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Gorran Open to Meet KDP, Address Disagreements

BAS News - 2017-07-26 16:01
SULAYMANIYAH — The Change Movement (Gorran) is ready to meet Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and discuss the differences in hope of finding a solution to the political deadlock, said an official. Member of Gorran’s Council, Shorish Haji, told BasNews th ...

International Observers to Oversee Kurdistan’s Independence Referendum

BAS News - 2017-07-26 14:13
ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the Independent High Commission of Elections and Referendum have invited international observers to oversee the upcoming independence referendum in Kurdistan Region, an official said. The observers are two ...

Iraq should remain united: Iranian official

KurdPress - 2017-07-26 14:12
Iran Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular, Parliamentary and Expatriates Affairs Hassan Qashqavi said that violating Iraqi sovereignty and territorial integrity is in no way acceptable and Iran believes that a united, strong and democratic Iraq is the bes ...

Independence Better Formula for Erbil-Baghdad Relations: Senior Official

BAS News - 2017-07-26 12:30
Hemin Hawrami says an independent Kurdistan can deepen the Erbil-Baghdad relations ERBIL — Hemin Hawrami, senior assistant to the Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani said that the upcoming independence referendum “is not an opinion poll, but a bind ...

No Shortage of Medicine Supplies: KRG

BAS News - 2017-07-25 23:18
ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Ministry of Health has fully overcome the medicine shortage it once suffered from, said an official. Ministry’s spokesperson Khalis Qader told BasNews all the hospitals and medical centres across the Kurdistan ...

Official Calls for Constructing a New Sinjar

BAS News - 2017-07-25 18:18
ERBIL— The local administration of the war-ravaged Kurdish town of Sinjar demands the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)'s support for constructing a new Sinjar," according to an official. In a statement to BasNews on Tuesday, Sinjar Mayor Mahma Khalil, ...

Pentagon Vows Continued Support for Peshmerga: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-25 16:10
ERBIL — US Department of Defence has ensured Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of its continued military support for the Peshmerga forces as they have been playing a critical role in the international anti-Islamic State (IS) efforts, said a Peshmerga o ...

Official Accuses Iran of Involvement in Halabaj Wildland Arson

BAS News - 2017-07-25 16:10
ERBIL— Some of the arson fires of the wildland in Halabja province are set by Iran but the officials in the province are yet to contact the neighboring country for clarifications, said the spokesperson for Halabja Civil Defense Directorate. Addressing re ...

Hashd Al-Shaabi Attempting to Appoint Own Mayor for Sinjar: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-25 13:10
SINJAR — The Iraqi Shi’ite paramilitaries known as Hashd al-Shaabi is attempting to appoint a mayor of their own in Sinjar, the Kurdish Yezidi hometown in west of Mosul. Saido Chato, the head of Brotherhood and Coexistence Bloc in Nineveh provincial coun ...

US sanctions bolstered Iran-Russia ties: official

KurdPress - 2017-07-25 11:57
The US sanctions on Iran and Russia have bolstered bilateral cooperation between the two countries despite Washington’s intention, a Russian official said Monday. ...

IS Moves Yezidi Abductees to Hawija, Southern Kirkuk: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-25 11:03
ERBIL — Before being completely defeated in Mosul, the Islamic State (IS) extremist group transferred a number of Kurdish Yezidi abductees to Hawija city in southern Kirkuk province. Barakat Shamo, the representative of Yezidis in Nineveh Provincial Coun ...

Kurdistan Youth Migration on Decline: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-24 20:28
ERBIL— The youth and people no longer migrate to Europe and abroad in large numbers, rather, those who migrated return home, said the director of migration in Kurdistan Ministry of Interior. Speaking to the official page of the Kurdistan Democratic Party ...

Four Peshmerga Troops Wounded by an IED in Diyala

BAS News - 2017-07-24 14:14
DIYALA — Four Peshmerga troops were injured as a result of an improvised explosives device (IED) during their task of inspecting the security situation of an area in Qara Tapa district of Diyala province. Mohammad Omar, a local official from Qara Tapa, t ...

