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PKK acts in Iraqi Kurdistan ‘not acceptable’: KRG spokesperson

PKK acts in Iraqi Kurdistan ‘not acceptable’: KRG spokesperson

E-Kurd - 2019-07-03 15:58
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The actions of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) are not “acceptable” and require the public to stand against the group, the spokesperson of Barzani-led Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) has said. The K ...
PKK acts in Iraqi Kurdistan ‘not acceptable’: KRG spokesperson - E-Kurd

Turkish diplomat, one other shot dead in Iraqi Kurdistan capital

E-Kurd - 2019-07-17 19:38
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— At least two people including a Turkish diplomat were shot dead on Wednesday in a rare attack in the Iraqi Kurdistan capital city of Erbil, Kurdish security officials and Turkey’s foreign ministry said. A gunman op ...

Turkey begins second phase of operations against PKK in Iraqi Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2019-07-14 13:28
ISTANBUL,— Turkey’s defense ministry says it has launched a new military operation against Kurdish militants in Iraqi Kurdistan. The ministry, in a statement Saturday, announced the start of “Operation Claw-2” to destroy caves and shelters used by member ...

Iranian agent tasked to kill Kurdish opposition PAK leader arrested in Iraqi Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2019-07-11 16:53
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— An Iranian Kurdish opposition party based in Iraqi Kurdistan announced on Wednesday that it has foiled an attempt to assassinate one of its leaders. “A 26-year-old Iranian intelligence agent called M. A. Mokhtari, ...

Masrour Barzani sworn in as new prime minister of Iraqi Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2019-07-10 13:16
Kurdistan parliament approves nominees for new Iraqi Kurdistan cabinet HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The Parliament of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region convened on Wednesday. Masrour Barzani received 88 votes to become the new prime minister of the K ...

KDP’s Kurdistan security council rejects claims of involvement in PKK leader’s killing

E-Kurd - 2019-07-09 18:24
KDP’s Kurdish security council blames PKK for conflict in Iraqi Kurdistan HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The Kurdistan Region’s Security Council KRSC for the KDP-controlled areas of Iraqi Kurdistan on Tuesday blamed the Kurdistan Workers’ Party ...

Only 3 women nominated for new Iraqi Kurdistan cabinet

E-Kurd - 2019-07-09 15:32
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Ignoring calls for balance, Kurdish parties nominate just 3 women for new Iraqi Kurdistan cabinet positions. If their nominations are approved by Iraqi Kurdistan Parliament, there will be a total of three women in ...

‘There’s no free media right now in Iraqi Kurdistan’: Kamal Chomani

E-Kurd - 2019-07-04 21:32
BERLIN,— There was great hope for the Autonomous Region of Kurdistan when it was granted autonomy by Iraq in 2003. Yet prominent journalist Kamal Chomani says there is no independent media — and thus limited press freedom. A Kurdish political analyst, Ka ...

KDP leadership bodyguard imprisoned without trial in Iraqi Kurdistan: family

E-Kurd - 2019-07-03 15:58
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— A bodyguard of a Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) leadership member has been imprisoned for over a year in Iraqi Kurdistan without any information being released about his detention, according to his family. His fa ...

Turkey Has Iraq’s Permission to Attack PKK in Kurdistan: KRG Spokesperson

BAS News - 2019-07-03 11:27
ERBIL — The Iraqi government has allowed the Turkish army to conduct military attacks deep into the Kurdistan Region territories against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), said Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) spokesperson. Turkey has recently steppe ...

PKK says Iraqi Kurdistan gov’t statement will pave way for legitimizing Turkish attacks

E-Kurd - 2019-07-01 17:36
QANDIL MOUNTAINS,— The political wing of Kurdistan Workers’ Party PKK, the Kurdistan Communities Union KCK, said in a statement on Sunday that Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) response to last week’s deadly Turkish airstrikes would pave the wa ...

Lands of Iraqi Kurdistan are turned over to Turks, KCK leader says

E-Kurd - 2019-07-01 17:36
QANDIL MOUNTAINS,— The Executive Council Member of the Kurdistan Communities Union KCK, the political wing of Kurdistan Workers’ Party PKK, Mrs. Sozdar Avesta, said the Iraqi Kurdistan authorities have officially handed over the lands of South [Iraqi] Ku ...

Turkey to continue anti-PKK operations in Iraqi Kurdistan: foreign ministry

E-Kurd - 2019-07-01 12:28
ANKARA,— Turkey will continue cross-border operations against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Iraq, the Turkish foreign ministry said on Sunday, one day after Iraq called on Ankara to halt strikes in the border areas. Turkey resolutely continues cr ...

Archaeologists uncover Bronze Age palace in Iraqi Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2019-06-28 23:30
DUHOK, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— German and Kurdish archaeologists have uncovered a Bronze Age palace on the eastern bank of the Tigris River in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, the Tübingen University said on Thursday in a press release. As the internation ...

Journal of Bioterrorism & Biodefense: Independence of Iraqi Kurdistan, Iran’s National Security and Possible Scenarios

Justice for Kurds - 2019-06-26 21:25
Abstract From 1991 to today, the debate on the independence of the Kurdistan region of Iraq has been one of the main crises in Iraq. Massoud Barzani, head of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, has set up a referendum on independence from the central government o ...

Suspects in rape of girl child rearrested in Iraqi Kurdistan: council

E-Kurd - 2019-06-24 16:47
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— After being released on bail last week, three youths suspected of raping a seven-year-old girl in April have been rearrested, according to Iraqi Kurdistan region’s Judicial Council. Their release sparked outcry fro ...

Suspects in rape of seven-year-old girl released on bail in Iraqi Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2019-06-20 18:46
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Five people suspected of involvement in the the rape of a seven-year-old girl have been released on bail by a court in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan region, the victim’s family has said. The girl’s father t ...

Nechirvan Barzani sworn in as president of Iraqi Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2019-06-10 18:53
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Nechirvan Barzani was sworn in Monday as Iraqi Kurdistan’s second president, succeeding his uncle and veteran KDP party leader Massoud Barzani whose son Masrour will likely be nominated premier on Tuesday. On May 6 ...

Turkey says it has ‘neutralized’ 43 Kurdish PKK militants in Iraqi Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2019-06-08 22:03
ISTANBUL,— Turkey’s Defence Ministry said on Saturday a total of 43 members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) had been “neutralized” as part of an operation Ankara launched in Iraqi Kurdistan region 13 days ago. The Turkish military launched what it ...

120 villages evacuated in Iraqi Kurdistan due to Turkish strikes: official

E-Kurd - 2019-06-05 17:14
Turkish strikes wound three KDP Peshmerga fighters in Iraqi Kurdistan’s Bradost area. HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— At least 120 villages have been evacuated in Iraqi Kurdistan Region’s sub-district of Sidakan due to Turkish airstrikes on the a ...