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At Least 10% of Iraqis Currently Disable

BAS News - 2018-10-14 19:41
ERBIL - At least 10% of people in Iraq are disable, 2% of whom are children with mental disabilities, Iraqi Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs said in a statement on Sunday. According to the statement, the government has some special plans for the disa ...

Iraq Sends Back Three Children of IS Parents to Georgia

BAS News - 2018-10-14 11:05
ERBIL — The Iraqi government has decided to send back to Georgia three children whose parents were members of the Islamic State (IS). The children, aged between 2 and 6, will be sent back to Tbilisi where their grandparents will receive them. According t ...

Iraqi Delegations Arrive in Erbil for Talks over Government Formation

BAS News - 2018-10-14 11:05
ERBIL — A delegation, made up of several Iraqi political leaders, arrived in Erbil on Sunday to discuss the efforts pertaining the formation of next Iraqi government. The leader of Hikmah Movement, Ammar al-Hakim, is leading the delegation which includes ...

Iraq Cannot Protect Yezidis: Commander

BAS News - 2018-10-13 15:35
ERBIL — Yezidi commander who now leads the Yezidi Democratic Party (YDP), Haider Shasho, said that the Iraqi government has proven its incapability in protecting the Yezidis and their region. Shasho said during an interview with Kurdistan 24 that Sinjar ...

Halbusi Says Timeline for Addressing Crises by Next Iraqi Govt. is Needed

BAS News - 2018-10-13 14:14
ERBIL — The Parliament Speaker of Iraq, Mohammed al-Halbusi, has called on the next government to set a timeline for addressing the crises in the country. “While in the process of forming a new government, there should be serious plans to address crises ...

Iraq.. Over 36,000 people applied for ministerial posts

Waar Media - 2018-10-11 13:08
Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Adel Abdul Mahdi. WAAR-DUHOK: After Iraq’s incoming Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi offered the online application for ministerial posts in the country’s future government, over 36,000 applied for the positions. According t ...

Over 35,000 People So Far Applied for Future Iraqi Ministerial Posts

BAS News - 2018-10-10 23:44
ERBIL - After Iraq’s incoming Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi offered the online application for ministerial posts in the country's future government, over 36,000 applied for the positions. According to a statement by Abdul-Mahdi's office, 36,006 people ...

Baghdad Rejects Funding for Strategic Water Projects in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2018-10-10 13:35
ERBIL — The Iraqi federal government has blocked the funding of any strategic water project in the Kurdistan Region in hopes of preventing Kurds’ control over the water resources flowing into Iraq. Akram Ahmed, Director of Kurdistan Dams, told BasNews th ...

Iraq Signs Contract with Chinese Companies to Build Oil Refinery

BAS News - 2018-10-09 13:40
ERBIL — The Iraqi government has signed an agreement with two major Chinese companies to build an oil refinery in south of the country, an officials said on Sunday. The refinery will be built by PowerChina and Norinco International in the port of Fao on ...

Newly Appointed Iraqi PM Wants Ordinary People to Hold Ministerial Posts

BAS News - 2018-10-08 23:15
ERBIL - The newly appointed Iraqi PM Adil Abdul Mahdi is reportedly trying form the new cabinet by recruiting ordinary citizens, he therefore has offered his country's people the opportunity of receiving the posts of the ministries in the next government ...

WBG, Canada, Launch $1.9 Million for Economic Empowerment of Iraqi Women

BAS News - 2018-10-08 17:23
BAGHDAD (WBG) — The World Bank Group, the Government of Iraq, and the Government of Canada launched today a $1.95 million grant to support Iraq’s efforts to strengthen systems and deliver programs to empower women economically and politically. The “Gende ...

Iraqi Parliament Renews Call for Swift Government Formation

BAS News - 2018-10-08 12:12
ERBIL — Iraqi Parliament Speaker, Mohammed al-Halbusi, has once again called for the formation of the new cabinet in Baghdad soon. Halbusi said at a press conference that the incoming premier, Adil Abdul-Mahdi, is required to accelerate the efforts to es ...

World Bank to Allocate Nearly $2 Million to Help Iraqi Women

BAS News - 2018-10-07 18:50
ERBIL - The World Bank has announced that it, cooperatively with the Canadian government, will allocate nearly $2 million to help the Iraqi government in improving women's political and commercial affairs in the country. According to a statement by the i ...

Barzani, McGurk discuss new Iraqi government formation

Waar Media - 2018-10-07 15:39
President Barzani and McGurk WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdish prominent leader and the president of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Masoud Barzani received a United States government delegation headed by Brett McGurk, the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global C ...

