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PM Barzani: Hoisting Kurdistan Flag in Kirkuk Strengthens Coexistence
BAS News - 2017-03-30 01:10
ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani on Wednesday congratulated Kirkuk’s governor, provincial council and the people on the decision to raise Kurdistan flag over state buildings, saying the initiative will further ...

Peshmerga Forces Fully Abide by the Laws of War: KRG
BAS News - 2017-03-29 23:58
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) remains fully committed the international laws with its Peshmerga forces fully abiding by the laws of war, said Kurdistan Region’s Head of the High Committee to Evaluate and Respond to International Reports ...

Syria deal to evacuate Shi'ites and Sunnis from towns: source, Observatory
Reuters - 2017-03-29 10:03
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Shi'ite populations of two pro-Syrian government towns are to be evacuated in exchange for the evacuation of Sunni rebels and their families from two opposition-held towns in a mediated deal between the warring sides, a pro-governme ...

I won’t accept raising Kurdistan flag in Kirkuk: official
KurdPress - 2017-03-29 08:42
Former Iraqi parliament speaker stated that he is against a recent decision by Kirkuk provincial council to raise Kurdistan’s flag over government buildings in the province in the north of Iraq. ...

Two inmates killed in Mexican prison riot, 13 injured
Reuters - 2017-03-29 07:22
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Two inmates were killed and 13 injured during a prison riot in northern Mexico, the government of the state of Nuevo Leon said on Tuesday, the second fatal security breach within a week in the country's troubled prison system. ...

Turkmen Bloc Demands Kirkuk to Be Annexed to KRG
BAS News - 2017-03-28 22:21
KIRKUK — Turkmen Brotherhood bloc at the Kirkuk Provincial Council has revealed that they are working on a project to bring Kirkuk under the jurisdiction of Kurdistan Regional Government. Mohammed Kamal, head of the bloc, told Kurdistan24 that Turkmens b ...

Kirkuk Provincial Council votes in favor of raising Kurdistan flag
KurdPress - 2017-03-28 22:20
Kirkuk provincial council voted on Tuesday in favor of the decision by governor Najmaddin Karim to raise the Kurdistan flag over the government buildings in the city. ...

Iraqi Kurds Raise the Kurdish Flag Over Kirkuk
The Kurdish Project - 2017-03-28 19:30
The following article was originally published in Vocativ. In a controversial move boycotted by Iraqis of other ethnicities who call the oil-rich city home, Kurds in Kirkuk won council approval Tuesday to raise the Kurdish flag over government buildings. ...

Kirkuk Arabs Endorse Raising Kurdistan Flag in The City
BAS News - 2017-03-28 17:18
Head of al-Jabouri Arab tribe stated their support to raising the Kurdistan flag ERBIL — The leader of al-Jabouri Arab tribes in Kirkuk stated his support to the decision of raising the Kurdistan flag over the government buildings across the province. Ki ...

UK to consider all options including direct rule for Northern Ireland if talks fail
Reuters - 2017-03-28 14:23
LONDON (Reuters) - The British government will have to consider all options including direct rule from London if talks to resolve a political crisis in Northern Ireland and set up a new devolved government there fail, Northern Ireland minister James Broke ...

PYD co-chief says Raqqa to be part of Rojava’s Federation
Waar Media - 2017-03-28 14:19
WAAR-DUHOK: Rojava’s Democratic Union Party (PYD) Co-chair Salih Muslim said on Monday that the northern Syrian city of Raqqa is expected to join a decentralized system of government being set up by Syrian Kurdish groups and their allies once it is freed ...

Kirkuk Provincial Council Votes in Favour of Raising Kurdistan Flag
BAS News - 2017-03-28 12:38
KIRKUK — Kirkuk provincial council voted on Tuesday in favour of the decision by governor Najmaddin Karim to raise the Kurdistan flag over the government buildings in the city. On Tuesday, March 28, Kirkuk provincial council held a session to vote on the ...

