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Turkey Threatens to Strike Damascus Forces for Aiding Kurds

BAS News - 2018-02-23 00:24
ERBIL — Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Thursday said that his country will not tolerate anybody who wants to protect the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), threatening Damascus if it continues to support the Kurds. Speaking at a press conferen ...

Turkey to open new gate border with Kurdistan Region

Waar Media - 2018-02-22 17:40
WAAR-DUHOK: According to Turkish media outlets, the Turkish Minister of Customs and Trade, Bülent Tüfenkci, has offered a proposal to open a new border gate with Kurdistan Region. Tufenkci has offered a proposal to open a new border gate with the Kurdist ...

New Border Gate to Open with Kurdistan Region: Turkish Official

BAS News - 2018-02-22 12:01
ERBIL - According to Turkish media outlets, the Turkish Minister of Customs and Trade, Bülent Tüfenkci, has offered a proposal to open a new border gate with Kurdistan Region.Tufenkci has offered a proposal to open a new border gate with the Kurdistan Re ...

French FM to Travel to Moscow, Tehran

BAS News - 2018-02-21 22:40
ERBIL — French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will visit Moscow and Tehran to discuss the situation in Syrian Kurdish city of Afrin currently under Turkish attack. Le Drian on Tuesday talked with French lawmakers about the situation in Afrin and Syr ...

Lavrov calls Damascus to dialogue with Kurds

ANHA - 2018-02-21 14:14
NEWS DESK -Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov pointed out that dialogue is the main means to stop the bloodshed, calling on the Syrian authorities to dialogue with representatives of all ethnic and religious groups, including the Kurds. Russian Foreig ...

Russia Urges Syria, Turkey on “Direct dialogue” over Afrin

BAS News - 2018-02-21 00:22
ERBIL — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that the situation in Syria's Afrin could be resolved through direct dialogue between Damascus and Ankara, the Interfax news agency reported. Turkey has to meet directly, for its own good, wi ...

French FM to Visit Russia, Iran for Talks about Syria

BAS News - 2018-02-20 22:21
ERBIL — French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has scheduled a trip to Moscow and Tehran, planning to discuss the humanitarian crisis in Syria. “We’re heading towards a humanitarian cataclysm in Syria if nothing is done,” Reuters quoted Le Drian. His ...

RIA Novosti: KRG in talks with Rosneft to sign new contracts

Waar Media - 2018-02-20 21:57
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said that the Region is currently in talks with the Rosneft in order to sign new contracts, Russia-based RIA Novosti reported on Monday. Rosneft is a major oil company, base ...

Iraqi Oil Minister to Visit Ankara for Talks over Kirkuk Oil

BAS News - 2018-02-19 23:07
ERBIL — Iraqi Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi is invited by his Turkish counterpart to visit Ankara and discuss the resumption of Iraq’s oil export through Turkey’s Ceyhan Port. The visit is expected to take place later this week, according to a statement b ...

Erbil-Baghdad Agreement Imminent: Source

BAS News - 2018-02-19 21:33
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Region and Iraqi governments are close to reach an agreement over their disputes in the nearest future, said a source close to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. The high-level delegations from Erbil and Baghdad are due to resolv ...

Russia Supports Kurdistan’s Legitimate Rights: FM

BAS News - 2018-02-19 21:33
LODZ — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reiterated his country’s support for Kurd’s “legitimate rights” in Iraq. “Russian FM Lavrov stated that Russia is for the legitimate rights of Iraqi Kurds and supports the dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad t ...

FM Çavuşoğlu: Turkish Army Unstoppable

BAS News - 2018-02-19 19:45
ERBIL — Minister of Foreign Affairs Çavuşoğlu in a press conference on Monday said that if the Syrian government forces are to enter Afrin to protect the Kurdish forces, no one can stop the Turkish army. “If the Syrian regime enters Afrin to eliminate th ...

International Airports in Kurdistan Region to Open Soon

BAS News - 2018-02-19 14:03
ERBIL - The Iraqi Prime Minister said that he would soon reopen the international airports in the Kurdistan Region and send the Kurdish public employees' salaries after the auditing process.Speaking to DW News, the Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi on Monday said ...

Netanyahu says Israel could act against Iran’s ’empire’

Roji Kurd - 2018-02-19 00:02
MUNICH (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel could act against Iran itself, not just its allies in the Middle East, after border incidents in Syria brought the Middle East foes closer to direct confrontation. Iran mocked ...

Kurdistan PM: Counter Pressure Won’t Solve Erbil-Baghdad Issues

BAS News - 2018-02-18 21:23
ERBIL — The Prime Minister of Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, said on Sunday that using bargaining chips and imposing counter pressure will not help Erbil and Baghdad address their prolonged disputes. “What is important now is that the talks between ...

