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Justice system and human rights status in Turkey discussed at UN

ANF - 2019-09-23 18:48
A panel was held today at the UN Human Rights Council titled “Justice system in Turkey and Human Rights Status". ...

Tabqa..Military Joining Center

SDF Press - 2019-09-23 16:14
Tabqa – At the beginning of this month a joining center belonging to the Military Council of Tabqa was opened to organize the mechanism of enrolling young people who want to join the ranks of the military forces throughout Tabqa in order to strengthen the ...

Iraqi MP calls for Kurdish interpretation in Council of Representatives

E-Kurd - 2019-09-23 15:28
BAGHDAD,— Iraqi MP from the New Generation (Newey Nwê) Movement, Yusra Rajab, called on Speaker of Iraqi Council of Representatives Muhammad al-Halbusi provide interpretation services for Arabic-speaking lawmakers so that Kurdish speakers can participate ...

ISIS cell members arrested in Deir ez-Zor

ANF - 2019-09-23 13:34
Anti-terrorist units of the Syrian Democratic Forces were able to capture three members of an ISIS cell in Deir ez-Zor, which was responsible, among other things, for the murder of the legislative council chairman of the region last December. ...

Justice system and Human Rights in Turkey discussed at UN

ANF - 2019-09-23 11:16
Justice system and Human Rights in Turkey discussed at the UN Human Rights Council. ...

Will Iraq have an uprising after sixteen years of political, social, and economic disillusionment? - Atlantic Council

Atlanticcouncil - 2019-09-23 07:58

Girê Spî Military Council complied with new border security deal

ANF - 2019-09-22 11:33
The Girê Spî Military Council has fulfilled the requirements of the agreement reached for ensuring the security of the North and East Syria border. ...

Arresting the Murderers of Marwan Al-Fatih, the Joint Chairman of Deir Ezzor Legislative Council

SDF Press - 2019-09-22 02:35
Deir Ezzor – Three-member of ISIS terrorist cell was arrested by SDF Counter-Terrorism Units with a qualitative operation at the beginning of Septemper in Abu Khashab area, Deir Ezzor countryside. The terrorist cell has assassinated Marwan al-Fatih, the j ...

Five corpses were exhumed in the countryside of Raqqa

SDF Press - 2019-09-22 02:35
Raqqa – The initial response team of the Civil Council of Raqqa found on Saturday the corpses of five civilians in Kasra Faraj village south of Raqqa city. The head of the forensic team of the initial response team, Dr. Mahmoud Haj Hassan, said that on Sa ...

Deployment of Tal Abyad Military Council and Conducting a Joint patrol

SDF Press - 2019-09-21 19:25
Media Center – Tal Abyad Military Council forces completed the deployment of their forces at the points where the third group of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and People’s Protection Units (YPG) had withdrawn from on Saturday along the border between Tal ...

Syrian Women’s Council launches ‘Peace without Borders’ campaign

ANF - 2019-09-21 15:59
Syrian Women’s Council launched ‘Peace without Borders’ campaign to mark September 21 International Day of Peace. ...

UN Security Council unanimously extends mandate of UNITAD

BAS News - 2019-09-21 15:46
BAGHDAD (UNITAD) — The Security Council remains united and resolute in its support of the work carried out by the United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/ISIL (UNITAD), as members today unanimously voted ...

Trump’s Yemen problem - Atlantic Council

Atlanticcouncil - 2019-09-21 07:58

President of the Kurdistan Region Meets Speaker of Iraqi Parliament

Presidency of Kurdistan - 2019-09-21 01:58
Erbil, Kurdistan Region, 19 September 2019 President of the Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani met with the Speaker of Council of Representatives of Iraq, Mohammed Al-Halbousi. They discussed the security situation in Iraq, stressing the need for maintai ...

