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US 'strongly opposes' Kurdistan region referendum

KurdPress - 2017-09-21 07:29
The U.S. State Department late Wednesday issued a strongly-worded statement opposing plans by Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) to hold an independence referendum next week. ...

KRG Decries Turkish Airstrikes Which Killed Several Civilians

BAS News - 2017-09-21 00:28
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government issued on Wednesday an official statement to condemn recent Turkish airstrikes which took the lives of seven civilians in Duhok Province. According to the statement, the victims had visited the suburb areas of Sh ...

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 ...

No Plan Yet to Include Peshmerga in Hawija Assault: Official

BAS News - 2017-09-20 19:19
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has said that there is no agreement yet to include the Peshmerga forces in an imminent military operation to liberate Hawija from Islamic State (IS). The Secretary General for Peshmerga Ministry, Jabbar Yaw ...

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 ...

Barzani playing with fire: Turkish Deputy PM

KurdPress - 2017-09-20 13:00
Turkey Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag on Sept. 20 issued another warning from Turkey to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) about the independence referendum slated for later this week, saying KRG President Masoud Barzani is “playing with fire.” ...

KRG’s Ministry of Agriculture Joins IFOAM - Organics International

BAS News - 2017-09-20 12:16
ERBIL — Ministry of Agriculture of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) joined The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM - Organics International), the worldwide umbrella organization for the organic agriculture movement. KRG’s ...

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. ...

Turkey confirms capture of intelligence officers by PKK

KurdPress - 2017-09-19 23:38
A Turkish minister appeared to confirm for the first time that two Turkish intelligence officers have been captured in northern Iraq, saying the government was not in direct talks with the Kurdish militant PKK group to bring them back. ...

Turkey says it ‘may halt’ oil export from KRG

KurdPress - 2017-09-19 21:28
The Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government’s (KRG) economic power, propelled by oil exports via Turkey, is potentially at risk if the autonomous administration in northern Iraq insists on independence considering Ankara’s objection to the referendum, an energy ...

US Delivers 120 Trucks of Weapons to SDF: Report

BAS News - 2017-09-19 20:49
ERBIL — The US government has reportedly sent a new shipment of weapons and ammunitions to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as part of the military operations against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria. According to Sputnik, 120 trucks, packed with standa ...

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 ...

Yezidi MP Demands Use of Detained IS Families to Find Missing Yezidis

BAS News - 2017-09-19 12:39
ERBIL — The Kurdish Yezidi MP Vian Dakhil expressed surprise at Iraqi government’s lenient treatment towards the detained Islamic State women and children while thousands of Iraqis, particularly Yezidis, are still in the hands of the extremists. “We are ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Rosneft, KRG to build pipeline to export gas to Turkey, Europe

Waar Media - 2017-09-18 13:50
WAAR-DUHOK: Russian state-owned oil company Rosneft signed a deal with Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to invest in gas pipelines in the region. Rosneft is expanding its investments to gas by agreeing to fund a natural gas pipeline in Kurdistan, Rosn ...

Russia's Rosneft and KRG Reach Gas Pipeline Deal

BAS News - 2017-09-18 12:02
ERBIL — Russian state-owned oil company Rosneft signed a deal with Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to invest in gas pipelines in the region. Rosneft is expanding its investments to gas by agreeing to fund a natural gas pipeline in Kurdistan, Rosneft ...

IHEC Required to Set New Date for Provincial Elections

BAS News - 2017-09-17 23:06
ERBIL— The Iraqi government has officially demanded the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) to assign a date for the fourth provincial elections in the Iraqi provinces. Sarbast Mustafa, the chairman of the IHEC commissioners, told BasNews on Sun ...

Ankara hardens opposition to KRG referendum / Barin Kayaoglu

KurdPress - 2017-09-17 22:45
Since the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) announced in June that it will hold a referendum on declaring independence from Iraq, the Turkish government has maintained a coolheaded approach — until now. As the Sept. 25 referendum approaches, Ankara seem ...

Erdogan, Turkey Chief of General Staff to pay separate visits to Iran

KurdPress - 2017-09-17 22:45
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar will pay separate visits to Iran in the coming days amid rising tension over the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) bid to hold an independence referendum on Sept ...

More Than 30 IS Militants Killed in West Mosul

BAS News - 2017-09-17 17:04
MOSUL — More than thirty members of the Islamic State (IS) were killed in an operation in western Mosul, the pro-government paramilitary announced on Sunday. According to Ahmed Nasrallah, the deputy commander of the 13th Brigade of the Shi'ite Arab milit ...

