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Bumping this excellent analysis piece on Syria conflict from @BillNeelyNBC  on the ground in Erbil and @SaphoraSmith  in London "Russia is now the undisputed power broker in the region with Iran also benefiting."

#NOW @Kurdistanin  meeting with diplomatic missions of 24 countries in Erbil to discuss the Syrian Kurdistan. Details to follow…

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Dozens of civilians killed and injured in Turkish attacks in Syria. @lindseyhilsum  reports from Erbil, Iraq.

#Erbil Making Preparations to Receive Displaced Civilians from #Syria  - #BasNewa 

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#Kurdish MP Demands Closure of Al Jazeera Office in Erbil

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What did Lavrov discuss in Baghdad and Erbil?


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I just landed in Erbil, Kurdistan Iraq. The invasion of Northern Syria has started. Will be at the border with N-Syria asap. @akhbar 

Three Turkish diplomats shot dead at restaurant in Iraqi Kurdish city of Erbil, security sources tell the BBC

At least three Turkish diplomats killed in shooting in Iraqi Kurdish capital Erbil - security officials via @Reuters 

Until this morning, however, I am not aware of an "ordered departure" EVER being issued for the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad or Consulate in Erbil. Even when ISIS was bearing down on Baghdad in 2014, the U.S. did not trigger ordered departure in light of its serious repercussions.

JUST IN: State Dept. orders the departure of non-emergency government employees from the US Embassy in Baghdad and the US Consulate in Erbil, Iraq, and normal visa services to be temporarily suspended at both posts.

#Irak and #Iran  forces are, now, 30 miles from #Erbil . They attack #Peshmerga  with US #Abrams  tanks. The silence of the West is a shame

BREAKING: Iraqi Vice President Nouri Maliki says Iraqi army will march on Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan region, and raise the Iraqi flag

1- I am in Erbil where Kurds just held referendum for independence. No violence whatsoever. Compare that to #catalanreferendum  👇🏻

Displaced Christians in Erbil, look closely ,# 68 has boldly written on their tent Jesus is the Light of the World

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BREAKING: Obama authorizes airstrikes in Iraq if Islamic militants advance toward city of Erbil