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Russian stance on referendum has empowered Kurds in talks with US, EU

Russian stance on referendum has empowered Kurds in talks with US, EU - Rûdaw

Barzani to EU, UK, German Envoys: No Turning Back on Referendum

BAS News - 2017-08-24 16:22
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has reiterated Erbil’s stance on holding the independence referendum in September during a meeting with foreign envoys in Erbil, a senior official said. The Kurdish president received the Ambassador of EU ...

Kurds in Denmark to Gather in Support of Independence Referendum

BAS News - 2017-08-16 14:38
ERBIL — Kurds in Denmark are preparing an event in the country’s capital of Copenhagen in support of the independence referendum of Kurdistan Region. The event, in which well-known Kurdish singer Shivan Parwar will be singing, is set for 17th September. ...

The shelling of the Canton of Shahbah in western Kurdistan by the Turkish Army

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-08-10 13:18
According to the Kurdistan Human Rights Association, and according to local sources in Canton Shahba, the Turkish military and terrorist groups affiliated with this government, another village of the Ayn Daqna has been targeted by artillery attacks and co ...

Iraqi Forces Impose Curfew in Mosul's Old City

BAS News - 2017-08-08 23:36
ERBIL — Curfew has been imposed in Mosul's Old City following reports of an armed group of men hiding in tunnels and houses in the area, Iraqi Federal Police announced on Tuesday. According to a statement released by the Iraqi Federal Police, the claims ...

After military shake-up, Erdogan says Turkey to tackle Kurds in Syria

Waar Media - 2017-08-07 19:12
WAAR-DUHOK: Days after a reshuffle of Turkey’s top military commanders, President Tayyip Erdogan has revived warnings of military action against Kurdish fighters in Syria that could set back the U.S.-led battle against Islamic State. Kurdish militia are ...

Putin says he will consider running for president in 2018

Waar Media - 2017-08-04 13:34
WAAR-DUHOK: Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he will consider the possibility to run for the office again in 2018. During a meeting held at the office of the Republic of Buryatia’s president, a video conference was set up with the Cheryomushki s ...

Independence Referendum to Ensure Security in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-08-03 23:27
ERBIL — The upcoming independence referendum in Kurdistan Region is an important step towards ensuring that the Region would not risk the reoccurrence of yet another genocide, the Prime Minister of Kurdistan Region said on Thursday. PM Nechirvan Barzani ...

[IN PICTURES]: Dangerous Terrorist Arrested in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-08-02 16:01
KIRKUK — Kirkuk suburban police announced on Wednesday the arrest of a dangerous “terrorist” who has been involved in a number of terrorist acts. Sarhad Qadir, Kirkuk Suburban Police Chief told BasNews that their forces managed to arrest a man who had be ...

Iraq No Longer an Ally for US: General Griffith

BAS News - 2017-07-28 19:04
ERBIL — A retired US army general has called on his country to fully support Kurdistan’s independence referendum as Baghdad is now acting against the interests of Washington. Attending a panel during an event on Kurdistan Region’s independence in the US, ...

US Should End One-Iraq Policy: General Garner

BAS News - 2017-07-28 17:23
ERBIL — The Sykes–Picot Agreement which has defined the current political borders in the Middle East, has ended with the Kurds this time deserving a state of their own, a US retired US army general. During a symposium happening in Washington with the att ...

U.S. against Kurdistan Region holding referendum in September: Envoy

KurdPress - 2017-07-14 18:14
U.S. envoy to the coalition confronting the extremist group of the Islamic (IS) has stated that the referendum on independence in Iraq’s Kurdistan region should not take place in September as planned because it would be destabilizing at time when the figh ...

Hashd Al-Shaabi Releases the 3 Detained Peshmerga Troops

BAS News - 2017-07-12 17:33
BASHIQ — The paramilitary of Hashd al-Shaabi released the three Kurdish Peshmerga fighters which were captured on Monday near Bashiq area in northern Iraq. Brigadier Halgurd Khidir, commander of the Peshmerga’s Safeen battalion, told Kurdistan24 on Tuesd ...