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New Zealand to withdraw troops from Iraq by June 2020

New Zealand to withdraw troops from Iraq by June 2020

E-Kurd - 2019-06-10 21:57
WELLINGTON,— New Zealand will withdraw its troops from Iraq by June next year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday, ending a mission that helped train Iraqi defence forces to fight Islamic State militants. New Zealand, which has up to 95 soldier ...
New Zealand to withdraw troops from Iraq by June 2020 - E-Kurd

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 ...

PUK Committed to Political Agreements with KDP: PM-Deisgnate Masrour Barzani

BAS News - 2019-06-17 13:47
ERBIL - The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) will stay committed to its political agreements with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) regarding its posts in the new government, Kurdistan Region PM-designate Masrour Barzani said on Monday after a meeti ...

US grants Iraq new waiver to import Iranian energy

Rûdaw - 2019-06-15 20:51
Iraq gets another 90-day waiver to import energy from Iran ...

Russian missile shield long owned by NATO allies

Waar Media - 2019-06-12 20:05
WAAR_DUHOK At least three NATO members have been using Russian air missile defense systems over the years, even as the U.S. steps up pressure on Turkey and India to withdraw from their own purchases of such hardware. With India having inked a deal with M ...

No Plans to Leave Office: Iraqi PM

BAS News - 2019-06-11 22:51
ERBIL - Iraqi PM Adil Abdul-Mahdi has made it clear that he has no plans to leave the office, saying that only the Council of Representatives has the authority to remove him from his position and the parliament is not going to do so. The Iraqi premier ma ...

Pope Francis Likely to Visit Erbil Next Year

BAS News - 2019-06-11 00:20
ERBIL — Pope Francis revealed on Monday his desire to visit Iraq next year despite the security concerns. "An insistent thought accompanies me when I think about Iraq, where I want to go next year, so that it can look to the future through peaceful and s ...

The ceremony for swearing-in of Nechirvan Barzani as the new President of the Kurdistan Region

KRG-Spain - 2019-06-11 00:01
The Kurdistan Parliament today conducted a special ceremony for the swearing-in of Nechirvan Barzani as the new President of the Kurdistan Region. Nechirvan Barzani delivered a first speech to all the participants, from Iraq and abroad, as president of Ku ...

Syrian Kurds hand over 14 French, Dutch orphans from Islamic State families

E-Kurd - 2019-06-10 18:53
QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— Syria’s Kurds have handed over 14 orphans born to jihadist families to government delegations from France and the Netherlands, in the latest repatriations of foreigners living in crowded camps. Abdelkarim Omar, the top Kurdis ...

New Zealand to withdraw all troops from Iraq by next summer

Kurdistan24 - 2019-06-10 16:49

New Zealand plans to withdraw all Iraq troops by next June

Seattle Times - 2019-06-10 10:24
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand announced Monday that it will withdraw all of its troops from Iraq by next June. New Zealand has a small contingent of 95 so-called noncombat personnel deployed at the Taji Military Complex northwest of Baghdad, ...

Syrian troops enter key Kurdish city in wake of Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces - Los Angeles Times

Latimes - 2019-06-06 15:51

Syrian Kurds repatriate 2 women, 6 children from Islamic State families to U.S.

E-Kurd - 2019-06-05 17:14
QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— Two American women and six children from families of suspected Islamic State group members were repatriated to the United States on Wednesday in the latest transfers from a crowded camp in Syria. The move is part of an effort ...

KON-MED calls to rise up against invasion on June 8

ANF - 2019-06-05 15:25
Kurdistani Societies Confederation Germany (KON-MED) called for participation to the march to be held in Cologne on June 8 against the Turkish state invasions in Afrin and elsewhere in Kurdistan. ...

Iraq sentences 7th French Islamic State member to death

E-Kurd - 2019-05-30 16:09
BAGHDAD,— A Baghdad court has sentenced a seventh French jihadist to death for joining the Islamic State group. Yassin Sakkam was among 12 French citizens transferred to Iraqi authorities in January by a US-backed Kurdish-led force fighting the jihadist ...

Iraqi Security Forces Kill 14 IS Militants in Mosul

BAS News - 2019-05-29 23:29
ERBIL - The Iraqi security forces on Tuesday were able to kill 14 militants of the Islamic State (IS) insurgent group in Mosul city, the Security Media Cell said in a statement. The 14 extremists, according to the statement, were killed during a military ...

Iraq hands over 188 Turkish children of suspected Islamic State members

E-Kurd - 2019-05-29 17:00
BAGHDAD,— Iraqi authorities handed over 188 Turkish children of suspected Islamic State members to Turkey on Wednesday at Baghdad airport, where they boarded a plane and prepared to fly home, officials from Iraq’s judiciary and UNICEF said. Representativ ...

Iraq sentences two more French Islamic State members to death, 6 so far

E-Kurd - 2019-05-29 13:46
BAGHDAD,— An Iraqi court on Tuesday sentenced two high-profile French members of the Islamic State group to death, including one who featured in a propaganda video praising the 2015 Paris attacks, bringing the total number of French former jihadis condem ...

Iraqi court sentences three French Islamic State militants to death

E-Kurd - 2019-05-27 12:48
BAGHDAD,— An Iraqi court sentenced three French men to death on Sunday after finding them guilty of joining Islamic State, two court officials told Reuters. Iraq is conducting trials of thousands of suspected members of Islamic State, including hundreds ...

Global hydropower capacity grows 1.97% in 2018

Waar Media - 2019-05-14 18:37
WAAR_DUHOK Global installed hydropower capacity reached 1,292 gigawatts (GW) last year, up by 1.97% year on year, the International Hydropower Association said on Monday. A total of 48 countries contributed to the rise in hydropower capacity, with China ...

New Governor for Nineveh to be Elected on Monday

BAS News - 2019-05-13 00:42
ERBIL - The Nineveh Provincial Council is expected to elect a new governor and the deputies on Monday while the Council of Representatives is reportedly attempting to postpone the election. According to a statement signed by the head of Nineveh Provincia ...