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Kurdish Delegation to Attend Valdai Club Conference in Russia

BAS News - 2018-02-18 14:44
ERBIL - A delegation from the Kurdistan Region has been invited to attend the annual Valdai Club Middle East Conference in the capital of Russia.The annual Valdai Club Middle East Conference is jointly held by the Valdai Club and the Institute of Orienta ...

Syrian militia says large number of IS foreign fighters held

FOX News - 2018-02-12 17:07
The head of the Syrian Kurdish militia partnering with the U.S-led coalition to fight Islamic State militants says it is holding a "huge number" of foreign fighters in Syria and none of their home countries want them back. ...

A Kurdish Political Prisoner Exiled to Ardabil Central Prison

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2018-02-12 02:01
On Thursday, February 08, A political prisoner held at Central Prison of Ardabil was exiled to Orumiyeh Central Prison after the verdict was finalised by the Supreme Court. “Siddiq Eini, a political prisoner who had been previously sentenced to 10 years i ...

4,000 IS Suspects Held in Kurdistan: Official

BAS News - 2018-02-07 00:52
ERBIL — Kurdish security forces are holding up to 4,000 suspected members of the Islamic State (IS) whom have been captured through the three-years of war against the terror group, a Kurdish official confirmed. Dindar Zebari, head of Kurdistan Region’s o ...

Kurdistan Parliament Decries Turkish Assault on Afrin

BAS News - 2018-01-31 02:27
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Region Parliament on Tuesday held a session to condemn Turkish military offensive on the Kurdish Afrin Canton in Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan). In a statement following the meeting, the Kurdistan Region parliament called on the United N ...

Turkey confirms use of German tanks in Afrin attack

Waar Media - 2018-01-30 16:00
WAAR-DUHOK: The Turkish government has confirmed deploying German Leopard tanks against the Kurdish YPG forces in Syria. Reports of their use in the offensive on the Kurdish-held Afrin region had provoked heated debate in Germany. Turkey has given confir ...

Kurds in Lebanon Protest Against Turkish Campaign in Syria

BAS News - 2018-01-29 00:05
ERBIL — Hundreds of Kurds in Lebanon protested in front of the European Union (EU) office in Beirut on Sunday against the ongoing Turkish military campaign in the Kurdish-held Syrian enclave of Afrin. They condemned Afrin Operation and called on the EU t ...

Iranian Kurdish Wrestler Wins Gold Medal in International Tournament

BAS News - 2018-01-28 01:30
ERBIL — Iranian Kurdish wrestler Saman Azizi has won gold medal in the Takhti Cup Greco-Roman Tournament held in Iran’s Mahshahr. Saman Azizi in 87kg, together with two other Iranian athletes won the gold medals for Iran, while the team won one silver an ...

The Latest: Turkey vows to press on with Syria offensive

FOX News - 2018-01-24 13:13
The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local): 12:40 p.m. Turkey's president says its incursion into a Kurdish-held enclave in Syria is progressing "successfully" and will continue until the last "terrorist" is eliminated. ...

Diyarbakir: Kurdish Parties Denounce Turkish Attack on Afrin

BAS News - 2018-01-23 21:39
ERBIL — Several Kurdish political parties in Turkey held a meeting on Tuesday to decry Ankara’s military operation on the Syrian Kurdish province of Afrin. The parties called on the United Nations, European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organizatio ...

The Latest: Dozens held for posts on Turkey Syria operation

FOX News - 2018-01-23 13:33
The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 1:50 p.m. Turkey's official news agency says dozens have been detained across Turkey for alleged terror propaganda on social media regarding a military offensive into a Kurdish-held enclave in norther ...

Qatar backs Turkey’s military action against Kurds in northern Syria

The Defense Post - 2018-01-23 12:41
Qatar has backed Operation Olive Branch, Turkey's offensive against Kurdish-held Efrin in Syria, defending one of its closest allies The post Qatar backs Turkey’s military action against Kurds in northern Syria appeared first on The Defense Post. ...

Christians Urge International to Help Afrin

BAS News - 2018-01-22 13:10
The Christian residents of Afrin, the Kurdish city in Syria released an official statement concerning the Turksih bombarmnets on the city.According to the statement, a copy of which was sent to BasNews, Ra'i Salih Church in Afrin held a collective prayer ...

