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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 ...

KRG and Rosneft agree on cooperation at five production blocks

Waar Media - 2017-10-18 22:53
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Rosneft signed the documents required to put into force Production Sharing Agreements (PSA) with respect to five production blocks located in the region. The share of Rosneft Group Subsidiaries in PSA w ...

KRG and Rosneft Sign New Agreement

BAS News - 2017-10-18 21:14
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Russian giant oil company Rosneft have signed the documents required to put into force the Production Sharing Agreements (PSA) with respect to five production blocks located in the region. “The share of ...

US appeals for calm as allies clash in Iraq

CNN - 2017-10-18 19:56
The United States has made an urgent call for calm in northern Iraq as Iraqi forces and Kurdish fighters -- two of Washington's key allies in the region -- clash over disputed territory. ...

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 ...

Peshmerga Ministry Reorganizing Forces: Official

BAS News - 2017-10-18 15:06
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Peshmerga Ministry is reorganizing the Peshmerga troops, in a bid to station them in the areas where they existed before October 17, 2016. Deputy of Peshmerga Forces' Chief of Staff, Salar Mohamed Jabari, told BasNews that the Pe ...

Kirkuk, Şengal handed over; new purge plan

ANHA - 2017-10-18 12:44
Kirkuk has been fully handed over to the Popular Crowd, and if we perceive the secret deals that accompanied the handover operations, we would find that a new plan is being executed in the region. ...

Turkish occupation moves deep into Afrin’s Rajo territory

ANHA - 2017-10-18 11:34
Turkish occupation army’s have moved 25 meters at the village of (Singêlê) in an incursion into the area of Rajo in Afrin region, during their incursion, one of the mines they had already planted blew up forcing them to retreat, but they have resumed the ...

Was passierte gestern in Kirkuk und wer ist dafür verantwortlich?

Civaka Azad - 2017-10-18 04:00
ISKU | Informationsstelle Kurdistan e.V. Eine Analyse des Narichtenportals The Region, 17.10.2017 Am Montag nahm das irakische Militär in nur einem Tag die Stadt Kirkuk von kurdischen Truppen. So sah die Szene aus. Ein Sprecher des irakischen „Counter Te ...

Irakische Truppen marschieren in Bashiqa ein

EzidiPress - 2017-10-18 02:02
Bashiqa. Die irakische Regierung hat die Rückeroberung der umstrittenen Gebiete im Irak fortgesetzt. Nachdem unter anderem am Dienstag die Shingal-Region im Nordirak von den Peshmerga aufgegeben und unter irakische Kontrolle gefallen ist, marschieren irak ...

Peshmerga in Full Control of Makhmour: Commander

BAS News - 2017-10-18 00:28
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces have rejected the reports claiming that the Kurdish forces retreated from their positions in Makhmour district, southwest of Kirkuk, a commander said. “I am speaking from central Makhmour and I ensure that the ...

Kurdish Lawmaker Shwan Qaladzayi Dies in Trafic Accident

BAS News - 2017-10-17 20:26
ERBIL — Member of Kurdistan Region parliament Shwan Qaladzayi succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday after being in a traffic accident a day earlier. Qaladzayi was the head of Kurdistan Islamic Movement faction in the parliament. He had a car accident on M ...

Erbil, Baghdad to Return to Pre-Mosul Agreement on Borders

BAS News - 2017-10-17 19:54
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region and the Iraqi government border will be redrawn in accordance to a previous agreement signed by Erbil and Baghdad prior to the launch of Mosul operation, the Peshmerga Ministry said. “According to the agreement for Mosul Operatio ...

Barzani: We Have Always Sought Peaceful Solutions

BAS News - 2017-10-17 18:38
ERBIL — The President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani released Tuesday a statement to address the people of Kurdistan following the offensive of Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi and Iraqi forces on Kirkuk Province and other dispu ...

Voices demanding Ocalan’s status disclosure rise in Girê Sipî

ANHA - 2017-10-17 15:10
A massive demonstration was launched in the city of Girê Sipî (Tel-Abyed) in which thousands of people from the canton of Girê Sipî in the Euphrates region, demanding the disclosure of the status of Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan health and lifting isolat ...

