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DNO makes cretaceous oil discovery at Iraqi Kurdistan’s Peshkabir
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
OSLO,— DNO ASA, the Norwegian oil and gas operator announced on Monday that the Peshkabir-2 well currently drilling in the Kurdistan region of Iraq has discovered oil in the Cretaceous horizon in the southern flank of the Peshkabir field. The well flowed ...

Iran’s Brilliant Strategy in Syria
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
Dr. Hussein Tahiri | Special to Ekurd.net The West has often underestimated the power, ability and canniness of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The regime has been able to withstand over three decades of sanctions by the West and stretch its muscles through ...

Yazidi YBS forces will defend Sinjar against Turkey and Barzani: statement
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
SINJAR,— The Kurdish Yazidi armed group of Yekîneyên Berxwedana Şengalê‎ (YBŞ), which is affiliated with Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) said in a statement that they will protect the Yazidis in Iraq’s Sinar area from Turkey and Barzani’s forces. A statemen ...

Kurdish politician: Turkey seeking to fight Kurds with Kurds
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Kurdish prominent politician Dr. Mahmoud Othman believes the Saturday visit of Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim to Iraq’s Kurdistan Region and meeting the high-level official of the region is to fight Kurds with ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – January 10, 2017
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
Kurdistan govt’s foreign relations chief meets with Yazda NGO Erbil: Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) head of foreign relations met with the leadership of the Yazidi NGO Yazda in an effort to reach a solution following closure of the NGO by lo ...

Exxon, under Rex Tillerson, won Kurdistan oil fields and nearly lost Iraq
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
WASHINGTON,— When Ashti Hawrami, the oil minister from Iraq’s largely autonomous Kurdistan region, unfurled a map of untapped oil fields for a team of ExxonMobil officials in the spring of 2011, they saw possibility and profit. The minister pointed to the ...

Iraq exported 3.51 million barrels of oil per day from Basra in December
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
BAGHDAD,— Oil exports from Iraq’s southern Basra ports reached a record high of 3.51 million barrels per day (bpd) in December, the oil ministry said on Monday. Iraq’s Oil Minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi said the unprecedentedly high exports from the south w ...

Kurds raise alarm over Iraqi Shiite militias moving closer to Khanaqin
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
KHANAQIN, Iraqi Kurdistan,— Kurdish military and political officials in Khanaqin warn that the Shiite paramilitary group of Hashd al-Shaabi has moved some of its forces closer to the city with the aim of building a base and attracting Kurds to join the fo ...

Turkey’s parliament approves constitutional change
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
ANKARA,— The Turkish parliament voted on Tuesday to press on with debate about a constitutional reform package that would expand the powers of President Tayyip Erdogan, taking another step on the path towards an executive presidency. Erdogan and his suppo ...

Turkey’s Kurdish HDP party to boycott constitutional reform vote
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
ANKARA,— Turkey’s pro-Kurdish party to boycott a parliamentary vote on a controversial new draft constitution aimed at giving President Recep Tayyip Erdogan greater powers, in protest over the arrest of its MPs. The Turkish parliament voted on Tuesday to ...

Syrian Kurds say not invited to peace talks in Kazakhstan: PYD
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
BEIRUT,— Syrian Kurds have not been invited to the talks on the political future of Syria due to take place this month in Kazakhstan, their representative in France said Tuesday. “We are not invited to Astana. There appears to be a veto on our presence,” ...

Iraq could kill the OPEC deal
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
LONDON,— OPEC made an early New Year’s resolution when it promised the world that it will get thin – or more accurately that it will thin its output in an effort to help support prices. As anyone who has ever had a New Year’s resolution knows, those promi ...

Iraq’s Abadi says improved ties with Turkey depends on troops withdrawal
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
BAGHDAD,— Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi stressed on Tuesday that neighboring Turkey should pull its forces out of Iraq, otherwise Ankara-Baghdad relations will not see an improvement. Abadi said in his weekly remarks to reporters in Baghdad: “I tol ...

U.S. says Kurds should be included in Syrian peace talks
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
WASHINGTON,— The Syrian Kurds should be party to any Syrian peace talks, the U.S. said Tuesday. “This process has to include all Syrians, and that includes the Syrian Kurds,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters. Asked explicitly if the Sy ...

Kurdish lawmakers prevented from entering Iraqi Kurdistan capital: MP
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Two Kurdish lawmakers were prevented from entering the KDP-controlled Iraqi Kurdistan capital city of Erbil, by security forces at Prde Checkpoint, a member of the Kurdistan parliament said on Tuesday. Kurdish lawmaker ...

Top press rights defender in Turkey court for PKK propaganda
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
ISTANBUL,— The Turkey representative for Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and two other campaigners appeared in court Wednesday, risking years in jail in a high-profile trial charged with aiding Kurdish militants. The trial has sparked international howls ...

Pentagon chief says U.S. troops will be needed in Iraq after Mosul falls
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
WASHINGTON,— The United States could leave a residual military force in Iraq after the Islamic State is pushed out of its last stronghold there, Defense Secretary Ash Carter indicated Tuesday, saying militants loyal to the terror group will continue to po ...

Turkey says to discuss troops withdrawal with Iraq after Mosul operation: minister
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
ANKARA,— Turkish troops’ withdrawal from a base near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul will be discussed with Baghdad after the area is completely rid of Islamic State (IS) group, Turkey’s defense minister said Wednesday. “The main aim of the Bashiqa camp ...

Canada says program to arm Iraqi Kurds will require controls
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
OTTAWA,— Canada wants “adequate controls” in place before sending arms to Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Iraq, as human rights groups warn that weapons supplied by the U.S. and other countries are contributing to war crimes. The Kurdish Peshmerga in Iraqi Ku ...

Kurdistan Falcons TAK group claims responsibility for Turkey’s Izmir attack
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
DIYARBAKIR-AMED, Turkey’s Kurdish region,— The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK) group on Wednesday claimed responsibility for a car bomb and gun attack that left two people dead near the courthouse in the Turkish city of Izmir this month, a report said. TA ...

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