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Pentagon Vows Continued Support for Peshmerga: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-25 16:10
ERBIL — US Department of Defence has ensured Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of its continued military support for the Peshmerga forces as they have been playing a critical role in the international anti-Islamic State (IS) efforts, said a Peshmerga o ...

IHERC to Operate in Kurdish Areas Outside KRG’s Rule for Referendum

BAS News - 2017-07-25 16:10
IHERC will open offices in all the Kurdish areas outside KRG’s administration DUHOK — The Kurdistan Region's Independent High Electoral and Referendum Commission (IHERC) will open offices in all the Kurdish areas outside the Kurdistan Regional Government ...

PKK-Affiliate PJAK and Iran Enjoy Ceasefire Agreement: PAK Leader

BAS News - 2017-07-25 14:46
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK), Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) offshoot in the Iranian Kurdistan, is now enjoying a ceasefire with the Iranian government after an agreement made following a series of military clashes in the northwest of the ...

KRG Pays Contractors for Public Service Projects in Sinjar

BAS News - 2017-07-25 12:13
DUHOK — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has paid around 1 billion Iraqi dinars (equivalent to $800,000) to 69 contractors for public service projects in Sinjar, the Yezidi majority region in west of Mosul. Osman Yunis, deputy governor of Duhok provin ...

Trent Franks warns Kurds against Iranian and Turkish influence in region

Washington Times - 2017-07-25 10:57
Iranian and Turkish influence in northern Iraq could pose a threat to U.S. interests in the region and its relations with the Kurdistan Regional Government as Iraqi Kurds move forward with a controversial vote on independence in two months, a key House l ...

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 ...

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 ...

Government Prevents Mandaeans from Building a Religious Site in Basra

BAS News - 2017-07-23 15:58
BASRA — The local government of Basra province in Iraq denied the Sabian-Mandaean religious community from building a site for their rituals on a land belonging to the community. Sheikh Mazin Nayf, the leader of the religious community said in an intervi ...

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. ...

Stopping Flow of Rivers into Kurdistan Politically Motivated: MP

BAS News - 2017-07-22 16:42
He urges the KRG to take serious steps to settle the issue with Turkey and Iran ERBIL— The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) should settle the issues over the flow of rivers from Iran and Turkey by seeking the assistance of the international community ...

Iraq Against Establishment of US Military Bases in the Country: Maliki

BAS News - 2017-07-22 14:58
IZMIR — the Iraqi society is against the establishment of US military bases in the country, the Vice-President of Iraq, Nouri al-Maliki, said on Friday. According to the Iraqi Vice-President, who spoke to RIA Novosti, the Iraqi government and people are ...

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 ...

Venezuela: “Zero hour”

International Crisis Group - 2017-07-20 21:11
As the Venezuelan government prepares to create an all-powerful constituent assembly to replace the country’s democracy, unrest is likely to reach new levels of violence. In this excerpt from the Watch List 2017 – Second Update early warning report for E ...

Kurdish Farmer Produces 58 Types of Tomato

BAS News - 2017-07-20 16:55
ERBIL— Without any support from the government and on his own expenses, a 65-year-old farmer from the Garmiyan area produces 58 types of tomato. Jamal Jalal Hussein, nicknamed Sheikh Jamal Krbchna, is from Krbchna village of Sangaw, near the town of Cham ...

Germany vows economic steps against Turkey as row escalates

Waar Media - 2017-07-20 16:37
WAAR-DUHOK: Germany on Thursday vowed stinging measures hitting tourism and investment in Turkey and a full “overhaul” of their troubled relations, signalling its patience had snapped after Ankara’s arrests of human rights activists. The government stepp ...

World Bank Ready to Increase Long-term Support for Post-IS Iraq

BAS News - 2017-07-20 00:32
IZMIR — The World Bank announced on Wednesday it would shore up support for the long-term reconstruction of areas affected by the war against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, recently liberated by the Iraqi forces. The Iraqi government released a statemen ...

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 ...

France Contributes $3.5 Million to WFP to Help Iraqi Families

BAS News - 2017-07-19 00:15
IZMIR — The United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP) received on Tuesday, a contribution of $3.5 million from the Government of France, to be used for the assistance programme supporting families affected by conflict in Iraq. The new contribution f ...

The Politics of Islam in Mali: Separating Myth from Reality

International Crisis Group - 2017-07-18 15:02
Settling the place of Islam in Mali’s society and politics is a less visible but longer-term challenge to the state than its rebellious north and stalled peace process. The government should work toward a partnership with religious authorities to enable ...

