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Minister: Turkey to compensate families of air strike victimsupdated: Tue Jan 03 2012 05:38:00

Turkey says it will compensate the families of 35 civilians killed last week in a military airstrike in a Kurdish area on the border with Iraq.

Only Iran can save Iraqupdated: Wed Dec 28 2011 11:14:00

Iraq is on the edge of the precipice as a consequence of the standoff between Shia Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi, with the former accusing the latter of engaging in terrorism and the latter accusing the former of dictatorial ambitions. This crisis involves all three major sectarian and ethnic groups in Iraq, with al-Hashimi taking refuge in the autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq as a guest of Iraq's Kurdish President Jalal Talabani.

The lost treasures of Iraqupdated: Tue Dec 13 2011 11:47:00

Iraq's National Museum lost around 15,000 artifacts. Now Kurdistan has to pay smugglers for stolen artifacts.

Iraq museum pays smugglers for looted treasuresupdated: Tue Dec 13 2011 11:47:00

Iraq's second largest museum in Sulaimaniya is recovering stolen artifacts by paying smugglers to return the treasures.

Oil power struggle as U.S. leaves Iraqupdated: Mon Dec 12 2011 13:09:00

Along the road in the semi-autonomous Iraqi region of Kurdistan frozen oil bleeds out of the rock face.

Iraqi Kurds worry about futureupdated: Mon Dec 12 2011 13:09:00

Kurds are anxious over the planned U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq. CNN's Arwa Damon reports.

This month on Inside the Middle Eastupdated: Mon Dec 05 2011 10:02:00

This month on Inside the Middle East, CNN's Nic Robertson travels to Libya to explore the Roman ruins of Leptus Magna. Meanwhile Arwa Damon looks at the lost treasures of Iraq and a controversial choice by a Kurdistan museum to pay smugglers in an effort to recover stolen artifacts.

Kurdish leader: Clerics 'instigated ... acts of sabotage,' wounding 25updated: Sat Dec 03 2011 16:29:00

At least 25 people were wounded in northern Iraq in alleged "acts of sabotage" carried out by men who had been "instigated" by Muslim clerics, a Kurdish leader and local security officers said.

Who are Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer?updated: Tue Sep 13 2011 09:52:00

Two American hikers accused of being spies in Iran will be released from an Iranian prison after a $500,000 bail is paid for each of them, their attorney said Tuesday.

Report: Iranian forces kill, injure 30 Kurdish rebelsupdated: Sun Sep 04 2011 08:06:00

Iranian forces have launched a fresh offensive against Kurdish rebels, with a senior military commander telling a state-run news agency Saturday that 30 rebels were killed or injured in the operation. U.S. Hikers Sentenced to 8 Years in Iran Prisonupdated: Sun Aug 21 2011 06:29:00

Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal, both 28, are convicted on charges of illegal entry into the coutnry

Iran media: Troops dismantle Kurdish rebel campupdated: Mon Jul 18 2011 10:34:00

Iran says its elite Revolutionary Guards corps dismantled a Kurdish rebel camp near its border with Iraq.

Family of detained hikers in Iran take case to UNupdated: Thu Jun 30 2011 18:58:00

With their loved ones' trial less than a month away, the families of two American hikers detained in Iran for two years took their appeal Thursday to the United Nations.

Friends, relatives to mark birthday of American hiker detained in Iranupdated: Sat Jun 04 2011 02:16:00

One of two American hikers imprisoned in Iran will mark his second straight birthday in detention Saturday, with relatives and friends fasting to show solidarity.

For U.S. hikers, two years in Iranian prison is long enoughupdated: Fri May 27 2011 11:43:00

My heart aches for American hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, who have been imprisoned in Iran for almost two years.

American hikers' families hopefulupdated: Fri May 27 2011 11:43:00

The moms of U.S. hikers held in Iran discuss the lengthy process and the compassion they hope Iran will show their sons.

