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Why should some senior officials in the Czech Police like the Kurds?

Dr. Yekta Uzunoglu - 2017-06-24 00:29
The answer is quite clear: There is no reason for them to like the few Kurds, who have lived in Czechoslovakia (and later the Czech Republic) after the so-called Velvet revolution. In fact, to expect them to like the Kurds, including myself, would be in i ...

Iran Dries Mighty River Flowing into Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-06-23 23:00
SULAYMANIYAH — The Iranian government has dried a large river since last Thursday which has been flowing into Kurdistan Region’s Sulaymaniyah province, local officials confirmed. Level of water in the river has decreased by approximately 70% and the drop ...

North Korea Must Apologise for American Tourist Warmbier’s Death

International Crisis Group - 2017-06-23 15:49
A public apology for death of American tourist Otto Warmbier is the best way for North Korea to show it did not plan this tragedy, keep over-zealous public security officials in line and improve the chances of any dialogue with the outside world. ...

Ahwazi Arabs Targeted by Tehran’s Regime

Kurdistan Voice - 2017-06-22 20:33
Not only the Islamic Republic officials but also the Persian political elites believe or at least claim the Arabic countries of the Persian Gulf support the region’s separatists. ...

Leader to Iraqi PM: Never trust US

KurdPress - 2017-06-21 02:36
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei underlined the need for maintaining integrity of Iraq, stressing that the Iraqi officials should “never trust the US.” ...

Kirkuk Province Ready to Hold Independence Referendum: Governor

BAS News - 2017-06-19 15:16
KIRKUK — The governor of Kirkuk province stated the province’s preparedness for hosting the referendum on Kurdistan Region independence. During a meeting with officials of government directorates of the province on Monday, Kirkuk Governor, Najmadin Karim ...

Kurdish Representatives Seek UNHRC's Support for Kurdistan Referendum

BAS News - 2017-06-18 16:47
ERBIL— In series of conferences held in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) office in Geneva, Kurdish activists and officials discussed Kurdistan Region's appeal for running the independence referendum. In the conferences held June 9-16, Kurd ...

Command of KTCC in Erbil Handed Over From Germany to Italy

BAS News - 2017-06-16 02:56
LODZ — The Kurdistan Training Coordination Centre (KTCC) on Thursday transferred the command within the frame of regular rotation from German to the Italian officials. “German Colonel Georg Oel has been the commander of the KTCC since last December. In h ...

Abadi's Visit to Saudi Arabia Postponed

BAS News - 2017-06-16 02:56
SOFIA — Officials from Saudi Arabia and Iraq on expressed conflicting accounts over the postponed proposed visit of the Iraqi Prime Minister to Saudi Arabia as the Gulf diplomatic crisis drags on. Saudi diplomatic sources told DPA news agency on Thursday ...

Iraqi and Syrian Defense Officials Discuss Border Security

BAS News - 2017-06-15 15:31
ERBIL — Iraqi officials met with a high-level delegation from the Syrian Defense Ministry in Baghdad this week. The talks between the two parties centered on border security and the coordination of the ongoing battles against Islamic State (IS) militants ...

Chaldean Iraqi Nationals Residing in US Awaiting Deportation

BAS News - 2017-06-14 19:48
ISTANBUL — About 100 Iraqi nationals are awaiting deportation after having been taken into custody by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials and relocated from the immigration detention center in Detroit, Michigan to Northeast Ohio Co ...

Masrour Barzani Calls for New Form of Relations with Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-06-14 16:17
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Chancellor Masrour Barzani on Wednesday met with Iraqi National Congress (INC) senior officials where he highlighted the need to find a new form of relations with the Iraqi government. In the meeting in Pir ...

KDP-S Supports Kurdistan Region Independence Referendum

BAS News - 2017-06-14 16:17
ISTANBUL — Senior Kurdish officials of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Syria (KDP-S) said that the party endorses the upcoming referendum on Kurdistan Region’s independence from Iraq. “This is the right of South Kurdistan [the Kurdistan Region of Iraq] ...

