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Iraqi Parliament to Discuss Compensation from Israel for 1981 Strike

Iraqi Parliament to Discuss Compensation from Israel for 1981 Strike

BAS News - 2019-05-22 16:43
ERBIL — A bill has been submitted to the Iraqi parliament for discussions over demanding compensation from Israel for the strike on Iraq’s nuclear reactor in 1981. The proposed bill, if passed, would oblige the Iraqi government to officially demand a com ...
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US-led Coalition Confirms Rocket Attack on Iraq’s Camp Taji

BAS News - 2019-06-18 11:01
ERBIL — The US-led Coalition has confirmed that rockets were fired at Camp Taji in Iraq where US military personnel are stationed together with Iraqis. Late on Monday, reports said that at least three rockets had been fired at the camp, two of which hit ...

Kurdistan’s PM-designate in Sulaimani to discuss formation of new cabinet

E-Kurd - 2019-06-17 16:26
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Iraqi Kurdistan prime minister-designate Masrour Barzani arrived in Sulaimani city on Monday to meet officials from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and Change Movement (Gorran). Barzani headed to the PUK Pol ...

Turkey’s top diplomat in oath-taking of KRG president

Waar Media - 2019-06-10 16:11
WAAR_DUHOK Turkey’s foreign minister attended Monday the oath-taking ceremony of Nechirvan Barzani as the new president elect of Iraq’s Kurdish region in Erbil. On a trip to Iraq to take part in the swearing-in ceremony of Barzani, the president of Kurdi ...

Former chief judge in Saddam trial says ready to take Iraq’s justice ministry

E-Kurd - 2019-06-02 12:27
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Kurdish Judge Rizgar Mohammed Amin, the former Chief judge in Saddam trial, said on Saturday signaled his willingness to be tapped as Iraqi justice minister in the incomplete cabinet of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Ma ...

Parliament to Elect President Today

BAS News - 2019-05-28 10:25
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Parliament is set to convene today and elect a new president for Kurdistan Region. According to a previous statement by the legislative, lawmakers are invited to attend a session today at 11:00 local time. There are five candidat ...

Iraqi Parliament Speaker Received Death Threatening: MP

BAS News - 2019-05-26 17:12
ERBIL — The speaker of the Iraqi parliament, Mohammed al-Halbousi, has received a death threatening from unknown senders, said an Iraqi lawmaker. MP Mohammed Karbouli said the threatening message was for Halbousi’s planned mediation between the US and Ir ...

Iraqi Parliament Speaker to Visit Iran for Mediation Offer

BAS News - 2019-05-23 14:09
ERBIL — Iraqi Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi is assigned by PM Adil Abdul-Mahdi to visit Tehran and offer Iraq’s mediation to de-escalate the tensions between Iran and US, a source said. Iraqi al-Hal news website cited an anonymous government of ...

Iraqi PM to Visit Kuwait This Week

BAS News - 2019-05-21 14:08
ERBIL — Iraqi Primer Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi will travel to Kuwait on Wednesday where he will visit top leaders to discuss bilateral ties. According to an unnamed source cited by Baghdad Today, a large high-level delegation will accompany the prime min ...

Kurdish MPs to Meet with Iraqi PM, Discuss Disputed Kurdish Areas

BAS News - 2019-05-20 11:46
ERBIL — Kurdish factions at the Iraqi parliament are invited to a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi where they are planning to discuss the recent alarming situation in the areas disputed between Erbil and Baghdad. MP Bahar Mahmoud told B ...

Parliament released five names of candidates for Iraqi Kurdistan presidency

E-Kurd - 2019-05-19 18:50
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Iraqi Kurdistan Parliament on Sunday announced the official names of the presidential candidates. The Kurdish parliament released five names including current Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nech ...

UN Security Council to Discuss Iraq on Tuesday

BAS News - 2019-05-19 15:39
ERBIL — United Nations Security Council is set to hold a session to Tuesday this week to discuss the latest developments in Iraq, according to the United Nations Assistance Mission to Iraq (UNAMI). The session is scheduled for 21 May 2019 at 3:00 p.m. Ne ...

Iraq to Investigate Alleged Corruption within Nineveh Provincial Council

BAS News - 2019-05-19 01:40
ERBIL - The Iraqi Parliament has formed a special committee for investigations into alleged corruption within the Nineveh Provincial Council, an official confirmed. Talking to BasNews, head of Nineveh Provincial Council, Saido Chato, explained that a few ...

Iraqi Airways to Resume Direct Flights to Syria

BAS News - 2019-05-16 22:49
ERBIL - Iraqi Airways is expect to resume direct flights to neighboring Syria next week for the first time since the beginning of the civil war in the country in 2011, a spokesperson confirmed on Thursday. Spokesperson for the national airport Layth al-R ...

US Not Allowed to Use Iraqi Territory to Attack Iran: Envoy

BAS News - 2019-05-15 23:42
ERBIL - The US is not allowed to use the Iraqi territory for attacking neighboring Iran, Iraqi ambassador to Russia Haidar Mansour Hadi has said, adding that his country does not want a "devastating" new war in the Middle East. The Iraqi envoy made the c ...

Iraqi Parliament Seeks Clarifications on Baghdad's Attempt to Buy S-400

BAS News - 2019-05-06 22:54
ERBIL - The Iraqi Council of Representatives has contacted the government for clarifications on Baghdad's alleged attempts to purchase Russia's S-400 missile defense system, a lawmaker revealed on Monday. Talking to Sputnik, MP Fatih Younis, a member of ...

Iraq’s oil exports rose to 3.466 million bpd in April: ministry

E-Kurd - 2019-05-01 20:31
BAGHDAD,— Iraq’s oil exports rose to 3.466 million barrels per day (bpd) in April from 3.377 million bpd the previous month, a statement from the oil ministry said. Exports from the southern Basra oilfields rose to 3.354 million bpd from 3.254 million bp ...

Siemens to Upgrade Iraq's Electricity Grid: Abdul-Mahdi

BAS News - 2019-04-30 21:12
ERBIL - Siemens was the "main partner" in a roadmap agreement to upgrade Iraq's electricity grid, Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi said on Tuesday. The Iraqi premier made the remarks at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel where A ...

Wildlife in Iraqi Kurdistan under threat by poachers, traders

E-Kurd - 2019-04-29 23:12
SORAN, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— In an animal store in Soran, a boy sells a box of five wolf puppies for $292 to the shop owner. Tens of wild animals and birds are being traded in this shop. The pups came from the mountainous Bradost region in the northe ...

Sadr's Supporters Gather in Front of Bahraini Consulate

BAS News - 2019-04-28 22:07
Bahraini FM had criticized Sadr's call for ending war in Yemen, Bahrain, and Syria. ERBIL - A number of Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's supporters gathered on Sunday in front of the Bahraini Consulate in Najaf, protesting a statement by the Foreig ...

Iraq’s Oil Import from Iran Not Affected by Recent US Measures: Minister

BAS News - 2019-04-27 13:45
ERBIL — Iraq’s Oil Minister Thamer Ghadhban said ending the exemptions to Iranian oil buyers by the US will not affect Iraq. Washington announced last Monday that it will not prolong a previous waiver for importing Iranian oil despite US sanctions. Iraq, ...