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Iraqi Kurds to End Parliament Boycott

The New Mail - 2017-11-19 01:54
Iraq’s Kurdish lawmakers are returning to Baghdad this week in an apparent end to their boycott of the national parliament, a senior Kurdish official said Thursday. The move is a… The post Iraqi Kurds to End Parliament Boycott appeared first on The New M ...

Iraqi court issues arrest warrant for Kurdish PUK leader Kosrat Rasul

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 13:24
BAGHDAD,— A Baghdad court on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for the vice president of Iraqi Kurdistan on charges of “provocation” against Iraq’s armed forces, the judiciary said. Kosrat Rasul had referred to the Iraqi army and federal police as “occup ...

Chevron suspends drilling activity in Kurdistan, Iraq warns oil companies

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 13:24
LONDON,— Chevron has temporarily suspended oil and gas drilling activity in Iraqi Kurdistan, the company said on Thursday, in the latest setback to the region following recent unrest. “Chevron has decided to temporarily suspend its operations,” a company ...

Iraqi PM demands annulment, not freeze of Kurdistan independence vote

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:04
BAGHDAD,— Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Thursday that he would accept only the annulment of a Kurdish vote for independence, not the freeze that Kurdish leaders have offered. “We will accept nothing but the annulment of the referendum and ...

Turkey says freezing Iraqi Kurdistan independence vote is ‘not enough’

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:04
ANKARA,— Turkey said on Thursday the Iraqi Kurdish offer for last month’s referendum on independence to be frozen is “not enough”, instead urging the Erbil government to cancel the vote. “It is an important move that the northern Iraqi administration tak ...

Eight Turkish troops killed in clashes with Kurdish PKK militants

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:04
ANKARA,— Eight members of the Turkish security forces were killed in clashes with Kurdish militants on Thursday in Turkey’s restive southeast, the army said. Six Turkish soldiers and two military security guards died while two soldiers were wounded — one ...

Iraq orders private banks to close Kurdistan region branches

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:04
BAGHDAD,— Iraq’s central bank has ordered private banks to close their branches in the Kurdistan region within a week to avoid a dollar sale ban, Iraqi banking sources said on Thursday. The central bank’s deadline expires on Nov. 14 and all banks must re ...

Turkey says two troops killed in Duhok Province attacked by PKK

Waar Media - 2017-11-17 18:28
WAAr-DUHOK: The Turkish army on Thursday announced the killing of two soldiers and wounding of another in clashes with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) guerrillas inside the Kurdistan Region. In a press release, the army’s general staff said fighting e ...

KRG’s PM receives US Envoy McGurk in Erbil on Thursday

Waar Media - 2017-11-16 23:21
WAAR-DUHOK: The Kurdistan Region’s Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received the US Special Presidential Envoy in Erbil on Thursday, the first such meeting since the Kurdish vote on independence that was opposed by Washington. Brett McGurk, the American ...

Al-Jazeera Tempest advances in 2 axes, 34 mercenaries killed

ANHA - 2017-11-16 20:43
DEIR EZ-ZOR- Al-Jazeera Tempest campaign continues progressing in the countryside of Deir ez-Zor, and during the clashes that erupted on Thursday, 34 IS mercenaries were killed. Al-Jazeera Tempest campaign that was launched by Syrian Democratic Forces (SD ...

Masoud Barzani One of Top 50 Most Influential Muslims: RISSC

BAS News - 2017-11-10 19:00
ERBIL — President Masoud Barzani selected by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (RISSC) on Thursday as one of the most influential Muslim figures for the year of 2018. Barzani is praised by the institution for his significant role "in shaping the ...

KRG’s PM receives a letter from French president Emmanuel Macron

Waar Media - 2017-11-10 17:50
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received on Thursday a letter from French President Emmanuel Macron who reiterated Paris’ willingness to continue strong bilateral relations with Erbil. Macron, also in his letter, praised the ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Checkpoint Comes Under Attack in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-11-09 19:42
KIRKUK — A group of unidentified armed men attacked on Thursday a checkpoint of Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi in Kirkuk. Media sources said that a fierce fire exchange erupted following the attack in Kirkuk’s Shorija district. No con ...

