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Rojava elects communal representatives in public voting

Waar Media - 2017-09-22 14:35
WAAR-DUHOK: Public voting has begun in the mainly Kurdish regions of Syria-Rojava, Friday morning to elect their communal representatives, the first such process since their announcement of the federal democratic region, despite objections from the Syria ...

Syriacs flocking to elections’ centers

ANHA - 2017-09-22 12:41
AL-HASAKAH– Hundreds of Syriac people headed on Friday towards al-Hasakah communes’ center to vote for their representatives. The election canters’ doors in Democratic North-Syrian Federation areas were opened on Friday at 08:00 for the voters to elect th ...

Third Dialogue Workshop in Istanbul successfully completed

KNC Geneva - 2017-09-21 23:03
From 15 to 18 September 2017, the third dialogue workshop organized by EZKS with the Syrian opposition took place in Istanbul. In addition to representatives of the Kurdish National Council in Syria, participants with a Druze, Assyrian and Jesidian backgr ...

Gorran MP Expelled by His Party: Source

BAS News - 2017-09-19 20:17
ERBIL— The Change Movement (Gorran) on Tuesday expelled one of its representatives to Kurdistan Parliament, a Gorran official stated. The official who preferred anonymity told BasNews Gorran's National Council annulled the membership of Rabun Maruf with ...

Kurdish MPs Boycott Iraqi Parliament's Session over Kirkuk Polls

BAS News - 2017-09-18 18:09
ERBIL— For the fourth successive time, the Kurdish MPs to the Iraqi House of Representatives boycotted the sessions on Monday, this time over Kirkuk provincial elections. In a statement to BasNews, Kurdish MP Shakhawan Abdulla said the issue of elections ...

High Referendum Council says process of independence vote to continue

KurdPress - 2017-09-18 11:04
High Referendum Council of the Kurdistan Region has stated that the process of referendum on independence of the region will continue, few days after representatives from U.N., U.S., U.K., Germany and France suggested alternatives to postpone referendum. ...

Iran dismisses final statement of Arab League summit

KurdPress - 2017-09-14 15:32
Iranian foreign ministry spokesman has rejected the final statement of the recent Arab League summit in Cairo and the anti-Iran allegations raised by Emirati and Kuwait representatives during the meeting. ...

Minimized Syria manifested in al-Hasakah canton

ANHA - 2017-09-12 16:30
The countryside of al-Hasakah witnessed a meeting of reconciliation, harmony and social peace, in which representatives and notables from the Arabic, Kurdish and Syriac tribes participated. The participants stressed that the people of the area are one han ...

Ethnic-Religious Groups in Duhok Campaign for Independence Vote

BAS News - 2017-09-07 12:59
DUHOK — The followers of different religions and ethnicities rallied in support of Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum in Duhok Province on Thursday. Representatives and followers of various ethnic-religious groups, including Muslims, Christians, ...

Dialogue Workshop on Minority Rights and Minority Protection

KNC Geneva - 2017-09-06 17:40
From 27 to 30 May 2017, the second Dialogue Workshop of the KNC on the subject of minority rights and minority protection took place in Istanbul. In addition to representatives of the Kurdish National Council in Syria, participants with a Druze, Assyrian, ...

AIDS on the Rise in Iraq: MP

BAS News - 2017-08-29 17:44
ERBIL— According to the official figures some 185 Iraqis are suffering from AIDS and the condition is spreading in Iraq, warned an MP on Tuesday. Fars Brifkani, the deputy chairman of Health and Environment Committee at the Iraqi House of Representatives ...

Tribal meeting ended supporting federalism

ANHA - 2017-08-29 12:09
The activities of Arab, Kurdish and Turkmen clans' meeting with the representatives of Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) and Democratic North-Syria Federation ended assuring to support federalism and its elections. ...

MP Urges UN to Protect Christians in Iraq

BAS News - 2017-08-26 16:22
ERBIL— The Christians in Iraq are endangered and need urgent support from the UN, warned a Christian MP to the Iraqi House of Representatives. Yundam Yusif Kanna, at the head of Rafidayin Faction, made the comments to the Iraqi Radio Sawa on Saturday. He ...

