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Pentagon Yet to Decide on Budget for Peshmerga: Official

BAS News - 2018-02-23 14:17
ERBIL — The US Department of Defence is yet to decide on whether to include a special category for Peshmerga salaries in its 2019 budget, said a Pentagon official to refute the allegations claiming that Washington has stopped “budgeting for the Peshmerga ...

IS Re-Emerges in Kirkuk: Official

BAS News - 2018-02-22 22:57
ERBIL — A military official in Kirkuk province stated that the extremist group of Islamic State (IS) has reorganized itself and even attempted to enter the city. Deputy head of a Peshmerga unit in Western Kirkuk Hama Regir on Thursday told BasNews that t ...

Several Patients Die Due to Baghdad’s Sanctions on Kurdistan: Official

BAS News - 2018-02-22 22:57
ERBIL — Several patients of chronic diseases in Kurdistan Region have lost their lives due to cutting the region's share of medical supplies by the federal government since last September. A member of the Health and Environment Committee in the Kurdistan ...

Violations Against Women Become Phenomenal in Kirkuk: Official

BAS News - 2018-02-22 13:50
ERBIL - Kidnapping females has reached a phenomenal rate in Kirkuk province since last October 16th invasion, according to an official from the security forces in the city.Farhad Fazil, head of a local security unit in Kirkuk told BasNews that at least t ...

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 ...

UN called on ceasing military operations in Afrin

ANHA - 2018-02-21 14:14
On Tuesday, the official representative of the United Nations’ (UN) General Secretary Stefan Dujjaric called on stopping the military operation in Afrin, and avoiding the confrontation between the parties involved in the Syrian conflict. ...

Iraqi Security Forces Cannot Secure Kirkuk: Official

BAS News - 2018-02-21 12:30
ERBIL - The Iraqi security forces in Kirkuk province are unable to secure the area, therefore the people themselves have started to protect their homes."Since the October 16th events, violations have drastically increased in Kirkuk. We cannot stay out af ...

We Fail to Help People of Afrin Unless War Ends: UN Official

BAS News - 2018-02-21 09:55
ERBIL - The UN urged Turkey to halt its attacks on the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in Syria otherwise they cannot deliver their humanitarian aid to the region during war.The UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric at a press conference said that they hardly can d ...

IS Kills Hashd al-Shaabi Abductees

BAS News - 2018-02-19 12:22
ERBIL - The Islamic State (IS) militants on Monday killed the abducted militias of the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi who were kidnaped by the extremist group a day earlier.An official of Hashd al-Shaabi said on Monday that they had failed to find and re ...

Syrian Kurds Agreed on Damascus Army to Enter Afrin

BAS News - 2018-02-18 22:23
ERBIL — The Syrian Kurdish forces have reached an agreement with the Damascus government to allow the Syrian forces to enter the Kurdish enclave of Afrin and repel the Turkish military offensives, according to a Kurdish official. The Syrian army troops w ...

IS Plans to Return to Nineveh: Iraqi Official

BAS News - 2018-02-18 13:03
ERBIL - The extremist group of the Islamic State (IS) is planning to invade a Kurdish city in Kurdistan Region, according to Saudi media outlets."The Islamic State has been trying to attack Kirkuk province and occupy it once again so that it can have con ...

Greek businessmen helping in recovery of war-torn Iraqi city of Mosul

Kathimerini - 2018-02-18 00:34
to be there,” the only Greek official in the region told Greek residents of Iraqi Kurdistan, who mainly... to the future while keeping a close eye on developments. He transferred his operations to Iraqi Kurdistan four... the war, more than 100 Greek entre ...

US Withdrawal from Iraq Puts Sunnis at Great Risk: Official

BAS News - 2018-02-17 22:54
ERBIL — The Sunni Arab population of Iraq prefers the US forces to stay in the country and maintain a presence in the Sunni liberated territories against the extremist groups and rivals, said an official. Abdulhamid Namrawi, commander of a Sunni local fo ...

Turkey denies release request from ex-Kurdish HDP party leader: official

E-Kurd - 2018-02-17 21:29
ANKARA,— A Turkish court on Friday denied a request from the former head of the Kurdish opposition to be released from jail while his “terrorism” trial continues, an official for Selahattin Demirtas’s Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) said. Demirtas, one o ...

Turkish Police Detains 8 HDP Members

BAS News - 2018-02-17 14:51
ERBIL - The Turkish police has detained at least 8 members of the People's Democratic Party (HDP) apart from the fact that a high official of the party is wanted.The Turkish police on Saturday launched an operation in Ankara, the capital of the country, ...

PKK Gives Excuses to Iraq, Turkey to Cross Kurdistan Region Borders

BAS News - 2018-02-17 11:19
ERBIL - A high official of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) stated that Kurdistan Workers’ Party's (PKK) attacks on the Turkish army units at the Kurdistan Region-Turkey borders would bring more troubles to the region."We have already been suffering ...

Using Gas Attacks on Afrin Possible: UN Official

BAS News - 2018-02-15 12:25
ERBIL - A high UN official expressed concerns on the allegations that chemical gas attacks have been carried out in the fight of Afrin, A Kurdish city in northern Syria."There have been several allegations of chlorine attacks in Ghouta, Idlib, and also n ...

