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Russia Urges Erbil, Baghdad on Resumption of Talks

BAS News - 2017-10-21 22:29
ERBIL — Russia has encouraged Kurdistan Region and the Iraqi central government to return to constructive dialogues as an alternative for the current military confrontations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The statement comes ahead of a meeting betwee ...

Iraqi court issues arrest warrant for Kosrat Rasul

KurdPress - 2017-10-21 14:03
A Baghdad court on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for the vice president of Iraqi Kurdistan on charges of “provocation” against Iraq’s armed forces, the judiciary said. ...

Kurdistan Region welcomes Abadi’s initiative for dialogue

KurdPress - 2017-10-21 14:03
The Council of Ministers of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) convened on Thursday, October 19, to discuss the recent events in the Kurdish disputed territories following the military incursion of the Baghdad-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Sha ...

U.S. urges Iraq to avoid clashes with Kurds near Kirkuk

KurdPress - 2017-10-21 14:03
The U.S. State Department on Friday urged the Baghdad government to avoid clashes in northern Iraq by limiting the movement of federal troops in disputed areas to those coordinated with the Kurdistan Regional Government. ...

KRG welcomes State Department statement on Erbil-Baghdad clashes

KurdPress - 2017-10-21 14:03
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has welcomed a statement from the US State Department published on Friday that calls on the two sides, Baghdad and Erbil, to coordinate their movements in the disputed areas, to begin dialogue, and stresses the stat ...

Russia’s Rosneft to take control of Kurdish pipeline amid crisis

KurdPress - 2017-10-21 14:03
Russia’s biggest oil company, Rosneft, has agreed to take control of Iraqi Kurdistan’s main oil pipeline, boosting its investment in the autonomous region to $3.5 billion despite Baghdad’s military action sparked by a Kurdish vote for independence. ...

KRG Welcomes US-Proposed Talks with Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-10-21 03:13
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has welcomed a statement by US State Department in which Erbil and Baghdad are encouraged to end violence and return to negotiating table to resolve their disputes. “[The KRG] also welcomes the cessation of ...

US Congress Members Urge Washington to Mediate Between Erbil and Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-10-21 02:12
ERBIL — Four members of US Congress have called on the country’s Secretary of State to broker and immediate ceasing of hostilities between the Baghdad-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi and the Peshmerga forces of Kurdistan Region. “We have noted ...

Peshmerga Command Reveals Casualty Figures of Friday Clashes

BAS News - 2017-10-20 23:38
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga Command has released an official statement on the military confrontations between the attacking by Baghdad-backed Hashd al-Shaabi on the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, saying that nearly 150 Shi’ite militias were killed or ...

Barzani Calls for Peaceful Diaspora Protests Against Baghdad’s Attacks

BAS News - 2017-10-20 23:15
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has called on the Kurds around the world to stand with the cause of their people back at home where they are coming under attack by Iraq. The Kurdish President said in an official statement late on Friday ...

Int. Community’s Silence Emboldens Baghdad to Attack Kurdistan: KRSC

BAS News - 2017-10-20 21:36
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) has reiterated that the deafening silence by the international community has emboldened the Iraqi government and neighbouring countries to use arms against the people of Kurdistan Region. In a statement re ...

Baghdad Must Respect Kurdish Rights: France

BAS News - 2017-10-20 16:37
ERBIL — France urged the Iraqi central government on Friday to show restraint after its Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi overrun Kirkuk and several other Kurdish territories. “We ask the federal government to show restraint and fully respect the right ...

Central Erbil Fully Secured: Governor

BAS News - 2017-10-20 15:02
ERBIL — The Governor of Erbil ensured the people of full security in the capital as clashes are reported on the outskirt of the city between the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Baghdad-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi. Nawzad Hadi told Reporters e ...

Kirkuk IDPs Gather in Erbil to Seek US Reaction to Baghdad Offensive

BAS News - 2017-10-20 15:02
ERBIL — Hundreds of Kurds, including IDPs from Kirkuk, gathered on Friday in front of the US Consulate in Erbil to protest Washington’s silence over Baghdad’s offensives on Kurdistan Region. The gathering condemned the military invasion of Kirkuk and the ...

Tension in Kirkuk: People Destroy Hashd al-Shaabi Military Vehicles

BAS News - 2017-10-19 23:37
KIRKUK — Kurdish population of Kirkuk rose up overnight on Thursday against the Shi’ite militias of Baghdad-backed Hashd al-Shaabi, setting three armoured vehicles ablaze after exchanging fire. The armed confrontations took place in Kirkuk’s Shorija dist ...

US Senator Ted Cruz Backs Kurds Against Baghdad’s Attack on Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-19 22:00
ERBIL — US Senator Ted Cruz has warned the Iraqi central government under the leadership of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi over taking “hostile actions” against Kurds. “Prime Minister Abadi and the Government of Iraq must maintain its focus on defeating ...

Barzani Overrules Baghdad’s Arrest Warrant Issued for Kosrat Rasul

BAS News - 2017-10-19 19:43
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has decried Baghdad’s arrest warrant for top Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) official Kosrat Rasul. The Rassafa Court in Baghdad said on Thursday that the arrest warrant was issued for calling the Iraq ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Kidnap Kurdish Clergymen in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-19 19:24
KIRKUK — The Iran-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi have kidnapped a number of Kurdish clergymen since the overrun of Kirkuk on Monday. According to The Baghdad Post, one of the abductees is the preacher of Sahaba Mosque in Kurdish neighbourhood ...