South Sudan rebels say raid jail, capture town on Ugandan border
Reuters - 2017-03-28 11:11
JUBA (Reuters) - South Sudanese rebels said they had taken control of a town on the Ugandan border and killed 14 soldiers in the fighting, an account dismissed on Tuesday as "ridiculous and unfounded" by the government. ...

Raqqa could be part of Syria’s Kurdish federation: Salih Muslim
KurdPress - 2017-03-28 08:28
The co-Leader of Syrian pro-Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) stated that the northern Syrian city of Raqqa could join a decentralized system of government being set up by Syrian Kurdish groups and their allies once it is freed from Islamic State (IS). ...

Anti-IS Operations in West Mosul Concluded on Military Level: Commander
BAS News - 2017-03-27 22:17
SOFIA — Iraqi forces said on Monday that the battle against the so-called Islamic State (IS) in western Mosul has concluded on military level. The spokesperson of the Joint Operations Command, Yahia Rasoul, said on Monday that the government forces in th ...

At least 11 dead in suicide bombing and gun attack in southern Yemen
Reuters - 2017-03-27 19:54
ADEN (Reuters) - At least 11 people were killed in a suicide bombing and gun attack by suspected al Qaeda militants on a local government compound in southern Yemen on Monday, a Yemeni government media office said in a statement. ...

Turkish government seeks to close down HDP, party spokesman says
Rûdaw - 2017-03-27 19:09
“The AKP government which sees itself above the law ...

Bashiq Schools to Be Reconstructed for Next Academic Year: Official
BAS News - 2017-03-27 17:58
28 schools of the district will be reconstructed BASHIQ — Mosul Education Directorate, with support from Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), has begun to reconstruct the schools of Bashiq town, 12 km east of Mosul, after they were rendered out of order ...

U.N. meets with Syria government's chief negotiator as talks continue
NRT - 2017-03-27 15:05

Gorran Operative Attempting to Establish Hashd Al-Shaabi Force in Soran
BAS News - 2017-03-27 15:05
The operative of the movement claims thousands of youth have been enrolled ERBIL — An operative of the Kurdish Gorran (Change) Movement in Soran city, northeast of Erbil, claims that the Iraqi government has promised to support him in establishing an arm ...

Russian opposition leader Navalny jailed for 15 days over protest
Reuters - 2017-03-27 14:54
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A court on Monday sentenced Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to 15 days in prison, saying he had disobeyed a police officer during an anti-government protest in Moscow the previous day. ...

Syria's Raqqa expected to join Kurdish-led federalism: Kurdish leader
Reuters - 2017-03-27 14:21
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The northern Syrian city of Raqqa is expected to join a decentralized system of government being set up by Syrian Kurdish groups and their allies once it is freed from Islamic State, a leading Kurdish politician told Reuters on Monday. ...

Peshmerga would not enter Mosul, commander tells Kurdpress
KurdPress - 2017-03-27 14:05
a Peshmerga commander told Kurdpress that the Kurdish forces would not enter the Iraqi northern city of Mosul within the agreements made between Erbil, capital of Kurdistan Region, and the central government in Baghdad. ...

Syrian rebels resume withdrawal from last Homs bastion: monitor
Reuters - 2017-03-27 12:26
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Hundreds of rebels left their last bastion in Syria's Homs city on Monday, resuming an evacuation expected to be among the largest of its kind under a Russian-backed deal with the government, state media and a monitor said. ...

Mosul: Iraqi forces Liberate Badush Dam
BAS News - 2017-03-26 21:14
MOSUL — Iraqi government forces on Sunday liberated Badush dam from the grip of the Islamic State (IS) in western Mosul, officials confirmed. Abdul Amir Rasheed Yarallah, the commander of Nineveh operations, confirmed the report today evening and stated ...

Kirkuk Provincial Council to Vote on Raising Kurdistan Flag
BAS News - 2017-03-26 20:45
KIRKUK — Kirkuk provincial council will vote on the decision by governor Najmaddin Karim to raise Kurdistan Flag over the government buildings. The voting session is scheduled for the upcoming Tuesday. Mohammed Kamal, a member of the council, told BasNew ...

