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Top PUK Official: Peshmerga Fully Committed to Defend Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-16 03:20
KIRKUK — Deputy Secretary-General of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Kosrat Rasoul has made it clear that tens of thousand of Kurdish Peshmerga forces are in Kirkuk, fully committed to defend the province against any possible military attack by B ...

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 ...

Letter to UN Secretary over Iraqi Kurdistan referendum

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:35
Omar Sindi | Exclusive to Ekurd.net The opinions are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of Ekurd.net or its editors. September 22, 2017 Mr. Antonio Guterres Secretary-General United Nations New York, NY 10017 U.S.A. Dear UN Se ...

US Department of Defense Ensuring Deescalation of Tensions in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-14 00:08
ERBIL — US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis made it clear on Friday that Washington is monitoring the situation between Erbil and Baghdad and what happens in Kirkuk, working to prevent the escalation of the tensions. "We have got to work on this, the Secreta ...

Iraqi PM Abadi Declines to Attend Late Jalal Talabani Funeral

BAS News - 2017-10-10 00:09
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi did not attend a funeral for late Secretary General of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and former President Jalal Talabani, neither in Kurdistan Region nor in Baghdad. Talabani’s body arrived in Sulayma ...

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 ...

Kurdish Iraqi Former President Talabani’s Body Arrives in Sulaymaniyah

BAS News - 2017-10-06 11:52
ERBIL — The deceased Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani arrived in Sulaymaniyah Province on Friday where a special funeral is held for his burial. Talabani, the former Iraqi President and Secretary General of the Patriotic Union Party (PUK) passed away at a h ...

Why is the US against Kurdish independence?

Roji Kurd - 2017-10-06 00:03
“The vote and the results lack legitimacy,” U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared, referring to recent events in Kurdistan. Similar remarks were made by the U.S. ambassador in Baghdad, Douglas A. Silliman, and U.S. President Donald Trump’s specia ...

Iranian FM to Visit Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-10-05 22:20
ERBIL — Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohammed Javad Zarif, will arrive in Kurdistan Region’s Sulaymaniyah on Friday to take part in burial ceremony of late Secretary General of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Jalal Talabani. Bahram Qasemi, ...

Joint Governance condoles Talabani loss

ANHA - 2017-10-04 11:31
Joint Governance in al-Jazeera canton released a condolence telegram on the passing away of former Iraqi president and secretary of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Jalal Talabani. ...

US Statement on Tallabani’s Passing

BAS News - 2017-10-03 23:19
ERBIL — The United States Consulate General in Erbil has offered in an official statement “deepest condolences” on the passing of Jalal Tallabani, the Secretary General of Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and former president of Iraq. “Mam Jalal was a ...

KDP on Passing of Talabani: We Lost a Friend

BAS News - 2017-10-03 22:04
ERBIL — With the passing of Jalal Talabani, the Secretary General of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and former president of Iraq, Kurds have lost a prominent politician, said the politburo of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) on Tuesday. After yea ...

Barzani Announces One Week Public Mourning for Talabani's Loss

BAS News - 2017-10-03 20:45
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Tuesday announced seven days of public grief for the death of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK)'s Secretary General Jalal Talabani. In a video message aired by major news channels in Kurdistan, Bar ...

Kurdistan PM: Talabani's Death a Great Loss to Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-10-03 19:59
ERBIL— Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani on Tuesday sent out a message of condolence on the loss of the Secretary General of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Jalal Talabani. Barzani offered his condolences to the ...

KRSC Chancellor Offers Condolences for Talabani's Loss

BAS News - 2017-10-03 17:39
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Chancellor Masrour Barzani on Tuesday offered his condolences on the loss of the Secretary General of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Jalal Talabani. "I'm saddened to learn of the passing of Presiden ...

Sulaimaniyah Film Festival Suspended due to Talabani's Death

BAS News - 2017-10-03 17:20
ERBIL— The second international film festival in Sulaimaniyah was interrupted following news of the general secretary of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK). The committee for organizing the event announced in a press conference on Tuesday evening tha ...

PUK Leader Jalal Talabani Dies at 84

BAS News - 2017-10-03 16:57
ERBIL— The General Secretary of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Jalal Talabani died on Tuesday at the age of 84, PUK official media outlets confirmed. The former Iraqi president died today in a hospital in Berlin, the reports said. Jalal Husamaddi ...

Fallon Urges Barzani to Work for a Solution with Baghdad and Neighbors

BAS News - 2017-09-30 17:52
ERBIL— UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon urges Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani to work with Baghdad and its neighbors to find a solution for the recent the escalated tensions. A statement published by Kurdistan presidency's official page on S ...

