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Iran Shells Choman district of Erbil province

Waar Media - 2017-08-11 11:44
WAAR-DUHOK: Iranian army’s artillery units bombarded overnight Thursday Kurdistan Region border areas, claiming to have been targeting Iranian Kurdish opposition forces, locals said. A source from Choman district of Erbil province reported to press that ...

Iran Shells KRG Borders

BAS News - 2017-08-11 00:21
ERBIL — Iranian army’s artillery units bombarded overnight Thursday Kurdistan Region border areas, claiming to have been targeting Iranian Kurdish opposition forces, locals said. A source from Choman district of Erbil province reported to BasNews that th ...

Turkey Will Not Close Borders with Kurdistan: Envoy

BAS News - 2017-08-10 23:34
ERBIL — A Turkish official denied the rumours about Turkey's intentions to close the border crossing with the Kurdistan Region on Wednesday. Mohammed Akef Inam, the Turkish Consul General in Erbil, who spoke to Kurdistan 24, said that any information reg ...

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 ...

Pictures: Kurdish Activists Accuse Iran of Causing Large Forest Fire

BAS News - 2017-08-10 15:26
ERBIL — The Kurdish activists blame the state of the large fire which is continuing to burn the forests of the Kurdish region in northwest Iran for the third day in a row. The fire has burnt dozens of hectares of forest, in addition to the significant da ...

Story of Yezidi Child Survivors of the IS Hell - Part 5

BAS News - 2017-08-10 14:47
Sinjar, a predominantly Kurdish Yezidi town in the Kurdistan Region, has now become a symbol for the huge damage an extremist ideology and its inhuman crimes could bring to humanity. The city was overrun by Islamic State (also referred to as IS, ISIS or ...

Gorran Ready to Discuss Reconvening Parliament and Referendum with KDP

BAS News - 2017-08-10 14:47
Gorran Movement held a meeting on Thursday SULAYMANIYAH — Gorran (Change) Movement which is yet to join the pro-referendum parties in the Kurdistan Region held a session earlier today and decided to meet with Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) for discussi ...

Kurdish delegation is not to win Baghdad’s accord to referendum: deputy

KurdPress - 2017-08-10 13:14
A member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) stated that a delegation from the Kurdistan Region is to visit Baghdad, clarifying that the aim of the delegation is not to satisfy the central government of Iraq to accord with the Kurdish region’s planned ...

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 ...

Sinjar to Become Member of Mayors for Peace: Official

BAS News - 2017-08-10 12:57
ERBIL — The Kurdish Yezidi region of Sinjar will officially become a city member of the Mayors for Peace in the next two years and it will take part in the treaty’s conferences, said the mayor of Sinjar. Mahma Khalil, Mayor of Sinjar, told BasNews that S ...

Canada to Send Police Officers to Iraq’s Mosul

BAS News - 2017-08-10 10:32
ERBIL — To ensure “stability in the region”, Canada has decided to send up to 20 police officers to Iraq’s Mosul after its liberation from Islamic State (IS). According to a press release by the Canadian government, the police officers will begin arrivin ...

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. ...

US building military base in Iraq

KurdPress - 2017-08-10 10:07
The US is establishing a military base near Mosul, north of Iraq to boost its military presence in the region. ...

Women teachers in Afrin to receive weapons training

ANHA - 2017-08-09 17:04
AFRIN – 300 KPC-D women teachers are receiving weapons training in the Afrin Federal Region. A weapons training cycle for KPC-D women teachers has been launched in Afrin’s Martyr Ezîme Academy. The cycle which will teach teachers how to use weapons is giv ...

US Building Additional Military Base in Iraq

BAS News - 2017-08-09 16:58
ERBIL — The US is establishing a military base near Mosul, north of Iraq to boost its military presence in the region. According to Iraqi Lt. Col. Mahdi al-Khafaji who spoke to Anadolu Agency, the base is located in Zummar district of Nineveh province. “ ...

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 ...

March against Turkish occupation in al-Raqqa

ANHA - 2017-08-09 13:28
Dozens of al-Raqqa young men joined a march to condemn the Turkish occupation army and its attacks on Democratic North-Syria Federation areas especially Afrin Region which is the first great activity organized by the youths in al-Raqqa. ...

Israel strikes Hamas militants over rocket fire

Waar Media - 2017-08-09 12:48
WAAR-DUHOK: Israeli warplanes early Wednesday launched airstrikes on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket attack by militants in the coastal enclave. “A short while ago, a projectile hit an open region in the Ashkelon region. No injuri ...

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 ...

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 ...

Syrian Kurds are not fighting for independence: Salih Muslim

KurdPress - 2017-08-09 10:22
The co-Leader of Syrian pro-Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), Salih Muslim, stated that the goal of the Kurds in the north of the country is not to become independent, adding that Kurds are not alone in the region and there are other ethnics who are f ...