KRG Welcomes Iraqi PM’s Initiative for Negotiations

BAS News - 2017-10-19 16:24
ERBIL — The Council of Ministers of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) convened on Thursday, October 19, to discuss the recent events in the Kurdish disputed territories following the military incursion of the Baghdad-backed Shi’ite militias of Hash ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Yet to Retreat from Disputed Kurdish Territories

BAS News - 2017-10-19 13:46
ERBIL — The Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi have not yet withdrawn from Kirkuk and other disputed Kurdish areas which they have recently occupied. In the early hours on Thursday, media reports were spread across the region claiming that the Baghdad-b ...

Baghdad Court Issues Arrest Warrant for Kurdistan VP Kosrat Rasul

BAS News - 2017-10-19 13:46
ERBIL — As the tensions between the Kurdistan Region and Iraqi central government escalate, a court in Baghdad issued on Thursday an arrest warrant for top PUK official and Kurdistan VP Kosrat Rasul. The central government in Baghdad has issued the warra ...

Kurds in Khanaqin Uprise Against Baghdad-backed Militias

BAS News - 2017-10-19 01:30
ERBIL — The Kurdish population in Khanaqin rose up against the Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi who recently invaded the city as part of Baghdad military actions against Kurds. “Kurdish people in Khanaqin upraised against the Asaib Ahl Al-Haq militia ...

Iraqi Forces Retake All Oil Fields in Disputed Areas as Kurds Retreat

The Kurdish Project - 2017-10-18 23:58
The following article was originally published in The New York Times. BAGHDAD — Kurdish separatists in northern Iraq surrendered all disputed oil fields to Iraq’s military on Tuesday, retreating in the face of overwhelming force that appeared to halt, at ...

Kurdish Mayor of Qara Tappa Sacked by Baghdad-backed Shi’ite Militias

BAS News - 2017-10-18 21:14
ERBIL — Head of local administration of Qara Tappa subdistrict in northern Diyala province has confirmed that Baghdad assigned on Wednesday a member of the Hashd al-Shaabi militias to his position as part of the actions against Kurds. “Today, October 18, ...

Baghdad Continues Action Against Kurds: Governor of Kirkuk Replaced

BAS News - 2017-10-18 18:40
ERBIL — The Iraqi central government officially sacked the Kurdish governor of Kirkuk, Najmaddin Karim, after its armed forces together with the Iran-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi invaded the centre of the province. The decision was signed o ...

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 ...

Iraq takes control of Sinjar after Kurdish army withdraws

The New Mail - 2017-10-18 14:06
Peshmerga forces gave up the Kurdish town of Sinjar to a pro-Iraqi paramilitary group and the Iraqi army, Baghdad’s army said Tuesday. Sinjar is composed of Yazidi Kurds, a non-Muslim… The post Iraq takes control of Sinjar after Kurdish army withdraws ap ...

Oil and Borders: How to Fix Iraq’s Kurdish Crisis

International Crisis Group - 2017-10-18 02:05
September’s independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan has pushed Baghdad to take control of Kirkuk and its oil fields from Kurdish control. To avert the threat of further direct confrontation, ​​the two sides must agree to a reinvigorated UN-led effort ...

Baghdad-backed Militias Search, Loot Kurdish Houses in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-18 01:43
KIRKUK — Baghdad-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi, after invading Kirkuk on Monday, have started house-to-house search of the Kurdish population in the city, a security source stated. “The militias are reported to have been looting jewellers an ...

PKK Makes Deal with Baghdad-backed Shi’ite Militias on Sinjar

BAS News - 2017-10-18 00:28
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has reportedly reached an agreement with the Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi, backed by Baghdad and Tehran, to both station armed forces in the predominantly Kurdish Yezidi city of Sinjar. Earlier on Monday ...

Erbil, Baghdad to Return to Pre-Mosul Agreement on Borders

BAS News - 2017-10-17 19:54
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region and the Iraqi government border will be redrawn in accordance to a previous agreement signed by Erbil and Baghdad prior to the launch of Mosul operation, the Peshmerga Ministry said. “According to the agreement for Mosul Operatio ...

Iraqi forces retake Kirkuk from Kurdish control

Washington Times - 2017-10-17 06:35
Long-simmering tensions between Baghdad and Iraqi Kurdistan broke out into open warfare Monday as Iraqi troops and Shiite paramilitaries recaptured the oil-rich northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk from Kurdish control. Iraqi military and militia forces began t ...

Washington Has to Protect Kurds Against Baghdad Offensives: Congressman

BAS News - 2017-10-17 02:11
ERBIL — US Congressman Trent Franks that Washington has to make sure that it protects the Kurds against Iran-backed Shi’ite militias of Iraq as they overrun Kurdish areas. “It is very important to protect them, and we do every thing to make it clear that ...

US “Very Concerned” by Violence in Kirkuk: State Department

BAS News - 2017-10-17 01:35
ERBIL — The United States is “very concerned” about the situation in Kirkuk and the military clashes between Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Baghdad-backed militias, said State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert. “We are monitoring the situation closely ...

PUK Peshmerga Commander Missing: Source

BAS News - 2017-10-16 21:26
ERBIL — A source from Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Peshmerga has confirmed that Sheikh Jaafar Mustafa, commander of PUK’s Unit 70 of the Peshmerga forces, has gone missing after the conflicts in Kirkuk. On Monday, Baghdad-backed Shi’ite militias of Has ...
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