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US, Baghdad warn against Kurdish independence vote

FOX News - 2017-08-11 03:22
As Iraqi Kurds count down the weeks until their landmark independence referendum, U.S. and Baghdad officials are warning the non-binding vote could be undermine the fight against ISIS. ...

Iraq, Saudi Arabia Meet to Discuss Greater Trade

BAS News - 2017-08-11 00:21
ERBIL — Iraqi and Saudi officials met on Thursday to discuss future cooperation between Iraq and Saudi Arabia in different fields of economy and trade, the Iraqi Oil Ministry said in a statement. Iraqi Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi and the Saudi Minister ...

Turkey bombs Tel Abyad border gate in northern Syria

KurdPress - 2017-08-08 09:07
Turkish army forces bombed the border gate of Tel Abyad in northern Syria with heavy weapons, officials of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Monday, ARA News reported. ...

Rouhani sworn in for 2nd term as president

KurdPress - 2017-08-06 07:40
Hassan Rouhani has been sworn in as Iran's 12th president in Tehran in the presence of the country’s high-ranking officials as well as leaders and senior politicians from around the world. ...

IS Members Continue infiltrating Kirkuk IDP Camps: Officials

BAS News - 2017-08-05 21:06
ERBIL— Despite the security measures, Islamic State (IS) members and officials continue infiltrating into the camps around Kirkuk which host IDPs from the IS-held areas. Brig. Sarhad Qader, police chief for Kirkuk districts, told BasNews that recently in ...

Kirkuk Refuses to Cooperate with Baghdad's Plan to Ship Its Oil to Iran

BAS News - 2017-08-05 16:17
ERBIL — Kirkuk province refuses to cooperate with the plans made between the Iraqi government and Iran to ship its oil to Iran because the province has not been consulted on the plan, Kirkuk provincial officials said. Kurdish forces took control of some ...

PUK Firm on Holding Kurdistan’s Independence Referendum

BAS News - 2017-08-05 11:16
ERBIL — The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) is serious on holding Kurdistan’s independence referendum on time, and it may not change it’s position, said an official. The remarks were made by the party’s top officials in a meeting with the Turkish Cons ...

Nine IS Commanders Killed SW Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-08-04 09:54
ERBIL— Nine commanders of the Islamic State (IS) organization were killed Thursday night in airstrikes southwest of Kirkuk. Media reports citing informed officials stated the coalition fighter jets targeted an IS convoy near Abbasi parish (some 35km sout ...

Iranian, Russian officials discuss Syria in Moscow

KurdPress - 2017-08-03 07:46
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arabic and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari and the Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin on Wednesday discussed developments in Syria. ...

Kurdistan’s Referendum Delegation to Visit Baghdad: Official

BAS News - 2017-08-01 16:46
ERBIL — A member of the Kurdistan Region’s High Committee of Referendum said that a delegation will visit Baghdad in the next 10 days for negotiations with the Iraqi officials over the upcoming independence referendum. The Turkmen Development Party leade ...

Arab FMs to meet in Bahrain to discuss Qatar boycott

Waar Media - 2017-07-30 12:58
WAAR-DUHOK: Top officials of four Arab states boycotting Qatar are scheduled to meet in the Bahraini capital Sunday, as a political crisis that has split the Gulf enters its second month. The foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, B ...

UN Assistant Secretary-General Concludes Trip to Iraq

BAS News - 2017-07-27 15:06
BAGHDAD — Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ursula Mueller, visited Iraq between 24 and 26 July, where she met with senior officials and ministers from the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan R ...

At least 16 ISIS female jihadists detained in Mosul

Aranews - 2017-07-27 05:50
At least Sixteen jihadist women, including a 16-year-old German girl who ran away from home, have been arrested in Mosul as Iraqi forces re-captured the northern city from the Islamic State (ISIS). Three Iraqi intelligence officials told the Associated P ...

US-led coalition strikes last ISIS stronghold in Iraq’s Tel Afar

Aranews - 2017-07-27 01:42
ARA News The US-led coalition launched several airstrikes targeting ISIS’s hideouts in the district of Tel Afar in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh province, officials said on Sunday. More than 20 militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) were reportedly killed a ...

U.S. Navy fires warning shots at Iranian ship in Persian Gulf

Waar Media - 2017-07-26 18:48
WAAR-DUHOK: A U.S. Navy ship on Tuesday fired warning shots at an Iranian ship in the Persian Gulf, two U.S. defense officials confirmed to Fox News. The American coastal patrol ship fired warning shots from its .50-caliber machine gun at an Iranian patr ...

Iraqi Officers Involved in Smuggling IS Leaders Under Investigation

BAS News - 2017-07-26 14:13
ERBIL — After the battle in Mosul came to an end, cases of corruption that accompanied the course of the offensive are beginning to unfold. Iraqi officials have revealed that nine senior officers of the Iraqi army and federal police, and at least 30 sold ...

