Iraqi Army Asserts Control of Major Kurdish Held Border Crossing with Turkey

Posted November 01, 2017

"You should therefore meet at your earliest convenience to ensure there is no legal vacuum in the execution of the duties and powers of the president of the region", said Barzani in a letter he submitted to parliament before his address, according to a copy released online.

Kurdish media have since accused the Hashed, an alliance composed mainly of Shiite militias, of carrying out a campaign of retribution against Kurdish civilians.

Johnson welcomed the Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani's decision not to extend his term, adding the choice offers "a new generation of Kurds" to lead Kurdistan.

Tension has mounted between Baghdad and the KRG since September 25, when the latter held an illegitimate referendum on Kurdish regional independence.

"There was no benefit from it at all (the referendum)". It was so he could stay in power.

As Iraq's military crumbled in the face of Islamic State group advances in 2014, Kurdish forces took control of Kirkuk.

Masoud Barzani took over leadership of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in 1979 after the death of their father, Mulla Mustafa Barzani, an iconic guerrilla commander and the party's founder.

"We lost everything because of Barzani's miscalculation and personal ambitions, so his stepping down is a positive thing for the region". He said "a committee is overseeing the redeployment of federal forces to areas taken under the control of the Kurdish region after 2003", the year of the USA -led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.

In his statement, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the central government is closely monitoring what he described as "attempts to create chaos and disorder" in Irbil and Dahuk, two cities in the Kurdish region. Kurdish leaders said they began the unilateral exports because Maliki had long sent the region a smaller fraction of the country's total oil profits than they were entitled to.