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Chevron restarts drilling in Iraqi Kurdistan region

E-Kurd - 2018-02-20 23:36
SAN RAMON, CA,— U.S. oil company Chevron Corp on Monday said it had resumed drilling operations in the Kurdistan region of Iraq (KRI). “Chevron can confirm that it has resumed its activities in the KRI and we have restarted drilling operations at our Sar ...

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 ...

International Airports in Kurdistan Region to Open Soon

BAS News - 2018-02-19 14:03
ERBIL - The Iraqi Prime Minister said that he would soon reopen the international airports in the Kurdistan Region and send the Kurdish public employees' salaries after the auditing process.Speaking to DW News, the Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi on Monday said ...

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 ...

IS Plans to Return to Nineveh: Iraqi Official

BAS News - 2018-02-18 13:03
ERBIL - The extremist group of the Islamic State (IS) is planning to invade a Kurdish city in Kurdistan Region, according to Saudi media outlets."The Islamic State has been trying to attack Kirkuk province and occupy it once again so that it can have con ...

Greek Police officer goes after antiquities thieves

Kathimerini - 2018-02-18 01:35
The last time the team from Athens University’s Department of History and Archaeology found itself in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, where it was conducting excavations, was November 2013... and Archaeology found itself in Erbil, the capital of Ir ...

Greek businessmen helping in recovery of war-torn Iraqi city of Mosul

Kathimerini - 2018-02-18 00:34
to be there,” the only Greek official in the region told Greek residents of Iraqi Kurdistan, who mainly... to the future while keeping a close eye on developments. He transferred his operations to Iraqi Kurdistan four... the war, more than 100 Greek entre ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Genel, DNO receive payment for Iraqi Kurdistan oil deliveries

E-Kurd - 2018-02-15 21:58
LONDON/OSLO,— DNO ASA, the Norwegian oil and gas operator confirmed on Thursday the receipt of USD 54.73 million from Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government as payment towards November 2017 crude oil deliveries to the export market from the Tawke license, ...

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 ...

Final Decision to be Made Soon on Reopening Airports in Kurdistan Region

BAS News - 2018-02-15 11:29
ERBIL - A delegation has been set to meet with the Iraqi officials in order to make a final decision on lifting the ban on international flights for Kurdistan's pilgrims.Sheikh Asim Barzinji, an official in the KRG’s Ministry of Religious Affairs in a pr ...

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 ...

Abadi Approves Limited Int. Flights to Kurdistan

BAS News - 2018-02-13 19:04
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday approved the resumption of a limited number of international flights to Kurdistan Region airports after nearly four months of a flight ban. According to a document from Abadi’s office, the flights t ...

Kurdistan Region: British Embassy in Iraq

BAS News - 2018-02-13 12:05
ERBIL - The Foreign Secretary of Britain on a phone call urged Haider al-Abadi, the Iraqi PM, to halt the ban on the international airports in the Kurdistan Region.According to a statement released by the British Embassy in Iraq, the Foreign Secretary Bo ...

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 ...

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) ...

Abadi Reluctant to Lift Embargo Imposed on Kurdistan Airports

BAS News - 2018-02-08 15:49
ERBIL — Spokesperson for the Ministry of Transportation in the Kurdistan Region revealed that they have not received any formal approval from Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi to lift the embargo on the airports in the region. Asked whether Baghdad is trying to k ...

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 ...

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 ...

Iraqi PM Favors Elections to Proceed Resolving KRG's Issues

BAS News - 2018-02-04 19:02
ERBIL — An Iraqi parliament member from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) said that he has learned that the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi wants to proceed with the federal elections to resolving the issues between Erbil and Baghdad. MP Abdula ...

PM Barzani to Visit Baghdad: Iraqi MP

BAS News - 2018-02-04 15:13
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani will visit Baghdad to meet with his Iraqi counterpart in seek of a solution to their political disputes, said an Iraqi lawmaker. Speaking to Kurdistan 24, MP Abbas Bayati said that the meeting wil ...

Iraqi PM says agreed with KRG PM on “RoadMap” to resolve disputes

Waar Media - 2018-02-03 20:59
WAAR-DUHOK: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said he recently agreed on a “roadmap” with Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani to address the outstanding disputes between Erbil and Baghdad. Abadi met with Barzani twice in a week last mont ...

Iraqi PM Talks the Talk, But Doesn't Walk the Walk: MP

BAS News - 2018-02-03 17:15
ERBIL — Deputy head of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) faction in the Iraqi Parliament stated that they no longer trust the Prime Minster's statements unless they become actions. "In the recent meetings with the PM, he has promised to continue auditing ...

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 ...

Airports in Iraqi Kurdistan generated over $40 million in 2017: ministry

E-Kurd - 2018-02-01 20:09
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Iraq’s Kurdistan regional Government (KRG) Ministry of Transport and Communications said the region’s airports generated more than $40.683 million in 2017. The transport and communications ministry released annual ...

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 ...

IMF Urges Baghdad on Full Budget for Erbil

BAS News - 2018-01-31 19:01
ERBIL — The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has obliged the Iraqi government to send sufficient budget to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), said a lawmaker. "The international Monetary Fund has urged Iraqi Federal government on sending not less ...

Turkish army entered seven kilometers into Iraqi Kurdistan: authorities

E-Kurd - 2018-01-31 18:36
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Turkish army has entered seven kilometers into Iraq’s Kurdistan region, authorities and villagers said, staging hostilities in an area on the border with Turkey. Villagers in Barmiza village in the Bradost area on ...

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 ...

Iraqi parliament lifted the sanctions against banks in Kurdistan: TV

E-Kurd - 2018-01-30 12:28
BAGHDAD,— The Iraqi parliament voted on Monday to lift sanctions imposed on banks in the Kurdistan region over an independence referendum, two main Iraqi TV channels reported. Lawmakers in Baghdad approved that sanctions be lifted after they had “fulfill ...

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 ...

Baghdad Sends IQD250 Billion for Salaries of KRG Public Servants

BAS News - 2018-01-29 19:28
BAGHDAD — The Iraqi government has sent 250 billion Iraqi Dinars to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) for the purpose of public servants’ salaries of ministries of health and education. The fund delivery comes after weeks-long negotiations between ...

Iraqi Parliament Rules out Baghdad Embargo on Kurdistan Banks

BAS News - 2018-01-29 18:50
BAGHDAD — The Iraqi parliament decided on Monday to cancel a previous decision which had prevented the Iraqi banks from any financial deal with their counterparts in the Kurdistan Region. The decision had previously been made by the Iraqi government as p ...

Iraqi Forces Arrest Citizens in Makhmoor

BAS News - 2018-01-29 12:57
According to sources, the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi have launched a operation for checking residential houses in Makhmoor, a town in Kurdistan Region, under the name of the federal security forces and arrested at least 6 people under the pretext of ...

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. ...

Iraqi Parliament Session on Budget and Kirkuk Postponed

BAS News - 2018-01-28 15:07
BAGHDAD — According to a member of the Iraqi parliament from the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), today’s parliament session was postponed for tomorrow, January 29th. Ashwaq Jaff, a member of the Iraqi council of representatives stated today January 28t ...

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. ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Hopes to Bring Gorran, KIG into Electoral Coalition

BAS News - 2018-01-28 00:15
ERBIL — Al-Fatih bloc, a group of powerful Iraqi Shi’ite militias led by Hadi al-Ameri, are reportedly attempting to bring the Change Movement (Gorran) and Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG) into an alliance for the upcoming elections in Iraq. According to a ...
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