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Russia Will Play Important Role in Revival of KRG’s Economy: Official

Russia Will Play Important Role in Revival of KRG’s Economy: Official

BAS News - 2017-09-06 14:01
ERBIL — Now that the Islamic State (IS) cannot pose a direct threat to the Kurdistan Region, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is putting the utmost efforts into reviving and reforming its economy. The initiatives, led by KRG Prime Minister Nechirv ...
Russia Will Play Important Role in Revival of KRG’s Economy: Official - BAS News

IS Seeking to Attack Peshmerga in Name of Shi'ite Militias

BAS News - 2017-09-13 15:57
ERBIL— The Islamic State (IS) militants are trying to turn Peshmerga and Shi'ite paramilitaries in the town of Hawija against each other, warned a Peshmerga commander on Wednesday. Speaking to BasNews, Kamal Kirkuki who commands Peshmerga forces in weste ...

KRG’s Representative to Attend Paths of Peace Conference in Germany

BAS News - 2017-09-09 15:24
ERBIL — Representative of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) will take part in the international conference “PATHS OF PEACE: Religions and cultures in dialogue” which is set to take place from September 10th to 12th 2017 in Münster and Osnabrück cities ...

Moscow Will Assess Results of Kurdistan’s Referendum: Official

BAS News - 2017-09-09 11:19
ERBIL — Russian deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Friday that Moscow will assess the outcome of Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum after it happens. Bogdanov said that Russia will assess the results of Kurdistan’s independence refe ...

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 Holding Three Fronts in Northwest of Hawija

BAS News - 2017-09-07 11:48
Peshmerga alone will lead the battle from their fronts KIKRUK — Three fronts of the long-awaited Hawija battle are currently under the control of Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces in south-western Kirkuk Province. According to military sources, around ...

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 ...

KRG Prime Minister: Improving education remains a main priority

KRG-Spain - 2017-09-06 00:02
Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani says that improving education remains a main priority of his government. Mr. Barzani made the remarks during a conference on education, organi ...

Qubad Talabani urges ‘unanimity’ in advance of referendum

KurdPress - 2017-09-05 14:37
Efforts are underway to build “unanimity” in Kurdistan’s politics and society in advance of a historic referendum scheduled to take place in three weeks’ time, the deputy prime minister told a visiting UK delegation. ...

Peshmerga Will Have Effective Role in Hawija Operation: Townsend

BAS News - 2017-09-01 10:02
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region Peshmerga forces will have an "effective" role in the imminent operation to free the town of Hawija from the Islamic State (IS), stated the commander of the US-led coalition against the IS. Addressing reports on Thursday, Lt. Gen. ...

1,200 IS Militants Killed in Tel Afar Operation

BAS News - 2017-08-31 19:21
ERBIL— Some 1,200 Islamic State (IS) extremists were eliminated in the battle to liberate Tel Afar, stated Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of the US-led anti-IS coalition in Iraq and Syria. Townsend noted over 100,000 square kilometers have been cle ...

500 IS Militants Besieged in Ayadiyah Area of Tel Afar

BAS News - 2017-08-30 14:05
TEL AFAR — Iraqi military estimates that 500 Islamic State (IS) militants are remaining inside Ayadiyah, the last district held by the IS militants in Tel Afar. Iraqi media outlets, quoting military sources in Tel Afar, reported that 500 armed members of ...

Peshmerga Forces Capture 11 IS Suicide Bombers

BAS News - 2017-08-29 14:06
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces captured on Tuesday 11 Islamic State (IS) suicide bombers in Sahl Malih village, on the outskirt of Tel Afar, northern Iraq. Peshmerga officer Bedar Lazgin confirmed to BasNews that the captures were made after ...

Iraqi Army Retakes Citadel Neighborhood in Centre of Tal Afar

BAS News - 2017-08-26 14:07
70 percent of the district has been liberated from IS TAL AFAR — Iraqi forces have cleared 70 percent of Tal Afar district, 70 km west of Mosul, from the Islamic State (IS) militants, including its central citadel neighborhood, sources from the army said ...

IS Threat to UK Increasing as It is Defeated in Iraq, Syria: Minister

BAS News - 2017-08-19 14:43
ERBIL — The threats of Islamic State (IS) terror attacks in the UK is on the rise as the group is suffering from bitter defeats in Iraq and Syria, warned UK’s Security Minister Ben Wallace. "I think the threat is still increasing, partly driven by the fa ...

Peshmerga Kills IS Insurgent in North of Diyala Province

BAS News - 2017-08-17 15:38
ERBIL — An Islamic State (IS) insurgents was killed on Thursday after the Kurdish Peshmerga forces surrounded him in the suburb areas of Jalawla, north of Diyala province. Identified as Rafid Abdulazziz, the militant is said to be originally from Qaya vi ...

KRG Interior Minister: 1,700 IS Members Arrested among IDPs

BAS News - 2017-08-07 20:44
ERBIL— Some 1,700 members of the Islamic State (IS) organization who tried to cross the borders into the Kurdistan Region along the IDPs have been arrested, according to a report. Kurdistan 24 news channel on Monday cited Kurdistan Regional Government (K ...