IS Executes Own High-ranking Official in Hawija

BAS News - 2017-07-24 13:02
ERBIL — The Islamic State (IS) extremist group has sentenced a leader of its own to death for espionage against the group. A security official from Kirkuk told al-Sumaria that the IS leader, identified as Abu Omer al-Jabouri, was tried by an IS Sharia co ...

Six Mass Graves of Yezidis Found in Southern Sinjar

BAS News - 2017-07-24 11:11
Yezidi official warns about the destruction of the graves SINJAR — Six mass graves containing bodies of Yezidi victims have been discovered in southern Sinjar region area which is under the control of the Shi’ite militia of Hashd al-Shaabi. Khairi Ziban, ...

PKK Arrests More Than 40 Own Officials in Syria

BAS News - 2017-07-23 14:52
Most of them have been charged with corruption ERBIL — Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)'s offshoot in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava), has arrested over 40 of its own leaders in the region. Sherzad Abbas, an official from the Syrian Kurdish National Council (ENK ...

Gorran may speak with KDP on independence: official

KurdPress - 2017-07-23 11:48
A Change Movement (Gorran) official said they were ready to hold talks with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) on the question of referendum and reactivation of the parliament if the KDP was "serious" in thawing the ice and laying the groundwork for rec ...

Iran "Green with Envy" with Kurdistan's Development: HDK-Iran Official

BAS News - 2017-07-22 18:38
He says Iran regards the Kurdistan Region as "second Israel." ERBIL— The opposition of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Kurdistan Region's imminent independence referendum sources from their resentment towards the developments of Kurdistan, said the p ...

Migrants raised UK population by 250,000 in each of past 12 years

K-Medya - 2017-07-22 18:38
Net migration has added a quarter of a million people to the population each year for the past 12 years, according to official figures published yesterday. The figures show the impact of the expansion of the EU when Britain’s job market was opened to eigh ...

Baghdad Not Helping Sinjar IDPs Return Home: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-22 13:19
SINJAR — Baghdad has not assisted the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of Sinjar to return to their homes in the district, said an official, stating that the government may no longer provide support to Sinjar. Sleman Fano, head of Lalish Cultural and ...

Kurdish Official Kidnapped and Threatened to Leave Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-07-22 10:46
He was kidnapped and tortured by a militia group BAGHDAD — A group of armed men kidnapped a Kurdish official in Baghdad and threatened him to leave Baghdad because he is Kurdish. Shakhawan Abdullah, a Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament, said in a sta ...

Yezidis Won’t Miss This Historic Chance of Referendum: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-21 13:20
SINJAR — A Yezidi official stated that people of Sinjar, a Yezidi predominantly region, are willing to participate in the referendum on Kurdistan Region independence and they won’t miss this long-awaited historic opportunity. Mahma Khalil, mayor of Sinja ...

PYD-Held KDP-S Senior Official Suffering Critical Health Condition

BAS News - 2017-07-21 08:52
ERBIL— The health condition of an abducted member of the central committee of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP)-Syria is deteriorating in a prison of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), said an official. In a statement to BasNews on Thursday evening, Ah ...

Russia to Send T-90 Tanks to Iraq

BAS News - 2017-07-20 20:06
IZMIR — Senior Russian presidential official confirmed on Wednesday that Iraq will receive a large number of Russian T-90 tanks by the end of 2017. According to Vladimir Kojen, Russia's presidential assistant for military cooperation, who spoke to the Ru ...

Kurdish Journalist's Health Condition Deteriorating in PYD Prison

BAS News - 2017-07-20 19:48
ERBIL— A Kurdish journalist has been abducted and imprisoned by the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and his physical and psychological condition is deteriorating in the prison, according to a report by the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) official p ...

Hashd al-Shaabi No Different Than IS: Tuz Khurmatu Tribal Official

BAS News - 2017-07-20 18:51
Kurdish official accuses Shi'ite militias of abducting 80 people this year ERBIL— A Kurdish official from the ethnically mixed Tuz Khurmatu (Salahaddin province) accused the Shi'ite paramilitaries of Hashd al-Shaabi of abducting and expelling the non-Shi ...

