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Christians Would Return to Nineveh Only if Kurdistan Is Independent

Christians Would Return to Nineveh Only if Kurdistan Is Independent

BAS News - 2017-08-06 23:55
ERBIL — Iraqi Christians say they would return to the recently liberated Nineveh Plains only if the Kurdistan Region becomes an independent state, a Christian member of the Kurdistan Region Parliament said on Sunday. Waheda Yacoub, an Iraqi Christian mem ...
Christians Would Return to Nineveh Only if Kurdistan Is Independent  - BAS News

Iraqi National Alliance to visit Kurdistan Region over referendum

KurdPress - 2017-09-04 15:05
A member of the Kurdistan Region’s High Referendum Council, Majid Bazrgan said on Sunday, September 4, that a delegation from the Iraqi Shia National Alliance is set to visit the region this week for talks on the independence referendum, NRT reported. ...

Components of Nineveh Plains Seeking to Join Kurdistan Region

BAS News - 2017-08-28 14:40
ERBIL — The residents of Nineveh Plains are seeking to join Kurdistan Region after their region becomes a province. Yarwant Niasn Marcos, head of Armans Bloc in the Kurdistan Region Parliament, told BasNews that all the components of Nineveh Plains are w ...

UN: Half of Remaining Civilians in Raqqa Are Children

BAS News - 2017-08-27 22:10
ERBIL — The United Nations (UN) said on Sunday that at least half of the initially estimated 20,000 civilians still trapped in Raqqa are children. According to Fran Equiza, an official working with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), around 10,0 ...

Czech Republic to Grant $7 Million to Iraq

BAS News - 2017-08-27 16:02
BAGHDAD — The Czech Republic will grant $7 million in humanitarian aid to Iraq, in order to support the country throughout the ongoing humanitarian crisis, the Czech Prime Minister said on Sunday. The visit by the Czech PM, Bohuspav Sobotka, is the first ...

IDPs Not Willing to Leave Kurdistan: Official

BAS News - 2017-08-12 16:13
DUHOK — The people displaced by the Islamic State (IS) and sheltered in Kurdistan Region are not willing to return to their areas of origin due to uncertain future at home, an official said. Director of Duhok IDP camps, Idris Nabi, told Anadolu Agency th ...

Baghdad wants Kurdistan to withdraw to pre-2003 borders, Barzani says

E-Kurd - 2017-08-11 22:46
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Baghdad wants Kurdistan Region to withdraw from Iraq’s disputed areas and return to pre-2003 borders between the autonomous region and Iraq, said Massoud Barzani, vowing that the Peshmerga will not retreat from any ...

Sinjar to Become Member of Mayors for Peace: Official

BAS News - 2017-08-10 12:57
ERBIL — The Kurdish Yezidi region of Sinjar will officially become a city member of the Mayors for Peace in the next two years and it will take part in the treaty’s conferences, said the mayor of Sinjar. Mahma Khalil, Mayor of Sinjar, told BasNews that S ...

All-round discrimination in the cities of eastern Kurdistan

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-08-09 00:28
According to a brief report by the Kurdish Human Rights Population, the discrimination practiced in eastern Kurdistan is not only about increasing unemployment and execution, and the killings of carrier and mines, and the victims of the people and the ove ...

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 ...

Yezidis Seeking Their Areas to Be Part of Kurdistan Region

BAS News - 2017-08-03 15:52
SINJAR — On the 3rd anniversary of Sinjar attack by the Islamic State (IS) militants , the Kurdish Yezidi minority in the city of Sinjar is seeking for their areas to be part of the Kurdistan Region. Mahma Khalil, mayor of Sinjar region, told BasNews tha ...

Kurdistan Region hopes to reactivate parliament in two weeks

KurdPress - 2017-07-31 10:20
Senior assistant to Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani, Hemin Hawrami, said on Sunday that the region hopes that the parliament will meet again on August 15, and that all preparations for holding a Kurdish independence referendum on 25 September wi ...

Referendum commission to open offices in Kirkuk and Nineveh

KurdPress - 2017-07-31 10:20
Kurdistan’s Independent High Electoral and Referendum Commission (IHEC) stated on Sunday that it would open offices in the provinces outside the administration of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) ahead of the Kurdistan’s upcoming independence refer ...

Maliki’s Remarks Against Kurdistan to Cover His Failures: MP

BAS News - 2017-07-22 14:13
Maliki is trying to elude the charges as part of his electoral campaign ERBIL — A Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament stated that the Iraqi former PM Nouri al-Maliki’s recent statements against Kurdistan Region and Peshmerga are an attempt to cover hi ...

More Troops to Be Deployed for Securing Kurdistan Borders: MP

BAS News - 2017-07-16 14:38
KIRKUK — A Kurdish lawmaker stated on Sunday that Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has ordered reinforcement of border security forces and a plan to deploy more troops on border areas is underway. Shakhawan Abdullah, a Kurdish member of the Iraq ...