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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 ...

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 ...

Barzani to Release a Statement on Situation in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-10-17 13:07
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani is expected to release a statement on Tuesday, October 17 about the latest situation in Kurdistan. Following the offensive by the Iraqi government against Kirkuk on Monday, Barzani is expected to address ...

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 ...

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. ...

PUK Peshmerga Commander Missing: Source

BAS News - 2017-10-16 21:26
ERBIL — A source from Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Peshmerga has confirmed that Sheikh Jaafar Mustafa, commander of PUK’s Unit 70 of the Peshmerga forces, has gone missing after the conflicts in Kirkuk. On Monday, Baghdad-backed Shi’ite militias of Has ...

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. ...

Baath regime forces attack SDF positions in Deir ez-Zor

ANHA - 2017-10-16 20:09
DEIR EZZOR – The forces of the Baath regime attacked the positions of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters. Four SDF fighters were wounded in the attack. During the afternoon hours on Monday, the Baath regime forces carried out an attack against th ...

Iranian-backed PMF Using US Military Equipment Against Peshmerga: KRSC

BAS News - 2017-10-16 08:36
ERBIL — The Iraqi forces and Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi militia (PMF) on Sunday night launched an attack on Kirkuk from two front lines, said Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) on Monday morning. The two forces at 23:30 advanced from Taza Khurm ...

The Shakeup of Sykes-Picot Agreement!

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:35
Luqman Barwari | Special to Ekurd.net In less few days, on Monday, Sept. 25, the largest nation in the world without a state of its own — the Kurds — will finally hold a vote for independence referendum. Though only Iraqi Kurds are participating in the r ...

Iraqi Kurds vote in historic independence referendum, defying threats

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:35
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Voting started on Monday in an independence referendum organized by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq, ignoring the threats of the Kurds’ neighbors and fears of further instability and violen ...

Iraq refuses talks with Kurdistan about independence referendum results

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:35
BAGHDAD,— The Iraqi government will not hold talks with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) about the results of the “unconstitutional” referendum on independence held on Monday in northern Iraq, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said. “We are not ...

Iraq allows foreigners to leave Kurdistan via Baghdad

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:34
BAGHDAD,— Iraq on Monday authorised foreigners stranded in Iraqi Kurdistan after an international flight ban to leave the country via Baghdad despite not having a federal visa. Foreigners who had entered the northern autonomous region on regional visas n ...

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 seeks to take control of Kurdistan mobile phone operators

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:34
BAGHDAD,— The Iraqi government will seek to impose control over Kurdistan-based mobile phone operators and move their headquarters to the capital Baghdad, it said on Monday. The announcement followed a cabinet meeting attended by top security officials a ...

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 ...

Extractions of the Kobani march calling for Ocelan’s freedom

ANHA - 2017-10-10 13:48
Extractions of the Kobani march calling for Ocelan’s freedom Extractions of the Kobani march calling for Ocelan’s freedom Extractions of the Kobani march calling for Ocelan’s freedom KOBANI- Thousands of Kobani people revolted on Monday saying aloud” we d ...

Pictures: Peshmerga Arrests 1,000 IS Members During Hawija Fight

BAS News - 2017-10-10 10:25
KIRKUK — The Directorate of Asayish (Security) in Dibis district in Kirkuk Province announced on Monday the arrest of about a thousand members of the Islamic State (IS) organization since the start of the operation to liberate Hawija district, southern K ...

Unknown Armed Men Set Fire to Civilian Properties in Liberated Shirqat

BAS News - 2017-10-09 23:14
ERBIL — A group of unidentified armed men have recently started setting the civilian houses on fire in the newly liberated villages around Shirqat district, some 80 kilometres west of Hawija in northern Iraq, a security source said. On Monday also the un ...

Turkey urges U.S. to review visa suspension as lira, stocks tumble

Reuters - 2017-10-09 18:33
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey urged the United States on Monday to review its suspension of visa services after the arrest of a U.S. consulate employee sharply escalated tensions between the two NATO allies and drove Turkey's currency and stocks lower. ...

Six Yezidi Abductees Freed from IS in Syria

BAS News - 2017-10-09 16:38
ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Directorate of Yezidi Abductees' Affairs stated that six more Kurdish Yezidis were rescued from Islamic State (IS) on Monday, October 9. Hussein Qaidi, head of the directorate, told BasNews “a woman aged 30 alo ...

Baghdad Introduces Additional Sanctions on Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-10-09 14:57
ERBIL — The Iraqi government on Monday introduced further measures against the Kurdistan Region in response to the independence referendum held on September 25. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi convened the Iraqi National Security Council, during whi ...