Iran, Turkey to expand anti-terrorism cooperation

KurdPress - 2017-07-26 10:27
High-ranking Iranian and Turkish officials in a meeting in Tehran on Tuesday underlined the necessity for expanding mutual cooperation in the war against terrorism, specially the IS, and blocking the terrorists’ financial resources and networks. ...

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 ...

IS Members Bribing Their Way Out of Mosul: Ex-Nineveh Governor

BAS News - 2017-07-23 17:33
ERBIL— Several Islamic State (IS) members and commanders have been able to escape from Mosul by bribing the related officials or through fake IDs, said the former governor of Nineveh province. Athil al-Nujaifi issued a statement on Sunday saying the offe ...

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 ...

Officials Warn Those Who Keep Yezidi Abductees in Their Houses in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-07-23 12:16
60 Yezidis found in Mosul while there were 1,000 of them MOSUL — Only 60 Yezidi abductees have been rescued in Mosul while there were 1,000 abductees when the operation to liberate the city began. Saido Chato, a member of the Nineveh Provincial Council, ...

US' anti-Iran meddlesome claims unacceptable: FM

KurdPress - 2017-07-23 08:02
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Saturday that the White House officials’ claims are unacceptable and clear example of interference in Iran’s internal affairs. ...

KRG Drawing Roadmap to Fight Drug Addiction

BAS News - 2017-07-22 12:11
ERBIL — The number of drug addicts in the Kurdistan Region is said to be slightly rising whereas the rehabilitation centres in the region to treat patients are not competent. According to Kurdish officials, only 111 people are currently receiving treatme ...

Iraqi Govt Seeking to Restore 120 "IS-Affiliated Policemen" to Jalawla

BAS News - 2017-07-21 17:59
ERBIL— The local officials in Jalawal district of Diyala province refuse to allow for the return of 120 policemen whom they say colluded with the Islamic State (IS). The Kurdish section of the Voice of America reported that Diyala Police Directorate has ...

Kirkuk Administration Refuses Creation of Turkmen Force

BAS News - 2017-07-21 17:59
ERBIL— The local officials in the multiethnic Kirkuk administration refuse to allow for the creation of Turkmen force in the province, according to a report. The Kurdish section of the Voice of America reported that the Turkmen Front is striving to creat ...

Trump Ends Covert Aid to Arab Rebels Trying to Topple Assad

Waar Media - 2017-07-20 16:37
WAAR-DUHOK: The US has ended its clandestine support to Syria’s armed Arab opposition, American officials have disclosed. The program was separate from US aid to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighting the Islamic State (ISIS), and the en ...

KDP and Gorran Senior Officials Meet Soon: Gorran MP

BAS News - 2017-07-20 16:32
ERBIL— To discuss the imminent independence referendum of the Kurdistan Region, Gorran (Change) Movement and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) will meet soon, a Gorran lawmaker confirmed. Bestun Fayeq told BasNews on Thursday that in the high level me ...

Kurdistan Foreign Minister Discussing Independence in Washington

BAS News - 2017-07-18 13:31
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Head of the Department of Foreign Relations, Fallah Mustafa, is now in Washington DC, meeting with US officials to discuss the political and security developments in the region with the upcoming independence referendum on top o ...

IS Emir Responsible for VBIED Killed in Syria

BAS News - 2017-07-17 18:09
ERBIL- The Islamic State (IS) emir who was responsible for the organization’s Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIED) has been killed, according to a report by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA). The agency, citing informed officials, said tha ...

KRG PM and British Envoy to Erbil Discuss Political, Trade Ties

BAS News - 2017-07-17 16:10
ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received Martin Ware, the British Consul in Erbil and his accompanying officials. The British diplomat thanked KRG’s institutions for the assistance and cooperation they have pr ...

KRG Calls for More US Support for Peshmerga

BAS News - 2017-07-17 14:37
ERBIL — A joint Iraqi-Kurdish delegation is visiting Washington to meet with US officials to discuss a number of security issues. The delegation includes representatives of the Iraqi prime minister's office, military officials as well as representatives ...

Peshmerga held by ISIS freed by counter-terror forces

Waar Media - 2017-07-16 13:22
WAAR-DUHOK: The Peshmerga troop who was released by the Islamic State (IS) in Kirkuk on Saturday was exchanged for four trucks of food and medicine supplies, according to a security source from Kirkuk. However, the security officials from the Patriotic U ...

IS Exchanges Peshmerga Captive for Food, Medicine Supplies: Source

BAS News - 2017-07-16 12:14
ERBIL — The Peshmerga troop who was released by the Islamic State (IS) in Kirkuk on Saturday was exchanged for four trucks of food and medicine supplies, according to a security source from Kirkuk. However, the security officials from the Patriotic Union ...

