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Kurdistan Parliament to Convene over Baghdad’s Offensives

BAS News - 2017-10-22 22:01
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Parliament is set to hold a session and discuss the recent military assaults on the Peshmerga forces by the Baghdad-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi. The session is scheduled for Tuesday this week, Kurdistan24 cited MP ...

Ancient Site Unearthed in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-10-22 22:01
ERBIL — Archaeologists have discovered an ancient site near the Raparrin district of Kurdistan Region which dates back to thousands of years ago. Barzan Bayiz, head of Raparrin Directorate for Archaeology, confirmed the report to BasNews and said that a ...

Germany Resumes Training Mission in Kurdistan Region

BAS News - 2017-10-22 17:13
ERBIL — The German armed forces, or Bundeswehr, resumed on Sunday their training mission in Kurdistan Region, which had been temporarily suspended due to the recent events in the region. According to an official statement on Bundeswehr website, the Germa ...

Kurds warn of humanitarian crisis as Iraq takes control of Kirkuk

The New Mail - 2017-10-22 09:34
The Kurdistan Regional Government said Saturday the region is facing as humanitarian crisis as nearly 170,000 people have been displaced from the Kirkuk region by Iraqi forces. Iraqis took control… The post Kurds warn of humanitarian crisis as Iraq takes ...

Russia Urges Erbil, Baghdad on Resumption of Talks

BAS News - 2017-10-21 22:29
ERBIL — Russia has encouraged Kurdistan Region and the Iraqi central government to return to constructive dialogues as an alternative for the current military confrontations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The statement comes ahead of a meeting betwee ...

Iraq says vast areas taken from Kurds in Kirkuk, Kurds deny gains

KurdPress - 2017-10-21 14:03
Iraqi government forces took control of “vast areas” in the region of Kirkuk, including oilfields west of the city, in the early hours of Monday, Iraqi state TV said, but the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) disputed the assertions. ...

KRG delegation to visit UNSC member states to win support

KurdPress - 2017-10-21 14:03
A delegation of Iraqi Kurdistan Region’s leaders will begin a series of visits to the UN Security Council permanent member states to attract support after the Kurdistan Regional Government’s controversial independence referendum in September, a Russian ne ...

KDP forces left Gwer region: PUK official

KurdPress - 2017-10-21 14:03
A member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) stated that the Peshmerga forces affiliated with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) left the region of Gwer, southern Erbil. ...

Barzani ordered Kirkuk withdrawal: PUK Peshmerga commander

KurdPress - 2017-10-21 14:03
A commander of the Kurdish forces of Peshmerga affiliated with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), has claimed that the withdrawal of the Peshmerga forces from Kirkuk was conducted under the order of Kurdistan Region President, and Peshmerga general c ...

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. ...

Turkey jets hits PKK positions in Kurdistan Region

KurdPress - 2017-10-21 14:03
The Turkish Air Force jets hit the positions of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in Zap in Kurdistan Region, the Turkish General Staff said in a message October 18. ...

Certain PUK members helped enemies attack Kirkuk: Kosrat Rasul

KurdPress - 2017-10-21 14:03
A number of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) party's members, without the party leadership's knowledge, agreed to help the Kurdistan Region's 'enemies for temporary personal gains,' denounced the deputy leader of the party. ...

Rosneft enters Kurdistan Region pipeline project

KurdPress - 2017-10-21 14:03
Rosneft has a signed a deal with the Kurdistan Regional Government to enter an infrastructure project concerning the region’s oil export pipeline, the company said early on Friday. ...

Kurdistan Region welcomes Abadi’s initiative for dialogue

KurdPress - 2017-10-21 14:03
The Council of Ministers of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) convened on Thursday, October 19, to discuss the recent events in the Kurdish disputed territories following the military incursion of the Baghdad-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Sha ...