Peshmerga Foils IS Attack South-west Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-09 13:02
IS militants attacked Peshmerga early Monday southwestern Kirkuk KIRKUK — Peshmerga forces managed to foil the offensive carried out by Islamic State (IS) extremists early Monday against Peshmerga on south-western Kirkuk’s front. Kamal Kirkuki, Peshmerga ...

46 civilians saved, a bombed vehicle destroyed

ANHA - 2017-10-09 13:01
Syrian Democratic Forces have liberated on Monday morning 46 civilians most of them are women and children, those civilians were used as human shields, a bombed vehicle was also destroyed. ...

IS Militants Attack Peshmerga South-West Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-09 12:19
Fierce clashes are ongoing between Peshmerga and IS KIRKUK — Islamic State (IS) extremists launched early on Monday an offensive against the Peshmerga forces on south-western Kirkuk front. Kamal Kirkuki, a Peshmerga commander of the front, told BasNews t ...

IS Kidnaps Village Headman in Diyala

BAS News - 2017-10-03 18:09
ERBIL— The Islamic State (IS) militants on Monday night abducted a village headman and his son in the town of Qara Tapa (adjacent to the volatile town of Tuz Khutmatu) in Diyala province. The IS militants cordoned off Sayf Saad village at nearly 20.00 p. ...

Peshmerga Film Goes on Screen in New York

BAS News - 2017-10-03 12:49
The Peshmerga documentary filmed and directed by the French philosopher and film producer Bernard-Henri Lévy was screened in New York on Monday at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. From July to December 2015, with a film crew, Bernard-Henri Lévy filmed the ...

KRG to HRW: See Baghdad’s Embargo Against People of Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-10-03 00:53
ERBIL — The international community and United Nations’ Human Rights Watch should react to the sanctions imposed by the Iraqi central government against the people of Kurdistan Region, said a Kurdish official. Receiving a HRW delegation on Monday, head o ...

Over 3,500 IDPs from Hawija Arrive in Peshmerga-held Areas

BAS News - 2017-10-02 23:46
ERBIL — Over three thousand people who are mostly children and women were displaced on Monday in and around Hawija district due to the fight against Islamic State (IS) in the area. The displaced people who fled their homes, fearing IS and Hashd al-Shaabi ...

Turkish army’s gangs attacked Ishka village

ANHA - 2017-10-02 23:42
AFRIN – The occupying Turkish army and tied gangs carried out artillery shelling against the village of Ishka in Afrin’s Şêrawa district on Monday, it has been reported. ANHA reporters on the ground said the occupying Turkish army and its gangs positioned ...

Kurdistan Region Presidency Condemns Las Vegas Shooting

BAS News - 2017-10-02 21:00
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Presidency (KRP) decried on Monday the mass shooting in Las Vegas in which 58 civilians were killed with hundreds more injured. “We strongly condemn the heinous shooting. On behalf of the Presidency and the people of Kurdistan Re ...

Barzani Calls for Continuous Coexistence in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-02 21:00
KIRKUK — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani visited Kirkuk on Monday to meet with local military and administration officials and discuss the post-referendum era. During a meeting, Barzani reiterated that Kirkuk has a Kurdish identity and it is hi ...

BCF Delivers Aid to 799 IDP Families

BAS News - 2017-10-02 19:43
ERBIL — The Kurdish Barzani Charity Foundation (BCF) delivered on Monday humanitarian aid to 799 families who have escaped their homes due to Islamic State (IS) atrocities. The new aid patch contained dried food supplies, which were distributed among the ...

Netanyahu Denies Israel's Role in Kurdistan’s Independence Vote

BAS News - 2017-10-01 15:30
ERBIL — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected on Sunday the claims by the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who had said that Mossad was involved in Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum held last Monday. "Israel played no part in ...

Netanyahu orders ministers to keep mum on Kurdish referendum

KNNC - 2017-10-01 10:20
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly instructed ministers in his government to avoid speaking out about the Kurdish independence referendum that took place Monday in the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq. The Times of Israel reported. ...

Iran, Iraq to Conduct Joint Military Drill on Kurdistan Border Strip

BAS News - 2017-09-30 18:44
ERBIL — The Islamic Republic of Iran will conduct a military exercise with the Iraqi central government to show off military superiority at the face of Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum which was held last Monday. "A joint military exercise betw ...

KRG’s Oil Exports Continue

BAS News - 2017-09-30 14:34
ERBIL — Even though the Iraqi government is imposing “collective punishments” on Kurdistan Region, the flow of Kurdish crude export continues up to the moment. According to sources cited by Wiza News, since Monday’s independence referendum, the Kurdistan ...

