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US appeals for calm as allies clash in Iraq

CNN - 2017-10-18 19:56
The United States has made an urgent call for calm in northern Iraq as Iraqi forces and Kurdish fighters -- two of Washington's key allies in the region -- clash over disputed territory. ...

America holds efforts of restoring al-Raqqa services

ANHA - 2017-10-18 14:26
The US State Department said that the United States will hold aid efforts removing rubbles and restoring basic services to al-Raqqa city after IS mercenaries have been defeated in the city. ...

US “Very Concerned” by Violence in Kirkuk: State Department

BAS News - 2017-10-17 01:35
ERBIL — The United States is “very concerned” about the situation in Kirkuk and the military clashes between Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Baghdad-backed militias, said State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert. “We are monitoring the situation closely ...

Al Qaeda on Rise in Syria

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:35
Manish Rai | Ekurd.net While the United States and NATO remains focused on defeating Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, al Qaeda in Syria is accumulating strength and territory at an alarming pace and may eventually pose the most daunting counterterrorism ...

Video: Kurdish referendum 2017 in 60 seconds, Michael Rubin

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:35
WASHINGTON,— Kurdistan Region might vote on independence from Iraq on September 25th, 2017. What will it mean for the Middle East and the United States? AEI resident scholar Michael Rubin explains. Michael Rubin is a former Pentagon official whose major ...

Iran Planning to Attack US Embassies in Iraq, Lebanon: Report

BAS News - 2017-10-14 15:43
ERBIL — The Islamic Republic of Iran is reportedly planning a scenario similar to the hostage-taking crisis in 1979, but this time targeting United States’ diplomatic missions in Iraq and Lebanon. According to the information obtained by Roj Kurd News We ...

Parliament speaker says Iran may quit nuclear deal if US withdraws

Waar Media - 2017-10-13 23:18
WAAR-DUHOK: Iran will withdraw from the agreement on its nuclear program, if the United States does that, speaker of Iran’s Majlis (parliament) Ali Larijani told reporters on Friday. “Certainly, that’s a possibility,” he said answering a question on the ...

Turkey received U.S. request to solve visa crisis: Erdogan spokesman

Reuters - 2017-10-12 13:05
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey has received a request from the United States to solve an escalating row between the two countries, the spokesman for President Erdogan said on Thursday, after a U.S. consulate worker was arrested in Istanbul last week. ...

How did Laila spend five years with IS mercenaries?

ANHA - 2017-10-11 15:21
Syrian Democratic Forces have rescued a 15-year-old girl named Laila Akran after spending nearly 5 years in captivity with IS mercenaries, Laila is a girl from Ankara and her mother is a United States citizen. 5 years ago, her father joined the ranks of I ...

Turkey urges U.S. to review visa suspension as lira, stocks tumble

Reuters - 2017-10-09 18:33
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey urged the United States on Monday to review its suspension of visa services after the arrest of a U.S. consulate employee sharply escalated tensions between the two NATO allies and drove Turkey's currency and stocks lower. ...

United States must prevent disaster in Kurdistan

Chicago Tribune - 2017-10-04 10:53
You have to hand it to them. U.S. officials nailed it. Prior to the Sept. 25 independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan, they couldn't have been clearer in setting out the parade of horribles that might come to pass if the vote went ahead. Tensions betwee ...

US Statement on Tallabani’s Passing

BAS News - 2017-10-03 23:19
ERBIL — The United States Consulate General in Erbil has offered in an official statement “deepest condolences” on the passing of Jalal Tallabani, the Secretary General of Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and former president of Iraq. “Mam Jalal was a ...

Ex-US Ambassador: Support Kurds, Iraq No Longer Exists

BAS News - 2017-09-30 18:44
ERBIL — Former US Ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, has once again urged Washington to support Kurdistan Region’s move towards independence as the state of Iraq does not exist anymore. “I think the United States should support independence f ...

What Will China Do if the U.S. Attacks North Korea?

International Crisis Group - 2017-09-29 16:11
During a speech at the United Nations General Assembly on 19 September 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump warned that if North Korea threatened the United States or its allies, he would “totally destroy” the nation. As tensions continue to rise between Wa ...