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. ...

Kiansha, First Child with Zoroastrian Identity Born in Kurdistan

Waar Media - 2017-08-08 23:04
WAAR-DUHOK: A Kurdish Zoroastrian couple gave birth to the first child with the religious identity of Zoroastrian in the Kurdistan Region after 1,400 years ban against the religion. After a long debate with the maternity hospital, the couple could obtain ...

Kiansha, First Child with Zoroastrian Identity Born in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-08-08 20:23
ERBIL— A Kurdish Zoroastrian couple gave birth to the first child with the religious identity of Zoroastrian in the Kurdistan Region after 1,400 years ban against the religion. After a long debate with the maternity hospital, the couple could obtain the ...

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 ...

Kakayi Kurds Strongly Support Independence Referendum: Kakayi Figure

BAS News - 2017-08-08 16:09
ERBIL — Kurdish Kakayi minority considers the referendum on independence of Kurdistan Region as a “national issue” and there should be no turning back on it, said a Kakayi activist. Hemin Mahmoud Kakayi, a civil activist and a figure from Kakayi communit ...

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 ...

Turkish army strives at occupying internationally forbidden lands

ANHA - 2017-08-08 13:13
The Turkish occupation army is striving at occupying the internationally forbidden lands between Rojava and Bakur Kurdistan especially in Afrin Region by burning the fields amid bringing its machineries and mercenaries to the area. ...

KRG Interior Minister: 1,700 IS Members Arrested among IDPs

BAS News - 2017-08-07 20:44
ERBIL— Some 1,700 members of the Islamic State (IS) organization who tried to cross the borders into the Kurdistan Region along the IDPs have been arrested, according to a report. Kurdistan 24 news channel on Monday cited Kurdistan Regional Government (K ...

20 young people join regiment in Rajo, completing regional defense

ANHA - 2017-08-07 17:45
EFRÎN – 20 young people in the Meydan Ikbis village of Afrin’s Rajo district joined the military regiment to take part in the regional defense. At a time when attacks on the cantons of Afrin and Shahba are on the agenda, the people of the region have incr ...

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 ...

Islamic Scholars to Back Kurdistan Independence form Minbars

BAS News - 2017-08-07 16:52
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region's Union of Islamic Scholars will launch a campaign in support of the Kurdistan independence referendum. The union has designed an extensive plan to launch the "yes" campaign for the referendum, said Abdulla Saeed Waysi, the chairm ...

Iraq Does Not Pose Obstacles to Kurdistan’s Independence Referendum: FM

BAS News - 2017-08-07 15:17
BAGHDAD — The Iraqi central government will not create obstacles on Kurdistan Region’s path towards holding the independence referendum, the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ibrahim Jafaari, said. Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament, Ardalan Nou ...

Christians Will Vote in Favor of Kurdistan’s Independence: Official

BAS News - 2017-08-07 15:17
ERBIL — The Christian population of the Kurdistan Region supports the independence for the region and will vote ‘yes’ in September 25th referendum on Kurdistan’s secession from Iraq, said a Christian official from Ankawa district, western Erbil. Ano Anka ...

A Few Turkish Troops Wounded in Northern Kurdistan Region

BAS News - 2017-08-07 12:54
A planted bomb, belonging to Iraqi Baath regime, exploded ERBIL — The explosion of a planted bomb near Zakho city in northern Kurdistan Region led to a number of injuries among the Turkish troops in border areas of northern Kurdistan Region. Mohamad Hasa ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Kurdistan not recognized state

Washington Times - 2017-08-07 10:40
A recent Washington Times special section includes a distorted map of the region straddling the borders of Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria. The map features a transnational region depicted as so-called "Kurdistan," which does not exist and thus constitutes ...

Kurdish political delegation to visit Baghdad: spokesman

KurdPress - 2017-08-07 10:33
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Spokesman Safeen Dizayee said a delegation from the region is expected to visit the Iraqi capital and it will be a political delegation from all parties. ...

Christians Would Return to Nineveh Only if Kurdistan Is Independent

BAS News - 2017-08-06 23:55
ERBIL — Iraqi Christians say they would return to the recently liberated Nineveh Plains only if the Kurdistan Region becomes an independent state, a Christian member of the Kurdistan Region Parliament said on Sunday. Waheda Yacoub, an Iraqi Christian mem ...

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 ...

Indicators that Kurdistan Region is Stepping Toward Independence

Lawk Ghafuri - 2017-08-06 18:05
By Lawk Ghafuri While Kurdistan is going to hold a Referendum for Independence on 25th of September to whether Splitting from Iraq or not, many World Powerful Countries are investing in KRG Pre-Independence. Hence, Kurdistan Region has always been a peac ...

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 ...