Samantha Power's uneasy legacy on Syria - Atlantic Council

Atlanticcouncil - 2019-09-20 22:53

CPJ joins call to UN rights council for end to press crackdown in Turkey - Committee to Protect Journalists

CPJ - 2019-09-20 22:22

Security Council: Two draft resolutions, zero consensus on ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib | UN News

UN - 2019-09-20 12:35

Sulaimaniya: KDP Branch Office Attacked

BAS News - 2019-09-20 06:57
ERBIL - The office of the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party's (KDP) Leadership Council in Sulaimaniya province came under attack by unknown armed men overnight on Thursday. Confirming to BasNews, Atta Sheikh Hassan, a spokesperson for the office, said th ...

Iraqi MP Warns of Reopening Arar Border Crossing with Saudi Arabia

BAS News - 2019-09-19 23:39
ERBIL - A lawmaker at the Iraqi Parliament has warned of reopening of the Arar border crossing with Saudi Arabia, adding that it could lead to an Islamic State (IS) resurgence in Iraq. Mohammed Saihud, an MP at the Council of Representatives, said in a s ...

Iraqi Authorities Oust Kurdish Chief of Kirkuk Police

BAS News - 2019-09-19 17:41
ERBIL — Iraq’s Ministry of Interior has issued an order to dismiss a Kurdish figure from his position as the chief of rapid-response police in the disputed province of Kirkuk. Jwan Hassan, a member of Kirkuk provincial council, confirmed the report to Ba ...

Iran counters ‘Maximum Pressure’ by reaching out to the Kurds - Atlantic Council

Atlanticcouncil - 2019-09-18 18:14

Why an Iran-backed paramilitary group has rebuilt a shrine in a ruined Iraqi city - Atlantic Council

Atlanticcouncil - 2019-09-18 13:17

Raqqa Civil Council working to provide needs of refugees

ANF - 2019-09-18 12:27
The aid office of the Raqqa Civil Council determines the daily needs of the camps in the region and ensures that these are met in a specific order. ...

Dossier on Maxmur submitted to the UN office in Bonn

ANF - 2019-09-17 19:47
Cologne/Bonn Women’s Council submitted a dossier on the embargo on Maxmur and Turkish attacks against southern Kurdistan to the UN office in Bonn. ...

Malmö City Council in solidarity with HDP

ANF - 2019-09-17 15:47
In Sweden, protests against the AKP-MHP fascist alliance attacks against the Kurdish municipalities and against the arrest of HDP elected representatives are increasing. ...

An entertainment activity for people with special needs (handicap) in Raqqa

SDF Press - 2019-09-17 01:42
Raqqa – Under the title “Smiling Make Hope” The handicap Office of the Raqqa’s Civil Council organized on Monday an entertainment activity for children with special needs at the Center of Culture and Art. The members of local councils and civil institutio ...

Rights violations in Turkey underlined at UN Session in Geneva

ANF - 2019-09-16 16:10
The 42nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council is under way in Geneva. MRAP (Mouvement contre le Racisme et pour l’Amitié entre les Peuples) and the African Agency for Integrated Development (AAID) drew attention to the situation in Turkey. ...

Detained ISIS members' legal status discussed at UN side event

ANF - 2019-09-16 12:30
A side event titled "Members of armed groups detained in Northern Syria: their legal status and their future" will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, at the Palais des Nations, during the 42nd session of the UN Human Rights Council. ...

KDP’s Firsat Sofi elected as new Erbil Governor, Iraqi Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2019-09-12 23:15
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan region,— Firsat Sofi was on Thursday elected the 41st governor of Erbil province on the KDP list after winning 27 out of a possible 28 Erbil Provincial Council votes Sofi, 41, is a member of the locally dominant Kurdistan De ...

Al-Nusra member stripped of Swiss citizenship

ANF - 2019-09-12 11:04
The Swiss Federal Council stripped of the Swiss citizenship a citizen of Turkish nationality accused of being a member of al-Nusra. Ümit Y. may be deported. ...

