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Iraqi ministry bans use of smartphones fearing possible data leaks

Iraqi ministry bans use of smartphones fearing possible data leaks

Rûdaw - 2019-07-06 00:04
Minister Rekani warns "legal measures will be taken against violators ...
Iraqi ministry bans use of smartphones fearing possible data leaks - Rûdaw

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 ...

World Bank to lend $200M to Iraq for Electricity Improvement

BAS News - 2019-07-08 01:29
ERBIL - The World Bank will lend a total of $200 million to Iraq in order for the country to upgrade its electricity grid, the Iraqi Ministry of Finance said in a statement on Sunday. According to the agreement, which was signed by Finance Minister Fuad ...

Iraq’s ministry of construction bans use of smartphones fearing possible data leaks

E-Kurd - 2019-07-06 16:28
BAGHDAD,— Iraq’s Ministry of Construction, Housing and Municipalities has banned the use of smartphones by its employees, fearing potential leaks of government documents. Made public on Friday, Iraqis had various reactions to the decree that was dated on ...

HRW Warns of Degrading Conditions for Thousands of Detainees in Iraqi Prisons

BAS News - 2019-07-06 15:30
ERBIL — Human Rights Watch has expressed concerns over the deteriorating conditions at the Iraqi prisons were thousands of people are held, mostly on terrorism charges. According to a detailed report by the HRW, most of the overcrowded prisons are in Nin ...

SDF signs UN action plan to end use of child soldiers

Gulan Media - 2019-07-02 18:44

Syrian Kurds sign agreement with UN to end, prevent use of child soldiers

E-Kurd - 2019-07-02 14:29
GENEVA,—The United Nations has signed an agreement with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to end and prevent the recruitment and use of child soldiers by the US-backed group, the United Nations said on Monday. Special Representative of the U ...

SDF signs UN action plan to end use of child soldiers

Rûdaw - 2019-07-02 12:40
UN spokesperson Dujarric says Action Plan does not lend the SDF legitimacy ...

SDF and UN signed Action Plan to end recruitment of under 18

ANF - 2019-07-02 08:43
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) signed an Action Plan with the United Nations to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children under the age of 18. ...

Iraqi PM Orders Hashd al-Shaabi to be Part of National Army

BAS News - 2019-07-01 23:51
ERBIL - In an attempt to curb the power of the pro-Iranian Hashd al-Shaabi, Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has ordered the Shi'ite militias to be an indivisible part of the national army. Based on the decree issued by the premier, there will be no ...

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 ...

UNESCO develops a handbook for the protection of journalists in field

BAS News - 2019-07-01 11:21
BAGHDAD (UNESCO) — UNESCO, in partnership with the Iraqi Communication and Media Commission (CMC), and Ministry of Interior (MoI), organized the first roundtable with the media outlets directors, on preparing the handbook to organize the relationship bet ...

Iraq calls on Turkey to halt strikes in Kurdistan, KRG blames PKK

E-Kurd - 2019-06-30 12:20
BAGHDAD,— The Iraqi Foreign Ministry has called on the Turkish government to halt airstrikes on targets in the Kurdistan region. The Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ released a statement on Saturday that specifically mentioned a Turkish airstrike on Ku ...

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 ...

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 ...

U.S. sanctions Iraqi company suspected of ties to Iran’s IRGC

E-Kurd - 2019-06-13 15:30
WASHINGTON,— The United States on Wednesday sanctioned an Iraqi company and two of its associates, which it said had helped Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds force evade sanctions by smuggling hundreds of millions of dollars worth of weapons. ...

Iraqi Hezbollah Blames Saudi Arabia for Resurgence of Terrorism

BAS News - 2019-06-13 12:57
ERBIL — Iraqi Shi’ite militia of Hezbollah accuses Saudi Arabia for the violence and continued terror across Iraq. The group released a statement to lay the blame on Saudi Arabia for recently increasing terrorist attacks in northern and western Iraq, inc ...

Iraq to Recover Thousands of Antiquities from US: PM

BAS News - 2019-06-11 23:20
ERBIL - Iraq in the near future will recover 15,000 antiquities from the US, Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi said on Tuesday. "Iraq was and will always remain a cultural and historical center, and we must make use of this great legacy to build the presen ...