Macron: France Willing to Further Strengthen Ties with Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-11-09 18:19
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received on Thursday a letter form French President Emmanuel Macron who reiterated Paris’s willingness to continue strong bilateral relations with Erbil. Macron, also in his letter, praised the ro ...

Masrour Barzani: Constitutional Rights of Kurdistan Should Be Preserved

BAS News - 2017-11-09 16:09
Barzani met with the Australian Deputy Head of Mission to Iraq ERBIL — Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Masrour Barzani stated on Thursday that Kurdistan Region is ready to hold inclusive talks with Baghdad over the pending issues. ...

MPs Call on British PM to Help End Erbil-Baghdad Conflicts Immediately

BAS News - 2017-11-03 19:21
ERBIL — A number of British members of parliament on Thursday sent a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, calling for an immediate action to end the conflicts between Baghdad and Erbil. “We have received an urgent letter from the Prime Minister of Kurdi ...

Baghdad Responds Erbils Peaceful Message with Growing Pressure

BAS News - 2017-11-02 23:47
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said on Thursday that Erbil has been sending peaceful messages to Baghdad, in response to which it received mounting pressure from the Iraqi central government. Receiving a US diplomatic delegat ...

Turkish Jets Bomb Suspected PKK Positions on KRG Border

BAS News - 2017-11-02 21:29
DUHOK — Turkish warplanes bombarded overnight on Thursday the border areas of Kurdistan Region, allegedly targeting the positions belonging to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The bombardment is focused on the rural areas of Amedi district in Duhok Pr ...

Several Casualties After New Clashes Between PKK and Turkey

BAS News - 2017-11-02 19:45
ERBIL — Fierce armed clashes erupted between the Turkish troops and guerrillas of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the border areas between Kurdistan Region and southeast Turkey, the armed forces confirmed on Thursday, reporting casualties on both sides ...

Turkey, Greece Release Scores of Kurdish Migrants

BAS News - 2017-11-02 19:45
ERBIL — The Turkish and Greek governments have released nearly 50 Kurdish migrants after they were detained en route to Europe. After negotiations with the Turkish authorities, five migrants from the Kurdistan Region were released on Thursday, said Ari J ...

Iraqis, Kurds clash at key Syria border crossing

The New Mail - 2017-10-27 17:01
Iraqi troops clashed with Kurdish forces on Thursday at a crossing on the Syrian border the U.S. military considers essential for its Middle East operations. The fight is part of… The post Iraqis, Kurds clash at key Syria border crossing appeared first o ...

U.S. House passes ballistic missile sanctions on Iran

Waar Media - 2017-10-27 07:33
WAAR-DUHOK: The U.S. House of Representatives voted nearly unanimously on Thursday for new sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missile program, part of an effort to clamp down on Tehran without immediately moving to undermine an international nuclear agreement ...

Tillerson: No role for Assad in Syria’s future

Waar Media - 2017-10-27 07:33
WAAR-DUHOK: President Bashar al-Assad and his family have no role in the future of Syria, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday ahead of peace talks aiming at a political transition scheduled to resume next month. Tillerson said that the ...

Iraq dismisses Kurdish offer to ‘freeze' independence vote

Los Angeles Times - 2017-10-27 06:26
Iraq's prime minister on Thursday dismissed a Kurdish proposal to freeze the results of last month's independence vote, as Iraqi government forces and Kurdish fighters traded fire near the border with Turkey. Haider Abadi's office released the comments a ...

UN Security Council Urges Baghdad, Erbil on Peaceful Dialogue

BAS News - 2017-10-26 22:02
ERBIL — The UN Security Council on Thursday urged the authorities in Erbil and Baghdad to return to dialogues and settle their differences peacefully. "Council members noted that the federal and regional governments have both expressed willingness to eng ...