Israel’s Netanyahu warns Iran

Waar Media - 2018-02-18 14:37
WAAR-DUHOK: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has held a blistering speech at the Munich Security Conference to warn the world not to try to appease Iran. He accused Tehran of trying to dominate the Middle East. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu o ...

Kurdistan Region Delegates Meet Foreign Officials in Munich

BAS News - 2018-02-18 10:47
ERBIL - The Kurdistan Region delegates on the second day of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) met with some foreign officials to discuss the issues between Erbil-Baghdad."The delegates on the sidelines of MSC met with Britain's Minister for the Middle ...

Relations with the US ‘at a very critical stage,’ Turk FM says

Kathimerini - 2018-02-18 00:04
ties with Syrian Kurdish militiamen as Ankara has demanded. Turkey’s foreign minister assailed... against Islamic State militants as an excuse not to cut ties with Syrian Kurdish militiamen as Ankara...” with IS militants intact to justify continued coope ...

Iraqi, Turkish PMs Discuss Water Disputes

BAS News - 2018-02-17 18:12
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met with his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim on Saturday to discuss a range of issues remaining unsolved between Baghdad and Ankara. The disputes between the sides on water flowing through Turkey into Iraq ...

KRG delegation to MSC meets Iraqi PM in Munich

Waar Media - 2018-02-17 14:10
WAAR-DUHOK: Delegations led by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani are meeting on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on Saturday. It is the premiers’ third meeting in the past month after a chilling ...

Kurdish Delagation Meets with Iraqi PM in Munich

BAS News - 2018-02-17 13:17
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region Delegation led by Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani on Saturday met the Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi on the sideline of Munich Security Conference.Nechirvan Barzani, Kurdistan Region PM and Masrour Barzani, the Chancellor of the Kurdi ...

Germany to U.S.: we’ll spend more on defense, you stay involved

Waar Media - 2018-02-16 20:53
WAAR-DUHOK: Germany’s defense minister pledged to spend more on its military and the United Nations, but she called in return for other countries not to turn away from mulitlateralism. Ursula von der Leyen’s remarks came days after U.S. Secretary of Defe ...

Kurdistan Delegation Meets with German Defence Minister

BAS News - 2018-02-16 20:00
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and Chancellor of Security Council Masrour Barzani met on Friday with German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen in Munich. The details of the discussion between the delegations are not yet reve ...

IS Committed Genocide Against Kurdish Yezidis: German Defence Minister

BAS News - 2018-02-16 20:00
ERBIL — The Defence Minister of Germany, Ursula von der Leyen, said on Friday that what the Islamic State (IS) committed against the Kurdish Yezidis was genocide. During a speech at the inauguration of 2018’s Munich Security Conference, Ursula von der Le ...

Turkish Defence Minister Says US Can Put YPG Against PKK

BAS News - 2018-02-15 23:23
ERBIL — Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli said on Thursday his United States counterpart, Jim Mattis, on the sidelines of a NATO meeting in Brussels had said the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) should be removed from the Syrian Dem ...

Syria Would Shoot Down any Jet that Threatens its Airspace: FM

BAS News - 2018-02-14 23:02
ERBIL — Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said on Wednesday that the country’s air defense system is fully prepared to give a firm response to any possible act of aggression, stressing that the decision to confront any aggressive move is long- ...

Kurdistan Region Remembers France's Support

BAS News - 2018-02-14 14:10
ERBIL - The people of the Kurdistan Region would never forget about France's prolonged support to the region, Kurdistan Regional Government representative to France stated."The French Foreign Minister has asserted that his country would support any attem ...

Opening Remarks at the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Ministerial

The Global Coalition - 2018-02-14 01:13
DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AL-SABAH: (Via interpreter) (In progress) – responded to our invitation to take part in the meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, which is taking place for the first time after the liberation of Iraqi territory (inaudible) ...

Russia Supports Kurdish Participation in Syria’s Peace Process

BAS News - 2018-02-13 23:07
ERBIL — Russia encourages the Kurdish participation in Syria’s peace process, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday. During a joint press conference between Lavrov and his Belgian counterpart Didier Renders in Moscow on Tuesday, he confi ...

KRG Delegation Meets with Kuwaiti Defence Minister

BAS News - 2018-02-13 20:07
ERBIL — A delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on Tuesday met with Kuwaiti Defence Minister Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah. The sides exchanged views over bilateral ties between Erbil and Kuwait, discussing areas of potential co ...

Abadi Approves Limited Int. Flights to Kurdistan

BAS News - 2018-02-13 19:04
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday approved the resumption of a limited number of international flights to Kurdistan Region airports after nearly four months of a flight ban. According to a document from Abadi’s office, the flights t ...

Opening Remarks at the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh Ministerial

The Global Coalition - 2018-02-13 17:57
Read below opening remarks from Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the Global Coalition Ministerial held in Kuwait on February 13th 2018. The post Opening Remarks ...