Kurdish referendum to divide Mideast: official

KurdPress - 2017-07-20 16:39
Representative of the Iraqi Turkmen Front in Turkey, Hicran Kazanci, has reiterated rejection of a planned referendum on the secession of Kurdistan region from Iraq. ...

Iraqi Army Rejects Reports on 40,000 Civilian Deaths in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-07-20 16:04
ERBIL — The Iraqi army's War Media Cell (WMC) denied on Thursday the reports claiming that 40,000 civilians have been killed during the military campaign to liberate Mosul. "The official statistics issued by the Directorate of Civil Defense showed that t ...

Russia Won’t Oppose Kurdistan’s Independence Vote: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-20 14:02
ERBIL — Deputy Director of the Middle East and North Africa in Russia's Foreign Ministry, Valerian Shuvaev, stated that his country does not oppose Kurdistan Region’s referendum on independence. Kurdistan’s bid for independence has been discussed during ...

Four Peshmerga Detainees Found in IS Prison in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-07-20 10:48
ERBIL — A Kurdish official announced the liberation of four Peshmerga detainees held by the Islamic State (IS) militants in Mosul. Ismat Rajab, head of Kurdistan Democratic Party’s (KDP) branch office in Mosul, stated that the Iraqi troops discovered on ...

Miss Kurdistan 2017 to Happen in December

BAS News - 2017-07-19 14:30
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region is preparing to select the 2017 Miss Kurdistan even though the region is already going through various challenges, said a Kurdish official. Head of marketing department at Kurdistan Region’s Board of Tourism, Sirwan Tofiq, confir ...

US Envoy to UN Says US Respects Legitimate Aspirations of Kurds

BAS News - 2017-07-19 12:03
ERBIL — The US respects the “legitimate aspirations” of the Iraqi Kurds for independence, said the US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley on Tuesday in a meeting with the Special Representative of UN Secretary General to Iraq. However, the US official said an i ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Militias Kidnap Iraqi Army, Police Forces: MP

BAS News - 2017-07-19 12:03
BAGHDAD — The Shi’ite militia groups of Hashd al-Shaabi have gone out of control by kidnapping official Iraqi security, police and army forces across the country, said a lawmaker. MP Hamid Mutlag told al-Arabiya that such arbitrary actions by the Hashd a ...

IS Relocates Yezidi Abductees from Mosul to Anbar: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-19 11:01
ERBIL — Before the collapse of the Islamic State (IS) in Mosul, the extremist group transferred a large number of Kurdish Yezidi abductees to western Anbar province. Barakat Shamo, the representative of Yezidis in Nineveh Provincial Council told BasNews ...

15-Year-Old Yezidi Girl Freed in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-07-18 19:45
ERBIL— Through a coordinated effort, a 15-year-old Yezidi girl from Sinjar was freed from the Islamic State (IS) captivity in Mosul on Tuesday, said a related official. The girl from Tal Qasab district of Sinjar was freed jointly by the office of Yezidi ...

Gorran Welcomes KDP Initiative for Reactivating Parliament

BAS News - 2017-07-18 17:16
ERBIL— Gorran (Change) Movement values Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) initiative for reactivating Kurdistan Parliament if it's void of provisions for Gorran, said an official from the party. Mahmud Bikeysi, a founding member of Gorran, told BasNews on ...

KRG Denies Reports About Turkey Seizing Oil Revenues of Erbil

BAS News - 2017-07-18 12:46
IZMIR — A Kurdish official denied on Monday the recent rumours about Turkey seizing oil revenues from the Kurdistan Region. According to a statement by the spokesperson for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Safeen Dizayee, the recent rumours relea ...

Referendum would Isolate Iraqi Kurds: Iranian official

KurdPress - 2017-07-18 08:20
Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said on Monday that holding referendum in the Iraqi Kurdistan region will isolate and increase pressure on the Kurds living in the region. ...

