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Ex-Marine from Florida killed in Syria fighting for Kurds

Washington Times - 2017-07-25 19:10
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The father of a former Marine says he was notified by the U.S. State Department that his son was killed in Syria while fighting for a Kurdish militia battling the Islamic State group. David Taylor Sr. told The Associated Press on Tue ...

Official Calls for Constructing a New Sinjar

BAS News - 2017-07-25 18:18
ERBIL— The local administration of the war-ravaged Kurdish town of Sinjar demands the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)'s support for constructing a new Sinjar," according to an official. In a statement to BasNews on Tuesday, Sinjar Mayor Mahma Khalil, ...

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 ...

Hashd Al-Shaabi Attempting to Appoint Own Mayor for Sinjar: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-25 13:10
SINJAR — The Iraqi Shi’ite paramilitaries known as Hashd al-Shaabi is attempting to appoint a mayor of their own in Sinjar, the Kurdish Yezidi hometown in west of Mosul. Saido Chato, the head of Brotherhood and Coexistence Bloc in Nineveh provincial coun ...

Washington's Dead End in Syria / Sam Heller

KurdPress - 2017-07-25 11:57
On July 4, the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed by the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State (also known as ISIS), broke into the Old City of Raqqa, the jihadist pseudo-state’s de facto Syrian capital. Although fighting in R ...

IS Moves Yezidi Abductees to Hawija, Southern Kirkuk: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-25 11:03
ERBIL — Before being completely defeated in Mosul, the Islamic State (IS) extremist group transferred a number of Kurdish Yezidi abductees to Hawija city in southern Kirkuk province. Barakat Shamo, the representative of Yezidis in Nineveh Provincial Coun ...

The killing of more than 50 horses by Iran forces

Hengaw - 2017-07-25 03:02
Hengaw: The Iran regime forces opened fire on a group of Kurdish Kolbar and merchants killing 25 of their horses on the The post The killing of more than 50 horses by Iran forces appeared first on Human Rights News. ...

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 ...

Turkish Troops Killed, Injured in PKK Attack

BAS News - 2017-07-24 15:22
ERBIL — At least one Turkish soldier was killed and two others were injured during a Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) attack on their military convoy in the country’s Kurdish-populated southeast. Siirt Governor Ali Fuat Atik told Anadolu Agency that the at ...

Over 85% of Yezidis in Favor of Kurdistan’s Independence: Leader

BAS News - 2017-07-24 11:11
SINJAR — Kurdish Yezidis support the referendum and independence of Kurdistan Region, describing it as “a significant step towards connecting Sinjar city to Lalish temple.” Mir Dasin Faruq Bag, a leader of the Yezidi community, told BasNews that the Kurd ...

A Kurdish Kolber from Wrimya came under attack of Iran forces

Hengaw - 2017-07-24 03:02
Hengaw: Iran’s armed forces targeted a Kurdish Kolber on the borders of Wrimia and injured him. In the past week alone five The post A Kurdish Kolber from Wrimya came under attack of Iran forces appeared first on Human Rights News. ...

Two Kurds were executed in Khorramabad Prison

Hengaw - 2017-07-24 03:02
Hengaw: The execution of two Kurdish citizens were carried out in Khorramabad Prison. In the past 12 days, 12 Kurdish citizens were The post Two Kurds were executed in Khorramabad Prison appeared first on Human Rights News. ...

Kurdish Diaspora in Germany Demands EU Support Kurdistan Referendum

BAS News - 2017-07-23 18:34
ERBIL— In a rally in support of the Kurdistan independence referendum, the Kurdish diaspora in Germany called on the EU Parliament not to stand in the way of Kurdistan for independence. The demonstrators, who came from Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria, stage ...

Prison sentence for Kurdish politician by German court

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-07-23 15:00
Following a report from the Kurdistan Human Rights Association, the Hamburg High Court sentencing in Germany a two years and nine months jail for Kurdish politician from north of Kurdistan Zaki Eroglu issued. It should be noted that Zaki Eroglu was arrest ...

PKK Arrests More Than 40 Own Officials in Syria

BAS News - 2017-07-23 14:52
Most of them have been charged with corruption ERBIL — Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)'s offshoot in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava), has arrested over 40 of its own leaders in the region. Sherzad Abbas, an official from the Syrian Kurdish National Council (ENK ...

Baghdad cannot prevent referendum in Kurdistan Region: Mahmoud Osman

KurdPress - 2017-07-23 08:02
A former Iraqi parliament deputy and Kurdish politician, Mahmoud Osman, stated over the plan of Kurdistan Region to hold a referendum of independence on September that the central Iraqi government in Baghdad will not be able to prevent the referendum. ...