99 injured in protests in Iraq's Kurdish regionupdated: Mon Apr 18 2011 17:14:00

For the second day in row, a peaceful protest turned violent in northern Iraq on Monday, when hundreds of Kurdish protesters clashed with riot police, security officials in Sulaimaniya said.

Kurdish protest turns violent in northern Iraqupdated: Fri Apr 01 2011 22:35:00

A peaceful protest turned violent in northern Iraq on Friday when hundreds of Kurdish protesters clashed with riot police, security officials there said.

Lesson for Libya fight: You go to war to winupdated: Mon Mar 28 2011 05:48:00

From July 2002 to May 2003, I was in charge of a CIA base in the mountains of Kurdistan, running intelligence collection operations and covert action directed at the regime of Saddam Hussein.

Trial of U.S. hikers in Iran to resumeupdated: Mon Mar 14 2011 09:32:00

The trial of American hikers charged with espionage in Iran will resume May 11, the state run Islamic Republic News Agency reported Sunday, citing the head of the Justice Ministry.

Two students killed in Sunni neighborhood of Baghdadupdated: Mon Mar 07 2011 11:27:00

Gunmen opened fire Monday in western Baghdad's Amriya Sunni neighborhood, killing a high-school boy and a male college student, Interior Ministry officials told CNN. The motive for the attack was unclear; Iraqi security forces were investigating the incident.

Kurdish unrest continues in Iraqupdated: Sun Mar 06 2011 11:00:00

Masked attackers burned tents of protesters overnight in the main city of Iraq's Kurdistan region, police said Sunday.

Teenager dies, 39 hurt in fresh clashes in Iraq's Kurdistanupdated: Mon Feb 21 2011 08:14:00

A teenage boy was killed and 39 people were wounded Sunday evening when hundreds of demonstrators clashed with Kurdish security forces in Sulaimaniya in northern Iraq, officials said.

Overnight attack silences independent TV station in Kurdistanupdated: Sun Feb 20 2011 09:43:00

Masked gunmen attacked and burned the an independent television station in Iraq's Kurdistan region Sunday, wounding a guard, police officials and the broadcast company said.

Hiker freed from Tehran prison: Time for U.S.-Iran tiesupdated: Wed Dec 08 2010 04:50:00

When I was in Evin Prison in Tehran, a guard twice brought flowers to my cell. Each time, I'd hear the door open and look up to see her standing there with a huge smile and homegrown roses. I was speechless with gratitude.

Song champions effort to free hikers detained in Iranupdated: Wed Dec 01 2010 06:14:00

Sarah Shourd, the American hiker freed from an Iran prison after 14 months, released a song Wednesday to support her fiance and friend who remain behind bars in Tehran.

Iraqi Christians welcome in north, Kurdish leader saysupdated: Thu Nov 11 2010 07:42:00

Iraqi Christians under siege by Islamic militants are welcome in the country's north, a Kurdish leader said Thursday, after a string of attacks that have killed dozens of the faith.

German pair 'admit law-breaking,' says Iranupdated: Fri Oct 15 2010 06:38:00

Two German nationals arrested in Iran for illegally gathering information on an Iranian woman convicted of murder have admitted to breaking the law, state media said Friday.

Iran cancels planned release of American hikerupdated: Sat Sep 11 2010 09:51:00

The release of American hiker Sarah Shourd has been "canceled" because the judicial process has not been completed, a prosecutor said Friday, according to the semiofficial Iranian Labour News Agency.

Mother wants daughter out of solitary confinementupdated: Thu Aug 05 2010 08:38:00

The mother of one of the three American hikers detained in Iran asked the United Nations on Thursday to help get her daughter out of solitary confinement.

Mothers of detained hikers appeal to Iran to stop delaysupdated: Mon Aug 02 2010 10:19:00

The mothers of three American hikers detained in Iran more than a year ago challenged the Islamic republic Monday to halt delays in the case -- or admit it is holding the three as "bargaining chips."

