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Putin and Netanyahu Discuss Kurdistan Region

BAS News - 2017-10-18 16:09
ERBIL — Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, discussed the recent events in Kurdistan Region during a phone conversation on Wednesday. Putin has held a telephone conversation with Netanyahu to discuss the Syria ...

Tensions high as Iraqi forces near Kirkuk

CNN - 2017-10-16 18:01
Iraqi forces are approaching the Kurdish-controlled city of Kirkuk, with Iraq's Prime Minister calling on residents in the oil-rich city to cooperate with its security forces. ...

Document: Abadi Won Little More Than 5,000 Votes Last Elections

BAS News - 2017-10-15 23:27
BAGHDAD — The current Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi had received less than 6,000 votes in 2014 parliamentary elections, and he later was granted the position of Iraqi premier as part of a political compromise. According to documents published o ...

Hashd al-Shabbi’s attack to Kurdistan or Iran’s attack?

Roji Kurd - 2017-10-15 00:06
Roji Kurd; Iraq’s Prime Minister Abadi and Iran-led Hashd al-Shabbi militants demand the surrender of all oil fields at Kirkuk, the transfer of the airport, a military base and all IS prisoners. They also demand that the Iraqi army be able to revert to al ...

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 ...

Turkish Prime Minister Postpones Visit to Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-10-14 18:01
ERBIL — Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has postponed a planned visit to Baghdad where he was supposed to hold meeting with his Iraqi counterpart Haider al-Abadi, sources said. Yıldırım has reportedly delayed the trip for his busy schedule. It is ...

PM Barzani Calls on Int. Community to Prevent War in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-13 20:30
ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani has called on the international community to play their role in urging the Iraqi central government on avoiding provocative plans which may result in military confrontations bet ...

IS to Be Completely Defeated This Year: Iraq’s Abadi

BAS News - 2017-10-11 00:16
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Hadier al-Abadi expects the Islamic State (IS) to be completely defeated by the end of the current year. The premier, who also serves as the Commander-in-Chief for country’s armed forces, made the comment on Tuesday. After th ...

Iraqi PM: Ties with Erbil Not Cut

BAS News - 2017-10-10 20:52
BAGHDAD — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi made it clear that Baghdad has not cut ties with Erbil, hoping for negotiations to be proceeded. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday in Baghdad, Abadi said that the future talks with the Kurdistan political lea ...

Peshmerga Warns Baghdad Against Attempts to Retake Disputed Areas

BAS News - 2017-10-10 13:13
ERBIL — Commanders of Peshmerga responded to Baghdad’s statement regarding the disputed territories, stating that the Peshmerga forces won’t retreat from Kurdistan’s territories. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi convened the Iraqi National Security C ...

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 ...

Prime Minister Barzani meets with top UN envoy to Iraq

KRG-Spain - 2017-10-10 00:01
Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met with UN Secretary General’s Special Representative to Iraq, Jan Kubis, and his accompanying delegation. In the meeting, both sides discussed post-referendum development ...

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 ...

PM Barzani Meets with Gorran Leader in Sulaymaniyah

BAS News - 2017-10-08 12:18
SULAYMANIYAH — Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani visited on Sunday the headquarters of the Change Movement (Gorran) in Sulaymaniyah where he is in a meeting with the leader of the movement. Barzani, who is also the deputy hea ...

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 ...

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 ...

Iraq Declares Three Days of Mourning After Talabani’s Death

BAS News - 2017-10-04 14:14
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi declared an official mourning on Wednesday for three days over the death of former Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, who passed away on Tuesday. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi extended condolences to the Iraqi p ...

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 ...

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. ...

Iraqi PM presses case for Baghdad to receive Kurdistan oil revenue

Reuters - 2017-09-30 22:52
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Saturday pressed the case for the central government in Baghdad to receive the income from Kurdistan's oilfields, saying the money would be used to pay Kurdish civil servants. ...

France’s Macron Invites Barzani, Abadi to Paris over Growing Rift

BAS News - 2017-09-30 01:42
ERBIL — French President Emmanuel Macron has reportedly invited Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to Paris in hopes of easing tensions between the two sides arose after Monday’s independence referendum in ...

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. ...

