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Kurdistan Delegation to Visit Baghdad Prior to Referendum

BAS News - 2017-09-21 01:16
ERBIL — A delegation from the Kurdistan Region will visit Baghdad within the following two days to hold another discussion over pending disputes and the imminent independence referendum. According to a statement by Kurdistan Region Presidency, the decisi ...

Erbil, Baghdad May Meet Again

BAS News - 2017-09-20 20:15
ERBIL — Delegations from Kurdistan Region and the Iraqi government will meet again to discuss their disputes and a planned independence vote in the Kurdistan Region, an official said. The sides are expected to meet in the following few days, according to ...

Baghdad Hands Hawija Operation Plan to Peshmerga

BAS News - 2017-09-20 13:55
KIRKUK — Iraqi government has presented the plan for Hawija operation to the Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Peshmerga, said a Peshmerga commander. Wasta Rasoul, Commander of Peshmerga Forces in southern Kirkuk front, told BasNews “An Iraqi military deleg ...

Baghdad ready for conditional talks with KRG over referendum: expert

KurdPress - 2017-09-20 12:04
A political expert has stated that the central government of Iraq in Baghdad is ready to discuss the independence of the northern region of Kurdistan if the northern province of Kirkuk is not included in the Kurdish referendum vote set for September 25. ...

Baghdad Ready to Resolve Oil Issues With Erbil

BAS News - 2017-09-19 23:54
ERBIL — Baghdad is ready to discuss and settle outstanding oil issues with Erbil, Iraqi oil minister said on Tuesday. According to Iraq's Oil Minister, Jabar al-Luaibi, Iraq is ready for dialogues with Erbil, as the Region is moving forward with its upco ...

Barzani: We Have the Right Not to Trust Verbal Pledges

BAS News - 2017-09-19 17:57
ERBIL— If the Kurdistan Region leadership receives an alternative for its independence referendum from Baghdad which the international community can guarantee its enforcement, instead of voting to the referendum on September 25, the people of Kurdistan w ...

Japan Grants UNHCR $4.5m to Assist Mosul IDPs

BAS News - 2017-09-19 16:39
BAGHDAD, (UNHCR) — The Government of Japan has announced emergency funding of $4.5 million dollars to support UNHCR’s humanitarian assistance for families affected by the Mosul crisis. The new funding will be targeted to help improve the daily living con ...

Barzani and UK Secretary of State for Defence in Erbil

Waar Media - 2017-09-19 14:47
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has reiterated that Erbil tried every formula of partnership with Baghdad, but the central government failed to show commitment to this partnership, which has led the Kurdistan Region to having now no ...

Sulaymaniyah Protests Baghdad’s Position on Kurdistan Independence Vote

BAS News - 2017-09-19 13:55
SULAYMANIYAH — Tens of protesters gathered on Tuesday in front of Iraqi Parliament’s subsidiary office in Sulaymaniyah to voice objection against a decision by Baghdad to reject Kurdistan Region’s imminent independence referendum. The gathering was organ ...

Kirkuk Council Rejects Baghdad’s Decision to Unseat Governor

BAS News - 2017-09-19 13:55
Provincial Council of Kirkuk voted against Iraqi parliament’s decision ERBIL — Kirkuk Provincial Council rejected on Tuesday the Iraqi parliament’s decision to remove Kirkuk Governor Najmadin Karim from office. The vast majority of Kirkuk Provincial Coun ...

Al-Raqqa fighter: each monument on this land is under protection

ANHA - 2017-09-19 12:04
The fighter Mousa al-Halaby who is fighting in al-Raqqa fronts assured that although IS mercenaries are stationed in Bab Baghdad (Baghdad Door) which is one of the most important and ancient archeological site in al-Raqqa city, ...

Barzani: No Options But Independence

BAS News - 2017-09-19 00:03
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has reiterated that Erbil tried every formula of partnership with Baghdad, but the central government failed to show commitment to this partnership, which has led the Kurdistan Region having now no choice ...

Barzani and UK's Fallon Meet in Erbil

BAS News - 2017-09-18 20:20
ERBIL— British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon arrived in Erbil Monday evening and met with the Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani. Fallon landed in Erbil after he met the senior official in Baghdad. No details about the meeting have been disclos ...

Baghdad Has Lost Allegiance of Nineveh Components: MP

BAS News - 2017-09-18 18:09
ERBIL— As a result of its "negative" position against the components of Nineveh Plain, the Iraqi government has failed in re-obtaining the allegiance of Nineveh people, said an MP from the Kurdish Shabak minority. Speaking to BasNews on Monday, Salim Sha ...

A Kurdish referendum on independence risks backfiring

The Economist - 2017-09-18 17:59
THE vast oil reserves and disputed status of Kirkuk have given it a reputation as a powder-keg. The multi-ethnic province in northern Iraq lies beyond the Kurdish Autonomous Region but is ruled by the Kurds and claimed by the Arabs in Baghdad. To locals, ...

PM Barzani: We Will Continue to Cooperate with Baghdad in War on Terrorism

BAS News - 2017-09-18 15:26
ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani stated that there's no decision to postpone the independence referendum, scheduled for September 25. Regarding Brett McGurk’s latest visit to Kurdistan Region and his request to ...

UNAMI: IS Terrorists Continue to Kill Despite Defeat on the Battlefield

BAS News - 2017-09-18 12:02
BAGHDAD (UNAMI) — The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has been informed of an explosion that killed a number of people, including members of the Popular Mobilization Units and civilians, in a village west of Mosul today. The explosion ...

