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Masrour Barzani: Security Situation Worsening in Disputed Areas

BAS News - 2018-02-17 16:06
ERBIL — The Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC), Masrour Barzani, has laid the responsibility for the deteriorating security situation across the disputed Kurdish territories on the Iraqi government and its forces. “The security situat ...

Kurdish Delagation Meets with Iraqi PM in Munich

BAS News - 2018-02-17 13:17
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region Delegation led by Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani on Saturday met the Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi on the sideline of Munich Security Conference.Nechirvan Barzani, Kurdistan Region PM and Masrour Barzani, the Chancellor of the Kurdi ...

Iraqi PM Acts Against Kurdistan Region to Win Arab People’s Votes

BAS News - 2018-02-17 11:19
ERBIL - A Kurdish MP in the Iraqi parliament said that the Iraqi PM has been trying to win the Arab people's hearts and minds for the upcoming federal elections by acting against the Kurdistan Region.Adil Nouri, a Kurdish MP said that the Iraqi premier i ...

KDP boycotts Iraqi parliamentary election in Kirkuk

Waar Media - 2018-02-15 23:49
WAAR-DUHOK: The ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has confirmed that it will boycott the Iraqi parliamentary elections in the disputed Kurdish province of Kirkuk. “We won’t take part in the polls for the council of representatives of Iraq in Kirkuk ...

KDP Boycotts Iraqi Parliamentary Election in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-02-15 18:12
ERBIL — The ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has confirmed that it will boycott the Iraqi parliamentary elections in the disputed Kurdish province of Kirkuk. “We won’t take part in the polls for the council of representatives of Iraq in Kirkuk [pr ...

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 ...

Kurdish PKK attacks Turkish military base in Iraqi Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2018-02-14 11:51
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— A Turkish base in Iraqi Kurdistan came under attack on Tuesday, a witness and the rebel Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) said, without claiming responsibility. Intense fighting lasted some two hours around the base at G ...

Kirkuk Residents Want Kurdish Security Forces Back: Goran Official

BAS News - 2018-02-14 09:40
ERBIL - Since the October events, the residents in Kirkuk province are not comfortable with their security and they wish the Kurdish security forces would replace the Iraqi forces in the city once again.Mohammed Nasradin, head of a branch of Change Movem ...

Kurds Call Iraq’s 2018 Budget Bill Unconstitutional

BAS News - 2018-02-13 20:58
ERBIL — The Kurdish factions at the Iraqi parliament stated that the proposed budget bill is unconstitutional. Arez Abdullah, a Kurdish MP at the Iraqi parliament in a press conference on Tuesday said that the Kurdish factions have called on the presiden ...

Iraqi Parliament Second Attempt To Pass the Budget Bill

BAS News - 2018-02-11 11:05
ERBIL - The Iraqi parliament is once again attempting to pass the 2018 budget bill in Sunday’s session.The Kurdish factions in Iraq are still strongly objecting to the budget bill and trying their best to fail it to pass since it is not the real amount o ...

HRW Sources IS Militants in Reports Against Kurds: MP

BAS News - 2018-02-10 17:44
ERBIL — A Kurdish lawmaker at the Iraqi parliament has criticized the Human Rights Watch (HRW) reports accusing the Kurdish forces of mass killings of Islamic State (IS) militants, saying that the international organisation sources jihadists in their rep ...

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 ...

KRG Delegation to Attend International Conference in Kuwait

BAS News - 2018-02-10 15:23
ERBIL — A Kurdish MP of the Iraqi Parliament revealed that a delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) will take part in an international conference in Kuwait. "Despite the prolonged obstacles made by Iraq, a delegation from the region will ...

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 ...

Turkey's Kurdish Deputy PM vows to 'rebuild' Iraq

Kurdistan24 - 2018-02-09 02:10
Residential buildings seen destroyed during the Iraqi campaign to capture the country's second largest city from the Islamic State (IS) group, July 7, 2017. (Photo: Reuters) ...

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) ...

Iraq’s Oil Ministry Signs Agreement to Install Refinery in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-02-08 16:58
ERBIL — The Iraqi government has signed an agreement with a local company to establish an oil refinery in the Kurdish province of Kirkuk. According to al-Sumaria News, Iraq’s oil ministry intends to reconstruct an oil refinery that would be able to refin ...

Three Kurdish MPs Punished Due Fighting for Financial Rights of KRG

BAS News - 2018-02-07 13:58
Erbil - Three Kurdish MPs were punished in Wednesday's Iraqi parliament session while fighting for financial rights of the Kurdistan Region.According to a statement released by the Iraqi parliament office on Wednesday, three Kurdish MPs have been accused ...

Iraqi Federal Supreme Court cannot rule on Kurdistan flag in Kirkuk

Waar Media - 2018-02-05 21:06
WAAR-DUHOK: The Federal Supreme Court of Iraq on Monday declared it cannot rule on the legality of the Kurdistan national flag being flown in the disputed province of Kirkuk, while a Kurdish official affirmed the ruling is in favor of the symbolic Kurdis ...

