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Germany Resumes Training Mission in Kurdistan Region

BAS News - 2017-10-22 17:13
ERBIL — The German armed forces, or Bundeswehr, resumed on Sunday their training mission in Kurdistan Region, which had been temporarily suspended due to the recent events in the region. According to an official statement on Bundeswehr website, the Germa ...

Russia Urges Erbil, Baghdad on Resumption of Talks

BAS News - 2017-10-21 22:29
ERBIL — Russia has encouraged Kurdistan Region and the Iraqi central government to return to constructive dialogues as an alternative for the current military confrontations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The statement comes ahead of a meeting betwee ...

Iraq aims to double Kirkuk oil output capacity

KurdPress - 2017-10-21 14:03
Iraq plans to contract a foreign oil company to almost double the oil production capacity of the northern Kirkuk fields, to more than one million barrels per day, Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi said in a statement on Tuesday. ...

KRG welcomes State Department statement on Erbil-Baghdad clashes

KurdPress - 2017-10-21 14:03
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has welcomed a statement from the US State Department published on Friday that calls on the two sides, Baghdad and Erbil, to coordinate their movements in the disputed areas, to begin dialogue, and stresses the stat ...

KRG Welcomes US-Proposed Talks with Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-10-21 03:13
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has welcomed a statement by US State Department in which Erbil and Baghdad are encouraged to end violence and return to negotiating table to resolve their disputes. “[The KRG] also welcomes the cessation of ...

Peshmerga Command Reveals Casualty Figures of Friday Clashes

BAS News - 2017-10-20 23:38
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga Command has released an official statement on the military confrontations between the attacking by Baghdad-backed Hashd al-Shaabi on the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, saying that nearly 150 Shi’ite militias were killed or ...

Barzani Calls for Peaceful Diaspora Protests Against Baghdad’s Attacks

BAS News - 2017-10-20 23:15
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has called on the Kurds around the world to stand with the cause of their people back at home where they are coming under attack by Iraq. The Kurdish President said in an official statement late on Friday ...

Int. Community’s Silence Emboldens Baghdad to Attack Kurdistan: KRSC

BAS News - 2017-10-20 21:36
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) has reiterated that the deafening silence by the international community has emboldened the Iraqi government and neighbouring countries to use arms against the people of Kurdistan Region. In a statement re ...

YPJ: We gift the liberation of Raqqa to all the women of the world

ANHA - 2017-10-19 14:03
The YPJ on Thursday announced in the historical statement declaring the liberation of Raqqa: "We struck the greatest blow on terror in their capital. With this struggle, we have again brought the honour of the Yazdi women back to the skies." ...

YPJ celebrate victory in al-Naeem Square

ANHA - 2017-10-19 11:58
AL-RAQQA- Women Protection Units (YPJ) entered al-Naeem Square to get ready for delivering the statement of al-Raqqa liberation amid dancing the female fighters in rings. After Syrian Democratic Forcers (SDF) liberated al-Raqqa city completely from IS mer ...

Iraqi Army Calls for Ban of Kurdish News Channels in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-18 18:40
KIRKUK — Iraqi Army’s Command of Military Operations has demands the Baghdad authorities to ban two Kurdish new channels from covering the post-invasion Kirkuk. In an official statement published on Wednesday, the command of the Iraqi armed forces claime ...

Imrali Body reviewed Prosecution to visit Ocelan

ANHA - 2017-10-18 15:02
Imrali Body reviewed the Public Prosecution Office to allow them to visit the leader of the Kurdish people Abdullah Ocelan as the body would deliver a statement on Thursday in Istanbul. ...

HPG disclosed latest developments in Kirkuk

ANHA - 2017-10-18 11:34
The People Defense Forces(HPG) Command in Makhmur and Kirkuk released a statement disclosing the developments that Kirkuk city have witnessed. ...

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 ...

Mobata people demand disclosing Ocelan’s health status

ANHA - 2017-10-17 13:48
AFRIN- The Democratic Society Movement (TEV-DEM) and Kongra Star Organization in Mobata district in Afrin canton demanded, in a statement released to the public opinion, the Turkish authority to disclose the health status of the Kurdish people leader Abdu ...

