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Iraqi Christians Appeal to US, UN for Help

BAS News - 2017-11-19 03:46
DUHOK — Iraqi Christians whom are displaced from there homes in Nineveh Plains have official appealed to the United States and United Nations to help them return to their homes and secure their region, said a Christian representative at Duhok Provincial ...

Sami Abdul Rahman, Kurdish delegate, urges U.S. to push Iraq deal

Washington Times - 2017-11-16 09:16
The Trump administration must do more to push a negotiated settlement between the Iraqi government and the country's Kurdish minority over a blocked Kurdish push for independence, the Iraqi Kurds' top representative in Washington said in an interview, war ...

Hashd Al-Shaabi Impeding IDPs Returns to Mosul: MP

BAS News - 2017-11-11 15:14
MOSUL — An Iraqi lawmaker, representing Nineveh Province in the Iraqi parliament, says that the Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi are preventing the displaced people from returning to their areas in Mosul. Ahmad Madloul, representative of Nineveh to th ...

Kurdistan Expects Greater US Role to Ease Tension with Baghdad: Envoy

BAS News - 2017-11-11 10:04
Kurdistan Regional Government’s Representative to the US, Bayan Sami Abdulrahman, has explained the current relations between Washington and Erbil as tensions between Kurdistan and Iraq growing. The Kurds, since Baghdad’s incursion in Kirkuk, have been c ...

Dialogue the Only Means to Resolve Erbil-Baghdad Disputes: KRG PM

BAS News - 2017-11-07 15:14
KRG PM met with Special Representative of UN Secretary General ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met on Tuesday with Ján Kubiš, the Special Representative of UN Secretary General, to discuss the pressing issues. ...

1,300 Yezidi Families Displaced Again, This Time by Shi’ite Militias

BAS News - 2017-10-28 22:35
ERBIL — The military invasion of Kurdish Yezidi areas by Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi has resulted in the displacement of nearly 1,300 families, said an official. Representative of Yezidis at the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG ...

Dilar Dirik: Free Abdullah Öcalan!

Pirtuk û Wêje - 2017-10-20 15:30
Millions of Kurds view Öcalan as their political representative. His freedom is directly linked to a democratic and peaceful solution to the war in Turkey. Wounded people trapped in basements, civilians burned alive, children shot on the streets, dead wom ...

KRG Envoy to Sweden Resigns After Kirkuk Crisis

BAS News - 2017-10-18 21:14
ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Representative to Sweden has handed in his resignation after the fall of Kirkuk into the hands of the Iraqi Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi due to a plot by an influential faction within his party. “Today I ...

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 ...

Another Russian Oil Producer Expected to Operate in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-10-07 17:52
ERBIL — Russia is urging its oil companies to begin operating and invest in Kurdistan Region in the energy sector, said a Kurdish official. The representative of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Moscow Khoshawi Mala Ibrahim told BasNews that Russia do ...

Picture: Yezidi Child Found in Mosul Doesn’t Know Her Name, Parents

BAS News - 2017-10-07 13:24
She is living in an orphanage now ERBIL — A Kurdish Yezidi child who was abducted by the Islamic State (IS) militants in Sinjar in 2014 has been found in Mosul, knowing neither her name nor her parents’. The Kurdish Yezidi representative in the Iraqi par ...

Barzani to Visit Paris, Meet with French President

BAS News - 2017-10-02 14:47
ERBIL — France has officially invited Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani to visit Paris in the near future. Ali Dolamari, the representative of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in France, told BasNews “The government of France has officially in ...

Kurds Have Earned the Right to be Independent: US Congressman

BAS News - 2017-09-29 21:22
ERBIL — The Kurdish people in Iraq have earned the right to establish an independent state and will remain a long-term ally of the US, a congressman said earlier this week. According to a statement released by Representative Steve King of Iowa, the Kurdi ...