Zarif, Kofi Annan discuss regional issues

KurdPress - 2017-06-14 12:49
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif conferred with former UN secretary general Kofi Annan on the sidelines of the Oslo Forum where the two officials discussed a range of international and regional issues. ...

Protest Organised Against US Decision to Deport Iraqi Christian Refugees

BAS News - 2017-06-13 01:39
ERBIL — People protest at a detention centre in Detroit, after the arrest of dozens of Iraqi Christians in southeastern Michigan by US immigration officials. The President of Chaldean Community Foundation, Martin Manna, told the Detroit Free Press on Mon ...

IS Prison Wherein Yezidis Detained Found in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-06-11 13:46
MOSUL — A prison for Yezidi women has been located in western Mosul, said Iraq’s Ministry of Defense on Sunday. The prison, located in the 17 Tamuz district, was managed by the Islamic State (IS), said the Iraqi officials, according Iraqi News. The relig ...

Islamic State Attacks Abroad Likely to Increase

BAS News - 2017-06-10 15:41
ISTANBUL — Countering statements by US military officials who correlated the reduction of Islamic State (IS) attacks with the continued losses its territories in Syria and Iraq, analysts are saying that IS attacks will likely increase. "As perverse as it ...

Bomb Attack on Kirkuk Oil Pipeline Foiled

BAS News - 2017-06-08 23:41
KIRKUK — Kurdish Peshmerga forces on Thursday successfully defused an improvised explosive device (IED) planted by the Islamic State (IS) jihadists to harm Kirkuk oil pipelines, officials confirmed. According to military sources cited by Kurdistan24, the ...

Barzani: Factors that Led to Rise of IS Are About to Re-emerge

BAS News - 2017-06-06 16:03
Barzani met with US military officials in Erbil ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani met on Monday with the US Central Command chief General Joseph Votel and his accompanying delegation, including Stephen J. Townsend, the commander of Combin ...

Iranian Officials Prevent Publication of Kurdish Book over Latin Script

Roji Kurd - 2017-06-06 00:09
The author of the book was investigated by intelligence service A Kurdish book written in Kurdish Latin alphabet was not licensed by local officials in the western province of Khorasane Razavi in Iran and the author of the book was interrogated by the int ...

Tigris Operations Command to Dig Trenches in Disputed District

BAS News - 2017-06-05 21:10
ERBIL— Officials from Tigris Operations Command (TOC) arrived in Qara Tapa, Diyala, on Sunday to inspect some locations before digging trenches around the ethnically mixed disputed district, according to a Kurdish official. Speaking to BasNews on Monday, ...

Iran, Turkey and Iraq Meet in Baghdad over Qatar Rift

BAS News - 2017-06-05 19:44
ERBIL— An emergency meeting will gather Tehran, Ankara and Baghdad senior officials in Baghdad to discuss the recent rift among the regional countries over Qatar. Mohsen Rezaei, the secretary for Iran's Expediency Discernment Council posted the news on h ...

Turkmen Girl Kidnapper Flees to Turkey

BAS News - 2017-06-04 20:30
ERBIL— Three of the people who were involved in abducting a Turkmen girl in Kirkuk have been arrested and the efforts to arrest the remaining two members of the group are ongoing, local officials confirmed on Sunday. Speaking at the press conference, Kir ...

Iranian Officials Prevent Publication of Kurdish Book over Latin Script

BAS News - 2017-06-04 19:57
The author of the book was investigated by intelligence service ERBIL— A Kurdish book written in Kurdish Latin alphabet was not licensed by local officials in the western province of Khorasane Razavi in Iran and the author of the book was interrogated by ...

DAA representatives meet Swedish officials

ANHA - 2017-06-04 13:36
Democratic Autonomous Administration( DAA) representation in Sweden has held a meeting with the Swedish Exterior Ministry; the meeting aimed to promote diplomatic work, strengthening the relation and providing support for the DAA in Rojava-North Syria. ...

SDF's Push into Central Raqqa a Matter Days

BAS News - 2017-06-02 19:58
ERBIL — The advancement into Raqqa’s borders will begin in days, according to Pentagon officials, as reported by Washington Examiner. The Pentagon has not made any official statements regarding the exact dates. "The shit is about to go down in Raqqa," on ...

