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Kurdistan Referendum Will Not Delay Hawija Operation: MP

Kurdistan Referendum Will Not Delay Hawija Operation: MP

BAS News - 2017-09-10 17:50
ERBIL— The operation to retake the control of the Islamic State (IS)-held town of Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk, will launch before the end of September, said an Arab MP from Kirkuk on Sunday. Khaled al-Mafraj was cited by some Iraqi media reports as sayin ...
Kurdistan Referendum Will Not Delay Hawija Operation: MP - BAS News

Kurdistan Referendum Has No Direct Impact on Anti-IS Operation

BAS News - 2017-10-02 20:26
ERBIL — US Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Robert Sofge has rejected the concerns about possible impacts of Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum on the international campaigns against the Islamic State (IS). Speaking to Defense One, Brig. Gen. Robert “G-Ma ...

Iraqi PM Gives Kurdistan Until Friday to Hand Over Control of Airports

BAS News - 2017-09-26 23:07
BAGHDAD — The Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi gave the Kurdistan Region until Friday 3:00 p.m (1200 GMT) to hand over control of its airports and border gates in order to avoid an international air embargo. Iraqi PM’s measure is intended to force th ...

Kurdistan Referendum Will Not Be Postponed: Senior Council

BAS News - 2017-09-17 17:04
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region's Senior Referendum Council on Saturday announced that the referendum on the independence of Kurdistan will be held on time, as scheduled for 25th September. Today in Erbil's Pirman parish the senior council held a meeting, chaire ...

Barzani rejects US, UK, UN proposal to delay referendum

KurdPress - 2017-09-15 23:31
Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Friday said that the people of the Kurdistan Region have not received the alternative yet to the upcoming independence referendum scheduled for Sep. 25, stating the vote will be held on time. ...

Over 100,000 Hawija Civilians Displaced Since August 2016

BAS News - 2017-09-12 19:53
ERBIL — More than 100,000 civilians have been displaced from Islamic State (IS)-held city of Hawija between August 2016 and September 2017, said the Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights. The majority of the internally displaced persons (IDP) have entered t ...

Barzani to UN Envoy: Referendum Will Not Be Postponed

BAS News - 2017-09-11 18:24
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President restated on Monday that the vote on the independence of the Kurdistan Region will be held as scheduled on 25th September. President Barzani received the Special Representative of the United Nations in Iraq, Jan Kubis on ...

SDF Announces Operation in IS-held Deir al-Zor

BAS News - 2017-09-09 12:42
ERBIL — The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced on Saturday a major military operation against Islamic State (IS) in the province of Deir al-Zor, an official said. The SDF, backed by the US-led coalition, has been in fierce fighting with ...

Army, allies to retake Hawijah from IS terrorists soon: Iraqi PM

KurdPress - 2017-09-07 10:34
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has stated that army troops, backed by allied Kurdish forces of Peshmerga, will soon launch a multi-pronged operation to liberate the city of Hawijah in the oil-rich northern province of Kirkuk from Islamic State (IS) ...

Hawija Operation Won’t Impact Independence Referendum: Official

BAS News - 2017-09-06 16:06
KIKRUK — Hawija operation will not have a negative impact on the Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum set to happen on September 25, Kamal Kirkuki, Commander of Peshmerga Forces on Kirkuk’s western front said on Wednesday. Kirkuki told BasNews “Lib ...

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 ...

Twin Blasts Hit IS-held Hawija

BAS News - 2017-09-03 20:10
ERBIL — Two successive blasts hit on Sunday the northern Iraqi town of Hawija which is the last pocket held by Islamic State (IS). According to local sources from Kirkuk, one of the explosions targeted an IS convoy and has reportedly left dozens of jihad ...

Hawija Operation to Launch Soon: JOC

BAS News - 2017-08-30 19:29
ERBIL— A military campaign to liberate the town of Hawija, Kirkuk province, from the Islamic State (IS) control will launch soon, declared the Joint Operations Command (JOC) in a statement on Wednesday. Kirkuk officials have repeatedly called on Baghdad ...

Turkish PM: Kurdistan Referendum Will Not Incite War in the Region

BAS News - 2017-08-25 10:37
ERBIL —Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Friday disapproved of the claims that the independence referendum of the Kurdistan Region will incite a new war in the region. Some opposition party leaders and nationalists in Turkey alleged the vote will ...