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Masoud Barzani: Gulan Revolution “was a message of no surrender”

Waar Media - 2018-05-26 18:15
WAAR-DUHOK: The prominent Kurdish leader and former president of Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, has reiterated that the Kurds will never give up on their rights, and the struggle for freedom would continue stronger than ever. Barzani made the remarks ...

Barzani: Kurdish Struggle for Freedom Knows No Surrender

BAS News - 2018-05-26 16:04
ERBIL — The prominent Kurdish leader and former president of Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, has reiterated that the Kurds will never give up on their rights, and the struggle for freedom would continue stronger than ever. Barzani made the remarks in a ...

IS Executes Two Kurds in Brutal Video Tape

BAS News - 2018-05-25 22:48
ERBIL — The Islamic State (IS) released a graphic footage on Friday which purportedly shows two men being shot in the head by the jihadists, both of whom are said to be of Kurdish origin. Kurdistan Region’s counter terror, identified the victims as Arkan ...

Former Kirkuk Governing Council talks about Kirkuk fallout: interview

E-Kurd - 2018-05-25 05:52
Sheri Laizer | Exclusive to Ekurd.net HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Dilshad Preot Aziz is a Kurdish Kirkuki and member of the Kirkuk Governing Council. He was born in Kirkuk and has lived there with his family for the past fifty years. The fami ...

Former Miss Middle East expresses passion for Kurdish people, culture

The Kurdish Project - 2018-05-25 02:55
This article originally appeared in Kurdistan 24. Erbil (Kurdistan 24) – Former Miss Middle East Ahlam Hajji has a “surprise” for her audience in the Kurdistan Region as an expression of her passion for the Kurdish people who she says have left an impres ...

Ballot Counting in Kurdistan Election to Be Manual: Commission

BAS News - 2018-05-24 23:32
ERBIL — Kurdistan Independent Hight Election Commission (KIHEC) announced on Thursday that the ballot counting process in the upcoming parliamentary election in the Kurdistan Region would be manual. “Council of commissioners decided during today’s meetin ...

Iran Envoy to Baghdad Hails “Significant” Ties with Erbil

BAS News - 2018-05-24 21:56
ERBIL — Iranian Ambassador to Iraq said on Thursday the relations between his country and the Kurdistan Region in general, and the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in particular, are on a favourable level. “We are expecting these ties to further d ...

Three Killed During Roller Coaster Accident in Erbil

BAS News - 2018-05-24 01:47
ERBIL — A deadly accident in an Erbil amusement park overnight Wednesday took lives of at least three people, hospital said. Around 23:00 Erbil time (GMT +3) a roller coaster derailed at the Majidi Land amusement park in Kurdistan Region’s capital, resul ...

Four Civilians Killed IS Attack near Khanaqin

BAS News - 2018-05-24 00:21
ERBIL — Islamic State (IS) militants overnight Wednesday attacked a village near Khanaqin district in Diyala province, reportedly killing four civilians. According to the official Facebook page of Kurdistan Region’s counter-terror, the assault was carrie ...

Turkish Army Shells Kurdistan Border

BAS News - 2018-05-23 22:43
ERBIL — Turkish artillery units heavily shelled on Wednesday the border areas of Kurdistan Region, allegedly targeting the positions of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The bombardments were focused mainly on the districts of Khalifan, Lelkan, Gorra S ...

Iran Consulate: No Employee Sought Asylum in US Consulate in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2018-05-23 22:43
ERBIL — Iranian Consulate in Sulaymaniyah has rejected the media reports claiming that a consulate employee had sought asylum at the US consulate in the Kurdistan Region. In a statement on Wednesday, the consulate said the reports were “baseless”. It sai ...

KDP, PUK Delegations Meet in Baghdad, Emphasize on Unity

BAS News - 2018-05-23 13:32
ERBIL - If the Kurdish factions unite in Baghdad, they can preserve the rights of the people of Kurdistan Region as tensions can be seen among the Iraqi parties, said a Kurdish delegate in the capital of Iraq on Wednesday. As both major Kurdish parties, ...

