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Amid increasingly heated debate over whether the tenure of Kurdistan president should be extended, two Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) MPs attacked the outspoken MP, Ali Hama Salih from Gorran movement for change who got the highest number of votes in the last regional election in 2013.

Mr. Hama Salih has been lately working on revealing a series of corruption cases including some linked to high officials. He is also one of the few who voiced his opposition to extend the term of Masoud Barzani who is in term since the first day the post established in 2005. Mr. Barzani’s term ended in 2013, but the ruling KDP and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) extended his term for two years. Then Gorran movement fiercely opposed the extension and used it as part of the election campaign that helped the party become second biggest party in Kurdistan ahead of PUK that had been sharing power with KDP since 1991.

Although the KDP MPs used president debate as the cover to attach the Gorran MP, but it is still unclear whether the attack related to this topic or to the corruption cases that Mr. Hama Salih has been revealing lately.

 

Watch the video of the KDP MPs punch the Gorran MP:

 

Here the Gorran MP talks to media after being punched (with English subtitle):

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Video: Kurdish MPs brawl in parliament over president term

Amid increasingly heated debate over whether the tenure of Kurdistan president should be extended, two [...]

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Let’s Not Lose Sight of The Society

How was life before the so-called Islamic State brought so much chaos to the region? In Southern Kurdistan we were carefree, a little bit spoiled too. Although in charge since 1992, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)’s successive cabinets failed to invest in the time – and money since 2003 – to make social, political and [...]

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For the first time, General Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force —a division of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards primarily responsible for extraterritorial military and clandestine operations, has been captured speaking a fluent Arabic. The video is believed to be recorded near the Iraqi city of Tikret where Soleimani is reportedly leading the Iraqi Army and its allied Shiite militias in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).
In the short video, Soleimani is seen giving religious advice to two young militiamen and through them to the joint forces fighting for Tikrit. This is the first time Soleimani appears in a video speaking in Arabic.

Watch the video with English subtitle here:

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The video goes vital: Qasem Soleimani appears speaking a fluent Arabic

For the first time, General Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force —a division of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards primarily responsible for extraterritorial military and clandestine operations, has been captured speaking a fluent Arabic. The video is believed to be recorded near the Iraqi city of Tikret where Soleimani is [...]

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In the video above, Kurdish Peshmarga forces blow up a giant ISIS suicide bomb truck that was aiming to stop further Kurdish advance in southern Kirkuk today on March 9th, 2015. Peshmarga launched an offensive in southern Kirkuk today aiming to clear more land as preparation to liberate Hawija, one of the biggest towns of Kirkuk provinces.

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Watch how Peshmarga blow up a giant ISIS suicide bomb truck

In the video above, Kurdish Peshmarga forces blow up a giant ISIS suicide bomb truck that was aiming [...]

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