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US Trying to Deliver Millions of Dollars to Sinjar: Envoy

US Trying to Deliver Millions of Dollars to Sinjar: Envoy

BAS News - 2019-04-21 23:50
ERBIL - The United States has allocated millions of dollars to help the reconstruction of the Yezidi majority populated region of Sinjar, but the situation of the town is not suitable to deliver the funds, Joey Hood, chargé d'affaires at the US embassy i ...
US Trying to Deliver Millions of Dollars to Sinjar: Envoy - BAS News

No, a Buffer Zone in Syria is not America's job | Opinion

Newsweek - 2019-05-07 17:45
A safe zone is completely unnecessary for U.S. national security, and the Kurdish-Turkish conflict is not ours to solve. ...

Sinjar: BCF Halts Humanitarian Mission as PKK Threatens, Arrests Representative

BAS News - 2019-04-30 19:34
ERBIL - The Kurdish Barzani Charity Foundation (BCF) announced on Tuesday evening the suspension of its humanitarian aid in the Yezidi majority populated region of Sinjar after the arrest of its office head by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) affiliate ...

Government cars are misused on daily bases in Iraqi Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2019-04-28 21:31
Araz Barwari | Exclusive to Ekurd.net Kurdistan regional government (KRG) pumps millions of dollars in public departments and agencies but doesn’t follow up closely to see how the money is used and spent. For example, Millions of dollars is being spent o ...

US Forces to Stay for a Long Time in Iraq: General

BAS News - 2019-04-28 21:08
ERBIL - The US forces will stay in Iraq for a long period of time, Chief of the US Central Command, General Kenneth McKenzie, said on Saturday, adding that Washington would be well capable to encounter Tehran if needed. McKenzie made the remarks during a ...

Turkey Working to Secure US Green Light for Iranian Oil Imports

BAS News - 2019-04-26 15:09
ERBIL — Turkey is in negotiations with US counterparts to convince Washington to allow continued oil imports from Iran without facing sanctions. Turkish biggest refiner, Tupras, which heavily depends on oil imports from Iran, is now hoping to gain an ext ...

KDP, PUK trying to silence New Generation president: Srwa Abdulwahid

E-Kurd - 2019-04-25 18:30
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— New Generation (Newey Nwê) Movement liaison to the Islah and Bina Coalition Srwa Abdulwahid addressed the growing controversy within the Movement in a tweet on Thursday, blaming other parties in Iraqi Kurdistan Region ...

US Struggles To Get Ssupport From Allies For Syria: WSJ

Waar Media - 2019-04-24 10:42
WAAR_DUHOK U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has reached out to at least 21 of its allies for troops and logistical support to prevent a resurgence of Daesh in Syria, but nearly half have declined so far, The Wall Street Journal said Tuesday. ...

Turkey to Find Alternative if US Refuses F-35 Deal: Turkish FM

BAS News - 2019-04-24 00:05
ERBIL - Turkey will find an alternative to meet its needs if the US refuses to supply the F-35 fighter jets, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday. "Why do we buy the S-400 [air defense systems]? Because we have an urgent need for an air defe ...

Integrity Board Reveals Corruption Probes against Former Nineveh Governor

BAS News - 2019-04-22 23:57
ERBIL - Iraq's Commission of Integrity has revealed a grave case of corruption made by the former Nineveh Governor Nawfal Hamadi, saying that millions of dollars went missing during his administration. According to a statement by the commission, over 60$ ...

Iraqi Parliament Trying to Pass New Law to Restrict Social Platforms

BAS News - 2019-04-22 23:24
ERBIL - Iraqi Parliament is reportedly trying to pass a new law to restrict media and social media platforms in the country, an official revealed on Monday. The Council of Representatives made the first reading on Monday for the proposal dubbed "crimes o ...

Sri Lanka Attacks Indicate Importance of "Common Global Values": Kurdistan PM

BAS News - 2019-04-22 00:40
ERBIL - Apart from decrying the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka on Sunday, Kurdistan Region PM Nechirvan Barzani has also argued that such incidents indicate that there are forces trying to prevent the spread of "common global values", including peace and ...

‘Brexit is not future of European Union’: EU’s Juncker

Waar Media - 2019-04-16 16:31
WAAR_DUHOK “Brexit is not the future of the European Union” and cannot pose as an obstacle before EU’s progress, the head of European Commission said on Thursday. “Brexit cannot hinder our progress and it will not. The trade agreements and relations with ...

Seven key figures accused of transferring millions of dollars to Daesh in a network across the Middle East, Europe and East Africa are targeted with sanctions by US Treasury

The Global Coalition - 2019-04-16 07:02
Washington – Today, the U.S. Treasury has “designated” seven individuals and one company as part of powers which target terrorists – and those providing support to terrorists. When a person becomes a “Specially Designated National”, their assets are bloc ...

Iraqis Should Choose Either Washington or Tehran: US Envoy

BAS News - 2019-04-10 23:48
ERBIL - Washington's top envoy in Iraq has argued that the people of the country have to make a choice between the US and Iranian forces, saying that they cannot side with both states simultaneously. The warning was issued by Joey Hood, chargé d'affaires ...

PM Barzani Discusses Political, Security Affairs with US Delegates

BAS News - 2019-04-09 23:06
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received on Tuesday a US delegation, led by Joey Hood, chargé d'affaires at the US Embassy in Baghdad, to discuss a number of political and security issues in the region. During the meeting, where ...

Iraqi Parliament Trying to Ban Online Video Games

BAS News - 2019-04-05 00:55
ERBIL - The Iraqi Parliament is trying to prepare a proposal for blocking the online video games in the country, viewing the games as a threat for the members of the society. Deputy Parliament Speaker Hasan Kaabi has urged relevant committees to work on ...

First Female Peshmerga Officers to attend Military Leadership Course in the United States

Ministry of Peshmerga - 2019-04-03 06:01
Media Center, Ministry of Peshmerga The official account of the United States Consulate in the Kurdistan region shared that CG Steven Fagin received Peshmerga First Lieutenant Safa Mahmoud Hussein and acknowledged her qualifications and efforts to attend ...

SDF Trying to Root Out IS in Baghouz: Spokesperson

BAS News - 2019-04-02 20:18
ERBIL - The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is trying to root out the Islamic State (IS) remnants in the Syrian eastern village of Baghouz, a spokesperson said on Tuesday. "SDF combing the area in Baghouz and its vicinity, dismantling mines/tr ...

Iraqi Army Expects PKK to Either Handover Weapons or Prepare for War in Sinjar

BAS News - 2019-03-26 22:51
ERBIL - Iraqi Army in the Yezidi majority populated region of Sinjar have warned the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) to either handover their weapons or be prepared for a military confrontation with the national forces, a security source said on Tuesday. ...