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Symbol of Kurdish Nationalism Rises in Raqqa

The Wall Street Journal - 2017-10-20 02:05
Two days after leading the battle to oust Islamic State from Raqqa, U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters on Thursday made clear they have replaced the extremist group as the Syrian city’s new authority. ...

Ali Ahmad Sulaiman – Tabriz Central Prison

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-10-20 02:01
The Iraqi Kurdish man called Ali Ahmad Sulaiman was arrested on November 17, 2005, at the Targavar border region near Orumiyeh. He was then sentenced to five years of imprisonment on charges of membership and collaboration with a Kurdish political party ( ...

Tension in Kirkuk: People Destroy Hashd al-Shaabi Military Vehicles

BAS News - 2017-10-19 23:37
KIRKUK — Kurdish population of Kirkuk rose up overnight on Thursday against the Shi’ite militias of Baghdad-backed Hashd al-Shaabi, setting three armoured vehicles ablaze after exchanging fire. The armed confrontations took place in Kirkuk’s Shorija dist ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Kidnap Kurdish Clergymen in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-19 19:24
KIRKUK — The Iran-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi have kidnapped a number of Kurdish clergymen since the overrun of Kirkuk on Monday. According to The Baghdad Post, one of the abductees is the preacher of Sahaba Mosque in Kurdish neighbourhood ...

Shi'ite Militias Gun down Kurdish Protester in Khanaqin

BAS News - 2017-10-19 17:47
ERBIL— Iran-backed Shi'ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi on Thursday opened fire on a crowd of Kurdish protestors in the town of Khanaqin, Diyala province, leaving one protester killed and at least three more wounded. Mohammed Nuri was a policeman from Kha ...

KRG Welcomes Iraqi PM’s Initiative for Negotiations

BAS News - 2017-10-19 16:24
ERBIL — The Council of Ministers of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) convened on Thursday, October 19, to discuss the recent events in the Kurdish disputed territories following the military incursion of the Baghdad-backed Shi’ite militias of Hash ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Yet to Retreat from Disputed Kurdish Territories

BAS News - 2017-10-19 13:46
ERBIL — The Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi have not yet withdrawn from Kirkuk and other disputed Kurdish areas which they have recently occupied. In the early hours on Thursday, media reports were spread across the region claiming that the Baghdad-b ...

Iraqi Forces Retake All Oil Fields in Disputed Areas as Kurds Retreat

The Kurdish Project - 2017-10-18 23:58
The following article was originally published in The New York Times. BAGHDAD — Kurdish separatists in northern Iraq surrendered all disputed oil fields to Iraq’s military on Tuesday, retreating in the face of overwhelming force that appeared to halt, at ...

Kurdish Mayor of Qara Tappa Sacked by Baghdad-backed Shi’ite Militias

BAS News - 2017-10-18 21:14
ERBIL — Head of local administration of Qara Tappa subdistrict in northern Diyala province has confirmed that Baghdad assigned on Wednesday a member of the Hashd al-Shaabi militias to his position as part of the actions against Kurds. “Today, October 18, ...

Iraqi Army Calls for Ban of Kurdish News Channels in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-18 18:40
KIRKUK — Iraqi Army’s Command of Military Operations has demands the Baghdad authorities to ban two Kurdish new channels from covering the post-invasion Kirkuk. In an official statement published on Wednesday, the command of the Iraqi armed forces claime ...

Imrali Body reviewed Prosecution to visit Ocelan

ANHA - 2017-10-18 15:02
Imrali Body reviewed the Public Prosecution Office to allow them to visit the leader of the Kurdish people Abdullah Ocelan as the body would deliver a statement on Thursday in Istanbul. ...

Kurdish forces pull out of Sinjar, hand control over to Iranian militias

Washington Times - 2017-10-18 13:31
Kurdish peshmerga units have withdrawn from the heavily contested area of Sinjar in northern Iraq on Tuesday, handing control over the enclave to Iranian-backed paramilitaries tied to Iraq's security forces. The Kurdish fighters reportedly left the major ...