UN warns about Kurdish independence

KurdPress - 2017-09-26 14:22
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has voiced his worries over the “potentially destabilizing effects” of a controversial referendum on the independence of the Kurdistan region from Iraq’s central government. ...

UN Activities in Kurdistan to Continue “Unhindered”: Spokesperson

BAS News - 2017-09-25 21:56
ERBIL — United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres expects that United Nations mandated activities across Iraq, including in the Kurdistan Region, will be allowed to continue unhindered, said a spokesperson. Following the end of Kurdistan Region’s ...

Leyla Zana Urges UN SG to Support Kurdistan’s Independence Referendum

BAS News - 2017-09-24 23:27
ERBIL — Leyla Zana, a prominent Kurdish lawmaker from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in Turkey, urged the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, to show support for the Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum scheduled for the 25th of September. ...

PUK expresses support for alternative in place of referendum

KurdPress - 2017-09-24 07:30
Mala Bakhtiar, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan's (PUK) Politburo Executive Secretary announced on Saturday, September 23, that his party has expressed its stance in support of an alternative path offered by the U.S., U.N. and U.K. in place of the Kurdish ...

No Plan Yet to Include Peshmerga in Hawija Assault: Official

BAS News - 2017-09-20 19:19
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has said that there is no agreement yet to include the Peshmerga forces in an imminent military operation to liberate Hawija from Islamic State (IS). The Secretary General for Peshmerga Ministry, Jabbar Yaw ...

Barzani and UK Secretary of State for Defence in Erbil

Waar Media - 2017-09-19 14:47
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has reiterated that Erbil tried every formula of partnership with Baghdad, but the central government failed to show commitment to this partnership, which has led the Kurdistan Region to having now no ...

Erdogan, NATO chief discuss S-400 deal, Kurdish referendum

KurdPress - 2017-09-19 08:52
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in New York on Monday, September 18, Turkey's S-400 air defense system deal with Russia as well as the referendum of independence in Kurdistan Region, set for Se ...

Barzani and UK's Fallon Meet in Erbil

BAS News - 2017-09-18 20:20
ERBIL— British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon arrived in Erbil Monday evening and met with the Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani. Fallon landed in Erbil after he met the senior official in Baghdad. No details about the meeting have been disclos ...

Kurdish official reveals U.S. alternative for referendum

KurdPress - 2017-09-16 11:41
The Secretary General of the Kurdistan Socialist Party Muhammad Haji Mahmoud told Asharq al-Awsat that the U.S., France and Britain have asked the Kurdistan Regional government to postpone its planned referendum for two years and the Kurdish and referendu ...

PUK Leader Talabani Travels to Germany for Medical Tests

BAS News - 2017-09-12 10:47
ERBIL — Jalal Talabani, the Secretary-General of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the former Iraqi President, traveled to Germany on Monday for medical purposes. Talabani, locally known as ‘Mam Jalal’ served as the Iraqi president for two terms ...

Hawija Liberation Plan Not Discussed with Peshmerga Yet: Official

BAS News - 2017-09-10 14:22
ERBIL — The Iraqi army has not discussed the forthcoming Hawija operation with the Peshmerga forces, a Peshmerga official said on Sunday. "The federal government has not discussed the plan to liberate Hawija with Peshmerga so far," Jabar Yawar, Secretary ...

Barzani Refuses Arab League Request to Postpone Referendum

BAS News - 2017-09-10 00:15
ERBIL — Meeting with Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Abul Ghent in Erbil, Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has made it clear that holding independence referendum is a decision of the people and political parties of Kurdistan Region, and cann ...

Arab League Top Official in Erbil for Referendum Talks with Barzani

BAS News - 2017-09-09 18:00
ERBIL— Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit arrived on Saturday evening in Erbil and is expected to meet with Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani. Following a visit to Baghdad and meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, Aboul- ...

In Pictures: Marivan Int. Street Theatre Festival Launched

BAS News - 2017-09-09 13:48
ERBIL — 12th International Street theatre Festival was kicked off on Saturday in the Iranian Kurdish city of Marivan, northwest of Iran. The event is attended by foreign groups from six countries, according to the secretary of the festival, Fateh Badparv ...

Kurdistan Region President meets with US Secretary of Defense

KRG-Spain - 2017-09-06 00:02
Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani met with a senior American delegation headed by Secretary of Defense James Mattis in Erbil. According to the official website of the Kurdistan Region Presidency, P ...

Iranian senior cleric meets Nouri al-Maliki

KurdPress - 2017-09-05 10:49
Chairman of Iran's Expediency Council Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi met secretary-general of the Islamic Dawa Party and a Vice President of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad on Momday. ...
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