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Commander of Iranian Quds Brigade Visits Talabani’s Tomb

BAS News - 2017-10-14 15:04
SULAYMANIYAH — Commander of Iranian Quds Brigade, Qassem Soleimani, visited the former Iraqi President Jalal Talabani’s tomb, leaving a note to praise the role of Talabani in helping Iraq out of crisis. According to media outlets affiliated to the Patrio ...

PM Barzani Meets with Gorran Leader in Sulaymaniyah

BAS News - 2017-10-08 12:18
SULAYMANIYAH — Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani visited on Sunday the headquarters of the Change Movement (Gorran) in Sulaymaniyah where he is in a meeting with the leader of the movement. Barzani, who is also the deputy hea ...

Baghdad Initially Agreed to Lift Sanctions against Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-10-07 19:48
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani met on Saturday with the Iraqi Vice Presidents in Sulaymaniyah, to agree on lifting Baghdad’s sanctions against Kurdistan. Citing Fuad Hussein, Chief of Staff for Barzani’s office, Kurdistan Region Presid ...

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 ...

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, ...

KRG Files Complaints Against Baghdad over Air Embargo

BAS News - 2017-10-02 00:27
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) filed on Sunday a complaint to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) against Baghdad’s imposed ban on international flights to Erbil and Sulaymaniyah. “The Kurdish region in Iraq has filed a ...

No Iraqi Officials Allowed to Control Kurdistan Airports: KRG

BAS News - 2017-09-30 14:34
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has made it clear that no official from Baghdad is allowed to enter the Kurdistan Region for taking control of Erbil and Sulaymaniyah international airports. Minister of Transportation, Mawlood Bawamurad, s ...

Pictures: Pro-Independence Gathering in Sulaymaniyah

BAS News - 2017-09-20 14:37
SULAYMANIYAH — A huge number of pro-independence people from Sulaymaniyah gathered on Wednesday to show support to the imminent independence vote in Kurdistan Region. Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani, who arrived in the city earlier today, is sa ...

Sulaymaniyah Protests Baghdad’s Position on Kurdistan Independence Vote

BAS News - 2017-09-19 13:55
SULAYMANIYAH — Tens of protesters gathered on Tuesday in front of Iraqi Parliament’s subsidiary office in Sulaymaniyah to voice objection against a decision by Baghdad to reject Kurdistan Region’s imminent independence referendum. The gathering was organ ...

Kurdistan Mine Action Agency Removes 350 Mines in Sulaymaniyah

BAS News - 2017-09-19 11:04
ERBIL — Kurdistan Mine Action Agency (KMAA) cleared a large area from land mines and war remnants in Sulaymaniyah Province of Kurdistan Region. The agency reported its teams successfully detonated dozens of mines on September 18 in Golini Barbi minefield ...

Barzani to Travel to Sulaymaniyah

BAS News - 2017-09-12 15:39
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani is said to visit Sulaymaniyah in the near future to hold a conference with the people of the province, an official said. The exact timing for president’s trip is yet to be revealed to the media. Ata Sheik ...

Armed Men Open Fire at KDP Branch Office in Chamchamal

BAS News - 2017-09-11 15:24
CHAMCHAMAL — A group of unidentified armed men opened fire on Monday at the political branch bureau of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Chamchamal, some 70 kilometres to the west of Sulaymaniyah. Nizam Nazim, head of the bureau,confirmed the repor ...

Barzani Thanks People of Sulaymaniyah

BAS News - 2017-09-10 13:14
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani thanked the people of Sulaymaniyah for once again proving the spirit of resilience and sacrifice for the legitimate right of Kurds. “The true position of the honourable people of Sulaymaniyah shined out y ...

UK Envoy Discussing Reactivation of Kurdistan Parliament with Gorran

BAS News - 2017-08-23 12:21
SULAYMANIYAH — British Ambassador to Iraq has met with the Change Movement (Gorran) to discuss the reactivation of Kurdistan Region parliament. On his official twitter account, Frank Baker said he had “fruitful” meeting with the party’s General Coordinat ...

KDP and Gorran to Discuss Reconvening Parliament, Referendum

BAS News - 2017-08-21 10:24
A KDP delegation is set to meet with Gorran today at 11am ERBIL — Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Change Movement (Gorran) are set to hold a bilateral meeting today at Gorran’s headquarters in Sulaymaniyah to discuss reconvening the parliament and t ...

