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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Iraqi Delegation Attacked, Robbed in South Africa: MP

BAS News - 2017-10-15 19:26
ERBIL — Head of Iraq’s Parliamentary Committee for Foreign Relations has warned that the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs of unorganised international trips by official delegations after a group of Iraqi delegates were robbed in South Africa last we ...

Iraq to reopen own oil pipeline to Turkey, bypassing one in Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:34
BAGHDAD,— Iraq will reopen an old crude oil pipeline to Turkey which bypasses one operated by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), the oil ministry said in a statement on Tuesday. Iraq’s oil minister, Jabar al-Luaibi, has asked state-owned North Oil ...

Erbil Notifies US of Baghdad’s Intention to Attack Peshmerga

BAS News - 2017-10-12 20:53
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga Ministry has notified US diplomatic mission of Baghdad’s military mobilisations against Kurds in south of Kirkuk and north of Mosul. The Peshmerga official held a meeting on Thursday with US Consul General in Erbil, K ...

Iraq Planning to Stop Exporting Its Oil to Turkey Through Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-10-11 11:48
Baghdad has decided to reopen the old oil pipeline to Ceyhan port ERBIL — The Iraqi oil ministry stated on Tuesday that they were planning to reopen the oil pipeline between Iraq and Turkey, aiming at stopping Iraq’s oil exports to Turkey via Kurdistan’s ...

Map: Hawija District Entirely Cleared from IS

BAS News - 2017-10-11 10:44
ERBIL — The Iraqi Defense Ministry’s War Media Cell released an updated map of Hawija on Wednesday which shows the district has been completely cleared from Islamic State (IS). The green area, covering the entire Hawija district, indicates the liberated ...

Peshmerga Won’t Retreat from Disputed Kurdish Areas: Ministry

BAS News - 2017-10-09 22:00
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces will certainly not withdraw from the Kurdish disputed territories they liberated from the Islamic State (IS), said a ministry official. “Any armed forces [of the Iraqi government] intending to enter the Kurdish ...

Map: Remaining Iraqi Territories Under Control of IS

BAS News - 2017-10-08 01:34
ERBIL — The Iraqi Defence Ministry’s War Media Cell released an updated map of the country on Saturday in which it shows the territories remaining under the control of Islamic State (IS). The territories in green show the liberated areas, whereas those i ...

Slovakian Soldiers to Train Iraqi Troops

BAS News - 2017-10-05 17:31
ERBIL— The government of Slovakia has agreed to send 25 soldiers to Iraq to help train Iraqi security forces as part of a NATO mission, the country's defense ministry stated on Thursday. Associated Press cited Peter Gajdos, the defense minister of Slovak ...

Two IDE Workshops Discovered in Western Anbar

BAS News - 2017-09-30 20:13
279 IEDs were confiscated ERBIL— Iraqi forces on Saturday took over two workshops for manufacturing improvised explosives devices (IED) in the town of Annah, western Anbar province. Hawks Intelligence Cell of the Iraqi Ministry of Interior said in a stat ...

Barzani Foundation Delivers Aid to IDPs in Debaga Camp

BAS News - 2017-09-30 15:48
ERBIL — Barzani Charity Foundation (BCF) delivered food assistance to over 800 displaced families in Debaga camp near Erbil. BCF teams, in collaboration with the Iraqi Ministry of Migration and Displacement, distributed on Friday food assistance to 851 I ...

UK Air Forces Hit 1,602 IS Positions in Iraq, Syria Since 2014

BAS News - 2017-09-28 20:46
ERBIL — UK Royal Air Forces have hit 1,602 Islamic State (IS) positions across Iraq and Syria since the start of the US-led coalition operation against the extremist group in September 2014, UK Defense Ministry said on Thursday. According to a statement ...

557 IS Militants Killed in First Phase of Hawija Operation

BAS News - 2017-09-27 22:36
KIRKUK — Joint Iraqi forces have killed 557 Islamic State (IS) militants in the first phase of the operation for liberating Hawija district in southern Kirkuk Province, the Iraqi Defense Ministry’s War Media Cell said on Wednesday. According to a stateme ...

Borders with Kurdistan Open: Iranian Foreign Ministry

BAS News - 2017-09-25 20:35
ERBIL— Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday stated Iran has not closed its border entries with the Kurdistan Region, refuting an earlier statement by the spokesperson of the ministry. In a statement, the ministry said what has been published by t ...

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. ...

Direct Flights Between Erbil and Urmia to Resume

BAS News - 2017-09-23 15:31
ERBIL — Iranian authorities have ensured that direct flights between Urmia and Erbil will soon be resumed after a temporary halt. Ahmed Montazemi, head of a provincial office for Iran’s Foreign Ministry in Urmia, confirmed the report and told Fars News A ...

Ministry Refutes Expected Sanction on Kurdistan Mobile Communication

BAS News - 2017-09-22 15:12
ERBIL— Should Baghdad decide to impose sanctions on the mobile communication in the Kurdistan Region, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) can intervene and annul the sanction, said the spokesperson of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)'s Min ...

