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Iraqi PM Announces First Stage of Hawija Assault

BAS News - 2017-09-21 09:10
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of the first stage of Hawija operation early on Thursday. “With the dawn of a new Iraqi day, we announce the launch of the first stage of the liberation of Hawija to fulfill our pledge to o ...

Turkish Ex-Minister Says Kurdistan Referendum Would not Lead to War

BAS News - 2017-09-21 01:16
ERBIL — Former Turkish Foreign Minister said on Wednesday that Turkey would not view the Kurdistan Region's independence referendum as a reason for war. According to Yasar Yakis, former FM and one of the founders of the ruling Justice and Development Par ...

Barzani playing with fire: Turkish Deputy PM

KurdPress - 2017-09-20 13:00
Turkey Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag on Sept. 20 issued another warning from Turkey to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) about the independence referendum slated for later this week, saying KRG President Masoud Barzani is “playing with fire.” ...

Baghdad Ready to Resolve Oil Issues With Erbil

BAS News - 2017-09-19 23:54
ERBIL — Baghdad is ready to discuss and settle outstanding oil issues with Erbil, Iraqi oil minister said on Tuesday. According to Iraq's Oil Minister, Jabar al-Luaibi, Iraq is ready for dialogues with Erbil, as the Region is moving forward with its upco ...

Turkey confirms capture of intelligence officers by PKK

KurdPress - 2017-09-19 23:38
A Turkish minister appeared to confirm for the first time that two Turkish intelligence officers have been captured in northern Iraq, saying the government was not in direct talks with the Kurdish militant PKK group to bring them back. ...

Abadi Prevents Iraqi President from Attending UNGA Meeting: Official

BAS News - 2017-09-19 19:25
ERBIL— The Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi did not allow for the Iraqi President Fuad Massum to attend the session of the UN General Assembly, according to a Kurdish official. Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) politburo member and former Iraqi financ ...

Japan deploys missile interceptor near North Korea flight path

Waar Media - 2017-09-19 14:47
WAAR-DUHOK: Japan on Tuesday moved a mobile missile-defense system on the northern island of Hokkaido to a base near recent North Korean missile flyover routes. Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said a Patriot Advanced Capability-3 interceptor unit was d ...

Turkish FM says KRG referendum 'big mistake'

KurdPress - 2017-09-19 14:09
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, speaking to Al-Monitor during his visit to New York for this week’s UN General Assembly session, addressed his country’s stance on the upcoming independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan, EU-Turkey ties, Ankara’s ...

Kurdistan Finance Minister Abandons Gorran over "Illegal" Demands

BAS News - 2017-09-18 18:09
ERBIL— Rebaz Hamlan, the finance minister of the Kurdistan Region from the Change Movement (Gorran), announced his resignation from his party on Monday evening. In a written announcement, the minister details his political and organizational career withi ...

Turkish and KRG foreign ministers meet in New York

Waar Media - 2017-09-18 18:04
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and his KRG counterpart Falah Mustafa are in meeting in New York one week before the Kurdistan vote on independence. The two ministers are in New York for the UN General Assembly. While Turkish offici ...

PM Barzani: We Will Continue to Cooperate with Baghdad in War on Terrorism

BAS News - 2017-09-18 15:26
ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani stated that there's no decision to postpone the independence referendum, scheduled for September 25. Regarding Brett McGurk’s latest visit to Kurdistan Region and his request to ...

Iraqi Supreme Court orders suspension of Kurdistan Referendum

Waar Media - 2017-09-18 13:50
WAAR-DUHOK: The Iraqi Supreme Court has ruled to suspend the Kurdish referendum on Monday until it makes a final ruling on the case at the request of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. The Kurdistan Region is scheduled to hold a referendum on independ ...

Maliki on Kurdistan’s Independence: Creation of Second Israel Not Allowed

BAS News - 2017-09-18 03:55
BAGHDAD — Iraqi Shi’ite politician and former prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, said in a meeting with the US Ambassador to Iraq that he will not allow the creation of a “second Israel” in northern Iraq, referring to an anticipated Kurdistan state. He tol ...

Prime Minister Barzani receives letter from Korean President

KRG-Spain - 2017-09-18 00:02
Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received Mr. Park Young-Kyu, the Consul General of Korea in Erbil and his accompanying delegation. Mr. Park conveyed a letter from Mr. Moon Jae-In, President of the Republi ...

Prime Minister Barzani meets Kuwaiti envoy in the Kurdistan Region

KRG-Spain - 2017-09-18 00:02
Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met with Mr. Omar Al-Kandari, the Consul General of the State of Kuwait in Erbil. In the meeting, the Kuwaiti envoy reiterated his desire to strengthen bilateral relations ...

Half of IS Families Detained in Mosul are Turkish: Iraqi PM

BAS News - 2017-09-17 23:06
ERBIL — Around a half of the hundreds of families held in a camp near Mosul for suspected links to the so-called Islamic State (IS) are Turkish nationals, said the Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi. According to a statement made by the Iraqi PM, ma ...

Iraq says may use force if Kurdish referendum turns violent

FOX News - 2017-09-17 14:46
Iraq is prepared to intervene militarily if the Kurdish region's planned independence referendum results in violence, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview Saturday. ...

Erdoğan to discuss Kurdistan Referendum with al-Abadi in New York

Waar Media - 2017-09-17 14:24
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will hold a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in New York, to discuss the upcoming independence referendum by Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). Speaking to reporters at a news conferen ...

