CIA Director Mike Pompeo said he has written a letter to Iran’s Major General Qasem Soleimani, who commands the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) to warn him about US interests in Iraq.
Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)'s prime minister says the issue of a unilateral independence referendum is over, adding that the region respects a recent top court ruling that bans any secession from the mainland.
The oil ministers of Iran and Iraq met in Vienna late Thursday for the latest round of talks on the terms of a crude swap deal that will help supply some of Iran's refineries with feedstock and unlock Iraq's shut-in crude at Kirkuk.
The US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Daesh terrorist group has confirmed that hundreds of people have lost their lives as a result of aerial attacks by the military alliance against the alleged positions of the Takfiri outfit in Iraq and neighboring Syria ever since the campaign began in 2014.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has reiterated her government’s support for the territorial integrity and unity of Iraq, calling on officials from the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region to protect the Arab country’s national unity.
The former governor of Iraq’s northern oil-rich province of Kirkuk and a staunch supporter of the Kurdish independence referendum has reportedly fled to the United States with millions of petrodollars.