28 killed in hotel fire in Iraq, Kurdish officials sayupdated: Fri Jul 16 2010 13:54:00

A fire at a hotel in northern Iraq killed at least 28 and wounded 22 others Thursday night, Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government said Friday.

This week on Marketplace Middle Eastupdated: Thu Jul 01 2010 10:58:00

In focus -- Iraq's Economic Revival Iraq is experiencing a massive construction boom, especially in Baghdad where greater security has led to many companies investing in real estate projects. But it is mostly foreign companies that are benefiting from the boom while many Iraqi companies feel abandoned by their government, having to lay off workers or shut down completely. MME looks at the highs and lows of this burgeoning property boom. Facetime -- Kurdish Prime Minister Barham Salih Iraq is improving its economy and conveying its objectives, rebuilding and investment. Since 2007, Kurdistan has attracted more than $12 billion from local and foreign investors. But investing in Kurdistan can have a ripple effect throughout the whole country as the regions Prime Minister Barham Salih explains to MME. Watch the show this week at the times (GMT) below:

Human rights group urges Kurds to ban female circumcisionupdated: Wed Jun 16 2010 12:18:00

A human rights group issued a new report detailing the widespread practice of female circumcisions in Iraqi Kurdistan, calling on Kurdish authorities to outlaw it.

Official: Girl killed in Iranian shelling over northern Iraqupdated: Sun May 30 2010 11:12:00

A 14-year-old Iraqi girl was killed Sunday and dozens of families fled their homes to escape Iranian artillery shells in northern Iraq, according to a Kurdish Regional Security Forces spokesman. American Hikers Imprisoned in Iran Get Engagedupdated: Mon May 24 2010 15:48:00

Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd are wearing engagement rings made from threads of his shirt

Moms of missing hikers home empty-handedupdated: Mon May 24 2010 10:31:00

The mothers of three American hikers held in Iran return home without their children. CNN's Susan Candiotti reports.

Detained U.S. hikers get engaged in Iranian prison, relatives sayupdated: Mon May 24 2010 10:31:00

Two of three American hikers who have been detained in Iran for nearly 10 months -- Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd -- have gotten engaged in prison and plan to get married after their release, their relatives said Monday.

Iraqis await election resultsupdated: Fri Mar 19 2010 13:30:00

CNN's Arwa Damon hits the streets in Baghdad to gauge the mood as Iraqis wait for their new government.

Narrow lead for al-Maliki as Iraqi vote count continuesupdated: Fri Mar 19 2010 13:30:00

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's coalition has edged ahead in Iraq's parliamentary elections, according to partial results from election officials.

Prime minister's alliance leading after Iraq electionupdated: Sun Mar 14 2010 13:46:00

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's alliance took the lead Sunday after partial preliminary election results showed his group ahead in seven provinces, according to the electoral commission.

Iraq's Kurds go the polls amid carnival atmosphereupdated: Fri Mar 05 2010 11:07:00

Ahmed Hassan Rasul spent 10 years in the mountains of northern Iraq as a peshmerga guerilla, fighting for independence for Iraq's Kurds against the forces of Saddam Hussein.

American hikers to stand trial, Iran saysupdated: Mon Dec 14 2009 17:07:00

Three American hikers held in Iran will be put on trial, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki told the country's semi-official Fars News Agency on Monday.

Iran to charge 3 American hikers with espionage, says prosecutorupdated: Mon Nov 09 2009 15:20:00

Iran is charging three American hikers with espionage, a Tehran prosecutor said Monday.

Iraqi parliament fails to reach deal on election lawupdated: Sat Nov 07 2009 14:24:00

Iraqi parliament members adjourned on Saturday without reaching an accord on a controversial new elections law, and the lawmakers could make another try to forge and pass legislation tomorrow.

Video shows hikers' 'lightness of heart' before Iran prison, mom saysupdated: Wed Oct 28 2009 05:32:00

On Tuesday, the counter at the Web site Free the Hikers was at 88 days.

