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US Urges Iran to Reverse Death Sentence of Religious Prisoner

BAS News - 2017-09-01 23:48
ERBIL — US Department of State called on Iran to reverse the death sentence of Mohammad Ali Taheri, founder of an Iranian spiritual movement and further urged the country to respect the international laws. According to a statement by Heather Nauert, the ...

US, Iraq Blacklist IS Finance Official

BAS News - 2017-08-29 22:45
ERBIL — US and Iraq banished a senior Islamic State (IS) finance official from their financial systems, the US Treasury Department stated on Tuesday. According to the US Treasury Department, a man known as Salim Mustafa Muhammad al-Mansur, a finance offi ...

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. ...

U.S. Highlights Kurdistan Region’s Treatment of Minority Groups

The Kurdish Project - 2017-08-17 19:35
The following article was originally published in Rudaw. ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — The US State Department acknowledged that the Kurdistan Region has remained a place of protection for minority communities from Iraq in a recent report, while noting chall ...

Tillerson: Turkey continue to limit rights of religious minorities

Waar Media - 2017-08-16 15:00
WAAR-DUHOK: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday slammed Turkey for continuing to limit the human rights of members of some religious minority groups. Delivering remarks on the release of the State Department’s 2016 Annual Report on Internation ...

IS Continues Targeting Yezidis, Christians, Other Minorities: US

BAS News - 2017-08-16 10:21
ERBIL — US State Department has once again decried the Islamic State (IS) brutality, saying that the group is responsible for “genocide” carried out against Kurdish Yezidis, Christians and many other minorities in Iraq and Syria. After the State Departme ...

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. ...

Pentagon Vows Continued Support for Peshmerga: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-25 16:10
ERBIL — US Department of Defence has ensured Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of its continued military support for the Peshmerga forces as they have been playing a critical role in the international anti-Islamic State (IS) efforts, said a Peshmerga o ...

IS Leader Baghdadi’s Death Cannot Be Confirmed or Denied: US

BAS News - 2017-07-15 19:29
ERBIL — US Department of Defence has said that the Islamic State (IS) supreme leader Abu Bakir al-Baghdadi cannot be confirmed dead by its sources. "We assume he's alive until it's proven otherwise. And right now, I can't prove it otherwise,” Defense Sec ...

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. ...

PKK Recruits Yezidi Children into Armed Conflicts: US

BAS News - 2017-06-28 00:56
ERBIL — The US Department of State has warned about several armed groups operating in Iraq, including the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), of “forcibly recruitment” of children into armed conflicts ongoing in the country. “Children remain highly vulnerabl ...

US Plans Removing Iraq From List of Worst Child Soldier Offences

BAS News - 2017-06-24 23:22
SOFIA — US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, plans to remove Iraq and Myanmar from the US list of the world's worst offenders in the use of child soldiers, disregarding previous recommendations by the State Department experts and other officials. The pl ...

US Warns Against Travelling to “Very Dangerous” Iraq

BAS News - 2017-06-14 23:40
ERBIL — US Department of State on Wednesday renewed a previous warning to its citizens against travelling to Iraq, describing it as “very dangerous.” “Travel within Iraq remains very dangerous, and the ability of the Embassy to assist U.S. citizens facin ...

IS Senior Member Killed in an Airstrike in Central Hawija

BAS News - 2017-06-12 16:31
HAWIJA — A senior member of the Islamic State (IS) organisation was targeted in an air raid by the US-led International Coalition air force on Sunday. Kurdistan Region Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) reported that Ibrahim Bag Dalis, known as Simar Gle ...

US wants China to free Ivanka Trump shoe factory activists

Waar Media - 2017-06-06 11:33
WAAR-DUHOK: The US State Department on Monday urged China to immediately release three Chinese activists involved in an investigation into labor rights violations at factories that produce shoes for Ivanka Trump’s brand. “We are concerned by reports that ...

Pentagon Requests More than $1 Billion to Support Iraq

BAS News - 2017-06-02 00:14
LEEDS — The US Department of State is requesting more than a billion dollars for a multi-year commitment to the Iraqi forces, as the role of the US in Iraq is likely to continue throughout President Donald Trump's term as a head of state. The budget prov ...

US denies to issue visa foe PYD leader again

KurdPress - 2017-05-27 03:08
U.S. State Department refused to issue a U.S. visa to Salih Muslim, the Chairman of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), based in Syria for the second time. ...

Three Top IS Leaders Killed in Last Two Months: Pentagon

BAS News - 2017-05-26 19:42
ERBIL — The US-led coalition forces have killed three Islamic State (IS) leaders during the operations taking place in Iraq and Syria over the past two months, Pentagon confirmed. According to a statement by the Department of Defence, Mustafa Gunes, an I ...

