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Leaflets Promoting Kurdistan Independence to Be Airdropped in Duhok

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 ...
Leaflets Promoting Kurdistan Independence to Be Airdropped in Duhok - BAS News

Kurdistan Independence Referendum Succeeded: Commission

BAS News - 2017-09-27 17:02
%92.73 Voted "Yes" to independence ERBIL— Kurdistan Region's Independent High Elections and Referendum Commission announced on Wednesday that the referendum on the independence of the Kurdistan Region from Iraq succeeded with %92.73 votes in favor of ind ...

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 ...

IS Besieged by Pshmerga in Hamrin Basin: Commander

BAS News - 2017-09-05 17:24
He says Peshmerga forces killed over 400 IS militants recently ERBIL— The Islamic State (IS) militants can no longer launch offensives and their death toll is increasing, said a Peshmerga commander in Kirkuk. Speaking to BasNews on Tuesday, Hussein Yazda ...

Iraqi govt denounces decision to include Kirkuk in Kurdistan referendum

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
BAGHDAD,— Saad al-Hadith, the Spokesman for Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, denounced on Tuesday a decision to include Kirkuk in the Kurdish independence referendum, calling the move “illegal and unconstitutional”. “Provinces that don’t belong to t ...

Iran warns Kirkuk over joining Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
TEHRAN,— Iran on Wednesday warned the Iraqi province of Kirkuk against taking part in next month’s Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum, saying it is “wrong, provocative and unacceptable”. A statement from the foreign ministry described as “dangerous” ...

80,000 People to Be Displaced in Battle of Hawija: Report

BAS News - 2017-09-04 18:49
ERBIL— The civilians in central Hawija and its surrounding areas will be used by the Islamic State (IS) militants as human shields in the battle to retake the town from the extremists, said Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights. The non-governmental organiz ...

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 ...

Over 150 IS Militants Killed by Peshmerga near Tel Afar: Official

BAS News - 2017-08-29 16:37
ERBIL—In the past two weeks, the Islamic State (IS) militants lost over 150 members in Tel Afar while confronting Kurdistan Peshmerga forces, said the deputy for Peshmerga Chief of Staff. Speaking to BasNews on Tuesday, Salar Mohammad Jabari said the Isl ...

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 ...

Pentagon Chief to Visit Erbil on Tuesday

BAS News - 2017-08-22 11:05
ERBIL — US Secretary of Defence James Mattis is scheduled to visit Kurdistan Region after concluding his visit to Baghdad on Tuesday, a spokesperson for the Peshmerga Ministry said. “The US senior military delegation will arrive in Erbil later today and ...

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 ...