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Baghdad Refutes reports of Alleged Hashd al-Shaabi's Attack on US Embassy

BAS News - 2018-06-24 12:57
ERBIL - The Security Committee in the Provincial Council of Baghdad refuted on Sunday the allegations of attacking the US Embassy in Iraq by the Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi in retaliation to Washington's airstrikes against them in Syria. A ...

Baghdad Rejects Extradition of Kurdish Journalist to Ankara

BAS News - 2018-06-23 15:38
ERBIL - After one week of detention in Iraq at the request of the Turkish authorities, a Kurdish female journalist was released on Saturday and Baghdad refused to extradite her to Ankara, said a Kurdish official. Speaking to Kurdistan 24, Arez Abdullah, ...

Iraq police in armed clash with pro-Iran militia in Baghdad

Waar Media - 2018-06-20 19:17
WAAR-DUHOK: Iraqi police surrounded the headquarters of an Iran-backed militia and detained one of its members after an armed clash Wednesday left three people wounded in Baghdad, a security official said. The powerful Hezbollah Brigades militia is part ...

Iraqi Police Clashes with Pro-Iranian Militia in Baghdad

BAS News - 2018-06-20 15:59
ERBIL — Iraqi police forces reportedly clashed with the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia in central Baghdad on Wednesday, officials confirmed. The clash broke out after Hezbollah refused to hand back the army vehicles which the Iraqi government had recen ...

Baghdad Sends Rejected Iraqi Asylum Seekers Back to Finland

BAS News - 2018-06-19 23:18
ERBIL — Baghdad authorities have sent back a number of Iraqi nationals whose asylum applications were rejected in Finland. According to activists cited by Sputnik, the authorities at the Baghdad International Airport refused to take in the Iraqi deportee ...

KDP-PUK Joint Delegation to Visit Baghdad for Talks on Future Government

BAS News - 2018-06-18 15:50
ERBIL - The twin Kurdish leading parties in the Kurdistan Region, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), have announced a joint delegation to be sent to Baghdad in the near future with a joint program for participati ...

IS Blocks Kirkuk-Baghdad Highway for Hours, Kill, Abduct Nine Civilians

BAS News - 2018-06-18 12:26
ERBIL - As the Islamic State (IS) has lately regrouped itself in the absence of the Peshmerga forces in the disputed territories, the group's jihadists reportedly blocked the main road between Kirkuk and Baghdad provinces for about six hours overnight on ...

Iraq: 17 People So Far Arrested over Ballot Warehouse Fire

BAS News - 2018-06-14 18:35
ERBIL — Iraqi security forces have so far arrested 17 people whom are suspected of involvement in the fire incident at a warehouse in Baghdad where ballot boxes from the recent election were being kept. Abdulsatar Bayraqdar spokesperson for Iraq's High J ...

Peshmerga Forces Protest Baghdad Annulling Their Votes

BAS News - 2018-06-13 13:01
ERBIL - Hundreds of Peshmerga fighters, including high-ranking officials on Wednesday morning gathered in front of the Iraqi parliament Office in Sulaymaniya province to protest the recent parliament's decision of annulment of Peshmerga votes casted in M ...

Baghdad Criticizes Erbil for Extradition of Murderer of German Girl

BAS News - 2018-06-13 13:01
ERBIL - After Kurdistan Region’s security forces extradited on Saturday a man who was accused of killing a 14-year-old girl in Germany, the Iraqi Foreign Ministry criticized the Kurdish and Germany authorities, calling the move as "a violation of the law ...

Kurdistan Hands Over More than 850 IS Suspects to Baghdad

BAS News - 2018-06-12 15:48
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s security authorities have handed over a total fo 853 Islamic State (IS) suspects to the central government in Baghdad over the past eight months, a Kurdish official said. Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Coordinator for Inte ...

Kurdistan Strongly Refutes Baghdad’s Claim of Human Organ Trafficking

BAS News - 2018-06-12 14:31
ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Health Ministry has strongly rejected a report which accuses hospitals in the Kurdistan Region of human organ trafficking, saying an official institution may not make accusations with no evidences. The statem ...

