The Rudaw Media Network, also known as Rudaw, is a KDP-affiliated media group in Iraqi Kurdistan. It publishes in Kurdish (Sorani and Kurmanji), English, Arabic and Turkish. Rudaw Media Network owns also a weekly newspaper in the Sorani dialect with a circulation of 3,000, a Kurmanci-language version published in Europe, a website in Kurdish and English, and a satellite TV station.

The Peshmerga General Command has said the attack on Kirkuk by the Iranian Quds-backed Iraqi forces and the Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi is “a flagrant declaration of war against Kurdistan.”

"US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was very clear when he said last week that the US will not recognize, neither support the Kurdish independence referendum."