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Barzani: Kurdistan Referendum Meant for Independence

BAS News - 2017-08-10 18:04
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani stated on Thursday that Baghdad's failure in instituting partnership and consensus led the Kurdistan Region plan its independence referendum. As he hosted a delegation from the Kurdish Communities' Federat ...

North Korea: Donald Trump’s threats ‘load of nonsense’

Waar Media - 2017-08-10 13:40
WAAR-DUHOK: In another escalation of strong rhetoric, Pyongyang has accused US President Donald Trump of being “bereft of reason.” Both Japan and South Korea have warned the North over its latest threats to the US territory of Guam. North Korea’s militar ...

Barzani: Chief Aim of Referendum Is Independence

BAS News - 2017-08-10 12:57
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani stressed that the chief aim behind holding the September vote is “independence.” In an interview with the Egyptian Ahram Paper, Barzani said the people of Kurdistan Region will determine their future thro ...

Kurdistan Region would not postpone referendum: Barzani

KurdPress - 2017-08-10 10:07
Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani said in a meeting with the region’s Muslim clerics on Wednesday, August 9, that the region cannot and will not postpone a planned referendum if those who asked to postpone it don’t have a stronger alternative. ...

Barzani says independent Kurdistan to be multi-ethnic, multi-religious

Aranews - 2017-08-10 04:47
ARA News The Kurdish President Masoud Barzani on Wednesday said that those who asked to postpone the referendum on Kurdistan’s independence “must show an alternative”, in response to a new movement against the referendum launched by NRT owner Shaswar Abd ...

What North Korea’s Statement against Trump Really Means

Foreign Policy Research Institute - 2017-08-10 03:44
It would be hard to deny that rhetoric on and around the Korean peninsula is at a high mark. United States President Donald Trump’s words about “fire and fury” aimed at North Korea sounded almost like the typical rhetoric coming from North Korea. North K ...

Trump chose ‘fire and fury’ warning for North Korea

Roji Kurd - 2017-08-10 00:00
Roji Kurd: President Trump’s advisers were “well aware” that he planned to deliver a strong message about North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, but Mr. Trump chose the specific language warning that Pyongyang faced “fire and fury” from the U.S., the Whit ...

Trump says US nuclear arsenal is more powerful than ever

Waar Media - 2017-08-09 16:30
WAAR-DUHOK: US President Donald Trump has stated in a Twitter post on Wednesday that the US nuclear arsenal is now more powerful than ever. “My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. It is now far stronger and more po ...

Barzani: We will not delay Kurdistan Independence Referendum

Waar Media - 2017-08-09 14:51
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan referendum is for independence and will not be postponed, said Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani in a gathering on Wednesday with Islamic scholars. “We do not mock our nation and will not delay the [referendum],” said Barzani in a ...

Barzani: Baghdad Violated 55 Constitutional Articles

BAS News - 2017-08-09 14:29
President Barzani reiterates the referendum will not be postponed ERBIL— The President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani on Wednesday stated the independence referendum of Kurdistan will take place on time as it is the choice of the people of Kurdis ...

Barzani: Causes of Rise of IS in Iraq Must Be Uprooted

BAS News - 2017-08-09 11:54
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani said that after defeating the Islamic State (IS) in Mosul, the Iraqi government needs to deal with the factors that led to the emergence and growth of the organization. “We should not only deal with the o ...

Barzani: Decision of Holding Referendum “Cannot Be Reversed”

BAS News - 2017-08-09 10:49
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani reiterated that the independence referendum is a “peaceful process” and it’s purpose is to prevent new wars and disasters. “The decision of [holding] the referendum and the move towards independence is a ...

Malala brings her Girl Power Trip to presidents and prime ministers

Malala - 2017-08-09 01:05
Last month, Malala met with Kurdish, Iraqi and Nigerian leaders, who committed to prioritising girls’ education Malala, Amina and Zia meet with Acting President Osinbajo of Nigeria (Credit: Novo Isioro).During her recent trips to Iraqi-Kurdistan and Nige ...

do you support Terrorism and terrorists?

Roji Kurd - 2017-08-09 00:07
Roji Kurd: Hassan Rouhani has been inaugurated for a second term as Iranian president in Saturday, 06.07.2017 in Tehran. As you see in the pictures, Mohammad Jafari Sahraroudi, Murderer of Iranian Kurds, has welcomed the guests. Sahraroudi came also at th ...

