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Instability Forces IDPs to Return to Camps in Kurdistan: Official

Instability Forces IDPs to Return to Camps in Kurdistan: Official

BAS News - 2019-05-06 23:44
ERBIL - Hundreds of IDPs have again returned to the camps in Kurdistan Region since January due to instability in their places of origin, an official was quoted as saying on Monday. "Over 530 IDP families have come back to the camps [in the Kurdistan Reg ...
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ExxonMobil to Return Foreign Staff to Iraq Soon

BAS News - 2019-05-31 23:26
ERBIL - ExxonMobil has decided to return its foreign staff to Iraq's southern West Qurna 1 oilfield on upcoming Sunday as the government agreed to provide additional security, senior Iraqi oil officials were quoted as saying. Earlier the month, the oil c ...

Duhok: 81 Yezidi Families Return to Camps Again

BAS News - 2019-05-30 01:09
ERBIL - During last month only, a total of 81 Yezidi families returned to the IDP camps in the Kurdistan Region's Duhok province due to alleged instability in their places of origin, an official has confirmed. Salim Saeed, a spokesperson for the Board of ...

Syria: Rocket Attacks by Militants Kill, Wound 17 Civilians

BAS News - 2019-05-27 01:28
ERBIL - At least 17 civilians were either killed or wounded on Sunday in rocket attacks carried out by militant groups on the Idlib de-escalation zone on Syria's al-Suqaylabiyah, a commander was quoted as saying. Major General Viktor Kupchishin, the comm ...

Turkey Confident to Buy S-400: Minister

BAS News - 2019-05-27 00:35
ERBIL - Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Sunday that Ankara has "self-confidence" to purchase Russia's S-400 missile defense system. "Should we not purchase the S-400s? We didn't have the means in the past," Soylu was quoted as saying, ac ...

No Plans to Halt Military Training in Iraq: France

BAS News - 2019-05-15 22:00
ERBIL - The French government has made it clear that it has no plans to halt its military trainings in Iraq, a source close to country's Defense Ministry was quoted as saying. "There is no change regarding the French engagement at this time," the source ...

More health care delivered to people in return areas of Nineveh

BAS News - 2019-05-12 15:34
(WHO) - As WHO strives to support the government of Iraq to increase access to health care for thousands of people who have returned to Ninewa, the agency has established a third primary health care facility in Ninawa governorate to meet the life-saving ...

Five More Yezidis Reunite with Family in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2019-05-09 00:09
ERBIL - Another five Yezidis reunited with their family members on Wednesday in an IDP camp in Kurdistan Region. The civilians included a woman and four of her children who had been kidnapped by the Islamic State (IS) from the Yezidi majority populated r ...

Kurdish hunger strikes for Ocalan to continue in Turkey: KCK

E-Kurd - 2019-05-07 20:46
DIYARBAKIR-AMED, Turkey Kurdistan,— Kurdish hunger strikes are set to continue in Turkey’s prisons and internationally as part of a struggle by the “whole of humanity” against the continued isolation of Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan. A statement from th ...

Pearl Petroleum to raise funding to invest in Kurdistan Region of Iraq | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Zawya - 2019-05-06 16:04

Parliament to Convene, Reactivate Kurdistan Presidency Soon: Source

BAS News - 2019-05-05 12:34
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Parliament is planning to convene in the upcoming days to continue the discussions over the reactivation of Kurdistan Region Presidency and, possibly, elect the new president. A source from the parliament told BasNews on Sunday t ...

Sheep Shearing started in Kurdistan

Waar Media - 2019-05-02 17:20
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Dutch Government Forcing Yezidis to Return to Iraq: Reports

BAS News - 2019-05-02 13:07
ERBIL — The Netherlands has reportedly devised a new policy that forces the Kurdish Yezidi asylum seekers to return to Iraq and Kurdistan Region, claiming that the situation is calm now. Speaking to BasNews, Ari Jalal, head of Lutka Organization for Migr ...

Isolation protests in May 1 celebrations in Kurdistan

ANF - 2019-05-01 17:27
Workers took to the streets in Kurdistan for May 1. AKP’s anti-labor practices were protested in the demonstrations where the workers also drew attention to the isolation and the hunger strikes. ...

Flow of Mosul IDPs to Kurdistan Continues on a Daily Bases: BCF

BAS News - 2019-05-01 15:13
ERBIL — Despite the declaration of final victory over the Islamic State (IS) in Mosul long time ago, residents continue escaping the harsh conditions and seek refuge in Kurdistan Region, most of them for the second time. Following the fall of Mosul to th ...

Iraq Forces Convicts to Confess to IS Membership: HRW

BAS News - 2019-04-30 22:30
ERBIL - Relatives of those who have been convicted and jailed in Mosul city have accused the Iraqi security forces of torturing the prisoners and forcing them to confess their Islamic State (IS) membership. Mayada Omer, a resident of Mosul city, told The ...

Sudan forces attempt to break up sit-in outside army HQ

Waar Media - 2019-04-15 13:31
WAAR_DUHOK Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces (RSF) reportedly attempted on Monday to break up a sit-in staged by protesters outside the army headquarters in Khartoum. Military bulldozers moved to remove roadblocks erected by protesters near the headquarters b ...

Bomb Attack in Raqqa Kills, Wounds 11

BAS News - 2019-04-09 19:12
Casualties include members of the SDF. ERBIL - At least eight people, including Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) members, were killed in a bomb explosion in Syria's Raqqa on Tuesday, a security source was quoted as saying. Apart from four fight ...

US Increasing Troops in Iraq to Protect IS Leader Baghdadi: Iraqi Expert

BAS News - 2019-04-08 23:13
ERBIL - The United States' aim in increasing its forces in Iraq is to protect the top Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, an Iraqi expert was quoted as saying. Al-Maalomah news agency quoted Kazzem al-Haaj as claiming that Washington is tryin ...

US Won't Stop Efforts to Oust Iranian Forces from Syria: Official

BAS News - 2019-04-08 21:56
ERBIL - One of Washington's main goals in Syria is to oust the Iranian forces from the country, a top US official was quoted as saying, noting that "there are a lot of tools we can use." Talking to The National on Monday, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of ...

KDP, PUK to Ink Their Political Agreement on Monday

BAS News - 2019-04-07 22:32
ERBIL- The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) are expected to officially sign their political agreement on Monday, a member of the latter party revealed. The two Kurdish major parties finally reached an agreement ...