Ex-US Ambassador to Iraq: Kurdistan’s Independence Vote “Fair”

BAS News - 2017-09-28 19:22
ERBIL — The former ambassador for the United States in Iraq has hailed Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum which was held last Monday, saying the move was “fair”. Speaking to CNN, Ryan Crocker also criticised his country’s position on the referend ...

US Senator Chuck Schumer Calls for Independent Kurdish State

The Kurdish Project - 2017-09-28 02:36
The following article was originally published in Kurdistan24. WASHINGTON DC, United States (Kurdistan 24) – New York’s senior senator Chuck Schumer issued a statement on Wednesday calling on the Donald Trump administration to support an independent Kurd ...

The Latest: US 'deeply disappointed' by Iraqi Kurds vote

Washington Times - 2017-09-26 04:42
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) - The latest on the Iraqi Kurdish referendum on support for independence from Baghdad and the tensions surrounding the vote (all times local): 3 a.m. The United States says it's "deeply disappointed" that Iraqi Kurds held a referendum on ...

US Senate Advances Bill to Aid Christian IDPs in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-09-21 14:30
ERBIL — The United States is working on a bill to step up its support to the Iraqi Christians who have been subject to violent actions and genocide. On September 19th, Senate's Foreign Relations Committee voted on the bill in hopes of moving it closer to ...

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. ...

Barzani urges US to support Kurdistan Region

KurdPress - 2017-09-18 11:04
Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani urged the United States, in a message to a rally of Kurds in the US, to “stand by the people of Kurdistan.” ...

Turkey's Erdogan to discuss northern Iraq vote with Iraqi PM

Reuters - 2017-09-17 11:50
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will meet Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi during his visit to the United States this week and discuss their concerns about northern Iraq's independence referendum. ...

Referendum rift unlikely to damage US-KRG ties / Hamdi Malik

KurdPress - 2017-09-06 12:40
The United States has been trying to prevent the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) from holding a referendum on its independence, with Washington using its substantial support to the Peshmerga forces as leverage against the KRG to stop the plebiscite sc ...

The USA court summons Erdoğan bodyguards

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-09-01 00:41
According to the Kurdistan Human Rights Association, and a quote from the Forat News, a court jury in Washington has issued indictments against 19 Guardians of Erdoğan and other Turks living in the United States. The decision is based on the assassination ...

Barzani: US did not oppose Kurdistan Independence Referendum

Waar Media - 2017-08-30 16:53
WAAR-DUHOK: In an interview with the Arabic newspaper Sharq al-Awsat, Barzani revealed that during Mattis’ visit to Erbil on August 22, the defense secretary re-iterated that the United States is against the timing of the referendum, and not necessarily ...

Oil prices dip as market grapples with hurricane damage

Waar Media - 2017-08-29 16:24
WAAR-DUHOK: Crude prices dipped on Tuesday as the market grappled with the shutdown of some 13 percent of refining capacity in the United States after a hurricane ripped through the heart of the country’s oil industry. The refinery closures helped push U ...

U.S. pays Kurdish-led forces in Raqqa

KurdPress - 2017-08-27 13:39
The Raqqa Internal Security Force (RISF) are paid by the United States as a vetted opposition force, Major General Rupert Jones, the deputy commander of the US-led coalition against IS, said. ...

Egypt cancels Jared Kushner meeting with minister after denial of aid

Waar Media - 2017-08-24 14:48
WAAR-DUHOK: Egypt called off a scheduled meeting between its foreign minister and top US presidential adviser Jared Kushner on Wednesday after the United States decided to withhold millions of dollars in aid. But President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi would meet ...

Turkish president blames US for weapons sent to SDF in Syria

KurdPress - 2017-08-21 11:04
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has criticized the United States for its support of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), arguing that the weapons the U.S. provided in Syria “have ended up in Turkey.” ...

US not intending to stay in Syria after IS

KurdPress - 2017-08-19 12:35
The United States does not intend to stay in Syria after defeating IS terror group, the US Department of State spokeswoman Heather Nauert said during a press briefing on Friday. ...