Kurdish Family Found in a Refrigerated Container in Ireland

BAS News - 2017-07-23 00:38
IZMIR — A Kurdish family "lucky to be alive" was discovered in a refrigerated container on a ferry in southeastern Ireland, a source from the Irish authorities said on Saturday. According to the authorities, the 40-foot refrigerated container was found o ...

Kurds in Germany condemn Turkish aggression on Afrin

ANHA - 2017-07-22 18:18
GERMANY- Dozens of Kurdish community people in Emden city in Germany have gone on a sit-in to condemn the Turkish attacks on Afrin and al-Shahba to support their people’s resistance. To continue the campaign that was launched by Kurdish Women Organization ...

Yezidi Rep Demands Military Plan for Liberating Abductees in Tal Afar

BAS News - 2017-07-22 17:31
ERBIL— Concurrently with setting the plan for liberating Tal Afar, Nineveh province, the parties should also design a military plan to free the Yezidi abductees held in the town, demanded a representative of the Kurdish Yezidi community. There are hundre ...

Baghdad Unsafe for Kurdish Media Activists: MP

BAS News - 2017-07-22 16:24
ERBIL — The deterioration of security situation in Iraq’s capital has provided the armed groups with the freedom to conduct arbitrary violent acts and kidnap Kurdish journalists and media activists, said a lawmaker. Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament ...

Pro-Kurdish HDP deputy faces loss of parliament seat

KurdPress - 2017-07-22 15:36
A Turkish parliamentary joint commission chaired by ruling Justice and Development (AKP) Istanbul Deputy Mustafa Sentop decided by a majority of votes to revoke the seat of Faysal Sariyildiz due to missing too many sessions of parliament. ...

Maliki’s Remarks Against Kurdistan to Cover His Failures: MP

BAS News - 2017-07-22 14:13
Maliki is trying to elude the charges as part of his electoral campaign ERBIL — A Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament stated that the Iraqi former PM Nouri al-Maliki’s recent statements against Kurdistan Region and Peshmerga are an attempt to cover hi ...

KRG Drawing Roadmap to Fight Drug Addiction

BAS News - 2017-07-22 12:11
ERBIL — The number of drug addicts in the Kurdistan Region is said to be slightly rising whereas the rehabilitation centres in the region to treat patients are not competent. According to Kurdish officials, only 111 people are currently receiving treatme ...

U.S. asks YPG 'you have got to change your brand'

KurdPress - 2017-07-22 11:11
One of America's most senior generals said on Friday he instructed the Kurdish YPG militia to change its "brand" a day or so before it unveiled an alliance with Syrian Arabs in 2015 under the name Syrian Democratic Forces. ...

Kurdish oil tanker reappears off Malta

KurdPress - 2017-07-22 11:11
The Kurdish oil tanker has reappeared off the coast of Malta after going off radar near Canada on June 30, when it was chartered by Vitol carrying Iraqi Kurdish crude oil, Reuters ship-tracking showed on Friday. ...

SDF cleared 30 percent of Raqqa: Brett McGurk

KurdPress - 2017-07-22 11:11
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have cleared 30 percent of Raqqa from Islamic State (IS) militants in the last week, the U.S. special envoy said. ...

Kurdish Artists Express Support for Kurdistan’s Independence in Zagreb

BAS News - 2017-07-22 10:46
ERBIL — A group of Kurdish artists gathered on Friday in the Croatian capital to participate in an international event and show support for the imminent independence referendum on Kurdistan’s independence. The Kurdish delegation raised the Kurdistan flag ...

Kurdish Official Kidnapped and Threatened to Leave Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-07-22 10:46
He was kidnapped and tortured by a militia group BAGHDAD — A group of armed men kidnapped a Kurdish official in Baghdad and threatened him to leave Baghdad because he is Kurdish. Shakhawan Abdullah, a Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament, said in a sta ...

Turkey Can Ally with Syria’s Kurds Someday / David Pollock

KurdPress - 2017-07-21 20:02
The July 5 headline in Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper, quoting Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus reads as follows: “Turkey Says It’s Not Declaring War On YPG [Yekîneyên Parastina Gel or People's Protection Units],” the main Syrian Kurdish militia just ac ...

Mosul Victory Not Possible Without Peshmerga: Iraqi Envoy to US

BAS News - 2017-07-21 19:50
ERBIL — Iraq’s Ambassador to the US, Farid Yassin, has said that the liberation of Mosul from the Islamic State (IS) militants would have not been achieved without the vital role of Kurdish Peshmerga forces. “The great victory [Mosul liberation] would no ...

Iraqi Govt Seeking to Restore 120 "IS-Affiliated Policemen" to Jalawla

BAS News - 2017-07-21 17:59
ERBIL— The local officials in Jalawal district of Diyala province refuse to allow for the return of 120 policemen whom they say colluded with the Islamic State (IS). The Kurdish section of the Voice of America reported that Diyala Police Directorate has ...

