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No forces are allowed in Kirkuk, official tells Kurdpress

KurdPress - 2017-09-20 09:26
A member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) stated that the situation in the Kirkuk, a city in northern Iraq and the capital of Kirkuk province, is stable after clashes on Monday in a rally supporting the referendum of Kurdistan Region, set for Septe ...

Gorran MP Expelled by His Party: Source

BAS News - 2017-09-19 20:17
ERBIL— The Change Movement (Gorran) on Tuesday expelled one of its representatives to Kurdistan Parliament, a Gorran official stated. The official who preferred anonymity told BasNews Gorran's National Council annulled the membership of Rabun Maruf with ...

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 ...

Barzani and UK's Fallon Meet in Erbil

BAS News - 2017-09-18 20:20
ERBIL— British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon arrived in Erbil Monday evening and met with the Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani. Fallon landed in Erbil after he met the senior official in Baghdad. No details about the meeting have been disclos ...

Palestine's Fath Official to Maliki: Kurdistan Is Different from Israel

BAS News - 2017-09-18 18:09
ERBIL— Kurdistan and Israel are completely different all respects, said a member of the executive committee of Palestinian Fath Movement in response to a recent remark by Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki. In a meeting with the US Ambassador to Iraq o ...

Kurdish Official Responds to Maliki’s Statement Against Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-09-18 12:02
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Parliament’s Deputy Speaker, Jaafer Emniki, strongly responded to the recent statement of Iraqi VP Nouri al-Maliki who has said they would not allow a “second Israel” to be created in the Middle East, in reference to Kurdistan Re ...

Ten Civilians Dead, Wounded by Landmines since January: MAA

BAS News - 2017-09-17 17:04
ERBIL — At least six people were killed since January by the landmines remained from war eras in the Kurdistan Region, an official said. Another four civilians were also wounded in different incidents across the region, said Mohammed Ahmed, head of Kurdi ...

95% of People Expected to Vote "Yes" to Independence: Kurdish Official

BAS News - 2017-09-17 17:04
ERBIL — An estimation of 95% of people in Kurdistan Region are expected to vote in favour of independence on the referendum day, said a Kurdish politician. Kurdistan Region is scheduled to hold an independence vote on 25th September, which also allows th ...

Six Yezidi Women and Children Freed from IS

BAS News - 2017-09-17 17:04
DUHOK — Six Kurdish Yezidi women and children whom were once abducted by the Islamic State (IS), have been freed from the grip of the extremist group, confirmed an official. Among them is a woman, identified as Shirin Dakhil, with three of her children, ...

PUK official urges Kurdistan region to delay referendum

KurdPress - 2017-09-17 10:49
A leading member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Mela Bahtiyar, urged the government of the Kurdistan Region to consider recent proposals to postpone a planned Sept. 25 referendum on Kurdish regional independence. ...

Kurdish official reveals U.S. alternative for referendum

KurdPress - 2017-09-16 11:41
The Secretary General of the Kurdistan Socialist Party Muhammad Haji Mahmoud told Asharq al-Awsat that the U.S., France and Britain have asked the Kurdistan Regional government to postpone its planned referendum for two years and the Kurdish and referendu ...

US Encourages Gorran, KIG to Help Parliament Reactivation

BAS News - 2017-09-13 13:28
ERBIL — As efforts stepped up to call the Kurdistan Region Parliament back into sessions, the US has engaged to convince the Change Movement (Gorran) and Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG) to take part in the process. A senior Kurdish official, who sought to ...

Turkey Claims It Killed over 1,800 PKK Fighters Since January

BAS News - 2017-09-13 10:57
ERBIL — The Turkish General Staff released an official statement on Tuesday to claim that its forces have killed more than 1,800 members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) since the beginning of this year. A total of 562 military operations, including ...

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 ...

Independent Kurdistan Would Enhance Stability: Israeli Official

BAS News - 2017-09-13 00:19
ERBIL — An independent Kurdistan would contribute to stability in the Middle East, an Israeli official said during a conference in Washington on Tuesday. Former Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) Major General Yair Gola ...

KDP, PUK, Gorran hold Joint meet over reactivating Parliament

Waar Media - 2017-09-12 17:09
WAAR-DUHOK: The three main Kurdish parties, KDP, PUK and Gorran to hold a joint meeting on Tuesday over reconvening the Kurdistan Region’s parliament after it has been adjourned since 2015. According to an official, Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Patr ...

