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PKK Seeking to Open Direct Route with Baghdad in Southern Sinjar

BAS News - 2017-05-26 13:06
Iraqi forces have been deployed in southern Sinjar areas ERBIL — Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) forces stationed in Sinjar are attempting to open a route aiming at creating direct contact with Baghdad. "PKK is trying to establish a connection with the Ir ...

In Pictures: Miss Iraq 2017 Announced

BAS News - 2017-05-26 00:08
BAGHDAD — Among 15 finalists who were competing for the title of Miss Iraq, Vian Nouri from Baghdad was elected during an event in the country’s capital. Nouri was crowned late on Thursday by Sozan Amer who was representing 2016 Miss Iraq, Shaima Qasim. ...

Kurdish Independence in Iraq Likely ‘Not If But When’: U.S. General

The Kurdish Project - 2017-05-25 09:39
This article was originally published in Reuters. An Iraqi Kurdish push for independence from Baghdad appears likely to be a question of “not if but when,” in a significant challenge to Iraq’s stability, the head of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency s ...

Iraq Needs $100 Billion for Reconstruction After IS: Minister

BAS News - 2017-05-24 21:41
BAGHDAD — As planning for the post-Islamic State (IS) reconstruction phase, the Iraqi government has estimated the cost at $100 billion, said Planning Minister Salman Jumaili. The reconstruction of all affected areas will take at least 10 years, Jumaili ...

Finnish court clears two Iraqi men of mass killing charge

Reuters - 2017-05-24 15:35
HELSINKI (Reuters) - A Finnish court dismissed all charges on Wednesday against two Iraqi men who had been suspected of taking part in an Islamic State massacre of Iraqi soldiers north of Baghdad in 2014. ...

Iraq orders investigation into abuses reported in Mosul battle

Reuters - 2017-05-24 14:29
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's interior minister on Wednesday ordered an investigation into allegations that members of the security forces had tortured, killed and abused civilians in the campaign to oust Islamic State militants from Mosul. ...

Iraqi President Offers Help to UK to Fight Terrorism

BAS News - 2017-05-24 00:32
BAGHDAD — Iraqi President Fuad Masoum on Tuesday condemned the terrorist attack in Manchester Arena, offering his country’s support to UK in fighting terrorism. Masoum conveyed condolences to British Prime Minister Teresa May, saying that he is saddened ...

Kurdish independence in Iraq likely 'not if but when': U.S. general

Reuters - 2017-05-23 22:56
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Iraqi Kurdish push for independence from Baghdad appears likely to be a question of "not if but when," in a significant challenge to Iraq's stability, the head of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency said on Tuesday. ...

ECHO Donates Additional €3 Million in Humanitarian Response to Iraq

BAS News - 2017-05-23 20:34
BAGHDAD — Through a grant of €3 million, the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) is funding the UN Migration Agency (IOM) to implement the fourth phase of its humanitarian response, supported by ECHO to IOM Iraq, to assist co ...

New bridge reunites Mosul as Iraqi forces gear up for final assault

Reuters - 2017-05-23 14:52
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi military engineers installed a new floating bridge across the Tigris river on Wednesday, reconnecting the two halves of Mosul to facilitate troop deployments ahead of a final assault to dislodge Islamic State. ...

Suicide attack near Iraq’s oil-rich Basra kills at least 8

E-Kurd - 2017-05-23 08:58
BAGHDAD,— A suicide bombing near the oil-rich city of Basra killed at least eight people as the Islamic State group took the fight against Iraqi forces deep into the country’s south, a military commander said Saturday. Five civilians and three troops wer ...

Iraq says achieved OPEC oil cut share, ready to meet new demand

E-Kurd - 2017-05-23 08:58
BAGHDAD,— Iraq has achieved its share of the production cut agreement reached by OPEC and non-OPEC producers at the end of last year but remains ready to meet future oil demand growth, according to a speech by Iraqi oil minister Jabar al-Luaibi on Monday ...

Saudi and Iraqi Oil Ministers Discuss OPEC Output Cut in Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-05-22 18:01
ERBIL — The Saudi Oil Minister, Khaled Al-Faleh, arrived in the capital city of Iraq, Baghdad on Monday, as part of his official visit to Iraq in order to discuss the extension of the OPEC output cut. According to Asem Jihad, the Spokesperson for the Ira ...

