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Baghdad-Appointed Governor Orders Destruction of Kurdish Marketplace in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2019-06-20 13:06
ERBIL — The acting governor of Kirkuk, who was unilaterally appointed by the Iraqi government, ordered on Thursday the destruction of a marketplace. BasNews has learned the the majority of the people working at the marketplace were Kurds. Following the d ...

Kurdistan president arrives in Baghdad, meets with Iraqi PM

Kurdistan24 - 2019-06-20 11:59

Kurdistan Region President to Visti Baghdad

BAS News - 2019-06-20 10:28
ERBIL — Updates to follow… ...

Iraqi PM orders armed groups to halt rocket attacks

Rûdaw - 2019-06-20 06:13
Baghdad fears ongoing US-Iran tensions could spill over into Iraq ...

Baghdad investigate the file of corruption in the sale of oil in the Kurdistan region

Kurdiu - 2019-06-19 22:12

Two IS Jihadists Killed in Diyala

BAS News - 2019-06-19 22:00
ERBIL - A couple of Islamic State(IS) jihadists were killed on Wednesday in an airstrike conducted by the Iraqi warplanes in the province of Diyala. Baghdad Today cited a statement by the Iraqi security media cell as saying that the two extremists were t ...

Kuwait’s ruling emir visits Iraq amid rising Gulf tensions

E-Kurd - 2019-06-19 18:32
BAGHDAD,— Kuwait’s ruling emir arrived on a state visit to Iraq on Wednesday and is expected to discuss escalating regional tensions after attacks on oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz. Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah was met by Iraq’s president, oil m ...

Kurdistan PM-Designate Emphasizes on Settling Erbil-Baghdad Disputes Through Constitution

BAS News - 2019-06-19 17:04
ERBIL — Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council, Masrour Barzani, has reiterated on the importance of addressing the remaining disputes between Erbil and Baghdad through the Iraqi Constitution. Barzani made the remarks while receiving a large del ...

Kuwait's emir in Baghdad amid regional tensions

Gulan Media - 2019-06-19 14:59

Iraqi federal supreme court holds additional hearing on Kurdistan oil export lawsuit

E-Kurd - 2019-06-18 12:27
BAGHDAD,— Iraq’s federal Supreme Court held another session over a previous lawsuit filed by the Iraqi oil ministry against the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) natural resources ministry over the latter’s independent oil exports. The court announced ...

Rockets land in an Iraqi military post home to US personnel

FOX News - 2019-06-18 06:15
The Iraqi military says three rockets have hit an installation north of Baghdad used by Iraqi troops and where American trainers are also present. ...

Erbil and Sulaimani airports see record number of travelers

Rûdaw - 2019-06-18 00:51
Baghdad embargoed both airports in September 2017, lifting the ban in March 2018 ...

Iraq: presidente curdo Barzani presta giuramento, “nuova agenda per relazioni con Baghdad” | Agenzia Nova

Agenzianova - 2019-06-17 18:20

Sadr: Cut electricity to Baghdad Green Zone so officials feel Iraqis’ plight

Rûdaw - 2019-06-17 11:07
The cleric demanded a probe into “rampant corruption” in the electricity sector ...

German minister, delegation talk trade, Erbil-Baghdad ties in meetings with senior Kurdish leaders

Kurdistan24 - 2019-06-17 00:29

Court Issues Arrest Warrant for Baghdad-Appointed Governor of Kirkuk

BAS News - 2019-06-16 15:34
ERBIL — A court in the disputed province of Kirkuk has issued an arrest warrant for Rakan al-Jabouri, the acting governor of Kirkuk appointed unilaterally by Baghdad. According to the information obtained by BasNews, the warrant was issued last week on W ...

Iraqi parliament follows up on 2014 oil export lawsuit against Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2019-06-16 11:52
BAGHDAD,— Iraqi council of representatives decided to follow up on a lawsuit that was filed by the Iraqi former oil minister Jabbar Alluaib in 2014 against Turkey regarding the oil exports by the Kurdistan Region to the port of Ceyhan. Patriotic Union of ...

