Baghdad isn't pleased with the region of Kurdistan's emboldened attempts at independence.
The outcome of the referendum is certain, but what happens next is dangerously unknown.
Tens of thousands of Iraqis continue to be displaced fleeing violence, desperate for food, in areas of the country controlled by hardline armed groups.
Lessons from Kirkuk can inform plans to stabilize Mosul and Nineveh province after Mosul is liberated from the Islamic State.
Forming a new government may be Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's only chance of successful reform.
In early August, ISIS forces attacked the Lebanese Syrian refugee border town of Arsal, provoking a major fire-fight with the Lebanese Army. Apparently, one of ISIS's major military commanders -- Imad Ahmad Jomaa -- had been apprehended inside the refugee camp (holding hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees) likely on a recruiting mission to create a fifth column of ISIS operatives inside Lebanon.
Before embarking on another adventure to pacify the region, the United States must understand several basic facts that seemed to have eluded the architects of the war of 2003 -- an invasion that ultimately set Iraq up for its present dilemmas.
People unfamiliar with Kurds may not see the significance of the Kurdish army taking the Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk, a rich oil city they've long wanted as part of Iraqi Kurdistan.
The security forces of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish north, known as the peshmerga, or those who confront death, took over bases
The recent explosion shatters the myth that Iraqi Kurdistan can immunize itself from Iraq's violence between Sunnis and Shia.
North of Baghdad, a suicide bomber killed three soldiers at a checkpoint in Tarmiya, police and medics said. More than 200
In the northern city of Kirkuk, two car bombs exploded near a police headquarters, killing nine people and wounding 42, police
While violence has decreased sharply in Iraq since the peak of the sectarian carnage of 2006-07, bombings, assassinations
Andy Rooney, who we'll all admit became kind of a pain in the neck at the end, died this past weekend. He did write something
Politicians are chronically myopic and generally ill-educated. Whenever they claim victory abroad, skepticism is justified. The latest case of Libya is no different.
I just returned from my sixth trip to Iraq where I expected to film a preview of Sunday's elections for an episode of my show Fault Lines on Al Jazeera English, but instead I found a civil war in the making.
In a city where electricity flows only 20 percent of the time and crude takes up the slack for cooking and heating, people here pay a premium for the valuable commodity many argue is their birthright.
Official Speculations The rumor mill churned this week after two notable attacks. The first in Iran after a suicide attack
The upcoming days will be a real test for the Iraqi forces. Now that the United States can take credit for restoring democracy to Iraq, is it sufficiently rooted to survive the US withdrawal?