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Baghdad-backed Shi’ite Militias Praise PUK Faction for Withdrawal

BAS News - 2017-10-16 16:50
KIRKUK — The extremist Asaib Ahl al-Haq brigade, which operates under the command of Baghdad-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi, has commended the faction within Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) which ordered withdrawal of Peshmerga forces from ...

PUK Influential Faction Orders Withdrawal of Peshmerga from Tuz Khurmatu

BAS News - 2017-10-16 14:35
TUZ KHURMATU — Ordered by a particular faction within the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), the Peshmerga forces have evacuated Tuz Khurmatu district in south of Kirkuk to fall into the hands of the Shi’ite Arab militias of Hashd al-Shaabi. The Kurdish ...

IRGC Terrorist Attempting to Invade Kirkuk, Why Is US Quiet?

BAS News - 2017-10-16 13:44
The betrayal of the influential wing of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), led by Hero Ibrahim and her sons, now has become evident. The PUK wing, according to a deal with Iran, Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Hashd al-Shaabi, ordered t ...

Top PUK Official: Peshmerga Fully Committed to Defend Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-16 03:20
KIRKUK — Deputy Secretary-General of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Kosrat Rasoul has made it clear that tens of thousand of Kurdish Peshmerga forces are in Kirkuk, fully committed to defend the province against any possible military attack by B ...

Baghdad-backed Shi’ite Militias Set PUK Office in Tuz Khurmatu on Fire

BAS News - 2017-10-15 17:11
TUZ KHURMATU — The Shi’ite Arab militias of Hashd al-Shaabi, which are backed by the Iraqi central government, set fire on Sunday to a branch bureau of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in Tuz Khurmatu. Mohammed Fayiq, an official from Tuz Khurmatu ...

KDP and PUK to Discuss Situation of Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-15 11:11
ERBIL — The politburos of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) will meet today, October 15, to discuss the security issues of Kirkuk and the Shi’ite militia’s threats against Kurdistan. The meeting will be attended ...

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 ...

VIDEO: A PUK Wing Hands Over Some Areas of Kirkuk to Hashd Al-Shaabi

BAS News - 2017-10-13 12:05
ERBIL — A wing within the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) has secretly arranged an agreement with Hashd al-Shaabi to hand over some areas in southern Kirkuk to the Shi’ite militias. According to the information obtained by BasNews, the agreement has b ...

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 ...

Iraqi PM Abadi Declines to Attend Late Jalal Talabani Funeral

BAS News - 2017-10-10 00:09
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi did not attend a funeral for late Secretary General of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and former President Jalal Talabani, neither in Kurdistan Region nor in Baghdad. Talabani’s body arrived in Sulayma ...

KDP, PUK to Meet over New Political Roadmap

BAS News - 2017-10-08 15:40
ERBIL — The two major Kurdish political parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) will soon resume their meetings to discuss new roadmaps for the future of politics of Kurdistan Region. Advisor to KDP’s politbur ...

Kurdish Iraqi Former President Talabani’s Body Arrives in Sulaymaniyah

BAS News - 2017-10-06 11:52
ERBIL — The deceased Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani arrived in Sulaymaniyah Province on Friday where a special funeral is held for his burial. Talabani, the former Iraqi President and Secretary General of the Patriotic Union Party (PUK) passed away at a h ...

Iranian FM to Visit Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-10-05 22:20
ERBIL — Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohammed Javad Zarif, will arrive in Kurdistan Region’s Sulaymaniyah on Friday to take part in burial ceremony of late Secretary General of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Jalal Talabani. Bahram Qasemi, ...

Iraq’s first non-Arab president has died in Germany

The New Mail - 2017-10-05 20:32
Iraq’s first non-Arab president and leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Jalal Talabani, died in Germany on Tuesday. Talabani, 83, suffered a stroke in 2012 and left politics only… The post Iraq’s first non-Arab president has died in Germany appea ...

