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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. ...

Three Kurdish Citizens to be Detained for a Further Two Months in Orumiyeh

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-09-21 02:02
Yesterday, a military court in Orumiyeh extended the detention of three Kurdish detainees from Shno city (also known in Farsi as Oshnavieh) for a further two months. “On Monday, September 18, three Kurdish detainees including Amir Peyghami, Taher Khorshid ...

New Mideast Realities Require Support for Kurds

The Kurdish Project - 2017-09-20 23:34
The following article was originally published in The Inquirer. In 2016, Iraqi Kurdish President Masoud Barzani told me that Mideast chaos had already destroyed the region’s old borders. “There are new realities on the ground,” Barzani proclaimed, in his ...

Kirkuk Security Forces Rescue Kidnapped Woman after 2 Days

BAS News - 2017-09-20 15:11
KIRKUK — Kurdish security forces in Kirkuk rescued overnight on Tuesday a woman who was kidnapped by a group of unidentified armed men. Kirkuk Chief of Police, Sarhad Qader, told BasNews that the abductee, identified by first initials only, was brought t ...

Unprecedentedly, “Jinology” Faculty opened in Rojava

ANHA - 2017-09-20 14:29
The University of Rojava has opened two new faculties; Women's Science known as Jinology (Jinolojî is a term created by Kurdish people leader Abdullah Ocalan) and Fine Arts, as well as the four faculties that were already opened last year. ...

Baghdad ready for conditional talks with KRG over referendum: expert

KurdPress - 2017-09-20 12:04
A political expert has stated that the central government of Iraq in Baghdad is ready to discuss the independence of the northern region of Kurdistan if the northern province of Kirkuk is not included in the Kurdish referendum vote set for September 25. ...

Iran: Two Kurds Executed

BAS News - 2017-09-20 11:18
ERBIL — Judicial authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran have reportedly carried out the execution sentences for two Kurdish individuals in the western province of Lorestan. According to Human Rights Activists News Agency (HERANA), the two Kurdish ci ...

Over 90% of Raqqa Recaptured by SDF: Monitor

BAS News - 2017-09-20 11:18
ERBIL — The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have cleared 90% of the city of Raqqa from the Islamic State (IS) militants, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). “The battle of Raqqa nears to its end after the [Islamic] State retre ...

Mob attack on Kurdish funeral sparks outrage in Turkey / Sibel Hurtas

KurdPress - 2017-09-20 09:26
Aysel Tugluk, the deputy chair of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), is a well-known Kurdish politician in Turkey who is currently in jail on terrorism-related charges, like many other HDP members. But the reason her name made headlines this week was un ...

US gives PYD arms it doesn’t sell to Turkey: Erdogan

KurdPress - 2017-09-20 09:26
The United States gives weapons to the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) for free but does not want to sell weapons to Turkey for a price, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. ...

Turkey confirms capture of intelligence officers by PKK

KurdPress - 2017-09-19 23:38
A Turkish minister appeared to confirm for the first time that two Turkish intelligence officers have been captured in northern Iraq, saying the government was not in direct talks with the Kurdish militant PKK group to bring them back. ...

Turkey says it ‘may halt’ oil export from KRG

KurdPress - 2017-09-19 21:28
The Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government’s (KRG) economic power, propelled by oil exports via Turkey, is potentially at risk if the autonomous administration in northern Iraq insists on independence considering Ankara’s objection to the referendum, an energy ...

Abadi Prevents Iraqi President from Attending UNGA Meeting: Official

BAS News - 2017-09-19 19:25
ERBIL— The Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi did not allow for the Iraqi President Fuad Massum to attend the session of the UN General Assembly, according to a Kurdish official. Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) politburo member and former Iraqi financ ...

Female Peshmerga Fighter Receives ‘Global Hope Coalition’ Award

BAS News - 2017-09-19 14:56
ERBIL — Kurdish female Peshmerga fighter, who has been fighting on the forefront of the war against Islamic State (IS) for the past several years, received the prestigious award of ‘Global Hope Coalition’ on Monday for her outstanding work against extrem ...