Erdoğan to discuss Kurdistan Referendum with al-Abadi in New York

Waar Media - 2017-09-17 14:24
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will hold a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in New York, to discuss the upcoming independence referendum by Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). Speaking to reporters at a news conferen ...

Erdogan, Abadi to discuss KRG referendum in New York

KurdPress - 2017-09-17 13:21
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to meet Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in New York where the two sides are to discuss the upcoming independence referendum by Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). ...

PUK official urges Kurdistan region to delay referendum

KurdPress - 2017-09-17 10:49
A leading member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Mela Bahtiyar, urged the government of the Kurdistan Region to consider recent proposals to postpone a planned Sept. 25 referendum on Kurdish regional independence. ...

Airstrike wounds 6 U.S.-backed fighters in eastern Syria

Los Angeles Times - 2017-09-17 02:46
A U.S.-backed force in Syria said a Russian airstrike wounded six of its fighters Saturday near the eastern city of Dair Alzour, while in southeastern Syria, government troops and their Iran-backed allies began a new offensive to capture areas along the ...

AN INDEPENDENT KURDISTAN

Roji Kurd - 2017-09-17 00:04
As a country that needed any help we could get in 1948, we have our own conscience to guide us in 2017. Amid the generally dismal state of affairs in the ongoing human tragedy of the Syrian upheaval, our government has at last shined Israel’s light on the ...

Kurdish official reveals U.S. alternative for referendum

KurdPress - 2017-09-16 11:41
The Secretary General of the Kurdistan Socialist Party Muhammad Haji Mahmoud told Asharq al-Awsat that the U.S., France and Britain have asked the Kurdistan Regional government to postpone its planned referendum for two years and the Kurdish and referendu ...

Turkish Ministry warns KRG of paying a price in case referendum held

Waar Media - 2017-09-14 15:43
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkish warned Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of paying a price for insisting on holding an independence referendum on Sept. 25, in a foreign ministry statement on Thursday. The statement, which welcomed Iraqi parliament vote that reject ...

"Those who launch a war have to expect a response.” Barzani in Kirkuk

KurdisCat - 2017-09-12 19:50
The leader of Iraq’s Kurdish region defended an independence referendum planned for later this month during a visit Tuesday to the oil-rich Kirkuk province, the epicenter of a long-running dispute with the central government. Iraq’s parliament meanwhile ...

Iraqi Parliament votes against Kurdistan Independence Referendum

Waar Media - 2017-09-12 17:09
WAAR-DUHOK: The Iraqi parliament voted on Tuesday to oppose Kurdistan independence referendum planned to hold this month prompting a walkout by Kurdish lawmakers. Speaker Salim al-Juburi, a Sunni Arab, said the vote required the government to “take all s ...

China mulls ban on gasoline and diesel cars

Waar Media - 2017-09-11 16:50
WAAR-DUHOK: China is gearing up to ban the sale of combustion-engine vehicles in a move that would have a huge impact on the global auto industry. Government officials added, though, there was no date yet for such a measure. A China ban on the sale of ga ...

KRG Planning to Open Two Hospitals for Drug Addicts

BAS News - 2017-09-11 16:01
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is now planning to establish two hospitals for those addicted to drugs. “Even though drug addiction has not reached a warning level, we have demanded the establishment of special hospitals in hopes of preve ...

KRG Preparing to Rescue Yezidi Abductees ahead of Hawija Assault

BAS News - 2017-09-11 13:05
DUHOK — As the Iraqi armed forces are preparing for a massive operation to liberate the last Islamic State (IS)-held pocket in the country, the Kurdistan Regional Government is setting the ground to rescue the Kurdish Yezidi abductees held by the extremi ...

Official: PMF take Kurdistan flag down in Mandali

Waar Media - 2017-09-10 16:02
WAAR-DUHOK: Some fighters from the mainly Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi-People’s Mobilization Forces (PMF) have taken down the flag of Kurdistan Sunday over the building of the city hall in Mandali following a vote by the local government to join the Kurdish in ...

Hawija Liberation Plan Not Discussed with Peshmerga Yet: Official

BAS News - 2017-09-10 14:22
ERBIL — The Iraqi army has not discussed the forthcoming Hawija operation with the Peshmerga forces, a Peshmerga official said on Sunday. "The federal government has not discussed the plan to liberate Hawija with Peshmerga so far," Jabar Yawar, Secretary ...

KRG’s Representative to Attend Paths of Peace Conference in Germany

BAS News - 2017-09-09 15:24
ERBIL — Representative of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) will take part in the international conference “PATHS OF PEACE: Religions and cultures in dialogue” which is set to take place from September 10th to 12th 2017 in Münster and Osnabrück cities ...