PM Barzani Receives Hadi al-Amiri in Erbil

BAS News - 2018-10-05 00:54
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region PM Nechirvan Barzani received on Thursday head of al-Fatih Coalition, Hadi al-Amiri, to discuss the Iraqi political process as a new government in Baghdad is expected to be formed in a near future. During the discussions, the pai ...

Sadr Gives New Iraqi Government 1 Year for Reforms

BAS News - 2018-10-04 15:06
ERBIL — Iraqi influential Shi’ite cleric and the leader of Sairoon bloc, Muqtada al-Sadr, has given one year timeline to the new Iraqi government, after its establishment, to implement reforms. Sadr said in a statement on his official Twitter account tha ...

Part of Shi'ite Factions Don't Back Adil Abdul Mahdi: Report

BAS News - 2018-10-03 23:14
ERBIL - Some Iraqi Shi'ite factions are not with the direction of Adil Abdul Mahdi for establishing a new government in Baghdad, but they have kept silent so far, a report said on Wednesday. Earlier on Tuesday night, the newly-elected Iraqi President, Ba ...

Iraqi president Barham Salih names Adel Abdul Mahdi PM-designate

E-Kurd - 2018-10-03 19:06
BAGHDAD,— Newly elected Iraqi President Barham Salih has named veteran Shi’ite politician Adel Abdul Mahdi as prime minister-designate and tasked him with forming a new government, two lawmakers told Reuters on Tuesday. According to Iraq’s constitution, ...

UN Welcomes Designation of Adil Abdel-Mahdi as New Iraqi PM

BAS News - 2018-10-03 14:11
BAGHDAD — The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, welcomes the designation of Mr. Adel Abdel-Mahdi to form Iraq’s next government. Just as the United Nations supported Iraq during the difficult fight ag ...

Iraq Plans to Increase Light Crude Oil to 1 Million Bpd in 2019

BAS News - 2018-10-01 09:19
ERBIL — In hopes of boosting state revenue, the Iraqi government plans to increase its light crude oil to 1 million barrels per day next year, oil minister Jabar al-Luaibi said. “This (decision) will boost Iraq’s position in the global oil markets by pro ...

Iraq Concerned over US Decision to Close Down Consulate in Basra

BAS News - 2018-09-29 09:43
ERBIL — The Iraqi government has expressed concern over a decision by US State Department to close down its consulate office in Basra. “We are concerned over US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s decision to close down the consulate in Basra and relocating ...

Iraq Pays Iran for Every Bullet: Official

BAS News - 2018-09-26 10:28
ERBIL — The Iraqi government has paid for every military shipment its neighboring Iran has so far provided to Baghdad’s war against terror, said an Iranian official. “The assistance we provide to Iraq, on one level is for the war against terrorism. Whene ...

Demonstrations Resume in Basra

BAS News - 2018-09-25 22:00
ERBIL - Demonstrations were resumed on Tuesday in the Iraqi southern province of Basra as their demands are yet to be met by the government. During Tuesday's protests, the demonstrators, apart from continuing to ask for basic public services and a soluti ...

PM Barzani, Sadr Discuss Government Formation

BAS News - 2018-09-23 14:04
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met on Sunday with Muqtada al-Sadr, the leader of Sairoon bloc, to discuss the efforts underway ahead of forming the new Iraqi government. The meeting took place in Najaf after Barzani’s trip to B ...

PM Barzani, Iraqi Counterpart Meet in Baghdad

BAS News - 2018-09-22 20:37
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region PM Nechirvan Barzani met on Saturday evening with his Iraqi counterpart Haider al-Abadi for talks on the formation of a new government in Baghdad. The two premiers asserted that the next cabinet should be strong and be formed wit ...

PM Barzani, Ammar al-Hakim Discuss Political Process

BAS News - 2018-09-22 20:00
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region PM Nechirvan Barzani met on Saturday evening with the Iraqi leader Ammar al-Hakim, head of Hikma party to discuss the current political developments in the country, including the formation of the new government. During the meetin ...

Abadi Values Role of Late Kurdish Commander in War against IS

BAS News - 2018-09-21 14:13
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has issued a letter to send his government’s condolences to the family of Maj. Gen. Fadhil Barwari, the Kurdish Commander of the Golden Division at the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Services (CTS). Abadi highlighted ...

