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Najmaldin Karim to SPUTNIK: Kurds may create several independent states

Waar Media - 2017-08-10 13:40
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurds may end up creating a number of independent states as parts of the nation living in Turkey, Iran and Syria have their own features and identify themselves as distinct people, the governor of an Kurdistan-Iraqi governorate said. The gove ...

Fired Kurdish Workers Retaliate Against Turks and Open Small Businesses

The Kurdish Project - 2017-08-10 04:53
The following article was originally published in Independent. In the centre of where various pedestrian cobble stone streets meet, in the hip and relatively progressive suburb of Kadıköy, Istanbul, Serdar Bascitin sits with a humble smile, surrounded by ...

Barzani says independent Kurdistan to be multi-ethnic, multi-religious

Aranews - 2017-08-10 04:47
ARA News The Kurdish President Masoud Barzani on Wednesday said that those who asked to postpone the referendum on Kurdistan’s independence “must show an alternative”, in response to a new movement against the referendum launched by NRT owner Shaswar Abd ...

Syrian Kurds are not fighting for independence: Salih Muslim

KurdPress - 2017-08-09 10:22
The co-Leader of Syrian pro-Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), Salih Muslim, stated that the goal of the Kurds in the north of the country is not to become independent, adding that Kurds are not alone in the region and there are other ethnics who are f ...

Barzani: Kurds Seeking Their Rights Through Peaceful Means

BAS News - 2017-08-08 15:46
ERBIL — The People of Kurdistan are committed to gain their rights through peaceful means and far from violence, reiterated Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani. As a future independent state, Kurdistan also seeks friendly relations with Baghdad and ...

Kurdish Diaspora to Vote Electronically in Independence Referendum

BAS News - 2017-08-08 11:18
ERBIL — The Kurds living abroad will be allowed to vote in the September independence referendum of Kurdistan through an electronic poll set by the Kurdistan Independent High Electoral Commission (KIHEC). Karwan Jalal, head of KIHEC’s data department, to ...

Turkmen Party Launches "Yes" Campaign in Support of Kurdistan Referendum

BAS News - 2017-08-07 10:04
ERBIL — The Turkmen Nation Party has kicked off a "Yes" campaign to support the imminent independence referendum in Kurdistan, saying that they believe the rights of minorities would be better secured in an independent state of Kurdistan. “The fate of bo ...

Christians Would Return to Nineveh Only if Kurdistan Is Independent

BAS News - 2017-08-06 23:55
ERBIL — Iraqi Christians say they would return to the recently liberated Nineveh Plains only if the Kurdistan Region becomes an independent state, a Christian member of the Kurdistan Region Parliament said on Sunday. Waheda Yacoub, an Iraqi Christian mem ...

An independent Kurdistan? / Louis A. Delvoie

KurdPress - 2017-08-06 11:23
The Kurds are often described as the world's largest ethnic group without a country of its own. The description is essentially accurate. Numbering more than 22 million, the Kurds live as minorities in four countries: Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria. As such, ...

Iraqi IHEC Ready to Assist Kurdistan’s IHEC: Official

BAS News - 2017-08-02 14:28
ERBIL — Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) is ready to provide support to Kurdistan’s IHEC if asked by the latter for running the upcoming independence referendum, said an official from the Iraqi IHEC. Ali Qadir, head of Iraqi IHEC in Erb ...

Iraqi oil delegation to visit Erbil

KurdPress - 2017-08-01 13:07
A member of the Iraqi Parliament’s Energy and Oil Commission stated that a delegation from Baghdad, the Iraqi capital, is planned to make a visit to Erbil, the capital of the northern autonomous region, in order to discuss the region’s independent oil exp ...

Referendum commission to open offices in Kirkuk and Nineveh

KurdPress - 2017-07-31 10:20
Kurdistan’s Independent High Electoral and Referendum Commission (IHEC) stated on Sunday that it would open offices in the provinces outside the administration of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) ahead of the Kurdistan’s upcoming independence refer ...

International Observers to Oversee Kurdistan’s Independence Referendum

BAS News - 2017-07-26 14:13
ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the Independent High Commission of Elections and Referendum have invited international observers to oversee the upcoming independence referendum in Kurdistan Region, an official said. The observers are two ...

