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Kurdish police arrest dozens in Iraqi Kurdistan on gambling charges

E-Kurd - 2018-08-16 01:33
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Kurdish Police detained 22 more suspects on gambling charges in a Sulaimani casino on Tuesday night amid a crackdown on casinos and nightclubs where gambling is believed to be carried out. The Sulaimani police departm ...

Barzani Receives US Ambassador in Erbil

BAS News - 2018-08-15 16:31
ERBIL - Kurdish leader and former president of the Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, received on Wednesday a US delegation headed by Ambassador to Baghdad Douglas Silliman to discuss the latest political developments in Iraq and the region. During the me ...

KRG's Stance on US Sanctions Against Iran

BAS News - 2018-08-15 14:00
ERBIL - Even though the political and economic ties between the Kurdistan Region and Iran are historical, the region will follow the procedures if Baghdad blocks its borders with the neighboring country as part of abiding by the US sanctions against the ...

KRG PM Nechirvan Barzani receives call phone from US Secretary Pompeo

Waar Media - 2018-08-15 09:39
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed in a phone call on Tuesday the latest political developments in Iraq and Kurdistan Region. According to a statement by Barzani’s office, the pai ...

Conference to be Held in Erbil to Recognize Yezidis Massacre As Genocide

BAS News - 2018-08-15 01:24
ERBIL - A conference is set to be held in Erbil on Wednesday in hopes of recognizing the Yezidis massacres as a genocide, an official said. Hussein Qaidi, head of the Kurdistan Region’s office for Yezidi Abductees’ Affairs, told BasNews that various topi ...

Kurdish PM Extends Condolences to Kuwaiti Emir on His Sister's Loss

BAS News - 2018-08-14 22:11
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani extended condolences on Tuesday to Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah after the death of his sister. "That's so sad to hear about the loss of your sister. I send condolences to you, your family, and to the ...

Kurdish Porter Killed by Iranian Border Guard

BAS News - 2018-08-14 11:12
ERBIL — Iranian forces on the border between Iran and Kurdistan Region killed on Tuesday another Kurdish porter while carrying goods, a monitoring group said. Ismail Aziz, 33, was gunned down when the Iranian border guards opened fire at a group of porte ...

The Jerusalem Post: Three Kurdish groups in Iran are now fighting the IRGC

Justice for Kurds - 2018-08-14 05:15
The Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said on Sunday that they had killed 10 militants in the Kurdish region of Iran. The same day the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) said they had engaged in “heavy clashes” with the IRGC near the cit ...

AUK Provost visits Seton Hall University in New Jersey

The American University of Kurdistan - 2018-08-14 02:00
Duhok, Kurdistan Region of Iraq – July 27th, 2018 – Provost of the American University of Kurdistan, Dr. Nazar Numan, visited the Seton Hall University in New Jersey, USA. During the visit Provost Numan held a meeting with Provost Karen Boroff, the Senior ...

Yezidi Family of Five Freed from IS

BAS News - 2018-08-13 21:43
ERBIL - A Yezidi family of five was liberated on Monday from the grip of Islamic State (IS), Kurdistan Region’s office for Yezidi Abductees’ Affairs said. Hussein Qaidi, head of the office, said in a statement that identified as Ghazal Ali Ghulo with fou ...

Kurdistan PM to Visit Turkey

BAS News - 2018-08-13 18:00
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani is scheduled to visit Turkey this week at the invitation of the Justice and Development Party (AKP). The ruling party is set to hold its sixth congress on 18th August. Turkish President who also l ...

KRG Has Constitutional Right to Sell Its Oil: Former MP

BAS News - 2018-08-13 16:33
ERBIL — A Kurdish former lawmaker has defended Kurdistan Region’s oil policies, saying that the Iraqi constitution has given Erbil the right to sell its oil. The statement was made to BasNews in response to recent remarks by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider a ...

Barzani, Qaradaghi discusse latest political developments in region

Waar Media - 2018-08-13 14:16
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdish leader and former president of Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, received a delegation from the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) on Sunday in Erbil. The delegation was led by IUMS secretary general Ali Qaradaghi. During t ...

