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Iraqi Kurds to defy US in pressing ahead with independence referendum | The Independent

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Barzani: US did not oppose Kurdistan Independence Referendum

Waar Media - 2017-08-30 16:53
WAAR-DUHOK: In an interview with the Arabic newspaper Sharq al-Awsat, Barzani revealed that during Mattis’ visit to Erbil on August 22, the defense secretary re-iterated that the United States is against the timing of the referendum, and not necessarily ...

Turkey Urges Iraqi Kurds to Abandon Independence Vote

The Kurdish Project - 2017-08-24 22:37
The following article was originally published in Al Jazeera English. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has urged Iraqi Kurds to cancel an independence referendum planned for next month. Speaking to reporters in Baghdad on Wednesday, Cavusoglu ca ...

Yezidi MP Calls on Iraqi Forces to Rescue Yezidi Abductees in Tal Afar

BAS News - 2017-08-20 12:17
ERBIL — The Yezidi representative to the Iraqi parliament Vian Dakhil called on commanders of Tal Afar operation which was declared today to rescue the large number of Yezidis believed to be held in the Islamic State’s (IS) captivity in the district. Com ...

Iraqi Kurds to Defy US in Pressing Ahead with Independence Referendum

The Kurdish Project - 2017-08-17 19:35
The following article was originally published in The Independent. Iraqi Kurds have decided to proceed with a referendum on independence despite a US request to postpone the vote. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had asked Kurdistan Regional Government ( ...

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. ...

French Diplomat Urges Kurds to Remain Firm in Holding Referendum

BAS News - 2017-08-13 20:58
ERBIL — France’s former Consul General to Erbil, Tissot Frédéric, has urged the Kurdistan Region to not postpone the independence referendum, and proceed with the plan firmly. “I say to my Kurdish brothers to postpone the referendum would be a historic f ...

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 ...

Kurdish Diaspora to Vote Electronically in Independence Referendum

BAS News - 2017-08-08 11:18
ERBIL — The Kurds living abroad will be allowed to vote in the September independence referendum of Kurdistan through an electronic poll set by the Kurdistan Independent High Electoral Commission (KIHEC). Karwan Jalal, head of KIHEC’s data department, to ...

[IN PICTURES]: "Yes" Kurdistan Independence Campaign Launched in Erbil

BAS News - 2017-08-06 10:21
ERBIL — Halokan Volunteers Group in Kurdistan Region launched a campaign for a "Yes" vote in Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum. The head of the group told BasNews that their aim is to develop people’s awareness of the upcoming referendum on inde ...