Peshmerga

The US, the Peshmerga and Mosul

American and Kurdish ties are close but nothing fundamental has changed, yet.

by Michael Knights

War & Conflict

US signs military aid deal with Iraq's Kurdish fighters

US officials sign deal to give Peshmerga units some $415m for ammunition, food, pay and medical equipment.

Iraq

Kurds accused of razing Arab villages in northern Iraq

Amnesty alleges forced displacement and destruction in areas recaptured from ISIL - claims Kurdistan government refutes.

Peshmerga

Iraqi army claims key victory over ISIL in Ramadi

Iraqi troops say they have recaptured strategic government complex in Ramadi, but ISIL still controls parts of the city.

Middle East

Kurds seek help in fight against ISIL in Iraq

Despite successes, Peshmerga soldiers struggling to counter ISIL's use of asymmetric tactics to breach defence lines.

War & Conflict

Iraqi hostages freed from ISIL in US-Kurdish raid

Pentagon says about 70 hostages saved from execution during raid on ISIL prison near Hawija, which left US soldier dead.

War & Conflict

The man who would be king of Kurdistan

Decades after warrior-king Sheikh Mahmud's overthrow, Kurds keep on fighting for a homeland.

War & Conflict

US support to peshmerga: Too little, too late?

Iraqi Kurds are still frustrated by the slow arrival of armaments and equipment from the United States.

by Michael Knights

Middle East

Kurds and ISIL battle over Kirkuk

Desperate for a victory, ISIL sets its eyes on Kirkuk threatening the core of Kurdish heartland.

War & Conflict

ISIL assault on Iraqi town leaves several soldiers dead

At least 11 Iraqi soldiers killed during clashes with ISIL in the town of Ishaqi, north of Baghdad.

War & Conflict

Iraqi capital hit by twin bombings

At least 18 killed in Baghdad blasts, while fighting between ISIL and Peshmerga forces rages in and around Kirkuk.

War & Conflict

ISIL attacks home of key Iraqi tribal leader

Police officers killed in assault on compound belonging to Anbar's Sunni Awakening figure while he was visiting the US.

Iraq

Iraqis in Erbil happy despite war with ISIL

Peshmerga army keeps capital of Kurdish region safe from armed group, allowing residents to live in relative comfort.