Kılıçdaroğlu says gov’t to give citizenship to 4 mln Syrians
Waar Media - 2017-03-26 18:57
WAAR-DUHOK: Chairman of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said on Saturday that the government would give Syrian refugees in Turkey citizenship after a critical referendum on April 16 that will introduce an executive ...

Demonstrators protest in Bern against Turkey's government
NRT - 2017-03-26 15:03

KRG PM: Kurdistan Region to Hold Referendum This Year
Waar Media - 2017-03-26 12:04
WAAR-DUHOK: The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani says the Kurdistan Region will hold a referendum on independence this year. When asked by Trudy Rubin from the American Philly website about the referendum on Kurdistan ...

Syria’s Decentralization Roadmap / Samer Araabi
KurdPress - 2017-03-25 22:56
Local councils in Syria may form the basis of a post-conflict government with broad legitimacy, but only once their roles and powers are more clearly detailed. ...

Syrian rebels resume evacuation of Homs: governor
Reuters - 2017-03-25 13:23
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebels in Homs resumed their evacuation as part of a deal to surrender the city's last insurgent pocket of al-Waer to the government, a senior official and a war monitor said on Saturday. ...

Iraqi forces pause Mosul push over concern for civilian casualties
Reuters - 2017-03-25 12:15
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi government forces paused in their push to recapture western Mosul from Islamic State militants on Saturday because of the high rate of civilian casualties, a security forces spokesman said. ...

PM Barzani: There Will Be a Referendum on Independence This Year
BAS News - 2017-03-25 11:07
"If the Americans want a united Iraq, in practical terms it doesn't exist anymore," Nechirvan Barzani says ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani says the Kurdistan Region will hold a referendum on independence t ...

Syrian army pushing back insurgent offensive, military source says
Reuters - 2017-03-25 10:57
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's army and its allies retook a village near Hama on Saturday, a Syrian military source said, as the government tries to turn back a major insurgent offensive, but bitter fighting continued, a war monitor said. ...

Germany blocking defense exports to Turkey
KurdPress - 2017-03-25 03:19
German government officials are blocking planned weapon deliveries to Turkey over concerns the equipment could be misused. ...

Kurdish leaders welcome U.S. military base in Kurdistan Region: PM
KurdPress - 2017-03-25 03:19
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani stated that Iraqi Kurdish leaders welcome the establishment of a U.S. military base in the region. ...

In eastern Ukraine, troops tiptoeing up to front line risk heavy battles
Reuters - 2017-03-24 14:46
AVDIYIVKA/KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian government troops and separatist fighters have drawn closer to each other at several places along the tense front line in eastern Ukraine, monitors say, raising the risk of violent flare-ups that could wreck a shaky ce ...

Syria's Ja'afari says U.S. action on Raqqa would be illegitimate
Reuters - 2017-03-24 14:46
GENEVA (Reuters) - Any U.S.- or Turkish-backed attack on Islamic State in the Syrian city of Raqqa would be illegitimate unless coordinated with President Bashar al-Assad's government, the Syrian chief negotiator at peace talks in Geneva said on Friday. ...

Sadrists Organize Large-scale Protest in Central Baghdad
BAS News - 2017-03-24 12:55
They demand reforms in the government BAGHDAD — The leader of al-Sadr Movement Muqtada Sadr, an influential Shi'ite cleric, once again leads a large scale demonstration in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, against the corruption in the government's instituti ...

KRG Collecting Evidence to Recognize Yezidi Case As Genocide
BAS News - 2017-03-24 12:55
KRG has formed a committee to gather evidence on IS atrocities against Yezidis ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has established a committee to document the crimes committed by the Islamic State (IS) against the Yezidi community to help recogni ...

Russians bombing Syrian rebels near Hama, Syrian military source says
Reuters - 2017-03-24 11:19
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Russian warplanes are taking part in air strikes against insurgents to help repel a major attack on Syrian government-held areas near the city of Hama, a Syrian military source said on Friday. ...

KRG PM condemns London terror attack
Waar Media - 2017-03-23 15:51
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister condemned the terrorist attack which took place in London on Wednesday. “I strongly condemn the terror attack which took place near the British parliament at the heart of London,” reads a sta ...

