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More Safe Zones Needed in Syria: Russian FM

More Safe Zones Needed in Syria: Russian FM

BAS News - 2017-09-10 23:48
ERBIL — The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov met with his Saudi Arabian counterpart, Adel Jubeir, on Sunday to discuss the ongoing Syrian Crisis and the need of establishment of more safe zones in the country. The two officials agreed that the so- ...
More Safe Zones Needed in Syria: Russian FM  - BAS News

Kurdistan Referendum Council to Discuss Future Steps of Independence

BAS News - 2017-10-01 14:21
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s High Council of Referendum is set to convene on Sunday to discuss a number of issues, including changing the designation of the council and the strides in post-referendum phase. The referendum council will adopt a new designati ...

Airstrike wounds 6 U.S.-backed fighters in eastern Syria

Los Angeles Times - 2017-09-17 02:46
A U.S.-backed force in Syria said a Russian airstrike wounded six of its fighters Saturday near the eastern city of Dair Alzour, while in southeastern Syria, government troops and their Iran-backed allies began a new offensive to capture areas along the ...

Iran, Russia, Turkey agree on Syria de-escalation zones

KurdPress - 2017-09-15 16:18
Iran, Turkey and Russia have agreed to set up de-escalation zones in Syria for six months, negotiators for the three nations said in a joint statement on Sept. 15 after talks in Kazakhstan. ...

Coalition Conducts 78 Airstrikes in Syria, Iraq Over The Weekend

BAS News - 2017-09-11 20:57
ERBIL — The US-led coalition carried out 78 airstrikes consisting of 91 engagements against the so-called Islamic State (IS) in both Syria and Iraq, the Jointly Task Forces said on Monday. The Coalition conducted 34 airstrikes near the Syrian city of Raq ...

Delegation of the Kurdish National Council (KNC) in Moscow

KNC Geneva - 2017-09-08 23:58
At the invitation of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a delegation of the KNR in Syria under the leadership of President Ibrahim Biro traveled to Russia this week. On Thursday, 7 September 2017, the delegates met the Russian Deputy Foreign Ministe ...

Russia Emphasizes the Involvement of Kurds in Intra-Syria Talks

BAS News - 2017-09-08 15:33
ERBIL — Russian President's special envoy for the Middle East and Africa, Mikhail Bogdanov, has reaffirmed the importance the presence of Syrian Kurds in the talks on peace settlement in Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. Bogdanov met ...

Moscow: ISIS ‘minister of war’ killed in Russian airstrike

Waar Media - 2017-09-08 13:06
WAAR-DUHOK: Russia claimed Friday to have killed several top commanders of ISIS group in an airstrike in Syria, including the so-called Emir of Deir Ezzor and the “Minister of War”. “As a result of a precision airstrike of the Russian air forces in the v ...

Israeli jets strike ‘chemical weapons factory’ in Syria’s Hama

Waar Media - 2017-09-07 14:40
WAAR-DUHOK: Israel targeted a military facility in western Syria’s Hama province early on Thursday, Syria’s army said, breaching Lebanese airspace to carry out the strikes. The army statement said the airstrike killed two people and caused material damag ...

Russian troops killed amid Syrian regime advance on Deir ez-Zour

Waar Media - 2017-09-05 12:55
WAAR-DUHOK: The Russian defence ministry says two Russian troops have been killed in shelling in Syria’s east as Russian-backed regime forces come close to breaking IS siege on Deir ez-Zour. The ministry’s statement quoted by Russian news agencies late o ...

UK Minister of State arrives in Erbil to discuss referendum

KurdPress - 2017-09-04 11:03
A British senior delegation, headed by Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth office, arrived in Kurdistan Region’s capital Erbil overnight Sunday, planning to discuss the imminent independence vote with top Kurdish officials, BasNews reported ...

UK Minister of State in Erbil to Discuss Kurdistan’s Independence Vote

BAS News - 2017-09-04 01:21
ERBIL — A British senior delegation, headed by Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth office, arrived in Kurdistan Region’s capital Erbil overnight Sunday, planning to discuss the imminent independence vote with top Kurdish officials. Alistai ...

Lavrov begins Persian Gulf tour to discuss Qatar crisis

Waar Media - 2017-08-28 13:16
WAAR-DUHOK: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will go on a brief tour of the Persian Gulf countries starting with Kuwait on Monday. During his tour, he will also make visits to the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. While in Kuwait, the Russian top dip ...

French ministers arrive in Erbil, meet Barzani ahead of referendum

KurdPress - 2017-08-27 13:39
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Defence Minister Florence Parly met with Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region on Saturday August 26, weeks ahead of a planned referendum on independence of K ...

UN Calls on Iraq to Ensure Victims of IS Sexual Violence See Justice

BAS News - 2017-08-22 11:05
ERBIL — (UHCHR) The Iraqi Government needs to ensure that the thousands of women and girls who survived rape and other forms of sexual violence by the Islamic State (IS) fighters receive care, protection, and justice, and that the children born as a resu ...

Israel’s Netanyahu in Favour of Kurdistan’s Statehood: Report

BAS News - 2017-08-14 00:10
ERBIL — Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed his “positive attitude” towards an independent state of Kurdistan as the Kurds are preparing for a referendum to secede from Iraq. Citing a source, The Jerusalem Post reported on Sunday tha ...