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Daesh Areas of Influence – May 2017 Update

The Global Coalition - 2017-06-22 04:17
Between March 1st and May 31st, Daesh lost further territory in Iraq, as well as in Syria. The group have now lost 70% of the territory they controlled in Iraq in August 2014, and 51% in Syria, as they are continually defeated on the battlefield. ...

Turkey aims to cripple, not contain, PKK / Metin Gurcan

KurdPress - 2017-06-21 13:14
Security forces have been conducting intensive operations against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) since March in southeast Turkey, particularly along a stretch of the border with Iraq between Silopi and Semdinli and in the Van Lake region on the Iranian ...

Congo militiamen free one French, three Congolese mine workers

Reuters - 2017-05-28 13:29
PARIS/KINSHASA (Reuters) - Militiamen have a freed French national and three Congolese who were kidnapped in March during an attack on Banro Corp's Namoya gold mine in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the Interior Ministry said on Sunday. ...

OPEC extends oil output cut by nine months to fight glut

Waar Media - 2017-05-25 17:34
WAAR-DUHOK: OPEC decided on Thursday to extend cuts in oil output by nine months to March 2018, OPEC delegates said, as the producer group battles a global glut of crude after seeing prices halve and revenues drop sharply in the past three years. The cut ...

Senior Syrian Kurdish official praises U.S. decision to provide arms

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
WASHINGTON,— A top Syrian Kurdish official on Wednesday welcomed the U.S. decision to arm Kurdish fighters in Syrian Kurdistan with heavier weapons, saying it would “legitimize” the force as it prepares to march on Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Isla ...

A march organized on Kurdish Language Day

ANHA - 2017-05-11 16:54
AFRIN- The Democratic Society Education Committee organized a march in Rajo district in Afrin canton for the occasion of Kurdish Language Day that is on May 15, and hundreds of people of the district participated in the march. Hundreds of people, the Demo ...

SDF’s Photos taken inside of al-Tabqa city

ANHA - 2017-05-11 13:25
AL-RAQQA- The fighters of SDF completely liberated al-Tabqa city and Euphrates Dam on Wednesday. The liberation was after 50 days of launching the operation of al-Tabqa city and Euphrates Dam liberation in March 21. Our reporters in al-Tabqa has captured ...

Bahrain to try two civilians in military court - state media

Reuters - 2017-05-10 19:29
DUBAI (Reuters) - Two civilians will be tried on terrorism charges in a Bahrain military court for the first time under new amendments issued in March that have drawn sharp condemnation from rights groups. ...

Next Round of Geneva Peace Talks on Syria to be Held on May 16

BAS News - 2017-05-09 17:34
ISTANBUL — The sixth round of peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition will be held on May 16, announced Staffan de Mistura, the UN envoy for Syria. The firth round of Gevena peace talks took place in late March, followed by the Turkey, R ...

You can now use ‘Reaction’ emojis to reply to comments on Facebook too

Waar Media - 2017-05-04 20:44
WAAR-DUHOK: Facebook has brought its emoji reaction tool to comments, so you can now show someone how you feel about their comment with a simple swipe of the thumb. Originally Facebook only allowed you to add ‘Reactions’ to posts but in March it brought ...

Witnesses Reject Pentagon Statement on Civilian Casualties in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-04 00:35
ISTANBUL — Witnesses of the airstrike by the US-led coalition in Mosul are saying that the Pentagon’s explanation for the attack that killed over 100 civilians on March 17 is not correct. According to the Pentagon, the reason for the attack was that the ...

Russian police detain gay rights activists at May Day march

Reuters - 2017-05-01 19:06
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian police arrested about 20 gay-rights protesters demonstrating on Monday in St Petersburg against the treatment of homosexuals in the southern Chechnya republic, one of the detained activists told Reuters. ...

Venezuela opposition march to honor those killed in violence

Reuters - 2017-04-22 17:35
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition prepared to march in silence on Saturday to honor a dozen people killed in three weeks of protests demanding that the government of President Nicolas Maduro hold delayed elections and address a growing economic c ...