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 ...

US Senator Warns Against Misuse of US Weapons by Iraqi Forces

BAS News - 2017-10-16 18:37
ERBIL — US Senator John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released a statement today on reports of clashes between Iraqi forces and the Kurdish Peshmerga in Kirkuk, stating that he is deeply concerned about the military advances ag ...

YJC, YCR: We will be shells of fire to protect our leader

ANHA - 2017-10-16 12:49
NEWS DESK – Rojava Youth Federation(YCR) and Young Women Union(YJC) about the health status and the protection of the Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan, said that they will be shells of fire to protect Ocalan, in a statement. The text of the statement: “We, ...

Iran warns of a ‘crushing response’

Roji Kurd - 2017-10-15 00:06
Iran on Friday vowed a “crushing response” to the Trump administration’s move to designate its elite Revolutionary Guard Corps as a supporter of terrorism, saying it maintains the right to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal. In a statement to reporters, ...

Iraq to reopen own oil pipeline to Turkey, bypassing one in Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:34
BAGHDAD,— Iraq will reopen an old crude oil pipeline to Turkey which bypasses one operated by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), the oil ministry said in a statement on Tuesday. Iraq’s oil minister, Jabar al-Luaibi, has asked state-owned North Oil ...

Allawi Calls for Urgent Meeting over Kirkuk Crisis

BAS News - 2017-10-14 19:02
ERBIL— Iraqi Vice President Ayad al-Allawi on Saturday called on the entire political parties to gather for an urgent meeting over the escalated tensions between Baghdad and Erbil over Kirkuk. In a written statement, Allawi said the strained relations be ...

Militiamen Blow up Erbil-based Korek Telecom Office South Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-10-14 11:09
BAGHDAD — A number of gunmen from a militia group raided on Friday the headquarters of Erbil-based Korek Telecom in Hilla city in Babil Province, south of Baghdad. Erbil-based Korek telecommunication company said in a statement on Saturday that a number ...

Turkey Puts Over 30 Kurdish Villages Under Curfew

BAS News - 2017-10-12 01:09
ERBIL — Turkish government declared curfew in over 30 villages in the Kurdish province of Bitlis, southeast of the country. The office of the Ankara-appointed governor of Bitlis confirmed in a statement on its website that the curfew is due to military o ...

Peshmerga Warns Baghdad Against Attempts to Retake Disputed Areas

BAS News - 2017-10-10 13:13
ERBIL — Commanders of Peshmerga responded to Baghdad’s statement regarding the disputed territories, stating that the Peshmerga forces won’t retreat from Kurdistan’s territories. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi convened the Iraqi National Security C ...

From Manbij: nobody could restrict free thought

ANHA - 2017-10-09 14:45
MANBIJ- Şehîd Ismael Abu Hussein Intellectual Academy in Manbij city condemned the international conspiracy that targeted the Kurdish people leader Abdullah Ocelan and said in a statement “nobody would be able to restrict the free thought”. Şehîd Ismael A ...

KCK: our movement will fulfill Jalal’s hopes of national unity

ANHA - 2017-10-04 15:06
The co-chair of the Executive Council of the Kurdistan Community Union released a statement on the death of the Kurdish politician Jalal Talabani, saying "our movement, the freedom movement will never forget the friendship of Mam Jalal with leader Apo. An ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

UK Air Forces Hit 1,602 IS Positions in Iraq, Syria Since 2014

BAS News - 2017-09-28 20:46
ERBIL — UK Royal Air Forces have hit 1,602 Islamic State (IS) positions across Iraq and Syria since the start of the US-led coalition operation against the extremist group in September 2014, UK Defense Ministry said on Thursday. According to a statement ...

Qatar Airways Suspends Flights to Kurdistan at the Request of Iraq

BAS News - 2017-09-28 14:47
ERBIL — Qatar Airways announced in a statement on its website on Thursday that it has cancelled flights to Kurdistan Region at the request of Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority. "At the request of the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority, all international air tra ...