International Campaign Launched in Support of Kurdistan’s Independence

BAS News - 2017-08-19 23:40
SULAYMANIYAH — A Kurdish organisation has launched an international campaign in support for the September independence referendum in the Kurdistan Region. The campaign, titled “Long Live Kurdistan”, was kicked off on Saturday in Sulaymaniyah by the Kurdi ...

Kurdish Civilian Kidnapped by Hashd Al-Shaabi Rescued in Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-08-15 14:50
Hashd al-Shaabi demanded $600,000 in ransom from his family ERBIL — A Kurdish civilian who was kidnapped by the Shi’ite militia of Hashd al-Shaabi a week ago was rescued in Baghdad on Monday. Hardi Mohamad, a Kurdish truck driver from Sulaymaniyah, was k ...

[VIDEO]: Iranian Army Penetrates into Kurdistan Region’s Territories

BAS News - 2017-08-12 15:39
SULAYMANIYAH — The Islamic Republic of Iran’s army has set up military bases in the depth of the Kurdistan Region territories in Pishdar region in north of Sulaymaniyah province. According to a video recording obtained by BasNews, Iran has taken over a f ...

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 ...

Gorran Open to Meet KDP, Address Disagreements

BAS News - 2017-07-26 16:01
SULAYMANIYAH — The Change Movement (Gorran) is ready to meet Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and discuss the differences in hope of finding a solution to the political deadlock, said an official. Member of Gorran’s Council, Shorish Haji, told BasNews th ...

Gorran Elects New Leader

BAS News - 2017-07-25 16:10
SULAYMANIYAH — The Change Movement (Gorran) elected on Tuesday Omar Sayid Ali as the new General Coordinator of the party. 38 members of Gorran Council unanimously elected Ali to take over the party’s leadership after the death of the former leader Nawsh ...

PUK Chief Jalal Talabani to Visit Tehran

BAS News - 2017-07-08 10:34
SULAYMANIYAH — Secretary General of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and former Iraqi President Jalal Talabani is scheduled to head to Tehran on a friendly visit, the party’s official website said on Friday.According to PUK’s media, Talabani will v ...

Muslim Cleric Killed in front of His Mosque in Sulaymaniyah

BAS News - 2017-07-07 14:17
SULAYMANIYAH — A Muslim cleric named Ahmed Dere was shot dead in front of his mosque in Qalladze town in Sulaymaniyah province after Friday prayer. The muslim scholar was head of the Kurdistan Islamic Group party’s branch of Qalladze town. He was murdere ...

Iran Dries Mighty River Flowing into Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-06-23 23:00
SULAYMANIYAH — The Iranian government has dried a large river since last Thursday which has been flowing into Kurdistan Region’s Sulaymaniyah province, local officials confirmed. Level of water in the river has decreased by approximately 70% and the drop ...

Attack on Sulaymaniyah Mosque Leaves Three People Injured

BAS News - 2017-06-17 00:09
SULAYMANIYAH — An unknown assailant overnight Friday targeted a Kurdish Muslim preacher in Kurdistan Region’s Sulaymaniyah province with grenade, injuring at least thee people. The attack took place near Bahasht mosque against Abdul Latif Salafi at his h ...

PICTURES: Conjoined Twin Successfully Separated by Kurdish Surgeon

BAS News - 2017-06-15 00:50
SULAYMANIYAH — A Kurdish surgeon Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region, performed hours-long surgery to successfully separate a conjoined twin whose condition was described as life-threatening. Dr. Mahdi Aziz told BasNews the operation was performed for the fir ...

Vom Glück des Ortes: Theater im Irak

Huffington Post Deutschland - 2017-06-05 06:29
Seit einem Monat proben sie ein Theaterstück in Sulaymaniyah im Nordirak: der deutsche Schauspiel- und Opernregisseur Stefan Otteni und der italienische Choreograph Paolo Ragano. Sie werden von dem jungen Kölner Filmemacher Shahab Kermani auf ihrer Reise ...

Rate of Divorce in Sulaymaniyah Doubled Since 2012

BAS News - 2017-05-15 23:58
SULAYMANIYAH — The rate of divorces in Kurdistan Region’s Sulaymaniyah province has significantly increased in the past few years with the rate of marriage remarkably declining, an official said. The statistics were revealed to the audiences attending an ...

Peshmerga Concludes a 3-Month Military Training Course

BAS News - 2017-05-11 13:23
The training was offered by the anti-IS coalition personnel SULAYMANIYAH — Peshmerga forces wrapped up on Thursday a training course offered by the International Coalition's military personnel in Sulaymaniyah province of the Kurdistan Region. Brigadier-g ...