10 Turkish soldiers neutralised, wounded by PKK in Kurdistan Region

Waar Media - 2018-05-23 13:16
WAAR-DUHOK: Two Turkish soldiers were killed and two more wounded in the Kurdistan Region following an attack on Monday, Turkey’s military said on Tuesday. In a statement, it said that the casualties came following a mortar attack by the Kurdistan Worker ...

Preparations for Kurdistan Parliamentary Election Officially Begin

BAS News - 2018-05-23 02:12
ERBIL — Kurdistan’s Independent High Electoral Commission (KIHEC) announced on Tuesday the official start of preparations for Kurdistan Region’s parliamentary election which is scheduled for 30 September this year. Spokesperson Sherwan Zirari said at a p ...

Kurd traders in Syrian Kurdistan suffer from twin tax systems

E-Kurd - 2018-05-22 20:43
QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— Many Kurds in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) may dream of self-rule, but for business owners in the semi-autonomous region in the country’s north, it now comes with a painful pinch: double taxes. For several months, traders in the ...

Twin Earthquakes Hit Kurdish Provinces in Iraq, Iran

BAS News - 2018-05-22 10:39
ERBIL - A couple of earthquakes hit Sulaymaniya province in Kurdistan Region and the Kurdish governorate of Kermanshah in Iran on Tuesday morning. According to a statement by the Kurdistan Region's Weather Condition and Forecast Directorate, two earthqua ...

High-level KDP Delegation to Visit Baghdad

BAS News - 2018-05-21 22:57
ERBIL — A high-level delegation of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) is scheduled to visit Baghdad on Tuesday for talks over next Iraqi government between election winners. The KDP has won the majority of votes in the Kurdistan Region, and it is likel ...

Masrour Barzani receives letter from US Secretary of State

Waar Media - 2018-05-21 20:54
WAAR-DUHOK: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a letter to Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council Masrour Barzani has reiterated his country’s commitment to anti-terror and stabilization efforts. In response to a congratulatory message by Barz ...

US Secretary of State Sends Letter to Masrour Barzani, Reiterates Support

BAS News - 2018-05-21 20:27
ERBIL - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a letter to Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council Masrour Barzani has reiterated his country’s commitment to anti-terror and stabilization efforts. In response to a congratulatory message by Barzani ...

Rudaw: KDP, PUK begin planning for Kurdish strategy in Baghdad

Justice for Kurds - 2018-05-21 17:02
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The top two Kurdish parties who secured the majority of seats up for grabs in Kurdish areas held a meeting to discuss sending a strong team to Baghdad as the new federal government takes shape. Senior members of the Kurdistan Dem ...

LEED Faculty Member at AUK

The American University of Kurdistan - 2018-05-21 02:01
Duhok, Kurdistan Region of Iraq – May 16, 2019 – The American University of Kurdistan held a seminar for Dr. Bahar Armaghani, LEED faculty member of University of Florida College of Design, Construction, and Planning. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Env ...

Kurdistan: 38 Kg of Drug Shipment Seized

BAS News - 2018-05-21 00:19
ERBIL - Kurdish Security forces in coordination with the Peshmerga Intelligence agency captured on Sunday 38 kg of drug attempted to be shipped from Turkey into the Kurdistan Region, said a police official. Sadiq Khorki, head of Police Directorate in Sor ...

BCF, UAE Government Deliver Humanitarian Aid to IDPs in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2018-05-20 16:26
ERBIL - The Kurdish Barzani Charity Foundation (BCF) on Sunday cooperatively with the government of United Arab Emirates (UAE) delivered humanitarian aid to 984 IDP families based in the camps in Kurdistan Region. The two sides provided food supplies to ...

