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Over 1,000 Bangladeshis Detained in Southern Iraq

BAS News - 2017-11-19 22:00
BASRA — The Iraqi authorities in the southern province of Basra have placed up to 1,000 Bangladeshi nationals in detention, the Bangladeshi Ambassador to Iraq confirmed. The detainees have overstayed in Iraq after their residence permit ended, according ...

Russia’s Rosneft pays Iraqi Kurdistan $1.3 billion advance

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:03
MOSCOW,— Russian oil giant Rosneft said Tuesday it had paid authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan an advance of $1.3 billion as part of production sharing deals that have angered Baghdad. Rosneft announced last month it had signed agreements for five oil blocks ...

Kurdistan says to respect Iraqi court decision banning secession

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:03
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Iraqi Kurdish authorities said on Tuesday they would accept a court decision prohibiting the region from seceding, signaling a new phase in efforts to restart stalled negotiations over its future. Iraq’s Kurds vote ...

Turkish authorities continue their unfair actions against detainees

ANHA - 2017-11-17 13:57
NEWS DESK – The Turkish authorities have transferred detainees from Kurditan Worker Party PKK, from the closed (F) prison in Aderna city, and during their transfer to (T) prison, the security forces broke the detainees’ objects. In (F) prison in Aderna ci ...

A Young Prisoner Committed Self-Immolation at Zahedan Central Prison

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-11-17 02:01
On Sunday, Nov 12, 2017, a young prisoner charged with robbery in ward 5 of the Zahedan Central Prison Committed self-immolate in protest to refusal of the prison authorities to transfer him to the youth section. “Rasoul Barakzahi, a 23-year-old prisoner ...

HDP’s Osman Baydemir Released Shortly after Being Detained in Istanbul

BAS News - 2017-11-12 21:20
ISTANBUL — Kurdish politician and spokesperson for the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), Osman Baydemir, was released on Sunday after being shortly detained by Turkish authorities in Istanbul. Baydemir was arrested at 16:45 local time after ar ...

PUK Turns in Over 150 IS Terrorists to Baghdad Authorities

BAS News - 2017-11-12 19:17
KIRKUK — The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) has turned in over 150 Islamic State (IS) terrorists to the Iraqi authorities, an official said. Speaking to Ghad Press, Ma’an Saa’d, who is now appointed as the man in charge for security affairs in Kirkuk ...

Iran Hangs Three Kurds

BAS News - 2017-11-07 19:09
ERBIL — The Iranian authorities carried out on Tuesday the death sentences a court had issued for three Kurdish citizens in Western Azarbaijan Province. The three Kurds, identified as Hussein Bashoki, Asghar Ranjbar and Hedayat Sherzad, were hanged at th ...

Arabisation of Kirkuk on the Rise: MP

BAS News - 2017-11-04 22:50
KIRKUK — Iraqi authorities and the Iranian-backed militias have stepped up the systematic process of Arabisation of Kirkuk since they occupied the city last October, said a Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament. MP Shakhawan Abdullah told BasNews that t ...

Today’s Uzbekistan and Manhattan’s Deadly Truck Attack

International Crisis Group - 2017-11-03 18:52
An immigrant from Central Asia has admitted to carrying out the 31 October truck attack in New York on behalf of the Islamic State. Sayfullo Saipov left his native Uzbekistan seven years ago and U.S. and Uzbek authorities say he was radicalised in the U. ...

Turkey, Greece Release Scores of Kurdish Migrants

BAS News - 2017-11-02 19:45
ERBIL — The Turkish and Greek governments have released nearly 50 Kurdish migrants after they were detained en route to Europe. After negotiations with the Turkish authorities, five migrants from the Kurdistan Region were released on Thursday, said Ari J ...

Sweden’s Foreign Policy: Nonaligned, But Not Entirely Neutral

Foreign Policy Research Institute - 2017-11-02 18:49
In late 2014, Swedish authorities spotted what many suspected was a Russian submarine lurking off Stockholm. The incident set off alarm bells among Swedes. It reminded them of a similar incident in 1981, when a nuclear-armed Soviet Whiskey-class submarin ...

HRW: Iraq's Authorities Preventing IDPs from Returning Home in Anbar

BAS News - 2017-11-02 16:14
ERBIL — Iraqi security officials are preventing displaced families from returning home to the liberated areas over “perceived ties” to the Islamic State (IS), Human Rights Watch (HRW) said today. Iraqi authorities are also forcing other IDPs to return to ...

Iraq threatens to resume military operations against Kurds

Reuters - 2017-11-02 04:37
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces threatened on Wednesday to resume operations to capture northern Kurdish-held territory after accusing authorities there of delaying handing over control of Iraq's borders with Turkey, Iran and Syria. ...

Turkish authorities arrest 3 HDP members

ANHA - 2017-11-01 16:14
NEWSDESK- Turkish police has raided this morning several houses of Othmania city, and arrested 3 members of the Democratic Peoples Party. The members arrested by the Turkish police are “Kamiran Babrak, Abdullah Torhan and Birsen Karatash”. The reason beh ...

