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Iraq to Appoint New Vice Presidents after Prolonged Dispute

Iraq to Appoint New Vice Presidents after Prolonged Dispute

BAS News - 2019-03-28 11:09
ERBIL — The positions of first and second vice presidents of Iraq are to be filled after months of political disputes that has left even the Iraqi government incomplete. MP Alia Nusaif said on Thursday that appointing the vice presidents is already overd ...
Iraq to Appoint New Vice Presidents after Prolonged Dispute - BAS News

Sadr Criticizes New Iraqi Government

BAS News - 2019-04-25 22:31
ERBIL - Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, head of Sa'eroun alliance, has strongly criticized the new government which is yet to be concluded after several months, considering the new cabinet "corrupted". Sadr said in an online statement on his Twitte ...

PM Abdul-Mahdi Invites Pope to Iraq

BAS News - 2019-04-24 10:52
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi said on Thursday he has officially invited Pope Francis to visit his country. He said Iraq is introducing its new policy which emphasizes on partnership with other countries and communities around the world. ...

Iraqi Kurdistan situation reached a point like Sudan, Algeria: New Generation

E-Kurd - 2019-04-11 19:04
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The New Generation Movement said on Thursday that the situation in Iraqi Kurdistan Region, which has been governed by a ruling duopoly for the last 28 years, has reached a point where people take will begin taking to ...

Saudi to Open New Consulates in Iraq: Minister

BAS News - 2019-04-04 00:39
ERBIL - Saudi Arabia is expected to open four new consulates in Iraq, the Saudi Minister of Commerce and Investment, Majid bin Abdullah Al Qasabi, revealed on Wednesday. Qasabi made the remarks during a joint press conference with Iraqi Oil Minister Samr ...

KDP will not wait any longer to form new Iraqi Kurdistan cabinet, Barzani says

E-Kurd - 2019-04-03 18:07
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) Massoud Barzani has said that the party will not wait any longer for the other parties and would proceed to form a new government. Speaking at the Erbil International ...

Iraq to open border to allow its refugees to return

ANF - 2019-04-03 11:28
The Iraqi government said it is ready to reopen border to allow its citizens who fled DAESH and went to Northern and Eastern Syria to return. ...

Iraq Generated over $6 Billion from March Oil Exports

BAS News - 2019-04-01 16:09
ERBIL — The oil exports from Iraq to the international market reached 104 million barrels in March, generating more than $6 billion for Baghdad, the oil ministry said on Monday. "Iraq's total exports of crude oil in March reached about 104.6 million barr ...

Washington Reaffirms Support to Iraq to Ensure IS is Fully Defeated: Pompeo

BAS News - 2019-03-28 22:38
ERBIL - US has reaffirmed its prolonged commitment to coordinate with Iraq to ensure the Islamic State (IS) is fully defeated, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday. The US senior official made the remarks during a meeting with the Iraqi Parlia ...

EU-funded Programme in Iraq to Support Recovery, Stability Through Local Development

BAS News - 2019-03-28 15:21
BASRA (UNDP) — The European Union (EU), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) continue to work together to help the people of Iraq in their pursuit of recovery and stability. On 28 March 2019 ...

Iraq to Receive Thousands of IS Suspects from SDF Soon

BAS News - 2019-03-26 22:51
ERBIL - Iraq is expected to receive thousands of Islamic State (IS) suspects from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the near future as the militant group has been declared fully defeated in neighboring Syria. The SDF will hand over nearly ...

Bridge linking Iraq to Kurdistan Region ‘may collapse at any mom

Rûdaw - 2019-03-25 22:18

IS Attacks Oil Field in Northern Iraq

BAS News - 2019-03-25 11:43
ERBIL — Islamic State (IS) insurgents carried out an armed attack on Alaas oilfield in Salahaddin province of Iraq, a statement confirmed on Monday. After a fierce armed clash, the police forces managed to thwart the attack, said Iraq’s North Oil Company ...

Iraqi government suspends calls to and from Korek Telecom

E-Kurd - 2019-03-25 11:38
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The Iraqi government has suspended all calls to and from Barzani-owned Korek Telecom for violating government instructions. The Iraqi Communications and Media Commission issued an order dated March 20, 2019 informi ...

Syrian Kurds urge world to take back foreign Islamic State jihadists

E-Kurd - 2019-03-25 11:38
QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— Syria’s Kurds warned Sunday that the thousands of foreign jihadists they have detained in their fight against the Islamic State group are a time-bomb the international community urgently needs to defuse. Speaking a day after ...

Border Crossing Between Iraq and Syria to be Opened Soon: Commander

BAS News - 2019-03-18 19:15
ERBIL - In hopes of improving the trade exchange between Iraq and Syria, the border crossing between the two neighbors will be opened soon, an Iraqi commander revealed on Monday. "The coming days will witness the opening of the border crossing between Sy ...

Foreign Troops in Iraq Not a Threat to Neighbors: Parliament Speaker

BAS News - 2019-03-07 23:22
ERBIL - The presence of the US-led coalition troops in Iraq poses no threat to the neighboring countries, Iraqi Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbusi said on Thursday. Halbusi made the remarks during a visit to Iran where he had meetings with President ...

6th Sulaimaniya Forum to Open on Thursday

BAS News - 2019-03-05 22:19
ERBIL - The sixth Sulaimaniya Forum will be held tomorrow at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimaniya (AUIS). Titled as "Iraq and its Neighbors: Towards a New Regional Order", the annual event will open on March 6 and 7 where several world and Iraqi ...

Iraqi Government, Residents Should Collaborate to Eliminate IS: Official

BAS News - 2019-02-27 19:50
ERBIL - The Islamic State (IS) cannot be considered fully defeated in Iraq unless the federal government wins the hearts and minds of the people in the war-torn areas in the country, an Iraqi official argued on Wednesday. The comments were made by Ahmed ...

Iraqi Shi’ite MP Claims IS Supreme Leader in Anbar under US Protection

BAS News - 2019-02-27 12:28
ERBIL — An Iraqi Shi’ite lawmaker has claimed that the Islamic State (IS) supreme leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdad is being protected by the US forces in Iraq’s western province of Anbar. MP Hassan Salim, from Sadiqoon faction of Asaib Ahl al-Haq, said that Ba ...