IS Suicide Bombers Attack Iraqi Military Training Camp in Diyala

BAS News - 2017-05-22 14:01
Five militants have been Killed DIYALA — An Iraqi security source said on Monday that five suicide bombers of the Islamic State (IS) were killed while attempting to storm a training camp in Diyala province, east of Baghdad. The source, who requested anon ...

UN Security Council to Hold Session on Situation in Iraq

BAS News - 2017-05-21 22:13
ERBIL — The United Nations Security Council is set to hold a session about the situation of Iraq on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 3 p.m. New York time (10 p.m. Baghdad time). The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, will brie ...

Kurdistan Ready to Talk with Baghdad only on Referendum: MP

BAS News - 2017-05-20 19:08
ERBIL— Currently Kurdistan Region is ready for talks with the Iraqi government only over Kurdistan's appeal for a referendum on independence, said a Kurdish MP at the Iraqi House of Representatives. Khushawi Khalil's statement came in response to a state ...

Barzani and Iraqi President Discuss Baghdad-Erbil Relations

BAS News - 2017-05-20 18:07
The leaders met in Amman on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa AMMAN — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani and Iraqi President Fuad Masoum met on Saturday in Amman, capital of Jordan, and discussed Baghdad ...

UNAMI Decries Basra, Baghdad Multiple Suicide Bombings

BAS News - 2017-05-20 17:23
ERBIL – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, strongly condemned the series of suicide bombing attacks in Baghdad and Basra which caused many casualties, United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq ...

Bombings in Basra and Baghdad Kill 28, Wound Dozens

BAS News - 2017-05-20 09:40
Islamic State claimed the Basra attacks ERBIL — Iraq's Interior Ministry said that 13 people were killed and others were 15 wounded, including 9 policemen, as a result of the explosions of two car bombs in southern Baghdad, according to the initial repor ...

Iraqi forces move to surround Islamic State-held Mosul’s Old City

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
BAGHDAD,— U.S.-backed Iraqi forces were moving to surround Mosul’s Old City on Thursday, a week after launching a fresh push to drive Islamic State militants from areas they still hold, according to an Iraqi officer overseeing the operation. Iraqi specia ...

Iraqi PM Abadi has not agreed on Kurdistan’s referendum, says advisor

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
BAGHDAD,— Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has not agreed on holding a referendum in the Kurdistan Region, the premier’s advisor said. Abadi’s advisor Ali Atar told NRT on Friday that the Iraqi PM had not expressed he was convinced over the referendu ...

Iraq says battle for Mosul nearly won as forces close in on Old City

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
BAGHDAD,— Iraqi forces have dislodged Islamic State from all but 12 square km of Mosul, a military spokesman said on Tuesday, after planes dropped leaflets into the city telling civilians the battle was nearly won. Seven months into the U.S.-backed campa ...

Iraqi Soldier’s Kidney not Stolen; He Donated That: Health Official

BAS News - 2017-05-18 01:00
BAGDAD — After an Iraqi army officer accused Baghdad’s Kadhimiyah hospital of stealing his kidney during an operation, directorate of health in the capital published document saying he had donated his kidney years ago. Jasib Latif Hjami, head of the heal ...

Bomb Blast Kills One and Injures Five in Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-05-17 18:21
BAGHDAD — A bomb blast in southern Baghdad took the live of one person and injured five others on Wednesday, a local police source said. A local police source, who spoke to Al Sumaria News on condition of anonymity, said a bomb, placed near a crowded mar ...

Hawija Operation to Start After Mosul Assault Concluded: Abadi

BAS News - 2017-05-17 02:26
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday that Hawija operation will be launched immediately after the conclusion of the anti-Islamic State (IS) battle in Mosul. Speaking to reporters in Baghdad, Abadi said they expect the full victory ...

Abadi Ensures Erbil over Operations near Sinjar by Hashd al-Shaabi

BAS News - 2017-05-17 02:26
BAGHDAD — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday that Baghdad understands Erbil’s concern over the recent military operations by the pro-government Shi’ite militias near the Yezidi town of Sinajr. During his weekly speech, the Iraqi PM stat ...

