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Iran Vows to Address Drying River Flowing into Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-06-25 00:23
ERBIL — Following the raised objections inside the Kurdistan Region, neighbouring Iranian government has promised to address the issue pertaining to drying a mighty river which flows from Iran into Kurdistan, a lawmaker said. Member of Kurdistan Region P ...

Kurdistan: 235 People Arrested over Drug-Related Charges in 6 Months

BAS News - 2017-06-25 00:08
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s counter-drug forces have seized a large amount of illegal substances and captured 235 people over drug-related charges in the first half of 2017. According to a press release, 45 kilograms of different types of drugs, and 18,00 ...

Barzani’s Message on Eid al-Fitr

BAS News - 2017-06-24 20:12
LODZ — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has issued a message to mark al-Fitr Eid, wishing the event to be the end of hardship for the people of Kurdistan. After a month of fasting, the majority of Muslims across the globe will celebrate al-Fitr ...

Hashd Al-Shaabi Creating Barriers for Iraqi Tourists Visiting Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-06-24 15:41
ERBIL — Iraqi Shi’ite paramilitaries known as Hashd al-Shaabi are constituting barriers to the tourists coming from Iraqi central and southern provinces to the Kurdistan Region. Nawzad Hadi, Erbil Governor, told reporters today while receiving tourists a ...

Barzani Reassures Arabs in Nineveh Plains of Their Rights

BAS News - 2017-06-24 12:01
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani assured the Arab tribes of Nineveh Plains that their rights will be preserved within the future sovereign state of Kurdistan and that they will have the same rights as any other citizens of the new state. ...

The bullets and mines left by the Iran Iraq War sacrifice Kurdish citizens.

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-06-24 05:28
According to a source from the Kurdistan Human Rights Association , on Thursday evening, 22/6/2017, at the foot of Mount Kudu in the region (Haji Omran) in the south of Kurdistan, 3 Kurdish children from the village of Fah Rah Shan,because of mortar and m ...

Prime Minister Barzani meets with the European Union representatives

KRG-Spain - 2017-06-24 00:07
Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met with a delegation of representatives of the European Union countries in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. Mr. Patrick Simonnet, the head of the delegation and the EU Ambassador to Iraq, brief ...

PKK, Hashd al-Shaabi Working to Divide Yezidi Region: Sinjar Mayor

BAS News - 2017-06-23 23:00
SINJAR — Both the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi are hoping to impose their rule over parts of Yezidi areas which is likely to torn these territories, said Sinjar Mayor Mahma Khalil. Sinjar administration has sever ...

Iran Dries Mighty River Flowing into Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-06-23 23:00
SULAYMANIYAH — The Iranian government has dried a large river since last Thursday which has been flowing into Kurdistan Region’s Sulaymaniyah province, local officials confirmed. Level of water in the river has decreased by approximately 70% and the drop ...

Kurdistan Resumes Oil Exports to West after Three Years Halt

BAS News - 2017-06-23 13:16
ERBIL— An oil tanker which transports crude oil from the Kurdistan Region is heading to the west, likely to the US, recommencing oil import from the region after three years of pause, Bloomberg news reported on Thursday. According to the data obtained by ...

Barzani to EU leaders: Do not oppose natural rights of Kurds

Waar Media - 2017-06-23 11:57
WAAR-DUHOK: The Kurdistan Region President and a delegation of political parties met with the representatives of European Union in Iraq to discuss the process of holding the independence referendum. On Thursday, Masoud Barzani Kurdistan Region President ...

War Remnants Kill 2 in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-06-23 03:57
SORAN — Two children, 14 and 16 years old, were killed overnight Thursday on the border areas between Kurdistan Region and Iran by an unexploded war remnant. According to Soran Directorate of Police, another person is injured due to the explosion of a la ...

PKK’s Presence on KRG Borders Posing Threat to Civilians: Soran Mayor

BAS News - 2017-06-23 03:15
SORAN — Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has seized the situation on the borders between Kurdistan Region and Turkey to impose its control on the area which is considered a threat to civilians there, said mayor of Soran city, located northeast Erbil. Even ...