Their children in Iran, 3 U.S. moms swing into actionupdated: Fri Oct 16 2009 11:12:00

Laura Fattal rolls a piece of Scotch tape, attaching a picture of her son and his two friends to a cardboard box. Her calm demeanor doesn't give away the gravity of the situation and the reason why she's in a New York hotel room with two other mothers.

Families plead for U.S. hikers held in Iranupdated: Thu Aug 20 2009 13:54:00

The families of three American hikers detained by Iran said Thursday they don't know anything about their whereabouts or how they are after nearly three weeks.

Iran says it is holding American hikersupdated: Tue Aug 11 2009 16:38:00

The United States has received official confirmation that three Americans have been detained in Iran, a State Department spokesman said Tuesday.

Hikers' friend says they crossed into Iran by mistakeupdated: Thu Aug 06 2009 21:30:00

A friend of three American hikers arrested in Iran said he believes they had no knowledge they were nearing the Iranian border while hiking in Iraq, and made "a simple and regrettable mistake."

Three detained U.S. hikers share love of travel, learningupdated: Tue Aug 04 2009 18:40:00

One is a freelance journalist who intended to cover elections in Iraq's Kurdistan region. Another also has been trying her hand at reporting, and the third is a friend who shared their love of travel.

Americans held in Iranupdated: Tue Aug 04 2009 11:48:00

Who are the three Americans missing in Iran? CNN's Dan Simon reports.

3 U.S. tourists held by Iran, Kurds sayupdated: Fri Jul 31 2009 21:16:00

Three American tourists are believed to be in Iranian custody after they may have strayed across the border from Iraq during a mountain hike, Kurdish officials said Friday.

Iraqi Kurds head to the pollsupdated: Sat Jul 25 2009 06:07:00

Polls opened Saturday in presidential and parliamentary elections in Iraq's autonomous region of Kurdistan, an official with the regional government told CNN.

Iraqi Kurds begin exporting oilupdated: Mon Jun 01 2009 10:54:00

In an elaborately choreographed ceremony broadcast live on television, the leaders of Iraqi Kurdistan began pumping oil from Kurdish-controlled oil fields in northern Iraq through a pipeline to neighboring Turkey.

Rights report cites abuses in Kurdish Iraqupdated: Tue Apr 14 2009 15:08:00

The Kurdish region of Iraq has seen gains in human rights, but security forces "regularly abuse their authority" and women continue to be targets of violence, Amnesty International said Tuesday.

5 high-ranking Kurds leave Iraqi president's partyupdated: Sat Feb 14 2009 12:14:00

The second-highest ranking official in Iraqi President Jalal Talabani's political party resigned Saturday, along with four other high-ranking Kurdish politicians, officials said.

Basra seeks to flex muscles in Iraqupdated: Tue Dec 16 2008 12:03:00

A move is afoot to make the oil-rich province of Basra a more potent political and economic power in Iraq. Iraq Calls for Doctors' Returnupdated: Mon Aug 04 2008 15:00:00

Iraq's Health Ministry has appealed to physicians who fled the country due to violence to return to their jobs because security has improved

'Gas City' launched by Kurdish governmentupdated: Thu Jul 31 2008 05:36:00

Two United Arab Emirates based companies announced on Tuesday that they will be investing in the Iraq's autonomous region of Kurdistan.