Tillerson to Baghdad: Resist Iran’s Influence

BAS News - 2017-10-26 21:13
ERBIL — US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reiterated on Thursday that the Iraqi government must develop its capacity to the level that it encounters Tehran’s growing influence on the country. “What we are saying to the Iraqis is you must develop the ca ...

Iranian-backed Militias Suffer from Heavy Damages on Prde Frontline

BAS News - 2017-10-26 18:59
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces inflicted the Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias with heavy damages after clashes erupted on Thursday around Prde district south of Erbil, a Peshmerga commander said. As repelling the military assaults by Hashd al ...

Shi’ite Commander Al-Muhandis Killed by Peshmerga: Unconfirmed Reports

BAS News - 2017-10-26 15:42
ERBIL — Unconfirmed reports say that the senior Shi’ite commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of the Iran-backed Hashd al-Shaabi, was killed on Thursday during the clashes between the militias and the Peshmerga forces in Zummar, northwes ...

PM Abadi Rejects Kurdistan’s Offer to Start Negotiations

BAS News - 2017-10-26 14:14
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Thursday refused to accept KRG’s offer to suspend the results of the September referendum to kickstart the Erbil-Baghdad talks. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) suspended on Tuesday the results of th ...

Iran Filters BasNews Website in the Country

BAS News - 2017-10-26 12:12
ERBIL — The Islamic Republic of Iran has filtered BasNews Agency in the country, preventing its citizens from having access to the news agency’s website. Viewers in Iran informed Bas News Agency on Thursday that the agency’s website has been filtered and ...

Peshmerga Wards off Iran-backed Militias’ Attack Near Erbil

BAS News - 2017-10-26 11:10
ERBIL — Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi militias and Iraqi forces attacked on Thursday the Peshmerga positions in Pirde town, 45 km to the south-east of Erbil. Kamal Kirkuki, a Peshmerga commander on the frontline, told BasNews that the militias of Hashd ...

Peshmerga Guns Down Surveillance Drone of Iran-Backed Militias

BAS News - 2017-10-26 10:33
ERBIL — The Peshmerga forces could gun down a surveillance drone of the Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi while repelling an offensive of the militias in northwest of Mosul on Thursday. The Peshmerga forces managed on Thursday to defeat an unprovoked a ...

Iran-Backed Militias Launch Attack Against Peshmerga West Mosul

BAS News - 2017-10-26 09:47
ERBIL — Iraqi forces and Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi (PMF) launched a fresh offensive on Peshmerga positions in north west of Mosul on Thursday. The Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) reported on Thursday that the Iranian-bac ...

US Welcomes KRG Initiatives to Halt Hostilities by Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-10-25 18:04
ERBIL — The US State Department welcomed on Wednesday the initiative by Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) calling for ceasefire between Peshmerga forces and the Baghdad-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi. Earlier on Thursday, the KRG released a ...

Iraqi court issues arrest warrant for Kosrat Rasul

KurdPress - 2017-10-21 14:03
A Baghdad court on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for the vice president of Iraqi Kurdistan on charges of “provocation” against Iraq’s armed forces, the judiciary said. ...

Kurdistan Region welcomes Abadi’s initiative for dialogue

KurdPress - 2017-10-21 14:03
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 Hashd al-Sha ...

President Barzani receives a phone call from German Defence Minister

Waar Media - 2017-10-20 13:02
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani received a phone call from German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday to discuss the latest political and security developments in the region, including the crisis in Kirkuk. Ursula von ...

Kurdish female militia vows to keep fighting IS militants

Washington Times - 2017-10-20 08:12
BEIRUT (AP) - A Kurdish female militia that took part in freeing the northern Syrian city of Raqqa from the Islamic State group said on Thursday it will continue the fight to liberate women from the extremists' brutal rule. In a highly symbolic gesture, ...