Direct Flights to Connect Sulaymaniyah and Damascus

BAS News - 2017-05-05 00:26
ERBIL — For the first time, a direct flight is set to connect Kurdistan Region’s Sulaymaniyah city and Damascus in Syria, is set to be launched next week. Director of Sulaymaniyah International Airport, Tahir Abdullah, has confirmed the report to Kurdist ...

Sulaymaniyah Acting Governor Resigns Due to Budget Insufficiency

BAS News - 2017-05-02 13:32
ERBIL — The acting governor of Sulaymaniyah province resigned from his position, stating that the political conflicts and insufficiency of the province's budget were behind his resignation. In a press conference on Tuesday, Sardar Qadir, the Governor of ...

PKK Continues Recruiting Children in Sulaimaniay and Halabja: Official

BAS News - 2017-04-27 00:06
SULAiMANIYAH — The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) continues recruiting children and from Sulaymaniyah and Halabja provinces of Kurdistan Region, sending them to enter military activities, said a member of Sulaymaniyah provincial council. “The children [i ...

In Pictures: Dormitory Fire Kills a Firefighter in Sulaymaniyah

BAS News - 2017-04-21 23:13
Several others, including students, were injured SULAYMANIYAH — One Kurdish firefighter was killed and several other people were injured after a large fire broke out in a dormitory belonging to the Sulaymaniyah University on Friday. The fire could not be ...

PUK: Independence Referendum “Inalienable Right” of Kurds

BAS News - 2017-04-19 22:29
SULAYMANIYAH — The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) politburo on Wednesday reiterated that holding a referendum to decide on independence for Kurdistan Region is an “inalienable right” of Kurds. In a statement which followed the meeting, the party reve ...

MAG Defuses Over 60 Landmines in Sulaymaniyah Province

BAS News - 2017-04-12 16:55
SULAYMANIYAH — Teams from Mines Advisory Group (MAG) managed to defuse 62 unexploded landmines and mortars in Sulaymaniyah province on Tuesday. MAG teams cleared an area from Gapilon district of Sharbazher town in Sulaymania province, in a landmine clear ...

Gorran Supports Kurdistan Independence

BAS News - 2017-04-01 20:01
SULAYMANIYAH — The Change Movement (Gorran) has expressed support for a move to hold an independence referendum in Kurdistan Region, saying statehood is a natural right for Kurds. Following a session on Saturday, Gorran’s National Assembly said in a pres ...

Kurdish Political Parties to Resume Talks over Crisis

BAS News - 2017-03-25 21:01
SULAYMANIYAH — Major Kurdish political parties in Kurdistan Region will soon resume negotiations over the prolonged political deadlock and crisis faced by the region, said a Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) official. Arez Abdullah, member of PUK’s lead ...

Kurdish Cleric Kidnapped in Sulaymaniyah Province

BAS News - 2017-03-19 23:24
RANIYAH — A Kurdish Islamic cleric late Sunday evening went missing in Hajiawa subdistrict in Sulaymaniyah province, believed to be kidnapped. Spokesperson for local directorate of security, Mohammed Fazel, confirmed the report to BasNews and said invest ...

A PKK Delegation Visits Baghdad and Tehran

BAS News - 2017-03-18 20:11
The PKK delegation has met with Hashd al-Shaabi officials ERBIL — As part of its plan against the Kurdistan Region, a top delegation of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) visited Sulaymaniyah, Baghdad and Tehran. Following their visit to Sulaymaniyah, th ...

BCF Delivers Aid to Families of Halabja Chemical Attack Victims

BAS News - 2017-03-16 17:19
HALABJA — On the 29th anniversary of Halabja chemical attack on March 16, Barzani Charity Foundation (BCF) distributed aid to over 2,500 families of Halabja. Soran Khalaf, head of BCF office in Sulaymaniyah province, told BasNews the foundation, in coope ...

PKK Sends Around 70 Guerrillas to Kirkuk and Makhmour

BAS News - 2017-03-16 11:09
The PKK guerrillas were deployed with PUK's support ERBIL — Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) over the last two days has moved around 70 guerrillas from Raniya city, north of Sulaymaniyah province, to Kirkuk province. A confidential source told BasNews that ...

IS Hideout Discovered in Sulaymaniyah

BAS News - 2017-03-11 21:17
SULAYMANIYAH — Kurdish security forces in Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region, on Saturday discovered a hideout belonging to Islamic State (IS), officials confirmed. Sulaymaniyah Security Directorate confirmed that they have also seized a large amount of expl ...