Nechrivan Barzani: KDP Has No Preconditions for Reactivating Parliament

BAS News - 2017-08-08 19:48
ERBIL— Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has set no preconditions for calling Kurdistan Parliament back into session, said KDP Vice President Nechirvan Barzani. Barzani addressed a joint press conference with Mulla Bakhtiyar form the politburo of the Patr ...

Barzani to Brazilian Diplomat: Coexistence Kurds' Culture

BAS News - 2017-08-08 17:22
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani stated on Tuesday that coexistence and pluralism is highly valued by Kurds as part of their culture. Barzani's remark came in response to praising comments by the ambassador of Brazil to Iraq Miguel Junior ...

Barzani: Kurds Seeking Their Rights Through Peaceful Means

BAS News - 2017-08-08 15:46
ERBIL — The People of Kurdistan are committed to gain their rights through peaceful means and far from violence, reiterated Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani. As a future independent state, Kurdistan also seeks friendly relations with Baghdad and ...

Germany abetting terrorists: Erdogan

KurdPress - 2017-08-08 09:07
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday accused Germany of assisting terrorists by failing to respond to Turkey’s requests to hand over suspects wanted by Ankara. ...

Jordan’s King Abdullah II visits West Bank in trip seen as message

Waar Media - 2017-08-07 19:12
WAAR-DUHOK: Jordan’s king flew by helicopter to the West Bank on Monday — a rare visit seen as a signal to Israel that he is closing ranks with the Palestinians on key issues, such as a contested Jerusalem shrine. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and ...

After military shake-up, Erdogan says Turkey to tackle Kurds in Syria

Waar Media - 2017-08-07 19:12
WAAR-DUHOK: Days after a reshuffle of Turkey’s top military commanders, President Tayyip Erdogan has revived warnings of military action against Kurdish fighters in Syria that could set back the U.S.-led battle against Islamic State. Kurdish militia are ...

Referendum Committee Approves Formation of Delegation to Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-08-07 17:19
ERBIL— The Kurdistan Region's High Committee of Referendum approved on Monday the creation of a negotiating delegation to Baghdad. In its third meeting in Erbil, chaired by Kurdistan Region's President Masoud Barzani, the committee also decided on the ag ...

Is Erdogan’s Turkey after nuclear weapons? / Abdullah Bozkurt

KurdPress - 2017-08-07 12:47
Considering the fact Turkey under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been emulating the Iranian model for some time, from investing in proxy groups for leverage and regime change to exporting the ruling party’s Islamist ideology overseas, one should not b ...

Barzani: Genocide Not Power Was the Share of Components in Iraq

BAS News - 2017-08-06 18:45
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani stated on Sunday that in the state of Iraq power sharing has rendered meaningless as the share of the religious and ethnic components has always been genocide, annihilation and extermination. In a statemen ...

Kurdistan Presidency denies recent phone calls between Barzani, Tillerson

Waar Media - 2017-08-06 17:14
WAAR-DUHOK: In a statement on Saturday, the spokesman of the Kurdistan Region Presidency (KRP) Omid Sabah denied any phone call had recently taken place between the President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani and the US Secretary of State Rex Tiller ...

Sunbathing in Siberia: Vladimir Putin’s summer holiday – in pictures

Waar Media - 2017-08-06 17:14
WAAR-DUHOK: See the Russian president fish, swim and dive. Marvel at his kayaking prowess, his muscular physique and intimate knowledge of fungi. The post Sunbathing in Siberia: Vladimir Putin’s summer holiday – in pictures appeared first on WAARmedia. ...

Spokesperson denies Barzani, Tillerson talked on phone

KurdPress - 2017-08-06 11:23
The Kurdistan Region’s Presidency (KRP), Umed Sabah, said that there has been no phone call between Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. ...

Rouhani sworn in for 2nd term as president

KurdPress - 2017-08-06 07:40
Hassan Rouhani has been sworn in as Iran's 12th president in Tehran in the presence of the country’s high-ranking officials as well as leaders and senior politicians from around the world. ...

Barzani: Chris Kutschera Shall Be Remembered By Kurds for Ever

BAS News - 2017-08-05 15:16
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has made an official statement to send his condolences to the family and friends of Chris Kutschera, the well-known French journalist and photographer. “He was a great friend of Kurdistan who introduced t ...

No Phone Conversation Held Between Barzani, US Secretary of State: KRP

BAS News - 2017-08-05 13:37
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have not held a phone conversation in the past few days, said a spokesperson for the Kurdistan Region Presidency on Saturday. The statement is in response to severa ...