PM Barzani Decries London Terror Attack
BAS News - 2017-03-23 12:18
People of Kurdistan understand pain of terrorism, Nechirvan Barzani says ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister condemned the terrorist attack which took place in London on Wednesday. “I strongly condemn the terror attack which took p ...

Cambodian court jails man for killing government critic
Reuters - 2017-03-23 06:23
PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - A Cambodian court on Thursday jailed a man for life for killing prominent government critic Kem Ley, in a murder case that raised suspicions of a political motive though the convicted killer testified that it was over a debt. ...

Turkey criticizes Iraqi Kurds for raising Kurdish flag in Kirkuk
E-Kurd - 2017-03-23 05:55
ANKARA,— Turkey’s Foreign Ministry has issued a statement on Sunday evening, criticizing Kirkuk government’s decision to use Iraqi Kurdistan’s flag in official business, Anadolu Agency reported. The statement, which was released as an answer to a questio ...

HRW criticizes Turkey’s crackdown on Kurdish opposition
E-Kurd - 2017-03-23 05:55
ISTANBUL,— The Turkish government has jailed 13 members of the pro-Kurdish democratic opposition in parliament on terrorism charges and taken direct control of 82 municipalities in the Kurdish southeast region, suspending and incarcerating elected mayors ...

Russia negotiation with Turkey to involve Syrian Kurds in Geneva talks: Lavrov
E-Kurd - 2017-03-23 05:55
MOSCOW,— Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow will work with the Turkish government to seek Kurdish involvement at the Syrian peace talks in Geneva. “We will continue to look for solutions to this issue with our Turkish partners, including ...

U.K. joins the U.S., bans electronics in the cabin on flights from 6 countries
Waar Media - 2017-03-22 19:58
WAAR-DUHOK: The United Kingdom banned electronics in the cabin of flights from six countries, joining a similar U.S. ban that began the same day, a government spokesman said Tuesday. Unlike the U.S. ban, which began Tuesday and covered more countries, th ...

Iran's Khamenei criticizes government's economic record
NRT - 2017-03-22 06:53

Iraqi forces try to bring civilians out of east Mosul, U.S. pledges more support
Reuters - 2017-03-21 14:46
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi government forces attempted to evacuate civilians from Mosul's Islamic State-held Old City on Tuesday so that troops could clear the area, but militant snipers hampered the effort, Iraqi officers said. ...

Syrian rebels clash with government forces in northeastern Damascus
NRT - 2017-03-21 11:55

US to ban laptops and tablets on flights from eight countries
Waar Media - 2017-03-21 11:25
WAAR-DUHOK: The US is banning electronic devices from cabin baggage on flights from eight mainly Middle Eastern and North African countries. A US government source told the BBC that the measure would affect nine airlines operating out of 10 airports. US ...

Hunger kills at least 26 in Somalia's Jubbaland region
Reuters - 2017-03-21 07:35
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - At least 26 people died from hunger in the semi-autonomous Jubbaland region of southern Somalia in just a day an a half, federal government radio said on its website. ...

Kurdish government expects 4,500 pilgrims to journey to Mecca in 2017
Rûdaw - 2017-03-21 00:08
In Erbil 1,500 people, 1,400 in Sulaimani, 1,090 in Duhok 120 in Halabja and 250 in Garmiyan block have been selected ...

U.N. explores land route options to get aid to Syria’s Qamishli
Reuters - 2017-03-20 17:58
GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations is testing a new road route to deliver aid to the Syrian city of Qamishli, and also has provisional approval from the Syrian government for supplies to cross the border from Turkey, according to minutes of a logistics ...

Britain to formally trigger process to leave EU on March 29
Waar Media - 2017-03-20 14:31
WAAR-DUHOK: Britain’s government will begin the process of leaving the European Union on March 29, starting the clock on the two years in which to complete the most important negotiation for a generation. Britain’s ambassador to the 28-nation EU, Tim Bar ...