Masrour Barzani Meets with Top EU Delegation in Erbil

BAS News - 2017-06-22 17:44
Barzani: Kurdistan Region will play a more active role in the anti-terrorism efforts ERBIL — Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Masrour Barzani met with a top European Union (EU) delegation headed by Patrick Simmonet, the European Uni ...

PKK Led the Way to Hashd Al-Shaabi’s Incursion into Sinjar: Official

BAS News - 2017-06-22 16:11
SINJAR — The Iraqi Shi’ite paramilitaries known as Hashd al-Shaabi entered Sinjar at the request of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the Yezidi region. Saido Chato, the head of the Brotherhood and Coexistence alliance in Nineveh province told BasNews th ...

Shiites Threatening Faili Kurds in Arab Areas Due to Referendum

BAS News - 2017-06-22 14:26
ERBIL — Following the announcement of the referendum date by the Kurdistan Region, the Shi’ite Arabs, especially those who are close to Nouri al-Maliki, launched an aggressive campaign against the Faili Kurds living in central Iraqi provinces. In a video ...

Barzani: No Turning Back on Independence Referendum

Waar Media - 2017-06-22 11:02
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani reiterated on Wednesday that the independence referendum of his region will take place on time in September as planned, and that there is no turning back on this issue. In an interview with FRANCE 24, ...

Barzani addresses Arab tribal figures about Kurdistan Referendum

Waar Media - 2017-06-22 11:02
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani gave a seminar in Erbil on Wednesday to address the Arab tribal figures and personalities from Nineveh province and Makhmour city about the latest political developments and the situation of Mosul as ...

Kurds do not need a state: PKK leader

KurdPress - 2017-06-22 10:11
A top military commander of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) stated on Tuesday that Kurds do not need a stated and alleged a September referendum on the Kurdistan Region’s secession from Iraq was for “propaganda purposes.” ...

Kurdistan Invites Int. Organisations to Monitor Referendum

BAS News - 2017-06-22 00:28
ERBIL — In order to ensure the independence referendum is abide to democratic and legal principles, the Kurdistan Region invites all international organisations to monitor the process which is scheduled for 25th September, according to Kifah Mahmoud, the ...

Barzani: No Turning Back on Independence Referendum

BAS News - 2017-06-21 23:54
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani reiterated on Wednesday that the independence referendum of his region will take place on time in September as planned, and that there is no turning back on this issue. In an interview with FRANCE 24, the ...

Iraqi Kurdistan invites observers to monitor independence referendum

Kom News - 2017-06-21 19:24
The government of the Iraqi Kurdistan autonomous region invites all international organisations to monitor the upcoming independence referendum in order to ensure that the vote will be held in a legal and democratic manner, Kifah Mahmoud, the media advis ...

Barzani's Aide: Iraq Failed Federalism and Power-Sharing

BAS News - 2017-06-21 18:37
Hwarami said Kurdistan referendum will not affect Iraq's international borders ERBIL— The chief for political and public relations at Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani's office stated in Ankara that the plan for the independence referendum of Kur ...

Barzani Addresses Personalities from Nineveh Province

BAS News - 2017-06-21 17:33
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani gave a seminar in Erbil on Wednesday to address the Arab tribal figures and personalities from Nineveh province and Makhmour city about the latest political developments and the situation of Mosul as well ...

Turkey aims to cripple, not contain, PKK / Metin Gurcan

KurdPress - 2017-06-21 13:14
Security forces have been conducting intensive operations against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) since March in southeast Turkey, particularly along a stretch of the border with Iraq between Silopi and Semdinli and in the Van Lake region on the Iranian ...

Khamenei to Abadi, Iran opposes referendum in Kurdistan Region

Waar Media - 2017-06-21 12:04
WAAR-DUHOK: Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, has spoken out against a planned independence referendum in the Kurdistan Region set for September 25. Khamenei received an Iraqi delegation headed by Prime Minister Haider al-A ...

Iraqi Kurds invite international observers to monitor independence vote

KurdPress - 2017-06-21 09:34
The government of the Iraqi Kurdistan invites all international organizations to monitor the upcoming independence referendum in order to ensure that the vote will be held in a legal and democratic manner, Kifah Mahmoud, the media adviser to the region’s ...

