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The apparent threat of South and West Kurdistan by Erdogan

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-08-10 13:18
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and chairman of the Akp Justice and Development Party at a news conference last week threatened to openly threaten South and West security forces in Kurdistan. At this press conference, Erdogan spoke of Peshmerg ...

Baghdad Looking Forward to Receiving Erbil Delegation: Abadi

BAS News - 2017-08-09 10:49
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said he is expecting a delegation from Erbil to discuss the planned independence referendum and the days after. During his weekly press conference in Baghdad, Abadi said that Kurdistan Region’s independence re ...

Israel says plans to close broadcaster Jazeera’s offices

Waar Media - 2017-08-06 20:40
WAAR-DUHOK: Israel said on Sunday it planned to close the offices in the Jewish state of Al-Jazeera, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the Arab satellite news broadcaster of incitement. Netanyahu had said on July 27 that he wanted Al-Jazeer ...

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. ...

Benjamin Netanyahu suspected of bribery, fraud, Israeli police say

Waar Media - 2017-08-04 20:52
WAAR-DUHOK: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is suspected of crimes involving fraud, breach of trust and bribes in two corruption cases, Israeli police revealed Thursday. Police have been questioning Netanyahu for months over the cases but have released ...

Iraqi Kurds must protect themselves as a state: Nechirvan Barzani

KurdPress - 2017-08-04 20:19
In a speech marking the third anniversary of the IS invasion of Shingal and the murder and abduction of thousands of Yezidis, the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said that the Kurds have lost all hope in living with ...

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 ...

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 ...

Independence Referendum to Ensure Security in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-08-03 23:27
ERBIL — The upcoming independence referendum in Kurdistan Region is an important step towards ensuring that the Region would not risk the reoccurrence of yet another genocide, the Prime Minister of Kurdistan Region said on Thursday. PM Nechirvan Barzani ...

KRG to Appoint Committee for Psychotherapy of Liberated Yezidis

BAS News - 2017-08-03 18:29
ERBIL— Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)’s Prime Minister has ordered the creation of a committee to attend to the psychological state of the freed Yezidis, said an official Thursday. Khayri Borzani, who runs the KRG’s directorate for Yezidis affairs, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Bangladesh to Open Consular Office in Erbil

BAS News - 2017-07-30 20:13
ERBIL— The Peoples' Republic of Bangladesh will open a consular office in the Kurdistan Region, according to Bangladeshi ambassador to Baghdad. Abu Maqsud Furhad, Bangladesh's ambassador to Iraq met Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nech ...

Australia ‘foils terrorist attack’ involving an airplane

Waar Media - 2017-07-30 18:12
WAAR-DUHOK: Australian authorities have averted an Islamist-inspired plot to take down an airplane, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced. Anti-terrorism police have raided several properties in Sydney. Australian authorities stopped a terrorist ...

Hashd Al-Shaabi to Participate in Tel Afar Assault: Abadi

BAS News - 2017-07-29 17:04
ERBIL — The Shi’ite Arab militia of Hashd al-Shaabi, along with other Iraqi forces, will take part in the offensive to retake the city of Tel Afar in west of Mosul from the Islamic State (IS), Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said on Saturday. Addres ...

Netanyahu asks Erdogan to focus on Kurds or Cyprus, not Jerusalem

Waar Media - 2017-07-27 14:26
WAAR-DUHOK: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a hypocrite, after the Turkish leader accused Israel of not respecting the right of worship in the al-Aqsa mosque. “It would be interesting to see wha ...

Turkey Can Ally with Syria’s Kurds Someday / David Pollock

KurdPress - 2017-07-21 20:02
The July 5 headline in Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper, quoting Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus reads as follows: “Turkey Says It’s Not Declaring War On YPG [Yekîneyên Parastina Gel or People's Protection Units],” the main Syrian Kurdish militia just ac ...

Mosul Administration Urges Hashd al-Shaabi to Leave

BAS News - 2017-07-18 16:17
MOSUL — As the major Iraqi city of Mosul has already been declared fully liberated from Islamic State (IS), the local administration is urging Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to order the Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi to withdraw from the city. Memb ...

Remarks at Global Coalition Small Group Meeting – July 13 2017

The Global Coalition - 2017-07-17 23:31
Read remarks made by Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to defeat Daesh, Brett McGurk, and Deputy Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Iraq Dr Naufel al Hassan at the Small Group Meeting of the Global Coalition, which took place in Was ...

Kirkuk Governor Urges Abadi to Launch Hawija Operation

BAS News - 2017-07-17 18:43
ERBIL— Kirkuk Governor Najmaddin Karim on Monday called on the Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi to launch the operation to liberate the town of Hawija, south of Kirkuk province. During a meeting with the directors of the governmental agencies in Kirk ...

KRG PM and British Envoy to Erbil Discuss Political, Trade Ties

BAS News - 2017-07-17 16:10
ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received Martin Ware, the British Consul in Erbil and his accompanying officials. The British diplomat thanked KRG’s institutions for the assistance and cooperation they have pr ...