Independence Better Formula for Erbil-Baghdad Relations: Senior Official

BAS News - 2017-07-26 12:30
Hemin Hawrami says an independent Kurdistan can deepen the Erbil-Baghdad relations ERBIL — Hemin Hawrami, senior assistant to the Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani said that the upcoming independence referendum “is not an opinion poll, but a bind ...

IHERC to Operate in Kurdish Areas Outside KRG’s Rule for Referendum

BAS News - 2017-07-25 16:10
IHERC will open offices in all the Kurdish areas outside KRG’s administration DUHOK — The Kurdistan Region's Independent High Electoral and Referendum Commission (IHERC) will open offices in all the Kurdish areas outside the Kurdistan Regional Government ...

‘Musul operasyonunda 40 bin sivil hayatını kaybetti’

Sputnik - 2017-07-21 02:01
The Independent gazetesi, Irak Kürt Bölgesel Yönetimi (IKBY) istihbaratının verilerine dayandırdığı haberinde Irak’ın Musul kentinin IŞİD militanlarından kurtarılması sırasındaki çatışmalarda 40 binin üzerinde sivilin hayatını kaybettiğini yazdı. ...

Iraq Denies Media Reports on Civilian Casualties in Mosul Operation

BAS News - 2017-07-20 20:51
IZMIR — The Iraqi military command denied recent reports by The Independent that claimed the civilian death toll in Mosul is 40,000. Th Iraqi Defense Ministry's War Media Cell released a statement on Thursday, saying the numbers provided by the British n ...

‘Di operasyona Mûsilê de zêdetirî 40 hezar sivîlan can da'

Sputnik - 2017-07-20 19:49
Rojnameya The Independent di nûçeya ku zanyariyên xwe spartin daneyên îstîxbarata Herêma Kurdistanê de ragihand ku di operasyona rizgarkirina Mûsilê ya Iraqê de zêdetirî 40 hezar sivîl di şer de hatine kuştin. ...

Independent Kurdistan “a Solution Not a Problem”: Kurdish FM

BAS News - 2017-07-20 16:55
ERBIL — The establishment of an independent state of Kurdistan would be a solution to the ongoing crisis in the region and not a problem, said Falah Mustafa, head of Kurdistan Region’s Department of Foreign Relations. Mustafa, who is now in Washington fo ...

Turkey Recognises Independent Kurdistan Conditionally

BAS News - 2017-07-18 11:51
ERBIL — Turkey, as a key actor in the region and a strategic neighbour of the Kurdistan Region, has revealed its condition to agree with an independent Kurdistan state, putting its national security on top. In a recent interview with the Turkish state-ru ...

The Defeat of ISIS Must Mean an Independent Kurdistan

The Kurdish Project - 2017-07-18 08:44
KRG Security Council member Aziz Ahmad argues that an independent Kurdistan would not destabilize the country. The post The Defeat of ISIS Must Mean an Independent Kurdistan appeared first on The Kurdish Project. ...

Islamic State declares Tal Afar as independent state from caliphate

Waar Media - 2017-07-13 13:45
WAAR-DUHOK: Islamic State has announced Tal Afar town, located west of Mosul, as an independent state from the proclaimed caliphate, according to a local source from Nineveh province. “IS leadership in Tal Afar declared in a brief statement that the town ...

IS Leaders Announce Tel Afar an Independent State From Caliphate

BAS News - 2017-07-12 23:58
ERBIL — The so-called Islamic State (IS) announced the town of Tel Afar an independent state from the previously self-proclaimed "caliphate," a local source from Nineveh said on Wednesday. According to the source, who spoke to Al Sumaria News on conditio ...

Preparations for Running Referendum in Kirkuk Begin

BAS News - 2017-07-11 17:42
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region's Independent High Electoral and Referendum Commission on Tuesday began the preparations for holding the forthcoming referendum on the independence of the Kurdistan Region. Karwan Jalal, a general director at the commission, told ...

24 murder, suicide cases in Iraqi Kurdistan in June, rights group says

E-Kurd - 2017-07-07 14:31
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Iraqi Kurdistan Region’s Independent Commission for Human Rights said there were 24 recorded murders and suicides in the region during the month of June. The commission released statistics on violations, murder and su ...