Why was Şengal and Kirkuk handed over?

ANHA - 2017-10-17 15:10
DILYAR JAZEERI NEWS DESK- On September 25, the referendum on the independence of Başûr Region (South Kurdistan). This referendum was initiated and determined under the supervision of the Kurdistan Democratic Party(KDP). Most of the regional and internatio ...

Youth of Afrin call for Ocalan freedom in torch marches

ANHA - 2017-10-17 13:48
AFRIN– Hundreds of Afrin’s youth in Afrin region protested, demanding the release of the health condition to Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan during the mass marches of torches and cars on Monday evening The districts of Sherawa, Mobata and Janders in Afri ...

Barzani to Release a Statement on Situation in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-10-17 13:07
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani is expected to release a statement on Tuesday, October 17 about the latest situation in Kurdistan. Following the offensive by the Iraqi government against Kirkuk on Monday, Barzani is expected to address ...

Iran Seizes Region’s Largest Oil Fields in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-17 12:13
ERBIL — Iran has seized control of the largest oil fields in Iraq and Kurdistan after the assault of the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi militias on Kirkuk Province. After the October 16 offensive of Hashd al-Shaab militias backed by the Iranian Revolutio ...

The PDK escapes from Germian as well

ANHA - 2017-10-17 11:03
NEWS DESK- the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) had fled from the region of Germian after fleeing from Kirkuk Şengal, and Makhmour. The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) are continuing to hand over areas under their control to the Popular Crowd. After the ...

Bundeswehr stoppt Ausbildung kurdischer Peschmerga im Nordirak

Deutsche Welle - 2017-10-17 05:02
Angesichts der unsicheren Lage im Nordirak unterbricht die Bundeswehr ihren Ausbildungseinsatz für kurdische Peschmerga-Kämpfer in der Region. Es ist eine Reaktion auf den Konflikt zwischen Iraks Kurden und Bagdad. ...

Lessons from Catalonia

BBC - 2017-10-17 01:41
The crisis in Spain's Catalonia region is being closely watched in Nigeria and Cameroon, where secessionist movements have been stepping up campaigns for independence. ...

PUK Peshmerga Commander Missing: Source

BAS News - 2017-10-16 21:26
ERBIL — A source from Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Peshmerga has confirmed that Sheikh Jaafar Mustafa, commander of PUK’s Unit 70 of the Peshmerga forces, has gone missing after the conflicts in Kirkuk. On Monday, Baghdad-backed Shi’ite militias of Has ...

DAA in Afrin canton: We will not allow anyone to threaten security

ANHA - 2017-10-16 15:53
The Democratic Autonomous Administration in Afrin canton confirmed that they would not allow anyone to harm the security and safety of the Afrin region, stressing their full readiness to preserve the gains made by the blood of the martyrs. ...

Legitimate Rights of Kurds Should Be Respected: Kremlin Spokesperson

BAS News - 2017-10-16 15:53
ERBIL — Russia values the relations with both Baghdad and Kurdistan, and stands for finding a peaceful political solution to the situation in the region, Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters. The legitimate rights of Kurds in Iraq should be ...

Iraqi Forces, Backed by IRGC, Attacked Kirkuk: Peshmerga Command

BAS News - 2017-10-16 15:36
ERBIL — General Command of the Kurdistan Region Peshmerga Forces stated that the offensive on Kirkuk was launched by the Hashd al-Shaabi and Iran’s Quds Forces. “On the dawn of October 16, IRGC and Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) under the command of I ...

Peshmerga Ordered to Fight to the Last Man in Defence of Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-16 15:36
KIRKUK — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani, who also serves as Commander-in-Chief of the Kurdish forces, has ordered Peshmerga to not initiate a clash, but defend Kirkuk to the last man if attacked. Since midnight Sunday, Baghdad-backed Shi’ite A ...