Roadmap agreed between Sudan rebels and ruling council

ANF - 2019-09-12 09:36
Sudan’s ruling council and rebel leaders have agreed on a roadmap for peace talks that are expected to begin in October and last about two months, officials from both sides said. ...

KRG's Council of Ministers to Discuss Census, Other Subjects on Wednesday

Gulan Media - 2019-09-10 21:43

Frank Quintero Appointed to Fill Vacant Glendale City Council Seat • MassisPost

Massispost - 2019-09-10 19:02

Challengers in St. Paul City Council races seize on trash turmoil -

Startribune - 2019-09-09 21:15

Firsat Sofi set to become new Erbil governor, Iraqi Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2019-09-09 16:23
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— A new governor is set to take over in Erbil, the provincial council announced Monday. Former Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) lawmaker in Iraqi Kurdistan Parliament Firsat Sofi will be inaugurated on Wednesday. Cur ...

KDP, PUK to Meet Today, Discuss Kirkuk

BAS News - 2019-09-09 14:48
ERBIL — Delegations from the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) are scheduled to hold a meeting on Monday in Erbil. Rebaz Berkoti, head of PUK bloc at the Erbil provincial council, said the sides will mainly discuss t ...

House of Iraqi Official Attacked with Sound Bomb

BAS News - 2019-09-09 14:48
ERBIL — The house of head of Dhi Qar provincial council Council was raided by unknown people overnight Sunday, a security source said. Rahim al-Khaqani’s place was attacked by a sound bomb in the district of Shatra. A security source told al-Sumaria said ...

MSD workshop in Berlin ended with proposals for a new Syria

ANF - 2019-09-09 09:33
Party representatives and politicians came together in Berlin organised by the Syrian Democratic Council (MSD). The participants said that the workshops were important. ...

China is expected to counter criticism at UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva | Foreign Brief

Foreignbrief - 2019-09-08 21:56

Les SDF ja patrullen conjuntament amb els EUA a la "zona segura"

KurdisCat - 2019-09-08 21:33
El Consell Militar Serê Kaniyê Military Council, un dels nous integrants de les Syrian Democratic Forces (Forces Democràtiques Sirianes, SDF), ha començat a patrullar, de forma conjunta, amb les forces dels Estats Units. És la tercera vegada que la Coali ...

Kurdistan, Iraqi Judicial Councils Meet in Erbil

BAS News - 2019-09-08 15:46
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Judicial Council received its Iraqi counterparts on Sunday in Erbil. Judges and members of the councils discussed a range of issues pertaining to Iraq and Kurdistan judicial bodies. Both sides agreed on the importance of close ...

Elders of Al Anza..We are against any interference that undermines the stability of the region

SDF Press - 2019-09-07 18:39
Raqqa – The Military Council of Raqqa held a meeting with the elders of the Anza clan to discuss the situation and the future of the region, and inform them about the latest political developments. The elders affirmed that they stand by the Syrian Democra ...

50 trainees in the health education course in Raqqa

SDF Press - 2019-09-07 18:39
Raqqa – 50 trainees from Raqqa’s Youth Council joined the fourth nursing course to promote health situation in the city. The trainees will receive theoretical and practical lessons on the first aid at the martyr Mohammed al-Khalil military hospital in Raq ...

Syria update: US Gen. Joe Dunford speaks at Council on Foreign Relations, Sept 2019

Seth Frantzman - 2019-09-07 13:37
General Joseph discusses US military and defense strategy in conflict areas around the world at the Council on Foreign Relations. He discussed challenges in eastern Syria. In comes in the context […] ...

Kurdistan Islamic Union rejects the formation of "Kurdistan Regional Council"

Kurdiu - 2019-09-05 22:52

Remarks of SRSG Ghassan Salamé to the United Nations Security Council on the situation in Libya, 4 September 2019 - Libya | ReliefWeb

Reliefweb - 2019-09-05 02:50

Local Military Council and US go on joint patrols in Serekaniye

ANF - 2019-09-04 16:19
The US Army and Serekaniye Military Council have begun joint patrols along the Turkish border. ...