Iraq Appeals for $16 Billion Additional Loan

BAS News - 2017-08-26 15:37
ERBIL— The Iraqi government has already began talks for borrowing 16 billion USD from the foreign countries and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The negotiations began after the Iraqi House of Representatives sanctioned the loan, Ahmad Haji Rashid, ...

Abadi: Negotiations with Referendum Delegation Were Friendly

BAS News - 2017-08-15 18:58
ERBIL— Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi stated Tuesday that the negotiations with the senior referendum delegation were friendly. A senior delegation which included representatives from different political, religious and ethnic components in Kurdista ...

Kurdistan Referendum Delegation Arrived in Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-08-14 17:21
ERBIL— The senior delegation for talks with Baghdad over independence referendum of the Kurdistan Region arrived in the Iraqi capital shortly ago. The newly formed delegation, comprising representatives from different political parties as well as ethnic ...

Mass Graves of Yezidis in Sinjar to Be Exhumed: Official

BAS News - 2017-08-13 11:06
DUHOK — A joint committee from international and local representatives will soon be formed to exhume the mass graves of Kurdish Yezidis who were massacred by Islamic State (IS) in Sinjar. Rajab Ibrahim Jasim, director of Anfal and Martyrs Affairs in Duho ...

Syrian Kurds say 17 Indonesians who escaped Islamic State leave Syria

E-Kurd - 2017-08-11 22:46
QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— A group of 17 Indonesians who had joined the Islamic State group in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa have been handed over to representatives of their country and have left Syria, a local Kurdish official and a spokeswoman i ...

PYD meets with teachers in Kobani

ANHA - 2017-08-10 21:29
KOBANI – The Democratic Union Party (PYD) gathered with teachers in Pêndir village to promote Rojava’s general system. Representatives of the Democratic Union Party held discussions with teachers aiming to assess Rojava’s general system and the role of PY ...

Iran-Turkey-Russia kick off Syria talks in Tehran

KurdPress - 2017-08-09 10:22
Representatives from Iran, Russia and Turkey - guarantor powers in the Astana talks - kicked off the sixth round of a high-level trilateral meeting in Tehran, in a bid to reach a consensus on de-escalation zones in Syria, on Aug. 8. ...

Lavrov: Russia, Turkey, Iran to meet in Tehran on August 8-9

Waar Media - 2017-08-06 17:14
WAAR-DUHOK: Representatives of Russia, Turkey and Iran will meet in Tehran on August 8-9 to discuss the strengthening of de-escalation zones in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Sunday. “With the Turkish counterpart [Turkish Foreign M ...

Iranian president says US bans will not go unanswered

KurdPress - 2017-07-27 08:33
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has condemned the US House of Representatives’ approval of a draft law on fresh sanctions against Iran, saying the Islamic Republic would “definitely”​ give a proportionate response to the hostile move. ...

KIU Opposes Majority Ruling in Iraq: MP

BAS News - 2017-07-25 17:14
ERBIL— Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU) is against the majority government in Iraq, said a KIU lawmaker in the Iraqi House of Representatives. Jamal Kochar made the comment in response to recent statements by Shi'ite leaders, above all Iraqi VP Nouri al-Mal ...

Baghdad Seeks Violating Constitution by Amending Article 37: MP

BAS News - 2017-07-24 18:53
ERBIL— The Iraqi government is striving to impeach on the constitution by amending a constitutional article which will not secure the rights of the people of Kirkuk , said a Kurdish lawmaker to the Iraqi House of Representatives, demanding Kurdish leader ...

Iran Threatened with Fall of Mosul for Turning Back on Maliki: Nujaifi

BAS News - 2017-07-23 16:51
ERBIL— Former speaker to the Iraqi House of Representatives, Osama al-Nujaifi stated on Saturday that the Islamic Republic of Iran threatened him with the fall and occupation of Mosul. In a televised interview with the Sky News Arabic, Nujaifi stated fou ...

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 ...

70 Mosul IDP Families Leave Khazr Camp for Home

BAS News - 2017-07-16 17:08
ERBIL— In a ceremony on Sunday some 70 families of Mosul IDPs left Khazer IDP Camp in Erbil and headed towards their homes in Mosul. Iraqi Minister of Immigrations and Displacement Darbaz Mohammed and representatives from Kurdistan government and the hum ...

