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Kurdistan PM Receives Letter from British Foreign Secretary

BAS News - 2017-11-22 19:01
ERBIL — UK’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Boris Johnson, has once again welcomed Kurdistan Region’s initiative to resume peaceful talks with the Iraqi central government to resolve their prolonged disputes. Johnson’s message w ...

Kurds, Warning of Hostilities in Iraq, Appeal for a U.S. Envoy

The Wall Street Journal - 2017-11-21 02:29
The Iraqi Kurdish government has asked the U.S. to appoint a special envoy to mediate a deepening dispute between the central government in Baghdad and the semiautonomous Kurdish region, a top Kurdish official said Monday. ...

Week in Brief: Earthquake victims

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-11-21 02:00
The “Week in brief” by Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) is a weekly review of the most important human rights news and developments from and about Iran’s Kurdish areas. Iran government aid not enough to help earthquake victims Residents of Iranian Ku ...

KRG Calls on Int. Community to Pressure Baghdad on Lifting Sanctions

BAS News - 2017-11-21 00:22
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) calls upon the international community to intervene with the Government of Iraq to end its collective measures against the people and government of the Kurdistan Region, said the KRG. “The restrictive polic ...

Stability Not Achievable Without Implementation of Constitution: KRG PM

BAS News - 2017-11-20 14:58
Iraq needs to implement the entire constitution, Nechirvan Barzani says ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani on Monday stated that the implementation of the entire Iraqi Constitution is the solution to all prob ...

Talks Between Erbil, Baghdad ‘Going Well’: Canada DM

BAS News - 2017-11-20 11:59
ERBIL — Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan stated that there is no timeline to resume the mission of the Canadian military personnel in the Kurdistan Region due to Erbil-Baghdad tensions. Talks between the Iraqi government and representatives of the ...

KRG Forms Special Committee for Talks with Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-11-19 03:46
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Region has formed a specialised committee for the expected negotiations with the Iraqi federal government, awaiting Baghdad’s response to Erbil’s initiative, said a lawmaker. The committee, consisting of economic, legal and politica ...

Iraqi Parliament Returns 2018 Budget Bill to Government

BAS News - 2017-11-19 03:46
BAGHDAD — The Iraqi Parliament returned on Saturday the controversial draft law of 2018 budget to the Council of Ministers. According to a statement, the bill was returned to the government for further reconsideration. The Kurdistan Regional Government ( ...

Attacks against HDP are ongoing

ANHA - 2017-11-18 13:47
NEWS DESK- The Turkish police have raided Co-chair of the Democratic Peoples Party’s (HDP) house in the Bagçli Afler Muhammed Qara Dag district and have arrested him. The Justice and Development Government continues its attacks on the Democratic Peoples P ...

Secret meetings between Baghdad and Hewlêr

ANHA - 2017-11-18 13:47
NEWS DESK– Media sources said that secret meetings are carried out between the Iraqi Government and the government of Başûr Region “South Kurdistan.” According to media sources of Kurdistan Democratic Party PDK, a parliamentary in the State of Law in Iraq ...

Iraq forces take two largest Kirkuk oil fields from Kurds

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 13:24
Iraq warns Kurdistan not to shut down Kirkuk oil flows KIRKUK,— Iraqi forces took control of the two largest oil fields in the disputed northern province of Kirkuk on Tuesday dealing a heavy blow to the finances of the autonomous Kurdistan government. Th ...

What is American policy toward Kurdistan?

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 13:24
Michael Rubin | American Enterprise Institute The Kirkuk crisis seems largely over. With the exception of a pocket here or there, Iraq has regained areas lost or abandoned in 2014, while the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) retains control of those re ...

Tal al-Sakan .. historical legacy threatened to disappear

ANHA - 2017-11-18 11:45
Tal al-Sakan has been subjected to a series of illegal violations and excavations since February 2017, after Gaza's government divide of the land where the hill is located between its employees who did not receive their salaries as a payment of their accu ...

Turkey says freezing Iraqi Kurdistan independence vote is ‘not enough’

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:04
ANKARA,— Turkey said on Thursday the Iraqi Kurdish offer for last month’s referendum on independence to be frozen is “not enough”, instead urging the Erbil government to cancel the vote. “It is an important move that the northern Iraqi administration tak ...

Iraq sets deadline for Kurds to quit Turkey border post

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:04
BAGHDAD,— Iraqi forces set a tight deadline Friday for Kurdish fighters to withdraw from an area on the Turkish border that is critical for oil exports, a government source told AFP. The senior security source, asking not to be named, said Kurdish peshme ...

Iraqi army takes control of Turkey border from Kurds

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:04
ISTANBUL,— Iraqi government forces on Tuesday took control of the key border crossing with Turkey in the Iraqi Kurdistan region after weeks of tensions between Baghdad and Erbil, the Turkish prime minister said. The border crossing “has been handed over ...

Iraq court rules no region can secede after Kurdistan independence bid

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:04
BAGHDAD,— Iraq’s Supreme Federal Court ruled on Monday that no region or province can secede, strengthening the government’s hand as it seeks to prevent a repeat of September’s Kurdish independence vote. The ruling was a response to a request from the ce ...

