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US Warns Its Citizens of Security Situation in Iraq

BAS News - 2017-10-19 14:26
ERBIL — The US embassy in Iraq advises its citizens to maintain a “heightened sense” of security awareness and take the necessary measures to enhance their personal security. The military incursion of the Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi into K ...

People in Disputed Areas Rise Against Hashd Al-Shaabi

BAS News - 2017-10-19 10:54
ERBIL — Following the invasion of the Kurdish disputed areas by the Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi, the people of those areas began last nigh an uprise against the militias. Residents of Kirkuk, Khanaqin, Sinjar and other areas recent ...

Invasion of Kirkuk Creates Humanitarian Crisis

BAS News - 2017-10-18 17:56
Large waves of people are fleeing the city ERBIL — More than sixty thousand people have been displaced over the past 48 hours due to the military incursion on Kirkuk by the Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi on Monday. An estimated 61,200 ...

Over 60,000 People Displaced Due to Iraq’s Assault on Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-18 16:09
KIRKUK — More than sixty thousand people have been displaced due to the invasion of Kirkuk by the Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi on Monday. An estimated 61,200 people have been displaced in areas around Kirkuk over the past 48 hours, ...

Kurdish forces pull out of Sinjar, hand control over to Iranian militias

Washington Times - 2017-10-18 13:31
Kurdish peshmerga units have withdrawn from the heavily contested area of Sinjar in northern Iraq on Tuesday, handing control over the enclave to Iranian-backed paramilitaries tied to Iraq's security forces. The Kurdish fighters reportedly left the major ...

Iran’s Quds Force Opens Bases, Headquarters in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-18 11:30
ERBIL — The Quds Force, Iran’s external wing of the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), opened five bases along with a headquarter in Kirkuk after the Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi invaded the city on Monday. According to confidential ...

Hashd Al-Shaabi Militias Looting, Burning Kurds' Houses in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-18 11:30
ERBIL — The Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi have begun looting the properties of the Kurdish people in Kirkuk and burning the houses of the Kurdish officials in the city. Mohammad Kamal, a member of Kirkuk Provincial Council, told BasNews that ...

Lessons from Kurdistan’s 48 hours of confusion and shock

Seth Frantzman - 2017-10-18 01:26
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN In Forty-eight hours the Kurdistan Regional Government, the Iraqi Security Forces and Iranian-backed Shia militias have re-drawn northern Iraq. In a shocking reversal after three years […] ...

Barzani: We Have Always Sought Peaceful Solutions

BAS News - 2017-10-17 18:38
ERBIL — The President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani released Tuesday a statement to address the people of Kurdistan following the offensive of Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi and Iraqi forces on Kirkuk Province and other dispu ...

Iran Seizes Region’s Largest Oil Fields in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-17 12:13
ERBIL — Iran has seized control of the largest oil fields in Iraq and Kurdistan after the assault of the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi militias on Kirkuk Province. After the October 16 offensive of Hashd al-Shaab militias backed by the Iranian Revolutio ...

IRGC Terrorist Attempting to Invade Kirkuk, Why Is US Quiet?

BAS News - 2017-10-16 13:44
The betrayal of the influential wing of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), led by Hero Ibrahim and her sons, now has become evident. The PUK wing, according to a deal with Iran, Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Hashd al-Shaabi, ordered t ...

Iranian-backed PMF Using US Military Equipment Against Peshmerga: KRSC

BAS News - 2017-10-16 08:36
ERBIL — The Iraqi forces and Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi militia (PMF) on Sunday night launched an attack on Kirkuk from two front lines, said Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) on Monday morning. The two forces at 23:30 advanced from Taza Khurm ...

Protest erupts in Iranian Kurdistan over killing of kolbars

E-Kurd - 2017-10-15 04:55
BANE, Iranian Kurdistan,— Protest erupted in the Kurdish city of Bane in Iranian Kurdistan (Rojhelat) over the killing of kolbars (porters) by Iran’s security forces over the last several months. A number of people gathered in front of the building of Ba ...

Iran bans oil refinery products traffic with Iraqi Kurdistan: report

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:34
ANKARA,— Iran has banned the transportation of refined crude oil products by Iranian companies to and from Iraq’s Kurdistan region, the semi-official Tasnim news agency said on Friday, after Tehran vowed to stand by Baghdad following the region’s vote fo ...

