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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. ...

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 ...

Changing of the Guard Resets Cycle of Retribution in Iraq

The Wall Street Journal - 2017-11-13 00:10
The Arab victors in the latest reversal of fortunes in northern Iraq have wasted no time erasing the legacy of three years of Kurdish rule in territory once held by Islamic State. ...

Alireza Rasouli – Mahabad Prison

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-11-09 02:00
“On Wednesday, Aug 12, the second trial of Alireza Rasouli, a Kurdish political prisoner, was held with the presence of a special intelligence expert at the Revolutionary Court (branch 1) of Mahabad headed by Judge Mohammadi Khah. In this meeting, the exp ...

Sit-in held in Bulbul demanding to disclose Ocelan’s health status

ANHA - 2017-11-05 17:17
AFRIN- Kongra Star in Bulbul district in Rajo area in Afrin canton organized a sit-in by going on a hunger strike to demand disclosing the health status of the Kurdish people leader Abdullah Ocelan, and denounce the isolation imposed on him. Afrin people ...

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. ...

Assad sets sights on Kurdish areas, risking new Syria conflict

Reuters - 2017-10-31 21:38
BEIRUT (Reuters) - With Islamic State near defeat in Syria, Damascus is setting its sights on territory held by Kurdish-led forces including eastern oil fields, risking a new confrontation that could draw the United States in more deeply and complicate Ru ...

PICTURES: Kurdish Diaspora Gathering Condemns Hashd al-Shaabi Atrocities

BAS News - 2017-10-25 21:34
ERBIL — Thousands of Kurds in Belgium and Austria gathered on Wednesday to condemn Baghdad’s recent military aggression against the people of Kurdistan. The gathering in Vienna was held in front of the US Embassy where the crowd, estimated to be over 3,0 ...

The Latest: Iraqi PM meets with Turkish president on Kurds

FOX News - 2017-10-25 14:16
The Latest on developments in Iraq (all times local): 1 p.m. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is meeting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for talks on the independence referendum held by Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region which both countries ...

Tillerson arrives in Iraq after rebuke from Baghdad over paramilitaries

Reuters - 2017-10-23 20:47
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived on Monday in Iraq, hours after the government rebuked him for calling on it to send home Iranian-backed paramilitary units that helped defeat Islamic State and capture the Kurdish-held city ...

Independence vote won't be lost in vain: Barzani

KurdPress - 2017-10-21 14:03
The Kurdish vote for independence "won't be in vain", Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani said on Tuesday, reacting to Iraq's retaliation over the referendum vote held last month in the northern Iraq region. ...

U.S.-backed Syrian force declares victory over Islamic State in Raqqa

Chicago Tribune - 2017-10-20 15:36
A U.S.-backed Syrian force declared victory over the Islamic State group in its former "capital" of Raqqa on Friday, declaring the northern Syrian city free of any extremist presence. At a press conference held inside the city Friday, the Kurdish-led for ...

Iraq Ousts Kurdish Forces From Kirkuk

New York Times - 2017-10-17 04:28
Three weeks after the Kurds voted for independence, Iraqi forces overtook the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk and its valuable oil fields on Monday. ...

Iraqi forces seize oil city Kirkuk from Kurds in bold advance

Reuters - 2017-10-16 20:47
BAGHDAD/KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi government forces captured the major Kurdish-held oil city of Kirkuk on Monday, responding to a Kurdish referendum on independence with a bold lightning strike that transforms the balance of power in the country. ...

Fawza Youssef: Federation is solution, must circulated all over Syria

ANHA - 2017-10-16 15:14
The co-chair of the Executive Body of Democratic North-Syria Federation Fawza Youssef said during a meeting held in the Lebanese capital Beirut that the federation is not only for Kurdish people, rather, it is for all Syrian people assuring that it is the ...

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 ...

Kurdish Woman Seeking US Congress to Support Plight of Kurds from Sky

BAS News - 2017-10-12 10:44
Kurds in every corner of the world supported an independence referendum held by the Kurdistan Region of Iraq on September 25th, 2017. The support was as varied and diverse as the Kurds. There were rallies, political actions, cultural festivals, celebrati ...

Rojava youths denounce international conspiracy against Ocelan

ANHA - 2017-10-07 16:31
AFRIN- The Rojava Youths Union in Bubul district in Afrin canton in Afrin region have denounced the international conspiracy that targeted the Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocelan during an expanded meeting held by the youths of the district in coincidence with ...

Kurdish Iraqi Former President Talabani’s Body Arrives in Sulaymaniyah

BAS News - 2017-10-06 11:52
ERBIL — The deceased Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani arrived in Sulaymaniyah Province on Friday where a special funeral is held for his burial. Talabani, the former Iraqi President and Secretary General of the Patriotic Union Party (PUK) passed away at a h ...

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 ...

Seems Iraq has No Problems Other than Kurdistan

Lawk Ghafuri - 2017-09-29 08:26
AMP – Foreign Affairs By Lawk Ghafuri Like Iraq is enjoying a stable and peaceful period of time nowadays to put all their focus on opposing a democratic and peaceful Referendum that held on 25th of September in Kurdistan region so the Kurdish people vote ...

Iraqi Kurdish leader says 'yes' vote won independence referendum

Reuters - 2017-09-27 03:22
BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani said on Tuesday that Kurds had voted "yes" to independence in a referendum held in defiance of the government in Baghdad and which had angered their neighbors and their U.S. allies. ...