Naway Nwê chief says Iraqi Kurdistan needs new leaders, government

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:03
WASHINGTON,— New Generation (Naway Nwê) Leader, Shaswar Abdulwahid, said Iraqi Kurdistan region needs new government and new leaders to govern the region. Speaking during a panel of Middle East Institute in Washington on Tuesday, Abdulwahid said the New ...

Is Kurdistan’s Massoud Barzani stepping down or stepping up?

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:03
Megan Connelly | The Daily Star, Lebanon On Nov. 1, 2017, President Massoud Barzani of the Kurdistan Regional Government, in accordance with legislation passed by the Kurdistan Parliament several days before, stepped down and devolved many of the powers ...

The KRG and Iraq: The Time of Oil Diplomacy

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:03
Alessandro Bacci | Exclusive to Ekurd.net – London The events of the past two months have one more time dangerously strained the relationship between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Iraq proper. Evaluating in a definitive manner from a politi ...

Iranian General: Iraqi Kurdistan Referendum is Part of U.S. Plot

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:03
Michael Rubin | American Enterprise Institute The Iranian government remains broadly antagonistic to the 25 September 2017 referendum in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR) calling for independence. In the wake of the vote—in which Kurds overwhelmingly voic ...

Iraqi Kurds back away from independence bid

CNN - 2017-11-16 21:29
The government of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region has taken another step back from its failed bid for independence, accepting a national court ruling that its disputed referendum was unconstitutional. ...

Sami Abdul Rahman, Kurdish delegate, urges U.S. to push Iraq deal

Washington Times - 2017-11-16 09:16
The Trump administration must do more to push a negotiated settlement between the Iraqi government and the country's Kurdish minority over a blocked Kurdish push for independence, the Iraqi Kurds' top representative in Washington said in an interview, war ...

Iraqi Kurds seek talks after federal court bars secession

FOX News - 2017-11-14 14:03
Iraq's self-ruled Kurdish region says a federal court ruling that bars secession "must become a basis" for dialogue with the central government following September's divisive independence referendum. ...

KRG on Alert Following Deadly Earthquake

BAS News - 2017-11-13 01:21
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has put its entire institutions on alert to provide assistance to hundreds of injured people after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake across the region. In an official statement, the KRG calls on the staff of healt ...

Iraq recognizes KRG’s autonomous status in 2018 budget

Waar Media - 2017-11-12 23:34
WAAR-DUHOK: The Kurdistan Region is recognised by the Iraqi government in the draft budgets for 2018, said Saad al-Hadithi, the spokesperson for the Iraqi government. The official said in a statement on Sunday that Baghdad is committed to the borders of ...

Baghdad Recognises Kurdistan Region’s Autonomous Status

BAS News - 2017-11-12 21:20
BAGHDAD — The Kurdistan Region is recognised by the Iraqi government in the draft budgets for 2018, said Saad al-Hadithi, the spokesperson for the Iraqi government. The official said in a statement on Sunday that Baghdad is committed to the borders of Ku ...

AKP government arrested journalist Perwin Botan Kaya

ANHA - 2017-11-12 19:30
NEWS DESK– As the Justice and Development Party(AKP) government continues to attack the media and journalists in Turkey and the Bakur Kurdistan, Turkish police have raided the journalist Perwin Botan Kaya’s house this morning and arrested her. In the earl ...

Kurdistan Expects Greater US Role to Ease Tension with Baghdad: Envoy

BAS News - 2017-11-11 10:04
Kurdistan Regional Government’s Representative to the US, Bayan Sami Abdulrahman, has explained the current relations between Washington and Erbil as tensions between Kurdistan and Iraq growing. The Kurds, since Baghdad’s incursion in Kirkuk, have been c ...

Smashing a critical American ally

Washington Times - 2017-11-10 05:36
On Oct. 16, Iranian-backed Shia militias, together with 9,000 Iraqi government forces, armed and trained by the U.S., invaded and took Kirkuk from the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters. It appears that the Iranians saw an opportunity to extend their influ ...

There Is Still Room for Compromise in Catalonia

Foreign Policy Research Institute - 2017-11-09 22:45
The Catalan independence crisis feels intractable. Ministers who defied the Spanish Constitutional Court to organize an independence referendum on October 1 have been jailed. The government in Madrid has dissolved the regional administration after the ad ...

Baghdad Continues Sending Erbil Medical Supplies: Kurdish Official

BAS News - 2017-11-09 03:08
ERBIL — The Iraqi central government continues sending Kurdistan Region’s share form the medical supplies up to the moment, said an official from Erbil. “We have also talked with the Iraqi Health Minister who ensured us of continued deliveries of medical ...

Rajo people: Turkey would not have foothold in Afrin

ANHA - 2017-11-08 13:30
The people of Rajo area in Afrin canton assured that they would not allow the Turkish government to have a foothold in the canton's lands concentrating on their support for the People Protection Units (YPG) and Women Protection Units (YPJ) against the att ...

Turkish state tightens isolation on political detainees

ANHA - 2017-11-08 13:30
The Development and Justice Government not only has put Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan in isolation, but also has put political detainees in solitary confinements and cut off all the ways in which parents communicate with their detained children. ...

Dialogue the Only Means to Resolve Erbil-Baghdad Disputes: KRG PM

BAS News - 2017-11-07 15:14
KRG PM met with Special Representative of UN Secretary General ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met on Tuesday with Ján Kubiš, the Special Representative of UN Secretary General, to discuss the pressing issues. ...
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