Barzani and McGurk to Meet in Erbil on Septembet 13

Waar Media - 2017-09-12 17:09
WAAR-DUHOK: The US Presidential Envoy to the Global Coalition against Islamic State Brett McGurk is expected to meet with Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani for talks over a number of issues, a Kurdish official said on Tuesday. Muhammed Haji Mahmu ...

Barzani to Travel to Sulaymaniyah

BAS News - 2017-09-12 15:39
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani is said to visit Sulaymaniyah in the near future to hold a conference with the people of the province, an official said. The exact timing for president’s trip is yet to be revealed to the media. Ata Sheik ...

Barzani and McGurk to Meet in Erbil

BAS News - 2017-09-12 14:46
ERBIL — The US Presidential Envoy to the Global Coalition against Islamic State Brett McGurk is expected to meet with Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani for talks over a number of issues, a Kurdish official said on Tuesday. Muhammed Haji Mahmud, S ...

3,000 Christians Families Return to Liberated Areas of Mosul

BAS News - 2017-09-10 23:48
MOSUL — Nearly 3,000 Iraqi Christian families have been repatriated since the liberation of the Nineveh Province from the so-called Islamic State (IS), a local official said on Sunday. According to Dureid Hekmat, advisor for the governor of Nineveh in re ...

IS Chief of Intelligence in Iraq Killed: Kurdistan CTD

BAS News - 2017-09-10 23:30
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Counter Terrorism Directorate (CTD) has confirmed the killing of a senior Islamic State (IS) militant in western Iraq. In a statement published on its official Facebook page, the CTD said US-led coalition fighter jets killed IS ...

It's a Shame to Stay with Iraq: Yezidi Official

BAS News - 2017-09-10 17:11
ERBIL— The officials and personalities of the ethno-religious Yezidi community in Iraq state the Yezidi people yearn for a life with no more catastrophes and have pinned their entire hope on the independence referendum of the Kurdistan Region. This time ...

Kurdish Official in Diyala Sacked Following Shi'ite Militias' Parade

BAS News - 2017-09-10 16:08
ERBIL— Shortly after Shi'ite militias took down Kurdistan flags in Mandali (Diyala province) on Saturday, the Kurdish administrator of the parish was also sacked. After the turmoil in Mandali, Diyala Governor Muthanna al-Tamimi convened the local officia ...

Official: PMF take Kurdistan flag down in Mandali

Waar Media - 2017-09-10 16:02
WAAR-DUHOK: Some fighters from the mainly Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi-People’s Mobilization Forces (PMF) have taken down the flag of Kurdistan Sunday over the building of the city hall in Mandali following a vote by the local government to join the Kurdish in ...

Hawija Liberation Plan Not Discussed with Peshmerga Yet: Official

BAS News - 2017-09-10 14:22
ERBIL — The Iraqi army has not discussed the forthcoming Hawija operation with the Peshmerga forces, a Peshmerga official said on Sunday. "The federal government has not discussed the plan to liberate Hawija with Peshmerga so far," Jabar Yawar, Secretary ...

Diyala: Shi’ite Militias Warned over Taking Kurdistan Flag Down

BAS News - 2017-09-10 13:52
MANDALI — The Iraqi Shi’ite militia groups of Hashd al-Shaabi took down the Kurdistan flags over several buildings in the disputed Kurdish areas of Diyala province, said a local official, warning that such arbitrary actions will be encountered. Azad Hami ...

Yezidis in Sinjar Seeking to Be Part of Kurdistan State: Official

BAS News - 2017-09-10 13:14
ERBIL — The Kurdish Yezidi community in Sinjar region is seeking to join the future state of Kurdistan, said a Yezidi official. Mahma Khalil, Mayor of Sinjar, said in a press conference on Sunday that the best way for Yezidis to be protected from future ...

Turkey Claims It Killed Nearly 100 PKK Fighters in Two Weeks

BAS News - 2017-09-10 10:48
ERBIL — Turkish security forces claimed on Saturday they have killed 99 guerrillas of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) over the past two weeks. According to an official statement, the Kurdish fighters were targeted in Sirnak and Hakkari provinces where ...