Hawija: Leaflets Urge IS Militants to Surrender

BAS News - 2017-09-19 12:39
KIRKUK — Thousands of leaflets have been dropped over the territories remaining under the control of Islamic State (IS) in southwest of Kirkuk, urging the jihadists to surrender. Kurdish Peshmerga Commander Kamal Kirkuki told BasNews that the leaflets al ...

Yezidi MP Demands Use of Detained IS Families to Find Missing Yezidis

BAS News - 2017-09-19 12:39
ERBIL — The Kurdish Yezidi MP Vian Dakhil expressed surprise at Iraqi government’s lenient treatment towards the detained Islamic State women and children while thousands of Iraqis, particularly Yezidis, are still in the hands of the extremists. “We are ...

Kurdish Red Crescent striving at hot lines

ANHA - 2017-09-19 12:04
While battles are intensifying between Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and IS mercenaries in the frontal battlefields during al-Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor campaigns, Kurdish Red Crescent staff in the back fronts are undertaking their duties providing the fighte ...

Turkey pro-Kurdish HDP holds 'justice rally' in Diyarbakir

KurdPress - 2017-09-19 08:52
Turkey pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) held a grand meeting in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir titled “Justice, Conscience and Democracy” in protest of the current state of democracy in Turkey and arrests of its lawmakers. ...

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 ...

Iraq's top court suspends Kurdish region's independence vote

FOX News - 2017-09-19 04:14
Iraq's top court on Monday temporarily suspended the northern Kurdish region's referendum on independence that's due next week, a decision that put further pressure on the Iraqi Kurds to call off the controversial vote. ...

Week in brief: More Kurds detained

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-09-19 02:00
Iran forces continue arresting Kurdish Baneh protesters The Iranian security forces have continued arresting Kurds who have been identified as participants of the recent Baneh protests against the killing of two civilian Kurdish Kolbar workers. Over 30 pe ...

Court's Decision Will Not Abort Kurdistan Referendum: Kurdish MP

BAS News - 2017-09-18 20:20
ERBIL— Despite the verdict by the Federal Supreme Court of Iraq for suspending Kurdistan Region's independence referendum , Kurdistan Region will continue with the procedures to run the vote, stated a Kurdish lawmaker on Monday. Today the court issued a ...

Baghdad Has Lost Allegiance of Nineveh Components: MP

BAS News - 2017-09-18 18:09
ERBIL— As a result of its "negative" position against the components of Nineveh Plain, the Iraqi government has failed in re-obtaining the allegiance of Nineveh people, said an MP from the Kurdish Shabak minority. Speaking to BasNews on Monday, Salim Sha ...

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 ...

A Kurdish referendum on independence risks backfiring

The Economist - 2017-09-18 17:59
THE vast oil reserves and disputed status of Kirkuk have given it a reputation as a powder-keg. The multi-ethnic province in northern Iraq lies beyond the Kurdish Autonomous Region but is ruled by the Kurds and claimed by the Arabs in Baghdad. To locals, ...

Kurdish Diaspora Can Vote in Referendum Without Ration Card: IHERC

BAS News - 2017-09-18 15:26
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Independent High Elections and Referendum Commission (IHERC) announced on Monday that the Kurdish diaspora is now allowed to participate in the upcoming independence vote without the ration card as part of the required document ...

Kurdistan’s BCF Delivers Aid to Mosul

BAS News - 2017-09-18 15:26
MOSUL — The Kurdish humanitarian organisation, Barzani Charity Foundation (BCF), delivered on Sunday a sizeable amount of supplies to the people in the newly liberated Mosul, northern Iraq. In their most recent campaign, the BCF, in cooperation with the ...

Iraqi Supreme Court orders suspension of Kurdistan Referendum

Waar Media - 2017-09-18 13:50
WAAR-DUHOK: The Iraqi Supreme Court has ruled to suspend the Kurdish referendum on Monday until it makes a final ruling on the case at the request of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. The Kurdistan Region is scheduled to hold a referendum on independ ...

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 ...