Iranian Border Police Shoots Kurdish Porter to Death: Police

BAS News - 2018-05-20 16:26
ERBIL - Another Kurdish porter was shot to death on Sunday morning by Iranian border police on Kurdistan Region border areas, said the police. Hawar Argushi, a spokesperson for the Police Directorate in Soran told BasNews that the victim was identified a ...

Four Yezidi Teens Freed from IS

BAS News - 2018-05-20 13:51
ERBIL — Four Kurdish Yezidi teenagers who were kidnapped by the Islamic State (IS) have been freed after years of captivity. Head of Kurdistan Region’s Office for Yezidi Abductees, Hussein Qa’edi confirmed the report to Kurdistan 24 and said that the chi ...

Man from Kurdistan Goes on Hunger Strike in Iranian Prison

BAS News - 2018-05-20 12:19
ERBIL — A Kurdish inmate from the Kurdistan Region has gone on a hunger strike for 11 days in a prison in Iran’s Sanandaj Province. Jamil Jamal is on hunger strike since 8 May this year to protest Iranian judicial authorities’ reluctance to free him desp ...

Turkey Claims Killing of 23 PKK Fighters

BAS News - 2018-05-20 00:12
ERBIL — Turkish military on Friday claimed it has killed 23 fighters of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in one week during airstrikes in Kurdistan Region border areas. The Turkish General Staff said in a statement that figures were for airstrikes betw ...

Gorran to Boycott Iraqi Parliament, Political Process: MP

BAS News - 2018-05-19 23:05
ERBIL — A member of the Kurdistan Region Parliament for the Change Movement (Gorran) has revealed that his party’s decision so far is to boycott the parliament and political process in Baghdad. MP Bestoun Fayiq told BasNews that the decision is for the f ...

KRG PM Barzani urges all Kurdish groups to gather around a united agenda

Waar Media - 2018-05-19 16:39
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said on Saturday that his party’s win — the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) – was important for democracy in Iraq, urging all groups to gather around a united agenda in order to gain the Kurd ...

PUK Runner-up in Election for Alliance with Baghdad: Iraqi Politician

BAS News - 2018-05-19 14:27
ERBIL - The victory of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan in the Iraqi election as a second largest party in Kurdistan Region by winning 18 seats of the parliament could never occur without its ties with Baghdad, said an Iraqi official. Wafiq al-Samarrai, ...

Kurdistan PM Urges Kurdish Sides to Unite in Baghdad Politics

BAS News - 2018-05-16 16:41
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region PM Nechirvan Barzani said on Wednesday in a press conference that all of the Kurdish factions need to work together to address any issues regarding the results of the Iraqi parliamentary election and unite in Baghdad. "Kurds shou ...

Kurdistan's Health Ministry Refutes Reports on Ebola Outbreak

BAS News - 2018-05-16 11:46
ERBIL - After rumours were circulated among the public in Kurdistan Region about some cases of Ebola, the Kurdish ministry of health refuted the allegation soon. "There is no sign of Ebol throughout Iraq, including the Kurdistan Region," Khalis Qadir, sp ...

PUK: Manual Ballot Counting Only in Kurdistan Not Accepted

BAS News - 2018-05-16 10:50
ERBIL - Although six Kurdish factions have rejected the results of the Iraqi parliamentary election in Kurdistan Region and demanded to manually count the votes, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) said on Wednesday that it "does not accept this". The ...

AUK Appoints a new President

The American University of Kurdistan - 2018-05-16 02:02
Duhok, Kurdistan Region of Iraq – May 16, 2018 – The American University of Kurdistan announces the appointment of Dr. John K Menzies as the new president of AUK. Dr. Menzies will be the new interim President of the American University of Kurdistan. He wa ...

Kurdistan Announces First Day of Ramadan

BAS News - 2018-05-15 22:45
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Endowment and Religious Affairs has announced Tuesday (17th May) as the first day of Muslims’ holy month of Ramadan. The announcement was made in an official statement. ...