Joint Governance condoles Talabani loss

ANHA - 2017-10-04 11:31
Joint Governance in al-Jazeera canton released a condolence telegram on the passing away of former Iraqi president and secretary of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Jalal Talabani. ...

US Statement on Tallabani’s Passing

BAS News - 2017-10-03 23:19
ERBIL — The United States Consulate General in Erbil has offered in an official statement “deepest condolences” on the passing of Jalal Tallabani, the Secretary General of Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and former president of Iraq. “Mam Jalal was a ...

KDP on Passing of Talabani: We Lost a Friend

BAS News - 2017-10-03 22:04
ERBIL — With the passing of Jalal Talabani, the Secretary General of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and former president of Iraq, Kurds have lost a prominent politician, said the politburo of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) on Tuesday. After yea ...

Barzani Announces One Week Public Mourning for Talabani's Loss

BAS News - 2017-10-03 20:45
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Tuesday announced seven days of public grief for the death of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK)'s Secretary General Jalal Talabani. In a video message aired by major news channels in Kurdistan, Bar ...

Kurdistan PM: Talabani's Death a Great Loss to Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-10-03 19:59
ERBIL— Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani on Tuesday sent out a message of condolence on the loss of the Secretary General of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Jalal Talabani. Barzani offered his condolences to the ...

KRSC Chancellor Offers Condolences for Talabani's Loss

BAS News - 2017-10-03 17:39
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Chancellor Masrour Barzani on Tuesday offered his condolences on the loss of the Secretary General of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Jalal Talabani. "I'm saddened to learn of the passing of Presiden ...

Sulaimaniyah Film Festival Suspended due to Talabani's Death

BAS News - 2017-10-03 17:20
ERBIL— The second international film festival in Sulaimaniyah was interrupted following news of the general secretary of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK). The committee for organizing the event announced in a press conference on Tuesday evening tha ...

PUK Leader Jalal Talabani Dies at 84

BAS News - 2017-10-03 16:57
ERBIL— The General Secretary of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Jalal Talabani died on Tuesday at the age of 84, PUK official media outlets confirmed. The former Iraqi president died today in a hospital in Berlin, the reports said. Jalal Husamaddi ...

PUK opposes KDP on holding referendum in Kirkuk

KurdPress - 2017-09-24 11:58
While the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) is stressing on holding the planned referendum of Kurdistan Region in Kirkuk province, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) is against holding the referendum in the province which is considered as a disputed te ...

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 ...

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 ...

Iran Stepping up Pressure on PUK to Call Off the Referendum in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-09-23 15:31
KIRKUK — The Commander of the Quds Force of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corp (IRGC), Qassem Soleimani has reportedly once again visited some officials from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) to convince them to put off the planned independence r ...

PUK official urges Kurdistan region to delay referendum

KurdPress - 2017-09-17 10:49
A leading member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Mela Bahtiyar, urged the government of the Kurdistan Region to consider recent proposals to postpone a planned Sept. 25 referendum on Kurdish regional independence. ...

PUK Leader Talabani Travels to Germany for Medical Tests

BAS News - 2017-09-12 10:47
ERBIL — Jalal Talabani, the Secretary-General of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the former Iraqi President, traveled to Germany on Monday for medical purposes. Talabani, locally known as ‘Mam Jalal’ served as the Iraqi president for two terms ...

KDP and PUK to Meet, Discuss Reactivation of Parliament

BAS News - 2017-09-09 15:24
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) are set to meet in the upcoming days for discussions over the reactivation of Kurdistan Region Parliament, and official said. The two major parties will hold the meeting ...

PUK and KIG Meet over Parliament Reactivation

BAS News - 2017-09-09 14:41
ERBIL — The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) met on Saturday with the Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG) to discuss the issues pertaining to the suspended parliament of Kurdistan Region. Following the meeting in a press conference, leading PUK member, Latif ...

Barzani is trying to activate parliament through YNK

ANHA - 2017-09-09 13:14
The head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party Massoud Barzani is trying to activate the parliament through the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (YNK) after it was closed in the fall of 2015 for a law about presidency of the region ...