Kurds Halt Iraqi Parliament Session on Disputed Budget Bill

BAS News - 2018-02-05 18:38
BAGHDAD — Kurdish members at the Iraqi parliament protested a Monday session during which Iraq’s 2018 budget law draft was intended to be discussed. The entire Kurdish parliamentary blocs stood against the discussion and made the session to be postponed ...

Flying Kurdish Flag in Kirkuk Is Constitutional: Iraq’s Supreme Court

BAS News - 2018-02-05 17:01
Erbil - After the sumitted complaint of the Turkmen against Rebwar Talabani, the head of Kirkuk Provincial Council (KPC) for raising the Kurdistan flag over the public offices in the city, the Iraqi Supreme Court made a final decision on the case. "Flyin ...

Passing Budget Bill Without Kurd’s Revives Referendum Result: MP

BAS News - 2018-02-05 15:53
ERBIL — A leading memebr of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) stated that if the Iraqi parliament approves the current budget draft without the presence of the Kurdish MPs, it will be a good answer for those who relate all issues between Baghdad and E ...

KDP MP Obtains New Information on Peshmerga Captives in IS Jails

BAS News - 2018-02-05 14:30
Erbil - A Kurdish MP in the Iraqi parliament obtained new information about the Peshmerga captives who were captured by the Islamic State (IS). "I've recently been working on the issue of the Peshmerga captives who were captured by IS, and for this reaso ...

Abadi Untrustworthy: Kurdish Politician

BAS News - 2018-02-04 15:13
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is not a trustworthy leader as he has been making a lot of promises and failing to fulfil them, said the well-known Kurdish politician Mahmoud Othman. “Politicians in Iraq are generally liars, and lies are bei ...

Iraq Decries Turkish Assault on Afrin

BAS News - 2018-02-03 17:15
ERBIL — Iraqi Foreign Ministry released a statement in which it condemns the Turkish assaults on Afrin, a Kurdish city in Syria. "We condemn any interventions from a foreign country to the internal affairs of another country," Iraqi Foreign Ministry Offi ...

Three Turkish soldiers killed in PKK attacks in Iraqi Kurdistan, Turkey

E-Kurd - 2018-02-02 15:58
ANKARA,— Three Turkish soldiers were killed on Thursday in two separate attacks by Kurdish militants in Iraqi Kurdistan region and in the Kurdish region in southeastern Turkey, the military said. Two other soldiers were wounded after the attack by the “s ...

Kurdish blocs in Iraqi Parliament meet Iraqi PM

Waar Media - 2018-02-01 22:27
WAAR-DUHOK: Senior member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP)’s faction in the Iraqi Parliament stated that the Sunni representatives were not happy with the outcome of their meeting with Haider al-Abadi, the Iraqi prime minister, therefor she expect ...

Kurdish Factions Meet Iraqi PM

BAS News - 2018-02-01 13:31
Senior member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP)'s faction in the Iraqi Parliament stated that the Sunni representatives were not happy with the outcome of their meeting with Haider al-Abadi, the Iraqi prime minister, therefor she expects her factio ...

Kurdish Factions Boycott Iraqi Parliament Session

BAS News - 2018-01-31 13:00
Head of Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) bloc in the Iraqi parliament stated that the Iraqi prime minister is not ready to modify the budget proposal for 2018, therefore he boycotted the session.Arez Abdulla, head of PUK bloc in the Iraqi council of re ...

Iraq Government lefts sanctions on Kurdistan banks

Waar Media - 2018-01-30 00:07
WAAR-DUHOK: The Iraqi parliament on Monday voted to lift sanctions imposed on Kurdish banks in November by the Iraqi Central Bank following the Kurdistan Region’s referendum. Masud Haidar, a Kurdish MP from Gorran, told media that the motion came at the ...

Explorer: A Journey Into Iraqi Kurdistan

New York Times - 2018-01-29 08:16
Ancient fortresses, crisp mountain streams, curious people and healing cities: Travelers are discovering the Kurdish Region of Iraq, a place of great beauty, haunted by war. ...

Baghdad Yet to Send Salaries of KRG Public Servants

BAS News - 2018-01-28 13:54
ERBIL — Head of planning department at the ministry of health in Kurdistan Region refuted the allegations of sending the salaries in this week, by the Iraqi federal government to the Kurdish public servants working in ministries of health and education. ...

One Billion Iraqi Dinars Allocated for Yezidi Survivors of IS

BAS News - 2018-01-27 21:01
ERBIL — The provincial council of Nineveh in Iraq has allocated a special budget of one billion Iraqi Dinar (approximately $850,000) as financial aid to the Kurdish Yezidi girls who have survived the Islamic State (IS) slavery. The initiative came last y ...

