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Pictures: Unique Celebration of Prophet Muhammed’s Birthday in Erbil

BAS News - 2018-11-20 13:47
ERBIL — A massive crowd of Muslims in Kurdistan Region gathered on Tuesday to celebrate the birthday of Prophet Muhammed in Erbil. It has been a unique celebratory gathering held only in Erbil for centuries, during which people donate food, sweets, and o ...

Prime Minster Barzani Meets AUK and GSMSG Delegation

The American University of Kurdistan - 2018-11-20 02:00
Duhok, Kurdistan Region of Iraq – November 18, 2018. Prime Minister, Nechrivan Barzani received a delegation from The American University of Kurdistan (AUK) and The Global Surgical and Medical Support Group (GSMSG). As part of AUK’s plan to establish the ...

Lion Attacks Teenage Girl in Duhok Zoo

BAS News - 2018-11-19 22:25
ERBIL - A lion attacked a teenage girl in Kurdistan Region's Duhok Zoo on Monday, an official confirmed, explaining that the Kurdish girl was trying to take photos near the wild animal. Abdulrazaq Eminki, head of Veterinary Directorate in Duhok, told Bas ...

Barzani's Congratulatory Message on Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday

BAS News - 2018-11-19 19:22
ERBIL - Kurdish prominent leader and former president of the Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani has sent a congratulatory message to the Muslims across the world on the birthday of their prophet. "I hope this holy occasion will promote coexistence, brother ...

PM Barzani Congratulates Muslims on Prophet's Birthday

BAS News - 2018-11-19 19:00
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region PM Nechirvan Barzani has congratulated in a statement the Muslims in the Kurdistan Region and other parts of the world on the birth date of their prophet Mohammed. "I congratulate the Muslims in the Kurdistan Region, Iraq, and ar ...

First Bike Marathon in Kurdistan Opens Registration

BAS News - 2018-11-19 15:24
ERBIL — The first-ever bike marathon will be held in Kurdistan Region’s capital on 30 November. The event is organized by IOM Iraq, with support from the US State Department, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), Kurdistan 24 and the Kurdi ...

Over 10,000 IDPs Reluctant to Return Home in Tuz Khurmatu

BAS News - 2018-11-19 09:59
ERBIL — More than 10,000 internally displaced persons (IDP) are still living in Kurdistan Region’s Garmiyan Administration, and reluctant to return to their homes in Tuz Khurmatu under the rule of Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi, an official said. La ...

Gorran to Hold Party Congress Early 2019

BAS News - 2018-11-19 09:59
ERBIL — The Change Movement (Gorran) will hold its party congress next year in January, said a senior member. The party was widely criticized by own members after losing half of its seats in the recent parliamentary election in the Kurdistan Region. It l ...

Italy Underscores Economic Developments in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2018-11-18 21:32
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region Finance Minister Rebaz Hamlan welcomed the Italian Consul General in Erbil, Serena Muroni, on Sunday for talks on economic development. The Italian envoy, according to a statement by the ministry, thanked the Kurdistan Region and ...

Kurdistan PM Receives US Medical Delegation, Discuss IDP, Refugees Issue

BAS News - 2018-11-18 19:01
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region PM Nechirvan Barzani received on Sunday a delegation from the American Surgical and Medical Support Group (GSMSG), which included a number of doctors and surgeons scheduled to provide medical services to IDPs and Syrian refugees ...

Peshmerga Ministry Delegation to Visit Hungary

BAS News - 2018-11-18 16:29
ERBIL - A delegation from the Kurdistan Region's Ministry of Peshmerga is invited by the Hungarian government to visit to the European country, an official said on Sunday. Talking to Kurdistan 24, Sirwan Barzani, the Commander of the Peshmerga Forces on ...

37 women murdered in Iraqi Kurdistan so far in 2018: official

E-Kurd - 2018-11-18 15:06
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Thirty-seven women have been murdered in the Kurdistan Region in the last ten months, which represents a decrease in comparison to the previous year, General Director of Countering Violence Against Women Kurda Omar to ...

US Congressman Hails Kurdistan as Model of Coexistence

BAS News - 2018-11-18 14:15
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Chancellor Masrour Barzani received on Sunday US Congressman Thomas Garrett who highlighted the peaceful coexistence among people in the Kurdistan Region. “In the meeting, both sides reviewed the measures ...

Two Earthquakes Hit Kurdistan's Kalar

BAS News - 2018-11-17 22:37
ERBIL - At least two earthquakes hit the Kurdistan Region's Kalar city on Saturday evening, with no casualties reported. Talking to BasNews, Sirwan Salih, a geography expert in Garmiyan area, said that the first shake, which was measured at 2.9 magnitude ...