Iraq threatens flight ban after Kurdish independence vote

Washington Times - 2017-09-26 21:57
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraq's prime minister on Tuesday ordered the northern Kurdish region to hand over control of its airports to federal authorities or face a flight ban, signaling a tough response to a landmark Kurdish independence referendum held the da ...

Iraqi Kurdish vote latest in series of de facto breaks

FOX News - 2017-09-26 09:17
The Iraqi Kurds' independence referendum that was just held could mean further instability in the Middle East, where formal borders have remained in place for decades but recent conflicts have resulted in several de facto partitions. ...

The Latest: US 'deeply disappointed' by Iraqi Kurds vote

Washington Times - 2017-09-26 04:42
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) - The latest on the Iraqi Kurdish referendum on support for independence from Baghdad and the tensions surrounding the vote (all times local): 3 a.m. The United States says it's "deeply disappointed" that Iraqi Kurds held a referendum on ...

Turkey Decides to Halt Kurdish Channels Broadcast on Turksat Satellites

BAS News - 2017-09-25 18:33
ERBIL– Turkey’s Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTUK) decided on Monday to halt broadcast of two major Kurdistan news channels, Rudaw and Kurdistan24. Both channels posted reports announcing the decision which was made as the Kurdistan Region held ...

Abdullah Gul calls on KRG to give up independence vote

KurdPress - 2017-09-25 14:33
Former Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Sept. 25 called to the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to abandon its independence referendum, which is currently being held across KRG territory, saying it would “cause Arab-Kurdish wars.” ...

Turkey to take all measures against KRG referendum

KurdPress - 2017-09-25 09:22
Turkey will take "all measures" under international law if the Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum being held on Monday generates threats to Turkey's national security, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement. ...

Turkey pro-Kurdish HDP holds 'justice rally' in Diyarbakir

KurdPress - 2017-09-19 08:52
Turkey pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) held a grand meeting in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir titled “Justice, Conscience and Democracy” in protest of the current state of democracy in Turkey and arrests of its lawmakers. ...

Kurdish singer Ayub Ali holds concert in Iran

KurdPress - 2017-09-14 15:32
Iraqi Kurdish singer Ayub Ali held concerts in some Kurdish cities of Iran, including Sanadaj, Saqqez, Mariwan and Kameran. Reporter’s code: 50101 ...

Tanbur Festival Launched in Iranian Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-09-12 12:43
KERMANSHAH — The first Kurdish Tanbur Festival was kicked off on Monday in Iranian Kurdistan’s Kermanshah Province. Attended by nearly 70 famous musicians, among them dozens of Kurdish Yarsans, the event is being held in Banzalan village of Dalaho distri ...

KRG Preparing to Rescue Yezidi Abductees ahead of Hawija Assault

BAS News - 2017-09-11 13:05
DUHOK — As the Iraqi armed forces are preparing for a massive operation to liberate the last Islamic State (IS)-held pocket in the country, the Kurdistan Regional Government is setting the ground to rescue the Kurdish Yezidi abductees held by the extremi ...

Conference Held in Istanbul on Kurdistan’s Independence Referendum

BAS News - 2017-09-10 23:48
ISTANBUL — A number of Kurdish academics, journalists and politicians gathered together on Sunday in the Turkish city of Istanbul to participate in a conference organized by the Initiative to Support the Independence Referendum. The conference had the pu ...

SDF Announces Operation in IS-held Deir al-Zor

BAS News - 2017-09-09 12:42
ERBIL — The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced on Saturday a major military operation against Islamic State (IS) in the province of Deir al-Zor, an official said. The SDF, backed by the US-led coalition, has been in fierce fighting with ...

Kirkuk Decides to Participate in Kurdistan’s Independence Vote

BAS News - 2017-08-29 11:40
KIRKUK — The Kurdish city of Kirkuk which is outside Kurdistan Region’s administration agreed to take part in the upcoming referendum on Kurdistan Region’s independence from Iraq. The provincial council of Kirkuk held a session on Tuesday during which 24 ...

Syrian Kurdish forces capture carload ATGM missiles

KurdPress - 2017-08-27 13:39
The Kurdish Asayish police force in the Afrin district, in Syria’s northwester Aleppo province, captured a car loaded with two ATGM missiles coming from the rebel-held Idlib city on the road to Azaz, ARA News reported. ...

[VIDEO]: Kurdistan’s Independence Rally in Berlin Comes Under Attack

BAS News - 2017-08-21 10:24
BERLIN — An unknown group of people attacked last night the Kurdistan Region’s independence rally organized by the Kurdish diaspora in Berlin, Germany, leaving around 15 people wounded. Kurdish diaspora in Berlin held a rally on Sunday evening in support ...

350 Yezidi Abductees Believed to Be in Tel Afar: Official

BAS News - 2017-08-20 12:49
ERBIL Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has estimated 350 Kurdish Yezidi abductees to be held by Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq’s northern town of Tel Afar. In a statement to BasNews, Eidan Kalo, head of KRG’s office for Yezidi Abductees' Affairs ...

Kurd prisoner was executed in the Urmia prison in eastern Kurdistan

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-08-16 18:07
According to the Kurdistan Human Rights Association on Tuesday 15 August 2017, Kurdish prisoner was executed in the central prison of Urmia. Khaled Amini, from Mahabad city in eastern Kurdistan, was held in the central prison of Urmia on charges of murder ...

Kurdish-led SDF advances against IS in Raqqa

KurdPress - 2017-08-02 09:09
The U.S-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are on the verge of seizing full control of the southern neighborhoods of Islamic State-held Raqqa, a Kurdish official said on Tuesday. ...
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