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No One Authorized to Decide for Turkmens in Kirkuk: Turkmen Leader

No One Authorized to Decide for Turkmens in Kirkuk: Turkmen Leader

BAS News - 2017-08-31 17:43
ERBIL—The Turkmen people back the Kurdistan Region in its pursuit for independence by all means and have submitted their conditions for partnership in the would-be "State of Kurdistan," stated a Turkmen leader. Speaking to BasNews on Thursday, Turkmen De ...
No One Authorized to Decide for Turkmens in Kirkuk: Turkmen Leader - BAS News

No Plan Yet to Include Peshmerga in Hawija Assault: Official

BAS News - 2017-09-20 19:19
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has said that there is no agreement yet to include the Peshmerga forces in an imminent military operation to liberate Hawija from Islamic State (IS). The Secretary General for Peshmerga Ministry, Jabbar Yaw ...

Number of MPs Required for Quorum to Attend Kurdistan’s Parliament

BAS News - 2017-09-13 14:53
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Region Parliament is expected to convene on Thursday after the number of MPs required for a quorum decided to attend the session. The parliament’s media department said in a statement on Wednesday required number of MPs for a quorum ...

Yezidis in Sinjar Seeking to Be Part of Kurdistan State: Official

BAS News - 2017-09-10 13:14
ERBIL — The Kurdish Yezidi community in Sinjar region is seeking to join the future state of Kurdistan, said a Yezidi official. Mahma Khalil, Mayor of Sinjar, said in a press conference on Sunday that the best way for Yezidis to be protected from future ...

Nineveh Arab Tribes Urge Arabs to Vote in Favor of Independent Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-09-07 17:39
ERBIL— The Arab tribes of Nineveh province call for participating in Kurdistan independence referendum and voting in favor of statehood for Kurdistan, warning against any pressure to boycott the process. In a statement, the spokesperson of tribes, Muzahm ...

Russia to Relocate Its Embassy in Baghdad for Security Measures

BAS News - 2017-09-06 14:01
ERBIL — Russian authorities are now in negotiations with the Iraqi counterparts to soon change the location of its embassy in the capital city of Baghdad due to serious security threats, an official said. “The negotiations to provide Russia with a new si ...

Leaflets Promoting Kurdistan Independence to Be Airdropped in Duhok

BAS News - 2017-09-05 17:24
ERBIL— A non-governmental organization will disseminate one million leaflets, which promote voting in favor of the independence of Kurdistan Region from Iraq, to Duhok residents. In a statement to BasNews on Tuesday, Hersh Rashid, the chairman of the Man ...

IS Intends to Strike "Big Blow" before Last Breath: Peshmerga Commander

BAS News - 2017-08-31 17:03
ERBIL— The Islamic State (IS) militants are planning to strike a "big blow" from their last stronghold in Iraq, Hawija, before their authority in the country fades away completely, said a Peshmerga commander. Speaking to BasNews on Thursday, Lt. Col. Him ...

BCF Issues Eid Gifts to 4,000 Children in Erbil IDP Camp

BAS News - 2017-08-29 16:37
ERBIL— The Eid al-Adha gifts by the Intentional Islamic Relief Organization were issued on Tuesday to 4,000 children in an IDP camp near Erbil. The clothing items were distributed by Barzani Charity Foundation (BCF) to the children in Hassan Sham Camp. F ...

Committee Drafting Constitution for "State of Kurdistan": KDP Official

BAS News - 2017-08-28 19:05
ERBIL— A committee assigned to draft the constitution for the "State of Kurdistan" has already launched its mission, said a member of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP)'s politburo. Addressing the audience at the Panel of the Roadmap to the State of Kurdis ...

Young Man Arrested in Kirkuk over Extortion

BAS News - 2017-08-28 16:40
ERBIL— A young man who pretended to be a girl to extort cell phone recharge cards from young men was arrested in Kirkuk on Monday. A police officer from Kirkuk, who spoke to Kurdistan 24 news channel, said that the arrested person had obtained 50 cards b ...

DFR: Ukraine, Sri Lanka to open honorary consulates in Erbil

Waar Media - 2017-08-28 13:16
WAAR-DUHOK: The head of the Kurdistan Region’s Department of Foreign Relations (DFR), Falah Mustafa, posted on his official Facebook account that the federal government of Iraq has approved both countries’ requests to open honorary consulates in Erbil. “ ...

Kurdistan Referendum Day to Be Celebrated in Mass Wedding

BAS News - 2017-08-26 19:45
ERBIL— Over one hundred youth from the Kurdistan Region has so far registered their names to celebrate their wedding in a mass ceremony on the day of holding the independence referendum of Kurdistan, September 25, 2017. The youth are encouraged by a civi ...

Ancient Sites of Raprin to Go on Google Earth

BAS News - 2017-08-24 21:54
ERBIL—The entire ancient and archeological sites within Raprin administrative area (Sulaimaniyah province) will be registered in Google Earth program, a related official stated. Speaking to BasNews on Thursday, Barzan Bayiz, Raprin archeology director, s ...

Preparations for Referendum Set in Sinjar and Yezidi IDP Camps

BAS News - 2017-08-24 18:09
ERBIL— The preparations for holding the independence referendum of the Kurdistan Region in the township of Sinjar and the IDP camps of the Yezidis have been set. Speaking to BasNews on Thursday, Waysi Nayf, the chairman of Sinjar local council, said diff ...

Gorran and KDP Likely to Make New Agreement: Gorran Official

BAS News - 2017-08-17 18:37
ERBIL— Change Movement (Gorran) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) will meet to settle their issues and there is a chance that they also work out a new agreement, said a Gorran official. In a statement to BasNews on Thursday, Sheikh Omar Kakahama, ...

One Quarter of Hanged Prisoners by Iran in July Were Kurds: Reports

BAS News - 2017-08-03 18:53
EBRIL— In prisons across Iran some 100 people were hanged during July 2017, including 25 Kurds, according to two separate reports. The Human Rights Organization of Iran stated the capital death order for 100 prisoners was carried out in Iran during July ...

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 ...