Conference: Language Contact and Language Change in Western Asia

Kurdish Studies Network - 2017-04-15 22:19
Goethe University Frankfurt, 10-12 March 2017 The conference “Language Contact and Language Change in Western Asia” focuses on multilingualism in Western Asia. Within Western Asia, we aim at focusing the Kurdish-populated areas in the regions of Iran, Ira ...

Iran court sentences Kurdish writer to three years in prison

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-04-13 02:04
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Court in Orumiyeh (also known in Kurdish as Urmiye) sentenced Kurdish writer and student Ali Badrkhani to three years in prison on 29 March, local sources told the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN). He was first arrested t ...

Corruption, deceit plague private education in Iraq

E-Kurd - 2017-04-09 15:27
BAGHDAD,— It’s said that some college degrees aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on. Some graduates in Iraq are finding that to be true. Others can’t even get the paper. Dozens of students protested March 8 in front of the private Mazaya College, cal ...

PKK Once Again Displaced Yezidis: Official

BAS News - 2017-04-08 21:20
The party’s policies has resulted in no willingness for IDPs to return home SINJAR — Since the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) attacked Roj Peshmerga forces near Khansur subdistrict of Sinjar on 3rd of March, no Yezidi IDP has returned to their home in Sn ...

Kurdish flag fans controversy in Iraq's Kirkuk / Mustafa Saadoun

KurdPress - 2017-04-07 20:50
Controversy ensued when the flag of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) was raised in Kirkuk on March. 28. The local government in the province insisted on having the Kurdish flag fly alongside the Iraqi federal one, although the federal government in ...

South African opposition, rights groups march against Zuma

Reuters - 2017-04-07 10:56
PRETORIA/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Thousands marched in major South African cities to protest against President Jacob Zuma on Friday, demanding he quit after a cabinet reshuffle triggered the latest crisis of his presidency. ...

Fifth round of Geneva negotiations reveals internal obstacles

KNC Geneva - 2017-04-06 00:24
From March 23 to March 31, 2017, the fifth round of talks took place in Geneva since the resumption of talks in 2016. The objective of this round was to work on four fundamental issues: interim governance, elections, constitution and the complex of counte ...

What kind of success did Turkey achieve in Syria? / Murat Yetkin

KurdPress - 2017-04-03 01:49
Hours before U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s arrival in Ankara on the evening of March 29, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on NTV that Turkey’s “Euphrates Shield” operation on Syria soil had been completed. ...

Jailed HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtas ends hunger strike

KurdPress - 2017-04-01 19:51
The co-chair of Turkey pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtas, has ended his hunger strike the same day he started it on March 31, Hurriyet daily reported. ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – March 24, 2017

E-Kurd - 2017-04-01 08:42
Kurdistan ministry calls on WHO to assist Kurdistan Region with medical needs Erbil: Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Ministry of Health called on the World Health Organization (WHO) to assist the region in medical issues. A WHO delegation met ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – March 25, 2017

E-Kurd - 2017-04-01 08:42
Kurdish activists, MPs denounce killing of Kurdish journalist Sulaimani: A number of Kurdish activists and lawmakers held a press conference in Sulaimani on Saturday, denouncing the death of female journalist Nuzhyan Erhan. Member of the Kurdistan Parlia ...

Iran exports more than one billion dollars goods to Iraq and Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2017-04-01 08:42
KERMASHAHAN, Iranian Kurdistan,— Governor of Qasr-e-Shirin city Faramarz Akbari said on Monday that in the past year (ended March 20) totally one billion and 28 million dollars of goods have been exported from Parviz Khan and Khosravi border terminals to ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – March 29, 2017

E-Kurd - 2017-04-01 08:42
Kurdish MP says no decision from Iraqi govt. to withhold Kirkuk salaries Sulaimani: A Kurdish lawmaker in the Iraqi Parliament on Wednesday refuted claims the Iraqi government had withheld budget payments to the Kirkuk Governorate, citing the acting Iraq ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – March 30, 2017

E-Kurd - 2017-04-01 08:42
Kurdistan Parliament Speaker awards Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad in Germany Berlin: Iraqi Kurdistan Parliament Speaker Yusuf Mohammed Sadiq awarded Yazidi human rights activist and U.N. Goodwill Ambassador Nadia Murad on Wednesday, praising h ...