Kirkuk Administration Refuses Creation of Turkmen Force

BAS News - 2017-07-21 17:59
ERBIL— The local officials in the multiethnic Kirkuk administration refuse to allow for the creation of Turkmen force in the province, according to a report. The Kurdish section of the Voice of America reported that the Turkmen Front is striving to creat ...

Four Kurdish Kolbar were killed and injured by the Iran forces.

Hengaw - 2017-07-21 03:01
Hengaw: The Iran forces killed and injured four Kurdish Kolbar on the Iran-Turkey border. Based on reports received by Hengaw, on the The post Four Kurdish Kolbar were killed and injured by the Iran forces. appeared first on Human Rights News. ...

We Owe Kurds a Great Debt

The Kurdish Project - 2017-07-21 02:39
According to North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon, the world owes the Kurds a great debt. The post We Owe Kurds a Great Debt appeared first on The Kurdish Project. ...

Iran: Two detainees transferred to Orumiyeh Central Prison

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-07-21 02:01
During the past few days, two citizens from the Kurdish town of Shno (also known in Farsi as Oshnavieh) were transferred from the Intelligence Ministry detention centre of Orumiyeh to Orumiyeh Central Prison. “On Tuesday, 11 July 2017, two Kurdish citize ...

Killing and Injury of Several Citizens by Iranian Disciplinary Forces

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-07-21 02:01
During the past 9 days, officers of Iranian Disciplinary Force (NAJA) have killed a Kurdish citizen and injured four others on the false pretext of smuggling in Kermanshah and Ravansar. “On the morning of July 9, a Relief Unit under Command of Iranian Di ...

Kurdish Journalist's Health Condition Deteriorating in PYD Prison

BAS News - 2017-07-20 19:48
ERBIL— A Kurdish journalist has been abducted and imprisoned by the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and his physical and psychological condition is deteriorating in the prison, according to a report by the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) official p ...

Hashd al-Shaabi No Different Than IS: Tuz Khurmatu Tribal Official

BAS News - 2017-07-20 18:51
Kurdish official accuses Shi'ite militias of abducting 80 people this year ERBIL— A Kurdish official from the ethnically mixed Tuz Khurmatu (Salahaddin province) accused the Shi'ite paramilitaries of Hashd al-Shaabi of abducting and expelling the non-Shi ...

2,000 More Female Yezidis Apply to Join Peshmerga

BAS News - 2017-07-20 17:35
ERBIL— Nearly 2,000 more Yezidi women and girls have applied to become Peshmerga, said the Yezidi commander of an all-female brigade for the Kurdish minority community. Speaking to BasNews on Thursday, Khatun Khidir, who commands the Roj (Sun) Force, sta ...

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 ...

Kurdish Farmer Produces 58 Types of Tomato

BAS News - 2017-07-20 16:55
ERBIL— Without any support from the government and on his own expenses, a 65-year-old farmer from the Garmiyan area produces 58 types of tomato. Jamal Jalal Hussein, nicknamed Sheikh Jamal Krbchna, is from Krbchna village of Sangaw, near the town of Cham ...

Fair trial impossible in Erdogan's Turkey: Demirtas

KurdPress - 2017-07-20 16:39
Turkey's jailed pro-Kurdish opposition leader said no judge could stand up to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, expressing doubts he could ever have a fair trial after the president publicly labeled him a terrorist. ...

Kurdish referendum to divide Mideast: official

KurdPress - 2017-07-20 16:39
Representative of the Iraqi Turkmen Front in Turkey, Hicran Kazanci, has reiterated rejection of a planned referendum on the secession of Kurdistan region from Iraq. ...

Trump Ends Covert Aid to Arab Rebels Trying to Topple Assad

Waar Media - 2017-07-20 16:37
WAAR-DUHOK: The US has ended its clandestine support to Syria’s armed Arab opposition, American officials have disclosed. The program was separate from US aid to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighting the Islamic State (ISIS), and the en ...

Four Peshmerga Detainees Found in IS Prison in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-07-20 10:48
ERBIL — A Kurdish official announced the liberation of four Peshmerga detainees held by the Islamic State (IS) militants in Mosul. Ismat Rajab, head of Kurdistan Democratic Party’s (KDP) branch office in Mosul, stated that the Iraqi troops discovered on ...

Story of Yezidi Child Survivors of the IS Hell - Part 2

BAS News - 2017-07-20 09:42
On August 3, 2014 the Islamic State (also referred to as IS, ISIS or Daesh) attacked Shingal (a town in Iraq's Kurdistan region also called Sinjar), most of the people living there are from the Kurdish religious community known as Yezidis. After IS overr ...

Kurdistan Artists Symposium

Erbil Lifestyle - 2017-07-20 03:27
15 Kurdish Artists came together to give more life to the Old Mahata Prison ... ...