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- ...

KDP and PUK to Meet, Discuss Reactivation of Parliament

BAS News - 2017-09-09 15:24
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) are set to meet in the upcoming days for discussions over the reactivation of Kurdistan Region Parliament, and official said. The two major parties will hold the meeting ...

SDF Announces Operation in IS-held Deir al-Zor

BAS News - 2017-09-09 12:42
ERBIL — The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced on Saturday a major military operation against Islamic State (IS) in the province of Deir al-Zor, an official said. The SDF, backed by the US-led coalition, has been in fierce fighting with ...

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 ...

Turkish court orders release of HDP former spokesman

Waar Media - 2017-09-08 16:19
WAAR-DUHOK: A Turkish court has ordered the release of a parliamentarian who was the former spokesman for Turkey’s pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party’s (HDP), a party official said on Friday. The court ruled that Ayhan Bilgen be released after a month ...

EU: Possibility of Increased IS Attacks

BAS News - 2017-09-08 00:50
ERBIL — EU official warned on Thursday that there might be negative consequences for Europe after the ongoing fight against Islamic State (IS). Julian King, EU Commissioner for the Security Union, said during a press conference that there is a possibilit ...

Russian Companies Eye Investment in Kurdistan: Official

BAS News - 2017-09-06 16:53
ERBIL—The Russian companies hope to invest in and develop trade exchange with the Kurdistan Region, stated the representative of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) to Moscow. Speaking to BasNews on Wednesday, Khoshawi Mala Ibrahim said following RussNe ...

Hawija Operation Won’t Impact Independence Referendum: Official

BAS News - 2017-09-06 16:06
KIKRUK — Hawija operation will not have a negative impact on the Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum set to happen on September 25, Kamal Kirkuki, Commander of Peshmerga Forces on Kirkuk’s western front said on Wednesday. Kirkuki told BasNews “Lib ...

Turkey Imposes Curfew over 27 Kurdish Districts

BAS News - 2017-09-06 15:33
ERBIL — Turkish local authorities in the eastern province of Bingöl has declared curfew in 27 districts as military operations are ongoing against Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Bingöl governor’s office said in an official statement that the curfew star ...

Abadi visits France soon, Turkey visit not confirmed

Waar Media - 2017-09-06 14:09
WAAR-DUHOK: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will visit France soon based on an official invitation sent earlier, a spokesperson of his office said on Wednesday. Saad al-Hadithi said France President Emanuel Macron had sent an official invitation to ...

Russia Will Play Important Role in Revival of KRG’s Economy: Official

BAS News - 2017-09-06 14:01
ERBIL — Now that the Islamic State (IS) cannot pose a direct threat to the Kurdistan Region, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is putting the utmost efforts into reviving and reforming its economy. The initiatives, led by KRG Prime Minister Nechirv ...

Russia to Relocate Its Embassy in Baghdad for Security Measures

BAS News - 2017-09-06 14:01
ERBIL — Russian authorities are now in negotiations with the Iraqi counterparts to soon change the location of its embassy in the capital city of Baghdad due to serious security threats, an official said. “The negotiations to provide Russia with a new si ...

Over 100,000 Civilians Remain Trapped in Hawija

BAS News - 2017-09-06 00:26
ERBIL — More than 100,000 civilians remain trapped in Hawija, as the Iraqi forces are preparing to launch an operation against the Islamic State militants in the town, an Iraqi official said on Tuesday. The town of Hawija (located about 65 kilometers sou ...

Kurdistan Region President meets with US Secretary of Defense

KRG-Spain - 2017-09-06 00:02
Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani met with a senior American delegation headed by Secretary of Defense James Mattis in Erbil. According to the official website of the Kurdistan Region Presidency, P ...

People Under Hashd Al-Shaabi in Diyala Leave Their Areas

BAS News - 2017-09-05 15:48
DIYALA — Due to Hashd al-Shaabi militia forces’ actions in Diyala province, residents of a number of villages in Khanaqin district in Diyala have left their areas, said a local Kurdish official. Sheikh Jaafer Mustafa, Head of Kurdistan Democratic Party’s ...