Anah in Western Anbar Liberated from IS

BAS News - 2017-09-21 19:52
ERBIL— The town of Anah in western Anbar province was liberated from the Islamic State (IS) on Thursday, as reported by Iraqi War Media Cell. The cell, affiliated with the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, quoted Abdulamir Yarallah, deputy commander for Joint O ...

No Plan Yet to Include Peshmerga in Hawija Assault: Official

BAS News - 2017-09-20 19:19
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has said that there is no agreement yet to include the Peshmerga forces in an imminent military operation to liberate Hawija from Islamic State (IS). The Secretary General for Peshmerga Ministry, Jabbar Yaw ...

Baghdad Hands Hawija Operation Plan to Peshmerga

BAS News - 2017-09-20 13:55
KIRKUK — Iraqi government has presented the plan for Hawija operation to the Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Peshmerga, said a Peshmerga commander. Wasta Rasoul, Commander of Peshmerga Forces in southern Kirkuk front, told BasNews “An Iraqi military deleg ...

KRG’s Ministry of Agriculture Joins IFOAM - Organics International

BAS News - 2017-09-20 12:16
ERBIL — Ministry of Agriculture of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) joined The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM - Organics International), the worldwide umbrella organization for the organic agriculture movement. KRG’s ...

Turkey summons German envoy over Kurdish rally in Cologne

Reuters - 2017-09-16 22:36
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey summoned the German ambassador to Ankara on Saturday over what it said was a Kurdish militant rally in Cologne, the foreign ministry said, in a further sign of strained relations between the NATO allies. ...

Turkish Ministry warns KRG of paying a price in case referendum held

Waar Media - 2017-09-14 15:43
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkish warned Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of paying a price for insisting on holding an independence referendum on Sept. 25, in a foreign ministry statement on Thursday. The statement, which welcomed Iraqi parliament vote that reject ...

Iran dismisses final statement of Arab League summit

KurdPress - 2017-09-14 15:32
Iranian foreign ministry spokesman has rejected the final statement of the recent Arab League summit in Cairo and the anti-Iran allegations raised by Emirati and Kuwait representatives during the meeting. ...

29 People from Kurdistan Diagnosed with AIDS: Spokesperson

BAS News - 2017-09-09 18:00
ERBIL— In the course of the past 31 years some 29 people from the Kurdistan Region have been diagnosed with AIDS, said the spokesperson for Kurdistan Ministry of Health. Speaking to BasNews on Saturday, Dr. Khals Qader, said since the beginning of 2017, ...

Delegation of the Kurdish National Council (KNC) in Moscow

KNC Geneva - 2017-09-08 23:58
At the invitation of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a delegation of the KNR in Syria under the leadership of President Ibrahim Biro traveled to Russia this week. On Thursday, 7 September 2017, the delegates met the Russian Deputy Foreign Ministe ...

Russia Emphasizes the Involvement of Kurds in Intra-Syria Talks

BAS News - 2017-09-08 15:33
ERBIL — Russian President's special envoy for the Middle East and Africa, Mikhail Bogdanov, has reaffirmed the importance the presence of Syrian Kurds in the talks on peace settlement in Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. Bogdanov met ...

4 IS Warlords Killed in Russian Airstrikes near Deir ez-Zor

BAS News - 2017-09-08 09:24
ERBIL— The Islamic State (IS) commanders near the Syrian city of Dier ez-Zor were targeted by the Russian airstrikes which killed about 40 militants, including four "influential" warlords, Russian Ministry of Defense stated on Friday. The Ministry's stat ...

Security Forces Kill 17 IS Militants North of Iraq

BAS News - 2017-09-07 00:37
ERBIL — Iraqi forces killed 17 Islamic State (IS) militants in the northern province of Nineveh on Wednesday, as part of the ongoing operations against the extremist group. The Iraqi Defense Ministry’s War Media Cell said in a statement the Army’s 15th D ...

Iraqi F-16 Pilot Dies After Jet Crash Amid Training in Arizona

BAS News - 2017-09-06 16:06
ERBIL — An Iraqi pilot has lost his life after his F-16 fighter jet crashed amid training flights in Arizona, Iraqi Defence Ministry confirmed. The US officials previously reported the incident which took place at Tucson International Airport on Tuesday ...

Peshmerga Demands Coalition to Review Relations

BAS News - 2017-09-06 11:38
Peshmerga calls for further expanding the scope of work with the Coalition ERBIL — As the fight against the Islamic State (IS) has entered a new phase, Peshmerga Ministry of the Kurdistan Region has called on the anti-IS US-led Global Coalition to revisi ...

Trade between Iraqi Kurdistan and Turkey increases: ministry

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Trade between Iraq’s Kurdistan Region and neighbouring Turkey has increased by 20 percent compared to the first six months of 2016, according the Region’s ministry of trade data, adding this growth is because of re ...

Iran warns Kirkuk over joining Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
TEHRAN,— Iran on Wednesday warned the Iraqi province of Kirkuk against taking part in next month’s Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum, saying it is “wrong, provocative and unacceptable”. A statement from the foreign ministry described as “dangerous” ...

