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Syrian Kurds seen establishing establishing own state linked to northern Iraq

As the Assad regime loses ground in the Syrian civil war, ethnic Kurds are gaining more and more leverage.

Special to WorldTribune.com AMMAN — Syrian Kurds were expected to form a state amid the Sunni revolt against President Bashar Assad, a report said. Jordan’s Al Quds Center for Political Studies has urged the Arab world to prepare for the establishment of a Syrian Kurdish state that could link to the autonomous Kurdish region in [...]

August 17th, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Iraq,Jordan,Mideast,Syria,Top Stories,Turkey | Read More »

Gulf firms invest $1 billion in Kurdistan energy deals

Workers at a Kurdistan oil facility.

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Two companies from the United Arab Emirates have invested nearly $1 billion to develop energy assets in Iraq’s Kurdistan. The UAE-based Dana Gas and Crescent Petroleum reported investing $963 million in the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq by July. The two companies said they plan to expand exploration [...]

August 15th, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Iraq,Mideast,Top Stories,UAE | Read More »

Kurdish insurgents strike Iraq-Turkey oil pipeline

The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a Kurdish separatist group, has claimed responsibility for the Aug. 5 attack on the 960-kilometer pipeline, which carries about a quarter of Iraqi oil exports

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — The Kurdish Workers Party has been accused of targeting Turkey’s energy sector. Officials said PKK fighters blew up an oil pipeline from Iraq to Turkey in the second such attack in as many weeks. The officials said the bombing was part of a PKK offensive in which at least 115 [...]

August 7th, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Iraq,Mideast,Top Stories,Turkey | Read More »

Kurdistan tensions with Baghdad increase following report of secret arms deal

KRG President Massoud Barzani.

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Iraq’s autonomous region of Kurdistan was said to have signed its first arms deal with an unidentified country. The Baghdad government has determined that the Kurdish Regional Government signed a contract for a range of weapons to protect the northern Iraqi zone from foreign invasion. Officials said the arms agreement [...]

August 3rd, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Iraq,Mideast,Syria,Top Stories | Read More »

Iraq plans additional refineries to meet rising domestic demand

Iraqis work at the Rumaila oil refinery, near Basra.

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Iraq plans to construct two more major refineries in an effort to end fuel imports. The Iraqi Oil Ministry said it intends to build two refineries in the provinces of Karbala and Missan over the next five years. The ministry said the Karbala facility would be designed to produce 140,000 [...]

August 3rd, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Iraq,Mideast,Top Stories,World Links | Read More »

Turkey launches air, ground assaults on Kurds in northern Iraq

Turkish warplanes and attack helicopters have targeted PKK strongholds in northern Iraq.

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Turkey has launched another military offensive against Kurdish insurgents around Iraq. The Turkish military said air and ground units were operating in the southern province of Hakari in late July. A military statement said at least 39 suspected fighters of the Kurdish Workers Party were killed in the latest campaign, [...]

August 1st, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Iraq,Mideast,Top Stories,Turkey | Read More »

Kurds gain control over much of northern Syria

Syrian Kurds hold their rifles, as they flash the sign for victory, in the Kurdish town of Jinderes, near the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. /Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — The regime of President Bashar Assad, busy fighting Sunni rebels, has allowed Kurds to control much of northern Syria. Western diplomats said Kurdish militias were patrolling communities as well as areas near the Syrian border with Turkey. They said the militias were bolstered by Kurdish fighters from neighboring Iraq and [...]

July 31st, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Iraq,Mideast,Syria,Top Stories,Turkey | Read More »

Iraq boycotts Chevron over Kurdistan oil deal

Baghdad is locked into a contentious dispute with Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) over oil, lands and sharing revenues and insists that it has the sole authority to manage oil fields and sign deals in the north.

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Iraq has boycotted a Western energy major for cooperating in the autonomous region of Kurdistan. The Iraqi Oil Ministry announced a ban on dealing with the U.S.-based Chevron, which in mid-July signed an agreement with the Kurdish Regional Government. Under the agreement, Chevron would procure an 80 percent interest in [...]

July 31st, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Iraq,Mideast,Top Stories | Read More »

Prince Bandar takes helm of Saudi intelligence at time of crisis

Prince Bandar bin Sultan greets President Ronald Reagan in 1983 shortly before being named ambassador to the United States.

Special to WorldTribune.com By GIS/Defense Foreign Affairs The appointment on July 19, of Prince Bandar bin Sultan as the Director General of the Mukhabarat al A’amah, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s main intelligence agency, signifies a new era in Saudi Arabia’s internal power base and in the Kingdom’s strategic power projection, particularly with regard to [...]

July 29th, 2012 | Posted in Daily Brief,Exclusives,Iran,Iraq,Mideast,Qatar,Saudi Arabia,Syria,Top Stories,Turkey | Read More »

Iran sanctions accelerate gas buy from Kurdistan

Kurdistan is locked in a long-running dispute with Baghdad over who should control the region's vast oil and gas reserves.

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Turkey has accelerated efforts to purchase natural gas from neighboring Kurdistan. Officials said the government of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan was negotiating for a fast-track project to procure gas from the Kurdish Regional Government, responsible for the autonomous zone in Iraq. The officials said Turkey’s Energy Ministry and Foreign [...]

July 27th, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Iraq,Mideast,Top Stories,Turkey | Read More »

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