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KRG and Belgium Sign a Memorandum of Understanding

BAS News - 2017-04-26 13:46
A Belgian delegation met with KRG PM in Erbil ERBIL — A Belgian delegation led by Deputy PM Jan Gambon arrived in Kurdistan Region late on Monday and met with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) senior officials including PM Nechirvan Barzani and his ...

A KDP-S Leader's House Comes Under Attack in Rojava

BAS News - 2017-04-26 12:18
ERBIL — A group of armed men in Rojava (the Kurdish region in Syria) raided the house of a leader of Kurdistan Democratic Party of Syria (KDP-S) in Afrin city on Tuesday evening. Abdulrahman Apo, a leader of KDP-S, said in a statement that four ablazing ...

Masrour Barzani: Turkish Bombing Raids on Mount Sinjar "a Surprise"

BAS News - 2017-04-26 10:37
ERBIL — Chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Masrour Barzani said the Turkish bombing raids on Mount Sinjar were unexpected as the Turkish military had never bombed the area before. “It [Turkish attack on Mount Sinjar] was a surpris ...

An Oil Well in Kirkuk's Bai Hassan Field Exploded

BAS News - 2017-04-26 09:38
KIRKUK — An explosion in Kirkuk's Bai Hassan oil field occured early on Wednesday causing serious damage to an oil well in the field. A source from Kurdistan Region's Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) said that at 2 am overnight on Wednesday, oil well ...

Kurdistan Region and Kirkuk may hold referendum concurrently

KurdPress - 2017-04-26 09:30
The struggle for running the independence referendum of Kurdistan Region from Baghdad is stepping up and there are reports that parallel with Kurdistan, survey will also be held in the ethnically mixed Kirkuk province. ...

Barzani to Help Resumption of Kurdish Peace Talks in Turkey

BAS News - 2017-04-25 20:59
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani and Kurdish politician Leyla Zana are said to be renewing efforts to resume the peace talks in Turkey in hopes of finding a solution to the case of Kurds in the country. According to the information obtai ...

Kurdistan and Kirkuk May hold Referendum Concurrently

BAS News - 2017-04-25 20:59
MP says Baghdad should recognize Kirkuk council's voting for running the survey ERBIL— The struggle for running the independence referendum of Kurdistan Region from Baghdad is stepping up and there are reports that parallel with Kurdistan, survey will al ...

Photos speak about Turkish occupation barbarity

ANHA - 2017-04-25 13:46
DÊRIK- Turkish occupation army warplanes have targeted on Tuesday dawn Qereçox region in Dêrik( al-Malikiyah) and Şengal in Başûr Kurdistan. These photos taken by ANHA reporters in Dêrik city in Cizîre canton are a clear indication of the barbarity of the ...

PKK Should Withdraw from Sinjar: Peshmerga Ministry's Official

BAS News - 2017-04-25 11:54
We don't want Sinjar to be part of regional conflicts, a Peshmerga Ministry's official says ERBIL — An official from the Kurdistan Region's Peshmerga Ministry stated that a number of Peshmerga troops were killed and a Peshmerga base was burned by the Tur ...

Masrour Barzani: No Need to Overbid Kurdistan Parliament's Reactivation

BAS News - 2017-04-25 09:02
ERBIL — Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC), Masrour Barzani, has made it clear that Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) is more determined than any other political faction to reactivate the parliament, and that the issue should not be us ...

Jordan Offers 15 Tons of Medicine to IDPs in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-04-24 15:56
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region is to receive 15 tons of medical aid from Jordan on Monday, according to a statement by the Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) Foreign Relations Department. The medicine and medical supplies will be delivered to Erbil Internati ...

In Pictures: Christians in Kurdistan Region Celebrate St. George's Day

BAS News - 2017-04-24 15:15
ERBIL — Christians in Soran’s Barzan district, located in northeast Erbil province, are celebrating Saint George's Day on Monday. On April 24th, Christians in the village of Bidyal in the Barzan district of the city of Soran and in several other areas ac ...

KRG Labels Qalladze Eternal Fortress Against Invaders

BAS News - 2017-04-24 15:15
Baghdad should compensate the victims, KRG says ERBIL— Before it was bombed decades ago, Qalladze used to be the academic and intellectual hub of the Kurdistan Region. It will remain Kurdistan's eternal fortress against all the intruding colonizers, acco ...