Iranian shelling reported in northern Iraqupdated: Wed Jul 09 2008 08:01:00

Iranian artillery shells rained down on villages in northern Iraq Wednesday where Kurdish rebels were thought to be operating. What Oil Companies Will Get in Iraq updated: Thu Jun 19 2008 18:00:00

A new production deal brings in major Western players to help boost Iraqi output. But there are significant hurdles ahead

Bush sending Cheney for Mideast talksupdated: Mon Mar 10 2008 09:48:00

Vice President Dick Cheney will travel to the Middle East next week, including stops in Israel and the Palestinian territories, his office said Monday. An End to Female Genital Cutting?updated: Fri Jan 04 2008 11:25:00

If a law criminalizing the mutilation gets pushed through by Iraqi Kurds, it will be the first of its kind in the Middle East Officials: Iraq Outlook Optimisticupdated: Wed Dec 26 2007 15:00:00

U.S. officials on Wednesday forecast less violence in Iraq in 2008, despite a planned reduction of American troops.

Iraq-Turkey tensionsupdated: Sat Dec 01 2007 22:40:00

The Turkish government is allowing its military to carry out cross-border operations. CNN's Tim Lister explains. The Turkish Are Coming! Oh, They're Already Hereupdated: Mon Nov 05 2007 16:00:00

Turkish threats against Iraqi Kurdistan are more bark than bite Kurd Leader Defies Turkish Threats updated: Fri Nov 02 2007 18:00:00

Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani says his forces will not move against the PKK separatists that are battling Turkey How to Handle the Kurdsupdated: Thu Oct 25 2007 16:00:00

The perception is that the U.S. has a double standard with regard to Kurdish insurgents. But it's the Kurds themselves who must reign in the rebels Behind Turkey's Kurdish Problem updated: Wed Oct 24 2007 15:00:00

Viewpoint: Autonomy for the Kurds remains a red line for Ankara, but a policy built on fear simply spawns more fear

Kurds angry at Turkeyupdated: Thu Oct 18 2007 18:56:00

CNN's Nic Robertson finds a new generation of Kurds are being politicized.

Kurdish protesters in Iraq shout 'no to Turkey'updated: Thu Oct 18 2007 18:56:00

Thousands of Kurds and their supporters poured into the streets of northern Iraqi cities on Thursday to protest the Turkish parliament's approval of cross-border raids into Iraq.

U.S. urges Iraq to move against Kurdish separatists updated: Mon Oct 08 2007 22:31:00

The Bush administration Monday condemned the recent attacks by Kurdish separatist guerillas in Turkey that left up to 27 soldiers and civilians dead and urged Iraqi authorities to take action.

Iran shuts border with Iraqi Kurdsupdated: Mon Sep 24 2007 11:06:00

Iran has closed its five entry points with Iraq's Kurdish region in protest against the U.S. military's recent incarceration of an Iranian, an Iraqi Kurdish official said Monday.

Blackwater back to workupdated: Mon Sep 24 2007 11:06:00

Blackwater is resuming operations in Iraq after outrage over a shooting. CNN's Suzanne Simons reports.

Iraqi president urges release of Iranian detaineeupdated: Sat Sep 22 2007 14:02:00

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has blasted the United States for the arrest Thursday of an Iranian and called for his immediate release.

Fortune: Iraq's oil riches still languishupdated: Tue Sep 11 2007 03:49:00

While officials from some of the world's biggest oil producers holed up in private meetings in Vienna Monday night, to decide whether to increase Opec's oil production, Iraq's Oil Minister Hussain Al-Shahristani retreated to his hotel suite, and watched television instead. Specifically, he tuned into the broadcast of Gen. Petraeus's testimony in Washington about the war. Why Did Israeli Planes Enter Syria? updated: Mon Sep 10 2007 15:00:00

The mission has revived fears of war between Israel and Syria. But the Israelis are keeping an uncharacteristic silence Syria Fires on Israeli Aircraftupdated: Thu Sep 06 2007 09:55:00

Syrian air defenses opened fire on Israeli aircraft after they violated Syrian airspace, Syrian officials said Thursday, sharply elevating cross-border tensions Why is Iran Shelling Iraq?updated: Mon Aug 20 2007 18:00:00

Because Tehran has a bone to pick with the Kurds, who don't have many friends at all.