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 ...

EU Supports Kurdistan Region’s Independence Vote: Hoshyar Zebari

BAS News - 2017-07-12 15:42
ERBIL — A member of the Kurdistan Region’s delegation in Brussels said that the European Parliament (EP) supports Kurdistan Region’s forthcoming referendum on independence and it will send representatives to Kurdistan for monitoring the process. Hoshyar ...

Interior Minister Assures Failis over Their Security in Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-07-09 19:28
ERBIL— Following threatening remarks against the Kurdish Faili minority in Baghdad, Iraqi Interior Minister Qasem al-A'araji assured Failis they will be protected without any discrimination. A'araji received a delegation of Faili representatives in his o ...

G20: USA abandons climate consensus

Waar Media - 2017-07-09 14:37
WAAR-DUHOK: Host Angela Merkel made a special appearance at the very end of the G20 summit, when she spoke to police representatives. She thanked them for putting their own safety on the line to ensure the security of heads of state and government and th ...

Barzani to Convene Kurdistan Referendum Committee

BAS News - 2017-07-08 10:34
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani will convene the referendum committee on Saturday to discuss the preparations for the forthcoming referendum set to happen on September 25 this year. The referendum committee encompasses representatives o ...

Iran, Russia, Turkey talk on Syria’s future

KurdPress - 2017-07-04 12:11
Representatives from three guarantor countries – Iran, Russia and Turkey - will come together in Astana on July 4 and 5 in a bid to conclude works to establish “de-escalation zones” inside Syria and to detail peace monitoring mechanisms in the war-torn co ...

Iraqi Parliament Demands Government to Assist Yezidi Women

BAS News - 2017-07-03 15:57
ERBIL — Iraqi lawmakers have issued to the Iraqi government multiple demands for the liberated Kurdish Yezidi women, one of which is to provide them with a monthly salary under social protection law. “Iraqi house of representatives has issued the Iraqi g ...

US shows readiness to support al-Raqqa Civil Council

ANHA - 2017-06-29 15:07
Al-Raqqa Civil Council representatives assured that the US Presidential Envoy to the Global Coalition to counter IS Brett McGurk and the delegation accompanying him showed the US’ readiness to provide full support for al-Raqqa people and its civil council ...

US presidential envoy is in al-Raqqa

ANHA - 2017-06-28 15:50
US Special presidential envoy to the Global Coalition Brett McGurk met al-Raqqa Civil Council members and representatives in Ayn Issa Council office on Wednesday afternoon. ...

Iraqi Sunni Reps. to Form New Alliance

BAS News - 2017-06-28 14:19
ERBIL— In a conference in mid-Jul, the representatives, MPs and renowned Sunni figures of Iraq will announce a new alliance, Iraqi media reported. Over 300 Sunni political and tribal leaders and MP from the provinces which have sustained huge damages by ...

US Representatives urge weapons block to Turkey over DC assault

Kurdistan24 - 2017-06-26 09:01
Members of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's entourage seen kicking a man lying on the ground as Washington police try to engage with other assailants, Washington, DC, United States, May 16, 2017. (Source: VOA) ...

Independence Referendum Committee to Begin Preparations in Days

BAS News - 2017-06-25 16:45
ERBIL — A special committee made of representatives from Kurdish political parties will soon begin their efforts to finalise the preparations for an imminent independence referendum taking place in the Kurdistan Region, an official said. Following the Ei ...

Official Urges Iraqi Govt Respond to Threats against Kurds in Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-06-24 16:32
He says Intl community should know there are still efforts to massacre Kurds in Iraq ERBIL— A Kurdish official urged the Iraqi government to officially voice its position with regards to the Iraqi representatives who warn Kurds in Baghdad that they will ...

Prime Minister Barzani meets with the European Union representatives

KRG-Spain - 2017-06-24 00:07
Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met with a delegation of representatives of the European Union countries in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. Mr. Patrick Simonnet, the head of the delegation and the EU Ambassador to Iraq, brief ...

Barzani to EU leaders: Do not oppose natural rights of Kurds

Waar Media - 2017-06-23 11:57
WAAR-DUHOK: The Kurdistan Region President and a delegation of political parties met with the representatives of European Union in Iraq to discuss the process of holding the independence referendum. On Thursday, Masoud Barzani Kurdistan Region President ...