KRG Denies Reports About Turkey Seizing Oil Revenues of Erbil

BAS News - 2017-07-18 12:46
IZMIR — A Kurdish official denied on Monday the recent rumours about Turkey seizing oil revenues from the Kurdistan Region. According to a statement by the spokesperson for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Safeen Dizayee, the recent rumours relea ...

Iran says Kurdish referendum 'wrong choice'

KurdPress - 2017-07-18 08:20
The independence referendum planned by the Kurdistan Regional Government is a wrong choice that would significantly undermine Iraqi and regional security, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, S ...

Iran Security Agency interference of a Baha’i citizen

Hengaw - 2017-07-18 03:00
Hengaw: The security forces of the Iranian government prevented the funeral of a Baha’i citizen in the city of Bukan. According to The post Iran Security Agency interference of a Baha’i citizen appeared first on Human Rights News. ...

Campaign (Not to ruin Sur) started up

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-07-18 00:23
According to a report from the Kurdistan Human Rights Association, the Turkish government in northern Kurdistan continued to demolish the historic city of Sur Amid, announcing a “No to Destroy Sour” campaign since the start of the campaign to stop the pro ...

EU Adopts Crisis Management Concept to Assist Iraq

BAS News - 2017-07-18 00:06
ERBIL — European Union (EU) Council met on Monday to adopt a crisis management concept for a new civilian CSDP (Common Security and Defence Policy ) mission in Iraq. The decision of the EU members comes after a request by the Iraqi government. The adopte ...

KRG PM and British Envoy to Erbil Discuss Political, Trade Ties

BAS News - 2017-07-17 16:10
ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received Martin Ware, the British Consul in Erbil and his accompanying officials. The British diplomat thanked KRG’s institutions for the assistance and cooperation they have pr ...

UK Contributes $5.2 to Stabilisation Process in Iraq

BAS News - 2017-07-17 13:12
ERBIL — As part of the international efforts to stabilise and rehabilitate the Iraqi areas liberated from the Islamic State (IS), the government of the UK has contributed an additional $5.2 million to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Stabilisation (FFS), said ...

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 ...

70 Mosul IDP Families Leave Khazr Camp for Home

BAS News - 2017-07-16 17:08
ERBIL— In a ceremony on Sunday some 70 families of Mosul IDPs left Khazer IDP Camp in Erbil and headed towards their homes in Mosul. Iraqi Minister of Immigrations and Displacement Darbaz Mohammed and representatives from Kurdistan government and the hum ...

100,000 Iraqi Troops Fought in Mosul Battle: Commander

BAS News - 2017-07-16 11:03
MOSUL — Around 100,000 Iraqi troops and pro-government militia fighters were engaged in the battle to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State (IS), said a senior army commander. Earlier last week, Iraqi government announced the full liberation of Mosul aft ...

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. ...

Two Prisoners Hanged for Drug Charges in Iran

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-07-16 02:00
The Iranian government has executed three prisoners on drug-related charges at Orumiyeh Central Prison on 15 July. They were taken to solitary confinement cells a day before their execution, according to a local source who spoke to Kurdistan Human Rights ...

UK sets out Brexit bill to end EU membership

Waar Media - 2017-07-13 16:38
WAAR-DUHOK: The British government on Thursday published a draft law that would formally put an end to Britain’s membership of the European Union, as a top official warned the country was unprepared for Brexit in less than two years’ time. The new bill w ...

Yezidis Ask Iraqi Forces to Assist Them in Finding Their Abductees

BAS News - 2017-07-13 16:05
ERBIL — The son of the Yezidi community’s leader emphasized on their utmost efforts to uncover the fate of thousands of Yezidis who are still held in captivity of the Islamic State (IS), calling on the government forces and security institutions to assis ...

Political Agenda Behind Delaying Hawija Liberation: MP

BAS News - 2017-07-13 12:44
ERBIL — Iraqi government is intentionally delaying the operation to retake Hawija city, the last area held by the Islamic State (IS) in Kirkuk province, due to political agendas, said a member of the Iraqi parliament on Thursday. Shakhawan Abdullah, a Ku ...

Malala in Kurdistan celebrites her 20th birthday

Waar Media - 2017-07-12 13:37
WAAR-DUHOK: Malala Yousafzai, a Nobel Prize laureate and international women’s activist marked her 20th birthday among university students in the Kurdistan Region. She met with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani on T ...