Kurdish Chief of Kirkuk Police Replaced with Arab Figure

BAS News - 2017-10-31 00:06
ERBIL — As part of its crackdown against the Kurdish authorities in Kirkuk, the Iraqi central government has recently appointed an Arab figure to the position of Kirkuk Chief of Police. Fatah Mahmoud Yaseen will be replacing Kurdish chief of police Sarha ...

Iran Likely to Execute Kurdish Political Inmate

BAS News - 2017-10-29 13:37
ERBIL — According to a report by Campaign to Free Political Prisoners in Iran, the authorities will possibly execute the Kurdish prisoner Rameen Hussein Panahi. The prisoner’s brother, Amjad Hussein Panahi, said that Iran’s intelligence service is planni ...

Iran to Reopen Second Border Crossing with KRG

BAS News - 2017-10-26 23:53
SULAYMANIYAH — Authorities in Iran have decided to soon reopen the Parwizkhan border crossing with the Kurdistan Region after the gate was closed down in retaliation for Erbil’s independence vote last month. Head of Sulaymaniyah Chamber of Commerce, Sirw ...

UN Security Council Urges Baghdad, Erbil on Peaceful Dialogue

BAS News - 2017-10-26 22:02
ERBIL — The UN Security Council on Thursday urged the authorities in Erbil and Baghdad to return to dialogues and settle their differences peacefully. "Council members noted that the federal and regional governments have both expressed willingness to eng ...

What are the challenges to stabilising Syria's post-ISIS areas?

International Crisis Group - 2017-10-25 01:40
As Raqqa and its surrounding areas fall into the control of Kurdish governing authorities, providing security and effective governance will be key to preventing the return of the jihadist insurgency. In this video our Senior Analyst for Syria Noah Bonsey ...

Five Female Prisoners End Their Hunger Strike at Orumiyeh Central Prison

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-10-24 02:02
Five Female Prisoners at the Orumiyeh Central Prison, who had been on hunger strike since Wednesday, October 11 in protest to the confiscation of their personal belongings by prison authorities, ended their hunger strike. “On Wednesday, October 17, Five F ...

Iranian authorities killed Kurdish merchant on border

ANHA - 2017-10-22 16:14
NEWS DESK- The Iranian authorities attacks against the Kurdish traders who are working on the border which is locally called Kolber are ongoing, and Ser Daştî border witnessed on Saturday night the killing of another trader. Elements of the Iranian army k ...

Kurds bringing PKK fighters amounts to 'declaration of war'

KurdPress - 2017-10-21 14:03
The Iraqi government accused Kurdish authorities on Sunday of bringing fighters from Turkey’s separatist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) to the disputed oil-rich city of Kirkuk, and said it considered the move a “declaration of war.” ...

Iraqi Army Calls for Ban of Kurdish News Channels in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-18 18:40
KIRKUK — Iraqi Army’s Command of Military Operations has demands the Baghdad authorities to ban two Kurdish new channels from covering the post-invasion Kirkuk. In an official statement published on Wednesday, the command of the Iraqi armed forces claime ...

Syrian City With Two Regimes Awaits Day of Reckoning

The Wall Street Journal - 2017-10-16 13:44
The Syrian city of Qamishli has spent the war under parallel Syrian and Kurdish administrations—two authorities, two legal systems—but after gains by Damascus, Kurds believe the day is near when the regime will try to retake the entire city. ...

Tensions soar between Kurds and Baghdad

Washington Times - 2017-10-14 12:39
Fears of a new civil war in Iraq — pitting the autonomous Kurdish region against the Iraqi central government — reached new heights Friday, with both sides engaging in tense troop movements around the disputed oil-rich city of Kirkuk. Kurdish authorities ...

Iran: 135 Kurdish Citizens Executed in One Year

BAS News - 2017-10-10 15:32
ERBIL — The Iranian authorities executed 135 Kurdish citizens across the Kurdish region of Iran during the past twelve months, according to reports. On October 10, the World Day Against the Death Penalty, Hengaw News Agency for monitoring human rights in ...

Suspected ISIS Members Surrender in Iraq

New York Times - 2017-10-09 07:12
In the days since Iraqi forces declared victory over Islamic State fighters in Hawija, the group’s final urban stronghold in the country, more than 1,000 men have turned themselves in to the Kurdish authorities. ...

HDP’s Baydemir Sentenced to 17 Months Imprisonment by Turkey

BAS News - 2017-10-05 19:43
ERBIL — Turkish judicial authorities sentenced on Thursday the Kurdish politician Osman Baydemir to 17 months imprisonment. Baydemir, who is also the spokesperson for pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), was accused by a criminal court in Diyarba ...

Baghdad suspends all flights to Kurdistan

CNN - 2017-10-03 20:35
Iraq's central government stepped up pressure on authorities in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region on Thursday after voters decisively backed independence in a disputed referendum. ...

Three Sunni Kurdish Prisoners End Hunger Strikes in Orumiyeh Prison

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-10-01 02:02
On May 27, three political Kurdish prisoners ended their hunger strike in Orumiyeh prison after prison authorities promised to pay attention to their request. “On Tuesday, Sept 19, 2017, three Sunni Kurdish prisoners including Kamran Shikhe, Khosrow Basha ...

