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Two Months After Boat Capsized, 10 Kurdish Migrants Still Missing

BAS News - 2017-11-23 22:13
ERBIL — At least ten Kurdish migrants, whose boat was capsized in the Aegean Sea two months ago, are still missing, said an official. Many bodies from the same incident were found by coast guards, but still ten others are missing, according to Roj Aziz, ...

Violence Against Men in Kurdistan on the Rise

BAS News - 2017-11-23 03:04
ERBIL — There is a significant increase in the number of cases of violence against men by women across the Kurdistan Region, said an official. Burhan Ali, the chairperson of Kurdistan’s Men Union, told BasNews a total number of 596 cases of violence agai ...

100,000 Turkmens from Telafar Remain Displaced: Official

BAS News - 2017-11-21 11:16
ERBIL — Leader of Turkmen Development Party Mohammed Saadadin said Turkmens have also been displaced due to Hashd al-Shaabi’s takeover of Kirkuk and around 100,000 Turkmens from Telafar remain displaced. Hashd al-Shaabi was ostensibly established to figh ...

Kurds, Warning of Hostilities in Iraq, Appeal for a U.S. Envoy

The Wall Street Journal - 2017-11-21 02:29
The Iraqi Kurdish government has asked the U.S. to appoint a special envoy to mediate a deepening dispute between the central government in Baghdad and the semiautonomous Kurdish region, a top Kurdish official said Monday. ...

Iraq on Brink of a New War: Kurdistan FM

BAS News - 2017-11-20 23:01
ERBIL — The international community should realise the fact that Iraq is now on the verge of a new war, said Falah Mustafa, Kurdistan Region’s Foreign Minister. The Kurdish official believes that the anticipated security crisis in Iraq would be the resul ...

KRG’s PM: All articles of Iraqi constitution have to be implemented

Waar Media - 2017-11-20 20:59
WAAR-DUHOK: The Kurdistan Region’s top official on Monday criticized Baghdad for cherry-picking its implementation of the Iraqi Constitution. “Our efforts to launch dialogue and resolve issues peacefully with Baghdad continue,” the Prime Minister of the ...

Iraqi Federal Court rules Kurdish referendum unconstitutional

Reuters - 2017-11-20 09:30
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's Supreme Federal Court ruled on Monday that a referendum held on Kurdish independence on Sept. 25 was unconstitutional and that the results of the vote were void, a court official told Reuters. ...

IRGC Extracts Iraq’s Kifri Oil with Support from a PUK Group

BAS News - 2017-11-19 11:14
ERBIL — The Islamic Republic of Iran last week deployed hundreds of troops to an area between Tuz Khurmatu and Kifri districts in northern Iraq’s Diyala province, in an attempt to extract oil in the area. A Kurdish official in Kirkuk, confirmed to BasNew ...

Iraqi Christians Appeal to US, UN for Help

BAS News - 2017-11-19 03:46
DUHOK — Iraqi Christians whom are displaced from there homes in Nineveh Plains have official appealed to the United States and United Nations to help them return to their homes and secure their region, said a Christian representative at Duhok Provincial ...

Iraqi Kurds to End Parliament Boycott

The New Mail - 2017-11-19 01:54
Iraq’s Kurdish lawmakers are returning to Baghdad this week in an apparent end to their boycott of the national parliament, a senior Kurdish official said Thursday. The move is a… The post Iraqi Kurds to End Parliament Boycott appeared first on The New M ...

PUK Escorts Hashd Al-Shaabi to Darbandikhan, SE Sulaymaniyah: Official

BAS News - 2017-11-18 18:26
ERBIL — A Kurdish official stated on Saturday that a group within the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) has helped Hashd al-Shaabi forces travel to Darbandikhan district in southeast of Sulaymaniyah province. Sheikh Jaafar Sheikh Mustafa, head of the Ku ...

Lina Barakat: Iraqi Law 188 is form of violence against women

ANHA - 2017-11-16 12:47
"The modification of the Personal Status Law in Iraq is considered a form of systematic and deliberate violence against women, and a form of genocide against women," Lina Barakat, the official spokeswoman in the Syrian Women Council said. ...

Barzani Sends Condolences to Families of Victims of Sunday Earthquake

BAS News - 2017-11-14 01:46
ERBIL — Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani has released an official statement to send condolences to the victims of Sunday earthquake which has taken the lives of hundreds of people across the Kurdistan Region and Kurdish areas of Iran. According to the lates ...

Magnitude 7.2 Earthquake Kills, Injures Scores in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-11-13 01:21
ERBIL — A strong earthquake hit the Kurdistan Region overnight Sunday, leaving scores killed or injured with tens of thousands sleeping in the public in fear of aftershocks. According to official sources, the strongest quake was recorded in Halabja, meas ...