Iraqi delegation visits Erbil to discuss ties

KurdPress - 2017-07-12 12:43
A high-level Iraqi government delegation of oil, education, health and agriculture officials arrived in Erbil on Wednesday, reportedly to discuss a range of issues among them energy and water resources. ...

KRG Responds to HRW’s Report on Expulsion of Yezidis From Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-07-11 23:34
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) High Committee to Evaluate and Respond to International Reports (HCERIR) said in a statement on Tuesday that nobody has been forcibly expelled from the Kurdistan Region, as a response to a report by the H ...

KRG Establishes Directorate to Promote Religious Tolerance

BAS News - 2017-07-11 21:16
ERBIL— A new directorate for the religious components was opened on Monday in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)'s Ministry of Endowment and Religious Affairs, said the spokesperson for the ministry. The Directorate for Religious Components was esta ...

Malala Yousafzai to Assist Displaced Women and Girls in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-07-11 19:41
ERBIL— Pakistani activist for female education Malala Yousafzai on Tuesday paid a visit to Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and promised to offer assistance to the women and girls in the IDP and refugee camps. In the m ...

Committees to Free Yezidi Abductees in Mosul IDP Camps: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-11 16:41
ERBIL— Several committees have been set up by a related directorate at the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)'s Ministry of Endowment and Religious Affairs to search for the Yezidi abductees in the camps where Mosul IDPs reside. Kahyri Bozani, the direc ...

KRG attends conference of Global Coalition against Islamic State

Waar Media - 2017-07-11 14:30
WAAR-DUHOK: The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) will attend this week’s conference in Washington DC of the Global Coalition to Defeat the Islamic State (ISIS). The State Department is hosting three days of meetings, which begin today and run through ...

Hashd al-Shaabi leader threatens to use force against Peshmerga

Waar Media - 2017-07-11 14:30
WAAR-DUHOK: A leader of pro-government paramilitary forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) has threatened to use force against Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga troops to drive them out of areas recaptured from the Islamic State. Jawad al-Tleibawi, a senior leader of the P ...

UN Ready to Support Iraqi Government in Post-IS Process

BAS News - 2017-07-11 01:22
ERBIL — The United Nations (UN) are ready to support the Iraqi government in the post-Islamic State (IS) process, aiming to establish safe conditions for all displaced civilians to return to their homes in western Mosul, UN Secretary-General's spokespers ...

Iraq Celebrates Victory Over ISIS in Mosul

The Kurdish Project - 2017-07-10 22:08
The following article was originally published in Slate. The Iraqi government celebrated Sunday as it declared that the country’s armed forces had defeated ISIS in the militants’ former stronghold of Mosul after a nine-month campaign. Although heavy figh ...

Erdogan’s terrorists in Turkey / Abdullah Bozkurt

KurdPress - 2017-07-10 13:41
The Turkish government under autocratic president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s perpetual emergency rule last week expanded its definition of terrorism by calling the main opposition Republican Peoples’ Party (CHP) “accomplices of terror” and “pawns of foreign p ...

G20: USA abandons climate consensus

Waar Media - 2017-07-09 14:37
WAAR-DUHOK: Host Angela Merkel made a special appearance at the very end of the G20 summit, when she spoke to police representatives. She thanked them for putting their own safety on the line to ensure the security of heads of state and government and th ...

PM Barzani and McGurk Discuss Future of Iraq

BAS News - 2017-07-09 11:51
ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met with US Special Presidential Envoy to the Coalition against the Islamic State (IS) on Saturday in Erbil. The officials discussed a number of pressing issues, including Mosul ...

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, ...

Three Yezidi Girls Reunite with Their Families after IS Captivity

BAS News - 2017-07-08 17:33
ERBIL— Three more Yezidi girls were rescued on Saturday from the Islamic State (IS) captivity in Mosul and arrived at the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)’s Office of Yezidi Abductees’ Affairs. Hussein Koro Qaedi, the office director, told BasNews tha ...

Security Forces Defuse Six IEDs in Kirkuk Province

BAS News - 2017-07-07 22:35
KIRKUK — Security forces from Kirkuk, in cooperation with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), defused six improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the northwestern area of the province on Friday. The Kirkuk Security Directorate announced in a statemen ...

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 government forces retake hospital near Mosul’s Old City

E-Kurd - 2017-07-07 14:31
MOSUL,— Iraqi forces have recaptured a hospital and other medical facilities in west Mosul, further isolating Islamic State group holdouts in the Old City, officers said. The country’s security forces are in the final stages of the gruelling battle to re ...
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