Decades on, Thousands of Iranian Kurds Still Refugees in Kurdistan Region

The Kurdish Project - 2017-06-21 02:13
Like thousands of other Iranian Kurds in the KRG, Ilya is considered a refugee in her own hometown. Read her story in honor of World Refugee Day. The post Decades on, Thousands of Iranian Kurds Still Refugees in Kurdistan Region appeared first on The Kur ...

Italy Supports Kurdistan’s Independence Referendum: KRG Envoy

BAS News - 2017-06-21 01:30
ERBIL — The Italian government is not against the independence of Kurdistan and its official during several meetings have expressed support for an imminent referendum on the region’s independence form Iraq, said Rezan Qader, Kurdistan Regional Government ...

Gulf Countries' Tourists Destined to Kurdistan Attractions in July

BAS News - 2017-06-20 20:31
ERBIL— Several tour operators from the Gulf countries have signed contracts with Kurdistan Board of Tourism (KBT) to introduce tourists from their countries to the Kurdistan Region's tourist attractions. KBT Chairman Mawlawi Jabbar told BasNews on Tuesda ...

Yezidi Abducted Girl Freed from IS in Syria

BAS News - 2017-06-20 17:04
ERBIL— A Yezidi girl from Sinjar who was kidnapped by the Islamic State (IS) extremists was rescued and returned to safety in the Kurdistan Region. Hussein Qaedi, who runs the Office for Yezidi Abductees' Affairs, told BasNews on Tuesday that the girl, n ...

Barzani and UN SG Envoy for Iraq Discuss Independence Referendum

BAS News - 2017-06-20 16:25
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Tuesday met with Jan Kubiš, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq. During the meeting, Barzani and the UN official discussed a range of topics, particularly the fo ...

Hoshyar Zebari to UN: Independence Referendum Will Be Held on Time

BAS News - 2017-06-20 15:41
ERBIL — The forthcoming vote on independence of the Kurdistan Region will be held on the scheduled date, said Hoshyar Zebari, a Kurdish politician. On Tuesday, June 20, Hoshyar Zebari, a politburo member of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) received Jan K ...

11-Year-Old Yezidi Girl Rescued from IS

BAS News - 2017-06-20 11:11
DUHOK — Another Kurdish Yezidi girl was freed from the grip of the Islamic State (IS) militants on Monday, Kurdistan Region’s office for Yezidi Abductee Affairs said on Tuesday. Hussein Qaidi, head of Kurdistan Region’s office for Yezidi Abductee Affairs ...

Turkey Bombs PKK Positions in Kurdistan, Claims Killing Several

BAS News - 2017-06-20 03:15
ERBIL — During multiple airstrikes against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Turkey and Kurdistan Region, at least nine Kurdish guerrillas were killed, claimed the Turkish army. The strikes in the Kurdistan Region’s Zap and Gara areas killed two PKK ...

Kurdistan President's Aide: Kurdistan Firm to Run Referendum on Time

BAS News - 2017-06-19 20:07
ERBIL- Hemin Hawrami, the senior assistant to Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani, reiterated on Monday that Kurdistan holds a firm position over running its independence referendum as it has been planned. Hawrami, who is also responsible for polit ...

Kirkuk Province Ready to Hold Independence Referendum: Governor

BAS News - 2017-06-19 15:16
KIRKUK — The governor of Kirkuk province stated the province’s preparedness for hosting the referendum on Kurdistan Region independence. During a meeting with officials of government directorates of the province on Monday, Kirkuk Governor, Najmadin Karim ...

PKK Raising Funds from People in Erbil

BAS News - 2017-06-19 00:29
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has reportedly launched a fund raising campaign in Kurdistan Region’s capital city, Erbil. According to the information obtained by BasNews, a number of PKK-affiliated figures on Saturday visited several residen ...

Suicide Bomber Killed Before Reaching Target: Qara Tapa

BAS News - 2017-06-18 23:18
ERBIL — Security forces killed overnight on Sunday a would-be suicide bomber in Qara Tapa subdistrict of Khanaqin, south of Kurdistan Region, before the assailant could reach his target. Mohammed Omer, a local official for the Patriotic Union of Kurdista ...