Kurdish MP Responds to Expelling Threats against Kurds in Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-06-22 21:52
ERBIL— The threats by a member of Bagdad Provincial Council against Kurds who reside in Baghdad does not represent the position of the Iraqi government, said a Kurdish lawmaker to the Iraqi House of Representatives. Tareq Gardi responded to Saad al-Mutla ...

Kurdish Representatives Seek UNHRC's Support for Kurdistan Referendum

BAS News - 2017-06-18 16:47
ERBIL— In series of conferences held in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) office in Geneva, Kurdish activists and officials discussed Kurdistan Region's appeal for running the independence referendum. In the conferences held June 9-16, Kurd ...

MP Accuses PMF of Detaining 8,000 Sunnis in Secret Prisons

BAS News - 2017-06-17 19:51
ERBIL— A Sunni MP to the Iraqi House of Representatives on Saturday accused the Shi'ite militias of Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) of detaining thousands of kidnapped Sunnis in secret prisons. Speaking at a televised interview, Badr al-Fahl from the S ...

Head of PUK Faction Relieved of Duty after Provocative Remarks

BAS News - 2017-06-12 16:31
ERBIL— Ala Talabani, the head of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) faction in the Iraqi House of Representatives, will be soon replaced, according to an official document. The document, signed by Kosrat Rasul, the first deputy for PUK Secretary Gene ...

KES family meets in Cologne

Kurdish-European Society - 2017-06-09 08:54
On 3 June 2017 representatives of the KES family (KES, KELS,... ...

Astana talks on Syria may be held on June 12-13: official

KurdPress - 2017-06-06 11:45
Russian representatives have informed Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry about the plans to hold an international meeting on settling the Syrian crisis in Astana on June 12-13, Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov told reporters on Monday. ...

Astana meeting on Syria may be held on June 12-13

Waar Media - 2017-06-05 16:17
WAAR-DUHOK: Russian representatives have informed Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry about the plans to hold an international meeting on settling the Syrian crisis in Astana on June 12-13, Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov told reporters on Monday. ...

DAA representatives meet Swedish officials

ANHA - 2017-06-04 13:36
Democratic Autonomous Administration( DAA) representation in Sweden has held a meeting with the Swedish Exterior Ministry; the meeting aimed to promote diplomatic work, strengthening the relation and providing support for the DAA in Rojava-North Syria. ...

Yezidi MP Calls for Assigning Civil Administrator to Nineveh

BAS News - 2017-06-03 19:07
She warns about retaliation and sectarian turmoil after IS ERBIL— A Kurdish Yezidi lawmaker to the Iraqi House of Representatives stated on Saturday that following the full liberation of Nineveh province a civil administrator should be appointed to run t ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – May 24, 2017

E-Kurd - 2017-05-31 11:21
Referendum committee yet to be formed, Kurdistan Presidency says Erbil: Iraqi Kurdistan Region Presidency (KRP) announced on Tuesday that Kurdish political parties are yet to appoint their representatives for a referendum set to be held this year on the ...

Hashd Forces Intend to Reinstate Maliki as PM: Ex-Parliament Speaker

BAS News - 2017-05-29 19:05
ERBIL— Several groups of the Shi'ite paramilitary forces are striving to ensure that Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki will take over as the prime minister for the third term, according to the former speaker of the Iraqi House of Representatives. Mahm ...

Kurdistan referendum committee yet to be formed: presidency

KurdPress - 2017-05-24 08:51
The Kurdistan Region Presidency announced on Tuesday, May 23, that Kurdish political parties are yet to appoint their representatives for a referendum set to be held this year on the issue of independence of the region. ...

Rouhani to hold first press conference after reelection

KurdPress - 2017-05-22 06:16
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is scheduled to hold his first press conference in the presence of representatives of domestic and foreign media since his landslide election victory and winning a second term in office. ...

Kurdistan Ready to Talk with Baghdad only on Referendum: MP

BAS News - 2017-05-20 19:08
ERBIL— Currently Kurdistan Region is ready for talks with the Iraqi government only over Kurdistan's appeal for a referendum on independence, said a Kurdish MP at the Iraqi House of Representatives. Khushawi Khalil's statement came in response to a state ...