Final Decision to be Made Soon on Reopening Airports in Kurdistan Region

BAS News - 2018-02-15 11:29
ERBIL - A delegation has been set to meet with the Iraqi officials in order to make a final decision on lifting the ban on international flights for Kurdistan's pilgrims.Sheikh Asim Barzinji, an official in the KRG’s Ministry of Religious Affairs in a pr ...

Suspected death of another Kurd citizen in Sanandaj prison.

Roji Kurd - 2018-02-15 01:24
As the Kurdistan Human Rights Organization has stated in its reports on its official website as well as at the Brussels seminar, the number of deaths under torture has increased gradually in Iran’s prisons, and in particular in Kurdistan. The slaughter is ...

Iran Causes Water Scarcity in Iraq: Official

BAS News - 2018-02-14 19:31
ERBIL — A member of the Shi'ite coalition accused the Islamic Republic of Iran of stemming the drinking water resources of Iraq. Adnan al-Asadi, a member of the Shi'ite Coalition said that they have learned that Iran has stemmed the water flows of some r ...

Turkey detains former co-leader of Kurdish HDP party Serpil Kemalbay

E-Kurd - 2018-02-14 19:05
ANKARA,— Turkish police on Monday detained the former co-leader of Turkey’s main pro-Kurdish party, an official said, just two days after she handed over her job to a successor. Serpil Kemalbay was taken by police in Ankara in front of her home over her ...

Kirkuk Residents Want Kurdish Security Forces Back: Goran Official

BAS News - 2018-02-14 09:40
ERBIL - Since the October events, the residents in Kirkuk province are not comfortable with their security and they wish the Kurdish security forces would replace the Iraqi forces in the city once again.Mohammed Nasradin, head of a branch of Change Movem ...

Iraqi Sunnis Seek Withdrawal of Shi’ite Militias from Their Areas

BAS News - 2018-02-13 20:07
ERBIL — Iraqi Sunni factions are preparing an official plea to the government, asking for the withdrawal of the Iranian-backed militias of Hahshd al-Shaabi from their areas in north and west of Iraq. According to Lebanese al-Akhabr paper, the Sunnis dema ...

IS Leader Spends His Last Days: Official

BAS News - 2018-02-13 12:05
ERBIL - An official from the Iraqi Intelligence and Counterterrorism Department revealed the current health status of the Islamic State (IS) leader."Baghdadi is spending his last days since he has a big fracture in one of his legs and he cannot move with ...

Yezidi Girl Freed from IS

BAS News - 2018-02-12 23:29
ERBIL — A 12-year-old Kurdish Yezidi girl was freed on Monday after three years in Islamic State (IS) captivity. She was liberated in Syria’s Raqqa, said Hussein Qa’edi, head of Kurdistan Region’s office of Yezidi abductees’ affairs. The official did not ...

IS Leader Baghdadi Alive but Disabled: Official

BAS News - 2018-02-12 20:42
ERBIL — Head of Iraqi Intelligence and Counterterrorism Department stated that the Islamic State (IS) leader Abubakir al-Baghdadi is still alive, but disabled. "Baghdadi in July 2017 was severely wounded in a Russian airstrike in Syria and he was immedia ...

Turkish Assault on Afrin Rather an International Conspiracy: KCK

BAS News - 2018-02-12 01:53
ERBIL — The United States and Russia bear responsibility in the Turkish crimes carried out against the Syrian Kurds in Afrin, said a top official from the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK). Speaking to ANF, Bese Hozat, the KCK Co-chairperson of Executive ...

Several Killed in Clashes Between IS, Hashd al-Shaabi

BAS News - 2018-02-11 21:48
ERBIL — Islamic State (IS) militants attacked the Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi on Sunday near Tuz Khurmatu, said a local official. Clashes erupted between the sides near Palkan and Gharra villages, where several from both sides were killed ...

Baath Era Landmine Kills a Peshmerga

BAS News - 2018-02-11 21:01
ERBIL — One Kurdish Peshmerga was killed on Sunday after a landmine exploded under his feet, an official confirmed. Introduced by his first initials only, the victim, 41, was reportedly on duty in mountainous areas of Koya district when he stepped on a l ...

We Defend our Airspace Against Israel’s Agression: Syrian Official

BAS News - 2018-02-10 15:23
ERBIL — The Syrian regime revealed that they would react to any attacks carried out by the Israeli jets. "Our air defense would immediately react to any offensives by the Israelian warplanes on our country," SANA cited a Syrian official on Saturday. Isra ...

Iran accuses Turkish state by using chemical weapons in Afrin

ANHA - 2018-02-10 11:52
NEWS DESK – Iranian official television website reported that the Turkish army and its mercenaries used chemical weapons in Afrin in North Syria The Iranian state television website reported that the Turkish occupation army and its mercenaries were using ...