HRW accuses Iraqi Kurdistan forces of shooting at protesters

E-Kurd - 2017-04-01 08:42
BEIRUT,— Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) armed forces fired rubber and live bullets and teargas canisters at protesters in Sinjar on March 14, 2017, killing one person and wounding at least seven, Human Rights Watch said today. KRG authorities ...

In Turkey, Kurdish Singers Keep Traditional Music Alive

The Kurdish Project - 2017-04-01 01:12
The following article was originally published in NPR. A late March snow descends on a modest farmhouse in central Anatolia. An oil stove hisses away inside, as afternoon gives way to twilight. A heavyset man with a thick black mustache adjusts his cap, ...

Conference in Turkey Brings the Works of Sharafkhan Bidlisi Back to Life

BAS News - 2017-04-01 00:06
SOFIA — On the 25th and 26th of March this year, the Ismail Besikci Foundation organized a two-day conference in Istanbul and Izmir in coordination with the Bitlis Ideational and Academic Working Group, inquiring the truth behind the death of famous Kurd ...

Kurdistan Region Commemorates 1991 Exodus of Kurds

BAS News - 2017-03-31 21:14
ERBIL — Every year on 31st March, people in Kurdistan Region commemorate the 1991 exodus during which time more than one million civilians were displaced by Saddam Hussein’s regime. After decades of revolutions and sacrifices for freedom, Kurdish people ...

UN Condemns Wednesday’s Terrorist Attack on Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-03-30 19:25
BAGHDAD — The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General (SRSG) for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, strongly condemns the terrorist bombing in Yousufiyah at Baghdad’s southern entrance late Wednesday, 29 March 2017, in which a number of people were ...

Trump Confirms US Support for Iraq in Combating ISIS

Waar Media - 2017-03-30 17:21
WAAR-DUHOK: The US President Donald Trump thanked the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi for his latest visit to Washington describing it as a “productive visit”, according to the White House readout on March 29. In a phone call made between Trump and ...

HRW urges KRG to investigate the use of deadly force in Shengal

ANF/English - 2017-03-30 16:03
KRG forces fired rubber and live bullets at protesters in Shengal on March 14, 2017, killing one person and wounding at least seven, HRW said, and called on KRG authorities to investigate the use of lethal force against the protesters. ...

Trump And Abadi Reiterate Cooperation in Fight Against IS

BAS News - 2017-03-30 11:49
The two leaders spoke on the phone on March 29 ERBIL — The US President Donald Trump thanked the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi for his latest visit to Washington describing it as a "productive visit", according to the White House readout on March ...

Anarchy in the European Union?

Foreign Policy Research Institute - 2017-03-30 06:31
This is a historic week for Europe, for better or worse. On March 25, the members of the European Union gathered in Rome to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome. That historic document created the European Economic Communit ...

Zakho University Holds International Conference on Aylol Revolution

Waar Media - 2017-03-29 17:03
WAAR-DUHOK: Zakho University today holds the first international conference titled ” Aylol Revolution in Local and Foreign Journalism (1961-1975)” The conference agenda is scheduled for two days March 29-30, there will be a panels for discussing “Aylol R ...

Kirkuk Provincial Council Votes in Favour of Raising Kurdistan Flag

BAS News - 2017-03-28 12:38
KIRKUK — Kirkuk provincial council voted on Tuesday in favour of the decision by governor Najmaddin Karim to raise the Kurdistan flag over the government buildings in the city. On Tuesday, March 28, Kirkuk provincial council held a session to vote on the ...

Iran exports more than one billion dollars goods to Iraq: governor

KurdPress - 2017-03-28 08:28
The governor of Iranian western city of Qasr-e-Shirin, Faramarz Akbari, stated on Monday that in the past year (ended March 20) totally one billion and 28 million dollars of goods have been exported from Parviz Khan and Khosravi border terminals to Iraq. ...