KRG on Alert Following Deadly Earthquake

BAS News - 2017-11-13 01:21
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has put its entire institutions on alert to provide assistance to hundreds of injured people after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake across the region. In an official statement, the KRG calls on the staff of healt ...

Iraq recognizes KRG’s autonomous status in 2018 budget

Waar Media - 2017-11-12 23:34
WAAR-DUHOK: The Kurdistan Region is recognised by the Iraqi government in the draft budgets for 2018, said Saad al-Hadithi, the spokesperson for the Iraqi government. The official said in a statement on Sunday that Baghdad is committed to the borders of ...

Hashd al-Shaabi’s Arabisation Process in Kirkuk Ongoing

BAS News - 2017-11-12 21:20
KIRKUK — The Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi have started moving their families to settle in the Kurdish province of Kirkuk as part of Baghdad’s process of Arabisation against Kurdistan, an official said. “Also in Tuz Khurmatu, Hashd a ...

Baghdad Recognises Kurdistan Region’s Autonomous Status

BAS News - 2017-11-12 21:20
BAGHDAD — The Kurdistan Region is recognised by the Iraqi government in the draft budgets for 2018, said Saad al-Hadithi, the spokesperson for the Iraqi government. The official said in a statement on Sunday that Baghdad is committed to the borders of Ku ...

PUK Turns in Over 150 IS Terrorists to Baghdad Authorities

BAS News - 2017-11-12 19:17
KIRKUK — The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) has turned in over 150 Islamic State (IS) terrorists to the Iraqi authorities, an official said. Speaking to Ghad Press, Ma’an Saa’d, who is now appointed as the man in charge for security affairs in Kirkuk ...

Hashd Al-Shaabi Deploys Additional Forces in Pirde, Southeast Erbil

BAS News - 2017-11-11 17:35
ERBIL — A Kurdish official stated on Saturday that Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi militias have sent additional forces to Pirde town, 50 km to the southeast of Erbil. “A large number of Hashd al-Shaabi forces have been deployed in Pirde since Friday, Nov ...

Erbil-Baghdad Talks to Resume Before 2018: Official

BAS News - 2017-11-11 16:29
ERBIL — A member of the Council for Kurdish Political Parties has revealed that Kurdistan Regional and Iraqi Federal governments are expected to resume negotiations before the end of 2017. Mohammed Ilkhani, who is also the chairperson of Turkmen Developm ...

Peshmerga Calls for Clarification on Use of US Weapons by PMF

BAS News - 2017-11-11 13:49
ERBIL — A Peshmerga official stated that the use of the US-provided weapons by the Iranian-backed militias (known as PMF) against Kurds has raised great concern, and the US needs to provide clarification on that. “The use of Abrams Tanks and how they hav ...

Baghdad Continues Sending Erbil Medical Supplies: Kurdish Official

BAS News - 2017-11-09 03:08
ERBIL — The Iraqi central government continues sending Kurdistan Region’s share form the medical supplies up to the moment, said an official from Erbil. “We have also talked with the Iraqi Health Minister who ensured us of continued deliveries of medical ...

Over 500 Russian Female Members of IS Captured in Iraq

BAS News - 2017-11-09 03:08
ERBIL — Iraqi security forces are holding 512 Russian women nationals suspected of links to the Islamic State (IS), said Kurdish Yezidi member of the Iraqi Parliament. On her official Twitter account, MP Vian Dakhil also revealed that nearly 200 other wo ...

Yezidis Flee Their Homes As Hashd Al-Shaabi Takes Over Sinjar: Official

BAS News - 2017-11-07 16:59
ERBIL — The Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi are deploying more forces to Sinjar, the Yezidi majority region, an official said, stating that the residents are fleeing the areas under the militia. Ghazwan Dawdi, a member of the Nineveh P ...

Arabisation of Kirkuk by Hashd al-Shaabi Continues: Official

BAS News - 2017-11-06 14:42
KIRKUK — The Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi continue relocating Arabs in Kirkuk while the Kurdish indigenous have been forced to escape the city, according to a Kurdish official. The new wave of people brought in by Hashd al-Shaabi ar ...

11 Deir ez-Zor, Afrin and al-Raqqa

ANHA - 2017-11-05 17:17
The media center of the People's Protection Units revealed record of 11 fighters martyred in different places and times, in a statement posted on their official website. ...

Hashd Al-Shaabi Preparing for Imminent Attack on Kurdistan: Official

BAS News - 2017-11-04 13:52
ERBIL — Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi are preparing for an assault against the Peshmerga forces and the international community has been informed about the plan, according to a Peshmerga official. Halgurd Hikmat, Director of Media, C ...

Fire Exchange Between Shi’ite Militias and Civilians West of Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-11-03 22:36
KIRKUK — Armed clashes erupted on Friday between the Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi and civilians in Qarahanjir district, some 30 kilometres west of Kirkuk. Rebwar Ali, a military official from the area, confirmed the report to BasNew ...

