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Two Human Trafficking Suspects Arrested in Baghdad: Official

BAS News - 2018-02-24 14:00
ERBIL - Two individuals suspected of human trafficking were arrested on Saturday by the Iraqi Special Operations Forces in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq.According to a statement released by the commander of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces, a human tra ...

Baghdad Rejects Reports of Withdrawal from Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-02-24 00:45
ERBIL — Iraq’s War Media Cell has refuted reports about sudden withdrawal of some Iraqi army units from areas in Kirkuk province in fear of possible Islamic State (IS) attacks. It said in a statement that the reports claiming Iraqi federal forces and oth ...

Several Patients Die Due to Baghdad’s Sanctions on Kurdistan: Official

BAS News - 2018-02-22 22:57
ERBIL — Several patients of chronic diseases in Kurdistan Region have lost their lives due to cutting the region's share of medical supplies by the federal government since last September. A member of the Health and Environment Committee in the Kurdistan ...

Japan Delivers House Units, Funds to 700 Mosul Families

BAS News - 2018-02-22 20:05
BAGHDAD, (UNHCR) —Some 700 families in Mosul whose homes were destroyed in the recent conflict now have a new place to live. Temporary housing units were set up in 26 neighbourhoods in the west of the city, which saw extensive destruction in the battle t ...

HRW Concerned about Baghdad Sentencing IS Women to Death

BAS News - 2018-02-22 18:56
ERBIL — The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has expressed concern over the multiple cases of sentencing the Islamic State (IS) women to death or life in prison by the Iraqi judiciary authorities, saying the trials were “unfair”. “It’s just one indicator of how ...

Sinjar Council Urges Baghdad to Withdraw Its Militias

BAS News - 2018-02-21 23:52
ERBIL — The Sinjar administrative council has handed a written request to the Iraqi government and Nineveh province officials to immediately pull Hashd al-Shaabi militias out of the Yezidi town. Waysi Nayif, head of the council, told BasNews that they ar ...

Iraq plans to buy Russia’s S-400 missile defense system

Waar Media - 2018-02-21 21:33
WAAR-DUHOK: The Saudi newspaper Al-Watan reports that Baghdad is planning to buy the Russian S-400 ground-to-air missile system from Moscow. A member of the Iraqi Parliament’s Committee on Security and Defense said that Hashd al-Shaabi forces, deployed i ...

EU, UNMAS Helping Iraq Clear Liberated Areas from Explosives

BAS News - 2018-02-20 22:59
BAGHDAD, (UNMAS) — One in 10 internally displaced persons (IDPs) not planning to return home cites explosive hazards as the reason. If the safe removal of explosive hazards including improvised explosive devices (IEDs) is delayed, the ability for those w ...

UNSC to discuss Erbil-Baghdad disputes

Waar Media - 2018-02-20 21:57
WAAR-DUHOK: United Nations Security Council will start investigations on the disputes between Iraq and the Kurdistan Region in order to help the sides resolve their issues via peaceful methods. According to a statement released by the UN, a copy of which ...

Winning the Post-ISIS Battle for Iraq in Sinjar

International Crisis Group - 2018-02-20 16:38
Though the Islamic State (ISIS) is beaten in Iraq, the battle for the country’s political soul is not over. Baghdad should act to restore local governance in Sinjar, where ISIS terrorised the local community, and encourage the district’s displaced people ...

World Security Council to Help Baghdad, Erbil Resolve Disputes

BAS News - 2018-02-20 11:13
ERBIL - World Security Council will start investigations on the disputes between Iraq and the Kurdistan Region in order to help the sides resolve their issues via peaceful methods.According to a statement released by the UN, a copy of which was been sent ...

Erbil-Baghdad Agreement Imminent: Source

BAS News - 2018-02-19 21:33
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Region and Iraqi governments are close to reach an agreement over their disputes in the nearest future, said a source close to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. The high-level delegations from Erbil and Baghdad are due to resolv ...