Thousands arrive to Amuda to participate in demo

ANHA - 2017-10-16 14:11
Thousands of people from al-Jazeera region arrived to Amuda district of Qamishlo canton to participate in the demonstration condemning the isolation imposed on the leader of the Kurdish people Abdullah Ocalan and the detection of his health status. ...

Gefechte zwischen Kurden und irakischer Armee um Kirkuk

Deutsche Welle - 2017-10-16 12:13
Die ölreiche Provinz im Nordirak ist seit langem Streitpunkt zwischen Kurden und der Regierung in Bagdad. Nun gibt es erste Gefechte im Süden der Region. Das Potenzial für eine größere Eskalation ist groß. ...

leaders of Arab tribes: do not accept Turkish occupation to Idlib city

ANHA - 2017-10-16 10:59
NARIN AMIN- AREF SULEIMAN AFRIN – The notables of Arab tribes in the Afrin canton of Afrin region assured that the intervention of the Turkish occupation army in Idlib is unacceptable, and considered it a blatant occupation of the territories of neighbori ...

Iranian-backed PMF Using US Military Equipment Against Peshmerga: KRSC

BAS News - 2017-10-16 08:36
ERBIL — The Iraqi forces and Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi militia (PMF) on Sunday night launched an attack on Kirkuk from two front lines, said Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) on Monday morning. The two forces at 23:30 advanced from Taza Khurm ...

Iraqi Forces Clash With Kurdish Fighters Near Kirkuk

The Wall Street Journal - 2017-10-16 05:34
Iraqi forces clashed with fighters from the Kurdish semiautonomous region near the oil-rich province of Kirkuk early Monday, raising the stakes in a standoff over Kurdish independence, Iraqi and Kurdish officials said. ...

Iraq says vast areas taken from Kurds in Kirkuk, Kurds deny gains

Reuters - 2017-10-16 05:00
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi government forces took control of "vast areas" in the region of Kirkuk, including oilfields west of the city, in the early hours of Monday, Iraqi state TV said, but the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) disputed the assertions. ...

Barzani Gives Peshmerga Green Light to Fire in Kirkuk to Defend Only

BAS News - 2017-10-16 02:30
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Peshmerga forces, has ordered the Kurdish forces to not initiate a war in Kirkuk, but do not hesitate to open fire if came under attack. “President Barzani order ...

Kosrat Rasoul Arrives in Kirkuk with Additional 3,000 Peshmerga Troops

BAS News - 2017-10-16 02:11
KIRKUK — Kurdistan Region Vice President Kosrat Rasoul, who is also a senior Peshmerga commander, has arrived in Kirkuk as Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi intend to advance towards the city. Rasoul, who also serves and Deputy Secretary-General of the ...

Baghdad Started Moving Shi’ite Militias Towards Central Kirkuk: KRSC

BAS News - 2017-10-16 00:26
KIRKUK — The Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) revealed just after midnight Sunday that Baghdad-backed Shi’ite militia groups of Hashd al-Shaabi are now advancing towards the centre of Kirkuk from south of the city. “Iraqi forces/PMF [Popular Mobi ...

KRG Rejects Baghdad Accusations of Provoking Military Clash in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-16 00:26
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has rejected Baghdad allegations of provoking the tensions, saying it is the Iraqi government and its Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi threatening to use military force against the Kurdistan Region. Afte ...

Kurdish Parties Call for Dialogue to Resolve Issues with Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-10-15 19:01
ERBIL — The major parties of Kurdistan Region, KDP and PUK, conducted on Sunday a successful meeting in which both parties emphasized on dialogue to resolve the issues with Baghdad peacefully. The Kurdish parties also refused any preconditions such as ca ...

KDP and PUK Reaffirm Commitment to Outcome of Referendum

BAS News - 2017-10-15 15:28
ERBIL — Both leading Parties of Kurdistan Region, KDP and PUK, reiterated in today’s meeting that they will abide by the result of the September 25 referendum and will not suspend the outcome of the vote. A delegation of senior officials from the Kurdist ...

