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Russia to Relocate Its Embassy in Baghdad for Security Measures

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 ...
Russia to Relocate Its Embassy in Baghdad for Security Measures - BAS News

Erbil, Baghdad May Meet Again

BAS News - 2017-09-20 20:15
ERBIL — Delegations from Kurdistan Region and the Iraqi government will meet again to discuss their disputes and a planned independence vote in the Kurdistan Region, an official said. The sides are expected to meet in the following few days, according to ...

US Delivers 120 Trucks of Weapons to SDF: Report

BAS News - 2017-09-19 20:49
ERBIL — The US government has reportedly sent a new shipment of weapons and ammunitions to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as part of the military operations against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria. According to Sputnik, 120 trucks, packed with standa ...

Erdogan says deal signed to buy Russian S-400 missile systems

Waar Media - 2017-09-12 17:09
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkey has signed a deal with Russia to buy S-400 missile defense systems in its first major weapons purchase from Moscow, Turkish newspapers Tuesday quoted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying. The accord for the surface-to-air missile d ...

Barzani to Travel to Sulaymaniyah

BAS News - 2017-09-12 15:39
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani is said to visit Sulaymaniyah in the near future to hold a conference with the people of the province, an official said. The exact timing for president’s trip is yet to be revealed to the media. Ata Sheik ...

Arab League Top Official in Erbil for Referendum Talks with Barzani

BAS News - 2017-09-09 18:00
ERBIL— Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit arrived on Saturday evening in Erbil and is expected to meet with Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani. Following a visit to Baghdad and meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, Aboul- ...

Sloane Stephens to meet Madison Keys in US Open final

Waar Media - 2017-09-08 13:06
WAAR-DUHOK: Two points from defeat against Venus Williams at the US Open, Sloane Stephens summoned her best strokes when she needed them the most to reach a Grand Slam final for the first time. The 24-year-old took the last three games of a back-and-fort ...

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 ...

Peshmerga Demands Coalition to Review Relations

BAS News - 2017-09-06 11:38
Peshmerga calls for further expanding the scope of work with the Coalition ERBIL — As the fight against the Islamic State (IS) has entered a new phase, Peshmerga Ministry of the Kurdistan Region has called on the anti-IS US-led Global Coalition to revisi ...

UK Sends Additional Troops to Fight against IS in Iraq

BAS News - 2017-09-01 11:59
ERBIL— As the battle against the Islamic State (IS) enters its final push, the UK has decided to send additional troops to Iraq, raising the number of British personnel in the country to around 600, according to media reports. The UK Defense Secretary Mi ...

US orders Russia to close consulate and two annexes

Waar Media - 2017-09-01 01:37
WAAR-DUHOK: Russia has been ordered to close its San Francisco consulate and two trade missions in response to “unwarranted” Russian action, the US has said. The consulate, and annexes in New York and Washington, must close by Saturday. The US state depa ...

Subcommittee to take over elections in al-Shahba canton

ANHA - 2017-08-31 13:57
The Electoral Commission of the canton of Al-Shahba formed a subcommittee composed of 21 members to follow up the electoral process and assume the functions of managing the elections scheduled for September 22 to conduct the communes’ elections ...

Czech Police Officers to Begin Training Iraqi Counterparts

BAS News - 2017-08-27 16:02
ERBIL — The Czech military police has planned to send four military specialists to Iraq to train the Iraqi local police in September, military police commander Pavel Kříž told the Czech News Agency on Saturday. The four police personnel will join a missi ...

Deir al-Zor Operation to Begin “Very Soon”: SDF

BAS News - 2017-08-26 13:30
ERBIL — The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is backed by the US-led coalition, are preparing to storm Islamic State’s (IS) last stronghold of Deir al-Zor province in Syria, an official said. The SDF, the majority of which are made up of the Syrian ...

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 ...

‘Unexploded WWII bomb’ found at Japan Fukushima nuclear plant

Waar Media - 2017-08-10 15:03
WAAR-DUHOK: A suspected World War II bomb was found Thursday on the premises of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, an official said, with police called in to investigate. The 85-centimetre (2.9 foot) long object, believed to be an unexploded bomb ...