Maliki on Kurdistan’s Independence: Creation of Second Israel Not Allowed

BAS News - 2017-09-18 03:55
BAGHDAD — Iraqi Shi’ite politician and former prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, said in a meeting with the US Ambassador to Iraq that he will not allow the creation of a “second Israel” in northern Iraq, referring to an anticipated Kurdistan state. He tol ...

Abadi Invites Kurdistan for Further Negotiations over Referendum

BAS News - 2017-09-12 21:00
ERBIL — As Kurds insist on their plan to hold the independence referendum on time, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has called for a new round of talks over the political disputes between Erbil and Baghdad. During his weekly press conference in Baghd ...

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 ...

Barzani: Kirkuk Should Be Symbol of Coexistence for All Ethnicities

BAS News - 2017-09-11 11:01
Barzani reaffirmed holding referendum in Kirkuk ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani reaffirmed that there is no turning back on the independence referendum scheduled for September 25 and they will start negotiations with Baghdad over the se ...

Arab League Top Official in Erbil for Referendum Talks with Barzani

BAS News - 2017-09-09 18:00
ERBIL— Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit arrived on Saturday evening in Erbil and is expected to meet with Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani. Following a visit to Baghdad and meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, Aboul- ...

[VIDEO]: Militiamen Conduct Massive Attack in Central Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-09-07 15:00
The security forces do not intervene to stop the gunmen BAGHDAD — A group of gunmen has conducted an armed operation in the center of Baghdad and the security forces in the capital city remained on the fence, apparently due to their incapability to bring ...

Barzani: Referendum is Not A Pressure Card

BAS News - 2017-09-06 16:32
ERBIL— Baghdad should accept Kurdistan Region's secession as it does not acknowledge partnership, stated Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani. For talks over the independence referendum of Kurdistan (on September 25 this year), Barzani convened writ ...

Russia to Relocate Its Embassy in Baghdad for Security Measures

BAS News - 2017-09-06 14:01
ERBIL — Russian authorities are now in negotiations with the Iraqi counterparts to soon change the location of its embassy in the capital city of Baghdad due to serious security threats, an official said. “The negotiations to provide Russia with a new si ...

Iraq’s Oil Exports Slightly Dropped in August

BAS News - 2017-09-06 14:01
BAGHDAD — The oil exports by the Iraqi federal government recorded a slight decrease over the past month of August, whereas revenues from crude shipments increased. Crude shipments decreased from 3.23 million barrels per day (bpd) in July to 3.216 millio ...

Iraq outraged by deal to transfer Islamic State fighters to its border

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
BAGHDAD,— Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi criticised the ceasefire deals that saw hundreds of Islamic State (IS) group militants evacuated from an enclave on the Lebanese-Syrian border. The militants were given safe passage to the Syrian province o ...

Iraqi govt denounces decision to include Kirkuk in Kurdistan referendum

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
BAGHDAD,— Saad al-Hadith, the Spokesman for Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, denounced on Tuesday a decision to include Kirkuk in the Kurdish independence referendum, calling the move “illegal and unconstitutional”. “Provinces that don’t belong to t ...

Iraqi PM declares Nineveh province fully liberated from Islamic State

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
BAGHDAD,— Iraq’s prime minister on Thursday declared the town of Tal Afar “fully liberated” from the Islamic State group after a nearly two-week operation, the latest blow to the extremist group which ran nearly a third of the country three years ago. Ir ...

Iraq exported 3.216 mln bpd of oil in August exclude Kirkuk: ministry

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
BAGHDAD,— Iraq’s oil exports slipped to 3.216 million barrels per day in August from 3.230 million bpd in July as no shipments were made from the northern Kirkuk field, the oil ministry said on Saturday. All the volumes shipped in August came from the so ...

More than 2,000 Islamic State militants killed in Iraq’s Tal Afar

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
BAGHDAD,— The Iraqi forces killed over 2,000 Islamic State (IS) militants and more than 50 suicide bombers during a major offensive to free Tal Afar area in west of Mosul, the Iraqi military said on Saturday. “The IS total casualties in the blitzkrieg du ...

Iranian senior cleric meets Nouri al-Maliki

KurdPress - 2017-09-05 10:49
Chairman of Iran's Expediency Council Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi met secretary-general of the Islamic Dawa Party and a Vice President of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad on Momday. ...

Iran backs Baghdad-Erbil agreement: ambassador

KurdPress - 2017-09-03 09:39
Iran's Ambassador to Iraq Iraj Masjedi said on Saturday, September 2, that Tehran supports every agreement between Baghdad and Erbil to settle inter-alia problems. ...

7 Civilians Killed in IS Attack North of Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-09-02 22:07
ERBIL — At least seven civilians lost their lives, whereas another dozen were injured after the Islamic State (IS) militants carried out a bomb attack on a power plant north of Baghdad, an Iraqi security official said on Saturday. According to the offici ...

Iraq Would Support Possible Extension of OPEC Deal

BAS News - 2017-09-01 21:39
BAGHDAD — Baghdad would support a decision to extend the deal with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other countries, aiming to cut the oil output, Iraqi Oil Minister, Jabbar Luaibi, said. The minister, who spoke to reporte ...

UN Casualty Figures for Iraq for the Month of August

BAS News - 2017-09-01 12:41
BAGHDAD, (UNAMI) — A total of 125 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 188 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in August 2017, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAM ...

Iranian former ambassador climbs mountain in Kurdish suit

KurdPress - 2017-08-31 12:34
Iranian former Ambassador to Baghdad, Hassan Danaei Far mounted Damavand Mountain in an attempt to honor the Peshmerga and Pasdar forces who were martyred in a joint operation against former Baath Regime dictator Saddam Hussein forces in 1987. Reporter’s ...
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