An amateur video from the north of Mosul shows a car of the Islamic State rapidly approaching Kurdish Peshmerga fighters. But shortly before the suicide bombers reach their goal their car is destroyed by an airstrike.
Germany will temporarily stop training Kurdish peshmerga forces in Iraq in the wake of the conflict between Baghdad and the Kurds. Germany has been a major partner of the peshmerga, providing them weapons and training.
Iraqi Kurds grieve the loss of lands they have had to return to Iraq's control and their shattered dream of independence. As they see it, it isn't their politicians who are to blame, but the international community.
Kurdish authorities have accused Baghdad of undermining attempts to reach a deal on disputed areas and borders. Once unified in their fight against the "Islamic State," the Kurds feel betrayed by the central government.
Kurdish authorities have upped their troop presence in the oil-rich region around Kirkuk. Iraqi PM al-Abadi has said he has no plans to attack the territory, but Baghdad wants to nip any independence drive in the bud.
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