PUK Votes to Reactivate Parliament with KDP

BAS News - 2017-09-07 16:31
ERBIL— Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK)'s leadership council voted on Thursday afternoon to work for calling the suspended parliament of Kurdistan back into session, if its ally, the Change Movement (Gorran), keeps boycotting the process. Two-third of ...

Parliament Reactivation Even Without Gorran: PUK Lawmaker

BAS News - 2017-09-06 14:01
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s parliament should be called back into session even without the Change Movement (Gorran) if the party does not take a step forward in the process, said a Kurdish lawmaker for the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK). “If Gorran wi ...

PUK, Gorran meeting fails to reach any final agreement

KurdPress - 2017-09-06 09:07
The Tuesday meeting between the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Movement for Change (Gorran) in Sulaimani has reportedly failed to make any final agreement between the two sides. ...

HDP condemns Turkish expulsion of PUK representative

KurdPress - 2017-08-25 21:35
Turkey's pro-Kurdish Democratic Peoples' Party on Thursday blasted the Turkish authorities for deporting the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (YNK) representative in Ankara Behroz Gelali. ...

Turkey Stops Issuing Visa to Sulaimaniyah Citizens: PUK Channels

BAS News - 2017-08-25 11:29
ERBIL— The Turkish government has stopped giving visa to the citizens of Sulaimaniyah due to "political" reasons, Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) media outlets reported on Friday. The decision comes only two days after Turkey expelled PUK representati ...

Turkey Closes Down PUK Representation Office in Ankara

BAS News - 2017-08-24 11:41
ERBIL — The representative of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in Ankara, Bahroz Galali, said that Turkey closed down the PUK’s representation office due to his party’s relations with PKK. Galali said in a press conference after he arrived back in ...

PUK to oust anti-referendum members: official

KurdPress - 2017-08-20 12:54
A member of the central council of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) warned the party would punish and even oust those members who go against the planned referendum in Kurdistan Region. ...

PUK Punishes Members in Anti-Referendum Campaign: Spokesperson

BAS News - 2017-08-17 19:54
ERBIL— Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) backs holding the referendum on independence of Kurdistan Region and will punish any members who support the anti-referendum campaign, the spokesperson for PUK's Central Council stated on Thursday. Latif Nerwayi ...

Five Family Members Killed in Roadside Bomb South of Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-08-15 12:38
ERBIL — Five members of one family were killed on Tuesday in a roadside bomb attack near Qara Tapa town, south of Kirkuk. Mohammed Omer, head of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) branch office in the town said that the family was traveling between A ...

PUK sacks Farhad Sangawi for joining ‘No for Now’ vote campaign

E-Kurd - 2017-08-11 22:46
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) dismissed prominent lawmaker Farhad Sangawi from the party after he joined the campaign of “No for Now” for referendum on independence of Iraqi Kurdistan. The PUK Politburo said in a ...

PUK to oust members who participated in anti-referendum campaign

KurdPress - 2017-08-10 13:14
Gali Kurdistan, the media center of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) has reported that the party has decided to oust the members of the party who participated in an anti-referendum campaign held in the city of Sulaimani early this week. ...

PUK, KDP hold meeting, to implement new roadmap

KurdPress - 2017-08-09 10:22
The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), two major parties of Kurdistan Region, held a meeting on Tuesday in Erbil to discuss the internal issues and the independence referendum. ...

PUK Works to Help Reactivation of Parliament Next Week: Spokesperson

BAS News - 2017-08-06 14:34
ERBIL — The parliament of Kurdistan Region should be called back into session even if the Change Movement (Gorran) does not take any step forward in the negotiations over the issue, said a PUK official. The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), the third l ...

PUK Firm on Holding Kurdistan’s Independence Referendum

BAS News - 2017-08-05 11:16
ERBIL — The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) is serious on holding Kurdistan’s independence referendum on time, and it may not change it’s position, said an official. The remarks were made by the party’s top officials in a meeting with the Turkish Cons ...