McGurk has full support, backing, US state department spokesperson says

Waar Media - 2017-05-21 15:53
WAAR-DUHOK: The U.S. State Department spokeswoman, said in a statement that McGurk “has the full support and backing” of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the White House, and that he had done “tremendous work” so far to coordinate the coalition ...

US State Department summons Turkish ambassador

KurdPress - 2017-05-19 15:09
The U.S. State Department has summoned Turkish Ambassador in Washington Serdar Kilic on May 17 over a street brawl outside the Turkish diplomatic mission that erupted between protesters and Turkish security personnel during President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’ ...

US says Erdogan’s bodyguards behind brutal attack on Kurdish protesters

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 14:12
WASHINGTON,— The US State Department has confirmed that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security detail was behind the brutal attack on Kurdish protesters in Washington, DC on Tuesday. Police believe “there could be a diplomatic immunity issue.” ...

US delegation meet Rojava’s officials

Waar Media - 2017-05-17 16:29
WAAR-DUHOK: US President Donald Trump’s representative in the global coalition against ISIS Brett Mc Gurk arrived in Rojava yesterday with officials from the US State Department. McGurk’s first stop was the Ayn Isa town. The US delegation first met with ...

Trump Authorizes Arming of YPG Forces in Syria

BAS News - 2017-05-11 00:09
LEEDS — US President Donald Trump has authorized the Defense Department to directly arm the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria for the upcoming operation to liberate Raqqa, the de facto capital of the so-called Islamic State (IS), the Penta ...

US agrees to arm YPG ahead of Erdogan visit to Washington

Waar Media - 2017-05-10 10:52
WAAR-DUHOK: The Pentagon announced on Tuesday that President Donald Trump has authorized the Defense Department to directly arm the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) for the upcoming battle to liberate Raqqa, Syrian capital of the Islamic State (IS ...

US State Department Human Right Report is Unsound: KRG

BAS News - 2017-05-09 13:24
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) refuted the US State Department’s Country Reports on Human Rights Practices findings relating to the Kurdistan Region for 2017. According to the US State Department report the KRG's Peshmerga forces committ ...

IS High-Rank Member Killed in Coalition Airstrike in Western Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-09 00:43
LEEDS — A high-ranked Islamic State (IS) member called Jassim al-Basri was killed in a US-led coalition airstrike in western Mosul, military intelligence department said on Monday. According to a statement released by the Iraqi Intelligence Department, t ...

US approves $295.6M military equipment sale to Peshmerga

The Kurdish Project - 2017-05-06 10:44
The following article was originally published in Kurdistan24 in April 2017. ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – The US State Department on Wednesday approved the sale of military equipment to the Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces worth USD $295.6 ...

US ‘deeply concerned’ about Turkish airstrikes in Iraq, Syria

Waar Media - 2017-04-26 14:11
WAAR-DUHOK: Acting US State Department spokesperson Mark Toner has criticized Turkey for attacking Kurdish Militery forces in Syria and Iraq early on Tuesday and not coordinating the operation with the United States in advance. The Turkish military carri ...

KRG Delegation Discusses Independence Referendum with US State Department

BAS News - 2017-04-25 20:59
ERBIL — Head of Kurdistan Region’s Department of Foreign Relations Falah Mustafa on Tuesday visited the US Department of State to discuss an imminent referendum on Kurdistan’s independence as well as the post-Islamic State (IS) governance of Mosul. Meeti ...

U.S. to sell $295 million worth of military equipment to KRG

Waar Media - 2017-04-20 11:43
WAAR-DUHOK: US State Department approved a sale of military equipment to the Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces worth around $295.6 million. The Pentagon announced on Wednesday that the US State Department has agreed to sell military equipment for the a ...

US Approves Sale of Military Equipment to Peshmerga

BAS News - 2017-04-19 23:06
SOFIA — US State Department approved a sale of military equipment to the Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces worth around $295.6 million. The Pentagon announced on Wednesday that the US State Department has agreed to sell military equipment for the artil ...

IS propagandist and His Team Killed by Coalition Strike West Anbar

BAS News - 2017-03-31 18:49
ERBIL — The US Department of Defense confirmed death of the Islamic State (IS) leader and propagandist known as Ibrahim al-Ansari and his team. An airstrike by the Global Coalition against IS killed al-Ansari, a leader of propaganda operations for the ex ...

PKK has no place on battlefield in Shingal: US official

KurdPress - 2017-03-15 08:18
US State Department spokesperson Mark Toner said that the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has no place on the ‘battlefield’ in the Yezidi district of Shingal, in northern Iraq, ARA news reported. ...