Landmine Cripples Iranian Kurdish Porter

BAS News - 2018-08-13 13:48
ERBIL — An Iranian Kurdish porter lost his leg after he stepped on a landmine on the border areas between Iran and Kurdistan Region on Monday. Sabourian, 31, was carrying goods on his back from Kurdistan Region to Iran at the time of the incident, report ...

Iraqi Forces Can’t Secure Sinjar Without Peshmerga: Official

BAS News - 2018-08-13 10:27
ERBIL — The Iraqi army and Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi may not be able to secure the Yezidi populated town of Sinjar and its surrounding areas without Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces, said a Kurdish official. Deputy Peshmerga Minister ...

Barzani Receives Top International Muslim Scholars in Erbil

BAS News - 2018-08-12 14:55
ERBIL — Kurdish leader and former president of Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, received a delegation from the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) on Sunday in Erbil. The delegation was led by IUMS secretary general Ali Qaradaghi. During the m ...

Kurdistan: First Day of Eid al-Qurban Announced

BAS News - 2018-08-11 21:08
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region's Ministry of Endowment and Religious Affairs announced on Saturday evening that 21st August is the first day of Eid al-Qurban. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has previously announced one week of public holidays for reli ...

Abadi's Alliance Delegation to Visit Kurdistan

BAS News - 2018-08-11 19:48
ERBIL - A delegation from the Iraqi Victory Alliance, led by Haider al-Abadi is expected to visit the Kurdistan Region in a near future to discuss the formation of the Iraqi future government, an Iraqi official said on Saturday. Riyaz Tamimi, a leader of ...

Rudaw: Afrin street, building names changed marking demographic shift

Justice for Kurds - 2018-08-10 00:17
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Turkey and its Syrian proxies have expanded the campaign of demographic change in Afrin by renaming streets and public places, replacing Kurdish words and cultural references with Syrian opposition slogans. Turkish-backed opposit ...

ICRC to Coordinate Release of Yezidis in Iraq’s Prisons

BAS News - 2018-08-09 16:42
ERBIL — The International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) will be helping the release of Kurdish Yezidis whom are arrested by Iraqi forces mistakenly during country’s crackdown on the Islamic State (IS). Hussein Qa’edi, head of Kurdistan Region’s offi ...

Dozens of Kurdish Migrants Released from Turkish Prison

BAS News - 2018-08-09 10:14
ERBIL — Turkish authorities have released a total of 25 Kurdish migrants after they were arrested en route to Europe, an official confirmed. Head of Kurdistan Region’s Migrant’s Federation, Ari Jalal, told BasNews that the 25 migrants will arrive at the ...

Barzani Receives New Czech Consul

BAS News - 2018-08-08 23:47
ERBIL - Kurdish prominent leader, and former president of the Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani received on Wednesday the new Consul General of the Czech Republic in Erbil Michal Svoboda to discuss the relations between Erbil and Prague. The Czech officia ...

McGurk Asserts Timing of Kurdistan's Elections Up to Kurdish Leaders

BAS News - 2018-08-08 21:00
ERBIL - The special presidential envoy to the anti-Islamic State (IS) coalition, Brett McGurk reiterated on Wednesday evening that only the Kurdistan Region and its leaders can time the parliamentary election. The remarks came after the Kurdistan Region ...

PM Barzani Discusses Bilateral Ties with New German Consul

BAS News - 2018-08-08 19:45
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region PM Nechirvan Barzani welcomed on Wednesday the new German Consul General Barbara Wolf to discuss bilateral ties between Erbil and Berlin. The German official, during the meeting, thanked the Kurdistan Region and its regional gove ...

Barzani Thanks Germany for Standing with Kurdistan During Anti-IS War

BAS News - 2018-08-08 16:36
ERBIL — Prominent Kurdish leader and former president of Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, has thanked Berlin for supporting Erbil and Peshmerga forces in the years-long war against the Islamic State (IS). Barzani made the remarks in a meeting to welcome ...

Peshmerga Agrees to Return to Kirkuk with Coalition Accord Only: Commander

BAS News - 2018-08-08 11:18
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces would return to Kirkuk and other disputed territories only in coordination with the US-led Coalition, a commander said. Following Kurdistan’s independence referendum last year, the Iraqi army and pro-Iranian Sh ...