No, Kurdistan would not be a “failed state”

Seth Frantzman - 2017-07-05 20:26
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN There is an article making its rounds claiming an independent Kurdistan would be a “failed state.” It has been republished by Newsweek, the website eKurd, and the […] ...

Kurdish Failis Renew Support for Kurdistan’s Independence

BAS News - 2017-07-01 15:32
Independent Kurdistan will become source of strength for Failis, Sheikh Sameer says ERBIL — Kurdish Faili community voiced its support for Kurdistan Region’s independence, finding support and strength in the independent state of Kurdistan. Sheikh Sameer ...

Islamic Union Leader: independent Kurdistan needs unity

Kurdistan24 - 2017-06-26 09:11
Muhammed Faraj was born in Halabja in 1953. He was the head of the human rights fraction in the Kurdistan Parliament. He is currently Secretary-General of the Kurdistan Islamic Union party. In an interview with K24, Faraj identifies the situation in the K ...

Hashd al-Shaabi to establish independent air force

Kurdistan24 - 2017-06-26 09:01
Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) take part in an operation against Islamic State (IS) militants on the outskirts of the town of Hammam Al-Alil, south of Mosul, Iraq, Oct. 31, 2016. (Photo: Reuters/Stringer) ...

Kurdish Diaspora May Vote to Referendum Electronically

BAS News - 2017-06-24 19:46
ERBIL— Kurdistan Independent High Electoral and Referendum Commission (IHERC) will adopt the easiest way for the Kurdish diaspora to vote in the due referendum on independence of Kurdistan. Karwan Jalal, a general director of the commission, told BasNews ...

Kurdish Diaspora Can Vote in Independence Referendum: Electoral Commission

BAS News - 2017-06-18 22:05
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Region's Independent High Commission of Elections and Referendum has confirmed that the Kurdish diaspora will be given the chance to vote on September 25 during Kurdistan’s independence referendum. Commission’s Spokesperson Sherwan ...

US Sends More Investigators to Syria, Iraq to Probe Civilian Deaths

BAS News - 2017-06-13 23:58
ERBIL — The US military has doubled the size of the team that investigates reports of civilian deaths as a result of airstrikes conducted by the US- led coalition in Iraq and Syria. Recently several independent human rights activist groups raised concern ...

IHERC Seeks UNAMI's Assistance for Kurdistan Referendum

BAS News - 2017-06-13 16:20
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region's Independent High Electoral and Referendum Commission (IHERC) has sought the financial assistance of the United Nations Assistance Program in Iraq (UNAMI) for running the imminent referendum on independence of Kurdistan. IHREC Pr ...

IHERC Arranging for Kurdish Diaspora to Vote in Referendum

BAS News - 2017-06-12 19:12
ERBIL— The President of the Independent High Elections and Referendum Commission (IHERC) stated on Monday that the commission is planning a mechanism so that the Kurdish diaspora can also cast their vote in the due referendum on independence of the Kurdi ...

IHERC: Kurdistan referendum ballot will be in four languages

Waar Media - 2017-06-12 16:00
WAAR-DUHOK: The Kurdistan Region is set to hold a referendum on Sep. 25, 2017, and the ballot question will be in Kurdish, Arabic, Turkmen, and Assyrian languages, said a Kurdish official on Monday. In a statement to press, the head of the Independent Hi ...

Kurdistan Electoral Commission Preparing for Independence Referendum

BAS News - 2017-06-12 13:18
The commission will estimate the required budget for the referendum process ERBIL — Kurdistan Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) said it would estimate the the budget needed for the forthcoming referendum on Kurdistan Region independence. Speak ...

France Supports Right of Kurds for Wishing Independence: Diplomat

BAS News - 2017-06-09 21:39
ERBIL — Former French Consul General in Erbil, Tissot Frédéric, said on Friday that his country supports the right of Kurds for wishing an independent Kurdistan. “Basically Kurds [in] Iraq have the right to express their wish for independence. At least t ...

Barzani Sends Referendum Question to Electoral Commission

BAS News - 2017-06-09 15:14
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Presidency (KRP) stated that Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has sent an order on June 8th to Kurdistan Region's Independent High Commission of Elections and Referendum to officially request the commission to organise t ...