KDP-Gorran Meeting on Government Formation Ends with No Decisions

BAS News - 2018-11-17 15:29
ERBIL — A delegation from the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) met with Change Movement (Gorran) on Saturday to discuss the formation of the next government in the Kurdistan Region. Following the meeting, spokespersons for both the parties described the ...

US Delegation Visits Barzani, Underscores Resumption of Kirkuk Oil Export

BAS News - 2018-11-17 13:16
ERBIL — A US delegation headed by Andrew Peek, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq and Iran, met with the Kurdish leader and former president of Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, on Saturday to discuss the latest developments in the relation ...

Teenage Kurdish Porter “Severely” Injured by Iranian Forces

BAS News - 2018-11-17 11:44
ERBIL — Iranian border guards on Saturday opened fire at a group of Kurdish porters (Kolbar) on the border between Kurdistan Region and the Iranian Kurdish town of Sardasht, injuring at least one. In the shooting, Mehran Dehestani Rad, 15, was injured, a ...

Iraq restarts Kirkuk oil exports after deal with Kurds

E-Kurd - 2018-11-17 09:08
BAGHDAD,— Iraq on Friday restarted exports of Kirkuk oil, halted a year ago due to a standoff between the central government and Kurdistan’s semi-autonomous region, after a new government in Baghdad agreed a tentative deal with Erbil. The development is ...

Kurdistan PM, US Delegation Review Erbil-Baghdad Relations

BAS News - 2018-11-16 23:52
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received on Friday a diplomatic delegation from the United States, headed by Andrew Peek, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq and Iran. The sides exchanged views on the latest political d ...

Erbil, Baghdad Resume Kirkuk Oil Exports

BAS News - 2018-11-16 13:35
ERBIL — The governments of Kurdistan Region and Iraq reached an agreement on Friday to resume the oil exports from Kirkuk fields after a year of suspension. The export has immediately begun at a limited rate of 50,000-60,000 barrels per day (bpd) for now ...

Barzani on Tolerance Day: Kurdistan Leads Culture of Peaceful Coexistence

BAS News - 2018-11-16 13:35
ERBIL — Influential Kurdish leader and former president of Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, has released a statement to mark the International Day of Tolerance, reminding that Kurdistan has a long history of peaceful coexistence to be proud of. “Toleran ...

KRG Delegation in Baghdad to Discuss Disputes on Budget Bill

BAS News - 2018-11-16 00:48
ERBIL — A delegation from Kurdistan Region’s ministry of finance has traveled to Baghdad to discuss the disputes over Iraq’s budget bill of 2019, including Erbil’s share. Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Spokesperson Safin Dizayi said that the delegat ...

Russia Encourages Formation of New Govt. in Kurdistan Sooner

BAS News - 2018-11-16 00:48
ERBIL — Russia has encouraged the Kurdistan Region to step up the efforts of forming the new government as the parliamentary elections have already been successful. During her daily press briefing, spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, ...

Turkish airstrikes kill 3 civilian in Amedi area of Kurdistan region

Waar Media - 2018-11-15 19:01
WAAR-Duhok Overnight airstrikes by Turkish fighter jets killed three civilians in Aradina of Amedi district, Kurdistan region. Early last night Turkey was bombing KaniBotka village aiming at PKK bases, 3 civilians of Aradina village who were there to her ...

Barzani Welcomes KDP-S Leader’s Release from PYD Prison

BAS News - 2018-11-15 16:07
ERBIL — Prominent Kurdish leader and former president of Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, has welcomed the release of Abdulrahman Apo, a leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Syria (KDP-S), from the prison of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Sy ...

Turkish Airstrike Kills Three Civilians in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2018-11-15 09:30
ERBIL — At least three civilians were killed early morning on Thursday by the Turkish airstrikes in Duhok province of Kurdistan Region. The casualties were confirmed by the local officials who said that the Turkish fighter jets had heavily bombarded the ...

Turkey Bombs Kurdistan Border Village in Response to PKK Attack

BAS News - 2018-11-14 13:54
ERBIL — The Turkish army on Wednesday heavily bombarded Kurdistan Region’s border villages in Sidakan area. The bombardment started at 09:10 (local time), less than an hour after Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters attacked a Turkish army base in the ...

Medical Professional Development Courses at AUK

The American University of Kurdistan - 2018-11-14 02:00
Duhok, Kurdistan Region of Iraq – November 13th, 2018- The American University of Kurdistan (AUK), in collaboration with Barzani Charity Foundation (BCF) and Duhok’s Directorate General of Health (DoH) launched the Medical Professional Development Program ...