Turkey repression and arrests to land at UN human rights session

ANF - 2019-09-04 08:26
The UN Human Rights Council will held its forty-second session from 9 to 27 September in Geneva. ...

Kurdistan political parties to establish a council with Masoud Barzani as chair: KSDP

E-Kurd - 2019-09-03 14:35
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The General Secretary of the Kurdistan Socialist Democratic Party (HSK) Muhammad Haji Mahmoud claimed in an interview with Voice of America on Tuesday that Iraqi Kurdistan region’s political parties are set to esta ...

Demonstration in front of Kurdistan Regional Council of Ministers

Kurdiu - 2019-09-03 01:43

Political blocs agree to form a provincial council of Halabja

Kurdiu - 2019-09-02 19:56

Gire Spi Military Council: We will defend our peoples and lands

ANF - 2019-09-02 14:02
Gire Spi Military Council Spokesman stated that they as the security forces of the region would continue to protect their lands and peoples. ...

Gov't council decides on seven measures to respond to migration crisis | News |

Ekathimerini - 2019-09-02 00:28

KCK Hozat: War is the most terrible invention of the male mind

ANF - 2019-09-01 10:44
KCK Executive Council Co-Chair Bêsê Hozat: The AKP is the mentality against democracy and freedom at its best. ...

Knape: Basic rules of democracy not complied with in Turkey

ANF - 2019-08-31 13:43
The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe demanded that Turkey urgently obey the recommendation adopted by Congress in 2017 on the election of a new mayor. ...

KCDK-E: Let's All join the Peace Meeting of 1 September!

ANF - 2019-08-31 09:38
KCDK-E Co-Presidency Council issued a statement and call "on all our people, women, young, workers, to join the World Peace Day on 1September" ...

Lavrov, Jagland discuss over phone Russia's repayment of council of Europe membership fees | | Goa Chronicle

Goachronicle - 2019-08-31 01:32

New state-appointed mayor in Turkey’s Van province scraps city council | Ahval

Ahvalnews - 2019-08-30 17:53

Can ‘Safe Third Country’ Agreements Resolve the Asylum Crisis? | Council on Foreign Relations

CFR - 2019-08-30 09:13

Uyghur Exile Group Slams ‘Groundless’ Claims by China of Ties to Terrorism Ahead of UN Rights Council

RFA - 2019-08-29 02:36

Ali Qaradaghi visits the Executive Council of the Kurdistan Islamic Union

Kurdiu - 2019-08-27 23:42

HDP Youth Council member taken into custody

ANF - 2019-08-26 20:51
Political genocide against the HDP continues. ...

Five Turkish generals handed in resignations: Cumhuriyet paper

Reuters - 2019-08-26 08:52
Five generals from the Turkish army have handed in resignations in the wake of a military council meeting earlier this month, opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet said on Sunday. ...

Kino Gabriel: We aim to be a professional force

ANF - 2019-08-25 17:30
SDF Spokesperson Kino Gabriel said they aim to be a professional force and added that the SDF General Council is a part of the institutional structure, with the main duty to devise annual strategic plans for the forces. ...

Montataire city council shows support for HDP

ANF - 2019-08-25 16:06
Montataire commune city council in France’s Oise region protested the usurpation of HDP municipalities and called on the French government to issue a strong condemnation. ...

An anti-armor missile was found in al-Raqqa

SDF Press - 2019-08-22 17:51
Al-Raqqa – Al-Raqqa Military Council found an anti-armor missile and / 3 / missile launchers leftovers from the Islamic State terrorists in an abandoned building in al-Tayyar neighborhood on Thursday. After receiving a complaint from one of the residents ...

