jul 2015

ANKARA - Turkey looks increasingly likely to face an early election as its air strikes against Kurdish militants in Iraq and Islamic State in Syria stir nationalist sentiment and coalition talks make little apparent progress.


Erdogan taking Turkey to war to avenge Kurdish gains - opposition 30 Jul 2015

ANKARA - The leader of Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition accused President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday of launching air strikes in Syria and Iraq to prevent Kurdish territorial and political gains, and of using the war against Islamic State as a cover. | Video

Kuwait says uncovers Islamic State network 30 Jul 2015

KUWAIT - Kuwait has uncovered a network of Islamic State militants who fought in Iraq and Syria and detained some of its members, the interior ministry said on Thursday, a month after the group carried out the Gulf state's deadliest militant attack.


Turkey launches heaviest air strikes yet on Kurdish group 29 Jul 2015

ISTANBUL - Turkish jets launched their heaviest assault on Kurdish militants in northern Iraq overnight since air strikes began last week, hours after President Tayyip Erdogan said a peace process had become impossible.

U.N. panel questions Iraq over use of torture 29 Jul 2015

GENEVA - Iraqi officials were challenged on Wednesday to name a single person the country had jailed for torture by a U.N. committee investigating suspected human rights abuses in a justice system that had "gone astray".

Egypt defends Syria's territorial unity after Turkey moves against IS 29 Jul 2015

CAIRO - Egypt said that Syria's territorial integrity must be preserved - an apparent sign of its disapproval of Turkey's intervention against militants in Iraq and Syria.


NATO backs Turkey on Islamic State, some urge peace with Kurds 29 Jul 2015

BRUSSELS/ISTANBUL - NATO gave Turkey its full political support in fighting militants in Syria and Iraq at an emergency meeting on Tuesday but several nations urged Ankara not to undermine the Kurdish peace process by using excessive military force. | Video