Thousands call for Ocalan’ freedom in Afrin canton

ANHA - 2017-10-18 10:06
Thousands of Kurdish, Arabic men, women, children of Afrin canton have taken to streets chanting "There is no life without the leader, no to the Turkish occupation" in a mass demonstration in which they came out to prove to the world that they are on the ...

Youths volunteer to defend Kurdistani areas

Waar Media - 2017-10-18 03:16
WAAR-Duhok After Iraqi forces and PMU attacks on Kikuk, many Kurdish youths has started volunteering to defend Kurdistani areas from PMU attacks. Many Youths in Akre took up arms and flock to areas near front lines to defend Kirkuk and other Kurdistani a ...

Two Kurdish Detainees Sentenced to 10 Years Imprisonment in Total

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-10-18 02:01
During the past two days, two Kurdish detainees were sentenced to five years Imprisonment in Orumiyeh Central Prison on the charge of cooperating with one of the Kurdish parties. “On Saturday, the court hearing of two Kurdish detainees called Kamran Mousa ...

Three Kurdish Detainees Released on Bail

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-10-18 02:01
In the past few days, three detainees from Baneh, who had been arrested during street celebrations in support of the referendum for Kurdistan Independence, were released on bail. Reports received by Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) indicate that thre ...

Baghdad-backed Militias Search, Loot Kurdish Houses in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-18 01:43
KIRKUK — Baghdad-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi, after invading Kirkuk on Monday, have started house-to-house search of the Kurdish population in the city, a security source stated. “The militias are reported to have been looting jewellers an ...

PKK Makes Deal with Baghdad-backed Shi’ite Militias on Sinjar

BAS News - 2017-10-18 00:28
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has reportedly reached an agreement with the Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi, backed by Baghdad and Tehran, to both station armed forces in the predominantly Kurdish Yezidi city of Sinjar. Earlier on Monday ...

Kurdish Lawmaker Shwan Qaladzayi Dies in Trafic Accident

BAS News - 2017-10-17 20:26
ERBIL — Member of Kurdistan Region parliament Shwan Qaladzayi succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday after being in a traffic accident a day earlier. Qaladzayi was the head of Kurdistan Islamic Movement faction in the parliament. He had a car accident on M ...

Youth of Afrin call for Ocalan freedom in torch marches

ANHA - 2017-10-17 13:48
AFRIN– Hundreds of Afrin’s youth in Afrin region protested, demanding the release of the health condition to Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan during the mass marches of torches and cars on Monday evening The districts of Sherawa, Mobata and Janders in Afri ...

PYD elections in Syrian Kurdistan illegitimate

KNC Geneva - 2017-10-17 13:45
On 21st of September 2017, the first municipal elections organized by the Democratic Union Party (PYD) took place in northern Syria in territories under their control. Thereby, administrative committees for the municipalities of the Kurdish regions were e ...

Amid fighting, Kurdish oil payments continue

The New Mail - 2017-10-17 13:21
The Kurdish government in Iraq made good on an agreement to distribute a share of the production revenue from an oil field, a Norwegian company said Monday. Norwegian oil and… The post Amid fighting, Kurdish oil payments continue appeared first on The Ne ...

Kalkan: Everyone has to oppose Imrali’s isolation

ANHA - 2017-10-17 12:59
Member of the Executive Committee of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), Dûran Kalkan approved of the activities and events organized by the Kurdish people in commemoration of the international conspiracy on leader Ocelan and appealed to everyone to contin ...

IS Militants Capture Two Villages in Western Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-17 12:13
ERBIL — The Islamic State (IS) captured on Monday two villages, west of Kirkuk Province, following the conflict between the Iraqi and Kurdish forces in the province. The IS militants took advantage of the security gap made by the Iraqi forces assault on ...

Girê Sipî people flocking towards squares to demonstrate

ANHA - 2017-10-17 11:03
Girê Sipî canton people started to flock towards al-Qafas Square paving the way to go for a demonstration to condemn the isolation imposed on the Kurdish people leader Abdullah Ocelan, and to demand for disclosing his health status. ...