CNNMoney: Marathon to buy Western Oil Sands for $5.56Bupdated: Mon Jul 30 2007 22:10:00

Marathon Oil Corp said Tuesday it agreed to buy Canada's Western Oil Sands Inc. for about $5.56 billion, giving the U.S. oil company a foothold in one of the world's most promising streams of new crude oil. Iraqi Soccer Reaches a Goooooooal!updated: Wed Jul 25 2007 17:00:00

Iraq's Shi'ites, Sunnis and Kurds all celebrated the triumph of their national soccer team. If only politics were as easy

Blast in Kirkuk kills dozensupdated: Wed Jul 25 2007 04:42:00

Blast in Kirkuk kills dozens Turkey Threatens a Move into Iraqupdated: Fri Jun 08 2007 10:15:00

If Turkish soldiers cross the border to go after radical Kurdish militants.Iran could also make a military move

Insurgent group says it captured, killed U.S. troopsupdated: Sun May 13 2007 07:15:00

As U.S. troops searched for three soldiers reportedly captured after an attack on their convoy, new attacks killed more troops and Iraqi civilians on Sunday.

Iraqi president hospitalized in Jordanupdated: Mon Feb 26 2007 10:06:00

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani was in a Jordanian hospital on Monday after experiencing dizziness and low blood pressure a day earlier in Iraq, his son and a physician said.

Iraqi President treated for exhaustion in Jordan, son saysupdated: Sun Feb 25 2007 16:53:00

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani fell ill and was flown from northern Iraq to neighboring Jordan on Sunday for treatment of what his son called "fatigue and exhaustion coupled with dehydration."

34,000 Iraqi civilians killed in 2006, U.N. reportsupdated: Tue Jan 16 2007 09:06:00

More than 34,000 civilians were "violently killed" across Iraq last year, with an average of 94 killed every day, according to a new United Nations report.

Kurdish leader blasts Iraq group's reportupdated: Thu Dec 07 2006 19:18:00

The president of the Kurdistan region of Iraq issued a stinging rejection of the Iraq Study Group's recommendations, saying Kurds "are in no way abiding by this report."

Ivins: Post-election etiquetteupdated: Fri Nov 10 2006 13:49:00

The sheer pleasure of getting lessons in etiquette from Karl Rove and the right-wing media passeth all understanding.

Hussein refuses to enter plea in genocide trialupdated: Mon Aug 21 2006 03:23:00

Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein went on trial Monday for genocide and crimes against humanity in the so-called Anfal campaign, the deadly assaults in 1988 in the Kurdish region that included the former regime's alleged use of poison gas.

Baghdad bombs kill 2 amid political delaysupdated: Sun May 28 2006 02:13:00

Two bombs in central Baghdad killed two people and wounded 17 others Sunday, police said, while Iraq's deputy prime minister pleaded for patience over a delay in filling the new government's top security positions.

Tributes for Turkish blast victimsupdated: Mon Jul 18 2005 05:31:00

Tributes were laid on Monday at the site where a tourist minibus was bombed over the weekend at a Turkish beach resort.

GOP lawmaker: Saddam linked to 9/11updated: Wed Jun 29 2005 07:01:00

A Republican congressman from North Carolina told CNN on Wednesday that the "evidence is clear" that Iraq was involved in the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001.

Iraq vote also a test for U.S.updated: Sat Jan 29 2005 17:24:00

The United States' plan to bring democracy to Iraq faces its most important test Sunday when Iraqis vote in their first multiparty national elections in more than 50 years.

Milestone elections begin in Iraq updated: Sat Jan 29 2005 04:39:00

A trickle of Iraqis have begun voting in milestone elections designed to steer the country down the road of democracy.

How the Iraqi election will workupdated: Thu Jan 27 2005 09:36:00

Iraqis vote Sunday in the country's first multiparty elections in almost 50 years. About 13 million residents are eligible to vote at 30,000 polling stations across Iraq. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Iraqi expatriates also are eligible to vote, with the largest group in Iran.

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