Iran's Khamenei criticizes economy, piling pressure on president
Reuters - 2017-03-20 12:59
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on Monday the government's economic policies had fallen short and called for a new "resistance economy" to create jobs, piling pressure on the president before May elections. ...

Russia says Syrian government officials will attend Geneva peace talks
Reuters - 2017-03-20 09:08
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Syrian government representatives will attend upcoming peace talks in Geneva, Russia's state RIA news agency reported on Monday, citing Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov. ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – March 14, 2017
E-Kurd - 2017-03-20 00:15
Kurdistan government concerned with decision over medicine share from Baghdad Erbil: Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) says it is concerned over a decision regarding the region’s medicine share from the Iraqi Ministry of Health. KRG Minister of ...

Kurdistan’s Barzani calls on PKK to leave Iraq’s Sinjar
E-Kurd - 2017-03-20 00:15
DUHOK, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister and deputy leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party KDP, Nechirvan Barzani, said the KRG will not accept the self-assertion of any party to remain in Sinjar by forc ...

Iraqi forces battle to retake Mosul’s Grand Mosque from Islamic State
E-Kurd - 2017-03-20 00:15
MOSUL,— Government forces set their sights on reaching the Grand Mosque in Mosul’s Old City on Wednesday and the prime minister said the battle to drive Islamic State from its last urban stronghold in Iraq was reaching its final stages. Losing the city w ...

Iraqi government forces retake Mosul’s Iron bridge
E-Kurd - 2017-03-20 00:15
MOSUL,— Iraqi government forces battling Islamic State for Mosul took control of a main bridge over the Tigris river on Wednesday and advanced towards the mosque where the group’s leader declared a caliphate in 2014, federal police said. The seizure of t ...

HRW says Iraqi Kurdistan arrests 32 at peaceful protest against KDP
E-Kurd - 2017-03-20 00:15
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) security forces belonging to Kurdistan Democratic Party KDP and local police detained 32 unarmed protesters in Erbil on March 4, 2017, at a peaceful demonstration against ...

Iraqi Kurdistan faces obstacles to maintain crude oil export quality: Analysis
E-Kurd - 2017-03-20 00:15
Tamsin Carlisle | Platts DUBAI,— The regional government of semi-autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan appears to be struggling to maintain the quality of its oil exports, just as it has signed a landmark supply agreement with Rosneft aimed at opening up new market ...

Arabs in Iraq’s Kirkuk criticize governor over Kurdish flag raising
E-Kurd - 2017-03-20 00:15
KIRKUK,— Following the governor’s order to raise the Kurdish flag along with the Iraqi flag on all the government buildings in the ethnically mixed city of Kirkuk, the Arab block of al-Mustaqillun (Independents) in the Iraqi parliament strongly criticize ...

US border authority seeks tenders for 30-foot Mexico wall
Rojikurd - 2017-03-20 00:09
The US-Mexico wall should be 30 feet (9 meters) high, difficult to climb or cut through and look good from the north side, according to US government contract notices. Two calls for tender were posted by Customs and Border Protection, the Homeland Securit ...

PKK Steps up Pressure on Yezidi Peshmerga Families
BAS News - 2017-03-19 21:29
SINJAR — Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has stepped up pressure on the Yezidi families whose members are working for Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), said a local official. Head of Sinjar Mayoral Council, Wais Naif, told BasNews on Sunday the Yezidi ...

Iraqi Forces Make More Territorial Gain West of Mosul
BAS News - 2017-03-19 20:43
LEEDS — Government forces in Iraq pushed through more areas held by the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Mosul’s Old City despite a fierce resistance from the extremists in the densely-populated areas of western Mosul. Lieutenant General Rayid Shakir, com ...

HRW Praises KRG over Women Rights
Waar Media - 2017-03-19 15:25
WAAR-DUHOK: Human Rights Watch organization (HRW) at his last report related Women Rights, praised Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) over its efforts for protecting Women Rights, due the modern legislation in this sphere, while the same report strongly ...