Iran, Iraq hold exercises near Iraqi Kurdistan: Kurdish official

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:34
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Iranian and Iraqi forces staged joint military exercises on Monday near the border with Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region, a Kurdish official said, following tensions over the Kurds’ independence vote. Iraqi Kurds vo ...

Kurdistan says Iraqi forces preparing major attack in oil-rich Kirkuk

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:34
BAGHDAD,— Iraqi government forces and Iranian-trained Iraqi paramilitaries are “preparing a major attack” on Kurdish forces in the Kurdish-held oil-rich region of Kirkuk and near Mosul in northern Iraq, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said on Wed ...

Commander of Iranian Quds Brigade Visits Talabani’s Tomb

BAS News - 2017-10-14 15:04
SULAYMANIYAH — Commander of Iranian Quds Brigade, Qassem Soleimani, visited the former Iraqi President Jalal Talabani’s tomb, leaving a note to praise the role of Talabani in helping Iraq out of crisis. According to media outlets affiliated to the Patrio ...

The shops of the Baha’i citizens were sealed in Orumiyeh

Hengaw - 2017-10-12 03:02
HENGAW : During the past month, the security forces of the Iranian government closed the doors of the shop of dozens of The post The shops of the Baha’i citizens were sealed in Orumiyeh appeared first on Human Rights News. ...

Iranian Regiment Forces in Piranshahr Wounded a Kurdish Kolbar

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-10-12 02:00
Yesterday, Iranian Regiment Forces shot and wounded a Kolbar in the head at Piranshahr border area. “On Tuesday, October 10th, 2017, the Iranian border guards opened fire on a group of border Kolbars and tradesmen in Kani Khoa border area. In this inciden ...

Iran Takes No Unilateral Action Against KRG: Minister

BAS News - 2017-10-12 01:09
ERBIL — The Iranian government has ruled out possibility of taking any unilateral action against the Kurdistan Region and in response to September independence referendum, said Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohammad Javad Zarif. The official made ...

Iran: 135 Kurdish Citizens Executed in One Year

BAS News - 2017-10-10 15:32
ERBIL — The Iranian authorities executed 135 Kurdish citizens across the Kurdish region of Iran during the past twelve months, according to reports. On October 10, the World Day Against the Death Penalty, Hengaw News Agency for monitoring human rights in ...

Turkish Lira, Iranian Toman Drop Due to Anti-Kurdistan Stances

BAS News - 2017-10-09 11:25
ERBIL — Due to their opposition to the independence bid of the Kurdistan Region, the Turkish and Iranian currencies have significantly slumped against the US dollar. The Turkish lira had dropped by 4.3 percent since September 15 due to the country’s oppo ...

Week in brief: victims at borders

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-10-09 02:01
Iranian forces continue arresting pro-independence Kurdish demonstrators Iranian intelligence agents and security forces have continued to arrest and interrogate civilian Kurds who had taken part in celebrations after a referendum on Kurdish statehood was ...

Al-Mustafa international University: Globalization of Shiism

Roji Kurd - 2017-10-08 00:01
Shia in Iran and in other parts of the Middle East have some important common factors such as religious identity, sectarian rituals and culture, as well as the family bonds. Historically, the majority of the prominent Shia clerics are from Iranian origins ...

Iranian FM to Visit Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-10-05 22:20
ERBIL — Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohammed Javad Zarif, will arrive in Kurdistan Region’s Sulaymaniyah on Friday to take part in burial ceremony of late Secretary General of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Jalal Talabani. Bahram Qasemi, ...

Long Hunger Strike Threatening Life of Iranian Kurdish Prisoner

BAS News - 2017-10-05 17:31
ERBIL— An Iranian Kurdish political prisoner is suffering a "critical" health situation following 66 days of hunger strike. Mohammed Nazari, who has already served 23 years of his sentence in prisons in Karaj and Ormumiyyeh, cannot even drink water after ...

Iraq Opens Temporary Consulate in Ilam for Iranian Pilgrims

BAS News - 2017-10-05 16:49
ERBIL — Iraqi government opened a temporary consular office in the Iranian Kurdish province of Ilam, aiming at issuing visa to Iranian pilgrims who visit Shi’ite holy sites in Iraq. General Director of the Department of Hajj Affairs and Pilgrimage in Ila ...

Iran, Turkey Strongly Opposed to Secession of Kurdistan: Rouhani

Waar Media - 2017-10-05 01:45
waarmedia Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, says Tehran and Ankara will never accept redrawing of geographical borders in the region and officials in the Iraqi Kurdistan region must reconsider their secessionist tendencies. In a joint press conference w ...