KRG risks 2020 budget cuts if it fails to send oil to Baghdad: MP

Gulan Media - 2019-06-16 01:01

US Hails Barzani's Role in Improving Erbil-Baghdad Relations

Gulan Media - 2019-06-16 01:01

US Hails Barzani's Role in Improving Erbil-Baghdad Relations

BAS News - 2019-06-15 20:22
ERBIL - The United States has hailed the role of the prominent Kurdish leader and former President of the Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, in improving the relations between Erbil and Baghdad. The message was conveyed by the new US Ambassador to Iraq Ma ...

KRG risks 2020 budget cuts if it fails to send oil to Baghdad: M

Rûdaw - 2019-06-15 17:17

WATCH: Brawl Between Lawmakers at Iraqi Parliament

BAS News - 2019-06-15 16:13
ERBIL — Several Iraqi lawmakers were filmed brawling at the legislative on Saturday in capital Baghdad. According multiple sources, the brawl broke out first between MP Abdullah al-Kharbet from Axis Alliance and Talal Zubai’ee from Reform Alliance. MP Zu ...

Iraqi Human Rights Activist Severely Injured in “Suspicious” Car Accident

BAS News - 2019-06-15 16:13
ERBIL — An Iraqi human rights activist and an advocate of women’s rights was severely injured after a car hit her while returning from a protest in Baghdad. Hana Edward is known for her decades-long advocacy for women’s rights and democracy in Iraq. She ...

Rockets Fall on Iraq’s Balad Airbase

BAS News - 2019-06-15 12:00
ERBIL — At least two rockets were fired at the Iraqi airbase of Balad on Friday, War Media Cell confirmed. The airbase is home to Iraqi forces in Salahaddin province, north of capital Baghdad. It was not clear if the attack caused any damage. The stateme ...

Baghdad fears Interfering in The US-Iran Crisis | Al Bawaba

Albawaba - 2019-06-14 13:53

Is the Global Coalition the New Baghdad Pact? – LobeLog

Lobelog - 2019-06-13 17:43

Government delegation from the Kurdistan region to visit Baghdad soon

Kurdiu - 2019-06-13 02:28

Iraq denies deal to commute French Islamic State jihadist death sentences

E-Kurd - 2019-06-12 12:30
BAGHDAD,— Iraq’s judiciary on Tuesday denied it had struck a deal with Paris to commute the death sentences of French nationals convicted in Baghdad for belonging to the Islamic State group. A Baghdad court issued death sentences in recent weeks for 11 F ...

Grenade Attack Kills One, Wounds Four in Baghdad

BAS News - 2019-06-11 22:13
ERBIL - An Iraqi security man was killed on Tuesday while four others were injured in a grenade attack carried out by a "criminal" in capital Baghdad, a security source said. The incident took place while the security forces were carrying out a military ...

Iraq: Baghdad’s landfills and burning rubbish threaten residents’ health

Rûdaw - 2019-06-11 11:25
Inefficient factories and lack of a formal waste management system has led to an increase in air pollution ...

Barzani Calls on New President of Kurdistan to Work on Disputes with Baghdad

BAS News - 2019-06-10 13:14
ERBIL — Kurdish charismatic leader and the former president of Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, reiterated a call on political forces in Erbil and Baghdad to work together and address the prolonged disputes, namely those pertaining to the contested Kurd ...

New Zealand plans to withdraw all Iraq troops by next June

Seattle Times - 2019-06-10 10:24
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand announced Monday that it will withdraw all of its troops from Iraq by next June. New Zealand has a small contingent of 95 so-called noncombat personnel deployed at the Taji Military Complex northwest of Baghdad, ...

La Corte Suprema di Baghdad «sospende» il referendum in Kurdistan

Avvenire - 2019-06-10 03:02

UK Continues to Support Explosive Hazard Management, Risk Education Activities in Iraq

BAS News - 2019-06-09 15:47
BAGHDAD (UNMAS) — The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in Iraq would like to highlight the role of the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) as a key facilitator of stabilization and humanitarian efforts through the s ...