Russia Supports Kurdistan’s Legitimate Rights: FM

BAS News - 2018-02-19 21:33
LODZ — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reiterated his country’s support for Kurd’s “legitimate rights” in Iraq. “Russian FM Lavrov stated that Russia is for the legitimate rights of Iraqi Kurds and supports the dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad t ...

Iraq Sentences Turkish Woman to Death for Joining IS

BAS News - 2018-02-19 19:45
ERBIL — An Iraqi court has sentenced a Turkish woman to death for joining the Islamic State (IS). According to a spokesman of the criminal court in Baghdad, cited by Reuters, the convict was sentenced to death “by hanging”. Abdul-Sattar al-Birqdar has al ...

Turkish ISIS woman sentenced to death in Iraq

Waar Media - 2018-02-19 12:55
WAAR-DUHOK: An Iraqi court has sentenced a Turkish woman to death by hanging for joining Islamic State (ISIS), a spokesman for the criminal court in Baghdad said on Monday. Ten other women of various nationalities were sentenced to life in prison, Reuter ...

Kurdistan PM: Counter Pressure Won’t Solve Erbil-Baghdad Issues

BAS News - 2018-02-18 21:23
ERBIL — The Prime Minister of Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, said on Sunday that using bargaining chips and imposing counter pressure will not help Erbil and Baghdad address their prolonged disputes. “What is important now is that the talks between ...

Dutch Consul Renews Call on Baghdad to Lift Kurdistan Flight Embargo

BAS News - 2018-02-18 21:23
ERBIL — The Consul General of the Netherlands in Erbil on Sunday called on the Iraqi federal government to lift the embargo on the international flights in the Kurdistan Region. “There are confidence-building measures that the government of Iraq can take ...

Kurdistan Region Delegates Meet Foreign Officials in Munich

BAS News - 2018-02-18 10:47
ERBIL - The Kurdistan Region delegates on the second day of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) met with some foreign officials to discuss the issues between Erbil-Baghdad."The delegates on the sidelines of MSC met with Britain's Minister for the Middle ...

Passengers at Baghdad Airport Can Take Weapons Aboard

BAS News - 2018-02-17 22:54
BAGHDAD — An Iraqi lawmaker has warned about the incompetence of the security forces at the international airport of Baghdad where passengers take weapons aboard without the security noticing. Adil Nouri, a spokesperson for the parliamentary committee of ...

Shi'ite Factions Dominate Political Process in Iraq

BAS News - 2018-02-17 21:07
ERBIL — A Sunni lawmaker in the Iraqi council of representatives said that the Shi'ite factions have control over the political process in Iraq. According to a statement released on Saturday by Baghdad Today, the Shi’ite Arab Factions have control over a ...

Iraqi PM Promised to Solve Baghdad-Erbil Issues: Masrour Barzani

BAS News - 2018-02-17 18:12
ERBIL — The Chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council who is attending the Munich Security Conference (MSC) said that the Iraqi PM has promised to solve the issues between Baghdad and Erbil. "We have met with several world leaders on the sideli ...

Iraqi, Turkish PMs Discuss Water Disputes

BAS News - 2018-02-17 18:12
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met with his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim on Saturday to discuss a range of issues remaining unsolved between Baghdad and Ankara. The disputes between the sides on water flowing through Turkey into Iraq ...

Erbil Awaiting Baghdad to Fulfil Its Promises: Masrour Barzani

BAS News - 2018-02-17 16:06
ERBIL — The Iraqi government has promised to resolve the issues between Baghdad and Erbil, but the Kurdistan Region is still waiting for the fulfilment of those promises, said Masrour Barzani, the Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC). T ...

October 16th Events Weaken Kurdish Factions In Baghdad

BAS News - 2018-02-15 10:20
ERBIL - A Kurdish MP in the Iraqi parliament said that the October 16th events directly caused to weaken the Kurdish factions in Baghdad.Musana Amin, a Kurdish MP in the Iraqi parliament on Thursday stated that the Kurdish factions are not working togeth ...

Baghdad Government Disappointed in Kuwait, Received $30 Billion Only

BAS News - 2018-02-14 22:27
ERBIL — International donors pledged $30 billion to help the reconstruction of Iraq in the post-Islamic State (IS) era. The funds came after a three-day international conference held in Kuwait. Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Turkey have promised the lar ...