Turkish artillery hammers Kurdish-held territory in Syria

Washington Times - 2018-01-21 23:17
Turkish forces hammered the Kurdish-controlled district of Afrin, in northern Syria's Aleppo governorate, with mortars and heavy artillery on Friday, in what could be the opening salvos of a large-scale offensive by Ankara on the district. Turkish Defenc ...

The Latest: Tillerson speaks to Turkey, Russia diplomats

Washington Times - 2018-01-21 23:17
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - The Latest on developments related to Syria (all times local): 11:35 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has spoken to the top Russian and Turkish diplomats about Turkey's military operation against the Kurdish-held Syrian en ...

France Calls for Urgent UNSC Meeting Over the Turkish Attack on Afrin

BAS News - 2018-01-21 16:08
ERBIL — French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian confirmed that his country has called for an urgent United Nations Security Council meeting to discuss the ongoing Turkish military incursion into the Kurdish-held Syrian Canton of Afrin. “France has req ...

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 ...

The Latest: Turkey says troops enter Syrian Kurdish enclave

FOX News - 2018-01-21 12:32
The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local): 12:20 p.m. Turkey's state-run news agency says Turkish ground troops have entered a Kurdish-held enclave in northern Syria and are advancing with Turkish-backed Syrian opposition forces. ...

Four Turkish Troops Killed Near Afrin: Report

BAS News - 2018-01-20 18:01
ERBIL — At least four Turkish soldiers were killed by the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) as Ankara is carrying out another military incursion into the Kurdish-held territories in northern Syria, reports said. Media outlets close to the YP ...

Turkish troops shell Syrian Afrin to oust US-backed Kurdish militia

E-Kurd - 2018-01-19 20:49
ISTANBUL,— Turkey on Friday started shelling the Kurdish town of Afrin in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) held by a US-backed Kurdish militia that Ankara considers “terrorists” in a move to oust them, the defence minister said. The Turkish government has repea ...

2nd day’s events of Jinolojî conference launched

ANHA - 2018-01-13 09:23
The events of the 2nd day of Jinolojî conference(Women’s Science according to the Kurdish pople leader Abdullah Ocelan) have been launched which is being held at the moment in Dêrik city, it is supposed that the participants read the second part of the An ...

Yezidi Abductees Among Suspected IS Families in Iraq Prisons: Official

BAS News - 2017-12-28 23:58
DUHOK — At least 1,700 suspected families of Islamic State (IS) militants are being held under custody by the Iraqi authorities, and among them are Kurdish Yezidis whom were abducted by the IS jihadists back in 2014, said a Kurdish official. Hussein Qa’i ...

350 prisoners ‘disappeared’ by Iraqi Kurdistan forces: HRW

E-Kurd - 2017-12-22 13:43
BEIRUT,— Hundreds of detainees in Iraq are feared to have been “forcibly disappeared” by Kurdish authorities after they were arrested for suspected ties to the Islamic State group, Human Rights Watch said Thursday. “More than 350 detainees held by the Ku ...

Barzani: September’s Referendum isn’t a reason of nowadays crisis

Waar Media - 2017-12-17 11:55
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani reiterated on Saturday that the independence referendum held on 25th September was the fulfilment of “a duty and rightful message”. Discussing the political situation in the Kurdistan Region, Barzani suggested th ...

Barzani: Referendum Was Fulfilment of Duty

BAS News - 2017-12-16 19:33
DUHOK — Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani reiterated on Saturday that the independence referendum held on 25th September was the fulfilment of “a duty and rightful message”. Discussing the political situation in the Kurdistan Region, Barzani suggested that t ...

New Executive Committee of the KNC Elected

KNC Geneva - 2017-12-13 21:03
On December 10, 2017, the Council of the Kurdish National Council held a meeting in a village close to al-Qamislo, where a new executive committee has been elected. The meeting was attended by 67 people. Each member party of the Kurdish National Council ( ...

TEV- ÇAND held 7th conference in Paris

ANHA - 2017-12-11 11:24
NEWS DESK- Democratic Culture Movement (TEV- ÇAND) Council in Paris held its 7th conference in the center of Kurdish Democratic Society in Paris under the slogan “Free Leadership, Kurdistan Is Free, Freedom for Culture and Art.” 100 envoys and representat ...

First Conference on Yezidi Genocide to Be Held in IDP Camp in Duhok

BAS News - 2017-12-10 11:15
Victims will present documents of the genocide DUHOK — A conference on the genocide against the Kurdish Yezidis is set to be organized in an camp of displaced Yezidis in Duhok province on Sunday, December 10. Diyar Lazgin Khalil, Manager of Rawanga Camp ...