Russia’s Rosneft to take control of Kurdish pipeline amid crisis

KurdPress - 2017-10-21 14:03
Russia’s biggest oil company, Rosneft, has agreed to take control of Iraqi Kurdistan’s main oil pipeline, boosting its investment in the autonomous region to $3.5 billion despite Baghdad’s military action sparked by a Kurdish vote for independence. ...

After all but defeating the jihadists, Iraq’s army turns on the Kurds

The Economist - 2017-10-21 07:27
WHEN a leader loses half his realm and his government’s main source of revenue and shatters his people’s dreams of independence, all in a couple of days, an apology might seem in order. But Masoud Barzani, the president of Iraq’s Kurdistan region, is not ...

US Congress Members Urge Washington to Mediate Between Erbil and Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-10-21 02:12
ERBIL — Four members of US Congress have called on the country’s Secretary of State to broker and immediate ceasing of hostilities between the Baghdad-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi and the Peshmerga forces of Kurdistan Region. “We have noted ...

Rosneft gibt Start des neuen Projekts im Irakischen Kurdistan bekannt

Sputnik - 2017-10-21 01:00
Der russische Ölkonzern Rosneft und die Regierung des Irakischen Kurdistans haben den Beginn der Umsetzung des Projekts in dieser Region bekannt gegeben, heißt es in der Pressemittelung des russischen Unternehmens. Ziel sei die Entwicklung der Ölinfrastru ...

Peshmerga Command Reveals Casualty Figures of Friday Clashes

BAS News - 2017-10-20 23:38
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga Command has released an official statement on the military confrontations between the attacking by Baghdad-backed Hashd al-Shaabi on the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, saying that nearly 150 Shi’ite militias were killed or ...

Barzani Calls for Peaceful Diaspora Protests Against Baghdad’s Attacks

BAS News - 2017-10-20 23:15
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has called on the Kurds around the world to stand with the cause of their people back at home where they are coming under attack by Iraq. The Kurdish President said in an official statement late on Friday ...

Int. Community’s Silence Emboldens Baghdad to Attack Kurdistan: KRSC

BAS News - 2017-10-20 21:36
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) has reiterated that the deafening silence by the international community has emboldened the Iraqi government and neighbouring countries to use arms against the people of Kurdistan Region. In a statement re ...

Belgian Journalist Wounded in Crossfire South Erbil

BAS News - 2017-10-20 21:10
ERBIL — A Belgian journalist has reportedly sustained injuries while covering the military confrontations between the attacking Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi and Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces. The journalist was identified as Jonathan Raa, 41 ...

French President Makes Phone Calls with Barzani, Abadi

BAS News - 2017-10-20 17:18
ERBIL — French President Emmanuel Macron revealed on Friday that he had talked to Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Aabdi to discuss the military tensions in the Kurdish province of Kirkuk. Macron told reporters ...

Kirkuk IDPs Gather in Erbil to Seek US Reaction to Baghdad Offensive

BAS News - 2017-10-20 15:02
ERBIL — Hundreds of Kurds, including IDPs from Kirkuk, gathered on Friday in front of the US Consulate in Erbil to protest Washington’s silence over Baghdad’s offensives on Kurdistan Region. The gathering condemned the military invasion of Kirkuk and the ...

Kurdistan can still be independent

Washington Times - 2017-10-20 13:48
The autonomous Kurdistan region of northern Iraq held a referendum on independence on Sept. 25. It was overwhelmingly approved. This referendum, not surprisingly however, has precipitously raised tensions not only with Iraq but also with Turkey, Syria an ...

President Barzani receives a phone call from German Defence Minister

Waar Media - 2017-10-20 13:02
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani received a phone call from German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday to discuss the latest political and security developments in the region, including the crisis in Kirkuk. Ursula von ...

Barzani and German Defence Minister Talk Over the Phone

BAS News - 2017-10-19 21:40
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani received a phone call from German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday to discuss the latest political and security developments in the region, including the crisis in Kirkuk. Ursula von der ...