Wounded Iraqi Solider's Kidney Stolen in Hospital in Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-05-16 17:32
The public describes the crime as "scandal" BAGHDAD — A kidney of an Iraqi solider, who was wounded in the fight against the Islamic State (IS), was stolen in a hospital in Baghdad, the Iraqi capital. Raid Assi Shakeer, an Iraqi army soldier, was injured ...

Kidnaping, Assassinations on the Rise in Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-05-15 23:58
ERBIL — An Iraqi lawmaker has called on the government to take an immediate action in response to the rising number of kidnappings and assassinations in the capital city of Baghdad. MP Abdulkarim Abtan, said that arbitrary killings by unidentified armed ...

Sadr: EU Countries Better Stop Putting Pressure on Muslims

BAS News - 2017-05-14 22:21
BAGHDAD — The powerful Iraqi Shi’ite cleric and leader of the Sadrist Movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, has warned the European countries to end pressuring the Muslim refugees as the move is likely to provoke violent acts in their countries. The remarks are app ...

Twin Blasts in Baghdad Kill, Injure a Dozen

BAS News - 2017-05-14 21:40
BAGHDAD — At least 12 Iraqi civilians were killed or injured on Sunday afternoon after two separate bombings rocked the country’s capital city, officials confirmed. The first blast took place on the bridge linking Rubai’i and Karrada districts of eastern ...

UN Women Works on Gender-Based Crimes by IS in Iraq

BAS News - 2017-05-14 00:47
BAGHDAD — On Sunday, 14th May 2017, UN Women, the UN agency for gender equality and the empowerment of women, will co-launch in partnership with Oxfam and the Akfar Society, the gender and conflict analysis in ISIL affected communities in Iraq, said the ...

Iraqi President Calls for Social Reconciliation in Post-IS Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-13 22:43
BAGHDAD — Iraqi President Fuad Masoud has called for an urgent social reconciliation in Mosul and all liberated areas of the country, arguing this is the only way to end disputes. “Social reconciliation is essential for rebuilding national unity, especia ...

Abadi Shows No Opposition to Kurdistan Independence Referendum: MP

BAS News - 2017-05-12 00:49
BAGHDAD — The Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will not pose any obstacles to the process of referendum on Kurdistan Region independence, said a Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament. Following a meeting with Abadi on Thursday, MP Ardalan Nouralldin ...

Over 57,000 Iraqi IDP Families Returned Home since Last Year

BAS News - 2017-05-11 23:50
BAGHDAD — Within the past year, over 57,885 Iraqi displaced families have returned to their homes after the Islamic State (IS) militants were ousted, said the country’s Ministry of Displacement and Migration. The highest number of the returned IDP famili ...

Iran Established Several Bases in Mosul: Arab Sheikh

BAS News - 2017-05-11 17:35
He says they support Kurdistan's appeal for statehood even if Baghdad requires them to do the opposite ERBIL—Iran has opened several offices in central Mosul in order to stage turmoil and divide the components of the city, said Sheikh Mahmud al-Tani, the ...

Sadr Calls on Government to Set Limits for Hashd al-Shaabi Crimes

BAS News - 2017-05-11 00:09
BAGHDAD — Those who enjoy membership in the Hashd al-Shaabi to commit crimes must be dismissed and punished, said the influential Iraqi Shi’ite leader, Muqtada al-Saadr, after the Shi’ite militia groups were accused of kidnapping seven students and activ ...

Stabilization in Newly Liberated Areas of Nineveh Plains Taking-off: UN

BAS News - 2017-05-10 02:37
BAGHDAD — The Government of Iraq and UNDP’s Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS) re-opened the As-Salamiyah Water Treatment Plant at a ceremony on Monday in Nimrud, providing drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people in the Nineveh Plains. I ...

UNHCR Sets up New Camp for IDPs from Western Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-10 02:22
BAGHDAD — UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, has opened a new camp, Hasansham U2, to house thousands of newly-displaced Iraqis who continue to flee the military conflicts in western Mosul. The camp is the latest to be built by UNHCR and its partners in respon ...