Taliban urge Trump to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan

Waar Media - 2017-08-15 15:13
WAAR-DUHOK: The United States should withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan and stop listening to “stooges” in Kabul, the Taliban warned in an open letter to U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday. The Trump administration is working to finalize a regi ...

No US Military Base Exists Around Mosul: Provincial Council

BAS News - 2017-08-15 12:00
MOSUL — The United States has not established any military base in or around the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, said a member of Nineveh provincial council. Khalaf Hadidi told Ghad Press on Monday that the US military personnel are present in Mosul and th ...

Kurdish Film on Sinjar in AOF Festival

BAS News - 2017-08-14 16:18
ERBIL — A Kurdish film has found its way to Action on Film Festival (AOF) in the United States to present the actual pain inflicted to Kurdish Yezidis at the hands of Islamic State (IS). The film, titled ‘Under Black’, is directed by Kurdish filmmaker Sh ...

Inheritance rights in Islam – Part XXI

E-Kurd - 2017-08-11 22:46
Gulbahar | Exclusive to Ekurd.net The United Nation’s standard on the equal rights of inheritance for women is that they are equal to that of their husbands, sons, and brothers, The females’ share must be like that of the males. ‘“Reports of States parti ...

US says understands Turkey’s concerns about PKK

KurdPress - 2017-08-11 17:55
The United States understands Turkey’s concerns regarding the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the region and takes them seriously, the U.S. State Department spokesperson has said. ...

What North Korea’s Statement against Trump Really Means

Foreign Policy Research Institute - 2017-08-10 03:44
It would be hard to deny that rhetoric on and around the Korean peninsula is at a high mark. United States President Donald Trump’s words about “fire and fury” aimed at North Korea sounded almost like the typical rhetoric coming from North Korea. North K ...

Oil prices steady as Saudi cuts September supplies

Waar Media - 2017-08-08 12:51
WAAR-DUHOK: Oil prices steadied on Tuesday after news of lower crude supplies from Saudi Arabia offset higher production from other large exporters including the United States. Saudi state oil company Aramco will cut allocations to its customers worldwid ...

Kurdistan Will Hold Referendum and Maintain Strong Ties with US: FM

BAS News - 2017-08-06 16:02
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region would maintain its strong relationship with the United States but it also insists on holding the independence referendum, said Fallah Mustafa, Kurdistan Region’s Head of Department of Foreign Relations. Mustafa told BasNews that ...

US firmly opposes Kurdish independence referendum: official

Aranews - 2017-08-06 04:55
ARA News Brett McGurk, the US envoy to the international anti-ISIS coalition, said that the United States government is firmly opposed to the Kurdish independence referendum planned for 25th September in the Kurdistan region in northern Iraq. ”We do not ...

US Provides List of Weapons Sent to YPG

BAS News - 2017-08-03 21:07
ERBIL — The United States has rejected the media reports claiming that Washington had sent “tanks” and “hundreds of truckloads of weapons” to the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG). “The majority of U.S. military assistance, which consists pr ...

US Congressmen Support Referendum, Call for Kurdish Independence

The Kurdish Project - 2017-08-02 02:28
The following article was originally posted in Kurdistan24. WASHINGTON DC, United States (Kurdistan24) – Three US Congressman addressed the symposium, “The Kurdistan Region: Strategic US Ally in a Tough Neighborhood” that Kurdistan24 co-sponsored with Th ...

After North Korean Missile Test, South Korean President Takes a Stance

Foreign Policy Research Institute - 2017-08-02 01:17
North Korea’s latest ICBM test—conducted on July 28—was not as big of a shock as the one preceding it. The message North Korea sent with its initial test on July 4 was loud and clear: the country can hit the United States mainland with its missiles, and ...

Sanctions On Venezuela Could Push Oil Into The Mid-$50s

Waar Media - 2017-08-01 15:14
WAAR-DUHOK: In response to Venezuela’s controversial vote on Sunday, a move which could dramatically increase the power of President Nicolas Maduro and grant his government the ability to re-write the constitution, the United States is seriously consider ...

Turkey slams US for ‘supporting PKK, YPG’

KurdPress - 2017-08-01 13:07
Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu has criticized the United States, indirectly saying that it supports the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) through its Syrian wing, the People’s Protection Units (YPG). ...