Turkey brands Germany ‘HYPOCRITES’ for allowing huge anti-Erdogan protest in Frankfurt
Waar Media - 2017-03-19 10:40
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkish government has accused Germany of hypocrisy after it allowed tens of thousands of Kurds (from Turkey) to hold a protest in Frankfurt against Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s presidency. Ahead of the Kurdish new year (Newroz), some 30,000 demons ...

Syrian government forces, rebels clash at east Damascus edges: monitor
Reuters - 2017-03-19 10:22
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government forces battled rebel groups at the fringes of Damascus on Sunday, after the insurgents launched an attack from the east of the heavily fortified capital, a monitoring group said. ...

German cybersecurity watchdog raises attack alert level: paper
Reuters - 2017-03-19 03:29
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany has raised its alert level against cyber attacks to "heightened readiness" ahead of parliamentary elections, saying government websites are already subjected to daily assault, newspaper Welt am Sonntag said. ...

Head of the KIU bloc expresses the political parties concern from the government
Kurdiu - 2017-03-18 23:47

Sadr Followers Prepare for Massive Demonstration in Baghdad
BAS News - 2017-03-18 21:09
BAGHDAD — The influential Iraqi Shi’ite cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, has called on his followers to gather in central Baghdad and renew pressure on government for reforms. According to media outlets affiliated to the Sadrist Movement, the demonstrations are ...

Syrian rebels and families begin leaving Homs in deal with government
NRT - 2017-03-18 12:29

Syrian rebels, families begin leaving Homs district in deal with government
Reuters - 2017-03-18 09:31
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Rebel fighters and their families began leaving their last bastion in the Syrian city of Homs on Saturday, state media and a Reuters witness said, under an evacuation deal with the government that is expected to be the largest of its ki ...

Kirkuk Governor Criticized by Arab Bloc for Decision to Raise Kurdish Flag
BAS News - 2017-03-17 19:13
An Arab bloc in the Iraqi parliament took a strong stance against the decision ERBIL — Following the governor's order to raise the Kurdish flag along with the Iraqi flag on all the government buildings in Kirkuk, the Arab block of al-Mustaqillun (Indepen ...

Japan Trains Kurdish Officials on Mine Action
BAS News - 2017-03-17 19:13
BAGHDAD – Eighteen Kurdistan Mine Action Agency (IKMAA) officials successfully completed the Improvised Explosive Device Defeat (IEDD) Management Course. The course was funded by the Government of Japan to enhance the regional capacity to respond to expl ...

Czech Aids IDPs, Refugees in Kurdistan with $500,000
BAS News - 2017-03-17 01:03
DUHOK — The government of Czech Republic has allocated $500,000 in humanitarian aids for refugees and IDPs settled in Duhok province of Kurdistan Region. The aid was announced during a meeting between Czech Ambassador to Baghdad, Jan Vyčítal, and Duhok G ...

Syria government urges U.N. chief to avert 'looming dam catastrophe'
Reuters - 2017-03-16 23:50
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Syria's government urged U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to demand that a U.S.-led military campaign against Islamic State militants stop targeting the Euphrates and Tishrin dams and surrounding areas "to forestall a loo ...

HRW calls on Kurdish government to release opposition activists detained in Erbil - ARA News
Aranews - 2017-03-16 21:15

Iraqi forces try to encircle Mosul's IS-held Old City
Reuters - 2017-03-16 10:04
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi government forces attempted to encircle Mosul's Old City on Thursday in a bid to bottle up Islamic State fighters holding out there, but progress was slowed by car bombs and booby-traps in houses and alleyways, officers said. ...

Iraqi Forces to Attack ISIS Leader Once Location Provided by Intelligence
Waar Media - 2017-03-15 19:48
WAAR-DUHOK: Iraqi government forces will attack the leader of ISIS terrorist group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as soon as his exact location is uncovered by intelligence, a spokesman for the Iraqi Joint Special Operations Command told Sputnik Wednesday. Accord ...

Experts say war crimes case against Assad government growing
Reuters - 2017-03-15 16:39
GENEVA (Reuters) - Criminal investigators say they have built a case documenting the widespread torture and murder of Syrian detainees by the Assad government, relying on official photos and meticulous documents. ...