Iraqi Kurds may declare independence unilaterally: Official

KurdPress - 2017-09-28 13:15
Iraqi Kurdistan may unilaterally declare the region's independence from the central government if Baghdad refuses to recognize the outcome of the recent independence referendum, Iraqi Kurdistan's representative to Russia and the Commonwealth of Independen ...

Peshmerga and Iraqi army sign agreement on Hawija operation

Waar Media - 2017-09-24 19:28
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Iraqi army, in presence of a US-led coalition representative, reached a five point coordination agreement for the Hawija operation, which is in its fourth day. The Iraqi and Kurdish sides agreed that the Peshmerga ...

US envoy demands Kurdistan Region to delay independence poll

KurdPress - 2017-09-14 15:32
The US anti-IS envoy demanded, Wednesday, a delay of the Kurdish independence poll scheduled for Sept. 25 by the Kurdish Autonomous Region (KRG) parliament, Gorran's Diplomatic Relations Representative Hoshyar Omar said. ...

Barzani to UN Envoy: Referendum Will Not Be Postponed

BAS News - 2017-09-11 18:24
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President restated on Monday that the vote on the independence of the Kurdistan Region will be held as scheduled on 25th September. President Barzani received the Special Representative of the United Nations in Iraq, Jan Kubis on ...

KRG’s Representative to Attend Paths of Peace Conference in Germany

BAS News - 2017-09-09 15:24
ERBIL — Representative of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) will take part in the international conference “PATHS OF PEACE: Religions and cultures in dialogue” which is set to take place from September 10th to 12th 2017 in Münster and Osnabrück cities ...

Russian Companies Eye Investment in Kurdistan: Official

BAS News - 2017-09-06 16:53
ERBIL—The Russian companies hope to invest in and develop trade exchange with the Kurdistan Region, stated the representative of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) to Moscow. Speaking to BasNews on Wednesday, Khoshawi Mala Ibrahim said following RussNe ...

Ty clan’s sheikh calls for Syrian north people to elect

ANHA - 2017-08-30 17:18
Ty clan’s head stated that the democratic nation’s system is a community system which starts from the main base of representative people of the commune so it is considered a successful project in Syria. Moreover, the clan’s head called people for particip ...

HDP condemns Turkish expulsion of PUK representative

KurdPress - 2017-08-25 21:35
Turkey's pro-Kurdish Democratic Peoples' Party on Thursday blasted the Turkish authorities for deporting the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (YNK) representative in Ankara Behroz Gelali. ...

Turkey Closes Down PUK Representation Office in Ankara

BAS News - 2017-08-24 11:41
ERBIL — The representative of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in Ankara, Bahroz Galali, said that Turkey closed down the PUK’s representation office due to his party’s relations with PKK. Galali said in a press conference after he arrived back in ...

Yezidi MP Calls on Iraqi Forces to Rescue Yezidi Abductees in Tal Afar

BAS News - 2017-08-20 12:17
ERBIL — The Yezidi representative to the Iraqi parliament Vian Dakhil called on commanders of Tal Afar operation which was declared today to rescue the large number of Yezidis believed to be held in the Islamic State’s (IS) captivity in the district. Com ...

The HDP representative to defend the historical work with chains closed himself.

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-08-18 01:36
According to a report from the Kurdistan Human Rights Association, the representative of the People’s Democratic People’s Party HDP of Ilih, due to the destruction and annihilation of the historic “Heskif” by the Turkish government, is in the front of thi ...

Iran, Russia, Turkey plan stabilizing Syria: Deputy FM

KurdPress - 2017-08-06 11:23
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov said creating safe zones in Syria will 'reduce tensions' and 'curb terrorist activities'. ...

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. ...

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 ...

Two More Yezidi Girls Freed from IS

BAS News - 2017-08-01 19:02
ERBIL— Two abducted Yezidi girls were rescued from the Islamic State (IS) captivity in Mosul Tuesday. The four-year-old Shilan Faruq, from Nasri village of Sinjar was freed today, said Barakat Shamo, Yezidi representative at Nineveh Provincial Council. S ...