US to cut 755 US diplomatic staff in Russia, says Putin

Waar Media - 2017-07-31 13:42
WAAR-DUHOK: President Vladimir Putin on Sunday said the United States would have to cut 755 diplomatic staff in Russia and warned of a prolonged gridlock in its ties after the US Congress backed new sanctions against the Kremlin. Putin added bluntly that ...

Arab FMs to meet in Bahrain to discuss Qatar boycott

Waar Media - 2017-07-30 12:58
WAAR-DUHOK: Top officials of four Arab states boycotting Qatar are scheduled to meet in the Bahraini capital Sunday, as a political crisis that has split the Gulf enters its second month. The foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, B ...

US increases military support to Kurdish-led forces in Syria

Aranews - 2017-07-30 01:18
ARA News The United States has increased its military support to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in a step to accelerate the anti-ISIS Raqqa campaign, military sources reported on Saturday. A spokesman for the SDF confirmed to ARA News th ...

US Delivers New Shipments of Arms to YPG: Report

BAS News - 2017-07-29 17:04
ERBIL — The United States has delivered two new shipments of weapons to the Syrian Kurdish forces leading the Raqqa operation. According to a report by Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency, 100 trucks, loaded with military equipment, entered the Kurdish are ...

Turkey’s publication of U.S. troop locations poses risk, Pentagon says

Waar Media - 2017-07-20 13:31
WAAR-DUHOK: The publication by Turkey’s state-run news agency of the locations of what appeared to be U.S. military posts in Syria puts American forces in danger, and the United States has complained to Turkey, a NATO ally, the Pentagon said on Wednesday ...

US Ambassador to UN appreciates ‘legitimate aspirations’ of Iraqi Kurds

Waar Media - 2017-07-19 14:02
WAAR-DUHOK: The United States appreciates the “legitimate aspirations” of the Kurds of Iraq, said its ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley on Tuesday, adding meanwhile that an independence referendum may affect the priority of fighting ISIS. “Ambassador Hale ...

Cleric Gulen says he would not flee U.S. to avoid extradition to Turkey

Waar Media - 2017-07-12 17:05
WAAR-DUHOK: Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based Muslim cleric accused by Turkey of instigating last year’s failed coup, says he has no plans to flee the United States and would accept extradition if Washington agrees to a request by Ankara to hand him over. ...

U.S., Qatar sign MOU on combatting terrorism, financing

Waar Media - 2017-07-12 13:37
WAAR-DUHOK: The United States and Qatar signed an agreement on combatting terrorism and its financing during a visit to Doha by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, his senior adviser R.C. Hammond told reporters. “Qatar and the United States have signe ...

Russia will pursue further cooperation with U.S. on Syria: FM

KurdPress - 2017-07-11 09:49
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday, July 10, that his country will build on the success of a local ceasefire in south-west Syria and seek further opportunities to cooperate with the United States in resolving the Syrian conflict, Reuter ...

Erdogan says Turkey will respond to any threats on its border

Kom News - 2017-07-09 18:10
President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday Turkey would not watch passively as weapons are sent to Kurdish fighters on its southern border, saying his country would respond to any threats to national security. The United States has been arming Kurdish YPG ...

Syria cease-fire goes into effect Sunday

Waar Media - 2017-07-08 09:26
WAAR-DUHOK: The United States and Russia struck an agreement Friday on a cease-fire in southwest Syria, crowning President Donald Trump’s first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. It is the first U.S.-Russian effort under Trump’s presidency to ...

US to build new Consulate General in Erbil

KurdPress - 2017-07-08 08:00
The United States will build a new Consulate General in the Kurdistan Region’s capital city of Erbil, the US State Department announced in a release on Thursday. ...

CNN responds to Trump tweet

Waar Media - 2017-07-02 20:10
WAAR-DUHOK: A network spokesperson says Sunday: “It is a sad day when the president of the United States encourages violence against reporters. Clearly, Sarah Huckabee Sanders lied when she said the president had never done so.” On Sunday Trump tweeted a ...
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