U.S. LNG In Central and Eastern Europe – Taking Diversification Seriously

Foreign Policy Research Institute - 2017-07-14 03:06
Last week President Trump met in Warsaw with Polish officials and Central and Eastern European (CEE) leaders at the Three Seas Initiative Summit. The event brought together countries from the Adriatic, Black and Baltic seas to discuss development of regi ...

Iraqi delegation visits Erbil to discuss ties

KurdPress - 2017-07-12 12:43
A high-level Iraqi government delegation of oil, education, health and agriculture officials arrived in Erbil on Wednesday, reportedly to discuss a range of issues among them energy and water resources. ...

Barzani Visits Brussels for Talks with EU on Independence

BAS News - 2017-07-10 14:12
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani, heading a high delegation, set off on an official trip to Europe on Monday to hold talks with European officials over the independence of Kurdistan Region and the forthcoming referendum. Barzani is leadi ...

Tillerson heads to Kuwait to help resolve GCC crisis

Waar Media - 2017-07-10 11:52
WAAR-DUHOK: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is expected to arrive in Kuwait on Monday to help seek a resolution to the crisis between Qatar and four Arab states. Tillerson will “meet with senior Kuwait officials to discuss the ongoing efforts to reso ...

PM Barzani and McGurk Discuss Future of Iraq

BAS News - 2017-07-09 11:51
ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met with US Special Presidential Envoy to the Coalition against the Islamic State (IS) on Saturday in Erbil. The officials discussed a number of pressing issues, including Mosul ...

U.S. and Russia agree on cease-fire in Syria: officials

KurdPress - 2017-07-08 08:00
The U.S. and Russia have reached an agreement on a cease-fire in southwest Syria, according to US officials that briefed reporters on the sidelines of G20 meeting in Hamburg, NewEurope reported. ...

Kurds look forward to celebrating their Independence Day: Kurdistan FM

Kurdistan24 - 2017-07-07 16:12
On Thursday, the US diplomats celebrated the 4th of July, American Independence Day in Erbil with the participation of the top Kurdish senior officials, including the President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani and the Chancellor of the Kurdistan Reg ...

Kurdish militants kill two Turkey’s ruling AK party officials: minister

E-Kurd - 2017-07-07 14:31
DIYARBAKIR-AMED, Turkey’s Kurdish region,— Kurdish militants shot and killed two officials from the ruling AK Party in the Kurdish region in southeast Turkey over the weekend, while the Turkish military killed more than a dozen militants in air strikes, ...

Iran shells Iraq’s Kurdistan region, targets Kurdish rebels

E-Kurd - 2017-07-07 14:31
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Iranian artillery has shelled the Balakayati area of Iraq’s Kurdistan Region on Monday morning and according to local officials, one person has been wounded. The shelling began at 5:00 O’ Clock Monday morning, and ...

Kurdish PKK militants kill Turkish security forces, workers

E-Kurd - 2017-07-07 14:31
DIYARBAKIR-AMED, Turkey’s Kurdish region,— Kurdish militants killed a soldier, village guard and three workers in attacks in three separate provinces in the Kurdish region in southeastern Turkey on Monday, officials said. Militants from the Kurdistan Wor ...

Fuel storage explodes in Iraqi Kurdistan, wounds 34 people

E-Kurd - 2017-07-07 14:31
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— A fire has broken out in a fuel storage depot in Sulaimani, injuring tens of people according to officials. A fuel reservoir on Sulaimani-Arbat road caught fire and exploded on Tuesday afternoon at 4.30 pm, local medi ...

US President Declines Pentagon's Military Plan to Defeat IS

BAS News - 2017-07-06 20:38
ERBIL — US President Donald Trump rejected Pentagon's plan for tackling the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, as he believes it was too similar to Barak Obama's plan. According to the recent reports by Daily Beast, which quoted two US officials and a ...

Rex Tillerson to visit Turkey next week

KurdPress - 2017-07-06 14:20
U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson will travel to Turkey next week to meet senior officials and discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues, the State Department said Wednesday. ...

Iran, Kazakhstan officials discuss Syrian crisis

KurdPress - 2017-07-06 09:46
Iran Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab-African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari conferred on Wednesday with Kazakh Foreign Minister Khairat Abdul Rahmanov on the latest developments in Syria. ...

Iraqi Anbar Province Threaten to Declare Autonomous Region

BAS News - 2017-07-05 15:33
ANBAR — Local officials and tribal leaders in Anbar threatened to declare the province an autonomous region, as a protest against what they call “humiliation” of civilians at checkpoints set up on the borders with Baghdad. According to Hamid al-Dulaimi, ...

Iran heavily shells Kurdistan Region border and civilians wounds

Waar Media - 2017-07-03 12:15
WAAR-DUHOK: Iranian artillery has shelled the Balakayati area of the Kurdistan Region on Monday morning and according to local officials, one person has been wounded. The shelling began at 5:00 O’ Clock in the morning, and continuing. The areas that came ...
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