KRG refuses to relinquish border crossings to Iraq

KurdPress - 2017-09-29 22:41
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has refused to relinquish control of its border crossings to the Iraqi government as Arab-Kurd tensions simmer in light of Monday’s referendum on the independence of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region from the res ...

Ex-US Ambassador to Iraq: Kurdistan’s Independence Vote “Fair”

BAS News - 2017-09-28 19:22
ERBIL — The former ambassador for the United States in Iraq has hailed Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum which was held last Monday, saying the move was “fair”. Speaking to CNN, Ryan Crocker also criticised his country’s position on the referend ...

Iran Pushing Turkey Against Erbil to Take Over Market in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-09-28 15:54
ERBIL — In a bid to take over the Kurdistan Region's market, Iran is trying to push back Turkey from Kurdistan, taking advantage of the independence referendum held by Erbil on Monday to harm the relations between Ankara and Erbil. A senior source told B ...

Turkish, Iraqi PMs discuss KRG referendum results in phone call

KurdPress - 2017-09-28 11:18
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and his Iraqi counterpart Haider Al-Abadi discussed in a phone call late Wednesday, September 27, the results of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) independence referendum on Monday. ...

UN Highly Concerned about Mass Hanging in Iraq

BAS News - 2017-09-27 18:03
ERBIL— Following the mass hanging of 42 prisoners in Iraq on Monday, the United Nation's Commission of Human Rights (OHCHR) voiced concern over the use of death penalty in Iraq. In a press release on Wednesday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid ...

Congressman Introduces Bill in Support of Kurds’ Right to Sovereignty

BAS News - 2017-09-27 13:26
ERBIL — Trent Franks, a member of the US House of Representatives introduced a resolution on Monday to convey the Congress’ support for Kurdistan Region's independence. Franks, a member of the House Committee on Armed Services and known for his support o ...

Catalan President Congratulates Barzani on Kurdistan’s Referendum

BAS News - 2017-09-26 15:34
ERBIL — Catalan President Carles Puigdemont congratulated Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on the independence referendum of Kurdistan which was held on Monday, September 25. In a phone call on Tuesday, Puigdemont extended his congratulations to ...

Iraqi Kurds vote in referendum on independence from Baghdad

Washington Times - 2017-09-26 04:42
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Kurds were casting ballots on Monday in Iraq's Kurdish region and disputed territories on whether to support independence from Baghdad in a historic but non-binding vote that has raised regional tensions and fears of instability. ...

Baghdad Asks US Contractors in Iraq to Pay Higher Taxes

BAS News - 2017-09-25 21:35
ERBIL — US Defense Department contractors operating in Iraq accused Baghdad on Monday of forcing them to pay higher taxes and threatening to stop the production if they don’t adhere to their demands. A statement made by the US Defense Department stated t ...

Iraqi Parliament Demands Abadi Move Force to Disputed Areas

BAS News - 2017-09-25 20:59
ERBIL— In response to running the independence referendum in the Kurdistan Region and in the absence of Kurdish MPs, Iraqi House of Representatives on Monday issued three decisions against Kurdistan. Today, concurrently with running the plebiscite in Kur ...

Borders with Kurdistan Open: Iranian Foreign Ministry

BAS News - 2017-09-25 20:35
ERBIL— Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday stated Iran has not closed its border entries with the Kurdistan Region, refuting an earlier statement by the spokesperson of the ministry. In a statement, the ministry said what has been published by t ...

Turnout high as Iraqi Kurds defy threats to hold independence vote

Reuters - 2017-09-25 20:27
ERBIL/SULAIMANIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - Kurds voted in large numbers in an independence referendum in northern Iraq on Monday, ignoring pressure from Baghdad, threats from Turkey and Iran, and international warnings that the vote may ignite yet more regional ...

76.6 Electors in Kurdistan Voted in Referendum

BAS News - 2017-09-25 20:07
ERBIL— The High Independent Elections and Referendum Commission of the Kurdistan Region on Monday evening announced that 76.6 of electors in the Kurdistan have cast their votes in the independence referendum of the Kurdistan which was concluded shortly a ...

Turkey Decides to Halt Kurdish Channels Broadcast on Turksat Satellites

BAS News - 2017-09-25 18:33
ERBIL– Turkey’s Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTUK) decided on Monday to halt broadcast of two major Kurdistan news channels, Rudaw and Kurdistan24. Both channels posted reports announcing the decision which was made as the Kurdistan Region held ...

Erdogan, Putin discuss Kurdistan Region on phone

KurdPress - 2017-09-25 17:37
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin discussed Iraq and Syria on the phone, a Turkish presidential source said on Monday. ...