Merkel presses allies to cut funds for Turkey's EU bid

Reuters - 2017-10-20 03:05
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European leaders agreed on Thursday to explore cuts in EU funds to Turkey that are linked to Ankara's stalled bid to join the bloc after German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed for action in response to what she described as "unaccept ...

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. ...

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 ...

Barzani and German Defence Minister Talk Over the Phone

BAS News - 2017-10-19 21:40
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani received a phone call from German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday to discuss the latest political and security developments in the region, including the crisis in Kirkuk. Ursula von der ...

Barzani Overrules Baghdad’s Arrest Warrant Issued for Kosrat Rasul

BAS News - 2017-10-19 19:43
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has decried Baghdad’s arrest warrant for top Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) official Kosrat Rasul. The Rassafa Court in Baghdad said on Thursday that the arrest warrant was issued for calling the Iraq ...

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 ...

YPJ: We gift the liberation of Raqqa to all the women of the world

ANHA - 2017-10-19 14:03
The YPJ on Thursday announced in the historical statement declaring the liberation of Raqqa: "We struck the greatest blow on terror in their capital. With this struggle, we have again brought the honour of the Yazdi women back to the skies." ...

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 ...

Baghdad Court Issues Arrest Warrant for Kurdistan VP Kosrat Rasul

BAS News - 2017-10-19 13:46
ERBIL — As the tensions between the Kurdistan Region and Iraqi central government escalate, a court in Baghdad issued on Thursday an arrest warrant for top PUK official and Kurdistan VP Kosrat Rasul. The central government in Baghdad has issued the warra ...

Erbil Perfectly Secured: KRSC

BAS News - 2017-10-19 00:36
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) has ensured that the capital Erbil is fully secured and under no threat. In an official press release early hours on Thursday, the KRSC rejected fake news spread by unofficial websites and social media pag ...

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. ...

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 ...

State Department: US Closely Monitoring Situation in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-13 15:46
ERBIL — The US is “closely” monitoring the situation in Kirkuk where the Arab Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi are intending to attack the Peshmerga forces in the province, said the spokesperson of the US Department of State on Thursday. Peshmerga did ...

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. ...

First Turkish military convoy enters Syria's Idlib

Reuters - 2017-10-13 04:46
BEIRUT (Reuters) - A first convoy of the military operation that Turkey is carrying out in Syria's Idlib province crossed into the area late on Thursday, two rebels and a witness said. ...

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 ...

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". ...

Erbil Notifies US of Baghdad’s Intention to Attack Peshmerga

BAS News - 2017-10-12 20:53
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga Ministry has notified US diplomatic mission of Baghdad’s military mobilisations against Kurds in south of Kirkuk and north of Mosul. The Peshmerga official held a meeting on Thursday with US Consul General in Erbil, K ...

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 ...

Barzani Receives Sudan’s Ambassador to Iraq

BAS News - 2017-10-12 14:21
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani met with Yaseen Awaz Ismail, the Ambassador of Sudan to Iraq, on Thursday in Erbil. During the meeting, the two sides exchanged views about the latest political and security developments in Kurdistan Regi ...

Turkey received U.S. request to solve visa crisis: Erdogan spokesman

Reuters - 2017-10-12 13:05
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey has received a request from the United States to solve an escalating row between the two countries, the spokesman for President Erdogan said on Thursday, after a U.S. consulate worker was arrested in Istanbul last week. ...

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 ...

IS Militant Captured in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-05 20:09
KIRKUK — The Kurdish security forces in Kirkuk captured on Thursday a member of the Islamic State (IS) who had taken part in several acts of terrorism against civilians across the region. Kirkuk’s Chief of Police, Sarhad Qader, revealed to BasNews that t ...