Turkey sends more forces to Syrian border

KurdPress - 2017-09-18 08:46
Turkey deployed more forces to the border with Syria amid tension between Ankara and Washington over Kurdish militants in northern Syria, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported. ...

Five Cultural Activist Detainees Released on Bail

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-09-18 02:00
Five Kurdish cultural activists of Kermanshah, detained on charges of protesting to killing of Kolbars, were released from Dizelabad prison in Kermanshah on personal surety yesterday. Another cultural activist, detained along with the aforementioned five ...

95% of People Expected to Vote "Yes" to Independence: Kurdish Official

BAS News - 2017-09-17 17:04
ERBIL — An estimation of 95% of people in Kurdistan Region are expected to vote in favour of independence on the referendum day, said a Kurdish politician. Kurdistan Region is scheduled to hold an independence vote on 25th September, which also allows th ...

Six Yezidi Women and Children Freed from IS

BAS News - 2017-09-17 17:04
DUHOK — Six Kurdish Yezidi women and children whom were once abducted by the Islamic State (IS), have been freed from the grip of the extremist group, confirmed an official. Among them is a woman, identified as Shirin Dakhil, with three of her children, ...

After Iran, Turkey attacked East Kurdistan Kurds

ANHA - 2017-09-17 15:42
NEWS DESK- After the Iranian regime, the Turkish occupation army forces attacked the Kurdish youths on the border between Rojhilat Kurdistan (East Kurdistan) and Başûr Kurdistan in Şemzînan, and the attack resulted in wounding 2 young people. Sources from ...

Iraq says may use force if Kurdish referendum turns violent

FOX News - 2017-09-17 14:46
Iraq is prepared to intervene militarily if the Kurdish region's planned independence referendum results in violence, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview Saturday. ...

Barzani rules out alternative to referendum

KurdPress - 2017-09-17 10:49
Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has ruled out an alternative to the Kurdish independence referendum and therefore called on people to vote on September 25. ...

PUK official urges Kurdistan region to delay referendum

KurdPress - 2017-09-17 10:49
A leading member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Mela Bahtiyar, urged the government of the Kurdistan Region to consider recent proposals to postpone a planned Sept. 25 referendum on Kurdish regional independence. ...

Iraq says it's prepared to use force if Kurdish referendum turns violent

Chicago Tribune - 2017-09-17 02:40
Iraq is prepared to intervene militarily if the Kurdish region's planned independence referendum results in violence, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview Saturday. If the Iraqi population is "threatened by t ...

Turkey summons German envoy over Kurdish rally in Cologne

Reuters - 2017-09-16 22:36
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey summoned the German ambassador to Ankara on Saturday over what it said was a Kurdish militant rally in Cologne, the foreign ministry said, in a further sign of strained relations between the NATO allies. ...

HDP jailed leaders nominated for Sakharov Prize

KurdPress - 2017-09-16 20:52
The European Parliament (EP) on Friday announced that Turkey pro-Kurdish leaders Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag were among the nominees for its prestigious Sakharov Prize, awarded each year in the name of freedom of thought, Kurdistan 24 reported ...

White House urges Kurdistan Region to call of referendum

KurdPress - 2017-09-16 11:41
The White House has said the plan for an independence referendum in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region later this month distracts from efforts to defeat the Islamic State (IS) and urged Kurdish leaders to call off the vote. ...

Erdogan says plans for Iraq referendum lack reason

KurdPress - 2017-09-16 11:41
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that the Iraqi Kurdish region’s plans to hold an independence referendum on Sept. 25 show a lack of both reason and experience. ...

Iraqi parliament planning to oust president

KurdPress - 2017-09-16 11:41
The Iraqi Parliament has reportedly set to vote Saturday on dismissal of the iraqi Kurdish president Fuad Masum after accusing him of violating his oath. ...

Turkey rebukes Belgium over 'unacceptable' court ruling on PKK

KurdPress - 2017-09-16 11:41
Turkey lashed out at Belgium on Sept. 15, accusing it of being a "weak link" in the fight against terrorism after a Belgian court ruled that an outlawed Kurdish group could not be prosecuted for terrorist activities. ...

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 ...
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