US Senator Chuck Schumer Calls for Independent Kurdish State

The Kurdish Project - 2017-09-28 02:36
The following article was originally published in Kurdistan24. WASHINGTON DC, United States (Kurdistan 24) – New York’s senior senator Chuck Schumer issued a statement on Wednesday calling on the Donald Trump administration to support an independent Kurd ...

Baghdad Asks US Contractors in Iraq to Pay Higher Taxes

BAS News - 2017-09-25 21:35
ERBIL — US Defense Department contractors operating in Iraq accused Baghdad on Monday of forcing them to pay higher taxes and threatening to stop the production if they don’t adhere to their demands. A statement made by the US Defense Department stated t ...

Borders with Kurdistan Open: Iranian Foreign Ministry

BAS News - 2017-09-25 20:35
ERBIL— Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday stated Iran has not closed its border entries with the Kurdistan Region, refuting an earlier statement by the spokesperson of the ministry. In a statement, the ministry said what has been published by t ...

Turkish Airlines Refutes Reports on Annulling Flights to Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-09-25 14:18
ERBIL — Turkey has not suspended its direct flights to and from Kurdistan Region, the Turkish national airlines stated on Monday. In a statement, Turkish Airlines described the reports which claim that the flights have been annulled as “baseless.” Some m ...

Turkey to take all measures against KRG referendum

KurdPress - 2017-09-25 09:22
Turkey will take "all measures" under international law if the Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum being held on Monday generates threats to Turkey's national security, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement. ...

KIG Voices Support for Kurdistan Referendum at the Eleventh Hour

BAS News - 2017-09-24 20:15
ERBIL— Only hours ahead of running the independence referendum of the Kurdistan Region, the Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG), announced it will join the rest of the parties in Kurdistan and will vote "Yes" to the independence plebiscite. In a statement issu ...

Kurdistan’s Independence Vote Not Postponed: Referendum Council

BAS News - 2017-09-23 16:01
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Region’s High Council for Elections and Referendum reaffirms that the independence referendum will be held on time, rejecting rumors about its postponement. In a statement On Saturday, High Council for Referendum rejected rumors of ...

Kirkuk Governor Calls on People to Go to Polls on Monday

BAS News - 2017-09-23 16:01
ERBIL — Kirkuk Governor Najmadin Karim released a statement on Saturday to call on the population of the province to take part in Kurdistan’s independence referendum on Monday, September 25. “I call on people of Kirkuk to go to the polls on Monday, Septe ...

Voting duration extended in Afrin region

ANHA - 2017-09-23 09:06
AFRIN- The Independent High Commission of elections in Afrin region extended the duration of elections to 22:00 due to the intensive flock of the people. During a statement to Hawar news agency, the co-chair of Independent High Commission in Afrin canton ...

HDP: We stand with the people of Catalonia

KurdisCat - 2017-09-23 05:13
Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Central Executive Board released a statement voicing solidarity with the people of Catalonia for the "Independence Referendum".HDP stated that the Spanish government is trying to prevent the "Independence Referendum", whic ...

US 'strongly opposes' Kurdistan region referendum

KurdPress - 2017-09-21 07:29
The U.S. State Department late Wednesday issued a strongly-worded statement opposing plans by Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) to hold an independence referendum next week. ...

Kurdistan Delegation to Visit Baghdad Prior to Referendum

BAS News - 2017-09-21 01:16
ERBIL — A delegation from the Kurdistan Region will visit Baghdad within the following two days to hold another discussion over pending disputes and the imminent independence referendum. According to a statement by Kurdistan Region Presidency, the decisi ...

KRG Decries Turkish Airstrikes Which Killed Several Civilians

BAS News - 2017-09-21 00:28
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government issued on Wednesday an official statement to condemn recent Turkish airstrikes which took the lives of seven civilians in Duhok Province. According to the statement, the victims had visited the suburb areas of Sh ...

SDF find munition and weapons repository in al-Raqqa

ANHA - 2017-09-20 16:49
AL-RAQQA- SDF fighters found munitions and weapons repository in al-Romania neighborhood which is located in al-Raqqa city librated in last May. Al-Raqqa liberating campaign is approaching the end a step by step and SDF command pointed out in a statement ...