Barzani: Baghdad’s Violations Pushed Kurds to Hold Referendum

BAS News - 2018-01-24 19:30
ERBIL — Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani reiterated that Baghdad’s constant violations against the Iraqi constitution had left the Kurds with no better option than holding a referendum to voice their aspiration for statehood. He pointed out that Iraq would ...

Iraqi Parliament Refuses Increasing Number of Yezidi Quota Seats

BAS News - 2018-01-23 19:10
BAGHDAD — The Iraqi parliament rejected on Tuesday to give the Kurdish Yezidis additional quota seats in accordance with their increasing population, a lawmaker said. Kurdish Yezidi member of the Iraqi Parliament, Vian Dakhil, said that the refusal comes ...

Turkmens Boycott Iraqi Provincial Election in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-01-21 16:08
KIRKUK — Iraqi Turkmen representatives revealed that they will boycott the elections which are going to be held under the authority of the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi in the Kurdish areas of Kirkuk, Tuz Khurmatu, and Khanaqin. In a press release of wh ...

Yezidis Seeking More Quota Seats in Iraqi Parliament

BAS News - 2018-01-19 21:18
ERBIL — The Kurdish Yezidis have appealed to the Iraqi parliament to agree with the increase of the number of their quota seats, said a lawmaker. MP Vian Dakhil told BasNews that the appeal is due to the larger number of Yezidi population in comparison t ...

Peshmerga Captives of IS Being Sentenced by Baghdad

BAS News - 2018-01-18 23:22
ERBIL — A number of missing Kurdish Peshmerga troops whom had been once captured by the Islamic State (IS) during war, are now at the hand of Iraqi forces in Baghdad, facing unjust trials, said a Kurdish lawmaker. A total of 62 Peshmerga fighters went mi ...

Giant British Petroleum to Sign Kirkuk Oil Agreement

BAS News - 2018-01-18 17:03
KIRKUK — The British Petroleum (BP) is set to sign an agreement with the Iraqi government to boost oil production in the disputed Kurdish province of Kirkuk in northern Iraq. Cited by Reuters, an Iraqi official said the BP and Iraqi state-owned North Oil ...

Barzani: Arabisation of Kurdish Territories Won’t Be Tolerated

BAS News - 2018-01-18 17:03
ERBIL — Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani condemned the ongoing Arabisation of Kirkuk and other disputed Kurdish areas by Iraqi militia groups, vowing to stop the campaign has targeted the demography of Kurdish areas. In a meeting with several representative ...

NOC Sacks Kurdish Official at Request of Iraqi Interior Ministry

BAS News - 2018-01-16 18:36
ERBIL — The North Oil Company, which is owned by the Iraqi central government, has dismissed another Kurdish official in Kirkuk at the request of the Iraqi Interior Ministry. In a ministerial order issued on 15th January, Iraqi interior ministry has appo ...

Iraqi Sunni Arab Factions Push for Postponement of Elections

BAS News - 2018-01-14 21:24
ERBIL — Iraqi Sunni Arabs are against the timing of the upcoming general elections, pushing for a delay of the polls by at least several months, said a Kurdish lawmaker. “The Sunnis have openly opposed to the timing and demanded postponement by at least ...

Two Kurdish Yezidi Children Freed from IS

BAS News - 2018-01-12 00:23
ERBIL — Kurdish Yezidi brother and Sister have been liberated from the grip of Islamic State (IS) after over three years in captivity, confirmed an Iraqi official. The siblings have gone through a DNA test to confirm their identity, stated Sakina Mohamme ...

8 Earthquakes on Iraq-Iran Border Within One Hour

BAS News - 2018-01-11 23:10
ERBIL — A series of earthquakes hit the Iraq-Iran border areas on Thursday after the region suffered from deadly shakes in November last year. According to the US Geological Survey, seven earthquakes struck the Kurdish city of Mandali on the Iraqi side a ...

Kirkuk is “Occupied” by Iraqi Army: Ousted Governor

BAS News - 2018-01-11 23:10
ERBIL — The ousted Kurdish governor of Kirkuk, Najmaddin Karim said on Thursday during his latest interview that Kirkuk province is indeed “occupied” by the Iraqi army and Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi. Speaking to Kurdistan 24, Karim said h ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Kidnaps Off-Duty Peshmerga

BAS News - 2018-01-11 21:39
ERBIL — Iraqi Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi on Thursday kidnapped an off-duty Kurdish Peshmerga while travelling between Kirkuk and Tuz Khurmatu in northern Iraq. The abducted Peshmerga is identified as Farhad Nihad Qader, from the 3rd Brigade of K ...

Iraq’s Elections Could Be Postponed: MP

BAS News - 2018-01-09 02:24
ERBIL — Due to disagreements between the political factions in Baghdad, the upcoming parliamentary elections of Iraq may be put off, said a Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliamentary. “There were arguments during Monday’s session at the Iraqi house of rep ...
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