KRG PM heads delegation to Russia to participate SPIEF17

Waar Media - 2017-06-01 19:48
WAAR-DUHOK: A high-level delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on Wednesday arrived in Russia to attend the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) and meet with Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin. Yury Us ...

Three killed in disputed Kashmir in shelling between India and Pakistan

Reuters - 2017-06-01 12:43
MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Three people were killed in disputed Kashmir on Thursday when bitter foes India and Pakistan engaged in cross-border shelling, officials on both sides of the border said, adding to simmering tension between the nuclear-a ...

KRG delegation meets Russneft officials

KurdPress - 2017-06-01 10:30
A delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) met officials from Russneft Company on Wednesday in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on Wednesday and discussed ties between the Kurdistan Region and the petroleum company. ...

Big Explosion Hits Afghan Capital, Kabul

Roji Kurd - 2017-06-01 00:16
A big explosion went off in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Wednesday (May 31) caused by a car bomb near the German Embassy, sending clouds of black smoke spiraling over the center of the city, killing several and wounding many others, officials said. Polic ...

Kabul explosion: Blast kills 80 near diplomatic area in Afghanistan

Waar Media - 2017-05-31 17:34
WAAR-DUHOK: A suicide bomb attack hit near the German Embassy in Kabul during rush hour Wednesday morning, killing 80 people close to a highly secure diplomatic area, Afghan officials said. In addition to the fatalities, 300 others were injured, the heal ...

U.N. envoy says Iraqi Kurdistan intends to hold referendum this year

E-Kurd - 2017-05-31 11:21
NEW YORK,— The United Nations envoy to Iraq said the Iraqi Kurdistan Region’s senior officials intend to hold the referendum for the independence of Kurdistan this year. In a briefing to the U.N. Security Council in New York on Monday, Special Representa ...

Turkey summons U.S. envoy over Washington Kurdish protesters

E-Kurd - 2017-05-31 11:21
ANKARA,— Turkey summoned the U.S ambassador on Monday to protest the treatment of Turkish security officials in the United States during a visit by President Tayyip Erdogan last week, the foreign ministry said. A brawl erupted between Kurdish protesters ...

Iraq Shiite paramilitaries move on key town near Syrian border

E-Kurd - 2017-05-31 11:21
BAGHDAD,— An Iraqi government-sanctioned paramilitary force moved on Monday to capture a key town beyond the city of Mosul from the Islamic State group, tightening its grip on series of towns and villages near the Syrian border, officials said. Backed by ...

Islamic State suicide bomber kills 13 at Baghdad ice cream shop

E-Kurd - 2017-05-31 11:21
BAGHDAD,— A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle at a popular Baghdad ice cream shop, killing at least 13 people, security officials said on Tuesday. The overnight attack in the Karrada district in central Baghdad also wounded at least 2 ...

US Officials Confirm Delivering Arms to SDF

BAS News - 2017-05-31 00:34
ISTANBUL — The US military has shipped another instalment of weapons to the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which are leading the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the operation to oust Islamic State (IS) militants from Syria’s Raqqa. Thi ...

As Yemen faces famine, U.N. works to avert attack on food port

Reuters - 2017-05-30 19:40
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A quarter of Yemen's people are on the brink of famine, parents are marrying off young daughters so someone else can care for them and cholera cases are escalating, U.N. officials warned on Tuesday as they work to avert a Saudi- ...

EU set to launch thousands of free WiFi hotspots

Waar Media - 2017-05-30 16:43
WAAR-DUHOK: The free internet scheme would apply to all member states, officials said on Monday, after the EU parliament, the EU Council, and the EU Commission reached an informal agreement on the plan. The plan would focus on places where connectivity i ...

Italy Values “Strong” Ties with Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-05-28 23:36
ISTANBUL — Cooperation between Italy, the second largest contributor to the US-led anti-Islamic State (IS) coalition and the Kurdistan Region is strong on many levels according to Italian officials. The relationship between Italy and the Kurdistan Region ...

