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UN, WHO, Iraqi Gov. Design Health Strategy

BAS News - 2017-07-25 16:45
BAGHDAD — Under the Patronage of the Minister of Health and Environment, Adeelah Hamoud Hussien, Public Health Directorate (PHD) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the United Nation ...

Kurdistan Region delegation to discuss referendum with Baghdad

KurdPress - 2017-07-25 08:19
Kurdistan Region’s High Committee of Referendum will convene this week to form delegations for talks with Baghdad and the regional countries over the forthcoming independence referendum of the autonomous region in the north of Iraq. ...

Baghdad Seeks Violating Constitution by Amending Article 37: MP

BAS News - 2017-07-24 18:53
ERBIL— The Iraqi government is striving to impeach on the constitution by amending a constitutional article which will not secure the rights of the people of Kirkuk , said a Kurdish lawmaker to the Iraqi House of Representatives, demanding Kurdish leader ...

Turkmens Prefer Kurds to Shi'ite-Dominated Baghdad Govt : Leader

BAS News - 2017-07-24 17:30
He says the US will back the referendum if it's assured about granting rights to all components ERBIL— Turkmen parties in the Kurdistan Region have informed the US consular office in Erbil that the Turkmens in Kurdistan support the independence referendu ...

Peshmerga Commanders Call on Baghdad to Schedule Hawija Operation

BAS News - 2017-07-24 17:13
ERBIL — Commanders of Kurdistan Region Peshmerga forces call on Iraqi government to avoid further delaying the operation to liberate Hawija city in southern Kirkuk province from the Islamic State (IS). Sheikh Jaafar Mustafa, a senior commander of Peshmer ...

Islamic State loss of Mosul may presage greater victory in Iraq

Washington Times - 2017-07-24 15:20
The fight to drive Islamic State from Iraq will likely get tougher for Iraqi security forces and the U.S.-backed coalition supporting them, despite Baghdad securing one of the most important victories of the three-year war against the terrorist group. Th ...

Kurdistan to Form Delegation to Discuss Referendum with Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-07-24 14:14
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s High Committee of Referendum will convene this week to form delegations for talks with Baghdad and the regional countries over the forthcoming independence referendum of Kurdistan. Wahida Yaqu Hormuz, a member of the referendum ...

Baghdad cannot prevent referendum in Kurdistan Region: Mahmoud Osman

KurdPress - 2017-07-23 08:02
A former Iraqi parliament deputy and Kurdish politician, Mahmoud Osman, stated over the plan of Kurdistan Region to hold a referendum of independence on September that the central Iraqi government in Baghdad will not be able to prevent the referendum. ...

Baghdad Unsafe for Kurdish Media Activists: MP

BAS News - 2017-07-22 16:24
ERBIL — The deterioration of security situation in Iraq’s capital has provided the armed groups with the freedom to conduct arbitrary violent acts and kidnap Kurdish journalists and media activists, said a lawmaker. Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament ...

Baghdad Not Helping Sinjar IDPs Return Home: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-22 13:19
SINJAR — Baghdad has not assisted the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of Sinjar to return to their homes in the district, said an official, stating that the government may no longer provide support to Sinjar. Sleman Fano, head of Lalish Cultural and ...

Independent Kurdistan Doesn’t Mean Cutting ties with Baghdad

Lawk Ghafuri - 2017-07-22 11:58
AFP / Safin Hamed By Lawk Ghafuri For many years, Kurdistan Region has been a safe haven for many Iraqi internal displaced families from different part of Iraq, also from different ethnics and religion backgrounds, due to Islamic State’s threat. Hence, mo ...

Kurdish Official Kidnapped and Threatened to Leave Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-07-22 10:46
He was kidnapped and tortured by a militia group BAGHDAD — A group of armed men kidnapped a Kurdish official in Baghdad and threatened him to leave Baghdad because he is Kurdish. Shakhawan Abdullah, a Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament, said in a sta ...

Gorran says Barzani uses independence vote for personal gains

KurdPress - 2017-07-21 20:02
The Movement for Change (Gorran) criticized Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani over an attempt to use the referendum on Kurdistan region’s independence from Baghdad to regain personal and party credibility that had been lost due to political and e ...