Peshmerga Ministry Rejects Accusations by Iraqi Army

BAS News - 2017-11-01 22:17
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Peshmerga has rejected a statement by Iraqi Joint Operations Command which has accused Erbil of regretting a previous agreement over military authority in some areas of Kurdistan Region. In an official statement lat ...

Four Landmine Casualties in One Month in Sulaymaniyah

BAS News - 2017-11-01 19:50
SULAYMANIYAH — At least three civilians have lost their lives in landmine explosions during October in Raparrin district of Sulaymaniyah Province, an official confirmed. One other civilian was also critically injured, according to Shorish Ismail, a local ...

Erbil-Baghdad Military Talks Ongoing; No Agreement Yet: Official

BAS News - 2017-11-01 01:00
ERBIL — The military delegations from Iraqi and Kurdistan Regional Governments are ongoing with no agreements reached yet, said Jabbar Yawar, Secretary General for Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga Ministry. Speaking to Anadolu Agency, the Kurdish official al ...

Iraqi Government Approves Parliamentary Elections for Upcoming May

BAS News - 2017-10-31 21:34
BAGHDAD — The Iraqi government proved on Tuesday the parliamentary elections to be held 15th May next year. The Council of Ministers has confirmed the report in an official statement the same day. It has also vowed to spare no effort for providing a calm ...

Hundreds of Displaced Children in Tuz Khurmatu Lose School

BAS News - 2017-10-31 15:46
Hashd al-Shaabi militias forced Kurds to flee home in the city ERBIL — A local official from Tuz Khurmatu said hundreds of schoolchildren have had their education interrupted after their families were forced by Hashd al-Shaabi to flee their homes. Tariq ...

UN rights envoy condemns harassment of journalists in Iran

Roji Kurd - 2017-10-30 00:00
The torture of journalists is widespread in Iran and the country has made no progress on women’s rights issues, U.N. special rapporteur Asma Jahangir says • Report “politically motivated, illegitimate, rancorous and disreputable,” Iranian official says. T ...

KDP Condemns the Attack Against PUK Branch Office in Zakho

BAS News - 2017-10-29 23:22
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has condemned the attack on a political branch office belonging to the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in Zakho. In an official statement released on Sunday, the KDP describes the action as a subversive att ...

Iraq Concerned about Catalan Declaration of Independence

BAS News - 2017-10-29 20:25
BAGHDAD — The Iraqi government is concerned about the unilateral move by Catalonia to declare independence from Spain, said Ahmed Mahjub, a spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry. Iraq supports a unified Spain, the official said in an official statement o ...

1,300 Yezidi Families Displaced Again, This Time by Shi’ite Militias

BAS News - 2017-10-28 22:35
ERBIL — The military invasion of Kurdish Yezidi areas by Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi has resulted in the displacement of nearly 1,300 families, said an official. Representative of Yezidis at the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG ...

Kirkuk Under Martial Rule After Hashd al-Shaabi’s Invasion: Official

BAS News - 2017-10-28 21:14
KIRKUK — Since the invasion of the city by the Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi in mid-October, Kirkuk is being ruled by an actual martial law at the hand of the militias, said a local official. The current acting governor of Kirkuk, wh ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Setting up Checkpoints in Sinjar, Spreading Panic

BAS News - 2017-10-28 20:17
SINJAR — The Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi are now increasing the number of checkpoints across the Yezidi city of Sinjar which has led to panic among civilians, said a local official. “The Hashd al-Shaabi militias are usually stoping ...

Tehran Pushing Baghdad on Crackdown Against Iranian Kurdish Oppositions

BAS News - 2017-10-28 20:17
ERBIL — The threats Islamic Republic of Iran is posing to the Kurdish opposition parties in Kurdistan Region are “real”, said an official. After invading Kirkuk, Tuz Khurmatu and other Kurdish disputed territories, the Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias of ...

Iranian-backed Militias Refuse Withdrawing from Kurdish Territories

BAS News - 2017-10-28 19:11
ERBIL — The Shi’ite militia group of Hashd al-Shaabi, backed by both Tehran and Baghdad, has welcomed dialogues to settle the differences, but rejected to withdraw its forces from the disputed Kurdish territories, an official said. The remark comes after ...

Canada Suspends Military Assistance to Iraq

BAS News - 2017-10-28 01:22
ERBIL ― Canadian government has decided to halt its military assistance and trainings to Iraqi forces for the growing tensions between Baghdad and Erbil. In a brief statement on Friday, a senior official at National Defence headquarters confirmed the rep ...

Saudi Arabia Welcomes KRG’s Initiative for Talks with Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-10-28 00:39
ERBIL ― The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia welcomed on Friday Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) initiative to hold dialogue with the Iraqi central government and find a peaceful solution to their disputes. An official from Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry sa ...
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