Over 100 Shi’ite Militias Poisoned in Iraqi Restaurant

BAS News - 2018-02-13 22:12
ERBIL — Up to 100 Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi were rushed to the hospital on Tuesday after being poisoned in a restaurant in Baghdad Province. Mayor of Khalis district, Udai Khidran, confirmed the report to Iraqi media and said that 140 me ...

Kuwaiti MP Against Financial Aid to “Corrupt Government of Iraq”

BAS News - 2018-02-12 23:29
ERBIL — A Kuwaiti lawmaker has slammed her country for hosting the international conference on the reconstruction of Iraq where dozens of states are expected to make contributions, saying that Baghdad has already failed in governing and serving its peopl ...

Kurdistan PM, French FM Discuss Erbil-Baghdad Talks

BAS News - 2018-02-12 23:29
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian met on Monday in Erbil, discussing bilateral ties and the ongoing talks between the Kurdistan Region and Iraq. According to a press release by the Ku ...

French FM arrives in Erbil

Waar Media - 2018-02-12 22:07
WAAR-DUHOK: The Foreign Minister of France, Jean-Yves Le Drian, arrived in Kurdistan Region’s capital on Monday for a series of meetings with top Kurdish officials. Le Drian had visited Baghdad earlier the day before flying to Erbil. Kurdistan Region Pri ...

French FM Arrives in Erbil

BAS News - 2018-02-12 16:42
ERBIL — The Foreign Minister of France, Jean-Yves Le Drian, arrived in Kurdistan Region’s capital on Monday for a series of meetings with top Kurdish officials. Le Drian had visited Baghdad earlier the day before flying to Erbil. Kurdistan Region Prime M ...

French Foreign Minister Arrives in Iraq

BAS News - 2018-02-12 10:34
ERBIL - French Foreign Minister artived in Iraq on Monday to meet with the high officials of the country.According to Iraqi media outlets, Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Foreign Minister, on Monday visited Baghdad in order to meet with the high military and ...

German defence minister arrives in Erbil

Waar Media - 2018-02-11 15:04
WAAR-DUHOK: The German defence minister arrived in Erbil on Sunday morning following a visit to Baghdad. Ursula von der Leyen is inaugurating a Peshmerga private hospital. Germany has allocated €6 million for the project, according to reporters. She also ...

Abadi Plays for Time with KRG

BAS News - 2018-02-10 20:40
ERBIL — A political commentator has said that Haider al-Abadi, the Iraqi PM, is playing with time in resolving the political disputes between Baghdad and Erbil. "The issues between the two sides are no longer constitutional, but they are political, and B ...

Baghdad Not Serious About Sending KRG Budget: MP

BAS News - 2018-02-10 15:23
ERBIL — A Kurdish MP in the Iraqi parliament stated that Haider al-Abadi, the Prime Minister of Iraq, is not willing to send the salaries of the public employees in the Kurdistan Region. "Part of the reason that the Iraqi prime minister does not tend to ...

Iraqi Kurdistan accused of carrying out ‘mass executions’

E-Kurd - 2018-02-09 22:31
BAGHDAD,— Human Rights Watch on Friday accused Iraqi Kurdish security forces of carrying out mass executions of detainees alleged to be members of the Islamic State jihadist group. The watchdog said the Kurdish peshmerga fighters detained Iraqis and fore ...

KRG PM receives US ambassador to Iraq in Erbil

Waar Media - 2018-02-09 14:57
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received United States ambassador to Iraq Douglas A. Silliman in Erbil on Thursday. Barzani discussed with US ambassador the latest talks in Kurdistan – Baghdad talks and other pressing issues ...

Kurds reject Baghdad ploy to divide Kurds with military threats

Kurdistan24 - 2018-02-09 00:16
Iraqi President Fuad Masum (L) meets with Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani and Hero Ibrahim, the wife of late ex-Kurdish Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, Dokan, northwest of Sulaimani. (Photo: AFP/Shwan Mohammed) ...
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