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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. ...

Barzani: Federal Court Lacks Constitutional Ground

BAS News - 2017-11-20 21:20
ERBIL — Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani criticised a decision by Iraqi Federal Court which invalidates the September independence referendum of the Kurdistan Region, saying the court itself lacks constitutional ground. “In any federal state, it is normal t ...

Iraqi Federal Court rules Kurdistan referendum unconstitutional

Waar Media - 2017-11-20 14:54
WAAR-DUHOK; The Iraqi Federal Court ruled on Monday that the Kurdish independence referendum which was held on September 25 is “unconstitutional” and therefore its results null and void, Iraqi state TV reported. The Kurdistan Region is yet to state its p ...

Iraqi Federal Court rules Kurdish referendum unconstitutional

Reuters - 2017-11-20 09:30
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's Supreme Federal Court ruled on Monday that a referendum held on Kurdish independence on Sept. 25 was unconstitutional and that the results of the vote were void, a court official told Reuters. ...

KDP Faction Returns to Iraqi Parliament

BAS News - 2017-11-19 03:46
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) faction has decided to send its lawmakers back to the Iraqi parliament, said an MP. The Kurdish lawmakers will attend Sunday’s parliamentary session in Baghdad, according to MP Shakhawan Abdullah. Following th ...

Iraqi Kurds to End Parliament Boycott

The New Mail - 2017-11-19 01:54
Iraq’s Kurdish lawmakers are returning to Baghdad this week in an apparent end to their boycott of the national parliament, a senior Kurdish official said Thursday. The move is a… The post Iraqi Kurds to End Parliament Boycott appeared first on The New M ...

Iraqi forces enter Kirkuk city as Kurdish peshmerga fighters withdrew

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 13:24
KIRKUK,— Iraqi army and Shiite forces entered Kirkuk and take full control of the mixed city on Monday following soaring tensions over an independence referendum. Shia militia, known as Hashid al-Shaabi, clashed with some armed residents who vowed to fig ...

Iraqi Kurdistan faces first major oil outage since referendum

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 13:24
LONDON,— Iraq’s Kurdistan’s oil exports more than halved on Wednesday in the first major supply disruption since the independence referendum last month as Iraqi military retook some of the biggest fields from Kurdistan’s Peshmerga forces. Kurdish oil exp ...

Iraqi court issues arrest warrant for Kurdish PUK leader Kosrat Rasul

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 13:24
BAGHDAD,— A Baghdad court on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for the vice president of Iraqi Kurdistan on charges of “provocation” against Iraq’s armed forces, the judiciary said. Kosrat Rasul had referred to the Iraqi army and federal police as “occup ...

Iraqi PM demands annulment, not freeze of Kurdistan independence vote

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:04
BAGHDAD,— Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Thursday that he would accept only the annulment of a Kurdish vote for independence, not the freeze that Kurdish leaders have offered. “We will accept nothing but the annulment of the referendum and ...

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 ...

Massoud Barzani may step down, a potential blow to his ruling family

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:04
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Longtime Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani has been president of the northern autonomous region since 2005 and has seen his family-dominated Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) only grow in influence since. Last mo ...

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 ...

U.S. welcomes Massoud Barzani’s resignation

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:04
WASHINGTON,— The United States on Monday commended former Iraqi Kurdish illegitimate president Massoud Barzani’s decision to step down, pledging to work closely with his nephew and prime minister Nechirvan Barzani. “Barzani is a historic figure and coura ...

Iraq bans Israeli flag following Kurdistan independence rallies

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:04
BAGHDAD,— The Iraqi parliament voted on Tuesday to criminalize the flying of Israeli flags after the banners were held aloft at a number of Kurdish independence rallies in Iraq’s Kurdistan region ahead of a referendum in September. The vote to ban the fl ...

Iraq dispute kicks off crisis for Kurdish sports

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:04
BAGHDAD,— Sports clubs and players Iraqi Kurdistan are facing the threat of a spell on the sidelines as the crisis between the region and Baghdad sees matches suspended and away trips cancelled. For the first time ever, two basketball teams from the regi ...

Iraq to probe disappearance of Arabs arrested by Kurds

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:04
KIRKUK,— Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered an investigation after dozens of complaints from Arab families about relatives they say have not been heard from since their arrest by Kurdish forces. Kurds control an autonomous Kurdistan region ...

Don’t speak Kurdish, that is PM Abadi’s new Democracy – Iraq!