Iraq Remains a Threat to the World as Long as It's United: MP

BAS News - 2017-04-23 23:02
ERBIL — As long as Iraq remains united it continues to become a threat to the security of the world, said a Kurdish MP on Sunday. Dilshad Shaaban, a member of the Kurdistan Region parliament told Al Sumaria TV Iraq remains a threat to the security of the ...

Turkish warplanes bomb Kurdistan border areas for third day

Waar Media - 2017-04-23 16:14
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkish warplanes once again dropped multiple bombs over Kurdistan Region’s Duhok province, located near the Turkish border. The bombs allegedly targeted military positions belonging to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). According to the loc ...

IS Chief of Euphrates Area Injured in Coalition Airstrike: KRSC

BAS News - 2017-04-23 15:16
ERBIL — Islamic State’s (IS) Chief of the Euphrates area was “seriously injured” as a result of a US-led coalition airstrike carried out on April 22nd, according to the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC). “Hassan Saoud Khalil Khalifa Al-Jabouri, al ...

Turkish Airstrikes Against PKK Stretch from Amedi to Qandil

BAS News - 2017-04-23 15:16
ERBIL — Turkish fighter jets launched multiple airstrikes allegedly targeting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) positions in Kurdistan Region’s Qandil mountainous areas on Sunday afternoon. Locals confirmed to BasNews that warplanes dropped bombs near t ...

Turkish Airstrikes against PKK Continue in Amedi

BAS News - 2017-04-23 13:07
DUHOK — Turkish warplanes on Sunday once again rained bombs over Kurdistan Region border areas in Duhok province, allegedly targeting military positions belonging to Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). According to the information obtained by BasNews, the ai ...

Head of IS Education in Tel Afar Killed: Kurdistan CTD

BAS News - 2017-04-23 01:21
ERBIL — US-led coalition warplanes on Saturday killed an Islamic State (IS) leader who was responsible for the group’s educational body, Kurdistan Region’s Directorate of Counter-Terrorism (CTD) said. “On 22nd April, terrorist Ali Raza Mahmoud, head of t ...

Over 150 Medical Staff Penalized in Kurdistan over Malpractice

BAS News - 2017-04-22 20:50
Only 75 cases of malpractice were referred to courts ERBIL— In the course of four years, 152 medical staff have been punished for medical malpractice and negligence, said spokesperson for Kurdistan Region Ministry of Health. In an exclusive statement to ...

Sadr Senior Deputation Meets President Barzani

BAS News - 2017-04-22 17:54
The parties discussed future prospects for Iraq ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Saturday received a senior delegation from the Shi'ite Sadr Movement, led by Sayyed Ahmed Sadr, according to Kurdistan Presidency's official website. Barz ...

Traffic Accidents Kill over 800 in Kurdistan Region Each Year

BAS News - 2017-04-22 14:59
On average 3 people die a day ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Ministry of Health revealed the annual road fatalities in Kurdistan Region which approximately is 850 deaths. Khalis Qader, head of the ministry's media department, told BasNews th ...

Turkish Warplanes Bombard Kurdistan Region Border Areas

BAS News - 2017-04-21 16:42
A civilian was wounded in the airstrikes DUHOK — Turkish military jets bombarded areas of Amedi city in Duhok province located near the Turkish border on Fridady, leaving one civilian wounded. Dler Zebari, commander of Kurdistan Region's border guards, t ...

Kurdistan Security Council Announces Death of Two IS Chiefs

BAS News - 2017-04-20 18:21
They were killed by airstrikes in Iraq and Syria ERBIL— The Counter-Terrorism of the Kurdistan Region's Security Council confirmed in a statement on Thursday that two Islamic State (IS) chiefs were killed in the airstrikes conducted by coalition forces. ...

Barzani: We Employ a Peaceful Way to Gain Independence

BAS News - 2017-04-20 15:33
Those who criticize the referendum on Kurdistan independence have misapprehended it ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani said they continue the project of referendum on independence, stating that the criticism levelled at the project resulte ...

German FM Sigmar Gabriel Arrives in Bashiq, Northeast Mosul

BAS News - 2017-04-20 15:06
BASHIQ — Following his meeting with Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani in Erbil on Thursday, Sigmar Gabriel, the German vice-chancellor and foreign minister, arrived in Bashiq town, 12 km north-east of Mosul. The German foreign minister is expecte ...

President Barzani and German Foreign Minister Meet in Erbil

Waar Media - 2017-04-20 14:33
WAAR-DUHOK: Sigmar Gabriel, the German vice-chancellor and foreign minister, arrived in Erbil late Wednesday after he concluded his visit to Baghdad. The German foreign minister is currently meeting with Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani. The key ...