Aleppo People: We will not rest until we reassure our leader’s health

ANHA - 2017-10-17 11:03
The voices of thousands of Aleppo's people rose saying "We will not rest until we reassure the health of the leader," demanding lifting isolation on the Kurdish people leader Abdullah Ocalan and the detection of his health as quickly as possible, and prom ...

The Latest: Iraqi forces seize oil fields in Kirkuk

Washington Times - 2017-10-17 06:35
KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) - The Latest on Iraq, where federal forces have moved into the disputed northern city of Kirkuk as Kurdish forces have pulled out (all times local): 8:10 p.m. The Pentagon is declining to blame the Iraqi government for the violence in K ...

Iraq Ousts Kurdish Forces From Kirkuk

New York Times - 2017-10-17 04:28
Three weeks after the Kurds voted for independence, Iraqi forces overtook the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk and its valuable oil fields on Monday. ...

Are the Days of Low Oil Prices Receding?

New York Times - 2017-10-17 04:28
The Kurdish vote for independence in Iraq is the latest geopolitical crisis to affect a market already weighing the impact of possible new sanctions on Iran. ...

Week in brief: Prisoners without rights

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-10-17 02:03
Iran security forces interrogate Kurdish labour activists The Law Enforcement Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran have questioned four Kurdish labour activists in Sanandaj following a new wave of clampdown on labour activists in Iran’s Kurdish areas. T ...

Many questions remain about Kirkuk debacle

Seth Frantzman - 2017-10-17 01:11
By Seth J. Frantzman The rapid and unprecedented fall of Kirkuk on October 16, 2017 will likely be remembered as a turning point in Kurdish history and perhaps Iraq’s history. […] ...

Kurds Escaping Kirkuk as Hashd al-Shaabi Militias Enter

BAS News - 2017-10-16 21:04
KIRKUK — Following the overrun of Kirkuk on Monday by the Baghdad-backed Shi’ite militias, the people of the city have now started escaping to Erbil as the Hashd al-Shaabi militias are posing threat to the Kurdish civilians. The Shi’ite militias found th ...

Iraqi forces seize oil city Kirkuk from Kurds in bold advance

Reuters - 2017-10-16 20:47
BAGHDAD/KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi government forces captured the major Kurdish-held oil city of Kirkuk on Monday, responding to a Kurdish referendum on independence with a bold lightning strike that transforms the balance of power in the country. ...

US Senator Warns Against Misuse of US Weapons by Iraqi Forces

BAS News - 2017-10-16 18:37
ERBIL — US Senator John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released a statement today on reports of clashes between Iraqi forces and the Kurdish Peshmerga in Kirkuk, stating that he is deeply concerned about the military advances ag ...

Tensions high as Iraqi forces near Kirkuk

CNN - 2017-10-16 18:01
Iraqi forces are approaching the Kurdish-controlled city of Kirkuk, with Iraq's Prime Minister calling on residents in the oil-rich city to cooperate with its security forces. ...

Thousands arrive to Amuda to participate in demo

ANHA - 2017-10-16 14:11
Thousands of people from al-Jazeera region arrived to Amuda district of Qamishlo canton to participate in the demonstration condemning the isolation imposed on the leader of the Kurdish people Abdullah Ocalan and the detection of his health status. ...

Iraqi Forces Take Key Installations in Advance on Kirkuk

The Wall Street Journal - 2017-10-16 13:44
Iraqi forces took over a military base, airport and energy installations near the city of Kirkuk, pushing out Kurdish fighters as risks mount of a bigger conflict between two of the U.S.’s closest allies in the war against Islamic State. ...

Kirkuk Governor Calls on People to Take Arms Against Hashd al-Shaabi

BAS News - 2017-10-16 01:47
KIRKUK — Kirkuk Governor Najmaddin Karim has called on people in the city to take arms against military advancing by Baghdad-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi against Kurdish Peshmerga forces. Speaking from the crowded streets of central Kirkuk, ...