Barzani rejects Arab League call to ‘reconsider’ referendum

KurdPress - 2017-08-05 11:10
Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani has declined a request from the head of the Arab League to reconsider the independence referendum of Kurdistan Region, saying that Iraq is moving towards “a great danger” if the current arrangements between the K ...

U.S. foreign minister phones Barzani and Abadi

KurdPress - 2017-08-05 11:10
The U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has phoned Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in two separate days, the U.S. special envoy to the anti-IS coalition Brett McGurk stated. ...

Federica Mogherini arrives in Tehran for Rouhani inauguration

KurdPress - 2017-08-05 11:10
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini arrived in Tehran on Friday night to attend in the President Hassan Rouhani’s inauguration ceremony on Saturday, August 5. ...

Trump says Merkel told him she regrets opening borders to migrants

Waar Media - 2017-08-04 13:34
WAAR-DUHOK: Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull agreed with President Trump and added Mrs Merkel’s decision not to impose stricter border controls was “one of the big factors in the Brexit vote”. In leaked transcripts of calls made by President Tr ...

Putin says he will consider running for president in 2018

Waar Media - 2017-08-04 13:34
WAAR-DUHOK: Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he will consider the possibility to run for the office again in 2018. During a meeting held at the office of the Republic of Buryatia’s president, a video conference was set up with the Cheryomushki s ...

Three Shi'ite Leaders Plan Alliance Against Maliki: Report

BAS News - 2017-08-04 13:29
ERBIL— Three prominent Iraqi Shi'ite leaders have intensified efforts to form the largest alliance for the upcoming elections to beat Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki, according to a report. Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, Ayad al-Allawi, the l ...

Barzani: Independence Referendum Irreversible Decision

BAS News - 2017-08-03 17:21
Barzani met with Norwegian ambassador to Iraq ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani reiterated that there will be no turning back on Kurdistan’s independence referendum, emphasizing that the decision is irreversible. Barzani received on Thurs ...

Barzani: Referendum Poses No Threat Against Neighboring Countries

BAS News - 2017-08-03 17:21
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani stated Thursday that Kurds have proved they are a factor for the stability in the region and the neighboring countries should not have concerns over Kurdistan's independence vote. Barzani made the remarks ...

Iran says won’t be silent on US breach of nuclear deal

Waar Media - 2017-08-03 12:25
WAAR-DUHOK: Iran has condemned fresh sanctions imposed by the US on the Islamic Republic, stressing that Tehran will not stand silent in the face of Washington’s violation of the 2015 multilateral nuclear agreement. On Wednesday, US President Donald Trum ...

Leader endorses Rouhani as Iran president

KurdPress - 2017-08-03 11:22
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has formally endorsed Hassan Rouhani as president, paving the way for him to take office for a second term as the head of Iran’s 12th administration. ...

Masoud Barzani to visit Baghdad next week

KurdPress - 2017-08-03 11:22
Kurdistan Region’s President Masoud Barzani will accompany a leading delegation in a visit to Baghdad next week, his advisor Himen Hewrami told AIN al-Iraq News. ...

It is not right time for Kurdistan referendum: UK Ambassador to Iraq

KurdPress - 2017-08-03 11:22
Iraqi Vice President Osama Nujaifi’s press office cited Frank Baker, UK's Ambassador to Iraq, as saying in a meeting between the two sides on Wednesday, August 2, that it is not the right time for Kurdistan Region to hold the referendum of independence. ...

Barzani Did Not Send Threatening Letter to Abadi: Statement

BAS News - 2017-08-02 16:34
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region Presidency on Wednesday refuted a report which alleged Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani has sent a threatening letter to the Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi. The statement was issued to refute the report by the Saudi Arabia ...

Barzani and UN Envoy to Iraq Discuss Erbil-Baghdad Relations

BAS News - 2017-08-02 15:20
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President received on Wednesday the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) for Iraq, Jan Kubis, to discuss the latest political and security developments in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq. The current level of p ...

Was Turkey’s Coup For Real? / David L. Phillips

KurdPress - 2017-08-02 12:59
Much speculation exists about the coup in Turkey on July 15, 2016. Some even call it a “false-coup,” which President Recep Tayyip Erdogan organized in order to justify a crackdown against oppositionists. There are many other instances when a military trie ...

Tillerson: US-Russia relations may deteriorate further

Waar Media - 2017-08-02 10:19
WAAR-DUHOK: The Russian-US relations are at their historic low and may deteriorate further, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday. “As I indicated in my first trip to Moscow in meetings at the Kremlin with President Putin, following those m ...