Prime Minister Barzani meets Netherlands Ambassador

KRG-Spain - 2017-09-28 00:03
Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received Mr. Matthijs Wolters, newly appointed Ambassador of The Netherlands to Iraq, with his delegation. Ambassador Wolters commended the Kurdistan military forces, the P ...

Shelling on Afrin region amid Turkish reinforcements on border

ANHA - 2017-09-27 15:22
The Turkish occupation army and its mercenaries are continuing to bombard the border villages in Afrin region, while the People Protection Units responded to the mercenaries and the Turkish occupation army. On the other hand, Turkish Prime Minister Binali ...

Iraqi Parliament Authorizes Abadi to Deploy Troops in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-09-27 15:02
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi attended the Iraqi parliamentary session on Wednesday, in a bid to introduce more measures against Kurdistan Region. Abadi said on Wednesday that the federal government will impose Iraq’s authority in all area ...

Trudeau won’t weigh in on Kurdish independence, citing Quebec lesson

Roji Kurd - 2017-09-27 00:00
Roji Kurd: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has pointed to his own experience in two Quebec referendums to explain why Canada won’t weigh in on the push for independence by Iraq’s Kurdish population. Yet silence may not be enough if violence erupts, ...

Iraqi PM Gives Kurdistan Until Friday to Hand Over Control of Airports

BAS News - 2017-09-26 23:07
BAGHDAD — The Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi gave the Kurdistan Region until Friday 3:00 p.m (1200 GMT) to hand over control of its airports and border gates in order to avoid an international air embargo. Iraqi PM’s measure is intended to force th ...

Iraq threatens flight ban after Kurdish independence vote

Washington Times - 2017-09-26 21:57
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraq's prime minister on Tuesday ordered the northern Kurdish region to hand over control of its airports to federal authorities or face a flight ban, signaling a tough response to a landmark Kurdish independence referendum held the da ...

Canada respects Kurdistan Region’s referendum: PM

KurdPress - 2017-09-26 14:22
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau refused to comment on a Kurdistan’s independence referendum, saying he appreciated that other countries held their tongues during Quebec’s referendums. ...

Are Kurds more like Jews or Palestinians? It depends on whom you ask.

Washington Post - 2017-09-25 23:20
Today, Iraqi Kurds are going to the polls to decide whether to seek independence from Iraq. So far, only one world leader has publicly backed the cause: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. There are concrete geopolitical reasons for Israel to supp ...

Canadian PM Says He Respects Kurdistan’s Referendum

BAS News - 2017-09-25 22:41
ERBIL — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau refused to comment on a Kurdistan’s independence referendum, saying he appreciated that other countries held their tongues during Quebec’s referendums. Iraqi Kurds voted overwhelmingly in favour of secession ...

Erdogan, top Turkey general to visit Iran

KurdPress - 2017-09-25 15:12
Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the country’s Chief of the General Staff Hulusi Akar are going to pay a visit to Iran in a few days, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced. ...

KRG’s PM: We are not and will not threaten Turkey’s national security

Waar Media - 2017-09-25 13:47
WAAR-DUHOK: The Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani has said that Erbil has never been a threat to Turkey, and will remain to not be so, adding that Ankara should also understand that they have no better friends in the region than the Kurdistan Re ...

KRG PM: Abadi’s Threats Remind Us of Baath Punishments

BAS News - 2017-09-25 11:31
ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) prime minister voiced his regret over the recent threats made by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, describing them as “collective punishment” against the people of Kurdistan. Barzani made the remark at a pr ...

Iraqi PM Releases Over 15 Statements in 4 Hours Against Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-09-25 10:59
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi posted over 15 statements on his official Facebook account against Kurdistan Region's independence referendum in just four hours. In 19 different statements on Facebook, Abadi reiterated his opposition to the ...

Turkey says it won't accept Kurdish independence vote

Washington Times - 2017-09-23 14:28
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkey's government will never accept a separate Kurdish state in neighboring Iraq and won't refrain from taking steps to prevent it, the Turkish prime minister said Friday. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim again called on Iraqi Kurdi ...

Turkey to Extend Military Mission in Iraq and Syria

BAS News - 2017-09-22 20:55
ISTANBUL — Turkey aims to extend the state's authority to launch cross-border military operations in both northern Iraq and Syria for another year. The Prime Minister of Turkey, Binali Yildirim from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) submitte ...