Six Kurds were detained by the Iran intelligence agency in Mahabad

Hengaw - 2017-07-20 03:03
Hengaw: In the past few days at least 6 Kurdish citizens were arrested by the Mahabad Intelligence Agency. Based on reports of The post Six Kurds were detained by the Iran intelligence agency in Mahabad appeared first on Human Rights News. ...

Miss Kurdistan 2017 to Happen in December

BAS News - 2017-07-19 14:30
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region is preparing to select the 2017 Miss Kurdistan even though the region is already going through various challenges, said a Kurdish official. Head of marketing department at Kurdistan Region’s Board of Tourism, Sirwan Tofiq, confir ...

Peshmerga Delegation Discusses Referendum with French President

Waar Media - 2017-07-19 14:02
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdish Peshmerga delegation to France has thanked the administration in Paris for its support to Erbil in the war against Islamic State (ISIS). Peshmerga commander of Makhmour-Gwer frontline, Sirwan Barzani revealed on his Facebook account t ...

Peshmerga Delegation Discusses Referendum with French President

BAS News - 2017-07-19 12:03
ERBIL — Kurdish Peshmerga delegation to France has thanked the administration in Paris for its support to Erbil in the war against Islamic State (IS). Peshmerga commander of Makhmour-Gwer frontline, Sirwan Barzani revealed on his Facebook account that th ...

IS Relocates Yezidi Abductees from Mosul to Anbar: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-19 11:01
ERBIL — Before the collapse of the Islamic State (IS) in Mosul, the extremist group transferred a large number of Kurdish Yezidi abductees to western Anbar province. Barakat Shamo, the representative of Yezidis in Nineveh Provincial Council told BasNews ...

Demirtas wants to address parliament through video conference

KurdPress - 2017-07-19 10:35
The imprisoned co-leader of Turkey pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtas, issued a petition to the Parliamentary Speaker’s Office to address his party group from prison via audio-visual information technology (SEGBIS) as a respo ...

Iran advised Kurdish leaders against referendum: FM

KurdPress - 2017-07-19 08:14
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said they have advised leaders in Kurdistan Region, including President Masoud Barzani, that they should not make the choice to hold a referendum in the region, Reuters reported. ...

Two Kurdish merchants were shot and killed by Iran forces

Hengaw - 2017-07-19 03:03
Hengaw: Three young Kurdish civilians were killed and wounded by the Iran armed forces in Rwansar. According to reports received by Hengaw, The post Two Kurdish merchants were shot and killed by Iran forces appeared first on Human Rights News. ...

Asylum Seeking Kurdish Family in Iceland to be Sent Back to Iraq

BAS News - 2017-07-19 00:15
IZMIR — A Kurdish family who sought asylum in Iceland a year ago, are set to be detained and sent back to Iraq. The Sabre family arrived in Iceland nearly a year ago, after paying traffickers to smuggle them from Turkey to Norway. They applied for asylum ...

Misidentified IS Member Probably a Runaway German Schoolgirl

BAS News - 2017-07-18 18:55
ERBIL- A teenager who was who mistakenly identified as an Islamic State (IS) sniper, then a Kurdish Yezidi captive and later as a Chechen IS member is probably a runaway German schoolgirl. According to a report by the Daily Mail, the 16-year-old girl Lin ...

With His Arm and Art Peshmerga Troop Hopes to Serve Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-07-18 18:02
ERBIL— Using plaster, wood and stone, a Kurdish young Peshmerga troop is trying to recreate the beautiful nature of the Kurdistan Region and its tourist attractions in artistic maquettes. "I was born and grew up in a magical nature; I live in a land to w ...

Kurdish Delegation to Visit Baghdad for Talks over Independence

BAS News - 2017-07-18 14:45
Financial and geographical issues will be discussed ERBIL — A senior Kurdistan Region delegation will soon be formed for talks with Baghdad over a range of topics, including the forthcoming referendum on Kurdistan’s secession from Iraq and other outstand ...

KRG Denies Reports About Turkey Seizing Oil Revenues of Erbil

BAS News - 2017-07-18 12:46
IZMIR — A Kurdish official denied on Monday the recent rumours about Turkey seizing oil revenues from the Kurdistan Region. According to a statement by the spokesperson for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Safeen Dizayee, the recent rumours relea ...

[IN PICTURES]: Three More Yezidi Girls Rescued in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-07-18 10:43
They are suffering from terrible psychological problems ERBIL — As the Iraqi forces are clearing the newly liberated areas in west Mosul from the remaining Islamic State (IS) elements, three more Kurdish Yezidis were rescued on Monday. Barakat Shamo, the ...

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. ...

Iran says Kurdish referendum 'wrong choice'

KurdPress - 2017-07-18 08:20
The independence referendum planned by the Kurdistan Regional Government is a wrong choice that would significantly undermine Iraqi and regional security, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, S ...
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