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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 Kurds far from independence despite referendum

Washington Times - 2018-10-04 05:00
President Trump caused a stir across the Middle East last week with his lavish praise for the Kurds' role in defeating Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, but just over a year after Iraqi Kurdistan's ill-fated independence referendum, the Kurds remain even f ...

Kurdish parties PUK and KDP contest Iraq presidency for first time

E-Kurd - 2018-10-03 00:07
BAGHDAD,— A parliamentary vote for a new Iraqi president was delayed on Monday as the Kurds’ two dominant parties for the first time contest the post reserved for a Kurd. The election in Baghdad will now take place on Tuesday, two days after parliamentar ...

Iraqi Kurds vote for new Kurdistan parliament

E-Kurd - 2018-10-01 17:09
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Iraqi Kurds voted on Sunday for a new parliament in their autonomous region, which is mired in an economic crisis a year after an independence referendum that infuriated Baghdad. Almost 3.1 million voters were elig ...

Iraqi Kurds hold election one year after failed independence bid

Reuters - 2018-09-30 17:06
Kurds voted in a parliamentary election in their semi-autonomous region in northern Iraq on Sunday, with political dynasties expected to extend their power sharing rule despite growing discontent with perceived corruption and economic hardship. ...

IDPs Can’t Return to Militarized Kirkuk: Official

BAS News - 2018-09-25 14:12
ERBIL — The Kurds who fled Kirkuk last year at the wake of Iraqi army’s attack are not willing to return to their homes in a militarized city, said a Kurdish official. “The Kurdish residents of Kirkuk have not been able to return to their homes as milita ...

Iraqi Sunnis Support KDP Nominee for Presidency: Spokesperson

BAS News - 2018-09-25 11:11
ERBIL — The National Axis Alliance, which is the largest Sunni faction in Iraq, will support the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s(KDP) nominee for the position of Iraq’s president, an official said. “Iraq’s presidency is reserved for the Kurds, and there is ...

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 ...

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 ...

Shi'ite Leaders to Support Kurds in Electing New Iraqi President: MP

BAS News - 2018-09-17 22:28
ERBIL - The coalition of al-Bina, led by Hadi al-Amiri and Nouri al-Maliki, has asserted that it would vote for any nominee for the Iraqi president as long as he wins the majority of Kurds' votes. Talking to BasNews, Naeem al-Aboudi, a lawmaker from the ...

Iraqi Parliament to Convene, Elect Second Deputy Speaker

BAS News - 2018-09-16 09:19
ERBIL — Iraqi lawmakers are scheduled to hold another session on Sunday and elect the second deputy parliament speaker. The position is reserved for Kurds, but the MPs failed during Saturday session to elect one Kurdish lawmaker among three. According to ...

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 ...

Abadi's Bloc to Kurds: Kirkuk is Not Negotiable

BAS News - 2018-08-31 00:35
ERBIL - An Iraqi leader from the Victory Alliance, led by PM Haider al-Abadi, has said that they don't negotiate with the Kurdish factions over Kirkuk. Ali al-Sunaid, a member of the Abadi's coalition, said on Thursday at a press conference that Kirkuk i ...

Return of Peshmerga to Kirkuk Point of Disagreement between Sadr, Kurds

BAS News - 2018-08-28 23:59
ERBIL - An Iraqi lawmaker from the cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's Sa'eroun Alliance, has revealed that they have disagreements with the two major Kurdish parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) over the return o ...

Abadi: Kurds are Serious in Helping Baghdad to Form New Government

BAS News - 2018-08-01 13:45
ERBIL - Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi has hailed Kurdistan Region's "serious" readiness to coordinate with Iraq in building a new government in Baghdad, showing his country's willingness to work with the region in this regard. The remarks were made during his ...

Baghdad Removes Six More Kurds from Office in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-07-26 23:48
ERBIL — The Iraqi central government has dismissed six more Kurdish officers from their positions in the disputed province of Kirkuk. The six officers were all in managerial positions, said Azad Jabbar, head of security committee of Kirkuk Provincial Cou ...

Rudaw: Yezidi village school to become genocide museum

Justice for Kurds - 2018-07-18 00:25
DUHOK, Kurdistan Region – Yezidi activists have successfully lobbied the Iraqi government to convert a school in the village of Kocho near Sinjar – known to Kurds as Shingal – into a museum dedicated to the ISIS genocide. The Iraqi government gave the pro ...

Barzani: Kurds Seek Partnership, Consensus, Balance in New Iraqi Gov.

BAS News - 2018-07-09 16:59
ERBIL - Kurdish prominent leader and former President of Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani reaffirmed on Monday that the new government in Baghdad should include a true partnership, balance in power, and consensus to avoid repeating mistakes. The remarks ...
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