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.
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.
Iraq's National Museum lost around 15,000 artifacts. Now Kurdistan has to pay smugglers for stolen artifacts.
Iraq's second largest museum in Sulaimaniya is recovering stolen artifacts by paying smugglers to return the treasures.
Along the road in the semi-autonomous Iraqi region of Kurdistan frozen oil bleeds out of the rock face.
Kurds are anxious over the planned U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq. CNN's Arwa Damon reports.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal, both 28, are convicted on charges of illegal entry into the coutnry
Iran says its elite Revolutionary Guards corps dismantled a Kurdish rebel camp near its border with Iraq.
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.
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.
My heart aches for American hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, who have been imprisoned in Iran for almost two years.
The moms of U.S. hikers held in Iran discuss the lengthy process and the compassion they hope Iran will show their sons.
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.
A peaceful protest turned violent in northern Iraq on Friday when hundreds of Kurdish protesters clashed with riot police, security officials there said.
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.
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.
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.
Masked attackers burned tents of protesters overnight in the main city of Iraq's Kurdistan region, police said Sunday.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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:
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.
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.
Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd are wearing engagement rings made from threads of his shirt
The mothers of three American hikers held in Iran return home without their children. CNN's Susan Candiotti reports.
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.
CNN's Arwa Damon hits the streets in Baghdad to gauge the mood as Iraqis wait for their new government.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's coalition has edged ahead in Iraq's parliamentary elections, according to partial results from election officials.
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.
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.
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 is charging three American hikers with espionage, a Tehran prosecutor said Monday.
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.
On Tuesday, the counter at the Web site Free the Hikers was at 88 days.
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.
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.
The United States has received official confirmation that three Americans have been detained in Iran, a State Department spokesman said Tuesday.
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."
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.
Who are the three Americans missing in Iran? CNN's Dan Simon reports.
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.
Polls opened Saturday in presidential and parliamentary elections in Iraq's autonomous region of Kurdistan, an official with the regional government told CNN.
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.
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.
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.
A move is afoot to make the oil-rich province of Basra a more potent political and economic power in Iraq.
Iraq's Health Ministry has appealed to physicians who fled the country due to violence to return to their jobs because security has improved
Two United Arab Emirates based companies announced on Tuesday that they will be investing in the Iraq's autonomous region of Kurdistan.
Iranian artillery shells rained down on villages in northern Iraq Wednesday where Kurdish rebels were thought to be operating.
A new production deal brings in major Western players to help boost Iraqi output. But there are significant hurdles ahead
Vice President Dick Cheney will travel to the Middle East next week, including stops in Israel and the Palestinian territories, his office said Monday.
If a law criminalizing the mutilation gets pushed through by Iraqi Kurds, it will be the first of its kind in the Middle East
U.S. officials on Wednesday forecast less violence in Iraq in 2008, despite a planned reduction of American troops.
The Turkish government is allowing its military to carry out cross-border operations. CNN's Tim Lister explains.
Turkish threats against Iraqi Kurdistan are more bark than bite
Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani says his forces will not move against the PKK separatists that are battling Turkey
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
Viewpoint: Autonomy for the Kurds remains a red line for Ankara, but a policy built on fear simply spawns more fear
CNN's Nic Robertson finds a new generation of Kurds are being politicized.
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.
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 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 is resuming operations in Iraq after outrage over a shooting. CNN's Suzanne Simons reports.
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has blasted the United States for the arrest Thursday of an Iranian and called for his immediate release.
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.
The mission has revived fears of war between Israel and Syria. But the Israelis are keeping an uncharacteristic silence
Syrian air defenses opened fire on Israeli aircraft after they violated Syrian airspace, Syrian officials said Thursday, sharply elevating cross-border tensions
Because Tehran has a bone to pick with the Kurds, who don't have many friends at all.
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.
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 dozens
If Turkish soldiers cross the border to go after radical Kurdish militants.Iran could also make a military move
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 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 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."
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.
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."
The sheer pleasure of getting lessons in etiquette from Karl Rove and the right-wing media passeth all understanding.
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.
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 were laid on Monday at the site where a tourist minibus was bombed over the weekend at a Turkish beach resort.
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.
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.
A trickle of Iraqis have begun voting in milestone elections designed to steer the country down the road of democracy.
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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