PYD dismisses reports of Turkish forces entering villages near Kobane

KurdPress - 2017-08-01 13:07
The reports about the Turkish forces entering several villages near the Syrian city of Kobane are untrue, Rezan Hiddo, the representative of the Syrian Democratic Council, which includes the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), told Sputnik on Monday. ...

Another Parliamentarian “HDP” arrested

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-08-01 01:16
According to a report from the Kurdistan Human Rights Association, Aisha Ajar Yasharan, a representative of the city of Elieh in the People’s Democratic People’s Party, was arrested by the Turkish police, two days ago, another member of parliament Saadat ...

UNAMI to Appoint a Representative of Faliy Kurds to the Mission

BAS News - 2017-07-31 12:07
ERBIL — The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, decided to appoint a representative of Faily Kurds to the UN in Iraq. On Sunday, a delegation from the Supreme Coordinating Board of the Faily Kurds met with ...

Germany to Take in Over 1,000 Kurdish Yezidis for Medical Attention

BAS News - 2017-07-29 08:55
ERBIL — The German government has agreed to take 1069 Kurdish Yezidis in for medical treatment after they have been rescued from Islamic State (IS) slavery, an official said. Representative of Yezidis at the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry ...

IS Moves Yezidi Abductees to Hawija, Southern Kirkuk: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-25 11:03
ERBIL — Before being completely defeated in Mosul, the Islamic State (IS) extremist group transferred a number of Kurdish Yezidi abductees to Hawija city in southern Kirkuk province. Barakat Shamo, the representative of Yezidis in Nineveh Provincial Coun ...

Yezidi Rep Demands Military Plan for Liberating Abductees in Tal Afar

BAS News - 2017-07-22 17:31
ERBIL— Concurrently with setting the plan for liberating Tal Afar, Nineveh province, the parties should also design a military plan to free the Yezidi abductees held in the town, demanded a representative of the Kurdish Yezidi community. There are hundre ...

Kurdish referendum to divide Mideast: official

KurdPress - 2017-07-20 16:39
Representative of the Iraqi Turkmen Front in Turkey, Hicran Kazanci, has reiterated rejection of a planned referendum on the secession of Kurdistan region from Iraq. ...

Yezidi Teenager Rescued from IS Slavery

BAS News - 2017-07-19 18:19
ERBIL— After tolerating the ordeal of sex-slavery at the hands of the Islamic State (IS) jihadists, a 15-year-old Yezidi girl was freed on Wednesday. Barakat Shamo, the Yezidis representative in Nineveh Provincial Council, told BasNews that the girl, who ...

US Envoy to UN Says US Respects Legitimate Aspirations of Kurds

BAS News - 2017-07-19 12:03
ERBIL — The US respects the “legitimate aspirations” of the Iraqi Kurds for independence, said the US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley on Tuesday in a meeting with the Special Representative of UN Secretary General to Iraq. However, the US official said an i ...

IS Relocates Yezidi Abductees from Mosul to Anbar: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-19 11:01
ERBIL — Before the collapse of the Islamic State (IS) in Mosul, the extremist group transferred a large number of Kurdish Yezidi abductees to western Anbar province. Barakat Shamo, the representative of Yezidis in Nineveh Provincial Council told BasNews ...

Referendum is a negotiating tactic: Nazim Dabbagh

KurdPress - 2017-07-16 08:56
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Representative to Tehran stated that the region’s planned independence referendum is really a negotiating tactic to pressure Baghdad into meeting promises on energy and power-sharing. ...

Religious Components Reps Discuss Their Rights in Kurdistan Constitution

BAS News - 2017-07-15 17:17
ERBIL— An open discussion for the representatives of the religious components in the Kurdistan Region over the rights and obligations of the religious communities in Kurdistan constitution was held on Saturday in Erbil. The representative from the entire ...

