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It's a Shame to Stay with Iraq: Yezidi Official

It's a Shame to Stay with Iraq: Yezidi Official

BAS News - 2017-09-10 17:11
ERBIL— The officials and personalities of the ethno-religious Yezidi community in Iraq state the Yezidi people yearn for a life with no more catastrophes and have pinned their entire hope on the independence referendum of the Kurdistan Region. This time ...
It\'s a Shame to Stay with Iraq: Yezidi Official - BAS News

France’s Macron Offers to Mediate between Baghdad and Erbil

BAS News - 2017-10-05 11:59
ERBIL — President of France Emmanuel Macron offered to mediate between the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Region to settle their disputes. Macron said in a press conference after meeting Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Paris on Thursday that ...

Iran, Turkey Have Not Shut Border Gates with Kurdistan Region

BAS News - 2017-09-25 11:31
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Region’s border gates with Turkey and Iran are still open and the traffic is normal at those crossings. Bülent Tüfenkci, Turkish Minister of Customs and Trade, rejected the news claiming that Turkey had closed its border gates with ...

Kurdistan Has No Future in Iraq: FM

BAS News - 2017-09-21 11:44
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Region is determined to hold the independence referendum as scheduled for 25th September as it believes that it has no future within the current borders of Iraq, a senior official said. “We have realised that we have no future, what ...

Turkey's Erdogan to discuss northern Iraq vote with Iraqi PM

Reuters - 2017-09-17 11:50
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will meet Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi during his visit to the United States this week and discuss their concerns about northern Iraq's independence referendum. ...

Iraq says it's prepared to use force if Kurdish referendum turns violent

Chicago Tribune - 2017-09-17 02:40
Iraq is prepared to intervene militarily if the Kurdish region's planned independence referendum results in violence, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview Saturday. If the Iraqi population is "threatened by t ...

Fixing Libya's Economy Essential to Curb Migrant Flows

International Crisis Group - 2017-09-14 15:54
A recent dramatic decrease in migrants reaching Europe may be partly explained by payoffs to armed groups in Libya. In this video, Crisis Group’s Senior Analyst for Libya, Claudia Gazzini, warns of the risks associated with short-term solutions to the fl ...

"Those who launch a war have to expect a response.” Barzani in Kirkuk

KurdisCat - 2017-09-12 19:50
The leader of Iraq’s Kurdish region defended an independence referendum planned for later this month during a visit Tuesday to the oil-rich Kirkuk province, the epicenter of a long-running dispute with the central government. Iraq’s parliament meanwhile ...

Jordan border crossing with Iraq reopened in major boost to ties

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
AMMAN,— Jordan and Iraq reopened their only border crossing on Wednesday after a two-year closure, taking a step toward stabilizing an area devastated by Islamic State group extremists and allowing for a resumption of vital trade. Iraq closed the crossin ...

Behind the scenes at Iraqi Kurdistan’s school for Sufis

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— A school in Iraqi Kurdistan trains novice clerics in a form of Islamic mysticism called Naqshbandi. Rules are strict here, the teachers say, but they have nothing to do with extremism. A skinny ten-year-old roams the ...

Gorran, KIG reiterate their position to postpone Kurdistan referendum

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The Change Movement (Gorran), the second biggest party in Iraqi Kurdistan, and the Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG) reiterated their position on Monday calling for a delay to the referendum on the independence of Kurdist ...