Iraq exported 3.216 mln bpd of oil in August exclude Kirkuk: ministry

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
BAGHDAD,— Iraq’s oil exports slipped to 3.216 million barrels per day in August from 3.230 million bpd in July as no shipments were made from the northern Kirkuk field, the oil ministry said on Saturday. All the volumes shipped in August came from the so ...

Russian troops killed amid Syrian regime advance on Deir ez-Zour

Waar Media - 2017-09-05 12:55
WAAR-DUHOK: The Russian defence ministry says two Russian troops have been killed in shelling in Syria’s east as Russian-backed regime forces come close to breaking IS siege on Deir ez-Zour. The ministry’s statement quoted by Russian news agencies late o ...

China rejects possibility of military intervention in North Korea

Waar Media - 2017-09-04 13:01
WAAR-DUHOK: Beijing is firmly committed to peaceful methods of resolving the situation on the Korean Peninsula and rejects any steps aimed at exerting military pressure on North Korea, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang said at a briefing on ...

Iraq Hopes to Establish Open Skies Regime

BAS News - 2017-08-30 22:44
ERBIL— The Iraqi Ministry of Transportation is planning to widen its domestic flights net and create open skies regime, the minister stated on Wednesday. Kadhim al-Finjan made the remark at a joint press conference after meeting with Kurdistan Reign's Ac ...

Kirkuk’s participation in KRG referendum dangerous move: Turkey

KurdPress - 2017-08-30 08:35
The Turkish Foreign Ministry has criticized a decision by the local administration of Kirkuk to participate in a planned referendum by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on Sept. 25, saying it is a “serious breach” of the Iraqi constitution and a “da ...

Bahram Qassemi: Erdogan to visit Iran in near future

Waar Media - 2017-08-28 13:16
WAAR-DUHOK: The Iranian foreign ministry spokesman announced that the Turkish president’s visit to Tehran was under review and hoped the trip would take place as soon as possible. “During the recent visit to Turkey, Chief of Staff for Iranian Armed Force ...

1,500 People from Tel Afar Displaced

BAS News - 2017-08-27 12:22
MOSUL — The Ministry of Displacement and Migration today received 1,500 displaced persons from Tel Afar district, west of Mosul, amid the liberation of the city. "The teams of the ministry’s Nineveh branch received today 1,500 displaced people from the v ...

France to Grant a €430 Million Loan to Iraq

BAS News - 2017-08-26 21:19
ERBIL — France will grant a €430million loan to the Iraqi government, whose economy has been weakened by low oil prices and the ongoing fight against the so-called Islamic State (IS), the French Foreign Ministry announced on Saturday. Jean-Yves Le Drian, ...

Iraqi Forces Discover 500 Corpses in Two Mass Graves in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-08-25 21:36
ERBIL — The remains of 500 prisoners executed by the so-called Islamic State (IS) back in 2014 were found in recently liberated Mosul, Iraqi military media reported on Friday. According to a statement released by the Iraqi Defense Ministry's War Media Ce ...

Iran-Kurdistan Discuss Construction of Railway System

BAS News - 2017-08-24 21:20
ERBIL— The Islamic Republic of Iran has demanded to extend its railway service to the Kurdistan Region, according to a statement by Kurdistan Region's Ministry of Transportation and Communications. The statement published on Thursday said Iran has alread ...

KRG Agrees Settlement of Receivables Owed to DNO, Genel Energy

BAS News - 2017-08-24 14:10
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has assigned its 20% interest in the Tawke filed to the Norwegian oil and gas operator DNO, said Ministry of Natural Resources. The KRG “has reached definitive binding agreements on the settlement of all hi ...

Turkish Foreign Minister Arrives in Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-08-23 09:58
He is scheduled to visit Erbil as well ERBIL — The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu arrived in Baghdad on Wednesday on an announced visit to discuss the issues on the agenda of the Turkey-Iraq relations. The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs a ...

Pentagon Chief to Visit Erbil on Tuesday

BAS News - 2017-08-22 11:05
ERBIL — US Secretary of Defence James Mattis is scheduled to visit Kurdistan Region after concluding his visit to Baghdad on Tuesday, a spokesperson for the Peshmerga Ministry said. “The US senior military delegation will arrive in Erbil later today and ...

U.S. helps Turkey against PKK: Pentagon

KurdPress - 2017-08-20 08:22
The U.S. defense ministry officials have stated that Washington helps Turkey in fight against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) to ease Ankara’s worries over the Kurdish party outlawed in the country and considered as a terrorist group n Turkey, and the ...

Thousands of Iraqi IDPs Return Home in Nineveh Plains

BAS News - 2017-08-19 19:09
ERBIL — Around 17,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) return to their homes in the Nineveh Plains, the Iraqi Ministry of Migration and Displacement said on Saturday. According to an official statement released by the ministry, its office in the Ninev ...

US Support for Peshmerga Continues: Official

BAS News - 2017-08-16 13:07
ERBIL — The US-led coalition continues its support for the Kurdistan Region and it will proceed with the reforming and reorganising process of the Peshmerga ministry. Jabar Yawar, the Chief of Staff of the Peshmerga Ministry, said on Wednesday that he re ...
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