Iran Closes Border With Kurdistan Over Independence Bid

BAS News - 2017-10-15 14:25
ERBIL — Iran has closed its border gates with Kurdistan Region in response to the independence referendum the region held last month, Iran's Tasnim news agency reported on Sunday. "Considering the developments in Iraq's Kurdistan, Iran has closed its Bas ...

Kurds block Iraqi forces access to Kirkuk's oil fields, airbase

Reuters - 2017-10-15 12:41
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Kurdish Peshmerga fighters rejected a warning from an Iraqi paramilitary force to withdraw from a strategic junction south of Kirkuk, which controls the access to some of the region's main oilfields, a Kurdish security official told Re ...

Basra Threatens to Declare Self-governing Region

BAS News - 2017-10-15 12:14
ERBIL — Basra Provincial Council threatened on Saturday to declare a self-governing region if the central government continues to delay the financial entitlements of the province. The deputy head of the provincial council, Walid Qaitan, said "Basra provi ...

Can Russia claim ‘victory’ in the Middle East?

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:35
Chiman Salih | Ekurd.net The escalating Russian involvement in the Middle East in recent years has been characterised by the Kremlin’s signing of important bilateral defense and economic agreements with the region’s various conflicting parties – Syria, I ...

Iraqi Kurdistan region and Oil Curse

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:35
Ramiar Jamal Bilbas | Ekurd.net During my early years at school, “Oil Curse” was the term I heard repeatedly, but was incapable of comprehending exactly what this famous expression that is customarily labeled the Arab States or better to say the oil rich ...

Video: Kurdish referendum 2017 in 60 seconds, Michael Rubin

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:35
WASHINGTON,— Kurdistan Region might vote on independence from Iraq on September 25th, 2017. What will it mean for the Middle East and the United States? AEI resident scholar Michael Rubin explains. Michael Rubin is a former Pentagon official whose major ...

Iraqi Kurds vote in historic independence referendum, defying threats

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:35
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Voting started on Monday in an independence referendum organized by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq, ignoring the threats of the Kurds’ neighbors and fears of further instability and violen ...

92.7% voted ‘Yes’ in Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:35
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Iraq’s Kurds announced a massive “yes” vote for independence on Wednesday following a referendum that has incensed Baghdad and sparked international concern. Official results showed 92.73 percent of voters backing ...

Iraq cranks up pressure on Kurdistan with flight ban over referendum

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:34
All foreign flights to Iraqi Kurdistan capital to stop Friday HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— All foreign flights to and from the Iraqi Kurdistan Region capital city of Erbil will be suspended from Friday, officials said, as Baghdad increases pre ...

Iran bans oil refinery products traffic with Iraqi Kurdistan: report

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:34
ANKARA,— Iran has banned the transportation of refined crude oil products by Iranian companies to and from Iraq’s Kurdistan region, the semi-official Tasnim news agency said on Friday, after Tehran vowed to stand by Baghdad following the region’s vote fo ...

Iraq allows foreigners to leave Kurdistan via Baghdad

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:34
BAGHDAD,— Iraq on Monday authorised foreigners stranded in Iraqi Kurdistan after an international flight ban to leave the country via Baghdad despite not having a federal visa. Foreigners who had entered the northern autonomous region on regional visas n ...

Iran, Iraq hold exercises near Iraqi Kurdistan: Kurdish official

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:34
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Iranian and Iraqi forces staged joint military exercises on Monday near the border with Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region, a Kurdish official said, following tensions over the Kurds’ independence vote. Iraqi Kurds vo ...

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 ...

Iraq parliament votes to halt financial transactions with Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:34
BAGHDAD,— Iraq’s parliament voted on Tuesday on “a formula to halt financial transactions” with the Kurdistan region, in retaliation for last week’s independence referendum, Iraqi State TV said, without specifying if vote was binding on the government. T ...

Iraq’s central bank eases financial restrictions on Kurdistan region

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:34
BAGHDAD,— Iraq’s central bank on Wednesday eased financial restrictions imposed on the Kurdistan region over its independence vote after receiving a pledge of cooperation from Kurdish banks, an Iraqi banking source said. All but four Kurdish-owned banks ...
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