German FM in Baghdad to de-escalate U.S.-Iran tensions, save Iran deal - Middle East - Jerusalem Post

Jpost - 2019-06-09 15:17

[PICTURES]: Kurdish Security Forces Intercept Tourist Bus Carrying Illicit Drugs

BAS News - 2019-06-09 13:27
ERBIL — Kurdish security forces in Sulaymaniyah province have seized a large stash of illicit drugs packed into a passenger bus heading to Baghdad. Police said they had received intelligence on the illegal shipment, and they managed to ambush the smuggle ...

German foreign minister arrives in Baghdad

Kurdiu - 2019-06-08 17:47

Kurdish Yezidi Man Shot Dead in Baghdad Apartment

BAS News - 2019-06-08 12:05
ERBIL — A Kurdish Yezidi man was found dead at his residence in Iraq’s capital city on Friday. Shamo Darwesh, from Khatari village of al-Qoush in northern Iraq, was killed with multiple bullets at his personal apartment. A family member of Darwesh said a ...

German FM Visits Baghdad

BAS News - 2019-06-08 12:05
ERBIL — As part of his Middle East tour, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is visiting Iraq where he is expected to discuss bilateral ties and regional issues. According to a brief statement by Iraq’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maas is expected to mee ...

German foreign minister lands in Baghdad as part of Iran diplomacy trip

Kurdistan24 - 2019-06-08 11:25

ISIS attack north of Baghdad kills 2 brothers, wounds third: Security

Kurdistan24 - 2019-06-08 10:34

Erbil-Baghdad Disputes Should be Resolved: Ammar al-Hakim

Gulan Media - 2019-06-07 18:04

BAGHDAD: Beyond the City of Ghosts (Madinat Ashbah)

E-Kurd - 2019-06-07 06:22
Sheri Laizer | Exclusive to Amongst the reeds that edge the Dijlah river1 the water fowl are mating noisily. In the leafy, east Baghdad suburb of Karada, school children are wandering to school in boisterous groups, passing giant billboards of ...

138 Yezidi bodies exhumed in Kocho sent to Baghdad for identification

Rûdaw - 2019-06-06 12:20
ISIS militants attacked the Yazidi homeland of Shingal in August 2014 ...

Erbil-Baghdad Disputes Should be Resolved: Ammar al-Hakim

BAS News - 2019-06-05 23:09
ERBIL - Iraqi leader Ammar al-Hakim, head of Hikma Party, has called for the resolution of the remaining disputes between Erbil and Baghdad, warning that it may affect Iraq's unity if the issues are not addressed. Hakim made the comments during a a speec ...

Kirkuk was shaken by 7 bombs

Ministry of Peshmerga - 2019-06-05 21:13
Media Center, Ministry of Peshmerga On May 30, 2019, a chain of explosions occurred across Kirkuk. According to the city’s security agencies, the explosions were terrorist attacks that took place on the Baghdad Road, Parezga Street and Qudsi Street. The ...

Roadside bomb north of Iraqi capital kills 4 security forces

Seattle Times - 2019-06-05 06:05
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security officials say a roadside bomb has exploded near an army patrol north of Baghdad, killing four security personnel and wounding four others. A statement issued by the Security Media Cell, affiliated with the country’s security ...

Iraq's human rights commission submits urgent appeal to Baghdad to address fires in Nineveh

Kurdistan24 - 2019-06-05 06:01

ISIS claims killing of Iraqi Army soldiers north of Baghdad

Rûdaw - 2019-06-04 18:44
Four Iraqi Army soldiers killed in attack kilometers from Baghdad claimed by ISIS ...

Baghdad Green Zone to open 24 hours a day: Iraqi PM

Rûdaw - 2019-06-04 08:56
Security has vastly improved in the Iraqi capital since the defeat of ISIS ...

Two more French Islamic State members sentenced to death in Iraq

E-Kurd - 2019-06-03 18:50
BAGHDAD,— A Baghdad court on Monday, June 3 sentenced to death two more French nationals for belonging to the Islamic State group, bringing the total number of French jihadis condemned to death to 11. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in ...