Hashd Al-Shaabi to Celebrate Victory over Kurds in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-12-04 09:15
The celebration will be held at Kirkuk University campus The event has angered Kurdish students ERBIL — The Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi have planned to hold an event at Kirkuk University campus to celebrate the victory of capturing Kirkuk ...

Iraqi Federal Court rules Kurdistan referendum unconstitutional

Waar Media - 2017-11-20 14:54
WAAR-DUHOK; The Iraqi Federal Court ruled on Monday that the Kurdish independence referendum which was held on September 25 is “unconstitutional” and therefore its results null and void, Iraqi state TV reported. The Kurdistan Region is yet to state its p ...

Iraqi Federal Court rules Kurdish referendum unconstitutional

Reuters - 2017-11-20 09:30
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's Supreme Federal Court ruled on Monday that a referendum held on Kurdish independence on Sept. 25 was unconstitutional and that the results of the vote were void, a court official told Reuters. ...

Iraq bans Israeli flag following Kurdistan independence rallies

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:04
BAGHDAD,— The Iraqi parliament voted on Tuesday to criminalize the flying of Israeli flags after the banners were held aloft at a number of Kurdish independence rallies in Iraq’s Kurdistan region ahead of a referendum in September. The vote to ban the fl ...

Changing of the Guard Resets Cycle of Retribution in Iraq

The Wall Street Journal - 2017-11-13 00:10
The Arab victors in the latest reversal of fortunes in northern Iraq have wasted no time erasing the legacy of three years of Kurdish rule in territory once held by Islamic State. ...

Alireza Rasouli – Mahabad Prison

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-11-09 02:00
“On Wednesday, Aug 12, the second trial of Alireza Rasouli, a Kurdish political prisoner, was held with the presence of a special intelligence expert at the Revolutionary Court (branch 1) of Mahabad headed by Judge Mohammadi Khah. In this meeting, the exp ...

Sit-in held in Bulbul demanding to disclose Ocelan’s health status

ANHA - 2017-11-05 17:17
AFRIN- Kongra Star in Bulbul district in Rajo area in Afrin canton organized a sit-in by going on a hunger strike to demand disclosing the health status of the Kurdish people leader Abdullah Ocelan, and denounce the isolation imposed on him. Afrin people ...

Iraq threatens to resume military operations against Kurds

Reuters - 2017-11-02 04:37
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces threatened on Wednesday to resume operations to capture northern Kurdish-held territory after accusing authorities there of delaying handing over control of Iraq's borders with Turkey, Iran and Syria. ...

Assad sets sights on Kurdish areas, risking new Syria conflict

Reuters - 2017-10-31 21:38
BEIRUT (Reuters) - With Islamic State near defeat in Syria, Damascus is setting its sights on territory held by Kurdish-led forces including eastern oil fields, risking a new confrontation that could draw the United States in more deeply and complicate Ru ...

PICTURES: Kurdish Diaspora Gathering Condemns Hashd al-Shaabi Atrocities

BAS News - 2017-10-25 21:34
ERBIL — Thousands of Kurds in Belgium and Austria gathered on Wednesday to condemn Baghdad’s recent military aggression against the people of Kurdistan. The gathering in Vienna was held in front of the US Embassy where the crowd, estimated to be over 3,0 ...

The Latest: Iraqi PM meets with Turkish president on Kurds

FOX News - 2017-10-25 14:16
The Latest on developments in Iraq (all times local): 1 p.m. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is meeting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for talks on the independence referendum held by Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region which both countries ...

Tillerson arrives in Iraq after rebuke from Baghdad over paramilitaries

Reuters - 2017-10-23 20:47
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived on Monday in Iraq, hours after the government rebuked him for calling on it to send home Iranian-backed paramilitary units that helped defeat Islamic State and capture the Kurdish-held city ...

Independence vote won't be lost in vain: Barzani

KurdPress - 2017-10-21 14:03
The Kurdish vote for independence "won't be in vain", Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani said on Tuesday, reacting to Iraq's retaliation over the referendum vote held last month in the northern Iraq region. ...

U.S.-backed Syrian force declares victory over Islamic State in Raqqa

Chicago Tribune - 2017-10-20 15:36
A U.S.-backed Syrian force declared victory over the Islamic State group in its former "capital" of Raqqa on Friday, declaring the northern Syrian city free of any extremist presence. At a press conference held inside the city Friday, the Kurdish-led for ...
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