Contradictions in Russian statements , actions towards Kurds in Syria

ANHA - 2018-02-13 13:58
NEWS DESK- In a clear contradiction between Russian statements and actions towards the Kurds in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that there can be no political settlement of the Syrian crisis without the Kurds, at a time allowing the Tur ...

KRG PM thanks France FM for breaking diplomatic blockade on Kurdistan

Waar Media - 2018-02-13 12:54
WAAR-DUHOK: French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Monday arrived in Erbil and met with officials from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), including Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani. Le Drian’s visit to Kurdistan is the first of a high-level ...

Iraqi Ex-minister Sentenced to 21 Years in Jail for Corruption

BAS News - 2018-02-13 00:28
ERBIL — An Iraqi court on Monday sentenced a former minister to 21 years in jail after he was found guilty in multiple cases of corruption. Abdel Falah al-Sudani had served as trade minister between 2006 and 2009. The court first sentenced him to two sev ...

Kurdistan PM, French FM Discuss Erbil-Baghdad Talks

BAS News - 2018-02-12 23:29
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian met on Monday in Erbil, discussing bilateral ties and the ongoing talks between the Kurdistan Region and Iraq. According to a press release by the Ku ...

KRG delegation to Kuwait International Conference of Iraq Reconstruction

Waar Media - 2018-02-12 22:07
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) delegates on Saturday headed to Kuwait city to participate in the International Conference of Iraq Reconstruction and Development scheduled for Monday. The delegation includes the KRG’s Minister of Planning ...

French FM arrives in Erbil

Waar Media - 2018-02-12 22:07
WAAR-DUHOK: The Foreign Minister of France, Jean-Yves Le Drian, arrived in Kurdistan Region’s capital on Monday for a series of meetings with top Kurdish officials. Le Drian had visited Baghdad earlier the day before flying to Erbil. Kurdistan Region Pri ...

French Foreign Minister Arrives in Erbil

Jewish Coalition for Kurdistan - 2018-02-12 19:12
The Foreign Minister of France, Jean-Yves Le Drian, arrived in Kurdistan Region’s capital on Monday for a series of meetings with top Kurdish officials. ...

French FM Arrives in Erbil

BAS News - 2018-02-12 16:42
ERBIL — The Foreign Minister of France, Jean-Yves Le Drian, arrived in Kurdistan Region’s capital on Monday for a series of meetings with top Kurdish officials. Le Drian had visited Baghdad earlier the day before flying to Erbil. Kurdistan Region Prime M ...

French Foreign Minister Arrives in Iraq

BAS News - 2018-02-12 10:34
ERBIL - French Foreign Minister artived in Iraq on Monday to meet with the high officials of the country.According to Iraqi media outlets, Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Foreign Minister, on Monday visited Baghdad in order to meet with the high military and ...

German defence minister arrives in Erbil

Waar Media - 2018-02-11 15:04
WAAR-DUHOK: The German defence minister arrived in Erbil on Sunday morning following a visit to Baghdad. Ursula von der Leyen is inaugurating a Peshmerga private hospital. Germany has allocated €6 million for the project, according to reporters. She also ...

German Defense Minister Visits Peshmerga Hospital in Erbil

BAS News - 2018-02-11 12:53
ERBIL - After meeting with the military advisers of her country in the Kurdistan Region, German Defense Minister Ursula Von Der Leyen on Sunday morning visited the Peshmerga hospital.The German Minister visited a private hospital built for the Peshmerga ...

German Defence Minister to Visit Kurdistan Region

BAS News - 2018-02-11 08:46
ERBIL - German Defence Minister will visit Kurdistan Region and meet with high Kurdish officials.German Defence Minister Ursula Von Der on Sunday will visit Kurdistan Region to meet the military traners of her country in the region as well as high Kurdis ...

Two Turkish troops killed as helicopter downed

Roji Kurd - 2018-02-11 00:03
Two Turkish soldiers have died after their helicopter was shot down during Ankara’s military operation against Syrian Kurdish fighters in northern Syria. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced the deaths in a televised address on Saturday. Earli ...

Trump: Iraqi leadership very corrupt

K24 - 2018-02-10 22:11
US President Donald Trump welcomes Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi to the White House on March 20, 2017. (Photo: AFP/Molly Riley) ...

Baghdad Not Serious About Sending KRG Budget: MP

BAS News - 2018-02-10 15:23
ERBIL — A Kurdish MP in the Iraqi parliament stated that Haider al-Abadi, the Prime Minister of Iraq, is not willing to send the salaries of the public employees in the Kurdistan Region. "Part of the reason that the Iraqi prime minister does not tend to ...

French FM: Turkey Should Stop Strikes on Afrin

BAS News - 2018-02-10 01:09
ERBIL — French Foreign Minister Jean Yves le Drian said at the European Parliament on Friday that Turkey should stop the airstrikes on Afrin and humanitarian corridors have to be opened in Syria for sending aid to Syrian people. Throughout the week, Fren ...
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