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Why was Şengal and Kirkuk handed over?

ANHA - 2017-10-17 15:10
DILYAR JAZEERI NEWS DESK- On September 25, the referendum on the independence of Başûr Region (South Kurdistan). This referendum was initiated and determined under the supervision of the Kurdistan Democratic Party(KDP). Most of the regional and internatio ...

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 ...

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 ...

What should the U.S. do next on Iraqi Kurdistan?

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:34
Michael Rubin | American Enterprise Institute On September 25, Iraqi Kurdistan held an independence referendum not only in its recognized territory, but also in ethnically-mixed areas of Iraq to which both it and the Iraqi government have laid claims. Th ...

Kurdistan – A New Country is Born

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:34
Dr. Rashid Karadaghi | Ekurd.net The people of Kurdistan have spoken and they have spoken loud and clear. On September 25, they voted overwhelmingly to start the process of separating from Iraq and building their own democratic, pluralistic, independent ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Al-Jazeera Tempest: village liberated, 30+ mercenaries killed

ANHA - 2017-10-03 15:17
DEIR EZ-ZOR- Syrian Democratic Forces fighters have liberated Lija village in the Jazrat axis while battles are going on in this axis resulting in killing more than 30 mercenaries. Al-Jazeera Tempest campaign launched September 9 continues achieving more ...

Iran’s Kurds are growing restless, too

The Economist - 2017-10-02 04:44
THE Kurds of Iran are calling for independence just as lustily as their cousins in Iraq, perhaps even more so. While the mood in the streets of Iraq’s Kurdish cities was generally subdued and nervous after their referendum on independence on September 25 ...

Iran: A Wounded Kolbar at the Risk of Losing His Leg

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-10-01 02:02
A Kurdish Kolbar who was injured last week after being shot by Border Regiment Forces at the Noosud border is hospitalised where they might amputate his right leg. On Thursday, September 21, the border guards in Nosoud Border ambushed a group of Kolbars a ...

Baghdad’s “No Fly” Sanction on Kurdistan Comes into Effect

BAS News - 2017-09-29 21:22
ERBIL — At 1800 hours on September 29, the Baghdad authorities put into effect its blockade of airspace for international flights to the airports in Erbil and Sulimanyah, said Erbil International Airport on Friday. “The published intention of Baghdad is ...

What Will China Do if the U.S. Attacks North Korea?

International Crisis Group - 2017-09-29 16:11
During a speech at the United Nations General Assembly on 19 September 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump warned that if North Korea threatened the United States or its allies, he would “totally destroy” the nation. As tensions continue to rise between Wa ...

Iraqi Army Launches Second Phase of Hawija Operation

BAS News - 2017-09-29 13:58
ERBIL — The Iraqi army announce on Friday the beginning of the second phase of Hawija assault after successfully completing the plan for the first phase. The Hawija operation had been launched earlier on 21st September, after which the Iraqi army, alongs ...

Seems Iraq has No Problems Other than Kurdistan

Lawk Ghafuri - 2017-09-29 08:26
AMP – Foreign Affairs By Lawk Ghafuri Like Iraq is enjoying a stable and peaceful period of time nowadays to put all their focus on opposing a democratic and peaceful Referendum that held on 25th of September in Kurdistan region so the Kurdish people vote ...

Iran: Two Prisoners hanged on Murder Charges at Orumiyeh Central Prison

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-09-29 02:01
On September 26, two death row prisoners were executed in the central prison of Orumiyeh. Kurdistan Human Rights Network has been informed that four prisoners sentenced to execution on murder charge were transferred to solitary confinement in Orumiyeh Cen ...

A Labour Activist Arrested in Sanandaj by Iranian Security Forces

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-09-29 02:01
Security forces in Sanandaj arrested a labour activist yesterday and transferred him to the intelligence headquarters in the city of Sanandaj. “On Tuesday, September 26, the security forces of Sanandaj arrested Saleh Nia (the Kurdish labour activist and a ...

UK Air Forces Hit 1,602 IS Positions in Iraq, Syria Since 2014

BAS News - 2017-09-28 20:46
ERBIL — UK Royal Air Forces have hit 1,602 Islamic State (IS) positions across Iraq and Syria since the start of the US-led coalition operation against the extremist group in September 2014, UK Defense Ministry said on Thursday. According to a statement ...

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. ...

Canada Still Planning to Arm Kurds Even After Independence Vote

BAS News - 2017-09-28 11:06
ERBIL — Military assistance deliveries are still expected to proceed even after Kurdistan Region held an independence referendum on September 25, the Canadian Forces said on Wednesday. The Iraqi government has not signaled its desire for Canada to change ...

