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Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – January 5, 2017
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
Teachers continue demonstrations against Kurdistan government austerity measures in Sulaimani Sulaimani: Teachers continue demonstrations against overdue salaries and austerity measures to withhold a percentage of their payments in Iraq’s Kurdistan region ...

70 percent of east Mosul retaken from Islamic State, Iraqi general says
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Iraqi forces have retaken around 70 percent of eastern Mosul from Islamic State militants and expect to reach the river bisecting the city in the coming days, Iraq’s joint operations commander told Reuters. Lieutena ...

War Crimes in the Age of Cyberwars
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
Deyan Ranko Brashich | Exclusive to Ekurd.net A Rx to prevent cyberwars: Declare cyberattacks war crimes and all state sponsored cyberattack participants personally liable. The world is dependent on computers and the internet. This has changed the way we ...

Kurdish forces will not withdraw from Iraq’s liberated areas, ministry says
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Kurdish forces will not withdraw from areas taken from Islamic State (IS) militants before the Mosul operation, the Peshmerga Ministry spokesman said in response to remarks made by former Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri a ...

Iraqi forces launch offensive on Islamic State near Syria border
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
BAGHDAD,— Iraqi forces launched an offensive against the Islamic State group near the Syrian border Thursday, piling further pressure on the jihadists’ crumbling “caliphate”. Baghdad and its allies also turned up the heat on IS in its last remaining Iraqi ...

Closure of Yazidi NGO ‘illegal’, Kurdish official says
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The closure of Yazda, a Yazidi-focused rights organization by the local government in Duhok was illegal, a senior Kurdish official has told Rudaw English, while defending an earlier claim that the organization had b ...

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters arrested for doing business with Islamic State
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Investigations are underway of nine Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and officers arrested on charges of business deals with Islamic State (IS), Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Peshmerga ministry announced on ...

A Patriotic Socialist Solution to the Problems in Iraqi Kurdistan
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
Hussain Fayli Muneer | Exclusive to Ekurd.net In order to introduce what I’m going to talk about, I just want to first explain the reasoning behind this piece in which I am about to write. First and foremost in no way shape or form should whatever I state ...

Closure of Yazda charity puts rescued Yazidi sex slaves at risk, director warns
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
LONDON,— The closure of a charity providing treatment for trauma to Kurdish Yazidi sex slaves rescued from Islamic State militants in northern Iraq will damage their chances of recovery, the charity’s head said on Wednesday. The Yazidi-led charity Yazda, ...

Car bomb attack near courthouse in Turkey’s Izmir kills two
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
IZMIR,— Turkish officials say suspected Kurdish militants clashed with police and detonated a car bomb near a courthouse in Izmir city on Thursday after their vehicle was stopped at a checkpoint, killing a Turkish police officer and a court employee. Depu ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – January 6, 2017
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
Civil organizations call on Kurdistan govt to cancel Iraqi Army Day holiday Sulaimani: A number of civil organizations have called on the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to cancel a one-day-holiday commemorating the creation of the Iraqi Army, calling ...

Turkey paying price for U.S. alliance with Syrian Kurds: defense minister
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
ANKARA,— Turkey and the region are paying the price for the United States choosing the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia as a partner in the fight against Islamic State, Turkish Defence Minister Fikri Isik said on Friday. Speaking to broadcaster Haberturk, Isik ...

Iraqi Shiite militias reject rights group report on war crimes
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
BAGHDAD,— Hashid Shaabi, an umbrella organisation of Shia militia groups, on Thursday denied Amnesty International’s report saying the militias have committed war crimes using weapons provided to the Iraqi military by the United States, Europe, Russia and ...

A Roman amphitheatre to enhance culture in Iraqi Kurdistan
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Sulaimani’s newest park, the huge Hawary Shar, will soon see the opening of a 5,000-seat open air auditorium built in the style of Rome’s Colosseum. Eventually a zoo, golf course, hotel and mall will be added. In an es ...

Iraq to get $1 billion loan from U.S. for public services, reform plan
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
BAGHDAD,— Iraqi governmental officials took the first step of borrowing up to $1 billion from the United States on Thursday to alleviate the country’s financial crisis, help reform plans and provide public services. “These funds will help the Government o ...

Kurdish Migration Conference 2017, London
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
Press Release via Ekurd.net Globalisation, Diaspora and Transnational Belonging June 15-16, 2017, Middlesex University, London, UK Call for abstracts – Deadline: March 1st, 2017 Conference Aims and Objectives Following the success of the first internation ...

Turkey’s jailed HDP leader Demirtas says ‘I’m not a PKK spokesperson’
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
EDIRNE,— The jailed co-chair of the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has said he is not “a manager, member, spokesperson or a sympathizer” of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in testimony in a case against him for allegedly “insulting” President ...

Syrian Kurdish-led forces seize historic castle from Islamic State
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
BEIRUT,— Syria’s Kurdish-led forces in north of the country say they have taken control of a medieval castle perched on a hilltop over a strategic town held by the Islamic State group, less than 32 kilometers (20 miles) from the self-declared capital of t ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – January 7, 2017
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
Prominent Kurdish intellectual says Syria’s Assad is a Kakai Kurd from Iraq’s Khanaqin Sulaimani: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his family are Kakai Kurds from Khanaqin in Iraqi Kurdistan, according to a prominent Kurdish intellectual who heard the ...

Iraqi Kurdistan oil a slippery issue
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
NAJAF, Iraq,— Iran and Turkey are trying to extend their economic influence over Iraqi Kurdistan oil, even as controversy flares over surreptitious deals between Kurdistan and Turkey. Iraqi Kurdistan has been shipping oil to Turkey without Baghdad’s knowl ...

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