Registered IDPs and refugees in the Kurdistan Region in October 2018

Helpkurd - 2018-11-14 02:00
The Kurdistan Region currently hosts nearly 1.5 million of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) and refugees, including 30 percent of Iraq IDPs numbering (1,176,451 persons) and 97 percent of Syrian refugees numbering (283,546 persons) See the report in fu ...

Iraqi PM Hails “Good Ties” Between Erbil and Baghdad

BAS News - 2018-11-13 23:00
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi said on Tuesday that the relations between the central government of Iraq and the regional government in Kurdistan Region was “good”. “We have good relations with the Kurdistan Regional government. We will so ...

Young Kurdish Writer Tells Story of Yezidi Children in Her First Book

BAS News - 2018-11-13 14:22
ERBIL — A young Kurdish writer has published her first book which is dedicated to the story of Yezidi children who have survived the brutality of the Islamic State (IS). Sham Barham, 17, spent months in the IDP camps in the Kurdistan Region to record a s ...

Kurdistan: Archeological Artifacts Seized from Smugglers

BAS News - 2018-11-13 11:24
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region security forces announced on Tuesday the seizure of several dozens of artifacts from a group of smugglers. During an operation based on previous intelligence, the security forces captured a group of smugglers with 80 pieces of “i ...

US Pushes Turkey to Replace Iran Oil with Kurdistan’s

BAS News - 2018-11-13 10:12
ERBIL — The United States has stepped up the pressure on Turkey to end oil and gas purchase from Iran, but filling the gap with crude from the Kurdistan Region, a report claims. Following the re-imposition of the second phase of US economic sanctions, wh ...

Kurdish Man from Erbil Executed in Iran: Monitor

BAS News - 2018-11-12 15:18
ERBIL — Iranian authorities executed a Kurdish inmate originally from Kurdistan Region’s Erbil last week, according to Hangaw Organization for Human Rights. Soran Rashid Zahedi, 33, was hanged on 6 November in Zanjan Central Prison, the monitoring group ...

PYD Rejects Salih Muslim’s Visit to Kurdistan Region

BAS News - 2018-11-12 11:07
ERBIL — The Democratic Union Party (PYD) has refuted the reports claiming that the party’s founder and former co-chair, Salih Muslim, had recently visited the Kurdistan Region. Multiple sources said that Muslim, accompanied by a delegation from the Movem ...

Iraqi Parliament to Discuss Irregular Customs Between KRG, Iraq

BAS News - 2018-11-12 09:57
ERBIL — The Iraqi parliament is scheduled to meet on Monday for discussions on a range of issues, including the irregular customs offices recently set up between the Kurdistan Region and other disputed territories under the control of Baghdad. Deputy par ...

PM Barzani Receives Samaritan’s Purse President

BAS News - 2018-11-11 18:55
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region PM Nechirvan Barzani received on Sunday the President and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse, Franklin Graham, for talks on bilateral ties. Barzani's press office said in a statement that the pair shed light on the subject of IDPs and Syri ...

Leaked Document Reveals PKK-IRGC Military Coordination

BAS News - 2018-11-11 09:06
ERBIL — A classified document which has recently been leaked proves that the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) are coordinating in the border areas of Kurdistan Region and Iran. The document is allegedly ...

Erbil, Baghdad Close to Reach Deal on Kirkuk Oil Exports

BAS News - 2018-11-10 12:54
ERBIL — The governments of Kurdistan Region and Iraq are reportedly about to reach an agreement to resume the oil exports from the oilfields of Kirkuk. According to multiple sources cited by Financial Times, Erbil and Baghdad are expected to finalize a d ...

WATCH: Turkish Artillery Hits Kurdistan Resort Area, Cause Damage

BAS News - 2018-11-09 23:26
ERBIL — Turkish bombardments on Friday caused damages to the properties of civilians who visited a resort area of Kurdistan Region for the weekend. The shelling comes as the Turkish government has, over the past few months, increased its air operations i ...

CDJ Changes Name to Continue after Barham Salih

BAS News - 2018-11-09 12:47
ERBIL — The Coalition for Democracy and Justice (CDJ) has decided to change its name and continue as a political party in the Kurdistan Region, an official said. The decision was made during a meeting attended by over 400 members of the CDJ on Friday in ...

Turkish Army Shells Erbil's Sidakan

BAS News - 2018-11-09 01:08
ERBIL - Turkish army shelled the Kurdistan Region border areas on Thursday, an official said, adding that the bombardments reportedly targeted the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) headquarters in the region. Ihsan Chalabi, head of local administration in t ...