Lahur Talabany: Islamic State leader Baghdadi almost certainly alive

Waar Media - 2017-07-17 14:19
WAAR-DUHOK: A top Kurdish counter-terrorism official said on Monday he was 99 percent sure that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was alive and located south of the Syrian city of Raqqa, after reports that he had been killed. “Baghdadi is definit ...

IS Militants Raid a Village in Diyala, Kill a Woman

BAS News - 2017-07-17 11:20
They attempted to abduct two civilians DIYALA — Islamic State (IS) militants attempted to abduct two individuals last night and killed their mother in Gulala district of Khanaqin city in Diyala province, an official said on Monday. Sheikh Yaqoob Lihebi, ...

No Countries Oppose Referendum But Iran: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-17 11:20
ERBIL — Except the Islamic Republic of Iran, no other states oppose the independence referendum set to be held on 25th September this year, said a Kurdish official. “It is a suitable time for [holding] referendum as they could be no perfect time for such ...

IS Female Health Official Stabbed to Death in Hawija

BAS News - 2017-07-16 20:03
ERBIL— A Sudanese-British Islamic State (IS) female physician who also ran the health office of the organization in Hawija was stabbed to death on Sunday in the town, south of Kirkuk. An informed official from Kirkuk, who demanded anonymity, was quoted b ...

Shi’ite Militia Threatening Failis over Kurdistan Referendum: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-16 18:19
ERBIL— Since Kurdistan Region authorities have announced plans for running the independence referendum, the Shi’ite militia of Asaeb Ahl al-Haqq is threatening Kurdish Faili minority in Baghdad, said an official on Sunday. Asra Faili, a senior member of ...

Rescued Yezidi Child No Longer Able to Speak Kurdish

BAS News - 2017-07-16 17:47
Three children were freed today ERBIL— Three young Yezidi children were rescued from the Islamic State (IS) grip in Mosul on Sunday, including one who cannot speak Kurdish anymore, said an official. The 12-years-old Imad Klu Tamo along with two little gi ...

Iraqi interior ministry official: ISIS leader Baghdadi still alive in Syria

Waar Media - 2017-07-16 17:02
WAAR-DUHOK: Islamic State’s supreme leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is still alive in Syria, a senior official at the Iraqi Interior Ministry said, refuting widely shared reports about the group’s founder’s death. Abu ali al-Basri, head of the ministry’s int ...

Barzani May Offer New Initiative to Settle Political Crisis: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-15 19:29
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani may offer a new initiative to resolve the political crisis in the Kurdistan Region, said a member of the Kurdistan Referendum Committee. Sadq Jabari told BasNews on Saturday that as the referendum is an im ...

Kurdish Delegation to Discuss Referendum with Regional Powers

BAS News - 2017-07-15 13:01
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region delegations are set to visit regional countries for discussions around an imminent referendum on statehood, said an official. Following a series of meetings in Belgium and EU Parliament headed by Kurdistan Region President Masoud ...

Parliament should be reactivated before referendum: official

KurdPress - 2017-07-14 21:25
The Kurdistan local Parliament should be reactivated without preconditions before holding the referendum on the independence of Kurdistan, the Director of the Kurdistan Region’s Protection and Information Agency, Lahur Talabani, said. ...

UK sets out Brexit bill to end EU membership

Waar Media - 2017-07-13 16:38
WAAR-DUHOK: The British government on Thursday published a draft law that would formally put an end to Britain’s membership of the European Union, as a top official warned the country was unprepared for Brexit in less than two years’ time. The new bill w ...

KDP and Gorran to Meet after Barzani's Return from Europe: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-13 16:05
ERBIL— Face-to-face talks between two major parties of the Kurdistan Region which are divided over referendum will take place after Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani returns from Europe, said a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) leadership c ...

SDF not attended in anti-IS coalition meeting: US official

KurdPress - 2017-07-13 06:35
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an umbrella group overwhelmingly made up of the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), has not attended any meeting in Washington of the international coalition to fight against the Islamic State (IS), a U.S. o ...
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