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Only Israel will recognize independent Kurdistan now, top Shiite leader

Only Israel will recognize independent Kurdistan now, top Shiite leader - Rûdaw

Hashd Al-Shaabi Forces Will Pose Threat to Security of Sinjar: Mayor

BAS News - 2017-05-18 14:53
SINJAR — A large number of Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitary forces have been deployed near the Yezid majority region of Sinjar, which according to the Yezidi officials, will pose a potential threat to the region in the long run. Mahma Khalil, Mayor of Sinjar ...

Kurdistan Will Hold Referendum in Coordination with Baghdad: MP

BAS News - 2017-04-27 17:37
Referendum is a constitutional right of Kurdistan Region's people, says Ashwaq Jaf ERBIL — The Kurdistan Region will hold the independence referendum in coordination with the Iraqi central government, said a Kurdish MP on Thursday. Ashwaq Jaf, a Kurdish ...

Kurdistan and Kirkuk May hold Referendum Concurrently

BAS News - 2017-04-25 20:59
MP says Baghdad should recognize Kirkuk council's voting for running the survey ERBIL— The struggle for running the independence referendum of Kurdistan Region from Baghdad is stepping up and there are reports that parallel with Kurdistan, survey will al ...

Only Israel would recognize a Kurdish state, Iraq’s al-Hakim says

Waar Media - 2017-04-21 16:26
WAAR-DUHOK: Iraq’s National Coalition Chief, Ammar al-Hakim, said on Wednesday that Israel would be the only country to recognize a Kurdish state if it were declared. Hakim stated the U.S. administration has repeatedly declared its commitment to the terr ...

Kurdistan independence not to be easy process: Official

KurdPress - 2017-04-18 08:37
It will not be easy for Kurdistan Region to become independence as there are many differences both in the region and in whole Iraq, Hemin Hawrami, a senior assistant to the region’s President Massoud Barzani, said. ...

IHERC Ready to Hold Presidential, Parliamentary Elections on Time

BAS News - 2017-04-18 00:12
SOFIA — The Kurdistan Region’s Independent High Electoral and Referendum Commission (IHERC) said it is ready to hold presidential and parliamentary elections on time. In November this year the current term of the Kurdistan Region Parliament will be over, ...

KRG on Easter: Kurdistan Committed to Remain Safe Haven for Christians

BAS News - 2017-04-15 18:31
ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on Saturday offered congratulations to the Christians on the Easter Day, promising that Kurdistan Region will remain a safe haven for everyone to practice peaceful coexistence. “Upon this holy occasion, we reit ...

NGO Runs Campaign for Cleaning up Trash Across Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-04-14 11:26
People from all walks of life are invited to participate in the activity ERBIL— The Environment Protection Board in the Kurdistan Region will run a campaign for cleaning up the trash from across the region on April 16, said the spokesperson for the board ...

US and Turkey to Cooperate on Driving PKK Out from Sinjar: Turkish FM

BAS News - 2017-04-02 11:26
Turkey will use military options against the PKK in Sinjar, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu says ERBIL — Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu stated that Turkey will consider a military operation against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Sinjar, northern Iraq. ...

Kurdistan Region will hold referendum this year: Official

KurdPress - 2017-04-01 19:51
The independence referendum in Kurdistan Region will be held this year and the United Nations (UN) and the US will have a supporting role in the move, said Muhammed Haji Mahmud, Secretary General of Kurdistan Socialist Democratic Party. ...

UN Agrees to Oversee Kurdistan Independence Referendum: Official

BAS News - 2017-04-01 13:53
Kurdistan Region will hold a referendum on independence in 2017 ERBIL — The independence referendum in Kurdistan Region will be held this year and the United Nations (UN) and the US will have a supporting role in the move, said Muhammed Haji Mahmud, Secr ...

PM Barzani: There Will Be a Referendum on Independence This Year

BAS News - 2017-03-25 11:07
"If the Americans want a united Iraq, in practical terms it doesn't exist anymore," Nechirvan Barzani says ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani says the Kurdistan Region will hold a referendum on independence t ...