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Trump affiliated hotel to be open in Kurdistan capital

Trump affiliated hotel to be open in Kurdistan capital

Waar Media - 2017-08-09 17:49
WAAr-DUHOK: Hailed as “the next Dubai,” Iraqi Kurdistan enjoyed breakneck economic growth amid an era of stability and safety. That was, until the so-called ISIS brought it all to a grinding halt. New commercial towers and shopping centers began to dot t ...
Trump affiliated hotel to be open in Kurdistan capital - Waar Media

IS Leader al-Baghdadi Believed to Be Alive and Hiding

BAS News - 2017-08-31 22:40
ERBIL — The leader of the so-called Islamic State (IS) Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is believed to be alive and hiding in the Middle Euphrates River Valley, between Iraq and Syria, a Pentagon official said on Thursday. According to General Stephen Townsend, Chie ...

Iraqi Troops Ready to Storm Tel Afar: US

BAS News - 2017-08-18 23:55
ERBIL — Iraqi armed forces are prepared for their next major campaign against the so-called Islamic State (IS) in the town of Tel Afar, according to top US commanders. Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, a top US commander, said on Friday, the Iraqi for ...

IS Suspect Stabs Turkish Officer to Death in Istanbul

BAS News - 2017-08-14 14:29
ISTANBUL — A suspected member of the so-called Islamic State (IS) stabbed to death a Turkish police officer in the city of Istanbul on Sunday. The IS suspect, who was detained earlier for planning a suicide attack in Turkey, stabbed the officer at around ...

100-Bed Hospital to Be Constructed in Sinjar

BAS News - 2017-08-12 20:20
ERBIL— Some 44 billion IQD (over 37.5 m USD) has been allocated to the construction of a 100-bed hospital in Sinjar, said health director of Duhok province. Dr. Nzar Ismat told BasNews on Saturday that the steps for construction of the hospital have alre ...

Barzani seeking to disturb situation in Kurdistan Region: deputy

KurdPress - 2017-08-12 12:04
A parliament deputy from the Iraqi State of Law Coalition accused Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani of trying to mess up the situation in the autonomous region in the north of Iraq in order to distract the citizens of the region from its real trou ...

Diaspora Kurds to Vote Electronically in Independence Referendum

BAS News - 2017-08-11 20:25
ERBIL — The people of Kurdistan Region who are currently living abroad would be allowed to vote electronically in the planned independence referendum on 25th September. Karwan Jalal, an official from the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) told ...

Coalition Conducts 18 Airstrikes Against IS in Syria, Iraq

BAS News - 2017-08-10 23:06
ERBIL — The US-led coalition announced on Thursday it conducted 18 airstrikes against the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria, destroying fighting positions and equipment belonging to the group. Near the Syrian city of Raqqa, the coalition war ...

Turkey Arrests Three Iraqis Affiliated to IS

BAS News - 2017-08-06 23:55
ERBIL — Three Iraqi men were arrested by the Turkish authorities on suspicion of being affiliated to the so-called Islamic State (IS), a Turkish security source said on Sunday. According to the source, who spoke to Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymit ...

658 People in Kurdistan's Prisons for Drug-related Offences

BAS News - 2017-08-06 14:34
ERBIL — A total number of 658 people are now in Kurdistan Region's prisons for trading or consuming drugs, said Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Minister of Labour and Social Affairs. Mohammed Hawdiani also said that 20 women are among the imprisoned ...

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 ...

UK to Continue Supporting Iraq Against IS

BAS News - 2017-08-03 23:27
BAGHDAD — Great Britain's Chief of the Armed Forces, Air Chief Marshal Stuart Peach, affirmed on Thursday that his country will continue supporting the Iraqi government, in regards to the liberation of the remaining territories held by the so-called Isla ...

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 ...

Two Tourist Compounds to Be Constructed in Duhok

BAS News - 2017-07-30 17:56
ERBIL— After Kurdistan Region's economy is put back on track, two tourist compounds will be constructed in Duhok province. The compounds will be constructed after the complete victory over the Islamic State (IS) organization is announced, said Nadr Rosti ...

US Urges YPG to Rebrand Itself in Order to Receive Legitimacy

BAS News - 2017-07-23 00:38
IZMIR — The US urged its main ally in the Syrian fight against the so-called Islamic State (IS) to rebrand itself, in order to avoid further opposition from Turkey, the head of US special forces said on Friday. US Army General, Raymond Thomas, said durin ...

Parks in Memory of Martyrs of IS Battle to Be Build in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-07-22 19:47
ERBIL— In most towns and cities of the Kurdistan Region parks will be built up in memory of the martyrs who scarified their lives in the battle against the Islamic State (IS). Luqman Sherwani, the spokesperson for Kurdistan Board of Environment Protectio ...