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Hashd al-Shaabi Sexually Abuse Civilians in Kirkuk: KRG

BAS News - 2017-10-23 15:13
ERBIL — The Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi have committed various crimes against civilian Kurds since their military aggression in Kirkuk, Tuz Khurmatu and other areas, with reports of sexual assault on women, said a Kurdish official. ...

Russia says Iraqi Kurds must act in concert with Baghdad

Reuters - 2017-10-23 13:22
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia respects the desire of Iraqi Kurdistan to seek to assert its identity but this must be done in dialogue with the Iraqi government, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday at talks with his Iraqi government counterpa ...

Yasin Aziz: Dum Dum Castle

Pirtuk û Wêje - 2017-10-23 10:22
There is a well-documented historical account of a long battle in 1609–10 between Kurds and the Safavid Empire. The battle took place around a fortress called Dimdim, located in the Beradost region, near Lake Urmia in north-western Iran. In 1609, the ruin ...

US Secretary of State Urges Iranian Militias to Leave Iraq

BAS News - 2017-10-22 21:04
ERBIL — While in Saudi Arabia, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has warned that the Iranian militias who are leading the fight against Kurds in Kirkuk and surrounding areas must leave Iraq. "Certainly Iranian militias that are in Iraq, now that the fi ...

Kurds warn of humanitarian crisis as Iraq takes control of Kirkuk

The New Mail - 2017-10-22 09:34
The Kurdistan Regional Government said Saturday the region is facing as humanitarian crisis as nearly 170,000 people have been displaced from the Kirkuk region by Iraqi forces. Iraqis took control… The post Kurds warn of humanitarian crisis as Iraq takes ...

WHO BETRAYED THE KURDISH PEOPLE?

The New Mail - 2017-10-22 09:34
Two years after the Kurds fought against the Islamic State, America turned its back as they sought independence, What has just transpired in Iraqi Kurdistan is heartbreaking. Here is a people… The post WHO BETRAYED THE KURDISH PEOPLE? appeared first on T ...

Kurds bringing PKK fighters amounts to 'declaration of war'

KurdPress - 2017-10-21 14:03
The Iraqi government accused Kurdish authorities on Sunday of bringing fighters from Turkey’s separatist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) to the disputed oil-rich city of Kirkuk, and said it considered the move a “declaration of war.” ...

Iraq says vast areas taken from Kurds in Kirkuk, Kurds deny gains

KurdPress - 2017-10-21 14:03
Iraqi government forces took control of “vast areas” in the region of Kirkuk, including oilfields west of the city, in the early hours of Monday, Iraqi state TV said, but the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) disputed the assertions. ...

U.S. 'not taking sides' in Iraqi-Kurdish dispute: Trump

KurdPress - 2017-10-21 14:03
U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said the United States will not take sides in the clash between independence-seeking Kurds and the Iraqi government but expressed disappointment the two sides were in conflict. ...

Iraqi president calls for dialogue with Kurds

KurdPress - 2017-10-21 14:03
"I call on all sides of the conflict to immediately launch a dialogue on the basis of constitutional principles," Iraqi President Fuad Masoum said, adding that the escalation of the crisis may have "devastating consequences." ...

U.S. urges Iraq to avoid clashes with Kurds near Kirkuk

KurdPress - 2017-10-21 14:03
The U.S. State Department on Friday urged the Baghdad government to avoid clashes in northern Iraq by limiting the movement of federal troops in disputed areas to those coordinated with the Kurdistan Regional Government. ...

A new war in Iraq, now between Shia Arabs and Kurds

The Economist - 2017-10-21 07:27
WITH its rich reserves of oil and multitude of ethnicities and religions, the city of Kirkuk was always contested. The jihadist takeover of much of northern and western Iraq in 2014 allowed the Kurds both to take over the disputed city, and pose as defen ...

Syria’s Kurds led the advance on Raqqa, but now may fracture

The Economist - 2017-10-21 07:27
The wreckage of Raqqa THE bodies of the dead would hang for days from the railings in the main square of Raqqa. It was a macabre reminder to residents that Islamic State (IS) had declared the capital of its so-called caliphate in the Syrian city. Signs a ...

After all but defeating the jihadists, Iraq’s army turns on the Kurds

The Economist - 2017-10-21 07:27
WHEN a leader loses half his realm and his government’s main source of revenue and shatters his people’s dreams of independence, all in a couple of days, an apology might seem in order. But Masoud Barzani, the president of Iraq’s Kurdistan region, is not ...

Kurds Turn Their Anger Against U.S.

The Wall Street Journal - 2017-10-21 04:26
Kurdish demonstrators protested outside the U.S. consulate in Erbil, the capital of the semiautonomous Kurdish region, accusing one of their closest allies of standing by as Iraqi forces dislodged them from a contested territory in the north of the countr ...

US is denying Kurds and supporting IRGC terrorists in Iraq indirectly

Roji Kurd - 2017-10-21 00:02
Roji Kurd:The IRGC terrorist leader, Ghasem Soleimani is clearly leading the Shitti militia’s Hashd Al Shahbi in Kurdistan, but us says, we will respect the Iraq’s territorial integrity. more than 24 Kurdish people have been injured, last day in Khanaqinm ...

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 ...

Dilar Dirik: Free Abdullah Öcalan!