Kurdistan Will Hold Referendum and Maintain Strong Ties with US: FM

BAS News - 2017-08-06 16:02
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region would maintain its strong relationship with the United States but it also insists on holding the independence referendum, said Fallah Mustafa, Kurdistan Region’s Head of Department of Foreign Relations. Mustafa told BasNews that ...

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 ...

658 People in Kurdistan's Prisons for Drug-related Offences

BAS News - 2017-08-06 14:34
ERBIL — A total number of 658 people are now in Kurdistan Region's prisons for trading or consuming drugs, said Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Minister of Labour and Social Affairs. Mohammed Hawdiani also said that 20 women are among the imprisoned ...

Yezidis Seeking Their Region to Become a Province of Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-08-06 13:50
Yezidis will vote ‘yes’ in the upcoming independence referendum, Waisi Naif says SINJAR — The Yezidi hometown of Sinjar wouldn’t have faced such atrocities if it were a province of Kurdistan Region, said a Yezidi official, adding that Barzani’s promise t ...

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. ...

US firmly opposes Kurdish independence referendum

KurdPress - 2017-08-06 11:23
The US envoy to the international anti-ISIS coalition, Brett McGurk, said that his country is firmly opposed to the Kurdish independence referendum planned for 25th September in the Kurdistan region in northern Iraq. ...

Latest Update of Yezidi Victims since IS Attack in 2014

BAS News - 2017-08-06 11:18
ERBIL — The General Directorate of Yezidi Affairs at Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Endowment and Religious Affairs reported on Sunday that over 40 mass graves of Yezidis have been found in Sinjar and nearly 3,000 Yezidi children were left orphans as a r ...

[IN PICTURES]: "Yes" Kurdistan Independence Campaign Launched in Erbil

BAS News - 2017-08-06 10:21
ERBIL — Halokan Volunteers Group in Kurdistan Region launched a campaign for a "Yes" vote in Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum. The head of the group told BasNews that their aim is to develop people’s awareness of the upcoming referendum on inde ...

US firmly opposes Kurdish independence referendum: official

Aranews - 2017-08-06 04:55
ARA News Brett McGurk, the US envoy to the international anti-ISIS coalition, said that the United States government is firmly opposed to the Kurdish independence referendum planned for 25th September in the Kurdistan region in northern Iraq. ”We do not ...

Shingal: Kurdischer Stammesführer droht mit Krieg gegen Êzîden

EzidiPress - 2017-08-06 02:00
Shingal. Nach dem Tod eines kurdischen Muslims in der Region Shingal im Nordirak, hat der Stammesführer des Clans nun Vergeltung gegen die Êzîden angedroht. Unter noch unbekannten Umständen sind am Freitag zwei kurdische Muslime des Gergerî-Stammes in Shi ...

Peshmerga leader urging Yazidis to migrate from Şengal

ANHA - 2017-08-05 19:38
A military leader in the Peshmerga forces Haydar Shisho has urged Şengal people to migrate from their homeland in case to they did not join Başûr Kurdistan Region, in a clear indication that the region’s government is striving to displace forcibly Yazidis ...

Re-Merging with Kurdistan Region Best Option for Kakayis: Former MP

BAS News - 2017-08-05 16:43
ERBIL— The Kakayi community will vote "yes" to the independence referendum of the Kurdistan Region to prevent further annihilation attempts against them, said a former lawmaker. Speaking to BasNews on Saturday, Sirwan Kakayi, who once represented Kakayi ...

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. ...

Three Peshmerga Troops Killed in Eastern Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-08-04 17:53
KIRKUK — Three members of Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces died on Friday as a result of improvised explosive device that went off in Kirkuk province, according to a local security source. “Two bombs went off while Peshmerga forces were conducting a s ...

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 ...

Most Electors Back Kurdistan Referendum: Survey

BAS News - 2017-08-03 20:23
ERBIL— According to a survey conducted by an NGO, most people of the Kurdistan Region and the disputed areas between Erbil and Baghdad support independence of Kurdistan. The results of the survey, conducted by the International Central Institute for Refe ...

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 ...

Story of Yezidi Child Survivors of the IS Hell - Part 4

BAS News - 2017-08-03 15:52
After crossing the Syrian borders into Iraq and seizing control of Mosul, in north of the country, Islamic State (also referred to as IS, ISIS or Daesh) attacked Shingal (a town in Iraq's Kurdistan Region also called Sinjar), where most of the people liv ...

Yezidis Seeking Their Areas to Be Part of Kurdistan Region

BAS News - 2017-08-03 15:52
SINJAR — On the 3rd anniversary of Sinjar attack by the Islamic State (IS) militants , the Kurdish Yezidi minority in the city of Sinjar is seeking for their areas to be part of the Kurdistan Region. Mahma Khalil, mayor of Sinjar region, told BasNews tha ...

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. ...
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