Led Military Coalition Announce Iraq-Kurdish Ceasefire

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The Kurdish region was to have held presidential and parliamentary election on November 1 but they were postponed indefinitely last week amid the escalating regional crisis.

Iraqi and Kurdish forces have agreed to a ceasefire in northern Iraq, according to Iraqi and United States sources. Iraqi government launched an offensive which led to Kurds losing to Baghdad large swathes of oilfields in the disputed province of Kirkuk.

The referendum on support for independence held in September has since left the region increasingly isolated.

Meanwhile, a Kurdish government official said that Iraqi Kurdistan's veteran leader Masoud Barzani would not extend his presidential term beyond Nov 1 His decision came just weeks after a referendum on Kurdish independence backfired and triggered a crisis for Iraq's Kurds who had been enjoying a period of unprecedented autonomy.

"We won't accept anything but its cancellation and the respect of the constitution", Mr Al Abadi said during a visit to Tehran, a key ally of the Iraqi government. The region's airspace was closed to worldwide commercial flights, Turkey threatened the use of military force and both Iran and Turkey threatened to close border crossings vital to the land-locked region. His term of office was to expire in 2013 but was extended by parliament.




Iraqi forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters yesterday started a second round of talks to resolve a conflict over control of the Kurdistan region's border crossings, Iraqi state TV said.

In a post on his Facebook account, Hurami said that Barzani will continue to be a member of the Peshmerga forces and participate in the political operation.

Iraq's chief of staff General Othman al-Ghanimi told reporters after the talks in central Nineveh province that both sides have reached an agreement on some points.

Mr Al Abadi said he ordered the truce to "allow a joint technical committee to work on the deployment of federal Iraqi forces in all disputed areas, including Fishkhabur, and the worldwide border".

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