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Earthquake Hits Iran-KRG Border

Earthquake Hits Iran-KRG Border

BAS News - 2019-04-15 10:22
ERBIL — The border towns of Iranian Kurdistan and Kurdistan Region were hit by another earthquake on Monday, local media reported. The shake, measured at 4.3 on Richter scale, hit Qasre-Shirin in Iranian Kurdish province of Kermanshah at 11:04 (Tehran ti ...
Earthquake Hits Iran-KRG Border - BAS News

Magnitude 5.3 Earthquake Hits KRG-Iran Border

BAS News - 2019-05-11 14:14
ERBIL — A powerful earthquake hit the border areas of Kurdistan Region and Iranian Kurdistan on Saturday. Initial reports measured the shake at 5.3 on Richter scale, with its center was designated as 32 kilometers southwest of the border town of Halabja. ...

Two Kurdish Kolbars drowned in the Jeremy River at the border of Urmia

Kurdpa - 2019-05-08 06:06
Kurdpa Agency: Two Kurdish Kolbars from Tergever district drowned in the Jeremy River at the border of Urmia. ...

Turkish Jets Again Strike Border Areas of Duhok

BAS News - 2019-04-30 16:23
ERBIL — Turkish warplanes once again on Tuesday (30th April) bombed the border areas of Kurdistan Region in Duhok province. Turkey carries out regular bombardments in the region, allegedly targeting Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) positions. Today’s airst ...

Another 11 Kurdish Yezidis Freed from IS in Syria

BAS News - 2019-04-18 13:12
ERBIL — The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have liberated 11 more Kurdish Yezidis whom were abducted by the Islamic State (IS) back in 2014. They are women and children who were received by Yezidi Home Organization from the administration of al-Hol and t ...

Three Kurdish Porters Freeze to Death on Iran Border

BAS News - 2019-04-17 20:31
ERBIL - At least three Kurdish porters have frozen to death in the Iranian border areas with Kurdistan Region while carrying goods during the cold weather. The incident occurred on Tuesday on the heights of Kanixuda in Piranshahr city where a number of p ...

[PICTURES]: Iranian Kurdish Inmate Sews Lips, Eyes to Protest Imminent Execution

BAS News - 2019-04-17 12:16
ERBIL — A Kurdish man held in a prison in Iran has sewed his lips and eyes to protest his imminent execution given on charges of murder. Ahmed Irani is in prison since 2011, after police arrested him for the alleged murder of another man during a street ...

Iranian FM in Damascus to Discuss Syria Crisis

BAS News - 2019-04-16 12:57
ERBIL — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif travelled to Damascus on Tuesday to discuss the Iran-Syria ties and the ongoing crisis in the region, local media reported. Zarif met with Syrian regime President Bashar al-Assad on his arrival. “I am ...

IS Logistic Man Arrested in Kala: Kurdish Security

BAS News - 2019-04-11 13:34
ERBIL — A man has been arrested in the Kurdish city of Kalar, south of Kurdistan Region, who was a member of the Islamic State (IS) and responsible for the group’s logistics in Kirkuk, security forces said. Head of press office at Garmiyan Directorate of ...

Strong earthquake hits northwest Iran, killing 2 and wounding 241 | Euronews

Euronews - 2019-04-09 20:09

40 in 80: 40 years of U.S.-Iran relations in 80 seconds

International Crisis Group - 2019-04-09 19:33
It has been Yesterday 39 years since US President Carter broke diplomatic relations with Iran. This video timeline shows how US policy sought to contain, confront, and at times engage with Iran over the last 40 years. ...

Panic in Christian Villages as Turkey Bombs Kurdistan Border

BAS News - 2019-04-09 16:21
ERBIL — Turkish warplanes once again on Tuesday carried out multiple airstrikes in border areas of Akre, Duhok province of Kurdistan Region. Turkey conducts regular air and ground operations into Kurdistan Region territories, allegedly targeting the posi ...

Iran Appoints News Ambassador to the UN

BAS News - 2019-04-09 16:21
ERBIL — The Islamic Republic of Iran has appointed a new envoy to the Untied Nations as tensions with the US rapidly increased. Tehran said on Tuesday that Majid Takht Ravanchi is appointed to serve as the new ambassador to the United Nations, state medi ...

Two Kolbars Wounded by Shooting of Iranian Border Troops

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2019-04-09 02:00
Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN): Two Kolbars from Baneh and Sardasht have been injured by shooting of Iranian border forces. KHRN has been informed that the border forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran opened fire at the caravan of Kolbars in the b ...

Syria Strongly Decries Washington's Decision Against Iran's IRGC

BAS News - 2019-04-08 22:57
ERBIL - Syria has strongly decried Washington's decision to designate Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a "terrorist organization." Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) cited on Monday an official source at the Syrian Foreign and Expatriates ...

Iran Labels US Military as a "Terrorist Organization": Report

BAS News - 2019-04-08 18:57
ERBIL - Iran has labeled the US military as a "terrorist organization", state media said, adding that Tehran also accused Washington of supporting terrorism. The announcement was made by Iran's Supreme Security Council on Monday shortly after US Presiden ...

US Designates Iran’s IRGC as “Foreign Terrorist Organization”

BAS News - 2019-04-08 17:34
ERBIL — The US announced on Monday that it has designated Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization. “Today, I am formally announcing my Administration’s plan to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) ...

KRG Announces Holiday to Mark Anniversary of Toppling Saddam

BAS News - 2019-04-08 15:12
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) announced holiday on Tuesday to mark the 16th anniversary of liberation of Iraq from Saddam Hussein’s Baath Regime. KRG Spokesperson confirmed the holiday in an official statement, saying that all governmen ...

Magnitude 5.2 Quake Hits Iranian Kurdish Province

BAS News - 2019-04-01 14:22
ERBIL — An earthquake of magnitude 5.2 struck Iranian Kurdish province of Kermanshah on Monday, near the border strip with Kurdistan Region. The quake occurred at 14:14 (Tehran time) with its epicenter designated as the center of Somar district of Kerman ...

KDP Won't Participate in Kirkuk Elections Unless the Province is Stabilized

BAS News - 2019-03-30 22:22
ERBIL - The ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has made it clear that it would not participate in the provincial elections in disputed Kurdish province of Kirkuk unless the security and military situation is normalized in the area. Talking to the Vo ...

Iranian Soldier Killed in Clash with Armed Groups near KRG Border

BAS News - 2019-03-18 14:53
ERBIL — An Iranian soldier was killed by an armed group overnight on Sunday around Baneh city near Kurdistan Region border, local news agencies confirmed. It was not immediately clear if the Kurdish opposition groups were involved in the attack on the Ir ...