Erdogan, Abadi to discuss KRG referendum in New York

KurdPress - 2017-09-17 13:21
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to meet Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in New York where the two sides are to discuss the upcoming independence referendum by Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). ...

Turkey's Erdogan to discuss northern Iraq vote with Iraqi PM

Reuters - 2017-09-17 11:50
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will meet Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi during his visit to the United States this week and discuss their concerns about northern Iraq's independence referendum. ...

Iraq says it's prepared to use force if Kurdish referendum turns violent

Chicago Tribune - 2017-09-17 02:40
Iraq is prepared to intervene militarily if the Kurdish region's planned independence referendum results in violence, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview Saturday. If the Iraqi population is "threatened by t ...

Iraqi Kurdish referendum 'historic mistake': Turkey

KurdPress - 2017-09-14 15:32
“Barzani’s referendum decision is a historic mistake. Turkey will follow policies that take Iraq’s territorial integrity as a basis,” Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said about the planned referendum of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq set for September 25 ...

Iraqi PM calls for parliament to remove Kirkuk governor

KurdPress - 2017-09-14 15:32
According to a statement from the parliament speaker’s media office Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has called on the Iraqi parliament to vote on sacking Kirkuk Governor Najmaldin Karim from his position. ...

Iraqi PM Abadi Calls for Removal of Kirkuk Governor

BAS News - 2017-09-14 13:38
ERBIL — The Office of the Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri, said on Thursday, that it has received a request from the Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s Office asking the parliament for a vote to dismiss the governor of Kirkuk from the office. “We ...

Iraqi Parliament Votes to Remove Kirkuk Governor

BAS News - 2017-09-14 13:38
ERBIL — The Iraqi Parliament voted in a session on Thursday to remove the Kirkuk Governor Najmadin Karim from the office. The Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s Office sent a request to the Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri on Thursday, asking the ...

Journalists Detained, Prevented from Covering Abadi's Visit to Dhi Qar

BAS News - 2017-09-13 18:41
ERBIL— As Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived on Wednesday in the southern Dhi Qar province, all the journalists were temporarily detained while confrontations occurred between his guards and a group of protesters. Iraqi Observatory for Journali ...

Israeli PM repeats his country’s support for independent Kurdistan

Waar Media - 2017-09-13 13:36
WAAR-DUHOK: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced his country’s support for the establishment of a state for the people of Kurdistan on Tuesday, making him the first head of state to support a “legitimate” process for Kurdistan’s independen ...

Israel’s Netanyahu: Statehood “Legitimate” Right of Kurds

BAS News - 2017-09-13 02:07
ERBIL — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has showing his country’s support to a future independent state of Kurdistan. In an official statement on Tuesday, Netanyahu said that Israel supports the establishment of an independent state for Kurds i ...

Abadi Invites Kurdistan for Further Negotiations over Referendum

BAS News - 2017-09-12 21:00
ERBIL — As Kurds insist on their plan to hold the independence referendum on time, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has called for a new round of talks over the political disputes between Erbil and Baghdad. During his weekly press conference in Baghd ...

More Safe Zones Needed in Syria: Russian FM

BAS News - 2017-09-10 23:48
ERBIL — The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov met with his Saudi Arabian counterpart, Adel Jubeir, on Sunday to discuss the ongoing Syrian Crisis and the need of establishment of more safe zones in the country. The two officials agreed that the so- ...

Coalition, Iraqi Jets Step up Airstrikes on IS-held Hawija

BAS News - 2017-09-10 00:41
ERBIL — The Iraqi Air Forces (IAF) and the US-led coalition against the so-called Islamic State (IS) have increased the airstrikes on IS positions in the town of Hawija, according to Iraq's minister of defense. According to the Iraqi Defense Minister, Er ...

Runaway Ex-Iraqi Minister Arrested in Beirut

BAS News - 2017-09-09 19:09
ERBIL— Lebanese security service arrested on Saturday the former Iraqi trade minister, Abdul-Fallah al-Sudani, who is convicted of corruption. Sudani, wanted by the Interpol, was arrested in Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport. In 2012, Sudani was ...

Arab League Top Official in Erbil for Referendum Talks with Barzani

BAS News - 2017-09-09 18:00
ERBIL— Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit arrived on Saturday evening in Erbil and is expected to meet with Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani. Following a visit to Baghdad and meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, Aboul- ...

Moscow Will Assess Results of Kurdistan’s Referendum: Official

BAS News - 2017-09-09 11:19
ERBIL — Russian deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Friday that Moscow will assess the outcome of Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum after it happens. Bogdanov said that Russia will assess the results of Kurdistan’s independence refe ...

Madrid seeks to block Catalonia independence bid

Waar Media - 2017-09-08 13:06
WAAR-DUHOK: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy vowed Thursday to block an independence referendum in Catalonia slated for October 1 which he branded an “intolerable act of disobedience”. But Catalan’s leaders vowed to go ahead with it, even after the n ...

Moscow: ISIS ‘minister of war’ killed in Russian airstrike

Waar Media - 2017-09-08 13:06
WAAR-DUHOK: Russia claimed Friday to have killed several top commanders of ISIS group in an airstrike in Syria, including the so-called Emir of Deir Ezzor and the “Minister of War”. “As a result of a precision airstrike of the Russian air forces in the v ...

Abadi: Liberation of Hawija Requires Coordination with Peshmerga

BAS News - 2017-09-07 12:59
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said that the liberation of Hawija in Kirkuk Province requires coordination with the Peshmerga forces and the Syrian regime. Abadi said on Wednesday that the restoration of Hawija requires coordination with th ...
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