UK, Iranian Envoys Discuss Future Iraqi Government Formation

BAS News - 2018-09-20 23:49
ERBIL - The UK Ambassador to Iraq has met with his Iranian counterpart for talks on the underway process of establishing a new government in Baghdad. "Called on HE Iranian Ambassador for frank discussion about the latest developments in Iraq. Agreed next ...

Pompeo Congratulates New Iraqi Parliament Speaker

BAS News - 2018-09-20 00:32
ERBIL - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo congratulated in a phone call on Wednesday the new Iraqi parliament speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi on his new post. During the phone call, the pair also exchanged views on underway efforts to form a new government ...

Masrour Barzani: Next Iraqi Government Should Not Overlook Any Component

BAS News - 2018-09-19 16:02
ERBIL — Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Masrour Barzani reasserted that the Kurds expect the next Iraqi government to reflect the people of the country, and it does not overlook any component. Barzani discussed the issue while rece ...

Baghdad Prevents Kurdish Education Programme in Sinjar

BAS News - 2018-09-18 13:36
ERBIL — The Iraqi government, which is now in control of Sinjar, is preventing the schools in the predominantly Yezidi town from running Kurdish-language education programme, a local official said. “The Iraqi government prevents the re-opening of Kurdish ...

Najdmaddin Karim on Kirkuk: Kurds Being Discriminated Speaking Kurdish

BAS News - 2018-09-18 11:27
ERBIL — The legitimate governor of Kirkuk, Najmaddin Karim, who is ousted by Baghdad from his position since the Iraqi government took over the Kurdish province last October, said Kirkuk is under a “threatening” campaign of Arabisation. In a statement ma ...

Iraq to deploy federal guards in Kurdistan along border with Turkey

E-Kurd - 2018-09-17 11:24
BAGHDAD,— The Iraqi government decided on Sunday to deploy federal guards along the border between Iraq’s semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan and Turkey. The decision was made during a government security meeting chaired by outgoing Prime Minister Haider ...

Barzani: Kurds's Rights Should be Ensured in Future Iraqi Government

BAS News - 2018-09-15 23:41
ERBIL - The Kurdish prominent leader and former president of the Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani reiterated again that the future Iraqi government should be based on a true partnership, consensus, and balance in power to ensure the constitutional rights ...

Iraqi Kurdistan will not ‘hand over’ Kurdish rebels to Iran: govt

E-Kurd - 2018-09-13 20:04
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Iraqi Kurdistan government has turned down a request from Iran to hand over Iranian-Kurdish rebels based in Kurdistan region. “There is nothing like handing over anyone. They have been in Iraq and the Kurdistan reg ...

Baghdad Hasn't Spent Basra's Budget: Governor

BAS News - 2018-09-10 23:51
ERBIL - The federal government is responsible for the current deteriorated situation in the Iraqi southern province of Basra, said the Governor on Monday, adding that Baghdad has not spent the city's budget. Talking to Russia Today, Governor As'ad Idani, ...

UNAMI Calls for Greater Role of Women in Iraqi Government Formation Talks

BAS News - 2018-09-10 13:05
BAGHDAD (UNAMI) — A meeting with women leaders, former MPs and former Ministers, civil society and youth activists facilitated by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) pressed for robust participation of women in negotiations for governm ...

Iraqi protesters storms Iranian consulate in Basra

Waar Media - 2018-09-09 11:17
WAAR-DUHOK: Protesters stormed the Iranian consulate in southern Iraq’s city of Basra, setting it on fire as part of deadly demonstrations against lack of services and jobs in which several government buildings have been ransacked and torched. Demonstrat ...

Baghdad’s Green Zone Comes Under Attack

BAS News - 2018-09-07 12:23
ERBIL — Iraqi Defence Ministry has confirmed that the Green Zone in Baghdad came under mortar attack by unknown perpetrators overnight on Thursday. The fortified district is home to Iraqi parliament, government building, and dozens of diplomatic missions ...

Iraqi Protests: EU Calls for Restraint by Security Forces

BAS News - 2018-09-06 23:05
ERBIL - The European Union has called on the Iraqi security forces to "show maximum restraint" in handling protests in southern province of Basra, looking forward to seeing the formation of a new government in Baghdad soon in order to address the current ...

Sadr Gives Iraqi Government Ultimatum on Basra Crisis

BAS News - 2018-09-06 14:16
ERBIL — Iraq’s powerful Shi’ite cleric and the leader of election frontrunner Sairoon bloc, Muqtada al-Sadr, has given the government an ultimatum to address the crisis in the southern city of Basra where violent protests has been ongoing for months. In ...
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