$200 Million Loan to Peshmerga Already Approved by US: Kurdish Official

BAS News - 2017-06-18 22:05
ERBIL — The United States has approved a loan to the Iraqi government from which $200 million will be granted to Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga Ministry, said a Kurdish official. “The [financial] assistance is part of a 2016 agreement between the US and Ir ...

Iraqi PM says Kurdistan referendum “illegal”, will not support it

Waar Media - 2017-06-18 16:58
WAAR-DUHOK: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Sunday that a planned independence referendum by Kurdistan Region next September is “illegal”, adding that it complicates the country’s problems. Speaking to reporters late Saturday, Abadi said Baghda ...

Kurdish Representatives Seek UNHRC's Support for Kurdistan Referendum

BAS News - 2017-06-18 16:47
ERBIL— In series of conferences held in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) office in Geneva, Kurdish activists and officials discussed Kurdistan Region's appeal for running the independence referendum. In the conferences held June 9-16, Kurd ...

PKK Seeking to Annex Khanasor to Rojava Cantons: Official

BAS News - 2017-06-18 15:12
SINJAR — Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) forces in the Yezidi majority region of Sinjar are intending to link Khanasor district in the region to Rojava's (Syrian Kurdistan) self-ruling cantons. Waisi Naif, Chair of Sinjar Mayoral Council, told BasNews “PK ...

Turkey Claims Killing 17 PKK Members in Turkey and Iraq

BAS News - 2017-06-18 15:12
ERBIL — At least 17 members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) were killed on Saturday in military operations in northern Kurdistan Region, and eastern and southeastern provinces of Turkey, Turkish military claimed. According to a statement issued by ...

Turkey Claims Killing Two PKK Guerrillas

BAS News - 2017-06-17 22:09
ERBIL — Turkish army has claimed the killing of two guerrillas of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on Saturday in the Kurdistan Region, whereas two Turkish troops were also injured. Country’s General Staff said in a statement that attack drones were us ...

Italian Coast Guard Arrests 38 Kurdish Migrants

BAS News - 2017-06-17 21:51
ERBIL — Italian coast guard has arrested 38 migrants from Kurdistan Region during the past two days for trying to illegally enter the country on their way to northern European countries. According to local sources cited by Kurdistan24, 10 men, 11 women a ...

Turkish jets hit PKK positions in Kurdistan Region

KurdPress - 2017-06-17 13:30
Turkish fighter jets carried out airstrikes overnight Friday against the alleged positions belonging to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in border areas between Kurdistan Region and Turkey. ...

Reports say Turkish army crosses Kurdistan Region’s border

KurdPress - 2017-06-17 13:30
The Turkish army engaged in fierce clashes on Friday, June 16, with fighters from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) after a Turkish incursion into Kurdistan territory from the areas of Julamerg and Cukurca. ...

Ryteh region was fire in city of Dareh Shahr

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-06-17 10:48
According to reports received by Kurdistan Human Rights Association , a mountainous region “Ryteh” in city of Dareh Shahr functions of Ilam Province in East Kurdistan burned pastures and forests are burning. Fire intensity is so high that irreparable dama ...

Attack on Sulaymaniyah Mosque Leaves Three People Injured

BAS News - 2017-06-17 00:09
SULAYMANIYAH — An unknown assailant overnight Friday targeted a Kurdish Muslim preacher in Kurdistan Region’s Sulaymaniyah province with grenade, injuring at least thee people. The attack took place near Bahasht mosque against Abdul Latif Salafi at his h ...

Turkish Jets Strike PKK Positions on Kurdistan-Turkey Border

BAS News - 2017-06-17 00:09
ERBIL — Turkish fighter jets carried out airstrikes overnight Friday against the positions belonging to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in border areas between Kurdistan Region and Turkey. According to the information obtained by BasNews, the airstrik ...

Prime Minister Barzani meets British Ambassador to Iraq

KRG-Spain - 2017-06-17 00:03
Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received Frank Baker, British Ambassador to Iraq, and his accompanying delegation. Ambassador Baker discussed regional developments, including the fight against ISIS and th ...

Deputy Prime Minister Talabani meets with European leaders

KRG-Spain - 2017-06-17 00:03
Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Kurdistan Regional Government Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani met with a number of European leaders during his visit to the continent this week. In the Netherlands, Mr. Talabani met separately with th ...
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