Iraq Sentences Last Two French IS Militants to Death

BAS News - 2019-06-03 17:42
ERBIL — A court in Iraq’s capital Baghdad sentenced the last two Frenchmen to death for their membership in Islamic State (IS). Bilel Kabaoui, 32, and Mourad Delhomme, 41, are the last two French jihadists from the group of 11 whom the Syrian Democratic ...

Iraqi PM says administration of Kirkuk common duty between Erbil, Baghdad

Gulan Media - 2019-06-03 06:03

Mike Pompeo, Nechirvan Barzani Talk over the phone

BAS News - 2019-06-03 01:48
ERBIL — US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a phone call with Nechirvan Barzani to congratulate him on his election as the new president of Kurdistan Region. Pompeo reiterated his country’s support for Kurdistan Region and encourage Erbil and Baghdad ...

Iraqi PM says administration of Kirkuk common duty between Erbil, Baghdad

Kurdistan24 - 2019-06-02 21:04

Iraq court sentences two more French Islamic State fighters to death, 9 so far

E-Kurd - 2019-06-02 20:51
BAGHDAD,— An Iraqi court sentenced two French men to death on Sunday after finding them guilty of being members of ISIS, a prosecutor told Reuters. Iraq is conducting trials of thousands of suspected ISIS fighters, including hundreds of foreigners, with ...

Iran-backed militias celebrate 'Quds Day' in Baghdad

Kurdistan24 - 2019-06-01 17:32

PMF military parade, burning flags at Quds day rally in Baghdad

Rûdaw - 2019-05-31 20:11

Iraq sentences 7th French Islamic State member to death

E-Kurd - 2019-05-30 16:09
BAGHDAD,— A Baghdad court has sentenced a seventh French jihadist to death for joining the Islamic State group. Yassin Sakkam was among 12 French citizens transferred to Iraqi authorities in January by a US-backed Kurdish-led force fighting the jihadist ...

Oil dispute reignites Baghdad-Erbil tensions

Al Monitor - 2019-05-30 06:41

Pressures mount in Baghdad on implementation of Article 140 of Iraqi Constitution

Gulan Media - 2019-05-29 20:37

Pressures mount in Baghdad on implementation of Article 140 of Iraqi Constitution

Kurdistan24 - 2019-05-29 17:57

Iraq hands over 188 Turkish children of suspected Islamic State members

E-Kurd - 2019-05-29 17:00
BAGHDAD,— Iraqi authorities handed over 188 Turkish children of suspected Islamic State members to Turkey on Wednesday at Baghdad airport, where they boarded a plane and prepared to fly home, officials from Iraq’s judiciary and UNICEF said. Representativ ...

Iraq Hands over 188 Turkish Children of IS Suspects

BAS News - 2019-05-29 16:52
ERBIL — Iraq, in cooperation with the UNICEF, handed over at least 188 children of suspected Islamic State (IS) jihadists to Turkey. Reuters said Iraqi judicial authorities and UN representatives were present on Wednesday at the Baghdad International Air ...

Iraq sentences two more French Islamic State members to death, 6 so far

E-Kurd - 2019-05-29 13:46
BAGHDAD,— An Iraqi court on Tuesday sentenced two high-profile French members of the Islamic State group to death, including one who featured in a propaganda video praising the 2015 Paris attacks, bringing the total number of French former jihadis condem ...

Baghdad Court Sentences 4th French Islamic State Member To Death

Inhomelandsecurity - 2019-05-28 17:19

Kurdish minister rejects rumors of mismanagement of public salaries sent by Baghdad

Kurdistan24 - 2019-05-28 00:09

To bring Najmuddin Karim back to Baghdad, an Iraqi government delegation arrives in Beirut

Kurdiu - 2019-05-28 00:06

Three Senior IS Leaders Captured in Diyala

BAS News - 2019-05-27 23:24
ERBIL - At least three senior leaders of the Islamic State (IS) were captured on Monday in the Iraqi province of Diyala. A security source told Baghdad Today that the trio was arrested by the intelligence forces during a military campaign in different pa ...