Kurdish Journalist Succumbed to His Injuries After Blast in Syria

BAS News - 2017-10-15 19:46
ERBIL — A Kurdish journalist reportedly lost his life on Sunday after sustaining sever injuries in a bombing near Syria’s Deir ez-Zur last week. Hogir Muhammed was working for Hawar News Agency (ANHA) in Syrian Kurdistan, and he was wounded earlier on Oc ...

Kurdish Parties Call for Dialogue to Resolve Issues with Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-10-15 19:01
ERBIL — The major parties of Kurdistan Region, KDP and PUK, conducted on Sunday a successful meeting in which both parties emphasized on dialogue to resolve the issues with Baghdad peacefully. The Kurdish parties also refused any preconditions such as ca ...

Video: Kurdish referendum 2017 in 60 seconds, Michael Rubin

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:35
WASHINGTON,— Kurdistan Region might vote on independence from Iraq on September 25th, 2017. What will it mean for the Middle East and the United States? AEI resident scholar Michael Rubin explains. Michael Rubin is a former Pentagon official whose major ...

Why is an independent Kurdistan is bad news for some Kurdish leaders?

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:34
Rizgar Khoshnaw | Exclusive to Ekurd.net The article was originally published on Ekurd in 2012. Recently, I have been reading the news that Iraq could be partitioned and many Kurds, and are rightfully so, are very happy and looking forward to that day. B ...

Iran, Iraq hold exercises near Iraqi Kurdistan: Kurdish official

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:34
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Iranian and Iraqi forces staged joint military exercises on Monday near the border with Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region, a Kurdish official said, following tensions over the Kurds’ independence vote. Iraqi Kurds vo ...

Iraq ex-president and Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani dies at 83

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:34
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Iraqi Kurdish leader, the head of Patriotic Union of Kurdistan PUK and former Iraqi president Jalal Talabani (83) died in Germany on Tuesday, the PUK party said. Talabani, a veteran leader of the Kurdish struggle for ...

Iraq’s central bank eases financial restrictions on Kurdistan region

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:34
BAGHDAD,— Iraq’s central bank on Wednesday eased financial restrictions imposed on the Kurdistan region over its independence vote after receiving a pledge of cooperation from Kurdish banks, an Iraqi banking source said. All but four Kurdish-owned banks ...

Jalal Talabani laid to rest in Sulaimani, Iraqi Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:34
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Tens of thousands of people gathered Friday for the funeral of Iraqi former president Jalal Talabani, in an emotional send-off for the veteran of the struggle for Kurdish self-rule. Talabani died in Germany on Tuesday ...

Turkey will ‘soon’ close borders with Iraqi Kurdistan, Erdogan says

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:34
ANKARA,— Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday warned that Turkey would “soon” close its border crossing with Iraqi Kurdistan and airspace after the disputed referendum on independence. Iraqi Kurdish leaders went ahead with the September 25 ...

Iraq launched a probe into Kurdistan’s lucrative oil revenues

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:34
Iraq ratchets up pressure on Kurds after independence vote BAGHDAD,— Iraq’s central government on Monday unleashed a legal barrage against Kurdish officials and sought to seize key businesses in a fresh bid to tighten the screws over a disputed independe ...

Kurdistan says Iraqi forces preparing major attack in oil-rich Kirkuk

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:34
BAGHDAD,— Iraqi government forces and Iranian-trained Iraqi paramilitaries are “preparing a major attack” on Kurdish forces in the Kurdish-held oil-rich region of Kirkuk and near Mosul in northern Iraq, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said on Wed ...

Yezidi Girls Have Finger on the Trigger to Defend Kurdistan: Commander

BAS News - 2017-10-14 17:07
ERBIL — The Yezidi women are fully ready to stand against any aggressive force aiming at the Kurdish territories in Sinjar and elsewhere, said commander of all-female Yezidi Peshmerga forces. Khate Shingali, who commands the Yezidi Roj Girls Brigade, tol ...