HDP’s Baydemir Sentenced to 17 Months Imprisonment by Turkey

BAS News - 2017-10-05 19:43
ERBIL — Turkish judicial authorities sentenced on Thursday the Kurdish politician Osman Baydemir to 17 months imprisonment. Baydemir, who is also the spokesperson for pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), was accused by a criminal court in Diyarba ...

Haider al-Abadi, Iraqi prime minister, says forces have retain Hawija

Washington Times - 2017-10-05 19:29
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's prime minister says government forces have retaken the northern town of Hawija from Islamic State extremists, one of their last strongholds in Iraq. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in Paris on Thursday that "I want to announce t ...

Iraqi VP Calls on Intl Community to De-Escalate Erbil-Baghdad Tensions

BAS News - 2017-10-05 18:41
ERBIL— Iraqi Vice President Ayad al-Alawi on Thursday urged the international community to help ease recent tensions between Baghdad and Erbil which occurred as a result of Kurdistan independence referendum. In a meeting with Mathias Walters, Dutch ambas ...

Slovakian Soldiers to Train Iraqi Troops

BAS News - 2017-10-05 17:31
ERBIL— The government of Slovakia has agreed to send 25 soldiers to Iraq to help train Iraqi security forces as part of a NATO mission, the country's defense ministry stated on Thursday. Associated Press cited Peter Gajdos, the defense minister of Slovak ...

France’s Macron Offers to Mediate between Baghdad and Erbil

BAS News - 2017-10-05 11:59
ERBIL — President of France Emmanuel Macron offered to mediate between the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Region to settle their disputes. Macron said in a press conference after meeting Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Paris on Thursday that ...

Iraqi Military Announces Liberation of Centre of Hawija

BAS News - 2017-10-05 10:13
KIRKUK — The Iraqi army announced on Thursday the liberation of central Hawija district, one of the last enclaves of the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, located in southern Kirkuk Province. The Iraqi army, federal police, and Hashd al-Shaabi Shi’ite militias ...

Baghdad suspends all flights to Kurdistan

CNN - 2017-10-03 20:35
Iraq's central government stepped up pressure on authorities in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region on Thursday after voters decisively backed independence in a disputed referendum. ...

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 cuts off flights to Kurdish airports

CNN - 2017-09-29 03:16
Iraq's central government stepped up pressure on authorities in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region on Thursday after voters decisively backed independence in a disputed referendum. ...

IS Releases Audio Message from Leader Baghdadi

BAS News - 2017-09-29 01:50
ERBIL — The Islamic State (IS) released an audio message on Thursday, of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, exhorting the group’s members to keep fighting despite major losses in both Syria and Iraq. The audio reportedly includes religious scriptures, and ...

Turkey raises oil threat after Iraqi Kurds back independence

Reuters - 2017-09-28 20:58
ERBIL, Iraq/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey threatened potentially crippling restrictions on oil trading with Iraqi Kurds on Thursday after they backed independence from Baghdad in a referendum that has alarmed Ankara as it faces a separatist insurgency from it ...

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 ...

Baghdad Demands Kurdistan Hand over Iraqi Inmates

BAS News - 2017-09-28 19:58
ERBIL— The Iraqi government has demanded the authorities in the Kurdistan Region to hand over the Iraqi inmates held in Kurdistan, said an informed official on Thursday. The Iraqi government has required Kurdistan to hand over to Baghdad the inmates in S ...

In Pictures: Foreign IS Female Fighter Captured in Anbar

BAS News - 2017-09-28 18:47
ERBIL — Iraq security forces captured on Thursday a foreign female fighter of the Islamic State (IS) while leading an operation against the extremist group in the west of the country. A source from Anbar Province revealed that the IS female member was ar ...

Iraq’s Sunni Arabs Pay Kurdistan Back by Supporting Their Independence

BAS News - 2017-09-28 17:27
ERBIL — Iraqi Sunni Arab leaders gathered on Thursday in Erbil to hold a conference discussing the future of their people and the position of Sunni Arabs on Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum as well as its outcomes. During the conference, the tr ...
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