SDF: Raqqa campaign in final stages

Waar Media - 2017-09-20 15:01
WAAR-DUHOK: The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Wednesday its campaign to capture Raqqa from Islamic State (ISIS) was in its final stages and its fighters had seized 80 percent of the city. The SDF said in a statement it had opened a n ...

Turkish jets hit PKK camps in Kurdistan Region

KurdPress - 2017-09-20 09:26
Turkish warplanes struck camps belonging to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and ammunition storages in the Kurdistan Region on Tuesday, September 19, the Turkish military said in a statement. ...

Curfew Imposed on 14 villages in Southern Turkey

BAS News - 2017-09-18 20:20
ERBIL— After a Turkish soldier was gunned down in southern province of Merdin, local officials declared an infinite curfew in 14 villages in the area. According to a statement by Merdin governor's office, the soldier was killed in the town of Nusaybin by ...

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 ...

Kurdish Official Responds to Maliki’s Statement Against Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-09-18 12:02
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Parliament’s Deputy Speaker, Jaafer Emniki, strongly responded to the recent statement of Iraqi VP Nouri al-Maliki who has said they would not allow a “second Israel” to be created in the Middle East, in reference to Kurdistan Re ...

Half of IS Families Detained in Mosul are Turkish: Iraqi PM

BAS News - 2017-09-17 23:06
ERBIL — Around a half of the hundreds of families held in a camp near Mosul for suspected links to the so-called Islamic State (IS) are Turkish nationals, said the Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi. According to a statement made by the Iraqi PM, ma ...

Number of IS Supporters Increase Online

BAS News - 2017-09-17 23:06
ERBIL — “Dedicated supporters" of the so-called Islamic State (IS) are growing online, Europol warned on Friday. According to a statement made by the European policing agency, the extremist group is using online social platforms and apps to keep its infl ...

Iran, Russia, Turkey agree on Syria de-escalation zones

KurdPress - 2017-09-15 16:18
Iran, Turkey and Russia have agreed to set up de-escalation zones in Syria for six months, negotiators for the three nations said in a joint statement on Sept. 15 after talks in Kazakhstan. ...

Turkish Ministry warns KRG of paying a price in case referendum held

Waar Media - 2017-09-14 15:43
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkish warned Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of paying a price for insisting on holding an independence referendum on Sept. 25, in a foreign ministry statement on Thursday. The statement, which welcomed Iraqi parliament vote that reject ...

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. ...

Iraqi PM calls for parliament to remove Kirkuk governor

KurdPress - 2017-09-14 15:32
According to a statement from the parliament speaker’s media office Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has called on the Iraqi parliament to vote on sacking Kirkuk Governor Najmaldin Karim from his position. ...

Kurdistan to Negotiate Statehood with World after Referendum

BAS News - 2017-09-13 21:12
ERBIL— The delegations which were expected to discuss independence referendum of the Kurdistan Region with the regional countries and the West, before holding the vote, will instead negotiate statehood measures with them. In a statement to BasNews on Wed ...

US concerned over Turkey’s S-400 purchase from Russia

Waar Media - 2017-09-13 18:17
WAAR-DUHOK: Pentagon spokesman Johnny Michael said on Tuesday that the US has relayed its concerns to Turkish officials over the purchase of an S-400 air defense system from Russia. In a written statement to CNBC on Tuesday, Michael said that a NATO inte ...

Number of MPs Required for Quorum to Attend Kurdistan’s Parliament

BAS News - 2017-09-13 14:53
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Region Parliament is expected to convene on Thursday after the number of MPs required for a quorum decided to attend the session. The parliament’s media department said in a statement on Wednesday required number of MPs for a quorum ...

Turkey Claims It Killed over 1,800 PKK Fighters Since January

BAS News - 2017-09-13 10:57
ERBIL — The Turkish General Staff released an official statement on Tuesday to claim that its forces have killed more than 1,800 members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) since the beginning of this year. A total of 562 military operations, including ...

Israel’s Netanyahu: Statehood “Legitimate” Right of Kurds

BAS News - 2017-09-13 02:07
ERBIL — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has showing his country’s support to a future independent state of Kurdistan. In an official statement on Tuesday, Netanyahu said that Israel supports the establishment of an independent state for Kurds i ...
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