Prime Minister Barzani meets Italian Ambassador to Iraq

KRG-Spain - 2017-09-22 00:03
Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received Marco Carnelos, Italian Ambassador to Iraq, accompanied by a military and diplomatic delegation. The two sides discussed the military situation in the region, coor ...

Iraqi PM: Forces begin offensive to retake Hawija from ISIS

Waar Media - 2017-09-21 18:21
WAAR-DUHOK: Iraq has begun an offensive to retake Hawija, one of two remaining bastions of the Islamic State group in the country, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced on Thursday. “At the dawn of a new day, we announce the launch of the first stage ...

Kuwait to Host Donors Conference on Rebuilding Iraq

BAS News - 2017-09-21 14:30
ERBIL — Kuwait is planning to host an international donors conference to gain support for Iraq rebuild the areas it has liberated form the Islamic State (IS),the Kuwaiti Prime Minister told the United Nations General Assembly today. “The position of the ...

Iraqi PM Announces First Stage of Hawija Assault

BAS News - 2017-09-21 09:10
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of the first stage of Hawija operation early on Thursday. “With the dawn of a new Iraqi day, we announce the launch of the first stage of the liberation of Hawija to fulfill our pledge to o ...

Barzani playing with fire: Turkish Deputy PM

KurdPress - 2017-09-20 13:00
Turkey Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag on Sept. 20 issued another warning from Turkey to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) about the independence referendum slated for later this week, saying KRG President Masoud Barzani is “playing with fire.” ...

Abadi Prevents Iraqi President from Attending UNGA Meeting: Official

BAS News - 2017-09-19 19:25
ERBIL— The Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi did not allow for the Iraqi President Fuad Massum to attend the session of the UN General Assembly, according to a Kurdish official. Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) politburo member and former Iraqi financ ...

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 ...

Iraqi Supreme Court orders suspension of Kurdistan Referendum

Waar Media - 2017-09-18 13:50
WAAR-DUHOK: The Iraqi Supreme Court has ruled to suspend the Kurdish referendum on Monday until it makes a final ruling on the case at the request of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. The Kurdistan Region is scheduled to hold a referendum on independ ...

Maliki on Kurdistan’s Independence: Creation of Second Israel Not Allowed

BAS News - 2017-09-18 03:55
BAGHDAD — Iraqi Shi’ite politician and former prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, said in a meeting with the US Ambassador to Iraq that he will not allow the creation of a “second Israel” in northern Iraq, referring to an anticipated Kurdistan state. He tol ...

Prime Minister Barzani receives letter from Korean President

KRG-Spain - 2017-09-18 00:02
Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received Mr. Park Young-Kyu, the Consul General of Korea in Erbil and his accompanying delegation. Mr. Park conveyed a letter from Mr. Moon Jae-In, President of the Republi ...

Prime Minister Barzani meets Kuwaiti envoy in the Kurdistan Region

KRG-Spain - 2017-09-18 00:02
Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met with Mr. Omar Al-Kandari, the Consul General of the State of Kuwait in Erbil. In the meeting, the Kuwaiti envoy reiterated his desire to strengthen bilateral relations ...

Half of IS Families Detained in Mosul are Turkish: Iraqi PM

BAS News - 2017-09-17 23:06
ERBIL — Around a half of the hundreds of families held in a camp near Mosul for suspected links to the so-called Islamic State (IS) are Turkish nationals, said the Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi. According to a statement made by the Iraqi PM, ma ...

Iraq says may use force if Kurdish referendum turns violent

FOX News - 2017-09-17 14:46
Iraq is prepared to intervene militarily if the Kurdish region's planned independence referendum results in violence, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview Saturday. ...

Erdoğan to discuss Kurdistan Referendum with al-Abadi in New York

Waar Media - 2017-09-17 14:24
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will hold a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in New York, to discuss the upcoming independence referendum by Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). Speaking to reporters at a news conferen ...

Erdogan, Abadi to discuss KRG referendum in New York

KurdPress - 2017-09-17 13:21
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to meet Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in New York where the two sides are to discuss the upcoming independence referendum by Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). ...

Turkey's Erdogan to discuss northern Iraq vote with Iraqi PM

Reuters - 2017-09-17 11:50
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will meet Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi during his visit to the United States this week and discuss their concerns about northern Iraq's independence referendum. ...
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