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:03
Omar Sindi | Exclusive to Ekurd.net One would think that someone who got a higher education in the UK, worked, and lived in London for years would be more tolerant in respecting dissenting views, but the snub Iraqi history is repeating itself using both ...

Kurdistan says to respect Iraqi court decision banning secession

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:03
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Iraqi Kurdish authorities said on Tuesday they would accept a court decision prohibiting the region from seceding, signaling a new phase in efforts to restart stalled negotiations over its future. Iraq’s Kurds vote ...

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. ...

Iraqi Kurds end parliament boycott in concession to Baghdad

FOX News - 2017-11-16 20:19
Iraq's Kurdish lawmakers have ended their boycott of the national parliament in an apparent concession to Baghdad after a prolonged military and political standoff following the controversial Kurdish independence vote in September. ...

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. ...

Federal Court to Hold Hearing on November 20 on Kurdish Referendum

BAS News - 2017-11-14 01:46
ERBIL — The Iraqi Federal Supreme Court has set November 20th as the date for holding a hearing on the September independence referendum of the Kurdistan Region. The Federal Supreme Court has set a hearing on the 20th of November to issue a final ruling ...

Erbil-Baghdad Talks to Resume Before 2018: Official

BAS News - 2017-11-11 16:29
ERBIL — A member of the Council for Kurdish Political Parties has revealed that Kurdistan Regional and Iraqi Federal governments are expected to resume negotiations before the end of 2017. Mohammed Ilkhani, who is also the chairperson of Turkmen Developm ...

Pictures: Hashd Al-Shaabi Spreads Forces in Kurdish District in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-11-10 13:32
KIRKUK — The Iranian-controlled militias of Hashd al-Shaabi spread forces across a Kurdish neighborhood in Kirkuk after last night’s confrontations between a group of unknown armed men and the Iraqi forces in the area. Unidentified armed men attacked a p ...

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 ...

Abadi Planning to Sack Dozens of Kurdish Ambassadors

BAS News - 2017-11-09 03:08
BAGHDAD — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is reconsidering the structure of foreign ministry, as part of which nearly 40 ambassadors will be dismissed, a lawmaker from the Shi’ite Arab State of Law Coalition said. Most of the ambassadors whom are be ...

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 ...

Over 500 Russian Female Members of IS Captured in Iraq

BAS News - 2017-11-09 03:08
ERBIL — Iraqi security forces are holding 512 Russian women nationals suspected of links to the Islamic State (IS), said Kurdish Yezidi member of the Iraqi Parliament. On her official Twitter account, MP Vian Dakhil also revealed that nearly 200 other wo ...

Arabisation of Kirkuk on the Rise: MP

BAS News - 2017-11-04 22:50
KIRKUK — Iraqi authorities and the Iranian-backed militias have stepped up the systematic process of Arabisation of Kirkuk since they occupied the city last October, said a Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament. MP Shakhawan Abdullah told BasNews that t ...

Iraqi-Kurd feud escalates, but U.S. hopes to defuse tensions

Washington Times - 2017-11-04 13:37
The Trump administration is struggling to prevent a new powder keg from exploding in Iraq, where violence between the central government in Baghdad and the nation's Kurds in the north has displaced more than 180,000 people since the failed Kurdish indepe ...

Picture: Iraqi Federal Police Savagely Tortures a Kurdish Youth

BAS News - 2017-11-02 13:32
ERBIL — Iraqi federal police forces are seen in pictures and videos circulated on social media websites torturing and insulting civilians in Kirkuk, especially Kurdish youths. In a picture, obtained by BasNews, Iraqi federal police members appear torturi ...

Iraq threatens to resume military operations against Kurds

Reuters - 2017-11-02 04:37
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces threatened on Wednesday to resume operations to capture northern Kurdish-held territory after accusing authorities there of delaying handing over control of Iraq's borders with Turkey, Iran and Syria. ...

Erbil-Baghdad Military Talks Ongoing; No Agreement Yet: Official

BAS News - 2017-11-01 01:00
ERBIL — The military delegations from Iraqi and Kurdistan Regional Governments are ongoing with no agreements reached yet, said Jabbar Yawar, Secretary General for Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga Ministry. Speaking to Anadolu Agency, the Kurdish official al ...

US: Kurdish-Iraqi clashes undermining ISIS fight

CNN - 2017-11-01 00:56
Armed clashes between Iraqi and Kurdish forces in Northern Iraq are undermining the fight against ISIS, even as Iraqi troops launch an operation to capture what the US-led military coalition has called the terror group's "final stronghold" in Iraq. ...
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