Pirtuk û Wêje - 2017-10-20 15:30
Millions of Kurds view Öcalan as their political representative. His freedom is directly linked to a democratic and peaceful solution to the war in Turkey. Wounded people trapped in basements, civilians burned alive, children shot on the streets, dead wom ...

Kirkuk IDPs Gather in Erbil to Seek US Reaction to Baghdad Offensive

BAS News - 2017-10-20 15:02
ERBIL — Hundreds of Kurds, including IDPs from Kirkuk, gathered on Friday in front of the US Consulate in Erbil to protest Washington’s silence over Baghdad’s offensives on Kurdistan Region. The gathering condemned the military invasion of Kirkuk and the ...

Fall of Kirkuk a gift to Iran

Washington Times - 2017-10-20 01:12
Well, we've done it. We've given Kirkuk to the Iranians. Kirkuk. The Heart of Kurdistan. It's the Jerusalem of the Kurds, our only trusted and loyal allies in Iraq. It's also the last piece of terrain needed by Tehran to complete its overland, unimpeded ...

US Senator Ted Cruz Backs Kurds Against Baghdad’s Attack on Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-19 22:00
ERBIL — US Senator Ted Cruz has warned the Iraqi central government under the leadership of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi over taking “hostile actions” against Kurds. “Prime Minister Abadi and the Government of Iraq must maintain its focus on defeating ...

Kurds in Khanaqin Uprise Against Baghdad-backed Militias

BAS News - 2017-10-19 01:30
ERBIL — The Kurdish population in Khanaqin rose up against the Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi who recently invaded the city as part of Baghdad military actions against Kurds. “Kurdish people in Khanaqin upraised against the Asaib Ahl Al-Haq militia ...

Iraqi Forces Retake All Oil Fields in Disputed Areas as Kurds Retreat

The Kurdish Project - 2017-10-18 23:58
The following article was originally published in The New York Times. BAGHDAD — Kurdish separatists in northern Iraq surrendered all disputed oil fields to Iraq’s military on Tuesday, retreating in the face of overwhelming force that appeared to halt, at ...

Kurdish Mayor of Qara Tappa Sacked by Baghdad-backed Shi’ite Militias

BAS News - 2017-10-18 21:14
ERBIL — Head of local administration of Qara Tappa subdistrict in northern Diyala province has confirmed that Baghdad assigned on Wednesday a member of the Hashd al-Shaabi militias to his position as part of the actions against Kurds. “Today, October 18, ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Invasion of Kirkuk Displaces 90,000 Kurds

BAS News - 2017-10-18 20:39
ERBIL — Since the invasion of Kirkuk by Iraq’s Shi’ite Arab militias of Hashd al-Shaabi, over 90,000 Kurds have been displaced by the militias’ atrocities against the population, said a Kurdish official. “A massive exodus of Kurds has started from Kirkuk ...

Baghdad Continues Action Against Kurds: Governor of Kirkuk Replaced

BAS News - 2017-10-18 18:40
ERBIL — The Iraqi central government officially sacked the Kurdish governor of Kirkuk, Najmaddin Karim, after its armed forces together with the Iran-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi invaded the centre of the province. The decision was signed o ...

Iraq takes control of Sinjar after Kurdish army withdraws

The New Mail - 2017-10-18 14:06
Peshmerga forces gave up the Kurdish town of Sinjar to a pro-Iraqi paramilitary group and the Iraqi army, Baghdad’s army said Tuesday. Sinjar is composed of Yazidi Kurds, a non-Muslim… The post Iraq takes control of Sinjar after Kurdish army withdraws ap ...

Iraqi Kurds' dream of independence seems more elusive than ever

Los Angeles Times - 2017-10-18 12:55
The establishment of an independent Kurdistan — a decades-old dream for many people here — was starting to take shape. In a nonbinding referendum held by the Kurds three weeks ago, more than 92% of voters favored breaking away from Iraq. But on Tuesday, ...

Hashd Al-Shaabi Militias Looting, Burning Kurds' Houses in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-18 11:30
ERBIL — The Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi have begun looting the properties of the Kurdish people in Kirkuk and burning the houses of the Kurdish officials in the city. Mohammad Kamal, a member of Kirkuk Provincial Council, told BasNews that ...

Syria’s Fractured Future

International Crisis Group - 2017-10-18 02:05
Despite recent successes in Syria for the regime, Iran, Russia and Syria’s Kurds, deeper polarisation than ever points to a future in which the country remains chronically divided. ...

After victory in Raqqa over IS, Kurds face tricky peace

Reuters - 2017-10-17 18:14
RAQQA, Syria/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Kurdish groups who led the fight against Islamic State in its former capital Raqqa must navigate a complex peace to avoid ethnic tension with the city's Arab majority and to secure critical U.S. aid. ...

SDF Declares Full Takeover of Raqqa

BAS News - 2017-10-17 13:50
ERBIL — The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US-backed alliance of Kurds and Arabs announced on Tuesday the recapture of Raqqa from the Islamic State (IS) after a four-month long operation. The SDF spokesperson announced on October 17 the liberation of ...

Iraqi forces drive Kurds from disputed areas near Kirkuk

Washington Times - 2017-10-17 06:35
KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Kurdish officials said early Monday that federal forces and state-backed militias have launched a "major, multi-pronged" attack aimed at retaking Kirkuk, as fighting erupted just outside the disputed northern city. Kurdish force ...
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