PKK should quit Shingal: US

KurdPress - 2017-03-09 08:55
The interim Spokesman of the U.S. Department of State, Mark Toner, said the stance Washington over the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has not changed and the party should quit Shingal, northern Iraq. ...

U.S. sends extra troops into Syria’s Manbij

E-Kurd - 2017-03-08 16:09
WASHINGTON,— The Pentagon said Monday it has sent additional US troops into northern Syria in a show of strength aimed at deterring rival powers from targeting each other instead of the Islamic State group. Defense Department spokesman Navy Captain Jeff ...

Iran rejects US human rights report

KurdPress - 2017-03-05 07:26
Iran’s Foreign Ministry rejected allegations of human rights violation raised by the US State Department in its annual report. ...

Coalition, Kurdish Forces Kill Senior IS Member in Hawija

BAS News - 2017-02-19 21:23
The eliminated jihadist was responsible for Kirkuk’s Tax Department of the extremist group ERBIL — Erbil Security Forces (Asayish) in cooperation with the US-led coalition forces have killed a senior Islamic State (IS) member in Hawija district, Kirkuk p ...

US Condemns Thursday’s Attack in Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-02-17 02:30
LEEDS — The administration of the US President Donald Trump officially condemned the bomb attacks that took place in the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad on Thursday and took the lives of at least 55 people. The US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark ...

Pentagon chief, Iraqi defense minister discuss Mosul operation on phone

KurdPress - 2017-02-09 09:42
The Secretary of U.S. Defense James Mattis and Iraqi Defense Minister Arfan al-Hayali discussed in a phone call on Wednesday preparations for liberation of western Mosul from the Islamic State (IS) militants, the spokesperson of the US Department of Defen ...

US Warns Its Citizens Against Travelling to Iraq

BAS News - 2017-02-01 12:41
“U.S. citizens in Iraq are at high risk for kidnapping and terrorist violence,” ERBIL – The US Department of State released an official statement to warn the US citizens against all travels to Iraq as they may be targeted by the Islamic State (IS) and mi ...

Washington invites Syrian Kurdish officials for first time: KNC

KurdPress - 2017-01-27 23:06
According to a Syrian Kurdish official the US State Department has officially invited the Kurdish National Council in Syria (KNC) to Washington for talks, planned for late February, to discuss their views on a solution for the future of Syria. ...

Trump calls for safe zones in Syria

KurdPress - 2017-01-27 10:51
US President Donald Trump is ordering the Pentagon and State Department to develop a series of “safe zones” in Syria, officials and media sources said on Wednesday. ...

US says PYD to take part in Syria peace talks

Kurdistan24 - 2017-01-12 00:45
Mark Toner, deputy spokesperson for the US State Department, told Kurdistan24 the US-Kurdish relationship would remain strong, Washington DC, US, December 6, 2016. (Photo: Kurdistan24) ...

US supports Turkey’s campaign against PKK

Aranews - 2017-01-11 02:57
ARA News Amsterdam – The United States backs talks between Turkey and Iraq, and also supports Turkish actions against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), US State Department said. The Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim visited Erbil and Baghdad earlier ...

Erdogan accuses US of backing 'IS'

DW - 2016-12-28 04:45
The Turkish President's comments have come amid the military's fierce offensive against Islamist jihadists in the fight for the Syrian town of Al-Bab. The US State Department has rejected the accusations as "ludicrous." ...

US offers $25m reward for capture of Islamic State leader Al Baghdadi

E-Kurd - 2016-12-24 12:50
WASHINGTON,— The United States on Friday more than doubled the bounty on the head of the shadowy leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, to $25 million. The announcement by the State Department “Rewards for Justice Program” came as US-bac ...

PKK should have no role in Iraq’s Sinjar: US

KurdPress - 2016-12-17 02:34
The U.S. state department has said that the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) should have no role in the Yazidi town of Sinjar in northwest Iraq, EKurd reported. ...

PKK should leave Shingal, US State Department

Waar Media - 2016-12-16 18:08
Waar, Duhok: US state department spokesman John Kirby said on Thursday that the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters in Shingal town should leave the area as their presence was an “obstacle” to reconciliation and the return of IDPs. “We continue to bel ...

US government: PKK should play no role in Sinjar

Aranews - 2016-12-16 01:39
ARA News Erbil – The US State Department on Thursday said that the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its affiliates should not play a role in the Yezidi region of Sinjar [Shingal], showing an indirect sign of support for the position of the Kurdistan Dem ...