Continued Arrests of Kurdish Labour Activists in Sanandaj

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-10-04 02:02
Iranian security forces arrested another Kurdish Labour activist in Sanandaj yesterday and transferred him to the Intelligence Detention Centre of this city. Reports received by Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) indicate that On Friday, Sept 29, 2017, ...

Week in Brief : Clampdown

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-10-03 02:02
Iran fiercely crackdown on mass Kurdish pro-independence rallies Iranian security forces have detained dozens of Kurds following widespread public rallies across cities and towns of Iran’s Kurdish region, which cheered an independence referendum held by n ...

Authentication of 4 detainees in Shahin Dezh

Hengaw - 2017-10-02 03:01
Hengaw: At the same time as other Kurdistan cities, Iranian security forces arrested more than ten young people in Shahin Dezh. Based The post Authentication of 4 detainees in Shahin Dezh appeared first on Human Rights News. ...

A Labour Activist Arrested in Sanandaj by Iranian Security Forces

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-09-29 02:01
Security forces in Sanandaj arrested a labour activist yesterday and transferred him to the intelligence headquarters in the city of Sanandaj. “On Tuesday, September 26, the security forces of Sanandaj arrested Saleh Nia (the Kurdish labour activist and a ...

Iraq's Kurdish referendum inspiring Iranian minorities seeking rights

BAS News - 2017-09-28 15:25
Ever since the creation of Iran as a nation-state in the aftermath of the First World War, the central government has employed policies to oppress, suppress, marginalise, assimilate, and discriminate against the country's non-Persian nationalities. These ...

Bokan / Arrests of 11 citizens by security force

Hengaw - 2017-09-27 03:02
Hengaw: A dozen citizens from Bokan have been arrested by the Iranian security forces in this city. According to the report came The post Bokan / Arrests of 11 citizens by security force appeared first on Human Rights News. ...

Week in Brief: Execution and Arrest

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-09-26 02:03
Iran executes a man publicly in Ilam for murder Iranian authorities publicly executed a prisoner on murder charges at the Modarres street in the morning of 17 September in the city of Ilam, The prisoner was sentenced to death last December for having kill ...

What says the pictures about the Kurdistan referendum?

Roji Kurd - 2017-09-26 00:03
Roji Kurd: Today 25,sep,2017 is’t a great day in Kurd’s history. It is the first time in Kurdish history, that they can select and vote their future and their inspirations. The Iranian Kurd’s are so happy and they hope, they can have a such chance in the ...

Borders with Kurdistan Open: Iranian Foreign Ministry

BAS News - 2017-09-25 20:35
ERBIL— Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday stated Iran has not closed its border entries with the Kurdistan Region, refuting an earlier statement by the spokesperson of the ministry. In a statement, the ministry said what has been published by t ...

Iranian Guard drills near Iraq ahead of Kurdish referendum

Washington Post - 2017-09-24 12:56
Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard has begun a military exercise in the northwestern Kurdish region near the Iraqi border ahead of a Kurdish independence referendum in the neighboring country. ...

Direct Flights Between Erbil and Urmia to Resume

BAS News - 2017-09-23 15:31
ERBIL — Iranian authorities have ensured that direct flights between Urmia and Erbil will soon be resumed after a temporary halt. Ahmed Montazemi, head of a provincial office for Iran’s Foreign Ministry in Urmia, confirmed the report and told Fars News A ...

Violations against Iranian Kurds and Ahwazis raised at UNGA meeting

Roji Kurd - 2017-09-23 00:04
Roji Kurd; On the sidelines of the 36th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, a Symposium titled Violations of Rights of non-Persian ethnicities by the Iranian State ‘ has been held. The Tuesday event was organized by the Ahwazi Organization ...

Iran: 4 Kurds Detained for Hoisting Kurdistan Flag

BAS News - 2017-09-21 13:19
ERBIL — Iranian security forces have detained four Kurdish citizens after they were found planting the Kurdistan flags in several locations around a village in Sanandaj province. According to Hangaw, a human rights monitoring group, the four civilians we ...

Iran’s Senior Military Delegation Meets with PKK

BAS News - 2017-09-19 17:22
ERBIL — A senior delegation from the Islamic Republic of Iran has reportedly visited Kurdistan Region’s Qandil Mountainous areas where the leadership of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is stationed. The Iranian officials during their covert trip on Monday ...
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