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Turkey President, prosecutors target MP for criticism of drone killing of civilian

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Erdogan, Turkey Chief of General Staff to pay separate visits to Iran

KurdPress - 2017-09-17 22:45
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar will pay separate visits to Iran in the coming days amid rising tension over the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) bid to hold an independence referendum on Sept ...

Iraqi PM Abadi Calls for Removal of Kirkuk Governor

BAS News - 2017-09-14 13:38
ERBIL — The Office of the Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri, said on Thursday, that it has received a request from the Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s Office asking the parliament for a vote to dismiss the governor of Kirkuk from the office. “We ...

MiT Chief Visits Erbil for Release of Two Personnel Abducted by PKK

BAS News - 2017-09-14 10:41
ERBIL — Chief of Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MiT), Hakan Fidan, traveled to Kurdistan Region on Tuesday, September 12 to discuss with the Kurdish officials the issue of the two MiT personnel abducted by Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in ...

Senior Marshal of Polish Parliament Supports Kurdistan’s Independence

BAS News - 2017-09-13 11:53
ERBIL — Kornel Morawiecki, Senior Marshal of the Polish parliament, MP and Chairman of Free and Solidarity political party, expressed support for the referendum and independence of Kurdistan Region. During a press conference on September 12 in the Polish ...

British MP on the Sykes–Picot: Time to Revisit; Sensitively

BAS News - 2017-09-12 10:47
ERBIL — As the Kurdistan Region is fast approaching the referendum on its independence, Mike Gapes, a British Labour MP for Ilford South, said that he recently signed a motion to be tabled at the House of Commons, according to which a YES vote “would be ...

Barzani Thanks People of Sulaymaniyah

BAS News - 2017-09-10 13:14
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani thanked the people of Sulaymaniyah for once again proving the spirit of resilience and sacrifice for the legitimate right of Kurds. “The true position of the honourable people of Sulaymaniyah shined out y ...

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 ...

Torture returns to Turkey

The Economist - 2017-09-08 13:25
The iron fist THE masked special-ops officers barged into their apartment in Diyarbakir, in Turkey’s south-east, in the dead of a December night, says Tulay Yer-Celik. For the next two hours Mrs Yer-Celik, her month-old son and her mother-in-law listened ...

Turkey and Iraq Discuss Turkish Military Camp Near Mosul

BAS News - 2017-08-23 22:39
ERBIL — Turkey and Iraq will discuss the future of Bashiqa military camp, located 30 kilometers northeast of Mosul, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Wednesday. During a joint press conference for the foreign minister of Turkey and his Ir ...

Bashiqa People Call for Inclusion of the District in Independence Vote

BAS News - 2017-08-17 13:46
Components of Bashiqa call for holding referendum in their area ERBIL — The head of Bashiqa Mayoral Council called for the inclusion of the district in the September 25th independence referendum of the Kurdistan Region. Considering the numerous demands f ...

Barzani: No Choice for People of Kurdistan But Independence

BAS News - 2017-08-15 16:35
ERBIL— To avoid the recurrence of disasters that happened to them and for peace and prosperity to reign over their land, the people of Kurdistan have no option but to choose independence, stated Kurdistan Region's President Masoud Barzani. In a message i ...