Maliki Opposes Government Formation with Post-Election Crisis

BAS News - 2018-06-12 00:32
ERBIL — Shi’ite politician and the president of Iraq’s State of Law Coalition, Nouri al-Maliki said on Monday that the new government in Baghdad could not be formed with the ongoing crisis in the aftermath of the recent controversial parliamentary electi ...

Iraqi ballot box storage site catches fire in Baghdad

E-Kurd - 2018-06-11 23:14
BAGHDAD,— A storage site housing half of Baghdad’s ballot boxes from Iraq’s parliamentary election in May caught fire on Sunday, just days after parliament demanded a nationwide recount of votes, drawing calls for the election to be re-run. Prime Ministe ...

Kurdistan Ballots are Safe: Commission

BAS News - 2018-06-11 12:06
ERBIL — The votes from the Kurdistan Region casted for the recent Iraqi parliamentary election are safe after the fire incident in Baghdad’s warehouse, an official said. Speaking to Kurdistan 24, Ali Qader, head of Iraqi electoral commission’s provincial ...

Iraqi Parliament Speaker calls for new parliamentary election

Waar Media - 2018-06-10 23:52
WAAR-DUHOK: Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri on Sunday claimed the fire that broke out at a warehouse in eastern Baghdad, where the electoral commission kept ballot boxes, was deliberate and called for a new parliamentary election. Jabouri alleg ...

Abadi: “Terrorist Gangs” Behind Fire at Ballot Box Warehouse

BAS News - 2018-06-10 23:41
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has reacted to Sunday’s fire incident at a Baghdad warehouse where ballot boxes from recent parliamentary election were kept, saying “terrorist Gangs” were behind the plot. In an official statement hours after ...

Allawi Calls for Repeated Election after Blaze at Ballot Warehouse

BAS News - 2018-06-10 22:32
ERBIL — Iraq’s vice president and the president of Iraqi National Accord, Ayad Allawi called for repeated election after ballots from the recent parliamentary election burned at a warehouse in Baghdad on Sunday. He said in a statement that the election p ...

Baghdad: Fire burns warehouse from recent Iraqi election ballot-papers

Waar Media - 2018-06-10 22:00
WAAR-DUHOK: A fire broke out at a warehouse in Baghdad where the May 12 election ballot boxes are being kept. An Iraqi Interior Ministry official confirmed that a fire broke out in al-Rusafa district in the country’s capital and stated firefighters are a ...

Baghdad: Fire Burns Ballots from Recent Iraqi Election

BAS News - 2018-06-10 16:44
ERBIL — A fire incident on Sunday ravaged a warehouse in central Baghdad where the ballot boxes from the recent Iraqi parliamentary election which was the source of political controversies in the country. Mohammed Rubai’i, a member of Baghdad’s provincia ...

Kurdistan Parliament: Annulling Peshmerga Votes “Unacceptable”

BAS News - 2018-06-09 23:38
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Parliament on Saturday slammed a decision in Baghdad which has ordered the cancellation of votes casted by the Kurdish Peshmerga, police and security forces during the recent Iraqi parliamentary election. On 6th June, the Iraqi p ...

Bomb Explosion Wounds Three in Baghdad

BAS News - 2018-06-09 22:40
ERBIL - At least three people were wounded on Saturday in a bomb explosion in northern Baghdad, said a report. "A bomb went off near the busy street markets in al-Tarmia district in northern Baghdad, leaving three civilians wounded," a source told Alghad ...

PHOTOS: Shia militias mark 'Quds Day' in Iraq

Kurdistan24 - 2018-06-09 14:05
Iraqi Shia fighters of paramilitary units step on a street mural of the Israeli flag during a rally to mark "Quds day" (the day of Jerusalem) in Baghdad on June 8, 2018. (Photo: AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye) ...

Iraq Receives Tens of Russian T-90 Tanks, Ditches US M1 Abrams

BAS News - 2018-06-09 13:20
ERBIL - After the US blamed Iraq for allowing the Iranian-backed militias of Hahsd al-Shaabi to use the American-made M1 Abrams tanks, Baghdad swapped out the Washington's M1s and received tens of Russian-made T-90s, said a report on Saturday. The Iraqi ...