At the first court hearing, lawyer Leila Zana called for her client’s innocence

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-07-12 18:15
According to the Kurdistan Human Rights Association, in the first session of the “People’s Democratic People’s Party (HDP )” city of Agri Parliamentary Representative, “Leila Zana”, was arrested on Tuesday 11 July 2017, at the Turkish Major Crimes Tribuna ...

Iran Stopped Alwand River's Flow into Khanaqin

BAS News - 2017-07-12 17:33
ERBIL— It has been for a while that Iran has stopped the flow of the Alwand River into the town of Khanaqin, a town in Diyala province that 90% of its inhabitants depend on the flow of the river for their lives, a Kurdish representative in Diyala Provinc ...

Yezidi MP Refutes HRW Report on Deporting Yezidi Families by KRG

BAS News - 2017-07-10 12:19
ERBIL — The Kurdish Yezidi representative to the Iraqi parliament Vian Dakhil rejected the report of the Human Rights Watch (HRW) about the expulsion of a few displaced Yezidi families from Kurdistan Region because their sons have joined the Shi’ite mili ...

PYD Abducts ENKS Leader in Rojava: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-08 19:54
ERBIL— The security forces affiliated with the PYD (Democratic Union Party) on Saturday abducted a leader of its opposition alliance, the ENKS(the Kurdistan National Council of Syria). Osman Mlo, the ENKS representative in Turkey, told BasNews that the P ...

Iraqi Kurds want same right to self-determination as Quebecers: envoy

E-Kurd - 2017-07-07 14:31
OTTAWA,— A senior representative for Iraq’s Kurdish region is defending her people’s plan to hold a referendum on independence, saying they simply want to exercise the same right to self-determination as Quebecers. Tensions in Iraq are mounting after the ...

Kurdish representative hails Iran’s major role in fight against IS

KurdPress - 2017-07-06 09:46
The representative of the Kurdistan region praised Iran’s role in Iraq’s recent victories over the Daesh (IS) terrorist group and said if it had not been for the Islamic Republic’s assistance, Iraq would have fallen to the hands of the terrorists. ...

3.5 Million Iraqis Suffering from "Fragile" Food Supplies Situation

BAS News - 2017-07-02 23:01
ERBIL — The food supply situation for 3.5 million Iraqi civilians remains “fragile”, a United Nations (UN) official in Iraq said on Sunday. Fadel al-Zubi, representative of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said in a statement that nearly 3 ...

Children Still in Danger in Liberated Mosul: UNICEF

BAS News - 2017-06-30 23:56
SOFIA — A number of children believed to still be trapped in the Old City of Mosul, despite the declared defeated of the so-called Islamic State (IS). UNICEF mission representative in Iraq, Peter Hawkins, said on Friday that it is difficult to say how ma ...

Independence not a gift

Kurdistan24 - 2017-06-26 09:11
Ms. Abdul Rahman’s key role as Representative in Washington, DC, is to strengthen the relationship between the Kurdistan Region and the United States, according to the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) official website. Prior to Representing the KRG i ...

UN Envoy to Iraq: Days of IS are Numbered

BAS News - 2017-06-25 14:38
BAGHDAD — On the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, has remembered the sacrifices made by the Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraqi forces in the war on terrorism, wishing for peace and ...

Barzani and UN SG Envoy for Iraq Discuss Independence Referendum

BAS News - 2017-06-20 16:25
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Tuesday met with Jan Kubiš, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq. During the meeting, Barzani and the UN official discussed a range of topics, particularly the fo ...

Kurdistan Region would hold its referendum on time: representative

KurdPress - 2017-06-20 11:36
The representative of Kurdistan Region in the U.S. stated that despite any international support for the announced independence referendum of the region, Erbil will hold the referendum on September 25, Foreign Policy reported. ...
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