U.S. to sell $295 million worth of military equipment to KRG

Waar Media - 2017-04-20 11:43
WAAR-DUHOK: US State Department approved a sale of military equipment to the Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces worth around $295.6 million. The Pentagon announced on Wednesday that the US State Department has agreed to sell military equipment for the a ...

Barzani and German Foreign Minister Meet in Erbil

BAS News - 2017-04-20 10:19
ERBIL — Sigmar Gabriel, the German vice-chancellor and foreign minister, arrived in Erbil late Wednesday after he concluded his visit to Baghdad. The German foreign minister is currently meeting with Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani. The key top ...

Yezidis in Kurdistan Region celebrate Red Wednesday

KurdPress - 2017-04-20 09:54
Thousands of Kurdish Yezidis gathered on April 18 in Lalish temple to celebrate the Yezidi New Year known as ‘Red Wednesday’. A large number of Yezidis who live abroad returned to Kurdistan Region to take part in the ceremony alongside others from the rel ...

US Approves Sale of Military Equipment to Peshmerga

BAS News - 2017-04-19 23:06
SOFIA — US State Department approved a sale of military equipment to the Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces worth around $295.6 million. The Pentagon announced on Wednesday that the US State Department has agreed to sell military equipment for the artil ...

PUK: Independence Referendum “Inalienable Right” of Kurds

BAS News - 2017-04-19 22:29
SULAYMANIYAH — The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) politburo on Wednesday reiterated that holding a referendum to decide on independence for Kurdistan Region is an “inalienable right” of Kurds. In a statement which followed the meeting, the party reve ...

For Mosul, Baghdad to Import Electricity from Erbil

BAS News - 2017-04-19 17:05
ERBIL — Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity is looking to the Kurdistan Region to supply Mosul and its surrounding areas with electricity. The Iraqi Minister of Electricity, Qasim al-Fahdawi, travelled to Erbil to discuss the matter with Mass Group Holding, a ...

German Foreign Minister to Visit Erbil Tomorrow

Waar Media - 2017-04-19 16:40
WAAR-DUHOK: Sigmar Gabriel, the German vice-chancellor and foreign minister, is expected to visit Iraq and Kurdistan Region on Thursday where he will meet Iraqi and Kurdistan officials. The German foreign minister will arrive in Baghdad on Thursday, and ...

ENKS Insists on Reopening Headquarters in Rojava Soon

BAS News - 2017-04-19 15:34
40 ENKS headquarters have been closed by PYD across Rojava ERBIL — The Syrian Kurdish National Council (ENKS) will reopen all its headquarters in the cities across Rojava (the Syrian Kurdistan region) after they were closed down by the Kurdish Democratic ...

German Foreign Minister to Visit Erbil, Meet Barzani

BAS News - 2017-04-19 14:23
He will arrive in Baghdad on Thursday ERBIL — Sigmar Gabriel, the German vice-chancellor and foreign minister, is expected to visit Iraq and Kurdistan Region on Thursday where he will meet Iraqi and Kurdistan officials. The German foreign minister will a ...

In Pictures: Yezidis New Year Ceremony (Red Wednesday)

Waar Media - 2017-04-19 14:07
WAAR-DUHOK: Thousands of Kurdish Yezidis on April 18th gathered in Lalish temple to celebrate the Yezidi New Year known as Charshamaba Sor “Red Wednesday”. A large number of Yezidis who live abroad returned to Kurdistan Region to take part in the ceremon ...

1.3 Million IDPs Remain in Kurdistan Region: Interior Minister

BAS News - 2017-04-19 10:18
KRG took in 1.8 million IDPs during the IS turmoil ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Interior Minister Karim Sinjari said on Wednesday that 1.3 million Iraqi displaced people remain in Kurdistan Region. During a speech he delivered at the begin ...

First-ever Kurdish Bible Printed in Kurdistan Region

BAS News - 2017-04-19 01:40
ERBIL — Biblica, The International Bible Society, has announced the release of the first-ever Bible in Kurdish Sorani. "This is a very historic occasion, an amazing achievement, and an exciting time for the Kurdish people," said Dr. Carl Moeller, CEO of ...