PUK official urges talks between Erbil, Baghdad

KurdPress - 2017-08-01 13:07
Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) official Farid Asseserd urged talks between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the country’s federal government before any decision on a planned independence referendum in the autonomous Kurdish region. ...

Independence referendum covers Kirkuk: Mala Bakhtiar

KurdPress - 2017-07-30 07:44
A leading member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Mala Bakhtiar, stated that Kirkuk and other disputed Kurdish areas would be included in the upcoming independence referendum on Kurdistan’s independence even if Baghdad opposes. ...

Part of PUK, Gorran Work to Postpone Independence Referendum

BAS News - 2017-07-25 11:03
ERBIL — Influential factions within the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and Change Movement (Gorran) are now working to delay the independence referendum which is set to be held on 25th September this year. Earlier on June 7th, Kurdistan Region President Ma ...

KDP, PUK Develop New Initiative to Call Parliament Back into Session

BAS News - 2017-07-18 14:45
ERBIL — Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) have extensively discussed the issue of Kurdistan Region Parliament, coming up with an initiative to convince the Change Movement (Gorran) help the resumption of the parl ...

PUK delegation to meet Iran’s Shamkhani

KurdPress - 2017-07-17 12:17
A high-ranking delegation from the Patriotic Union of Iraqi Kurdistan (PUK) is scheduled to hold talks with Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani in Tehran on Monday. ...

PUK delegation arrives in Tehran

KurdPress - 2017-07-17 11:03
A leading delegation from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) arrived in Tehran, the capital of the Islamic Republic of Iraq, on Sunday to discuss ties between Tehran and Kurdistan Region. ...

IS Exchanges Peshmerga Captive for Food, Medicine Supplies: Source

BAS News - 2017-07-16 12:14
ERBIL — The Peshmerga troop who was released by the Islamic State (IS) in Kirkuk on Saturday was exchanged for four trucks of food and medicine supplies, according to a security source from Kirkuk. However, the security officials from the Patriotic Union ...

PUK senior delegation to visit Iran on Sunday

KurdPress - 2017-07-16 08:56
A senior delegation of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) is to visit Iran on Sunday to discuss bilateral relations and likely the Kurdish referendum that is scheduled to take place on September 25. ...

Four Farmers Wounded in Explosion in Qara Tapa

BAS News - 2017-07-14 16:17
ERBIL— The explosion of a land mine in a village to the west of Qara Tapa district (northern Diyala province) on Friday wounded four farmers. Mohammed Omar, the chief for the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in Qara Tapa, told BasNews that the tractor ...

PUK Politburo: Kurdistan Parliament Must Be Reactivated

BAS News - 2017-07-13 16:59
ERBIL— The suspended parliament of the Kurdistan Region must be reactivated and a law for independence referendum should be issued, the politburo of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) postulates. The politburo held its ordinary meeting on Wednesday i ...

Talabani Meets Iranian Parliament Speaker

BAS News - 2017-07-12 18:21
ERBIL— The Secretary General of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Jalal Talabani on Wednesday met with Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani in Tehran. Iranian semi-official Mehr news agency reported that Mohammed Jafar Sahrarudi, Larijani’s chief ...

Barzani does not believe in independence, PUK official tells Kurdpress

KurdPress - 2017-07-11 09:49
A member of the central Council of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) blamed Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani’s visit to Brussels, Belgium, and called it an attempt to cover his illegal presidency in the region not an attempt to declare indep ...

Jalal Talabani in Tehran for talks

KurdPress - 2017-07-10 09:34
Leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and former Iraqi president, Jalal Talabani, is in Iran’s capital Tehran on a friendly visit. ...

PUK Chief Jalal Talabani to Visit Tehran

BAS News - 2017-07-08 10:34
SULAYMANIYAH — Secretary General of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and former Iraqi President Jalal Talabani is scheduled to head to Tehran on a friendly visit, the party’s official website said on Friday.According to PUK’s media, Talabani will v ...
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