KRG Calls for More US Support for Peshmerga

BAS News - 2017-07-17 14:37
ERBIL — A joint Iraqi-Kurdish delegation is visiting Washington to meet with US officials to discuss a number of security issues. The delegation includes representatives of the Iraqi prime minister's office, military officials as well as representatives ...

PM Barzani and New Iranian Ambassador Discuss Bilateral Ties

BAS News - 2017-07-16 19:26
ERBIL— Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and the new ambassador of Iran to Baghdad, Iraj Majedi, discussed bilateral relations. Masjedi, leading a delegation, visited Barzani’s office on Sunday and expressed his content ...

Erdogan questions Justice Minister for releasing veteran Kurdish mayor

Kurdistan24 - 2017-07-14 20:40
Veteran Kurdish politician Ahmet Turk (r) welcomes the then Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Kurdish city of Diyarbakir ahead of ceremonies for a visit by the President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani, November 16, 2013. (Photo: D ...

Hadi Ameri: Conspiracy Against Hash Forces Underway

BAS News - 2017-07-14 10:21
ERBIL— The leader of the Iraqi Shi'ite paramilitaries on Thursday criticized the Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi for not paying tribute to the role of Hashd al-Shaabi forces in liberating Mosul, noting there are plots against the Shi'ite paramilitar ...

Malala in Kurdistan celebrites her 20th birthday

Waar Media - 2017-07-12 13:37
WAAR-DUHOK: Malala Yousafzai, a Nobel Prize laureate and international women’s activist marked her 20th birthday among university students in the Kurdistan Region. She met with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani on T ...

Global Coalition statement on the Liberation of Mosul

The Global Coalition - 2017-07-11 20:26
The Coalition welcomes Prime Minister al-Abadi’s announcement of Iraq’s victory in Mosul and we congratulate the Iraqi Security Forces on their remarkable progress in defeating Daesh. ...

Malala Yousafzai to Assist Displaced Women and Girls in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-07-11 19:41
ERBIL— Pakistani activist for female education Malala Yousafzai on Tuesday paid a visit to Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and promised to offer assistance to the women and girls in the IDP and refugee camps. In the m ...

Belgian Deputy PM: Every nation has the right to organize its future

Waar Media - 2017-07-11 14:30
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region delegation, led by President Masoud Barzani, met with a Belgian delegation, consisting of Jan Jambon, Deputy Prime Minister, Steven Vandeput, Defense Minister and Theo Francken, Immigration Minister, in Brussels on Tuesday to ...

Kurdistan People Have the Right to Self-Determination: Belgian Deputy PM

BAS News - 2017-07-11 13:45
BRUSSELS — Kurdistan Region delegation, led by President Masoud Barzani, met with a Belgian delegation, consisting of Jan Jambon, Deputy Prime Minister, Steven Vandeput, Defense Minister and Theo Francken, Immigration Minister, in Brussels on Tuesday to ...

Haider al-Abadi announces victory over IS in Mosul

KurdPress - 2017-07-11 09:49
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi declared on Monday evening the success of the operation to liberate the northern city of Mosul nearly nine months after the onset of the major operation to liberate the city from the control of the Islamic State (IS). ...

Iraqi Security Forces Liberate Mosul – Coalition statement

The Global Coalition - 2017-07-11 00:49
The Coalition welcomes Prime Minister al-Abadi's announcement of Iraq's victory in Mosul and we congratulate the Iraqi Security Forces on their remarkable progress against ISIS while making extraordinary efforts to safeguard civilian lives. ...

Israel and India: From a Chill to an Embrace?

Foreign Policy Research Institute - 2017-07-10 23:49
Last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India concluded a three-day visit to Israel. His visit was genuinely historic as he was the first Indian prime minister to ever undertake such a trip. Indeed, the visit may well signify an entirely new phase in ...

Iraqi PM Announces Victory over IS in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-07-10 19:55
ERBIL— Nearly nine months since the onset of the major operation to liberate Mosul on Monday evening Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi declared the success of the operation. From the base of the Counter-Terrorism forces in eastern Mosul, Abadi, in mil ...

Barzani Congratulates Iraqi PM on Victory over IS in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-07-10 14:59
The two leaders talked on the phone on Monday ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani congratulated the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on the occasion of the liberation of the city of Mosul. In a phone call on Monday, Barzani congratulate ...

Iraqi PM in Mosul to Declare Victory over IS

BAS News - 2017-07-09 17:23
MOSUL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived in Mosul on Sunday and congratulated the armed forces for the victory they have scored over Islamic State (IS) after nearly 9 months of fierce fighting. "The commander in chief of the armed forces [Pri ...

PM Barzani and McGurk Discuss Future of Iraq

BAS News - 2017-07-09 11:51
ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met with US Special Presidential Envoy to the Coalition against the Islamic State (IS) on Saturday in Erbil. The officials discussed a number of pressing issues, including Mosul ...