Islamic State faces imminent Raqqa defeat, Syrian YPG says

Reuters - 2017-10-14 15:10
AIN ISSA, Syria/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State is on the verge of defeat in Syria's Raqqa and the city may finally be cleared of the jihadists on Saturday or Sunday, the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia told Reuters on Saturday. ...

Iraqi military positioned to stake claim over Kurdish stronghold Kirkuk

The New Mail - 2017-10-14 14:30
An elite unit of the Iraqi military on Friday took control of a military base outside Kirkuk, a site that had been under control of Kurdish forces for several years.… The post Iraqi military positioned to stake claim over Kurdish stronghold Kirkuk appear ...

US-backed forces in Syria say ‘final’ battle for Raqqa is on

Washington Post - 2017-10-14 12:05
The U.S.-backed Kurdish-led forces fighting Islamic State militants in Syria said on Saturday that they are waging the “final” battle to uproot the extremists from the northern city of Raqqa, once the de facto capital of the militant group. ...

Hashd Al-Shaabi Targets Kurdish, Turkmen Districts in Tuz Khurmatu

BAS News - 2017-10-14 11:09
TUZ KHURMATU — Hashd al-Shaabi militias threw hand grenades at a Peshmerga base and civilian houses in Tuz Khurmatu on Friday night, leading to exchanging fire between Peshmerga and the militias. Shalal Abdul, Mayor of Tuz Khurmatu, told BasNews Hashd al ...

Turkish forces set up positions in Syria's Idlib-rebel

Reuters - 2017-10-13 09:53
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkish forces that entered Syria's Idlib province late on Thursday have started setting up observation positions that appear aimed at containing a Kurdish militia, a senior rebel involved in the operation said early on Friday. ...

Some PUK Officials Involved in Baghdad Conspiracy to Attack Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-13 03:23
ERBIL — Some officials from the patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) are involved in a conspiracy devised by the central government in Baghdad to attack Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Kirkuk. Late on Thursday, Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) warned o ...

Iran: A Woman Commits Suicide Through Self-Immolation in Saqez

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-10-13 02:00
A 35-year-old Kurdish woman from Saheb has lost her life due to self-immolation. According to the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN), on Saturday, October 07, 2017, a young woman called “Fermisk Ahmad Zadeh” (Daughter of Rashid) married with two childr ...

Iraq refuses talks with Kurds unless they commit to unity

Reuters - 2017-10-13 00:32
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The Iraqi government said on Thursday it would not hold talks with the Kurdish autonomous region on reopening its airports and providing dollars for its banks, unless the Kurds commit to "Iraq's unity". ...

Baghdad Punishes Disputed Areas Due to Participation in Referendum

BAS News - 2017-10-12 16:52
ERBIL — Iraqi central government has stopped sending petrol and gas to the Kurdish areas under the Iraqi government’s administration in Diyala Province after they took part in the September vote on secession from Iraq. “The Iraqi government claims it doe ...

Barzani Congratulates Yezidis on Eid of Jama

BAS News - 2017-10-12 16:25
ERBIL- Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani stated on Thursday no force can segregate Yezidis from the people of Kurdistan. In a written message, Barzani congratulated Yezidis on the occasion of Eid of Jama, saying, Kurdish Yezidi people have always ...

Pictures: 7-Year-Old Kurdish Yezidi Boy Freed from IS in Syria

BAS News - 2017-10-12 10:44
More Yezidis to be freed in the next hours, official says ERBIL — A seven-year-old Kurdish Yezidi boy was rescued from Islamic State (IS) on Wednesday overnight in Syria, the directorate of Yezidi Abductees' Affairs said on Thursday. Hussein Qaidi, the h ...

Kurdish Woman Seeking US Congress to Support Plight of Kurds from Sky

BAS News - 2017-10-12 10:44
Kurds in every corner of the world supported an independence referendum held by the Kurdistan Region of Iraq on September 25th, 2017. The support was as varied and diverse as the Kurds. There were rallies, political actions, cultural festivals, celebrati ...
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