Afrin: Ankara-backed Militants Change Names of Kurdish Streets

BAS News - 2018-08-08 01:08
ERBIL - Turkish-backed rebels changed on Tuesday the names of two squares in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in southern Syria, a report said. Kurdish activists in the region told Kurdistan 24 that the names of (Nowruz Sq. and Kawa Sq.) were changed to “l"S ...

Iraqi Kurdistan PM Nechirvan Barzani says elections should held on time

E-Kurd - 2018-08-07 20:39
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The Prime Minister of Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Nechirvan Barzani, on Tuesday, said that the Kurdish region’s election, which is set for September 30, 2018, should be held on time. Barzani said tha ...

Iranian Border Guards Kill Kurdish Teenage Kolbar

BAS News - 2018-08-07 16:21
ERBIL — Iranian border guards overnight on Tuesday killed a young Kurdish porter (better known as Kolbar in Kurdish) on the border between Iran and Kurdistan Region. According to Hangaw Organisation for Human Rights, Hasel Badbarin, 19, was gunned down b ...

Kurdistan PM: Election to Be Held as Scheduled

BAS News - 2018-08-07 15:27
ERBIL — In response to media rumours, Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said on Tuesday that the parliamentary election will be held with no delay. The Kurdistan Regional Government and the electoral commission have set the legislative vo ...

PKK, Turkish Army Clash in Kurdistan Border Areas

BAS News - 2018-08-07 15:27
ERBIL — Guerrillas for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Turkish troops clashed on Tuesday in the border areas of Kurdistan Region. The fierce confrontation erupted after the PKK fighters attacked a unit of Turkish soldiers on Chiyadel and Kawet mou ...

Sulaymaniyah: Indian Worker Dies in Workplace Incident

BAS News - 2018-08-07 12:20
ERBIL — A 51-year-old Indian worker was killed in a workplace incident in Kurdistan Region’s Sulaymaniyah, police confirmed. Spokesperson for Sulaymaniyah Police, Sarkawt Ahmed, told BasNews that the Indian worker was killed in an incident which took pla ...

Barzani Responds to Saudi Newspaper

BAS News - 2018-08-07 12:20
“Things would have been different,” he said. ERBIL — Kurdish prominent leader and former president of Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, refuted a recent report by Saudi newspaper Alwatan which published a report on his wealth. The Kurdish leader rejected ...

Barzani: People of Kurdistan Will Never Give up on Independence

BAS News - 2018-08-07 11:10
ERBIL — Influential Kurdish leader and former president of Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, reiterated that they will never give up on their “god-given right” to self-determination and statehood. “The people and leaders of Kurdistan will never retreat f ...

US Says Setting Kurdistan Elections is Up to Kurdish Leaders

BAS News - 2018-08-06 22:46
ERBIL - The US State Department has made it clear that only the Kurdish leaders in the Kurdistan Region can decide about the date of the regional parliamentary election, a report said. "[The] timing of elections in the IKR [Iraqi Kurdistan Region] is up ...

Turkey moves historic bath house from the Kurdish town of Hasankeyf

E-Kurd - 2018-08-06 16:44
HASANKEYF, Turkey’s Kurdistan region,— Turkish authorities on Monday conducted a hugely sensitive operation to move a centuries-old bath house weighing 1,600 tonnes to new location to avoid being engulfed under floodwaters by a controversial dam project. ...

PUK Favours Delay to Kurdistan Parliamentary Election

BAS News - 2018-08-06 15:03
ERBIL — A leading member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) on Monday reiterated his party’s will for putting off the legislative vote in the Kurdistan Region. Rahbar Sayed Ibrahim, a member of PUK leadership, told BasNews that his party believes ...

KDP, PUK to Meet over Election

BAS News - 2018-08-06 11:08
ERBIL — The politburos of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) are set to meet on Monday for discussions over the upcoming parliamentary election in the Kurdistan Region. The vote is scheduled for 30 September this ...

KRG PM Nechirvan Barzani receives Consul General of Netherlands in Erbil

Waar Media - 2018-08-06 08:39
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received on Sunday evening the new Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Willem Consijn to discuss “ways to further improve bilateral ties”. The pair, during their meeting in Erbil ...