KRG Encourages More Int. Oil Investments in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-10-19 19:43
ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Minister of Natural Resources has asked the international oil companies to continue their operation in the Kurdish region and back Erbil. “I appeal to you not to forget Kurdistan,” said Ashti Hawrami at a con ...

Barzani Overrules Baghdad’s Arrest Warrant Issued for Kosrat Rasul

BAS News - 2017-10-19 19:43
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has decried Baghdad’s arrest warrant for top Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) official Kosrat Rasul. The Rassafa Court in Baghdad said on Thursday that the arrest warrant was issued for calling the Iraq ...

Baghdad Court Issues Arrest Warrant for Kurdistan VP Kosrat Rasul

BAS News - 2017-10-19 13:46
ERBIL — As the tensions between the Kurdistan Region and Iraqi central government escalate, a court in Baghdad issued on Thursday an arrest warrant for top PUK official and Kurdistan VP Kosrat Rasul. The central government in Baghdad has issued the warra ...

Erbil Perfectly Secured: KRSC

BAS News - 2017-10-19 00:36
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) has ensured that the capital Erbil is fully secured and under no threat. In an official press release early hours on Thursday, the KRSC rejected fake news spread by unofficial websites and social media pag ...

KRG and Rosneft agree on cooperation at five production blocks

Waar Media - 2017-10-18 22:53
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Rosneft signed the documents required to put into force Production Sharing Agreements (PSA) with respect to five production blocks located in the region. The share of Rosneft Group Subsidiaries in PSA w ...

KRG and Rosneft Sign New Agreement

BAS News - 2017-10-18 21:14
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Russian giant oil company Rosneft have signed the documents required to put into force the Production Sharing Agreements (PSA) with respect to five production blocks located in the region. “The share of ...

Putin and Netanyahu Discuss Kurdistan Region

BAS News - 2017-10-18 16:09
ERBIL — Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, discussed the recent events in Kurdistan Region during a phone conversation on Wednesday. Putin has held a telephone conversation with Netanyahu to discuss the Syria ...

Peshmerga Ministry Reorganizing Forces: Official

BAS News - 2017-10-18 15:06
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Peshmerga Ministry is reorganizing the Peshmerga troops, in a bid to station them in the areas where they existed before October 17, 2016. Deputy of Peshmerga Forces' Chief of Staff, Salar Mohamed Jabari, told BasNews that the Pe ...

Was passierte gestern in Kirkuk und wer ist dafür verantwortlich?

Civaka Azad - 2017-10-18 04:00
ISKU | Informationsstelle Kurdistan e.V. Eine Analyse des Narichtenportals The Region, 17.10.2017 Am Montag nahm das irakische Militär in nur einem Tag die Stadt Kirkuk von kurdischen Truppen. So sah die Szene aus. Ein Sprecher des irakischen „Counter Te ...

Peshmerga in Full Control of Makhmour: Commander

BAS News - 2017-10-18 00:28
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces have rejected the reports claiming that the Kurdish forces retreated from their positions in Makhmour district, southwest of Kirkuk, a commander said. “I am speaking from central Makhmour and I ensure that the ...

Kurdish Lawmaker Shwan Qaladzayi Dies in Trafic Accident

BAS News - 2017-10-17 20:26
ERBIL — Member of Kurdistan Region parliament Shwan Qaladzayi succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday after being in a traffic accident a day earlier. Qaladzayi was the head of Kurdistan Islamic Movement faction in the parliament. He had a car accident on M ...

Erbil, Baghdad to Return to Pre-Mosul Agreement on Borders

BAS News - 2017-10-17 19:54
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region and the Iraqi government border will be redrawn in accordance to a previous agreement signed by Erbil and Baghdad prior to the launch of Mosul operation, the Peshmerga Ministry said. “According to the agreement for Mosul Operatio ...

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 ...

Why was Şengal and Kirkuk handed over?

ANHA - 2017-10-17 15:10
DILYAR JAZEERI NEWS DESK- On September 25, the referendum on the independence of Başûr Region (South Kurdistan). This referendum was initiated and determined under the supervision of the Kurdistan Democratic Party(KDP). Most of the regional and internatio ...