Nechirvan Barzani, Brett McGurk discuss regional developments, referendum

KurdPress - 2017-07-09 10:47
Kurdistan Region Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and Brett McGurk the US Special Presidential Envoy to the coalition to defeat IS met on Saturday in Erbil where they discussed regional issues and ties between Erbil and Baghdad, ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – July 5, 2017

E-Kurd - 2017-07-07 14:31
Iraqi PM Abadi says Kurdish delegation to visit Baghdad in near future Baghdad: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said a delegation from the Kurdistan Region will visit Baghdad in the next few days to discuss suspended issues between both sides and oi ...

Iraqi PM Abadi congratulates troops on ‘big victory’ in Mosul

E-Kurd - 2017-07-07 14:31
MOSUL,— Iraq’s prime minister on Tuesday congratulated his fighters on “the big victory in Mosul” – even as fighting with Islamic State militants continued in Mosul’s Old City neighborhood where Iraqi forces are about 250 meters from the Tigris River and ...

Kurdish YPG expects conflict with Turkey in northern Syria

Kom News - 2017-07-06 17:55
The head of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Wednesday that Turkish military deployments near Kurdish-held areas of northwestern Syria amounted to a “declaration of war” which could trigger clashes within days. Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Numan ...

Abadi's Office: Wanted People Cannot Attend Sunni's Conference

BAS News - 2017-07-06 17:00
ERBIL— The Sunni leaders who are wanted by the court will not be allowed to step into Baghdad in anyway, confirmed the media office of the Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi in a statement. The office on Thursday responded to the reports which alleged ...

U.S. is creating terrorist armies: Turkey

KurdPress - 2017-07-06 09:46
Turkey’s deputy prime minister ravished the leader of the free world for backing Syrian Kurdish YPG forces, which Turkey has deemed a terror organization, the Express reported. ...

Turkish Deputy PM Rejects Claims Over Declaring War Against YPG

BAS News - 2017-07-06 00:35
ERBIL — Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus, responded to recent claims of the Peoples' Protection Units (YPG) that Turkey is starting a war against the Syrian Kurdish groups fighting the Islamic State (IS) in Syria. Kurtulmus said in a stateme ...

Signature Campaign to Sue Maliki over Fall of Mosul Launched

BAS News - 2017-07-05 20:13
ERBIL— A signature campaign was launched in different Iraqi cities on Wednesday to sue the former Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki over fall of Mosul to Islamic State (IS) and the Camp Speicher massacre. Iraqi hardline Shi'ite cleric Muqtada Sadr, Sa ...

Abadi: KRG’s delegation to visit Baghdad in next days

Waar Media - 2017-07-05 12:22
WAAR-DUHOK: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said a delegation from the Kurdistan Region will visit Baghdad in the next few days to discuss suspended issues between both sides, referendum and oil revenue. Speaking during a press conference on Tuesday ...

2 members of Turkish ruling party killed, 35 arrests

Kom News - 2017-07-02 20:15
Two officials, members of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), were shot dead on Saturday night. Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus claimed Sunday that militants of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) were behind the assasinatio ...

Shi'ite Militias Seek Abadi's Approval for Trespassing Syrian Borders

BAS News - 2017-07-02 18:28
ERBIL— A rank in the Iraqi Shi'ite paramilitaries has asked the Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi to authorize them to "trespass" the Syrian borders to ward off the threats posed by the Islamic jihadists. In a statement published on Sunday, the Brigad ...

2 members of Turkish ruling party killed in Northern Kurdistan, 35 arrests

Waar Media - 2017-07-02 17:14
WAAR-DUHOK: Two officials, members of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), were shot dead on Saturday night. Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus claimed Sunday that militants of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) were behind the ...

Iraq declares end of caliphate after capture of Mosul mosque

Waar Media - 2017-06-30 10:06
WAAR-DUHOK: After eight months of grinding urban warfare, Iraqi government troops on Thursday captured the ruined mosque at the heart of Islamic State’s de facto capital Mosul, and the prime minister declared the group’s self-styled caliphate at an end. ...

Iraqi PM Announces End of Islamic Caliphate

BAS News - 2017-06-29 19:23
ERBIL— Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi stated on Thursday that the Islamic State (IS) caliphate has ended, after Iraqi forces controlled a symbolic mosque and minaret in the Old City of Mosul. "The return of al-Nuri Mosque and al-Hadba minaret to th ...

Iran FM and Italian PM meet, discuss ties

KurdPress - 2017-06-29 12:08
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni on Wednesday discussed ways of expanding relations between Tehran and Rome. ...

Maliki Plotting Conspiracy in Kirkuk Against Kurds: MP

BAS News - 2017-06-29 03:10
Kirkuk — Iraq’s former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is attempting to use his influence for sending the Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi to Kirkuk as part of his conspiracy against Kurds, said a Kurdish lawmaker. MP Islam Husseing told BasNews on Wed ...

Prime Minister Barzani’s message on Eid al-Fitr

KRG-Spain - 2017-06-29 00:14
On the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani, issued the following message: On the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, I extend my best wishes to the families of martyrs, families of Peshmergas, and congratulate the ...
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