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Iran underlines opposition to KRG referendum

KurdPress - 2017-09-23 12:39
Iran has expressed its opposition to an upcoming referendum for independence by Iraqi semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), saying that Tehran supports the Arab country’s territorial integrity. ...

Referendum now lies in people's hands: Barzani

KurdPress - 2017-09-22 19:39
Most of the authorities who currently rule the Iraqi government have the same mentality of exterminating the people of Kurdistan, said Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Friday, emphasizing that the people of Kurdistan refuse living within Iraqi ...

Clash Erupts Between PKK, Hashd al-Shaabi near Sinjar

BAS News - 2017-09-22 18:04
SINJAR — Armed clashes erupted on Friday between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Shi’ite Arab militias of the pro-Iraqi government Hashd al-Shaabi near Sinjar in the north of Iraq, leaving three people killed. Peshmerga Commander in the area, ...

Barzani: Referendum Now Lies in People's Hands

BAS News - 2017-09-22 17:28
ERBIL— Most of the authorities who currently rule the Iraqi government have the same mentality of exterminating the people of Kurdistan, said Kurdistan Region President on Friday, emphasizing that the people of Kurdistan refuse living within Iraqi border ...

4 key points about the Kurdistan independence vote

KurdPress - 2017-09-22 11:40
Last June, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq set September 25 as the date for a referendum on Kurdish independence. At the time, the decision received almost no notice. Now, with September 25 less than a week away, the Iraqi governm ...

Kurdish Film Director to Return Home for Independence Referendum

BAS News - 2017-09-21 15:56
Huner Saleem, a famous Iraqi–Kurdish film director who lives in France, will return home for taking part in the upcoming referendum on independence. Due to the atrocities of the then Iraq regime under Saddam Hussein, Saleem left Kurdistan at the age of 1 ...

US Senate Advances Bill to Aid Christian IDPs in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-09-21 14:30
ERBIL — The United States is working on a bill to step up its support to the Iraqi Christians who have been subject to violent actions and genocide. On September 19th, Senate's Foreign Relations Committee voted on the bill in hopes of moving it closer to ...

Iraqi Army Seeking Coordination with Peshmerga for Hawija Assault

BAS News - 2017-09-21 13:58
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga Command has received an official request from the Iraqi army’s join operations to establish a special line of military coordinations for the Hawija assault, a Kurdish commander said. Cited by the Iraqi media, Wasta Ra ...

Iran, Iraq and Turkey reiterate opposition to Kurdistan Referendum

KurdPress - 2017-09-21 10:52
Foreign ministers of Iran, Turkey, and Iraq have held trilateral talks on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York where the three sides reiterated their countries opposition to the planned referendum of the Iraqi northern region of Kurdistan, ...

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 ...

How to Mitigate the Risks of Iraqi Kurdistan's Referendum

International Crisis Group - 2017-09-20 16:46
A century-long quest for an independent Kurdistan has encouraged Iraqi Kurds to exploit Iraq’s ongoing crises and schedule a referendum on 25 September 2017. But the referendum is more a reflection of Iraq’s disorder than the Kurds’ readiness for stateho ...

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 ...

Abadi Prevents Iraqi President from Attending UNGA Meeting: Official

BAS News - 2017-09-19 19:25
ERBIL— The Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi did not allow for the Iraqi President Fuad Massum to attend the session of the UN General Assembly, according to a Kurdish official. Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) politburo member and former Iraqi financ ...

Turkish FM says KRG referendum 'big mistake'

KurdPress - 2017-09-19 14:09
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, speaking to Al-Monitor during his visit to New York for this week’s UN General Assembly session, addressed his country’s stance on the upcoming independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan, EU-Turkey ties, Ankara’s ...

Sulaymaniyah Protests Baghdad’s Position on Kurdistan Independence Vote

BAS News - 2017-09-19 13:55
SULAYMANIYAH — Tens of protesters gathered on Tuesday in front of Iraqi Parliament’s subsidiary office in Sulaymaniyah to voice objection against a decision by Baghdad to reject Kurdistan Region’s imminent independence referendum. The gathering was organ ...

Palestine's Fath Official to Maliki: Kurdistan Is Different from Israel

BAS News - 2017-09-18 18:09
ERBIL— Kurdistan and Israel are completely different all respects, said a member of the executive committee of Palestinian Fath Movement in response to a recent remark by Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki. In a meeting with the US Ambassador to Iraq o ...

Iraqi Supreme Court orders suspension of Kurdistan Referendum

Waar Media - 2017-09-18 13:50
WAAR-DUHOK: The Iraqi Supreme Court has ruled to suspend the Kurdish referendum on Monday until it makes a final ruling on the case at the request of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. The Kurdistan Region is scheduled to hold a referendum on independ ...

Kurdish Official Responds to Maliki’s Statement Against Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-09-18 12:02
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Parliament’s Deputy Speaker, Jaafer Emniki, strongly responded to the recent statement of Iraqi VP Nouri al-Maliki who has said they would not allow a “second Israel” to be created in the Middle East, in reference to Kurdistan Re ...

Maliki on Kurdistan’s Independence: Creation of Second Israel Not Allowed

BAS News - 2017-09-18 03:55
BAGHDAD — Iraqi Shi’ite politician and former prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, said in a meeting with the US Ambassador to Iraq that he will not allow the creation of a “second Israel” in northern Iraq, referring to an anticipated Kurdistan state. He tol ...

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 ...

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). ...

Karim says will continue as Kirkuk governor

KurdPress - 2017-09-15 23:31
Governor of Kirkuk Najmaldin Karim on Thursday said the Iraqi Parliament's decision to dismiss him is "illegal," saying he will continue in his post as Governor and extend support to the upcoming referendum on independence for the Kurdistan Region. ...

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 ...

Iraqi Kurdish referendum 'historic mistake': Turkey

KurdPress - 2017-09-14 15:32
“Barzani’s referendum decision is a historic mistake. Turkey will follow policies that take Iraq’s territorial integrity as a basis,” Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said about the planned referendum of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq set for September 25 ...

“Iraqi Kurdistan Region: A Path Forward” Book Released

BAS News - 2017-09-13 14:53
“Iraqi Kurdistan Region: A Path Forward” book, written jointly by three authors from the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Johns Hopkins University and Soran University, was released on Tuesday, September 12 in a book launch event at Johns Hopkin ...

Abadi Invites Kurdistan for Further Negotiations over Referendum

BAS News - 2017-09-12 21:00
ERBIL — As Kurds insist on their plan to hold the independence referendum on time, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has called for a new round of talks over the political disputes between Erbil and Baghdad. During his weekly press conference in Baghd ...

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 ...
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