Barzani to Release a Statement on Situation in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-10-17 13:07
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani is expected to release a statement on Tuesday, October 17 about the latest situation in Kurdistan. Following the offensive by the Iraqi government against Kirkuk on Monday, Barzani is expected to address ...

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 ...

The PDK escapes from Germian as well

ANHA - 2017-10-17 11:03
NEWS DESK- the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) had fled from the region of Germian after fleeing from Kirkuk Şengal, and Makhmour. The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) are continuing to hand over areas under their control to the Popular Crowd. After the ...

PUK Peshmerga Commander Missing: Source

BAS News - 2017-10-16 21:26
ERBIL — A source from Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Peshmerga has confirmed that Sheikh Jaafar Mustafa, commander of PUK’s Unit 70 of the Peshmerga forces, has gone missing after the conflicts in Kirkuk. On Monday, Baghdad-backed Shi’ite militias of Has ...

Legitimate Rights of Kurds Should Be Respected: Kremlin Spokesperson

BAS News - 2017-10-16 15:53
ERBIL — Russia values the relations with both Baghdad and Kurdistan, and stands for finding a peaceful political solution to the situation in the region, Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters. The legitimate rights of Kurds in Iraq should be ...

Iraqi Forces, Backed by IRGC, Attacked Kirkuk: Peshmerga Command

BAS News - 2017-10-16 15:36
ERBIL — General Command of the Kurdistan Region Peshmerga Forces stated that the offensive on Kirkuk was launched by the Hashd al-Shaabi and Iran’s Quds Forces. “On the dawn of October 16, IRGC and Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) under the command of I ...

Peshmerga Ordered to Fight to the Last Man in Defence of Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-16 15:36
KIRKUK — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani, who also serves as Commander-in-Chief of the Kurdish forces, has ordered Peshmerga to not initiate a clash, but defend Kirkuk to the last man if attacked. Since midnight Sunday, Baghdad-backed Shi’ite A ...

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 ...

Iraq says vast areas taken from Kurds in Kirkuk, Kurds deny gains

Reuters - 2017-10-16 05:00
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi government forces took control of "vast areas" in the region of Kirkuk, including oilfields west of the city, in the early hours of Monday, Iraqi state TV said, but the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) disputed the assertions. ...

Barzani Gives Peshmerga Green Light to Fire in Kirkuk to Defend Only

BAS News - 2017-10-16 02:30
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Peshmerga forces, has ordered the Kurdish forces to not initiate a war in Kirkuk, but do not hesitate to open fire if came under attack. “President Barzani order ...

Kosrat Rasoul Arrives in Kirkuk with Additional 3,000 Peshmerga Troops

BAS News - 2017-10-16 02:11
KIRKUK — Kurdistan Region Vice President Kosrat Rasoul, who is also a senior Peshmerga commander, has arrived in Kirkuk as Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi intend to advance towards the city. Rasoul, who also serves and Deputy Secretary-General of the ...

Baghdad Started Moving Shi’ite Militias Towards Central Kirkuk: KRSC

BAS News - 2017-10-16 00:26
KIRKUK — The Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) revealed just after midnight Sunday that Baghdad-backed Shi’ite militia groups of Hashd al-Shaabi are now advancing towards the centre of Kirkuk from south of the city. “Iraqi forces/PMF [Popular Mobi ...

KRG Rejects Baghdad Accusations of Provoking Military Clash in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-16 00:26
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has rejected Baghdad allegations of provoking the tensions, saying it is the Iraqi government and its Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi threatening to use military force against the Kurdistan Region. Afte ...

Kurdish Parties Call for Dialogue to Resolve Issues with Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-10-15 19:01
ERBIL — The major parties of Kurdistan Region, KDP and PUK, conducted on Sunday a successful meeting in which both parties emphasized on dialogue to resolve the issues with Baghdad peacefully. The Kurdish parties also refused any preconditions such as ca ...
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