KDP Supports Manual Ballot Counting in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2018-05-15 22:45
ERBIL — After some Kurdish factions expressed concerns over the Iraqi parliamentary election across Kurdistan Region, the front-runner Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) on Tuesday called on Iraqi electoral commission to take every necessary step to ensure ...

Masoud Barzani Congratulates Sadr on Winning Election

BAS News - 2018-05-15 14:35
ERBIL - Prominent Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani and Kurdistan Region PM Nechrivan Barzani on Tuesday congratulated Muqtada al-Sadr for his election victory, said Sadr’s office. According to a statement Sadr's office received from Alsumaria, the top Kurdi ...

US Envoy visits Kurdistan Region after Iraq elections

Kurdistan24 - 2018-05-15 04:35
Brett McGurk, US Special Presidential Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, visited Erbil, where he met with Nechirvan Barzani, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister. (Photo: KRG) ...

Indian Consulate in Erbil Announces Commencement of Visa Services

BAS News - 2018-05-15 00:52
ERBIL — The Consulate General of India in Erbil has launched its visa service in the Kurdistan Region.The decision was put into effect on 30th April. Further details are as following according to a statement by the consulate: Address – Consular Wing, Con ...

PM Barzani, Brett McGurk Discuss Post-Election Iraq

BAS News - 2018-05-14 23:56
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani on Monday received a US delegation headed by the special presidential envoy to the anti-Islamic State (IS) coalition, Brett McGurk, discussing the political process in Iraq after the parliamentary ...

Six Kurdish parties demand repeat of Parliamentary Election in Kurdistan

Waar Media - 2018-05-14 21:38
WAAR-DUHOK: Six political parties in Kurdistan Region demanded on Monday a repeat of the Iraqi parliamentary election in Kurdistan Region and disputed areas under the supervision of the international monitors. The leaders of the Change Movement (Gorran), ...

Six Kurdish Parties Demand Repeat of Parliamentary Election in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2018-05-14 18:59
ERBIL - Six political parties in kurdistan Region demanded on Monday a repeat of the Iraqi parliamentary election in kurdistan Region and disputed areas under the supervision of the international monitors. The leaders of the Change Movement (Gorran), the ...

Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission reveals 44.52% turnout

Waar Media - 2018-05-13 13:16
WAAR-DUHOK: Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission has revealed that the turnout for Saturday’s parliamentary election was at 44.52%. The statement comes hours after the closure of the polling stations. In the Kurdistan Region, initial results have ...

Iraq Election: Over 44% Turnout

BAS News - 2018-05-13 00:10
ERBIL — Iraqi Independent Hight Electoral Commission has revealed that the turnout for Saturday’s parliamentary election was at 44.52%. The statement comes hours after the closure of the polling stations. In the Kurdistan Region, initial results have sho ...

Kurdistan PM Calls for Restraint as PUK Forces Attach Gorran

BAS News - 2018-05-12 22:55
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani has issued a statement to urge all sides on restraint as the special forces for the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) are attacking the headquarter of Change Movement (Gorran). “We are saddened b ...

PM Barzani Calls for Unity Among Kurds as Election Ends

BAS News - 2018-05-12 21:20
ERBIL — The Prime Minister of Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, has called on the Kurdish factions to maintain unity after Iraq’s parliamentary election. “I ask political parties of Kurdistan to form a united front in Baghdad to protect the rights of ...

Rudaw: ‘Catastrophic’ low turnout in Kirkuk a ‘big betrayal’: PUK

Justice for Kurds - 2018-05-12 19:07
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Aso Mamand, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) chief in Kirkuk, urged voters to turn out in the final hours of polling, describing non-participation as “a big betrayal.” Qubad Talabani, deputy prime minister of the KRG, earli ...

Iraq: Polling Stations Opened for Parliamentary Election

BAS News - 2018-05-12 10:56
ERBIL - People across Iraq, including Kurdistan Region are heading to polling stations on Saturday for the first time since the defeat of the Islamic State (IS). The polls were open at 7:00 am (local time) and they will be closed at 6:00 pm. In the fourt ...
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