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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 ...

Rescuers scramble to save woman trapped in Sri Lanka building collapse

Reuters - 2017-05-19 09:21
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Rescuers were digging through rubble trying to save a woman they feared was trapped inside a collapsed wedding reception hall in the Sri Lankan capital on Friday, officials said after confirming that one man had been killed and 23 inju ...

U.S. Strikes Advancing Syrian-Led Troops

WSJ - 2017-05-19 03:47
The U.S.-led military coalition in Syria launched airstrikes on Syrian forces and their allies as they approached U.S.-backed rebels in al-Tanf, on the border with Jordan, according to U.S. officials, marking an expansion of hostile U.S. action toward the ...

U.S. strikes Syria militia threatening U.S.-backed forces: officials

Reuters - 2017-05-18 20:34
WASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The U.S. military carried out an air strike on Thursday against militia supported by the Syrian government that posed a threat to U.S.-backed fighters in the country's south, U.S. officials told Reuters on Thursday. ...

Hashd Al-Shaabi Forces Will Pose Threat to Security of Sinjar: Mayor

BAS News - 2017-05-18 14:53
SINJAR — A large number of Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitary forces have been deployed near the Yezid majority region of Sinjar, which according to the Yezidi officials, will pose a potential threat to the region in the long run. Mahma Khalil, Mayor of Sinjar ...

US special representative visits Syrian Kurdistan, meets SDF, YPG

KurdPress - 2017-05-18 11:02
The US Special Presidential Envoy to the anti-Islamic State (IS) coalition, Brett McGurk reportedly traveled on Wednesday to the Syrian Kurdistan to meet with local military officials and review the latest developments in the region. ...

Flights between Iraqi Kurdistan and Syria to resume

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
SULAIMANI/HEWLÊR, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Airlines are set to resume flights between Iraq’s Kurdistan Region and Syria on Wednesday after nearly a decade of absence. Officials from Sulaimani International Airport said preparations for flights between t ...

Pentagon chief, Turkish PM meet after US decision to arm Syrian Kurds

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
LONDON,— Pentagon chief Jim Mattis met Thursday with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in London, the most-high profile meeting between American and Turkish officials since the US announced it would arm Kurdish fighters in Syrian Kurdistan. In a bri ...

Trump’s advisers meet with Iraqi Kurdistan KDP officials

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
WASHINGTON,— Kurdistan Democratic Party KDP delegation from Iraq’s Kurdistan region met with US President Donald Trump’s advisers on Monday in Washington. Chancellor of Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Security Council, which belongs to KDP par ...

U.S. envoy McGurk, State Department officials visit Syrian Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— U.S. officials, including the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State (IS) Brett McGurk, visited Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) [Kurdish-controlled areas in northern Syria]. Firat News Agen ...

US Special Envoy Meets SDF, YPG in Rojava

BAS News - 2017-05-17 20:13
ERBIL — The US Special Presidential Envoy to the anti-Islamic State (IS) coalition, Brett McGurk reportedly traveled on Wednesday to the Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) to meet with local military officials and review the latest developments. The influential U ...

US delegation meet Rojava’s officials

Waar Media - 2017-05-17 16:29
WAAR-DUHOK: US President Donald Trump’s representative in the global coalition against ISIS Brett Mc Gurk arrived in Rojava yesterday with officials from the US State Department. McGurk’s first stop was the Ayn Isa town. The US delegation first met with ...

Trump, in tweets, defends his sharing of information with Russians

Reuters - 2017-05-16 14:52
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his decision to disclose information to Russian officials during a White House meeting last week, saying he had an "absolute right" to share "facts pertaining to terrorism and airline ...

Masrour Barzani: Kurds Are Seeking Ways to Secure Safe and Stable Future

BAS News - 2017-05-16 11:51
Barzani met with Trump's advisor and US National and Homeland Security advisors ERBIL — Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC), Masrour Barzani, on Monday met with several senior US officials to discuss the latest political and security d ...