After North Korean Missile Test, South Korean President Takes a Stance

Foreign Policy Research Institute - 2017-08-02 01:17
North Korea’s latest ICBM test—conducted on July 28—was not as big of a shock as the one preceding it. The message North Korea sent with its initial test on July 4 was loud and clear: the country can hit the United States mainland with its missiles, and ...

Barzani Reassures Christians about Their Rights in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-08-01 21:11
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region's President Masoud Barzani stated Tuesday that protecting the rights of Christians is a stable principle of the political and social life in Kurdistan. President Barzani reassured Christians in Kurdistan about the protection of th ...

Sanctions On Venezuela Could Push Oil Into The Mid-$50s

Waar Media - 2017-08-01 15:14
WAAR-DUHOK: In response to Venezuela’s controversial vote on Sunday, a move which could dramatically increase the power of President Nicolas Maduro and grant his government the ability to re-write the constitution, the United States is seriously consider ...

Over 100 delegations to attend Rouhani oath-taking ceremony

KurdPress - 2017-08-01 13:07
Member of Iran’s Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Commission said in a message that over 100 foreign delegations are scheduled to participate in President Hassan Rouhani's swearing-in ceremony slated to be held in Tehran on August 5. ...

Barzani Approves Coalition’s Plan for Reorganizing Peshmerga

BAS News - 2017-08-01 10:57
Peshmerga ministry will soon proceed to enforce the plan ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani approved the plan which was proposed by the International Coalition members for restructuring the Kurdish Peshmerga Forces. Brigadier General Hazha ...

Barzani denies Kurdish independence is a ‘trump card’ against Iraq

KurdPress - 2017-08-01 09:01
Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani encouraged the people of the autonomous region in the north of Iraq to exercise their unity as they approach a vote on independence while speaking a ceremony on Monday to mark the 34th anniversary of the Barzanis' ...

Barzani seeking to pressure Baghdad through referendum: deputy

KurdPress - 2017-07-31 15:09
An Iraqi parliament deputy from the National Coalition Alliance stated that Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani’s plan to hold the referendum of independence is an attempt to pressure Baghdad for achieving more privileges. ...

US to cut 755 US diplomatic staff in Russia, says Putin

Waar Media - 2017-07-31 13:42
WAAR-DUHOK: President Vladimir Putin on Sunday said the United States would have to cut 755 diplomatic staff in Russia and warned of a prolonged gridlock in its ties after the US Congress backed new sanctions against the Kremlin. Putin added bluntly that ...

US & Japan vow action on ‘growing direct’ North Korea threat

Waar Media - 2017-07-31 13:42
WAAR-DUHOK: US President Donald Trump announced that he and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed after a talk that North Korea’s missile program posed “a grave and growing direct threat.” “President Donald Trump spoke today with Prime Minister Shinz ...

Kurdistan Region hopes to reactivate parliament in two weeks

KurdPress - 2017-07-31 10:20
Senior assistant to Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani, Hemin Hawrami, said on Sunday that the region hopes that the parliament will meet again on August 15, and that all preparations for holding a Kurdish independence referendum on 25 September wi ...

Iraqi Kurds hope to reactivate parliament within two weeks

Aranews - 2017-07-31 05:28
ARA News Senior assistant to President Masoud Barzani, Hemin Hawrami, on Sunday said that they hope that the Kurdish Regional Government’s (KRG) parliament will meet again on August 15, and that all preparations for holding a Kurdish independence referen ...

Maliki Responds to Reports on Dividing SLC

BAS News - 2017-07-29 19:57
ERBIL— The State of Law Coalition (SLC) leader Nouri al-Maliki states he will resort to the elections law against efforts to divide his coalition. Iraqi Vice President Maliki, who also heads the Shi'ite Da'wa Party, commented on the reports over the inte ...

Turkey needs new Syria plan as CIA ends rebel support / Fehim Tastekin

KurdPress - 2017-07-29 02:16
US President Donald Trump’s recent decision to terminate a covert CIA program to train and equip Syrian opposition militants is generating multiple potential scenarios of the beginning of the end for Ankara’s plans in northern Syria, which included expand ...

Barzani and US Ambassador Meet in Erbil

BAS News - 2017-07-28 00:52
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzni received US Ambassador to Iraq, Douglas Silliman, on Thursday to discuss bilateral ties and latest developments in the region. According to a press release by Barzani’s office, the pair exchanged views on ...
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