"I am the same Masoud Barzani, I am a Peshmerga (Kurdish fighter) and will continue to help my people in their struggle for independence", said Barzani, who has campaigned for Kurdish self-determination for almost four decades.
He was elected president by the Kurdish parliament in 2005, and won almost 70 per cent of the vote in Kurdistan's first direct presidential election in 2009.
Barzani's step came after the military and political defeat that touched the Region following the September 25 referendum on independence, opposed by Baghdad, Ankara and Tehran, in addition to the worldwide community.
The central government retook the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, which the Kurds had held since 2014 and regard as both their spiritual homeland and a key source of revenue for their would-be independent state, in a military offensive on October 16.
Speaking at a closed parliamentary session on Sunday, Barzani read a letter saying he will not seek to extend his term as president when after 1 November, effectively resigning from government. Iraqi government launched an offensive which led to Kurds losing to Baghdad large swathes of oilfields in the disputed province of Kirkuk.
The region lost almost half of the territory that had been comfortably under Kurdish control for years, including the oil-rich city of Kirkuk.
His resignation could help facilitate a reconciliation between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Iraq's central government, whose retaliatory measures since the referendum have transformed the balance of power in the north.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Friday ordered a 24-hour suspension of military operations against Kurdish forces in northern Iraq. His term of office was to expire in 2013 but was extended by parliament.
Hayman Hurami, the political adviser at the office of the Kurdish Region's President said that Barzani will remain a high reference in the Kurdistan Region.
Abadi also wants to take control of the border crossings between the Kurdish region and Turkey, Iran and Syria, including one through which an oil export pipeline crosses into Turkey, carrying Iraqi and Kurdish crude oil.
A coalition of United States (US)-led military forces said a ceasefire has been reached between the government in Baghdad and the Iraqi Kurdish minority after clashes emerged due to controversial vote on Kurdish independence last month.
Kurdish officials offered this week to "freeze" the results of the vote, but Mr al-Abadi rejected the offer on Thursday.
It turns out, as many initially speculated, the wideout skipped practice to show his displeasure at Texans owner Bob McNair . According to ESPN , the team will meet Saturday night to consider some form of a demonstration before the game Sunday.
Twitter erupted with backlash towards Gurriel after the incident. "It's just learn from it, and we've got to move forward". Gurriel was born in Cuba and played there and in Japan in 2014 before coming to Major League Baseball a year ago .
The Nets and Barclays Center were valued at $875 million and $825 million, respectively, in that deal, according to Newsday. Prokhorov bought complete control of the Nets in 2015 after first purchasing a majority of shares in 2010.
Save the land of Nightopia from Wizeman the Wicked by gathering orbs to unlock stolen emotions and battle his powerful minions. As usual both the Xbox 360 games are backwards compatible on Xbox One, so technically you're getting four free games.
The opioid epidemic killed 64,000 Americans in 2016, prompting Trump to call it the "worst drug crisis in our nation's history". On Thursday, the senator applauded the president's declaration, but said he hopes it's just the first step.
The president's national health emergency declaration opens certain federal funds to drug treatment groups, among other things. Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands, which is risky and can lead to tragedy.
The GTX 1070 Ti cards will officially go on sale on November 2, at which time we should have our full suite of gaming benchmarks. By creating the GTX 1070 Ti , Nvidia ensures that its parts are faster at equivalent price points once again.
He needed to be carted off the field, and replays on the video board of his leg bending the wrong way drew groans from the crowd. Trailing 7-0, Chicago used a 45-yard pass from Trubisky to Tre McBride to move to a first-and-goal at the Saints' 6-yard line.
They said, "Some of you say that Modi did not meet you, before we met you, knocked on the door and used to go in". This "ideological unanimity" he said, seems to have lost with the expansion of the party.
Nationals to name Martinez manager
None of the coaches who served under Baker were retained by the team, and no new coaching hires have been announced yet. The Chicago Cubs have another vacancy to fill, as one of Joe Maddon's top lieutenants has accepted another job.
Delta addresses Thunder plane damage en route to Chicago
Carmelo Anthony , Josh Huestis , and Steven Adams all posted photos of the plane shortly after it landed around 12:45 a.m. Despite the scary incident, according to WISN12, no one was injured as a result of the damaged plane.
Are you ready for the new TSA rules?
Economy passengers on Lufthansa's Swiss airline have been asked to check in at least 90 minutes before departure. The new screening process is meant to help avoid bans on certain electronics, like laptops, in the cabin.
Khloe Kardashian Is Expecting A Baby Boy!
In her role as "momager", Kris Jenner negotiated the deal and is entitled to a $19.2 million AUD chunk of the sum in manager fees. Kris hasn't said much on Kylie's reported pregnancy in public.
New Amazon service lets delivery people into your home
The kit comes with an Amazon Cloud Cam ( Key Edition) and an Amazon Key-compatible smart lock provided by Kwiskset or Yale. This system is another way Amazon is making it easier for customers to receive packages quickly and securely.
Rodgers: "Thirteen screws later, here I am"
However, Rodgers wouldn't confirm to ESPN's Jason Wilde exactly how many screws are in his collarbone, telling Wilde, "It's TV". The Packers return to game action on November 6 on ESPN's "Monday Night Football" against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field.