Germany very concerned about developments in eastern Ukraine
Reuters - 2017-03-15 14:13
BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government on Tuesday said it is very concerned about recent developments in eastern Ukraine and called on both Moscow and Kiev to work against what it called "increasing partitionist tendencies" in the embattled region. ...

Ethiopian official says South Sudan gunmen kill 28, kidnap 43
Reuters - 2017-03-15 13:27
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Gunmen from South Sudan have killed 28 people and kidnapped 43 in neighboring Ethiopia, a government official told Reuters on Wednesday. ...

Dutch election: Voters go to the polls in key test for populists
Waar Media - 2017-03-15 12:42
WAAR-DUHOK: The Netherlands goes to the polls on Wednesday to elect 150 members for the lower house of parliament and a new government. Although some polling stations opened at midnight, most opened their doors at 7.30am and will close again at 9pm. In t ...

Attacks on U.S.-linked Polish sites back higher cyber spending: minister
Reuters - 2017-03-15 12:39
WARSAW (Reuters) - Several Polish municipalities that have hosted U.S. troops under a planned NATO operation suffered cyber attacks in January, a senior government official told Reuters, saying it highlighted the need for Poland's sharp increase in cyber- ...

We will not clash with PKK: Nechirvan Barzani
KurdPress - 2017-03-15 10:54
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister stated that the region is not seeking to clash with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) to expel the forces from Shingal, northern Iraq. ...

Heavy fighting as Iraqi forces set sights on Mosul's Grand Mosque
Reuters - 2017-03-15 10:33
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Government forces set their sights on reaching the Grand Mosque in Mosul's Old City on Wednesday and the prime minister said the battle to drive Islamic State from its last urban stronghold in Iraq was reaching its final stages. ...

Mosul battle reaching final stages: Abadi
Reuters - 2017-03-15 08:36
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the government offensive to recapture the city of Mosul from Islamic State militants was in its final stages. ...

Iranian spokesman reiterates on regional peace
KurdPress - 2017-03-15 08:18
Iranian Government spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht underlined that establishment of peace and security in the region is Tehran’s top foreign policy priority. ...

MPs slam Theresa May's government for putting business before human rights | The Canary
Thecanary - 2017-03-14 23:33

PKK Systematically Destabilizing Sinjar: KRG
BAS News - 2017-03-14 22:54
ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has accused the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) of systematically planning to destabilize the predominantly Yezidi areas around Sinjar, for which it has moved armed forces from Syria to Kurdistan Region. In a st ...

Iraqi Forces Advance Towards The Iron Bridge in Mosul
BAS News - 2017-03-14 22:27
MOSUL — Iraqi forces killed an Islamic State (Is) commander in the Old City of Mosul on Tuesday, as the government forces continue to advance towards a bridge crossing the Tigris River. Following a series of heavy clashes between the IS militants and the ...

Turkey vows to mobilize Islamic world against Euro-fascism
Waar Media - 2017-03-14 19:29
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkey will intensify its efforts against racism, Islamophobia and xenophobia on all international platforms, especially at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) as Turkey’s government is currently the term president, President Recep ...

KRG’s Representative to Attend Anti-ISIS Coalition Meeting in Washington
Waar Media - 2017-03-14 14:52
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region will take part in the meeting of the anti-Islamic State (ISIS) Global Coalition members which is set to happen this month. Minister Falah Mustafa, head of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Department of Foreign Relation ...

Syria conflict: Jets deliberately bombed Damascus spring - UN
BBC - 2017-03-14 12:20
The attack, which the government blamed on rebels, left 5.5 million people in Damascus without water. ...

Self-assertion by any force unacceptable in Shingal: Nechirvan Barzani
KurdPress - 2017-03-14 10:58
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said the KRG will not accept the self-assertion of any party to remain in Shingal by force, NRT reported. ...

Syria government says Turkey breaks commitments as rebels boycott talks
Reuters - 2017-03-14 10:35
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian government accused Turkey of breaking its commitments to Russian-backed peace talks in Kazakhstan as Ankara-backed rebel groups boycotted a third round of meetings due to begin in Astana on Tuesday. ...

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