92.73% voted 'yes' in Kurdistan independence referendum: commission

KurdPress - 2017-09-28 08:51
The Independent High Elections and Referendum Commission (IHREC) announced on Wednesday, September 27, that 92.73 percent had voted “yes” in favor of an independent Kurdistan, while 7.23 percent voted “no”, according to initial results. ...

In Bokan, Iran’s security forces arrested two young

Hengaw - 2017-09-27 03:02
Hengaw: According to a report from Human Rights Watch “Hengaw“, on the evening of September 22, a group of young people from the The post In Bokan, Iran’s security forces arrested two young appeared first on Human Rights News. ...

Barzani: Kurdistan Entered New Different Stage After Referendum

BAS News - 2017-09-26 21:15
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani said in a video message on Tuesday that Kurdistan Region entered a new phase after September 25th independence referendum. “I extend my heartfelt congratulations to all of you - all parties, ethnic and re ...

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 ...

Week in Brief: Execution and Arrest

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-09-26 02:03
Iran executes a man publicly in Ilam for murder Iranian authorities publicly executed a prisoner on murder charges at the Modarres street in the morning of 17 September in the city of Ilam, The prisoner was sentenced to death last December for having kill ...

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 ...

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 ...

Kurdistan Referendum Committee Meets with Barzani

BAS News - 2017-09-24 21:07
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Hight Committee for Referendum met on Saturday ahead of the independence vote on 25th September to make it clear that the referendum happens on time since Baghdad showed not willingness to reach an acceptable deal with Erbil. T ...

PUK expresses support for alternative in place of referendum

KurdPress - 2017-09-24 07:30
Mala Bakhtiar, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan's (PUK) Politburo Executive Secretary announced on Saturday, September 23, that his party has expressed its stance in support of an alternative path offered by the U.S., U.N. and U.K. in place of the Kurdish ...

Canadian MPs Voice Support for Kurdistan’s Independence

BAS News - 2017-09-24 01:43
ERBIL — Members of the Canadian Parliament extended their support for the Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum scheduled for the 25th of September. Two Canadian MPs, who spoke to Kurdistan24 on Thursday, expressed their support for Kurdistan’s desi ...

Reps in Baghdad Reaffirm Kurdistan Determined to Run Independence Vote

BAS News - 2017-09-23 18:24
ERBIL- The Senior Referendum Council from the Kurdistan Region reiterated on Saturday that Kurdistan's independence referendum will take place on time, September 25. The council visited Baghdad today after it had already concluded a one-week visit to the ...

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 ...

International Observers Arrive in Kurdistan to Observe Referendum

BAS News - 2017-09-23 14:05
ERBIL — 17 lawyers from Diayrbakir, Turkey, arrived in Erbil on Saturday to observe the September 25th independence referendum of Kurdistan Region. As part of the preparations for Kurdistan’s independence referendum planned for September 25, Kurdistan Re ...

9 Kurdish citizens arrested for raising Kurdistan flag

Hengaw - 2017-09-23 03:01
Hengaw: according to the report from the Kurdish Human Rights Watch organization “Hengaw”, on Wednesday, September 20, intelligence forces arrested four The post 9 Kurdish citizens arrested for raising Kurdistan flag appeared first on Human Rights News. ...

4 key points about the Kurdistan independence vote

KurdPress - 2017-09-22 11:40
Last June, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq set September 25 as the date for a referendum on Kurdish independence. At the time, the decision received almost no notice. Now, with September 25 less than a week away, the Iraqi governm ...

Emmanuel Macron urges Barzani to postpone Kurdish polls

KurdPress - 2017-09-22 11:40
French President Emmanuel Macron has called on Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani to back down on the plan to hold referendum on the region's independence, planned for September 25. ...

What's at stake in Kurdish independence vote

CNN - 2017-09-22 06:41
From all corners, from friends and foes, the warnings are "don't do it!" But the Kurds of northern Iraq are determined to move forward with plans to hold a referendum on independence on September 25, and popular excitement is growing even as an internatio ...

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 ...

US Senate Advances Bill to Aid Christian IDPs in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-09-21 14:30
ERBIL — The United States is working on a bill to step up its support to the Iraqi Christians who have been subject to violent actions and genocide. On September 19th, Senate's Foreign Relations Committee voted on the bill in hopes of moving it closer to ...

Three Kurdish Citizens to be Detained for a Further Two Months in Orumiyeh

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-09-21 02:02
Yesterday, a military court in Orumiyeh extended the detention of three Kurdish detainees from Shno city (also known in Farsi as Oshnavieh) for a further two months. “On Monday, September 18, three Kurdish detainees including Amir Peyghami, Taher Khorshid ...