Iran Resumes Exporting Electricity to Iraq

BAS News - 2017-05-10 02:05
LEEDS — Iran has resumed exporting electricity to neighboring Iraq after Baghdad agreed to pay its arrears in separate installments, Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian announced. According to Chitchian, who spoke to reporters on Tuesday, the volume of elect ...

Activists Blame Security Forces for Kidnapped Students in Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-05-10 01:03
LEEDS — A group of freedom advocates said on Tuesday that security apparatuses are responsible for the kidnapping of an Iraqi journalist and six students on Monday. The Press Freedom Advocacy Association in Iraq said that they believe an unidentified arm ...

Baghdad-Erbil Agreement Need to Save Iraqi Refugees in Syria: MP

BAS News - 2017-05-10 00:38
BAGHDAD — Iraqi parliament’s human rights committee has called for an agreement between Baghdad and Erbil to cooperate on taking in the Iraqi refugees in Syria and sheltering them in the Kurdistan Region. Head of the parliamentary committee has officiall ...

[In Pictures] Old Bus, the Traveling Restaurant of Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-05-09 18:30
ERBIL— Unable to afford the rent for a restaurant, a Baghdad resident has established his own business in an old bus where he offers to the customers food from the Iraqi cuisine. Abu Majid, the owner of the traveling restaurant named Muhannad Restaurant, ...

New Zealand’s New Ambassador to Iraq Announced

BAS News - 2017-05-09 13:55
ERBIL — New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs Minister Gerry Brownlee named Bradley Sawden as the country’s next Ambassador to Iraq. New Zealand Embassy in Baghdad has been open since 2015 in order to support the military personnel who are deployed in Iraq and w ...

Nearly 300,000 Civilians Still Under IS Rule in Mosul: Minister

BAS News - 2017-05-09 00:43
BAGHDAD — The number of Iraqi civilians trapped in the areas held by the Islamic State (IS) in western Mosul is estimated to be around 300,000 individuals, Iraqi minister said. Since the beginning of the operations to liberate western part of Mosul in Fe ...

Iraqi Turkmen Front: Baghdad Responsible for Raising PKK's Flag in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-05-08 18:19
KIRKUK — Iraqi Turkmen Front released a statement on Monday holding the Iraqi central government responsible for the raising of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) flag in Kirkuk. Turkmen Front described PKK's move as "provacative." The Turkmen faction sa ...

UN Welcomes Japan’s Aid to Iraq

BAS News - 2017-05-08 15:17
BAGHDAD — The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) has welcomed a contribution of 9.7 million from the government of Japan to address the shelter needs for those affected by the ongoing crisis in Iraq, said the UN-Habitat in a Monday s ...

Iraqi Sunni Leaders Call on Shi’ite Militias to Leave Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-07 23:30
BAGHDAD — Iraqi Sunni factions have urged the withdrawal of Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi from Mosul, fearing sectarian conflicts following the liberation of the northern Iraqi city, Kurdish lawmaker said. “There are a huge number of Hashd al-Shaab ...

Iran’s Interference in Iraq, Kurdistan Affairs not Welcome: MP

BAS News - 2017-05-07 23:30
BAGHDAD — A Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament has decried Tehran’s interference in the internal affairs of Baghdad and Erbil, saying it is not welcome. Concerning the promised referendum on Kurdistan Region’s independence form Iraq, only Kurds have ...

Japan Contributes with Additional $16.7 Million in Aid to Iraq

BAS News - 2017-05-07 20:11
BAGHDAD — The government of Japan has contributed with an additional $16.7 million to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS) and Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme (ICRRP) to promote stabiliz ...

Islamic State mounts fierce resistance on new Mosul front

Reuters - 2017-05-07 14:32
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces faced stiff resistance from Islamic State in northwest Mosul on Sunday after opening a new front against the militants there in a push to rout them from the city after seven months of fighting. ...

Iraq’s Oil Export Down in April

BAS News - 2017-05-07 02:25
BAGHDAD — Comparing to March this year, Iraq’s crude oil exports decreased in April, said the Iraqi Oil Minister. According to a report released by Iraqi Oil Marketing Company (SOMO), 97.5 million barrels of oil were exported in April while the rate of e ...

UNESCO, Iraqi Journalists Celebrate WPFD 2017 in Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-05-06 21:42
BAGHDAD — On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, UNESCO, together with the Iraqi Journalists’ Syndicate (IJS), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and Free Press Unlimited (FPU), organized an event focusing on the safety of journalists ...

