Kurdistan's top diplomat spells out what the U.S. and other allies must offer for KRG leaders to consider postponing their impending independence referendum.
Despite a lack of close coordination with Peshmerga, federal security forces started an offensive to retake the IS group's last major stronghold in northern Iraq.
Iraqi forces are advancing toward Ana, Rawa and al-Qaim – an operation that promises to clear the last major IS strongholds in Anbar province and reclaim the Akkas gas field.
Beyond the political debates swirling around the KRG independence referendum is a fundamental logistical question: are the resources in place to hold the vote as scheduled?
The chairman of the General Board of Kurdistan Areas outside the Kurdistan Region Administration discusses efforts to hold the referendum in areas outside formal KRG control, and expectations of Iraqi security forces afterward.
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