Social Reconciliation holds its periodic meeting

SDF Press - 2019-08-22 17:51
Al-Raqqa—Social Reconciliation Bureau of the al-Raqqa Civil Council held its regular meeting of its sub-committees in al-Raqqa and its countryside to discuss and read the monthly reports of the committees and listen to their opinions and requirements in r ...

Burhan sworn in as head of Sudan's sovereign council

Kurdiu - 2019-08-21 22:58

Governor of Van dismisses municipal employees, seizes the council

ANF - 2019-08-21 11:40
Governor Mehmet Emin Bilmez, who has been appointed to Van Metropolitan Municipality seized by the AKP government, has removed all heads of departments and directors from post. Several municipal employees have been taken into custody. ...

Sudan conflict: Army and civilians form sovereign council

BBC - 2019-08-21 00:01
Six civilians and five army officers will be in charge during a transition to civilian rule. ...

CoE: Seizure of HDP municipalities undermines local democracy

ANF - 2019-08-20 12:17
Council of Europe official Anders Knape expressed concerns over the AKP regime’s dismissal of HDP’s democratically elected mayors and seizure of the municipalities. ...

130 Percent of Trump’s China-Tariff Revenue Is Now Going to Angry Farmers | Council on Foreign Relations

CFR - 2019-08-19 23:01

Work and tasks of the Health Committee in al-Raqqa

SDF Press - 2019-08-19 21:22
Al-Raqqa – The Health Committee of the al-Raqqa Civil Council is working hard as to establish and strengthen the therapeutic health infrastructure and rehabilitate the former centers and hospitals that have been damaged during previous periods, so to prov ...

Cizre HDP council trying to reclaim the River Tigris

ANF - 2019-08-15 11:01
Abandoned in the hands of the Special Provincial Administration the parks on the River Tigris banks soon became a garbage depo representing a serious problem for Cizre. ...

The Future of Northeast Syria

Foreign Policy Research Institute - 2019-08-13 22:31
A project of the Atlantic Council and Foreign Policy Research Institute The future of northeast Syria is unsettled after eight […] ...

White House Warriors: How the National Security Council Transformed the American Way of War

Foreign Policy Research Institute - 2019-08-13 00:56
From the Cuban Missile Crisis to the Iran Contra Affair and from the Surge to today’s frenetic geopolitical environment, the […] ...

Turkish Security Council Mulls Syrian Operation, Despite Washington’s Warnings - New Delhi Times - India's Only International Newspaper

Newdelhitimes - 2019-08-10 13:51

Summoned a 75-year-old citizen to the headquarters of the Sanandaj Intelligence Bureau

Kurdpa - 2019-08-10 06:20
Kurdpa Agency: A member of the Kurdistan Qur'an School Council was summoned to the headquarters of the Sanandaj Intelligence Bureau. ...

Jihadist-linked Maarif board member elected to Council of Europe’s GREVIO – Nordic Monitor

Nordicmonitor - 2019-08-08 22:28

Rehabilitation of the main water purification station in Hajin

SDF Press - 2019-08-08 20:11
Deira Zour – In coordination and under the supervision of Hajin town’s council in Deira Zour countryside Furat organization is working to rehabilitate the main water pumping station. There are three water pumping stations in the town, all of which are out ...

A clean-up campaign in Tabqa

SDF Press - 2019-08-08 20:11
Tabqa – The local administration and municipalities committee in the civil council of Tabqa in cooperation and coordination with the People’s Municipality launched on Wednesday a clean-up campaign that included the entrances to the city. The campaign star ...

Extended meeting of tribal and tribes elders of north and east Syria

SDF Press - 2019-08-08 20:11
Ayn Issa – At the invitation of the Military Relations Office of the Syrian Democratic Forces and in coordination with the Syrian Democratic Council, an extensive meeting was held on Thursday for elders and dignitaries of tribes of north and east Syria, t ...