More Yezidis Abandon PKK: Peshmerga Commander

BAS News - 2017-04-19 01:29
SOFIA — A Kurdish Peshmerga commander said on Tuesday that 50 more senior Yezidi members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have recently left the organization in the Sinjar district to join Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces. Qasim Dirbo, a Peshmerg ...

In Pictures: Yezidis Celebrate Red Wednesday

BAS News - 2017-04-19 01:03
DUHOK — Thousands of Kurdish Yezidis on April 18th gathered in Lalish temple to celebrate the Yezidi New Year known as ‘Red Wednesday’. A large number of Yezidis who live abroad returned to Kurdistan Region to take part in the ceremony alongside others f ...

Royal Canadian Air Force Squadron Deployed to Kurdistan Region

BAS News - 2017-04-19 00:31
ISTANBUL — A tactical helicopter squadron from Edmonton, Canada, was deployed to Kurdistan Region on Monday. The 408 Squadron includes 60 members of the Royal Canadian Air Force and four CH-146 Griffon helicopters. The deployment is part of Operation Imp ...

US Sends Peshmerga over $20 Million Monthly: Ministry

BAS News - 2017-04-19 00:11
ERBIL — In accordance to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Peshmerga and United States’ Department of Defense, Washington continues providing 26 billion Iraqi Dinnar (approximately $20.3 million) monthly to Kurd ...

Barzani Congratulates Turkish President, PM on Victory in Referendum

BAS News - 2017-04-18 23:47
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Tuesday congratulated his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on the referendum held in the country on Sunday. According to a press release by Barzani’s office, he has also sent a message to Turki ...

Kurdistan Has a Strong Independence Lobby Abroad: Gorran MP

BAS News - 2017-04-18 18:02
He believes reestablising the parliament will reinforce the call for independence ERBIL— For declaring independence of Kurdistan Region from Iraq, the internal factors need to be reconsidered and fixed as the external factors are almost set and the timin ...

Barzani: No One Can Impose Themselves on Yezidis

BAS News - 2017-04-18 15:10
Barzani congratulates Kurdish Yezidis on their new year ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani sent his congratulations to the Kurdish Yezidis on the occasion of Yezidi new year known as Charshama Sor (Red Wednesday), which will be commemorate ...

Kurdistan Region lacks situation to quit Iraq: Gorran deputy

KurdPress - 2017-04-18 14:49
A parliament member from the Change Movement (Gorran) stated that the process of Kurdistan Region’s independence from Iraq needs internal and external preparations and capabilities which Erbil lacks at the time being. ...

A Senior IS Security Official Along with 9 Militants Killed in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-04-18 11:15
They were struck by the Global Coalition's air force ERBIL — Kurdistan Region's Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) announced on Tuesday that a senior Islamic State (IS) security official was struck on Monday in south of Kirkuk. CTD reported on Tuesday th ...

Kurdistan independence not to be easy process: Official

KurdPress - 2017-04-18 08:37
It will not be easy for Kurdistan Region to become independence as there are many differences both in the region and in whole Iraq, Hemin Hawrami, a senior assistant to the region’s President Massoud Barzani, said. ...

IHERC Ready to Hold Presidential, Parliamentary Elections on Time

BAS News - 2017-04-18 00:12
SOFIA — The Kurdistan Region’s Independent High Electoral and Referendum Commission (IHERC) said it is ready to hold presidential and parliamentary elections on time. In November this year the current term of the Kurdistan Region Parliament will be over, ...

Over 160,000 New Mosul IDPs Arrived in Kurdistan since October 2017

BAS News - 2017-04-17 23:48
ERBIL — Since the beginning of the Mosul operation on 17th October last year, nearly 164,000 new IDPs have arrived in Kurdistan Region, mostly settled in Erbil or Duhok provinces, said the Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCC). “Nearly 10,000 people are ...

Tuz Khurmatu Arab Chieftain Urges Peshmerga To Stop "Hashd's Violence"

BAS News - 2017-04-17 17:23
He accuses the Shi'ite militias of killing civilians ERBIL— The leader of the Arab tribes in the disputed Tuz Khurmatu (Kirkuk province) called on Kurdistan Region Peshmerga as well as coalition forces to confront the "violations" by the Shi'ite Hashd mi ...

67% of Kurdistan Underground Water Wasted: Ministry

BAS News - 2017-04-17 17:04
Ministry of Agriculture keeps confiscating illegal well digging equipment ERBIL— About 67 per cent of the underground water of Kurdistan Region is wasted and its level has considerably receded, according to a statement issued by Kurdistan Ministry of Agr ...
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