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Iraq elects veteran Kurdish politician Barham Salih as its new president; government-formation to take place soon - Firstpost

Iraq elects veteran Kurdish politician Barham Salih as its new president; government-formation to take place soon - Firstpost

Firstpost - 2019-04-22 16:57

Iraq elects veteran Kurdish politician Barham Salih as its new president; government-formation to take place soon - Firstpost - Firstpost

U.S. orders ‘non-emergency’ government employees to leave Iraq

Waar Media - 2019-05-15 15:27
WAAR_DUHOK The State Department on Wednesday ordered all “non-emergency U.S. government employees” to leave Iraq amid soaring tensions with Iran, which backs proxy forces there. It said in a statement that the announcement affects both the U.S. Embassy i ...

President Erdogan due to visit Iraq towards end of year

Waar Media - 2019-04-28 23:44
WAAR_DUHOK President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is due to visit Iraq towards end of this year, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Sunday. “President Erdogan will visit Iraq to hold 4th High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council meeting towards end of this ye ...

Three Kurds Nominated to Iraqi Embassies

BAS News - 2019-04-28 15:44
ERBIL — Three Kurdish figures are nominated to take offices as new ambassadors and consul generals of Iraq abroad. According to an official document by Iraq’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the candidates will be invited to an interview before being appoin ...

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. ...

Leyla Güven: 168 day on hunger strike

ANF - 2019-04-24 08:38
The hunger strike resistance led by Leyla Güven has been joined by thousands in Kurdish and Turkish prisons as well as in many European cities. ...

Kurdish media celebrates 121 years

ANF - 2019-04-22 13:11
It has been 121 years since the first Kurdish language newspaper, Kurdistan, was published in what is considered to be the beginning of Kurdish media. Despite all pressures, obstacles and bans, Kurdish press tradition continues the legacy. ...

Iraq Dismisses Another Kurdish Official in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2019-04-21 14:57
ERBIL — Authorities ordered the dismissal of another Kurdish official in the disputed province of Kirkuk. According to the information obtained by BasNews, Jihan Ibrahim, manager of Kirkuk acting directorate of water and sewage is replaced by a new figur ...

Jailed Kurdish politician says election result is a response to one-man rule in Turkey | Ahval

Ahvalnews - 2019-04-20 15:42

Appeal for Kurdish cinema

ANF - 2019-04-18 09:38
Kurdish cinema is under attack in Turkey: directors are sentenced to prison, their film censored. The Kurdistan Information Office in Italy - UIKI has promoted a signature campaign. ...

Afrin: People Seek Fate of Their Relatives' Held by Islamist Groups

BAS News - 2019-04-17 02:00
ERBIL - People of the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northern Syria appealed on Wednesday to humanitarian and human rights organizations to ensure the fate of their relatives who have been held by the Turkey-backed Syrian rebels for over seven months. Accor ...

Kurdistan industry booming after removal of customs duties with Iraq: ministry

E-Kurd - 2019-04-16 17:38
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Factory output in Iraqi Kurdistan Region is booming thanks to the removal of customs duties and checkpoints between Iraq and Kurdistan Region. “Due to the removal of customs checkpoints between Baghdad and the Regi ...

Iraq unearths mass grave of Kurds killed by Saddam

Reuters - 2019-04-15 06:14
Iraq must never forget Saddam Hussein's crimes or allow his party to return, President Barham Salih said on Sunday after attending the unearthing of a mass grave of Kurds killed by the former leader's forces three decades ago. ...

Iraq unearths mass grave of Kurds killed by Saddam

Jerusalem Post - 2019-04-14 23:26
"The new Iraq must never forget these crimes that were committed against Iraqi people from all groups," said Iraqi President Barham Salih. ...

Turkish ruling party says veteran Kurdish politician too old to be mayor | Ahval

Ahvalnews - 2019-04-12 15:14

Iraqi President Salih sent draft bill on genocide against Yazidi

ANF - 2019-04-10 08:34
Iraqi President Barham Salih sent a draft bill to parliament that would classify atrocities committed by ISIS against Yazidi women as “genocide”. ...

Kurdish clashes raise tension as opposition cries foul in Iraq vote - Reuters

Reuters - 2019-04-05 02:17

[PICTURES] Prde: Kurdish District Partially Evacuated as Flood Hits

BAS News - 2019-04-02 13:29
ERBIL — Increasing water level of Zab River has resulted in the evacuation of two neighborhoods of Prde (Altun Kopri) as heavy rainfalls caused flood in the region. Prde is located some 40 kilometers northwest of Kirkuk, about 50 kilometers from Erbil. T ...

British Kurdish Islamic State fighter Mohammed Ismail executed for spying

E-Kurd - 2019-04-01 18:57
LONDON,— A baby-faced British Iraqi Kurdish ISIS recruit from Coventry has become the first person to be executed by the terror group as a spy. Mohammed Ismail, who was nicknamed Osama bin Bieber, after the Canadian pop star because of his youthful appea ...

Kirmanshan: Kurdish Porter Severely Injured by Iranian Forces

BAS News - 2019-03-31 22:19
ERBIL - A Kurdish porter, better known as Kolber, was severely wounded by the Iranian border guards in the province of Kirmanshan. According to Hangaw Organization for Human Rights, the Iranian forces opened fire at a group of Kolbers in the area of Naws ...

Iraqi president Barham Salih sacrificed CDJ for own ambition: National Coalition member

E-Kurd - 2019-03-28 11:31
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— One of the founders of the National Coalition Muhammad Rauf said Wednesday that Iraqi President Barham Salih had sacrificed his former party for the sake of his own ambitions. Rauf told NRT TV that Salih will not succ ...