The Statement of elders and dignitaries of the tribes of the Euphrates region during the Meeting of the Tribes

SDF Press - 2019-08-08 20:11
Ayn Issa – During a meeting organized by the Syrian Democratic Council and the Military Relations Office of SDF with the sheikhs and elders of the tribes of northern and eastern Syria, Sheikh Fawaz Al-Baik delivered a statement to the world public opinion ...

Protest against Yazidi Genocide in London

ANF - 2019-08-08 13:50
Kurdish People’s Council London held a performance to protest ISIS gangs’ attack against Shengal on August 3 and the subsequent massacre. ...

Much More Must Be Done to Ensure Full Protection for Abducted, Detained Youngsters, Delegates Tell Security Council, in Day-Long Debate on Children and Armed Conflict - World | ReliefWeb

Reliefweb - 2019-08-07 14:11

West Hollywood City Council votes to have Trump's Walk of Fame star removed | TheHill

Thehill - 2019-08-07 08:05

Reconciliation between the Bureij and Zagarid clans

SDF Press - 2019-08-06 19:42
Raqqa – The reconciliation committee of the Civil Council of Raqqa held a reconciliation between Al-Bureij and Al- Zagarid tribes. There was a dispute between them because a member of the Al-Bureij clan stabbed a member of the Al-Zagharid clan the white w ...

Syria’s Kurdish National Council witnesses mass defections

Al Monitor - 2019-08-06 16:54

Maxmur people’s petition reaches Iraqi Parliament

ANF - 2019-08-05 16:12
Democratic People’s Council of the Maxmur Refugee Camp petition on the KDP embargo in the name of the 13,000 civilians in the camp who suffer under Turkish state airstrikes has been delivered to the Iraqi Parliament by MP Kawa Mihemed. ...

KCK: August 3 should be recognized as Day Against Femicide

ANF - 2019-08-02 16:00
KCK Executive Council Co-presidency: “The 74th genocide is proof that the result of intolerance against diverse faiths and ethnic identities in the Middle East is genocide.” ...

KCDK-E called on everyone to join activities on 3 August

ANF - 2019-08-02 11:53
KCDK-E co-presidency Council had demanded the recognition of the Yazidi status on the occasion of 3 August, the fifth anniversary of the genocide attacks carried out by ISIS on Shengal. ...

Summary of the Kurdistan Region Council of Ministers meeting – 30 July 2019

Gulan Media - 2019-08-01 17:42

Urgent Appeal: Imminent Humanitarian Crisis in Maxmur Camp

ANF - 2019-08-01 14:05
Democratic People’s Council of the Maxmur Refugee Camp called on the UN to immediately ensure that the embargo on the Maxmur Camp is lifted, and that the Maxmur Camp has access to food supplies and medical care. ...

Gezi case court board changed

ANF - 2019-08-01 09:45
The Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSK) changed the court board of the Gezi case. ...

PUK chooses Mustafa Chawrash as commander of peshmerga’s brigade 70

E-Kurd - 2019-07-31 19:56
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Mustafa Chawrash has been named as the new commander of the Peshmerga militias’ Brigade 70, which is affiliated with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK). PUK‌’s leadership council member, Chawrash told NRT TV on We ...

‘Do something’; UN relief chief urges Security Council action to stop the Syrian carnage unfolding ‘in front of your eyes’ | UN News

UN - 2019-07-31 18:12

Security Council Backsliding on Duty to Protect Syria’s Civilians, Rights Advocate Stresses, amid Calls to Protect Hospitals, Review Deconfliction Accords - Syrian Arab Republic | ReliefWeb

Reliefweb - 2019-07-31 18:12

Two-thirds of Security Council calls for UN probe into attacks on Syrian hospitals | Middle East Eye

Middleeasteye - 2019-07-31 17:26

KRG to establish Public Service Council as part of government sector reforms

Kurdistan24 - 2019-07-31 10:52

Turkey named occupation of Rojava and Bakur "peace corridor"

ANF - 2019-07-31 10:31
Turkish occupation of some of the territories of Rojava is now called "peace corridor" by the National Security Council. ...
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