KRG Appeals to UN and Russia to Oversee Independence Referendum: Official

BAS News - 2017-05-12 16:08
ERBIL— Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is in contact with the UN and the Russia so that they send representatives to watch over the referendum on independence of the Kurdistan Region from Iraq, Russian Sputink news agency reported on Friday. The sour ...

Syria peace talks to continue in Geneva 16 May-UN Envoy for Syria

Waar Media - 2017-05-09 16:01
WAAR-DUHOK: The talks between representatives of the Syrian government and the opposition will be resumed in Geneva on May 16, according to a statement released by the office of the UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura. “Special Envoy Staffan de ...

Turkey Likely to Strike "PKK's New Offshoot" in Sinjar: MP

BAS News - 2017-05-06 16:55
ERBIL— The new party "which is founded by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)" will fall victim to the policies of the PKK and get targeted by the Turkish armed forces, warned a Kurdish MP to the Iraqi House of Representatives. PKK's tactics to incorporat ...

PYD, Russia, Syrian Regime Sign Agreement on Greater Coordination

BAS News - 2017-05-03 23:56
ERBIL — The ruling Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) has recently met with representatives from the Syrian regime and Russia, signing an agreement on further coordination in north of Syria, a source said. The meeting was held on Monday, May 1st ...

Jewish Reps Oppose Migration of Jews from Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-05-03 20:21
They warn taking legal action against those supporting the migration under their name ERBIL— The Jewish official representatives in the Kurdistan Region do not wish for the Jewish community to migrate from the Kurdistan Region and do not support anyone a ...

German minister blames 'weak' army leadership after racism case

Reuters - 2017-05-01 18:05
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen has attacked "weak leadership" in the armed forces, provoking dismay among soldiers' representatives, after an officer was arrested on suspicion of planning a racist attack to frame refugees. ...

Scores of Mosul's Besieged Residents Die of Starvation

BAS News - 2017-04-25 21:53
ERBIL- Due to lack of food, tens of residents of Mosul have died of hunger and many more are threatened by starvation in the battle zone of the right bank of Mosul, warned the head of human rights committee at the Iraqi House of Representatives. Addressi ...

Hashd MPs Will Not Be Stripped off Parliament Membership: Spokesperson

BAS News - 2017-04-20 18:49
Parliament may vote on MP's absence due to Hashd service ERBIL— Iraqi lawmakers who instead of the Iraqi House of Representatives serve at the ranks of the Shi'ite Popular Mobilization Forces (better known as Hashd forces) will not be deprived from their ...

Parliament Issues Order for Iraqi Govt. To Apologize for Anfal

BAS News - 2017-04-13 16:25
The tragedy against Kurds will enter school curricula ERBIL— Iraqi House of Representatives on Thursday voted in favor of a proposal which demands the Iraqi government to apologize for the humanity crimes committed against the Kurdish people in the proce ...

The Solo Place in Mid-East Adopted Religious Diversity is Kurdistan

Waar Media - 2017-04-11 15:11
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) representatives were warmly received and awarded on Sunday in California Zoroastrian Center. Awat Darya, representatives of Kurdistan’s Zoroastrians to KRG received an award presented by the California Zoro ...

Iraqi Parliament Organizing "Dangerous" Bill against Kurdistan Region: MP

BAS News - 2017-04-10 21:28
He says the bill will fetter KRG and Kurdistan parliament ERBIL — MPs from the Iraqi House of Representatives are trying to put a bill to voting which will restrain the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Kurdistan Parliament, warned a Kurdish lawmak ...

Kurdistan delegation in Baghdad: Kirkuk not to put down Kurdistan flag

Waar Media - 2017-04-06 12:30
WAAR-DUHOK: A Kurdistan Region delegation of the two main ruling parties held series of meetings with high-ranked Iraqi officials. On Wednesday, a delegation from the Kurdistan Region, consisting of representatives of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) ...

Is the Kurdish Peshmerga a militia? / Michael Rubin

KurdPress - 2017-04-04 12:51
Representatives of 68 states wrapped up meetings last week to discuss strategies to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL, Daesh). The Islamic State’s defeat may end one chapter in Iraq’s history, but it simply pushes other suppressed issues to the forefro ...
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