PKK a Barrier to Reconstruction of Over 500 Villages in Kurdistan Region

BAS News - 2017-03-07 11:20
PKK guerrillas have occupied 515 villages in Kurdistan Region ERBIL — As a result of the presence of Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) guerrillas, more than 500 villages were abandoned in Duhok, Erbil and Sulaymaniyah provinces of Kurdistan Region and the v ...

Kuwait Sends Humanitarian Aid to IDPs in Kurdistan Region

BAS News - 2017-03-03 14:09
ERBIL — Kuwaiti government provided aid consisting of around 3,000 blankets and 1,500 oil heaters to the internally displaced people (IDPs) in the province of Sulaymaniyah in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq on Friday. The head of the charity organisation in ...

IS Captive Says He Has Raped 200 Women and Killed 500 People

BAS News - 2017-02-18 11:52
He was captured by the Kurdish Counter-terrorism forces during Kirkuk attack ERBIL — The Islamic State (IS) militant Ammar Hussein who is now a captive in Sulaymaniyah province confessed that he has raped more than 200 women from Iraqi minorities particu ...

Sulaymaniyah Youth Finds and Returns $160,000

BAS News - 2017-02-17 02:58
SULAYMANIYAH — A Kurdish resident of Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region, on Wednesday this week found $160,000 in the marketplace and surprised the owner by returning the whole cash. Masoud Sulaiman, 31, is a public servant. He told BasNews that on Wednesday ...

PKK Supporters Rally in Sulaymaniyah for Ocalan's Freedom

BAS News - 2017-02-15 18:11
They demand the Turkish government to stop pressures against PKK members ERBIL — Tens of Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) supporters in Sulaymaniyah city assembled for a protest rally against the imprisonment of the PKK leader, Abdulla Ocalan, by Turkish a ...

PUK, Gorran Still discussing Implementation of Political Agreement

BAS News - 2017-02-14 21:29
The two party met on Tuesday before PUK holds talks with KDP SULAYMANIYAH — The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and Change Movement (Gorran) leaderships met on Tuesday again to discuss the implementation of a previously signed agreement. According to ...

Security Chief Warns about Increasing Drug-related Crimes in Tuz Khurmatu

BAS News - 2017-02-13 23:11
TUZ KHURMATU — Kurdish authorities in Tuz Khurmatu, south of Sulaymaniyah, have warned of an increasing number of drug consumers in the town, calling for immediate action. “The number of drug consumers is surprisingly increasing among the youths in Tuz K ...

Senior PUK Official Resigns

BAS News - 2017-02-11 00:27
SULAYMANIYAH — Senior politburo member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Azad Jundiani, on Friday handed in his resignation from both his position and membership of the party. A source from Jundiani’s office confirmed that the official sent his resign ...

Hashd Al-Shaabi Creating Brigades in Chamchamal, Sulaymaniyah: Observer

BAS News - 2017-02-08 09:58
Local PUK officials help Hashd al-Shaabi create armed units in Kurdish areas ERBIL — The Iraqi Hashd al-Shaabi Shi'ite militia is forming armed units in the Kurdish areas ranging from Tuz Khurmatu southern Kirkuk to Penjwen, bordering Iran in the west of ...

Kurdish Cleric to Be Prosecuted for Remarks Against Zoroastrians

BAS News - 2017-02-04 23:25
SULAYMANIYAH — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Ministry of Endowment and Religious Affairs has summoned the Kurdish cleric who has recently said the killing of those who converted from Islam to Zoroastrianism is legitimate. Mariwan Naqshbandi, a ...

Gorran Ready for New Round of Talks with KDP: Official

BAS News - 2017-02-03 03:45
Gulistan Sa’id says negotiation the only peaceful way out of crisis SULAYMANIYAH — The Change Movement (Gorran) is ready to receive Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) delegation as part of a new round of negotiations to overcome the political deadlock in t ...

Barzani Charity Foundation Delivers Winter Supplies to Thousands of IDPs

BAS News - 2017-02-03 02:48
SULAYMANIYAH — Barzani Charity Foundation (BCF) on Thursday distributed winter supplies among thousands of internally displaced people (IDP) settled in Kurdistan Region. “In cooperation with the Kuwaiti government, the BCF on February 2nd delivered blank ...

Asayish Member Killed in Armed Attack in Sulaymaniyah

BAS News - 2017-01-05 13:59
Unidentified gunmen opened fire on an Asayish office in Baziyan District ERBIL — A member of the Kurdish Asayish (Security) forces was killed on Thursday after unidentified gunmen shot at an Asayish office in Baziyan district, west of the city of Sulayma ...
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