Another defeat for Islamic State

The Economist - 2017-09-09 09:03
The Syrian army pushed into the eastern city of Deir ez-Zor on September 5th, breaking the three-year-old siege of a government-held enclave by Islamic State (IS). It is a victory for Bashar al-Assad, Syria’s blood-soaked dictator, and yet another defeat ...

The destruction of the city of Sur Amed by the Turkish government

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-09-07 20:47
According to a report from the Human Rights Association, quoted by the Roz News Agency, yesterday after the resistance of residents of the Ali Pasha neighborhood to prevent the destruction of their residential homes, today, on 7 August 2017, special polic ...

Spain challenges Catalan independence referendum bid in court

Waar Media - 2017-09-06 19:56
WAAR-DUHOK: The Spanish government asked the country’s top court on Wednesday to nullify a vote in the Catalan parliament over a disputed independence referendum bill. The push from the wealthy northeastern region to hold an independence vote sets Spain ...

Barzani: Iraqi Constitution No Longer Valid

BAS News - 2017-09-06 18:35
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani stated on Wednesday that the Iraqi constitution has lost all its validity and that Iraq is currently run by a sectarian government. Addressing the journalists, writers and intellectuals from the Kurdistan ...

UN: Syrian government was behind April sarin gas attack

Waar Media - 2017-09-06 14:09
WAAR-DUHOK: Syrian forces have used chemical weapons more than two dozen times during the country’s civil war, including in the deadly attack that led to US air strikes on government planes, UN war crimes investigators said. In the most conclusive findin ...

Russia Will Play Important Role in Revival of KRG’s Economy: Official

BAS News - 2017-09-06 14:01
ERBIL — Now that the Islamic State (IS) cannot pose a direct threat to the Kurdistan Region, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is putting the utmost efforts into reviving and reforming its economy. The initiatives, led by KRG Prime Minister Nechirv ...

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 ...

Referendum rift unlikely to damage US-KRG ties / Hamdi Malik

KurdPress - 2017-09-06 12:40
The United States has been trying to prevent the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) from holding a referendum on its independence, with Washington using its substantial support to the Peshmerga forces as leverage against the KRG to stop the plebiscite sc ...

PM repeats Turkey’s opposition to Kurdistan Region referendum

KurdPress - 2017-09-06 12:40
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has reiterated Turkey’s strong opposition against the Iraqi Kurdish autonomous government’s bid to hold an independence referendum late September, describing the move as a “grave mistake.” ...

Bangladesh Embassy to open office in Erbil

KRG-Spain - 2017-09-06 00:02
Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received Mr. Abu Magsoud Forhad, Bangladesh’s Ambassador to Iraq. Ambassador Forhad discussed his government’s intention to open in Erbil an office of his ...

KRG Prime Minister: Improving education remains a main priority

KRG-Spain - 2017-09-06 00:02
Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani says that improving education remains a main priority of his government. Mr. Barzani made the remarks during a conference on education, organi ...

Buddhism and State Power in Myanmar

International Crisis Group - 2017-09-05 16:04
Extreme Buddhist nationalist positions including hate speech and violence are on the rise in Myanmar. Rather than ineffective bans on broad-based groups like the Association for the Protection of Race and Religion (MaBaTha), the government should address ...

Massoud Barzani says Kurds could consider delay of vote with guarantees

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
Barzani says he will resign if people vote against independence HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Massoud Barzani said a postponement to Kurdistan referendum on independence could be considered if the Iraqi government and the international communit ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – September 2, 2017

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
Kurdistan govt, Barzani office did not condemn the attack on NRT TV office Erbil: Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Massoud Barzani’s office did not denounce the attack on Kurdish NRT TV’s office in Duhok. The unknown gunmen and civilians on ...

Shares of Dana Gas soars after Iraqi Kurdistan agreement

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
DUBAI,— Shares in Abu Dhabi-listed Dana Gas soared early on Monday after it agreed on overdue payments from Iraqi Kurdistan’s government, while United Arab Emirates stock markets were generally quiet and other regional bourses remained closed for Eid hol ...

Hezbollah, Syrian army seek new route for stranded ISIS group convoy

Waar Media - 2017-09-03 17:00
WAAR-DUHOK: Lebanon’s Hezbollah and the Syrian army are seeking a new route for a convoy of Islamic State fighters and their families bound for the jihadists’ stronghold in eastern Syria, a commander in the military alliance backing Syria’s government sa ...
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