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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 ...

KRG’s PM: All articles of Iraqi constitution have to be implemented

Waar Media - 2017-11-20 20:59
WAAR-DUHOK: The Kurdistan Region’s top official on Monday criticized Baghdad for cherry-picking its implementation of the Iraqi Constitution. “Our efforts to launch dialogue and resolve issues peacefully with Baghdad continue,” the Prime Minister of the ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Iraq’s Federal Court Invalidates Kurdistan’s Independence Vote

BAS News - 2017-11-20 11:59
ERBIL — The Iraqi federal court on Monday invalidated the independence referendum of the Kurdistan Region held on September 25. The Supreme Federal Court issued a verdict ruling that the September 25 referendum on secession from Iraq conducted by the Kur ...

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 ...

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 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 ( ...

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 ...

Racism becoming a dangerous tool in Iraqi Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 13:24
Michael Rubin | American Enterprise Institute BAGHDAD,— When I first visited Iraqi Kurdistan in September 2000, I found not only an unlikely success story, but people who had survived unimaginable horror but still retained remarkable tolerance toward tho ...

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 ...

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 ...

Chevron suspends drilling activity in Kurdistan, Iraq warns oil companies

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 13:24
LONDON,— Chevron has temporarily suspended oil and gas drilling activity in Iraqi Kurdistan, the company said on Thursday, in the latest setback to the region following recent unrest. “Chevron has decided to temporarily suspend its operations,” a company ...

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 ...

Massoud Barzani resigns after Kurdistan independence vote backfires

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:04
Pro-Barzani ‘protesters’ storm Kurdistan parliament after Massoud Barzani announces resignation HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Massoud Barzani, who is considered as the illegitimate president of Iraqi Kurdistan, told a closed-door session of par ...

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 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 ...

Iraqi Kurdistan was Never Ready for Statehood

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:04
Denise Natali | Foreign Policy Iraqi Kurdistan’s referendum on independence has made an already bad situation for the Kurds far worse. Instead of enhancing the Kurds’ political leverage and autonomy, it has squandered international goodwill toward them, ...

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi and his Shiite Militias

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:04
Dana Berzinjy | Exclusive to Ekurd.net The Iraqi army and the Shiite militia under the name of Hashd Al-Shaabi attacked the Iraqi Kurdistan cities on 16th October 2017 such as Kirkuk, Khanaqin, Tuz Khurmatu and the other cities after the referendum was t ...

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 orders private banks to close Kurdistan region branches

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:04
BAGHDAD,— Iraq’s central bank has ordered private banks to close their branches in the Kurdistan region within a week to avoid a dollar sale ban, Iraqi banking sources said on Thursday. The central bank’s deadline expires on Nov. 14 and all banks must re ...

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 ...

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 ...

PUK party leader Kosrat Rasul hospitalized for deteriorating health

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:03
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Former Vice President of Iraqi Kurdistan region and acting head of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Kosrat Rasul was hospitalized on Saturday after not feeling well, his media office said in a statement. No fur ...

Russia’s Rosneft pays Iraqi Kurdistan $1.3 billion advance

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:03
MOSCOW,— Russian oil giant Rosneft said Tuesday it had paid authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan an advance of $1.3 billion as part of production sharing deals that have angered Baghdad. Rosneft announced last month it had signed agreements for five oil blocks ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

PUK Turns in Over 150 IS Terrorists to Baghdad Authorities

BAS News - 2017-11-12 19:17
KIRKUK — The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) has turned in over 150 Islamic State (IS) terrorists to the Iraqi authorities, an official said. Speaking to Ghad Press, Ma’an Saa’d, who is now appointed as the man in charge for security affairs in Kirkuk ...

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 ...

EU Parliament Calls on Iraqi Gov. to Respect Kurdistan’s Autonomy

BAS News - 2017-11-09 03:56
ERBIL — The European Parliament’s Delegation for relations in Iraq (DIQ) has urged Erbil and Baghdad to engage in dialogue “on the basis of the Iraqi Constitution and in recognition for the need of respect for autonomy in the Kurdistan Region”. “As Chair ...

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 ...

Disputes Between Erbil and Baghdad Political Not Military: Peshmerga SG

BAS News - 2017-11-05 17:59
ERBIL — The Peshmerga forces are part of the defense system of Iraq, Kurdistan Region Peshmerga Ministry’s Secretary-General Jabbar Yawar said Sunday, stating that they don’t want conflicts with the Iraqi forces. “We do not want to clash with the Iraqi f ...

Baghdad Responds Erbils Peaceful Message with Growing Pressure

BAS News - 2017-11-02 23:47
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said on Thursday that Erbil has been sending peaceful messages to Baghdad, in response to which it received mounting pressure from the Iraqi central government. Receiving a US diplomatic delegat ...

Peshmerga Ministry Rejects Accusations by Iraqi Army

BAS News - 2017-11-01 22:17
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Peshmerga has rejected a statement by Iraqi Joint Operations Command which has accused Erbil of regretting a previous agreement over military authority in some areas of Kurdistan Region. In an official statement lat ...

Kurdistan Never Favours Violence: PM

BAS News - 2017-11-01 01:00
ERBIL — The Prime Minister of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Nechirvan Barzani, has reiterated that Erbil has always been against aggression and violent actions with Baghdad, and the recent tensions could have been prevented with talks. The Iraqi g ...

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 ...

Barzani to step down as Kurdistan president

CNN - 2017-11-01 00:56
Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani will step aside as president of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region as the political backlash to September's Kurdish independence referendum continues. ...

Masoud Barzani's resignation leads to Kurdish infighting

Washington Times - 2017-10-31 05:07
Friction between Iraqi Kurdish political factions soared Monday, a day after longtime regional leader Masoud Barzani announced his resignation following weeks of turmoil surrounding his failed push for an independent Kurdistan. Two Kurdish parties who op ...
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