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Gorran Leader Votes “Yes” to Kurdistan Independence
BAS News - 2017-09-25 11:56
ERBIL — Omar Sayd Ali, General Coordinator of the Change Movement (Gorran) voted “Yes” to the independence of the Kurdistan Region in today’s referendum on secession from Iraq. Ali casted his ballot in Piramagrun School in Sulaimaniyah, and announced at

Iran border gates into Kurdistan Region are open
KurdPress - 2017-09-25 11:53
The border gates of Parviz Khan, Bashmakh, and Haji Omran into the Kurdistan Region are open as before and crossing from and to the border gates are continuing normally as before.

Iran parliament discusses Kurdish independence referendum
KurdPress - 2017-09-25 11:53
Iranian parliament national security and foreign policy commission on Sunday discussed referendum in the Iraqi Kurdistan's semi-autonomous region.

N.F.L., Angela Merkel, Iraqi Kurdistan: Your Monday Briefing - The New York Times
Nytimes - 2017-09-25 11:43

Iraqi Kurds Vote in Independence Referendum Despite Warnings From Baghdad, U.S.
The Wall Street Journal - 2017-09-25 11:33
Kurds began voting in a landmark referendum on independence from Iraq, despite pressure from Baghdad and the international community, which have warned the vote could undermine the fight against Islamic State and destabilize the region.

Baghdad orders Kurdistan region to hand over borders, ports - FederalNewsRadio.com
Federalnewsradio - 2017-09-25 11:32

Iran, Turkey Have Not Shut Border Gates with Kurdistan Region
BAS News - 2017-09-25 11:31
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Region’s border gates with Turkey and Iran are still open and the traffic is normal at those crossings. Bülent Tüfenkci, Turkish Minister of Customs and Trade, rejected the news claiming that Turkey had closed its border gates with

KRG PM: Abadi’s Threats Remind Us of Baath Punishments
BAS News - 2017-09-25 11:31
ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) prime minister voiced his regret over the recent threats made by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, describing them as “collective punishment” against the people of Kurdistan. Barzani made the remark at a pr

Iraq's Kurds to vote on independence amid fears of unrest
Yahoo - 2017-09-25 11:22

Kurds vote in historic referendum on independence | Reuters.com
Reuters - 2017-09-25 11:22

Kurdistan VP Urges Baghdad to Congratulate Kurdistan over Independence Vote
BAS News - 2017-09-25 10:59
ERBIL — After casting his vote in the independence referendum of the Kurdistan Region, Kurdistan Region’s vice president urged the people of Kurdistan to unite their voice for the independence appeal. Kosrat Rasul Ali demanded the entire public to turn t

Iraqi PM Releases Over 15 Statements in 4 Hours Against Kurdistan
BAS News - 2017-09-25 10:59
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi posted over 15 statements on his official Facebook account against Kurdistan Region's independence referendum in just four hours. In 19 different statements on Facebook, Abadi reiterated his opposition to the

Gorran leader votes “yes” in Kurdistan’s independence referendum
NRT - 2017-09-25 10:50

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Al Raqqa Museum liberated empty of antiquities
ANHA - 2017-09-25 10:49
After several years of controlling al-Raqqa city by armed gangs including IS mercenaries, al-Raqqa and its archaeological museum have been emptied of all its antiquities as they have been looted, stolen and destroyed.

Though their school wreaked, Katounyia students reopen it
ANHA - 2017-09-25 10:49
Students and children of the village of Khatounyia, west of the city of al- Raqqa, have reopened their schools and provided the necessary supplies for the new school year, as the village’s schools have been inflicted damage, moreover, they are lacking boa

Al-Raqqa refugees wait for their city’s liberation
ANHA - 2017-09-25 10:49
al-Raqqa people who have been forced to displace their homes due to IS mercenaries practices, and headed towards Ain Issa camp in Girê Sipî expressed their happiness as al-Raqqa approached to be liberated by SDF.

Iraqi Kurds Vote in Independence Referendum Despite Warnings From Baghdad, U.S. - WSJ
WSJ - 2017-09-25 10:48

Turkey weighing border, air space measures over Iraqi Kurdish referendum: PM | Reuters
Reuters - 2017-09-25 10:48

PUK deputy casts vote, asks people in Kirkuk to vote yes for referendum
KurdPress - 2017-09-25 10:46
The first Deputy Leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Kosrat Rasul, cast his vote in the city of Kirkuk and asked the people of the city and Kirkuk province to vote yes for the independence of Kurdistan Region from Iraq.