Trukmens Blame Iraqi Gov. for Security Situation in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-05-06 21:42
KIRKUK — Turkmens in Kirkuk blame the Iraqi government for failing to protect the city in northern Iraq, calling for immediate action to improve the security situation in Kirkuk. Head of Turkmen Front, Hassan Turan, said on Saturday that Baghdad is urged ...

Police Torture a Teenager to Death in Karbala, Iraq

BAS News - 2017-05-06 18:10
He was arrested because he did not have his identity card with him ERBIL — Security forces in Karbala province in Iraq arrested a 16-year-old teenager without an arrest warrant and tortured him to death. Baghdad-based Iraqi al-Mwatana Community for Human ...

[In Pictures] Baghdad Hosts Marathon to Promote Peace

BAS News - 2017-05-06 17:25
ERBIL— Nearly 500 personnel from the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Saturday staged a marathon race in Baghdad, as a symbolic move to voice the Iraqi peoples' hopes for peace. The sports event, entitled Marathon against Violence, began from ...

EU Seeking to Deport Iraqi Asylum Seekers by Their Will

BAS News - 2017-05-05 08:43
ERBIL— European Union's Iraq Ambassador Patrick Simonnet said the EU is discussing the ways to deport Iraqi asylum seekers to their home country. In a press conference on Thursday in Baghdad, Simonnet stated the EU members are involved in talks with Bagh ...

Baghdad Needs to Treat Kurds as a Nation Not a Faction: Official

BAS News - 2017-05-04 16:29
ERBIL — Kurds need to be treated as a nation not as a political faction by the Iraqi government in Baghdad, said a Kurdish official on Thursday. Saadi Ahmed Pira, a member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) politburo, said Kurds were part of the c ...

Being Stateless Triggers Most Issues in Kurdistan: Official

BAS News - 2017-05-04 16:11
ERBIL — The majority of issues befalling the Kurdistan Region are resulted from the fact that the region is not an independent state, said a Kurdish official. After the political process in Iraq failed due to the mindset of Baghdad, Kurdistan Region Maso ...

Barzani says time is ripe to declare independence

KurdPress - 2017-05-03 11:35
The time is ripe for the Kurdish people to transform their semi-autonomous region into a sovereign state by declaring independence from the central government in Baghdad, the region’s President Massoud Barzani told French newspaper Le Figaro. ...

Iraq Seeks International Support to Encounter IS Media

BAS News - 2017-05-02 20:24
BAGHDAD — The Iraqi government is in need of international support for countering the Islamic State (IS) media activities, said an official. “Terrorist organizations have realized the importance of media to spread their heinous ideologies and recruit peo ...

Shi'ite Alliance Refused Yezidis' Quota in IHEC: MP

BAS News - 2017-05-01 21:04
She says Baghdad marginalizes the Kurdish religious minority ERBIL— A bill for allocating a quota for the Kurdish religious minority of Yezidis in the Independent High Electoral Commission of Iraq (IHEC) was rejected by the Iraqi parliament, said a Yezid ...

Abadi Likely to Leave Da'wa Party due to Maliki's Pressure: Official

BAS News - 2017-05-01 20:22
Green Zone's security has been tightened against undesirable consequences, says MP ERBIL—Da'wa Party as the latter keeps "intruding" in the PM's office, says a Kurdish leader. An MP also reports that strong measures are taken in Green Zone of Baghdad fol ...

KRG Willing to Settle Issues Between Baghdad and Erbil: PM

BAS News - 2017-04-30 17:49
KRG PM met with the Iraqi minister of planning in Erbil ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met with Iraqi Minister of Planning Salman al-Jumaili in Erbil on Sunday. Jumaili stated his willingness for any cooperat ...

WHO Opens 24/7 Trauma Field Hospital near Mosul

BAS News - 2017-04-30 04:47
BAGHDAD — Hamam Al Alil Field Hospital, the second in a chain of trauma field hospitals, opened its doors to treat casualties from West Mosul as part of a joint initiative by the World Health Organization (WHO) with the Federal Ministry of Health, Nineve ...
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