KRSC Chancellor, Belgian Ambassador Discuss Regional Developments

BAS News - 2018-11-08 15:27
ERBIL — The Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC), Masrour Barzani, received Belgium’s ambassador to Iraq and Jordan, Hendrik Van de Velde on Thursday to discuss the political and security developments in the region. Barzani touched upon ...

Czech Universities Willing to Open Campuses in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2018-11-08 13:33
ERBIL — Several universities have expressed willingness to open a campus in the Kurdistan Region and contribute to the academic education, said Kurdistan Region Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Minister Yousif Goran reviewed the acad ...

Belgium Encourages “Strong” Engagement of Kurds in Baghdad

BAS News - 2018-11-08 12:12
ERBIL — The Belgium government has encouraged the Kurdistan Region and its political factions to strongly contribute to the political process in Baghdad, and pave the way for resolving the Erbil-Baghdad disputes, said the country’s envoy. Belgium’s ambas ...

Pompeo: Iran impact Kurdistan Region and Iraq

Waar Media - 2018-11-07 22:16
WAAR-DUHOK: Regarding the impact of Iran on Kurdistan Region and Iraq, the US secretary of state said Join Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) didn’t stand in the way of Iran’simpact. “The JCPOA agreement with Iran didn’t impede the impact and the press ...

Kurdistan Region’s new parliament holds first session

Waar Media - 2018-11-07 22:16
WAAR-DUHOK: The Kurdistan Region’s new MPs convened first parliament’s session after elections in Erbil, on Tuesday. The parliament held a session at noon presided over by the oldest member and swore in all present parliamentarians. The Kurdistan Region ...

Barzani Sends Condolences to Family of Kurdish Writer Maryam Qazi

BAS News - 2018-11-07 18:19
ERBIL — Kurdish prominent leader and former president of the Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani has sent condolences on the passing of Iranian Kurdish writer and women's rights advocate Maryam Qazi. "I am deeply saddened by the passing of an intellectual K ...

PM Barzani, UN Envoy Discuss Iraqi, Kurdistan's Politics

BAS News - 2018-11-07 16:11
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region PM Nechirvan Barzani received on Wednesday the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Jan Kubis for discussions on the political process in the region and Iraq. Barzani's press office said in a s ...

Masrour Barzani Hopes PM Abdul-Mahdi Begins New Chapter

BAS News - 2018-11-07 14:33
ERBIL — The Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC), Masrour Barzani, has expressed hopes for the new Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi to begin a new chapter in the relations between Erbil and Baghdad. Barzani discussed the issue whil ...

Violence against Women in Kurdistan: 32 Killed in 8 Months

BAS News - 2018-11-07 11:16
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Directorate of Combatting Violence Against Women has warned of growing records, stating that a total of 32 women were killed between January and August this year alone. According to a report by the directorate, 53 women also co ...

New Kurdistan Parliament Members Sworn in

BAS News - 2018-11-06 13:32
ERBIL — The new lawmakers of the Kurdistan Region parliament convened on Thursday for the first time since their election to be sworn in and begin their mission. According to the parliament’s bylaw, the oldest member of the parliament will preside the se ...

US sanctions on Iran to have impact on Kurdistan region

Waar Media - 2018-11-05 22:42
WAAR-DUHOK: As US sanctions on Iran come into force, Kurdistan region as a neighbor won’t be spared from negative impacts that the sanctions will bring along with them. In the past any changes in Iran’s economy had come to affect Kurdistan region, becaus ...

Iraq halts Kirkuk oil exports to Iran

Waar Media - 2018-11-05 22:42
WAAR-DUHOK: Iraq halts exports of Kirkuk’s oil to Iran and will start using the province’s oil for domestic consumption, but won’t utilize the pipeline already running through the Kurdistan Region. Aasim al-Jihad, spokesperson to Iraq’s Ministry of Oil, ...

Kurdistan FM Condemns Deadly Attacks in Baghdad

BAS News - 2018-11-05 10:29
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Head of Department of Foreign Relations, Falah Mustafa, decried the Sunday attacks in Iraq’s capital that killed several people and left dozens wounded. “I strongly condemn the despicable bombings in Baghdad late last night whi ...

KRSC Releases Report of IS Attacks in Disputed Territories in October

BAS News - 2018-11-04 16:31
ERBIL - The Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC), in its monthly report, has warned of an increase in the terrorist attacks conducted by the Islamic State (IS) in the disputed areas in October, mostly through vehicle-borne improvised explosive device ...

Kurdistan PM Condemns Terrorist Attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt

BAS News - 2018-11-03 11:29
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region PM Nechirvan Barzani has condemned the terrorist attack on the Coptic Christians in Egypt's Minya region, in which several members of the religious group were killed or wounded. The Kurdish premier has also extended condolences t ...
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