US blames PKK for displacement of civilians in Turkey

KurdPress - 2016-12-10 13:53
The US State Department deputy spokesperson Mark C. Toner on Thursday blamed the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) for displacing civilians, although Amnesty International in a recent report blamed the Turkish government for displacing over half million peop ...

US blames PKK for displacement of civilians in Turkey

Aranews - 2016-12-10 03:17
ARA News Erbil – The US State Department deputy spokesperson Mark C. Toner on Thursday blamed the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) for displacing civilians, although Amnesty International in a recent report blamed the Turkish government for displacing over h ...

WATCH: 'US-Kurdish ties will remain strong'

Kurdistan24 - 2016-12-06 20:05
Mark Toner, Deputy Spokesperson for the US State Department, told Kurdistan24 the US-Kurdish relationship would remain strong. (Photo: Kurdistan24) ...

Baghdad, Erbil in dialoge on future of Mosul: Kriby

Waar Media - 2016-11-22 15:21
Waar, Duhok: Baghdad and Erbil are in an ongoing dialogue on the future of Mosul once Islamic State is defeated, The US State Department spokesperson said. “What matters to us is that Mosul gets liberated, Daesh [ISIS] gets kicked out. What matters to us ...

Erbil-Baghdad dialogue crucial in war on ISIS: US official

Aranews - 2016-11-20 03:08
ARA News Erbil – The US State Department spokesperson said they will not speculate about boundary changes in Iraq, and that the US will support an ongoing dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad in order to defeat ISIS. The Kurdish president Barzani said in Ba ...

US says no cooperation with Russia or Assad in Raqqa operation

Aranews - 2016-11-09 01:38
ARA News The US-led coalition will not work with Russia or the Syrian government to take Raqqa, US State Department deputy spokesperson Mark Toner said. The Russians and the Syrian government have suggested that at one point the United States should coord ...

US denies any relation to Turkey’s attacks in northern Syria

KurdPress - 2016-11-06 05:04
The Spokesman of the U.S. Department of State expressed his worry about Turkey’s attacks in Syria and the killing of civilians and denied any Washington’s relation with the attacks Turkey conducts as well as clashes between Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) ...

US says YPG lived up to its commitments in Manbij

Aranews - 2016-11-05 00:21
ARA News The US State Department spokesperson Mark Toner said he couldn’t confirm rumours coming from the Turkish media that the US and Turkey agreed to force Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) out of Manbij city in northern Syria, bu ...

US refuses to condemn Turkey’s probe against Kurdish politician

Aranews - 2016-10-30 01:45
ARA News The US State Department spokesperson Mark C. Toner refused to condemn a probe by Turkey against the Kurdish leading politician Selahattin Demirtaş from the People’s Democratic Party (HDP). Turkish prosecutors have launched a probe against the hea ...

US denies any relation to Turkey’s attacks in northern Syria

KurdPress - 2016-10-25 10:26
The Spokesman of the U.S. Department of State expressed his worry about Turkey’s attacks in Syria and the killing of civilians and denied any Washington’s relation with the attacks Turkey conducts as well as clashes between Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) ...

US blames presence of Turkish forces in Iraq

KurdPress - 2016-10-18 00:06
The U.S. Department of State said Turkish forces in Iraq are not part of the anti-Daesh international coalition and “all Iraqi neighbors should respect the country’s integrity and stability.” ...

US blames presence of Turkish forces in Iraq

KurdPress - 2016-10-13 11:48
The U.S. Department of State said Turkish forces in Iraq are not part of the anti-Daesh international coalition and “all Iraqi neighbors should respect the country’s integrity and stability.” ...

US: Turkey is not in Iraq as part of Coalition

Kurdistan24 - 2016-10-12 16:26
US State Department's Spokesperson John Kirby speaks to reporters during a daily press briefing in Washington, D.C. (Screengrab of video clip by the DOS) ...

US urges Iraq, Turkey to focus on IS as spat continues

Waar Media - 2016-10-12 14:20
Waar, Duhok: The U.S. State Department on Tuesday urged Turkey to respect Iraq’s wishes after the leaders of Turkey and Iraq exchanged sharp words over the presence of Turkish troops in northern Iraq. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has repeatedly ur ...

IS confirms killing of head of media department

Waar Media - 2016-10-11 14:39
Waar, Duhok: Islamic State terrorist organization has announced the killing of the head of its media department in a US airstrikes in Raqqa. In a statement, IS confirmed the killing of Wael Adel, also known as Abu Muhammad Furqan, without mentioning when ...

US approves possible sale of military aircraft to Iraq

Waar Media - 2016-10-08 16:02
Waar, Duhok: The United States has approved a possible a sale of military aircraft worth approximately $65.3 million to Iraq, The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has announced. “The State Department has made a determination approving a possi ...
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