KRG’s Delegation Meets with US National Security Advisors

Waar Media - 2017-05-16 11:37
WAAR-DUHOK: On Monday, a high-level Kurdistan Region delegation headed by the Chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Masrour Barzani met with top US officials in Washington DC. The meeting was attended by senior advisor to the US Pres ...

U.S. Plans to Supply Antitank Weapons to Kurds

WSJ - 2017-05-16 06:20
The U.S. military is preparing to provide Kurdish forces in Syria with antitank weapons in their fight against Islamic State, U.S. officials said Monday. ...

Masrour Barzani Meets with White House, National Security Advisors

BAS News - 2017-05-15 23:58
LODZ — Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC), Masrour Barzani, on Monday met with several senior US officials to discuss the latest political and security developments in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq. According to Kurdistan Region Envoy ...

28 IS Officials Killed in Mosul: Press Release

BAS News - 2017-05-15 19:37
ERBIL—Iraqi forces regained control over a large area in northwest Mosul and killed 28 officials of the Islamic State (IS) organization, according to a press release by the Iraqi Federal Police. The army on Monday retook some 15 squares kilometers of lan ...

Van cab drivers protest in Mahabad in East Kurdistan

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-05-15 00:52
In a report received by the Kurdistan Human Rights Association , taxi drivers van in Mahabad (Route Mullah Jami terminal) in the yard council, the city held a protest gathering to demand accountability of officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran to unemp ...

Yemen declares state of emergency in Sanaa over cholera

Reuters - 2017-05-14 23:35
DUBAI (Reuters) - Officials in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, controlled by the armed Houthi movement, declared a state of emergency on Sunday after an outbreak of cholera, which has killed dozens of people. ...

Twin Blasts in Baghdad Kill, Injure a Dozen

BAS News - 2017-05-14 21:40
BAGHDAD — At least 12 Iraqi civilians were killed or injured on Sunday afternoon after two separate bombings rocked the country’s capital city, officials confirmed. The first blast took place on the bridge linking Rubai’i and Karrada districts of eastern ...

Delegation, Led by Head of KRG Security Council, to Visit Washington

BAS News - 2017-05-14 10:47
The delegation will hold meetings with a number of US officials ERBIL — The Chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Masrour Barzani, is scheduled to visit the United States within the next few days where he will meet with a number of U ...

Iraqi Attack Helicopter Targeted by IS in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-14 00:07
ISTANBUL — An Iraqi Air Force helicopter was shot down by the Islamic State (IS) militants on Saturday afternoon in western Mosul, with no casualties after a safe landing, officials confirmed. The helicopter was supporting the advance of the People's Mob ...

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

US-Defense Gov - 2017-05-13 04:57
U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, conducting 34 strikes consisting of 106 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported. ...

U.S., Syrian Allies At Odds Over Deal That Let Islamic State Flee

WSJ - 2017-05-13 02:42
America’s main military ally in Syria agreed to let Islamic State fighters escape from a key battle earlier this week without conferring with its U.S. partners who targeted the extremists as they tried to flee, Pentagon officials said Friday. ...

Prime Minister Barzani meets British special envoy

KRG-Spain - 2017-05-13 00:02
Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received General Tom Beckett, UK special envoy for security affairs, Frank Baker, UK Ambassador to Iraq, and a number of British military officials. In the ...

Hashd Officials Banned from Running for Elections: Spokesperson

BAS News - 2017-05-12 19:15
ERBIL— Officials from the Shi'ite Popular Mobilization Forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) cannot stand for the general elections in Iraq under regulations by the ministries of interior and defense, said the spokesperson for the forces. On Friday Ahmad al-Asadi tol ...

Bomb kills 25 as it hits convoy of the Pakistan Senate deputy

Reuters - 2017-05-12 13:30
QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - A bomb exploded next to a convoy of the deputy chairman of the Pakistan Senate on Friday in the violence-plagued province of Baluchistan, killing at least 25 people, officials said. ...

