General Araz Abdulqadir and his troops are fighting on the front line against so-called Islamic State in northern Iraq - the nearest IS position is less than two kilometers away. Will General Abdulqadir manage to keep the terrorist militia in check?
Iraq's counter-terrorism forces have taken control of key government buildings in oil-rich Kirkuk. Thousands of Kurds have fled the city, fearing reprisal killings from Iraqi forces and Iranian-backed Shiite militias.
After a controversial independence referendum, Iraq and the Kurds are in a power struggle over the oil-rich province of Kirkuk. DW explains what is driving the conflict – and where it could be heading.
Leaders of Iraq's Kurdistan region have renewed their negotiation offer to Baghdad but said they would not cancel the outcome of an independence vote. Kurdish officials also snubbed "military threats" over Kirkuk.
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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