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US to Sanctions Any Countries that Import Iranian Oil: Envoy

US to Sanctions Any Countries that Import Iranian Oil: Envoy

BAS News - 2019-06-28 23:38
ERBIL - Washington will sanction any countries that would buy oil from Iran, US Special Envoy for Iran Brian Hook said on Friday, adding that no exceptions are now in place. "We will sanction any imports of Iranian crude oil… There are right now no oil w ...
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U.S. proposals for safe zone in north Syria do not satisfy Turkey: FM

E-Kurd - 2019-07-24 18:02
ANKARA,— New U.S. proposals for a safe zone in north Syria do not satisfy Turkey, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday, adding that an agreement on the issue needs to reached as soon as possible because Ankara has no patience left. Turkey ...

No Talks with US Unless Sanctions are Lifted: Iran

BAS News - 2019-07-02 00:53
ERBIL - Iran has made it clear that it would hold no talks with the US unless the current sanctions on the country are lifted, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh revealed on Monday. "If United States and the administration wants to change the environmen ...

Iran to Resist US Sanctions: FM

BAS News - 2019-06-29 16:28
ERBIL — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said his country would resist the US-imposed sanctions as it stood against Saddam Hussein’s chemical attack decades ago. Zarif tweeted on Saturday to commemorate the 1987’s chemical attack on Iranian ...

Venezuela crisis: US announces sanctions against Maduro's son

BBC - 2019-06-29 00:03
The socialist leader's 29-year-old son "Nicolasito" becomes latest figure to be hit with US sanctions. ...

Turkey to Receive S-400 from Russia in July: Erdogan

BAS News - 2019-06-26 00:12
ERBIL - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Ankara will receive Russia's S-400 missile defense system in the upcoming July, while the US has repeatedly threatened to sanctions Turkey if it does so. "The issue of S-400 is an issue ...

US-Iran crisis: Trump lashes out at 'ignorant and insulting' statement

BBC - 2019-06-26 00:03
The US president tweeted after his Iranian counterpart responded to sanctions unveiled on Monday. ...

US to Attack Iran If It Targets "Anything American": Trump

BAS News - 2019-06-25 22:22
ERBIL - US President Donald Trump warned Iran on Tuesday that it would meet with "great and overwhelming force" if it targets anything belonging to Washington. "Any attack by Iran on anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force. In som ...

UK May Not Join Possible US War against Iran

BAS News - 2019-06-25 14:50
ERBIL — The UK believes that US will request London to join any possible war with Iran, and London itself is not interested, according to Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt. “The US is our closest ally, we talk to them the whole time, we consider any requests ...

Downing US Drone was “Firm Response” that Can be Repeated: Iran

BAS News - 2019-06-24 11:42
ERBIL — The Islamic Republic of Iran has warned that shooting down the US drone last week was not accidental, and it can repeat in the future. Navy commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi said on Monday that downing the US drone was a “firm response” to ...

Conflict in Region Could Go Out of Control: Iranian Commander

BAS News - 2019-06-23 11:12
ERBIL — Any conflict in the Gulf region could spread and go out of control, said an Iranian senior military commander on Sunday. “If a conflict breaks out in the region, no country would be able to manage its scope and timing,” Iranian Fars News quoted M ...

Iran Vows to Respond to Any US Threat

BAS News - 2019-06-22 12:21
ERBIL — Iranian forces will respond firmly to any threat posed by the US against Iran, said a spokesperson for Iranian Foreign Ministry. “We will not allow any violation against Iran’s borders. Iran will firmly confront any aggression or threat by Americ ...

US Envoy for Iran Heads to Middle East

BAS News - 2019-06-20 02:24
ERBIL - US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook has been scheduled to travel to the Middle East on Wednesday to discuss "Iran's regional aggression," with officials in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain. The State Depa ...

Iraq: Protesters Likely to Come Back to Streets on Friday

BAS News - 2019-06-18 23:43
ERBIL - Iraqi protesters in the southern parts are possible to come back to the streets once again on Friday as a result of providing the people of Iraq with poor public services. According to Iraqi media reports, the possible demonstrations are reported ...

US to Deploy 1,000 More Troops to the Middle East: Pentagon

BAS News - 2019-06-18 10:06
ERBIL — Washington will send 1,000 more soldiers to the Middle East amid increasing tensions with Iran in the Gulf, said Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan. The announcement came after two oil tankers were attacked last Thursday in the Gulf of ...

US Seeking International Consensus after Tanker Attack in Gulf of Oman

BAS News - 2019-06-15 12:00
ERBIL — The United States is now working to build an international consensus over the attacks on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman, for which Washington blames Iran, according to US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan. The secretary said on Friday that Whit ...

Three Kurdish Porters Killed, Injured in Iran

BAS News - 2019-06-14 20:04
ERBIL - Iranian border guards have killed and wounded three Kurdish porters in the past few days, a monitoring group said on Friday. Hangaw Organization for Human Rights revealed that the Iranian forces shot a Kurdish porter, better known as Kolbers, in ...

Iran Says US Negotiation Offer “Not Genuine” as Washington Adds to Sanctions

BAS News - 2019-06-08 16:37
ERBIL — Washington’s offer to talk over tensions is no a “genuine” proposal, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Saturday after US placed new sanctions on Iran. US President Donald Trump said earlier this month that he is willing to ...

US Gives Turkey Ultimatum on S-400

BAS News - 2019-06-07 23:32
ERBIL - The US has given Turkey a two-month deadline to either abandon the S-400 missile defense system purchase with Russia or be ready for the punishment, reports said on Friday, citing the Pentagon. According to the deadline, Turkey is expected to dro ...

Over 140,000 Tourists Visited Kurdistan During Eid al-Fitr: Tourism Board

BAS News - 2019-06-07 17:54
ERBIL - About 145,000 tourists visited the Kurdistan Region during the first two days of Eid al-Fitr holidays alone, said the Board of Tourism in a statement on Friday, adding that it would reveal the complete number who visited the autonomous region dur ...

Latest Updates on Thursday Bombings in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2019-05-31 13:09
ERBIL — Iraqi Health Ministry said on Friday that at least two people were killed and 38 others were injured in a series of terrorist attacks in Kirkuk. Overnight on Thursday, seven blasts hit central Kirkuk while the security forces said two other bombi ...