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Massoud Barzani (Kurdish: مەسعوود بارزانی; Arabic: مسعود بارزاني‎; born 16 August 1946) is the current President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region and the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic...

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  • Ban underscores UN support for peaceful Iraq during visit

      News Source: Scoop | 6 days ago
    Ban underscores UN support for secure, inclusive, peaceful Iraq during visit 24 July 2014 Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underscored his full support for efforts to overcome the division's plaguing Iraq and build a secure, prosperous and
  • Iran balks at Kurdish statehood threats

      News Source: Asia Times Online | 12 days ago
    For Iran, nothing is as potentially more problematic and threatening than the prospect of Kurdish independence. Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani's dramatic break with his customary silence on the question of Kurdish statehood has raised the stakes for
  • 'I arrived in Kurdistan with a chemical weapons suit in my rucksack and ...

      News Source: The Guardian | 14 days ago
    Female Kurdish peshmerga fighters training near Suleiyamiyah shortly before the 2003 US invasion of Iraq. Photograph: Atta Kenare/EPA The news from Iraq has been grim of late. Sectarian killings, political feuding and the flamboyant rise of Islamist
  • Iraqi Kurdish leader in Turkey for talks amid mounting crisis

      News Source: New Europe | 15 days ago
    Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) President Massoud Barzani held talks on Monday with Turkish leaders in the capital Ankara amidst a political and security crisis in Iraq over the Sunni insurgency that is engulfing the country.      Barzani,
  • U.S. expands secret facility in Iraq

      News Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | 18 days ago
    On Wednesday, Mr. Maliki accused Kurdish President Massoud Barzani of sheltering Islamic State members...Overnight, Kurdish troops seized oil fields operated by Iraq's Northern Oil Co., whose exports had been controlled by the central government, 
  • As crisis grips Iraq, could a Kurdish state be in the offing?

      News Source: The Conversation | 18 days ago
    Kurdish soldiers have been forced to defend parts of Iraq from jihadi fighters...AAP/Guillaume Briquet Without the bloodshed and destruction associated with the Islamic state jihadis, one of Iraq's constituent pieces is moving quietly towards
  • Kurds on Iraq's new faultline feel destiny beckoning

      News Source: The Guardian | 19 days ago
    Mariam Bek One of Kurdish peshmerga stands guard on the edge of the city of Kirkuk. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images On one side were Kurdish fighters, dug in behind a series of ramparts and trenches reminiscent of the first world war. Five
  • Iraqi quagmire spurs independence movement in Kurdistan

      News Source: The Globe & Mail | 26 days ago
    Story Once more, just as Kurdistan was making economic progress, it got dragged back into the quagmire that is the rest of Iraq. Since the start of last month, the Kurdish region has been flooded with an estimated 500,000 refugees who have fled the


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