Iraqi MPs Collect Signatures to Summon Senior Security Officials

BAS News - 2017-05-11 16:20
ERBIL — The Iraqi lawmakers have collected signatures, in a bid to summon the senior security officials in order to investigate into the security situation of the country. Majid Shangali, a member of the Iraqi parliament, told BasNews that 134 signatures ...

Spontaneous protests wrongfoot police, loosening India's grip on Kashmir

Reuters - 2017-05-11 03:01
PULWAMA, India (Reuters) - Images of students confronting police on campuses have come to symbolize Kashmiri protests against Indian rule as much as gun-toting militants in fatigues, in what security officials and separatist leaders say is a dangerous new ...

Trump's Decision to Arm YPG Angers Ankara

BAS News - 2017-05-11 00:35
ISTANBUL — The decision to supply weapons to the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria is inadmissible and likely to sabotage Turkey's security, said Turkish officials in response to the announcement made on Monday. Ankara "cannot accep ...

Trump Set to Arm Kurds in ISIS Fight, Angering Turkey

WSJ - 2017-05-10 02:46
President Donald Trump approved plans to directly arm Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State in Syria, U.S. officials said Tuesday, paving the way for an offensive against the extremist group’s de facto capital. ...

Four IS Leaders Killed in Coalition Airstrikes in Anbar

BAS News - 2017-05-09 16:31
ERBIL— Four senior officials of the Islamic State (IS) organization were killed on Monday in air raids in Anbar province. According to a statement published by Kurdistan Counter-Terrorism Force, Abu Khatab al-Rawi, an IS media official, was among the eli ...

Kenya hospital wall collapses in heavy rain, killing six

Reuters - 2017-05-08 19:03
MOMBASA, Kenya (Reuters) - At least six people, including four children, were killed in Kenya's port city of Mombasa on Monday after a hospital wall collapsed under heavy rain, officials said. ...

Car bomb kills at least five in Somali capital

Reuters - 2017-05-08 18:23
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - At least five people were killed when a car laden with explosives rammed into a cafeteria in central Mogadishu and blew up on Monday, officials and witnesses said. ...

Project of US, UK, Germany for Establishing Professional Peshmerga Force

Waar Media - 2017-05-08 15:37
WAAR-DUHOK: A joint defense team from the United States, United Kingdom and Germany has presented a draft plan to Kurdish officials including Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani to help build a ‘robust and professional’ Peshmerga force capable of defending ...

Kurdish Officials Respond to PKK's Threats Against Kurdistan Region

BAS News - 2017-05-08 14:43
PKK is planning to change the battlefield from Turkey to Kurdistan Region ERBIL — Kurdish officials and parties responded to the PKK leader's statement who had threatened to turn Kurdistan Region into a battlefield. Reza Altun, founder of the PKK and exe ...

Russian, Iranian Officers Meet PYD Authorities in Secret: Reports

BAS News - 2017-05-06 22:42
PYD Asayish to be merged with Syrian civil police force ERBIL— There are continuous meetings between the Kurdish officials in northern Syria (Rojava) and the officers from Syria, Russia and Iran, Arabic media outlets reported on Saturday. The "secret" me ...

Independence will not be impose on Iraq as a fail accompli: spokesman

KurdPress - 2017-05-06 16:05
The Spokesman to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) stated that the independence of Kurdistan Region will not be imposed on Iraq as a fait accompli but the attempt will be conducted after talks and negotiations with the officials in the central gover ...

Roads and lack of attention to difficult situation in East Kurdistan

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-05-06 01:22
Kurdistan Human Rights Association : According to the officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran in East Kurdistan, Kurdistan province in terms of quality and security roads finished in last place in the political geography of Iran. Despite the unevenness, ...

U.S. says American service member dies in Somalia

Reuters - 2017-05-05 14:54
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. service member was killed in Somalia on Thursday during a Somali-led mission against the Al Shabaab militant group, U.S. military officials said in statement released on Friday. ...

Curfew Imposed on Major Route in Duhok due to Turkish Raids

BAS News - 2017-05-04 18:22
The route connects 85 villages ERBIL— Following the extensive fighting between the Turkish army and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), local officials in Duhok ordered curfew on a major route. On Thursday civilians were not allowed to cross Gali Balanda ...