How to Mitigate the Risks of Iraqi Kurdistan's Referendum

International Crisis Group - 2017-09-20 16:46
A century-long quest for an independent Kurdistan has encouraged Iraqi Kurds to exploit Iraq’s ongoing crises and schedule a referendum on 25 September 2017. But the referendum is more a reflection of Iraq’s disorder than the Kurds’ readiness for stateho ...

Kurds and Arabs of Zummar Rally in Support of Kurdistan’s Independence

BAS News - 2017-09-20 14:37
ERBIL — People in Zummar district, in north-eastern Nineveh Province, organized a rally on Wednesday to show their support for Kurdistan Region’s independence vote, scheduled for September 25. Ahmed Jaafer, mayor of Zummar District, told BasNews that ral ...

Turkish jets hit PKK camps in Kurdistan Region

KurdPress - 2017-09-20 09:26
Turkish warplanes struck camps belonging to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and ammunition storages in the Kurdistan Region on Tuesday, September 19, the Turkish military said in a statement. ...

Second Public Execution During the Past Ten Days in Ilam

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-09-20 02:01
A prisoner was executed in public at the Modarres Blvd. of Ilam City on charges of murder. According to the Ilam News website, on the morning of September 17, 2017, a prisoner charged with murder was executed publicly at the Modarres Blvd. in the city of ...

Barzani: We Have the Right Not to Trust Verbal Pledges

BAS News - 2017-09-19 17:57
ERBIL— If the Kurdistan Region leadership receives an alternative for its independence referendum from Baghdad which the international community can guarantee its enforcement, instead of voting to the referendum on September 25, the people of Kurdistan w ...

Kurdistan Mine Action Agency Removes 350 Mines in Sulaymaniyah

BAS News - 2017-09-19 11:04
ERBIL — Kurdistan Mine Action Agency (KMAA) cleared a large area from land mines and war remnants in Sulaymaniyah Province of Kurdistan Region. The agency reported its teams successfully detonated dozens of mines on September 18 in Golini Barbi minefield ...

Erdogan, NATO chief discuss S-400 deal, Kurdish referendum

KurdPress - 2017-09-19 08:52
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in New York on Monday, September 18, Turkey's S-400 air defense system deal with Russia as well as the referendum of independence in Kurdistan Region, set for Se ...

Let It Beer! Oktoberfest fun begins in Germany

Waar Media - 2017-09-18 18:04
WAAR-DUHOK: On Saturday, September 16, the world’s largest beer festival kicked off in Munich, with the city mayor tapping the first keg at noon. The festival will go until October 3rd. The post Let It Beer! Oktoberfest fun begins in Germany appeared fir ...

PM Barzani: We Will Continue to Cooperate with Baghdad in War on Terrorism

BAS News - 2017-09-18 15:26
ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani stated that there's no decision to postpone the independence referendum, scheduled for September 25. Regarding Brett McGurk’s latest visit to Kurdistan Region and his request to ...

Another Explosion Hits Central Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-09-18 15:26
KIKRUK — On Monday, September 18, a second explosion took place in Kirkuk city during this week. A local source said a bomb, attached to a car of a civilian in Wasit neighborhood in central Kirkuk, went off on Monday. According to initial reports, the ex ...

Referendum Council Reiterates Independence Vote Will Be Held as Scheduled

BAS News - 2017-09-17 23:06
ERBIL— The Senior Referendum Council of the Kurdistan Region declared on Sunday that Kurdistan Region will go ahead with its imminent independence referendum, set for September 25. The members of the council convened Sunday evening. Kurdistan Region Pres ...

95% of People Expected to Vote "Yes" to Independence: Kurdish Official

BAS News - 2017-09-17 17:04
ERBIL — An estimation of 95% of people in Kurdistan Region are expected to vote in favour of independence on the referendum day, said a Kurdish politician. Kurdistan Region is scheduled to hold an independence vote on 25th September, which also allows th ...

Kurdistan Referendum Will Not Be Postponed: Senior Council

BAS News - 2017-09-17 17:04
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region's Senior Referendum Council on Saturday announced that the referendum on the independence of Kurdistan will be held on time, as scheduled for 25th September. Today in Erbil's Pirman parish the senior council held a meeting, chaire ...

Barzani rules out alternative to referendum

KurdPress - 2017-09-17 10:49
Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has ruled out an alternative to the Kurdish independence referendum and therefore called on people to vote on September 25. ...
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