Baghdad’s “No Fly” Sanction on Kurdistan Comes into Effect

BAS News - 2017-09-29 21:22
ERBIL — At 1800 hours on September 29, the Baghdad authorities put into effect its blockade of airspace for international flights to the airports in Erbil and Sulimanyah, said Erbil International Airport on Friday. “The published intention of Baghdad is ...

Baghdad cuts off flights to Kurdish airports

CNN - 2017-09-29 03:16
Iraq's central government stepped up pressure on authorities in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region on Thursday after voters decisively backed independence in a disputed referendum. ...

Baghdad Demands Kurdistan Hand over Iraqi Inmates

BAS News - 2017-09-28 19:58
ERBIL— The Iraqi government has demanded the authorities in the Kurdistan Region to hand over the Iraqi inmates held in Kurdistan, said an informed official on Thursday. The Iraqi government has required Kurdistan to hand over to Baghdad the inmates in S ...

Barzani: Iraq’s Reactions Prove We Were Right to Hold Referendum

BAS News - 2017-09-28 16:18
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani said that the reactions of Baghdad against Kurdistan Region show the reality of those who stand against the rights of the people of Kurdistan. The harsh responses of the Iraqi authorities to Kurdistan’s i ...

Iraq threatens flight ban after Kurdish independence vote

Washington Times - 2017-09-26 21:57
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraq's prime minister on Tuesday ordered the northern Kurdish region to hand over control of its airports to federal authorities or face a flight ban, signaling a tough response to a landmark Kurdish independence referendum held the da ...

Week in Brief: Execution and Arrest

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-09-26 02:03
Iran executes a man publicly in Ilam for murder Iranian authorities publicly executed a prisoner on murder charges at the Modarres street in the morning of 17 September in the city of Ilam, The prisoner was sentenced to death last December for having kill ...

Iraq Executes 42 IS Militants in Nasiriyah

BAS News - 2017-09-25 21:45
ERBIL — the Iraqi authorities executed 42 Islamic State (IS) militants, convicted of terrorism for killing members of the security forces and conducting deadly attacks in the country. The decision of the court to execute the 42 militants affiliated with ...

Direct Flights Between Erbil and Urmia to Resume

BAS News - 2017-09-23 15:31
ERBIL — Iranian authorities have ensured that direct flights between Urmia and Erbil will soon be resumed after a temporary halt. Ahmed Montazemi, head of a provincial office for Iran’s Foreign Ministry in Urmia, confirmed the report and told Fars News A ...

Referendum now lies in people's hands: Barzani

KurdPress - 2017-09-22 19:39
Most of the authorities who currently rule the Iraqi government have the same mentality of exterminating the people of Kurdistan, said Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Friday, emphasizing that the people of Kurdistan refuse living within Iraqi ...

Barzani: Referendum Now Lies in People's Hands

BAS News - 2017-09-22 17:28
ERBIL— Most of the authorities who currently rule the Iraqi government have the same mentality of exterminating the people of Kurdistan, said Kurdistan Region President on Friday, emphasizing that the people of Kurdistan refuse living within Iraqi border ...

Iran: Two Kurds Executed

BAS News - 2017-09-20 11:18
ERBIL — Judicial authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran have reportedly carried out the execution sentences for two Kurdish individuals in the western province of Lorestan. According to Human Rights Activists News Agency (HERANA), the two Kurdish ci ...

Zeynab Jalalian Banned from Family Visits by Prison Authorities

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-09-19 02:00
During a short interview with Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN), Zeynab Jalalian talked about her ill health and the suspension of weekly visits with her family by the Prison Intelligence Bureau. This political prison has spent the past 10 years in th ...

Iranian authorities refuse revealing 3 kurds’ fate

ANHA - 2017-09-11 15:46
NEWS DESK- The Iranian authorities refused to disclose the fate of 3 Kurdish citizens from Kamyaran in Sunna governorate in Rojhilat Kurdistan. According to a statement of Human Rights Association in Eastern of Kurdistan, “the Iranian intelligence (Atlaat ...

1,400 Foreign Wives, Children of IS Suspects Held by Iraqi Authorities

BAS News - 2017-09-11 13:56
ERBIL — As the Islamic State (IS) is nearing its end in Iraq, Baghdad authorities revealed that they are holding 1,400 foreign wives and children of IS suspects. Cited by al-Arabia, unnamed Iraqi intelligence officers said that most of the women and chil ...

KCP calls for cohesion to face Iranian regime

ANHA - 2017-09-10 12:26
The Kurdistan Communist Party condemned the crimes committed by the Iranian authorities against the oppressed peoples working for change and democracy, and called on all the forces fighting freedom and justice in the Rojhilat Kurdistan, Baluchistan, Ahwaz ...

Dersim burning again

ANHA - 2017-09-09 16:28
NEWS DESK- In the result of the Turkish army’s military operations, fire has broken out in Dersim forests since months while the Turkish authorities prevent people from putting out the flames. Dozens of hectors of forests have been burned in Dersim area i ...
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