Ministry of Interior to Investigate Assassinations in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-05-04 16:43
ERBIL— Iraqi Minister of Interior Qasim al-A'araji has ordered to form a committee to summon the security officials in Kirkuk and investigate a number assassinations committed in the province, said the spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior. Addressin ...

German domestic spy agency expects further cyber attacks before election

Reuters - 2017-05-04 12:17
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's domestic intelligence agency expects further cyber attacks directed against German politicians and government officials ahead of national elections on Sept. 24, the agency's chief Hans-Georg Maassen told a conference on Thursd ...

Five years, billions of dollars needed to rebuild Mosul: officials

Reuters - 2017-05-03 14:40
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Mosul's wrecked roads, bridges and broader economy will take at least five years to repair and need billions of dollars of development that Iraq's government will struggle to afford, officials returning to the battle-scarred city s ...

Suicide bomb attack on NATO convoy in Afghan capital kills four: govt

Reuters - 2017-05-03 07:02
KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bombing near the U.S. embassy in Kabul on Wednesday killed four people and wounded at least 22, Afghan officials said, in an attack on a convoy of armored personnel carriers used by the NATO-led Resolute Support mission. ...

U.S. Patrolling Syrian Border to Stop Turk-Kurd Clashes

WSJ - 2017-04-29 11:32
American forces have started patrolling the Turkey-Syria border to prevent further clashes between Turkish troops and Kurdish fighters that have undermined the fight against Islamic State, U.S. officials said Friday. ...

Iranian, Russian officials discuss Syria developments

KurdPress - 2017-04-28 18:36
Iran Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari and visiting Russian President's Special Envoy on Syria Alexander Lavrentiev in a meeting on Thursday discussed developments in Syria. ...

EU on course to renew Russia sanctions barring Le Pen election win

Reuters - 2017-04-28 12:26
VALLETTA (Reuters) - The European Union will seek to renew economic sanctions against Russia when they expire at the end of July, encouraged by U.S. President Donald Trump's unexpectedly frosty relations with Moscow, EU diplomats and officials said. ...

Risk of deeper involvement as U.S. weighs its options in Afghanistan

Reuters - 2017-04-28 02:15
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As President Donald Trump's administration drafts an Afghanistan policy, U.S. officials are seeking a way to reverse gains by militant groups without wading deeper into a 15-year-long war that has no end in sight. ...

KRG and Belgium Sign a Memorandum of Understanding

BAS News - 2017-04-26 13:46
A Belgian delegation met with KRG PM in Erbil ERBIL — A Belgian delegation led by Deputy PM Jan Gambon arrived in Kurdistan Region late on Monday and met with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) senior officials including PM Nechirvan Barzani and his ...

Construction of new prisons in East Kurdistan, the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-04-26 08:45
According to the Kurdistan Human Rights Association and quoting Mehr news agency that received, officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran in “Islamabad West” functions Kermanshah in East Kurdistan Province, plans to build a new prison in the city. The rep ...

Fourth Day in a Raw, Turkish Jets Bombard KRG Borders

BAS News - 2017-04-24 23:32
ERBIL — Turkish fighter jets for the fourth consecutive day continued an aerial campaign against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) positions along KRG-Turkey borders. The airstrikes were carried out in Duhok province’s Kani Masi area, local officials stated. ...

Lawyer for Philippines hit-man files complaint against Duterte at ICC

Reuters - 2017-04-24 15:08
HONG KONG/THE HAGUE (Reuters) - A Philippines lawyer filed a complaint at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday against President Rodrigo Duterte and senior officials, accusing them of mass murder in a nationwide anti-drugs crackdown. ...

Bomb attack hits U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan

Reuters - 2017-04-24 13:54
KHOST, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Suspected Taliban insurgents on Monday attacked a U.S.-operated base in Afghanistan's eastern province of Khost, officials said, but gave few immediate details of an assault that coincided with a visit to Kabul by U.S. Secre ...
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