Local Officials Oppose Hashd's Intentions to Enter Sinjar

BAS News - 2017-05-27 19:00
ERBIL— Shi'ite paramilitaries of Hashd al-Shaabi have claimed they will enter central Sinjar and an official from the town warns the IDPs who returned to their town may once again get displaced if Hashd fulfills its claim. Speaking to BasNews on Saturday ...

Local Officials Resent Hashd's Claim to Enter Sinjar

BAS News - 2017-05-27 19:00
ERBIL— Shi'ite paramilitaries of Hashd al-Shaabi have claimed they will enter central Sinjar and an official from the town warns the IDPs who returned to their town may once again get displaced if Hashd fulfills its claim. Speaking to BasNews on Saturday ...

EU raises human rights in talks with Turkey’s Erdogan

Waar Media - 2017-05-26 18:41
WAAR-DUHOK: Senior European Union officials on Thursday pressed President Tayyip Erdogan over Turkey’s human rights record while he pushed Brussels to deliver on promises of visa-free travel to Europe for Turks. Erdogan’s visit to Brussels, where he was ...

Sri Lanka landslides, floods kill at least 25; dozens missing

Reuters - 2017-05-26 12:15
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Floods and landslides in Sri Lanka have killed at least 25 people while dozens are missing after torrential rain, officials said on Friday, as soldiers fanned out in boats and in helicopters to help with rescue operations. ...

Trump meets EU chiefs in Brussels

Waar Media - 2017-05-25 17:34
WAAR-DUHOK: US President Donald Trump met the European Union’s top officials on Thursday in a bid to mend ties with a bloc he deeply alarmed by backing Brexit. Trump arrived for his first ever talks with EU Council President Donald Tusk and European Comm ...

Iran, Russia officials discuss security ties

KurdPress - 2017-05-24 08:51
Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani and his Russian counterpart Nikolai Patrushev discussed security ties between the two states and maintained on that implementation of the previously inked security agreements by the two c ...

[In Pictures]: Jordan’s Independence Day Marked in Erbil

BAS News - 2017-05-23 21:59
ERBIL — With the presence of several senior Kurdish officials, the Consulate General of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan marked the 71 anniversary of the country’s independence. Among the officials were Kurdistan Region’s Foreign Minister Falah Mustafa, s ...

US Asks Iraq to Suspend 785 Iranian-affiliated Officials

BAS News - 2017-05-23 12:29
US says these officials are implementing Iran's agendas ERBIL — The United States has asked Iraq to suspend the work of 785 officers in the ministries of defense and interior who are following the Iranian agendas, Secretary General of the European Depart ...

Yemen raid kills seven al Qaeda militants: U.S. military

Reuters - 2017-05-23 05:51
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States military said a raid against an al Qaeda compound in Yemen on Tuesday morning (local time) killed seven militants, with two U.S. officials saying the primary objective of the raid was to gather intelligence. ...

KRSC Chief Masrour Barzani Meets SEN McCain

BAS News - 2017-05-22 18:20
ERBIL— The Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) on Monday met with the US republican senator John McCain as part of his official meetings with the US politicians and officials. According to a twit by the Kurdistan Regional Government (K ...

East Libyan forces launch strikes after air base attack

Reuters - 2017-05-21 20:17
BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - East Libyan forces have targeted rival brigades with a series of air strikes in the southern region of Jufra, officials and witnesses said on Sunday, three days after dozens of their men were killed in a surprise attack on an a ...

At least 20 Afghan police killed in Taliban ambushes: officials

Reuters - 2017-05-21 09:59
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - At least 20 Afghan policemen were killed in Taliban ambushes in south central Afghanistan, officials said on Sunday, as security forces sought to dislodge insurgents in multiple districts. ...

Masrour Barzani Discusses Support for Peshmerga in Pentagon

BAS News - 2017-05-20 01:25
LODZ — Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Chancellor Masrour Barzani on Friday met with a number of senior officials from US Departments of State and Defence, to discuss a range of issues including further support for the Kurdish Peshmerga forces. ...

Massive turnout in Kermanshah

KurdPress - 2017-05-19 18:00
People and officials are casting their votes in different polls in Kermanshah province, western Iran Photo: Abdullah Moradi Reporter’s code: 50101 ...
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