Barzani Slams Baghdad's Anti-Referendum Stances

BAS News - 2017-07-19 17:16
Kurdistan President states people of Kurdistan do not tolerate threats and denial anymore ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Wednesday issued a statement, accusing the successive Iraqi government of violating the constitution and reaffir ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Militias Kidnap Iraqi Army, Police Forces: MP

BAS News - 2017-07-19 12:03
BAGHDAD — The Shi’ite militia groups of Hashd al-Shaabi have gone out of control by kidnapping official Iraqi security, police and army forces across the country, said a lawmaker. MP Hamid Mutlag told al-Arabiya that such arbitrary actions by the Hashd a ...

Kurdish Delegation to Visit Baghdad for Talks over Independence

BAS News - 2017-07-18 14:45
Financial and geographical issues will be discussed ERBIL — A senior Kurdistan Region delegation will soon be formed for talks with Baghdad over a range of topics, including the forthcoming referendum on Kurdistan’s secession from Iraq and other outstand ...

PM Barzani and New Iranian Ambassador Discuss Bilateral Ties

BAS News - 2017-07-16 19:26
ERBIL— Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and the new ambassador of Iran to Baghdad, Iraj Majedi, discussed bilateral relations. Masjedi, leading a delegation, visited Barzani’s office on Sunday and expressed his content ...

Shi’ite Militia Threatening Failis over Kurdistan Referendum: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-16 18:19
ERBIL— Since Kurdistan Region authorities have announced plans for running the independence referendum, the Shi’ite militia of Asaeb Ahl al-Haqq is threatening Kurdish Faili minority in Baghdad, said an official on Sunday. Asra Faili, a senior member of ...

IS Supreme Leader al-Baghdadi “Still Alive”: Iraqi Interior Ministry

BAS News - 2017-07-16 14:38
BAGHDAD — Refuting reports on the death of the Islamic State (IS) supreme leader, the Iraqi interior ministry has claimed that Abu Bakir al-Baghdadi to be still alive. “According to monitoring cells and accurate information about his movement, and since ...

Referendum is a negotiating tactic: Nazim Dabbagh

KurdPress - 2017-07-16 08:56
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Representative to Tehran stated that the region’s planned independence referendum is really a negotiating tactic to pressure Baghdad into meeting promises on energy and power-sharing. ...

Kurdish independence vote causes concern among Iraqi leaders

Washington Times - 2017-07-13 14:55
Even with U.S.-backed Iraqi forces driving the last Islamic State fighters from Mosul, a big new cloud looms over the country's fragile stability if Iraqi Kurds go ahead with a planned referendum on independence from Baghdad, the top American commander i ...

Kurdistan referendum would destabilize Iraq: U.S. general

KurdPress - 2017-07-13 11:58
The top American commander in the country warned this week that a big new cloud looms over Iraq’s fragile stability if the Kurds in the country go ahead with their planned referendum on independence from Baghdad. ...

Interior Minister Assures Failis over Their Security in Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-07-09 19:28
ERBIL— Following threatening remarks against the Kurdish Faili minority in Baghdad, Iraqi Interior Minister Qasem al-A'araji assured Failis they will be protected without any discrimination. A'araji received a delegation of Faili representatives in his o ...

Kurdistan Delegation to Address Threats Against Failis in Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-07-09 16:08
ERBIL—The delegation which is set to discuss with Baghdad Kurdistan Region's appeal for holding the independence referendum will deliberate over the threats against the Kurdish Faili minority in the Iraqi capital, said a lawmaker. In a statement to BasNe ...

Nechirvan Barzani, Brett McGurk discuss regional developments, referendum

KurdPress - 2017-07-09 10:47
Kurdistan Region Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and Brett McGurk the US Special Presidential Envoy to the coalition to defeat IS met on Saturday in Erbil where they discussed regional issues and ties between Erbil and Baghdad, ...

Ammar al- Hakim urges Riyadh to hold talks with Tehran

KurdPress - 2017-07-09 10:47
Leader of Iraq’s National Alliance Ammar al-Hakim called on Saudi Arabia to resolve disputes with Iran over regional issues through dialogue and said Baghdad can help the two countries to reconcile their stances. ...

No turning back on independence bid: Massoud Barzani

KurdPress - 2017-07-08 08:00
Kurdistan Region president said on Thursday that there was no turning back on a bid to achieve an independent Kurdish state, but he would pursue it through dialogue with Baghdad and regional powers to avoid conflict. ...