Iran-made Hyundai trucks shipped to Iraqi Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
TEHRAN,— Soroush Diesel Mabna, the official dealership of South Korea’s Hyundai commercial vehicles, has shipped its first locally produced light-duty trucks to Iraqi Kurdistan. The company clinched a deal with the Iraqis to supply 985 units of its Hyund ...

Senior Iranian official urges Iraqi Kurds to dismiss referendum

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
TEHRAN,— Mohsen Rezaei, the head of the Expediency Discernment Council, an influential consultative body appointed by Iran’s Supreme Leader, while warning against a 20-year war in the event of regional disintegration, called on Iraqi Kurdistan leaders to ...

Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum campaigning has officially begun

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Official campaigning regarding the referendum for Iraq’s Kurdistan Region has begun on Tuesday and will last for 18 days. As of today, entities, political parties and people may start campaigning on the referendum ...

[IN PICTURES]: Campaign for Independence Referendum Launched in Erbil

BAS News - 2017-09-05 11:58
ERBIL— The official campaign for the upcoming referendum on independence of the Kurdistan Region began on Tuesday in Erbil. Kurdistan Region has scheduled an independence referendum for September 25 to allow people in the region to determine their future ...

Hawija Operation to Start within Days: Official

BAS News - 2017-09-04 13:03
Hashd al-Shaabi is ready to participate in the offensive, spokesperson says ERBIL — The spokesperson for the Shi’ite Arab militias of Hashd al-Shaabi, Ahmed al-Asadi said the start of Hawijah operation is a matter of days and Hashd al-Shaabi is ready to ...

Official denies intra-KDP dispute over referendum

KurdPress - 2017-09-04 11:03
A Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) official denies there are disputes inside the KDP leaders, including the party’s leader and its deputy, over the referendum of the region set for September 25. ...

Independence Referendum Campaigning Starts this Week

BAS News - 2017-09-03 20:10
ERBIL — Kurdistan’s Independent High Election and Referendum Commission (KIHERC) has set the beginning of the referendum campaign for the upcoming Tuesday. In an official statement released on Sunday, the Electoral Commission said that campaigning starts ...

Iran says warns off U.S. U2 spy plane, drone

Waar Media - 2017-09-03 17:00
WAAR-DUHOK: Iran’s air defenses have forced an approaching U.S. spy plane and a reconnaissance drone to change course near its air space over the past six months, a military official was quoted as saying on Sunday . Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, comm ...

New Plan for Hawija Assault Needed: Peshmerga Official

BAS News - 2017-09-03 16:26
KIRKUK — A Peshmerga official calls for a new plan for liberating Hawija district, southern Kirkuk, from the Islamic State (IS). The Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Peshmerga, Major General Qaraman Sheikh Kamal, told BasNews that different force ...

7 Civilians Killed in IS Attack North of Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-09-02 22:07
ERBIL — At least seven civilians lost their lives, whereas another dozen were injured after the Islamic State (IS) militants carried out a bomb attack on a power plant north of Baghdad, an Iraqi security official said on Saturday. According to the offici ...

KIM Voted to Kurdistan Independence Long Ago: Official

BAS News - 2017-09-02 11:09
ERBIL— Kurdistan Islamic Movement (KIM) backs independence for the Kurdistan Region and voted to it one year ago, said a politburo member of the party. Speaking to BasNews on Saturday, Anwar Anabi stated in the general conference of his party in July 201 ...

IS Leader al-Baghdadi Believed to Be Alive and Hiding

BAS News - 2017-08-31 22:40
ERBIL — The leader of the so-called Islamic State (IS) Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is believed to be alive and hiding in the Middle Euphrates River Valley, between Iraq and Syria, a Pentagon official said on Thursday. According to General Stephen Townsend, Chie ...

Iraqi PM Declares Complete Victory over IS in Tel Afar

BAS News - 2017-08-31 15:32
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, released an official statement on Thursday to announce the conclusion of the battle against Islamic State (IS) in Tel Afar district, northwest of Mosul. "I declare to you that resilient Tel Afar joined libera ...

Turkey, Iran Annually Export $15 Billion to Kurdistan: Official

BAS News - 2017-08-30 21:56
He refutes reports over closing borders due to Kurdistan independence vote ERBIL— The volume of Turkish and Iranian exports into the Kurdistan Region stands at 15 billion USD annually, said a related official, stressing the neighbors will not close down ...
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