Gorran calls for summit on ‘racist, sectarian’ Arabization policy

Rûdaw - 2019-05-27 23:15
Baghdad is "evading the implementation of Article 140" ...

Iraq to Reopen Green Zone During Eid al-Fitr Holidays

BAS News - 2019-05-27 22:38
ERBIL - Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has issued a decree to reopen the Green Zone in central Baghdad during the Eid al-Fitr while tensions are yet to be defused in the region. According to a statement by Abdul-Mahdi's office, the heavily fortifi ...

Iraq says stands by Iran against US sanctions

Waar Media - 2019-05-27 15:02
WAAR_DUHOK Iraq stands by Iran against U.S. sanctions, Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed Alhakim said Sunday. Alhakim held talks in Baghdad with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif, who arrived in the Iraqi capital on Saturday for discussions with Iraqi off ...

Hoshyar Zebari: Iraqi government has to find the solutions Fire Incidents in wheat field

Waar Media - 2019-05-27 15:02
WAAR_DUHOK The member of KDP political party Hoshyar Zebari, has expressed concerns over the recent fire incidents that have targeted the wheat farms of Kurdish people, and he urged Baghdad government to find the solutions for these incidents and also ta ...

Iraqi court sentences three French Islamic State militants to death

E-Kurd - 2019-05-27 12:48
BAGHDAD,— An Iraqi court sentenced three French men to death on Sunday after finding them guilty of joining Islamic State, two court officials told Reuters. Iraq is conducting trials of thousands of suspected members of Islamic State, including hundreds ...

Iraqi Forces Foil “Huge” Terrorist Attack in Baghdad

BAS News - 2019-05-27 11:38
ERBIL — Iraqi security forces have foiled a car bomb attack in Baghdad which they said could have been a “huge” terrorist attack. According to multiple media reports, the Islamic State (IS) jihadists had planned a car bomb attack in the capital city with ...

Baghdad rejects unilateral US action against Iran: Iraq FM

Rûdaw - 2019-05-26 18:15
Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is in Baghdad for talks ...

Iranian FM arrives in Baghdad to meet with Iraq officials

Waar Media - 2019-05-26 17:18
WAAR_DUHOK Iranian media are reporting that the country’s foreign minister has arrived in Baghdad to meet his Iraqi counterpart and other officials. The official IRNA news agency reported Saturday that Mohammad Javad Zarif will meet with Iraqi Foreign Mi ...

Iranian FM Discusses Tensions in Region with Iraqi PM

BAS News - 2019-05-26 11:06
ERBIL — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi on Saturday in Baghdad to discuss the current situation in the region. Zarif’s trip to Baghdad comes amid growing tensions between Tehran and Washington, ...

Iran FM arrives in Baghdad amid rising tensions with US

Kurdistan24 - 2019-05-26 03:27

Baghdad must do more to protect Iraq’s religious minorities: US official

Rûdaw - 2019-05-25 21:45
Washington has pledged $17 million ...

Oil and gas disputes with Baghdad to be addressed once new KRG cabinet formed

Kurdistan24 - 2019-05-25 21:43

Iranian FM Lands in Baghdad

BAS News - 2019-05-25 19:57
ERBIL - Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif has arrived in Baghdad to meet with Iraqi top officials amid tensions between Washington and Tehran. According to the information BasNews has learned, Zarif will stay for only one day in Iraq where he is expected t ...

Iraqi protesters urge Baghdad to stay out of U.S.-Iran showdown

Kurdiu - 2019-05-25 18:21

Iranian-Backed Militias Behind Rocket Attack on Baghdad’s Green Zone: US

BAS News - 2019-05-25 12:06
ERBIL — Washington has accused Iranian-backed militias forces in Iraq for carrying out the Katyusha rocket attack on Baghdad’s Green Zone last week. The accusation was made by US Vice Admiral Michael Gilday, the director of the Joint Staff, on Friday. Th ...