Barzani Orders Electoral Commission to Set Referendum Date

BAS News - 2017-06-07 19:15
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Wednesday demanded Kurdistan Region's Independent High Commission of Elections and Referendum to officially set the dates for running the upcoming polls and the referendum of independence. The demand wa ...

Illegal arms sales in Iraqi Kurdistan on the rise: human rights

E-Kurd - 2017-05-31 11:21
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Iraq’s Kurdistan Region’s Independent Commission for Human Rights said there is a growing market in the illegal trade of guns and weapons in the city of Sulaimani in Iraqi Kurdistan due to a lack of gun controls in pl ...

U.S. academic removed from panel day after he criticized Massoud Barzani

E-Kurd - 2017-05-31 11:21
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— A panel set to be chaired by a professor from the American University of Tennessee, Michael Gunter was canceled on Thursday a day after the academic criticized Massoud Barzani. The independent Kurdish Awena newspap ...

U.N. names team to investigate crimes against Myanmar Rohingya

Reuters - 2017-05-30 10:25
GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations named a trio of independent experts on Tuesday to investigate widespread allegations of killings, rape and torture by Myanmar security forces against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state. ...

Media remarks would not establish Kurdish state: Gorran deputy

KurdPress - 2017-05-29 23:38
A deputy from the Movement for Change (Gorran) has stated that the internal and international situation for the establishment of an independent Kurdistan is not ready, reiterating that media remarks would not establish such a state. ...

Hashd Ranks Will Not Enter Maliki's Alliance: Report

BAS News - 2017-05-29 18:42
ERBIL— Some major ranks in the Shi'ite Popular Mobilization or Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitaries are seeking to form an independent list from the majority alliance that Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki is struggling to create for the upcoming national p ...

بەریتانیا بە مووشەکی (لە مانچستەرەوە خۆشەویستی بۆ ئێوە) وەڵامی داعش دەداتەوە

BAS News - 2017-05-27 20:51
بەپێی ھەواڵێکی رۆژنامەی The Independentی ئینگلیزی، سەرچاوەکانی وەزارەتی دەرەوەی بەریتانیا، وێنەی مووشەکێکیان پشتڕاست کردەوە کە لەسەری نووسراوە "لە مانچستەرەوە خۆشەویستی بۆ ئێوە". وێنەی مووشەکێک لەسەر فڕۆکەیەکی سەر بە ھێزەکانی ئاسمانی شانشینی بەریتانیا، پ ...

KRG’s PM: It’s Best Time for Independent

Waar Media - 2017-05-24 15:54
WAAR-DUHOK: A conference on the future of Kurdistan Region kicked off today and during the inauguration speech, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani cast light on the economic and security issues in Kurdistan as well as th ...

Trump meets Palestinian leader in Bethlehem

Waar Media - 2017-05-23 13:54
WAAR-DUHOK: Donald Trump made the short trip from Jerusalem to Bethlehem Tuesday to meet Mahmud Abbas, who was hoping to convince the unpredictable US president to remain committed to an independent Palestinian state. His talks in Bethlehem with the Pale ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – May 22, 2017

E-Kurd - 2017-05-23 08:58
Zakho of Iraqi Kurdistan has become drug gateway to Turkey, Syria Erbil: Iraqi Kurdistan Region’s Independent Commission for Human Rights said the region’s district of Zakho has become a gateway between Iran, Turkey and Syria for drug trafficking. Head o ...

Iraqi Turkmen working on making Kirkuk ‘a separate region’

E-Kurd - 2017-05-19 14:58
KIRKUK,— The spokesperson for Turkmen political parties in Kirkuk says that his people don’t want to be part of Kurdistan, that they do want a semi-independent region and they hope Turkey will help them with that. As one of Iraq’s smaller ethnic groups, ...

Greece's Parliament Approves New Cuts, Austerity Measures

The Wall Street Journal - 2017-05-19 03:47
The measures, totaling more than $4.4 billion, were passed by a vote of 153 lawmakers from the ruling left-wing Syriza party and its junior coalition partner, the Independent Greeks. ...
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