Iraq generated over $4 billion from oil exports in June: ministry

E-Kurd - 2017-07-07 14:31
BAGHDAD,— The Iraqi government generated more than $4 billion from oil revenue exports during the month of June, the country’s Oil Ministry said on Sunday. Iraqi Oil Ministry Spokesman Asim Jihad said in a statement a total of 97.5 million barrels of oil ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – July 5, 2017

E-Kurd - 2017-07-07 14:31
Iraqi PM Abadi says Kurdish delegation to visit Baghdad in near future Baghdad: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said a delegation from the Kurdistan Region will visit Baghdad in the next few days to discuss suspended issues between both sides and oi ...

Barzani says no turning back on Iraqi Kurdistan independence bid

E-Kurd - 2017-07-07 14:31
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Iraq’s Kurdish KDP party leader said on Thursday that there was no turning back on a bid to achieve an independent Kurdish state, but he would pursue it through dialogue with Baghdad and regional powers to avoid co ...

President Barzani says no turning back on independence bid

Waar Media - 2017-07-06 17:58
WAAR-DUHOK: The President of the Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, on Thursday said there was “no turning back” on the decision to hold the long-await referendum on Kurdish independence, but that he would “pursue it through dialogue with Baghdad” to avoi ...

Barzani: No Turning Back on Bid to Gain Independence

BAS News - 2017-07-06 17:00
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani said on Thursday that they would not turn back on the move towards independence, but they would pursue it through dialogue with Baghdad and regional powers to avoid conflict. Barzani told Reuters in an in ...

Abadi's Office: Wanted People Cannot Attend Sunni's Conference

BAS News - 2017-07-06 17:00
ERBIL— The Sunni leaders who are wanted by the court will not be allowed to step into Baghdad in anyway, confirmed the media office of the Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi in a statement. The office on Thursday responded to the reports which alleged ...

Leader from Maliki’s State of Law Accuses Kurds of Chauvinism

BAS News - 2017-07-06 11:35
ERBIL — Saad al-Matlabi, a member of the security committee in Baghdad Provincial Council described Kurds as being “chauvinists.” Matlabi, who is from State of Law faction led by former Iraqi premier Nouri al-Maliki, said on Wednesday in an interview wit ...

Embargo Imposed on Anbar by Baghdad Politically Motivated: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-05 17:59
ANBAR — Rajih al-Efan al-Esawi, head of the security committee of the Anbar provincial council on Wednesday called on Governor Suhaib al-Rawi to resign if he is unable to maintain the security and dignity of the people of Anbar from humiliation at al-Soq ...

Iraqi Anbar Province Threaten to Declare Autonomous Region

BAS News - 2017-07-05 15:33
ANBAR — Local officials and tribal leaders in Anbar threatened to declare the province an autonomous region, as a protest against what they call “humiliation” of civilians at checkpoints set up on the borders with Baghdad. According to Hamid al-Dulaimi, ...

Abadi: KRG’s delegation to visit Baghdad in next days

Waar Media - 2017-07-05 12:22
WAAR-DUHOK: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said a delegation from the Kurdistan Region will visit Baghdad in the next few days to discuss suspended issues between both sides, referendum and oil revenue. Speaking during a press conference on Tuesday ...

Mister Iraq Pageant Candidate Found Dead in Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-07-03 20:54
ERBIL— The body of a candidate for winning Mister Iraq beauty pageant was found in central Baghdad, police said. Karrar Nushi, who had gone missing two days ago, was found dead by a police detachment in a yard on Palestine Street on Monday. The body of t ...

After Joint Victory, Iraqi Kurds Seek Divorce From Baghdad

The Wall Street Journal - 2017-06-29 13:04
Iraqi Kurds are expected to support independence from Baghdad in a September referendum, raising new concerns about regional stability just as Islamic State is being defeated in Iraq and Syria, writes Yaroslav Trofimov. ...

US congress threatens to cut payments to Iraqi Kurds

KurdPress - 2017-06-29 12:08
The U.S. Congress is threatening to cut funding for Iraq’s vaunted Kurdish Peshmerga fighters if the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) ends up splitting with Baghdad. ...
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