Turkish Airlines Refutes Reports on Annulling Flights to Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-09-25 14:18
ERBIL — Turkey has not suspended its direct flights to and from Kurdistan Region, the Turkish national airlines stated on Monday. In a statement, Turkish Airlines described the reports which claim that the flights have been annulled as “baseless.” Some m ...

People of Kurdistan votes in historic Referendum

Waar Media - 2017-09-25 13:47
WAAR-DUHOK: The Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum started on Monday, September 25, as was planned. The vote proceeded despite the threats and strong opposition from Iraq, regional and world powers. Polling stations opened on Monday at 8:00 am lo ...

World’s Yezidi Leader Votes to Kurdistan Referendum

BAS News - 2017-09-25 13:32
ERBIL — Mir Tahsin Bag, the leader of Yezidis across Kurdistan and the world, casted his vote in the independence referendum of the Kurdistan Region on Monday. Early today Mir Tahsin Bag attended a polling station in the town of Shekhan, Duhok province, ...

KIG Leader Invites People to Head to Polling Stations

BAS News - 2017-09-25 10:19
ERBIL — The leader of the Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG) Ali Bapir cast his vote in the independence referendum of the Kurdistan Region early Monday morning, calling on all to participate in the plebiscite “enthusiastically.” “This is a historic day for d ...

In Picture: Barzani Casted Vote for Independent Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-09-25 09:30
ERBIL — In the early hours after opening polling stations on Monday, Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani casted his vote on statehood of his region. Despite Baghdad and the international community putting pressure on Erbil to cancel the independenc ...

In Picture: Masrour Barzani Votes

BAS News - 2017-09-25 09:30
ERBIL — The Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council, Masrour Barzani casted his vote early on Monday during the independence referendum. He voted in a polling station in Pirmam, Erbil Province. A day earlier, he called on the people of Kurdistan ...

People of Kurdistan Begin to Vote in Historic Referendum

BAS News - 2017-09-25 09:30
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum started on Monday, September 25, as was planned. The vote proceeded despite the threats and strong opposition from Iraq, regional and world powers. Polling stations opened on Monday at 8:00 am local ...

Turkey to take all measures against KRG referendum

KurdPress - 2017-09-25 09:22
Turkey will take "all measures" under international law if the Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum being held on Monday generates threats to Turkey's national security, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement. ...

Turkey OKs military intervention, warns Iraqi Kurds on vote

Washington Times - 2017-09-25 09:06
ISTANBUL (AP) — The Turkish parliament on Saturday renewed a bill allowing the military to intervene in Iraq and Syria if faced with national security threats - a move seen as a final warning to Iraqi Kurds to call off their Monday independence referendu ...

Referendum kicks off in Kurdistan Region

KurdPress - 2017-09-25 07:36
On Monday at 08:00 am local time, the referendum on independence for the Kurdistan Region begins as polling stations open all over the region, including in the disputed territories. ...

Kurds in Germany Can Vote in Referendum at 5 Polling Stations

BAS News - 2017-09-24 11:05
ERBIL — Yezidi Lalish Centre in Germany announced that all the preparations have been made for Kurdish diaspora in Germany to vote in Monday’s referendum on Kurdistan Region’s independence. Khalat Sheikh Murad, Head of the Lalish Centre said “Five pollin ...

Conspiracy Happening Against Kirkuk Governor

BAS News - 2017-09-23 21:31
ERBIL — As the day for Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum nears, attempts within the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) escalate to dismiss Kirkuk Governor Najmaddin Karim in hopes of harming the polls on Monday, a source said. Earlier on 12th Se ...

Kirkuk Governor Calls on People to Go to Polls on Monday

BAS News - 2017-09-23 16:01
ERBIL — Kirkuk Governor Najmadin Karim released a statement on Saturday to call on the population of the province to take part in Kurdistan’s independence referendum on Monday, September 25. “I call on people of Kirkuk to go to the polls on Monday, Septe ...

Erbil Governor: Preparations for Referendum are Completed

BAS News - 2017-09-23 14:53
ERBIL — Governor of Erbil has ensured about the preparations for the independence referendum, due on Monday, saying that the ground is set to make the process go on a normal pace. “For more than 20 days, the referendum campaigns were happening under the ...

Iran: Two Kurdish citizens Arrested in Dehgolan

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-09-22 02:00
Security forces arrested two Kurdish citizens of Dehgolani and transferred them to an unknown location. “The Security forces raided Yadi Shakeri and Azad Naderi’s houses in Dehgolan on Monday, September 18 before arresting and transferring them to an unkn ...
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