Turkish claims on Iran are baseless: Foreign Ministry spokesman

KurdPress - 2017-03-27 14:05
The Iranian Foreign Ministry on March 26 called recent remarks by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as “baseless and meddlesome,” stating that Ankara is playing a blame game to justify its expansionist polices, Hurriyet daily reported. ...

Battles for Mosul and Raqqa: Challenges and comparisons

Seth Frantzman - 2017-03-24 19:39
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN On March 22nd US forces helped transport elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces across lake Assad behind ISIS lines. Coming ashore around 30 kilometers from Raqqa, […] ...

[IN PICTURES]: Israeli Kurds Celebrate Newroz with Kurdish Costumes

BAS News - 2017-03-24 15:40
ERBIL — The Jewish Kurds in Israel organized different activities to celebrate Nawroz on March 21st which marks the Kurdish New Year. The pictures of Kurds on Nawroz in Israel show how the Jewish Kurds, along with all other Kurds in the world, celebrated ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – March 22, 2017

E-Kurd - 2017-03-23 05:55
Hundreds of displaced families return to their homes south of Kirkuk Kirkuk: Hundreds of displaced families have returned to their homes in the south of Kirkuk early on Wednesday. Head of Peshmerga Frontlines for the south of Kirkuk, Wasta Rasul, told NR ...

Delegation of the Kurdish National Council received at the White House

KNC Geneva - 2017-03-22 20:17
On March 6th 2017, the last day of its visit to Washington D.C., the delegation of the Kurdish National Council (KNC), has been received at the White House. Joel Rayburn, senior director for Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon of the White House National Securi ...

UNAMI Condemns Monday's Terrorist Attack in Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-03-21 20:24
BAGHDAD — The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, strongly condemns the “cowardly” terrorist bombing in Baghdad’s southwestern al-Amil district on Monday, 20th of March, in which scores of civilians were re ...

Nawroz as Celebrated By Kurds

BAS News - 2017-03-21 09:56
Every year on 21st of March, Kurds around the world celebrate their New Year which starts with Spring when the nature starts reviving. For thousands of years, the beginning of the Kurdish New Year has been associated with joy, dancing, family gatherings, ...

Taiwan’s Ex-Presidents: A Carousel of Legal Problems

Foreign Policy Research Institute - 2017-03-21 00:15
On March 14, the former president of Taiwan, Ma Ying-jeou, was charged with leaking classified information related to a wiretapping case. This indictment is not the first—or even second—time that a former president of the country has experienced legal tr ...

Barzani: Kurdish Nation Should gets their Sovereignty

Waar Media - 2017-03-20 18:57
WAAR-DUHOK: In a Nawroz message on the eve of the Kurdish New Year on Monday Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani said that Nawroz is for the Kurds the symbol of the demise of the enemy and start of a new life. Barzani said that the month of March w ...

Britain to formally trigger process to leave EU on March 29

Waar Media - 2017-03-20 14:31
WAAR-DUHOK: Britain’s government will begin the process of leaving the European Union on March 29, starting the clock on the two years in which to complete the most important negotiation for a generation. Britain’s ambassador to the 28-nation EU, Tim Bar ...

Russia ‘can’t satisfy’ Erdogan’s ambitions on Kurdish issue

E-Kurd - 2017-03-20 00:15
MOSCOW,— On March 10, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Moscow. This was Erdogan’s second visit after the normalization of relations between the two countries. During the Friday meeting, the leaders discussed bilateral cooperation and the si ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – March 15, 2017

E-Kurd - 2017-03-20 00:15
KDP deploys Peshmerga forces around PKK-held Qandil region Erbil: Iraqi Kurdistan’s KDP is deploying forces on the line of contact with the Qandil region held by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Reports of KDP’s preparations for a battle against the P ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – March 16, 2017

E-Kurd - 2017-03-20 00:15
Iraqi Kurds mark the 29th anniversary of the chemical weapons attack on Halabja Halabja: Iraqi Kurds Thursday (March 16) mark the 29th anniversary of the chemical weapons attack on the Kurdish city of Halabja in which five thousand people were killed and ...
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