PM Barzani, New Dutch Consul Discuss Bilateral Ties

BAS News - 2018-08-05 18:47
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received on Sunday evening the new Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Willem Consijn to discuss "ways to further improve bilateral ties". The pair, during their meeting in Erbil, al ...

Erbil.. Fire erupts Erbil’s Qaisary market

Waar Media - 2018-08-05 15:54
WAAR-DUHOK: A large fire broke out in Erbil’s Qaisary bazaar late Saturday night, causing extensive damage to shops and stores nearby. The market area is located at the center of the Kurdistan Region’s capital, near the historic citadel. The Erbil Civil ...

In Pictures: Erbil Marketplace Fire Controlled

BAS News - 2018-08-05 12:03
ERBIL — A massive fire ravaged part of the central marketplace in Kurdistan Region’s capital city overnight on Saturday. Firefighters worked till Sunday morning when finally the fire was extinguished. Several dozens of stores were turned into ashes after ...

Pictures: Latest Toyota Yaris Unveiled in Erbil

BAS News - 2018-08-05 01:36
ERBIL — During a ceremony in Kurdistan Region’s capital city on Saturday, Toyota unveiled the latest version of its Yaris sedan. The event was attended by Japan’s consul general in Erbil and many other businessmen as well as car enthusiasts. ...

Erbil to Commemorate Sinjar Massacre This Week

BAS News - 2018-08-04 16:57
ERBIL — A special event has been organised the current week in Kurdistan Region’s capital city to commemorate the anniversary of Islamic State (IS) genocide campaign against the Kurdish Yezidis in Sinjar and surrounding areas. Four years ago, on 3rd Augu ...

Barzani Hails “Historic Ties” Between Kurdistan and Russia

BAS News - 2018-08-04 15:34
ERBIL — Prominent Kurdish leader and former president of the Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, has highlighted the relations between Kurdistan, Russia and other members of former Soviet Union, saying the ties are historic. Barzani touched upon the issue ...

Barzani: Yezidis Source of “Immense Pride” for Every Kurd

BAS News - 2018-08-03 22:44
ERBIL — Prominent Kurdish leader and former president of Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, said on Friday that the Yezidis are the source of pride for every Kurd. In a message to mark the fourth anniversary of the Islamic State (IS) massacre against Yezi ...

Kurdistan Higher Education Ministry Invites Kurdish Fields Medal Winner

BAS News - 2018-08-03 15:25
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Researches has sent a congratulatory message to the Kurdish mathematician, one of the four winners of the Fields Medal, Prof. Kochar Birkar, inviting him to pay a visit to the region. M ...

Kurdish PM: We Won't Stop Until Every Yezidi is Freed

BAS News - 2018-08-03 15:25
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region PM Nechirvan Barzani, on the fourth anniversary of the genocide committed against Yezidis in Iraq, promised that his government will continue to rescue the abducted members of the ethno-religious minority until the last one is fr ...

Watch: KRSC Announces Capturing Terrorist Group Linked to Erbil Attack

BAS News - 2018-08-02 22:00
Mulla Ismail Susayi confessed to have had links with Islamic State (IS) since 2014. ERBIL - Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) announced on Thursday evening in a statement that it has captured a group of five terrorists who confessed to have been i ...

Ankara Claims It "Neutralized" Three PKK Fighters.

BAS News - 2018-08-02 15:01
ERBIL - The Turkish army claimed on Thursday that it has "neutralized" three Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) fighters on Kurdistan Region border areas in northern Iraq. The Turkish jets carried out the airstrikes in the region of Hakurk, according to a st ...

Barzani congratulates Kurdish Math Nobel Prize winner

Waar Media - 2018-08-02 12:38
WAAR-DUHOK: The Kurdish prominent leader and former president of the Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani congratulated on Thursday the Kurdish mathematician who was one of the four winners of the Fields Prize. “Mr. Kochar Brikar, I am so delighted to hear a ...

Barzani Congratulates Kurdish Mathematician on Winning Fields Prize

BAS News - 2018-08-02 11:48
ERBIL - The Kurdish prominent leader and former president of the Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani congratulated on Thursday the Kurdish mathematician who was one of the four winners of the Fields Prize. "Mr. Kochar Brikar, I am so delighted to hear about ...
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