Ninevah governor's election stirs Sunni split in Baghdad

Al Monitor - 2019-05-25 08:41

Demonstration in Baghdad Calls on Iraq to Avoid Iran-US Conflict

BAS News - 2019-05-25 01:06
ERBIL — Thousands of people gathered in Iraq’s capital Baghdad overnight Friday to urge the Iraqi government to stay out of the growing conflict between Iran and the United States. The protests came after Muqtada al-Sadr, a powerful Shi’ite cleric and th ...

French telecom giant Orange stripped of stake in Iraq’s Korek Telecom

E-Kurd - 2019-05-24 23:53
BAGHDAD,— An Iraqi industry regulator has stripped France’s Orange SA of its stake in wireless operator Korek and handed it to a group of local investors, according to an official document seen by Bloomberg. An administrative order from Iraq’s Communicat ...

Baghdad-Kurdistan oil disputes flare up in Parliament - Iraq Oil Report

Iraqoilreport - 2019-05-24 13:03

Iranian FM to Visit Iraq Amid Tensions with US

BAS News - 2019-05-24 12:37
ERBIL — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif is scheduled to visit Iraq’s capital Baghdad as tensions between Tehran and Washington continue. A source from Iraqi prime minister’s office confirmed the report and said the visit will be in the next ...

Bomb Explosion Kills, Injures Four in Anbar

BAS News - 2019-05-24 12:37
ERBIL - A car bomb explosion in the Iraqi province of Anbar on Thursday evening resulted in the killing and wounding of four people. The incident occurred in the district of Qaim, some 300 kilometers west of capital Baghdad, where a vehicle parked in the ...

Iraq: sventato “grande attentato terroristico” per colpire Baghdad e il Kurdistan | Agenzia Nova

Agenzianova - 2019-05-23 19:27

Kurdish Political Parties Condemn Ongoing Crisis in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2019-05-22 14:18
ERBIL — A number of Kurdish political parties gathered on Wednesday in Erbil to decry the recent crisis in the areas disputed between Erbil and Baghdad. The parties said the situation is beyond acceptable, and that they have urged the Kurdistan Region Go ...

Another Kurdish-owned Wheat Farm Burned in Diyala

BAS News - 2019-05-22 12:21
ERBIL — Following multiple suspicious fire incidents in the Kurdish-owned agricultural lands across the areas disputed between Erbil and Baghdad, another wheat farm reportedly burned overnight on Tuesday in Qaratappa, Diyala province. Mohammed Omar, a PU ...

Signs of Baghdad-Erbil Crisis over Oil, Salaries | Asharq AL-awsat

Aawsat - 2019-05-22 09:28

Opening a center for culture and art for the Syriac component

SDF Press - 2019-05-22 02:05
Hasaka – The Syriac Cultural Association opened a cultural and art center in the Baghdad neighborhood in Hasaka province. The representatives of civil institutions and residents of the region participated in the opening ceremony. The opening celebration b ...

Kurds, Other Than PUK, Reject Rakan al-Jabouri as Kirkuk Governor

BAS News - 2019-05-22 00:12
ERBIL - The Brotherhood List, which is a political front to unify Kurds in Kirkuk, has rejected to be part of a secret deal to approve Rakan al-Jabouri, the current acting governor of Kirkuk appointed by Baghdad, to remain in his position as the official ...

Erbil provides Baghdad with list of political prisoner pensions

Rûdaw - 2019-05-21 20:39

Abdul-Mahdi Confirms Iraq's Plan to Meditate Between US and Iran

BAS News - 2019-05-21 18:45
ERBIL - Iraqi Prime Minister has confirmed Baghdad's plan to meditate between the United States and Iran whose relations have drastically deteriorated lately. The Iraqi premier was cited by Reuters on Tuesday as explaining that no Iraqi groups had attemp ...

Erbil is ready to hand over its oil to Baghdad

Kurdiu - 2019-05-21 17:19

Iraqi PM to Visit Kuwait This Week

BAS News - 2019-05-21 14:08
ERBIL — Iraqi Primer Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi will travel to Kuwait on Wednesday where he will visit top leaders to discuss bilateral ties. According to an unnamed source cited by Baghdad Today, a large high-level delegation will accompany the prime min ...
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