Turkey Suspends Filling of Ilisu Dam After Concerns in Baghdad

BAS News - 2018-06-07 23:16
ERBIL — Following wconcerns raised by the Iraqi government, Turkey has suspended the filling of Ilisu dam on the Tigris river which flows through Turkey into Iraq, said the Turkish envoy to Iraq. “As of this moment, Tigris waters are being transferred to ...

Barzani and Najmaddin Karim Meet in Erbil

BAS News - 2018-06-07 22:01
ERBIL — Kurdish prominent leader and former president of Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, received on Thursday the legitimate governor of Kirkuk, Najmaddin Karim, who was forced out of the office by Baghdad. The pair exchanged views on the latest politi ...

Baghdad's Twin Explosions Casualties Number Rises to 130: Report

BAS News - 2018-06-07 10:46
ERBIL - The casualties number in Wednesday's dual attack near a Shi'ite mosque in Baghdad has risen to at least 130 people who were either killed or wounded, a security source said. "Two bombs went off near an ammunition cache placed in a Shiite mosque i ...

19 People Killed, Injured in Baghdad Twin Blasts

BAS News - 2018-06-07 00:09
ERBIL — At least two people were killed and 17 others were wounded as the result of two successive bombings in Central Baghdad overnight on Wednesday. The explosions reportedly took place in Baghdad’s mostly Shi’ite populated district of Sadr. Media repo ...

KDP, PUK Have Similar Views on Iraq's New Government Formation: Official

BAS News - 2018-06-06 14:16
ERBIL - The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) now have similar views on the post-election political developments in Iraq, including the formation of the future government in Baghdad, said a KDP official. Blind Is ...

Soleimani's Role in Iraq Fading Away: Report

BAS News - 2018-06-05 10:53
ERBIL - Iran's Revolutionary Guards Quds Force General Qasem Soleimani's role in the political process in Iraq has been limited as US Ambassador to Baghdad Douglas Silliman is trying to visit all of the winners of the May 12 parliamentary election to for ...

Maliki's Coalition: We Should Send Turkish Ambassador Back to Ankara

BAS News - 2018-06-04 20:46
ERBIL — An Iraqi MP from the State of Law Coalition has called on Baghdad to halt its economic and trade ties with Ankara as Turkey has recently built a dam in Sirnak province on the Tigris river which flows into Iraq, causing serious problems to Iraq's ...

Iraqi President and VPs discuss Tigris water crisis, elections

Kurdistan24 - 2018-06-04 01:01
Iraqi President Fuad Masum (center) meets Vice-Presidents Nouri al-Maliki (left), Ayad Allawi (on Masum's left), and Osama al-Nujaifi at Qasr al-Salam (Peace Palace) in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, June 3, 2018. (Photo: Iraqi Presidency) ...

Iraq, Iran Start Kirkuk Oil Swap

BAS News - 2018-06-04 00:38
ERBIL — Iraq and Iran have started implementing the agreement to swap Kirkuk oil, according to Iran’s Oil Ministry websites, cited by Reuters. According to the agreement, Baghdad will send Kirkuk crude by trucks to neighbouring Iran. Tehran, in return, d ...

Barzani Condemns Baghdad’s Arrest Warrant for Rebwar Talabani

BAS News - 2018-06-03 22:57
ERBIL — Prominent Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani has slammed Iraq’s arrest warrant issued for Kurdish official in Kirkuk over his support for last year’s independence referendum in the Kurdistan Region. “Issuing an arrest warrant for Rebwar Talabani is an ...

Iraq issues arrest warrant for Kurdish referendum leader Rebwar Talabani

E-Kurd - 2018-06-03 20:50
Baghdad issues arrest warrant for Rebwar Talabani over “hoisting the Kurdish flag on official buildings of Kirkuk and organising the referendum” KIRKUK,— Iraqi judicial authorities have issued an arrest warrant for a Kurdish politician at the centre of l ...

Turkish Envoy Responds to Iraq’s Water Crisis

BAS News - 2018-06-03 14:42
ERBIL — Turkish Ambassador to Iraq has responded to the criticism directed at his country for constructing a dam and facing Iraq with a water crisis, saying that Ankara consulted Baghdad beforehand. Turkey has recently built Ilisu dam in Sirnak province ...
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