Fire in Duhok IDP Camp Kills One

BAS News - 2018-02-09 23:37
DUHOK — At least one IDP was killed on Friday as fire raged a camp in Kurdistan Region’s Duhok Province. The victim is a four-month-old child who died as a result of the smoke in their tent, according to Salim Saaid, an official from Duhok. At least IDP ...

Tillerson sees tough talks with Turkey on northern Syria

Reuters - 2018-02-09 18:57
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will press Turkey to rein in its military operation in northern Syria during a visit to the NATO ally next week, a senior U.S. official said on Friday. ...

NATO Allies Train Peshmerga Outside NATO’s Framework: Official

BAS News - 2018-02-09 01:38
LODZ — Member states of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) assist Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga Peshmerga “on a bilateral basis” and “outside NATO’s framework”, said and official. The clarification comes after Spokesperson for Peshmerga Ministr ...

NATO, Coalition to Help Peshmerga Ministry Reforms

BAS News - 2018-02-07 22:44
ERBIL — The US-led coalition and NATO will be helping the Kurdistan Region in reforms it has designed to be introduced at the ministry of Peshmerga Affairs, a Kurdish official said. Ministry Spokesperson Halgord Hikmat told Kurdistan 24 on Wednesday that ...

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 ...

Traveling Easy from Kurdistan to Turkey: Turkish Official

BAS News - 2018-02-06 10:06
Erbil - Kurdish department of foreign relations in Kurdistan obtained a statement from its Turkish counterpart in which the state has a new positive policy regarding getting visas for travellers from the region to Turkey."The assistant consul of Turkish ...

PKK Kills Yezidi Teenager near Sinjar

BAS News - 2018-02-06 01:37
DUHOK — Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) forces overnight Monday opened fire at two Yezidi young men near Sinjar, killing one and injuring the other, an official said. The killed civilian is identified as Marwan Murad, said Waisi Nayif, head of Sinjar loca ...

Iraqi Federal Supreme Court cannot rule on Kurdistan flag in Kirkuk

Waar Media - 2018-02-05 21:06
WAAR-DUHOK: The Federal Supreme Court of Iraq on Monday declared it cannot rule on the legality of the Kurdistan national flag being flown in the disputed province of Kirkuk, while a Kurdish official affirmed the ruling is in favor of the symbolic Kurdis ...

Iraq Launches New Anti-IS Operation Months After Declaring Victory

BAS News - 2018-02-03 23:53
ERBIL — The Iraqi army on Saturday launched a massive military operation against the remaining Islamic State (IS) militants in the western province of Anbar, official said. Ground troops will be backed by Iraq’s airforces during the operation which will ...

Russia-Turkey Secret Agreement over Afrin: Kurdish Leader

BAS News - 2018-02-03 22:48
ERBIL — Moscow and Ankara have previously reached an agreement over the current Turkish military offensive on the Syrian Kurdish canton of Afrin, said a senior Kurdish official. Salih Muslim, former co-chair of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), which rul ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Doubles Number of Militias in Kirkuk: Source

BAS News - 2018-02-03 20:12
ERBIL — The Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi has recently begun increasing the number of its militias stationed in Kirkuk, Tuz Khurmatu and other disputed Kurdish territories, said a source. According to an official statement, Hashd al-Shaabi leaders and o ...

PUK Reaches Primary Agreement with Arab Coalition in Tuz Khurmatu

BAS News - 2018-02-03 13:54
Erbil - The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) has reached a primary agreement with the Arabs who are close to the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi in Tuz Khurmatu.Arlasan Ali, a Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) official in Tuz Khurmatu told BasNews that t ...

Yezidis Call on Peshmerga to Return to Sinjar

BAS News - 2018-02-01 23:51
ERBIL — Kurdish Yezidi population of Sinjar demand Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces to return to their town as security situation there continues to deteriorate, a local official said. “The Yezidi families who have returned to their homes in Sinjar ar ...

Duhok: Fire Rages in IDP Camp

BAS News - 2018-02-01 23:27
DUHOK — A fire broke out in a Duhok camp for internally displaced people (IDP), destroying at least six tents. No casualties were reported, but the damage to the IDP’s facilities are described as enormous, according to Salm Saeed, an official at Duhok Go ...

IS Top Oil Official Captured in Iraq

BAS News - 2018-02-01 22:00
ERBIL — Iraqi security forces on Thursday captured a high-ranking member of the Islamic State (IS) who was reportedly responsible for the extremist group’s oil trade. The IS official, identified by Iraqi media as Abdulghani Zargham Abdulsama was captured ...

US official: Time to expel Turkey from NATO

ANHA - 2018-02-01 11:41
American researcher Michael J. Tuton said it is time to expel Turkey from NATO because it no longer committed with the alliance principles. It supported IS mercenaries and helped Iran send weapons to Hezbollah. It also bought a missile system from the Kre ...

Russia warns of locust threat to World Cup

BBC - 2018-02-01 02:40
Swarms of locusts could attack football pitches and cause a "global scandal" at this summer's World Cup, according to a Russian government official. ...

Iraq’s Electoral Commission Warns of Delaying Elections

BAS News - 2018-01-31 01:50
BAGHDAD — The Independent High Electoral Commission of Iraq has warned of the possibility of delaying the elections due to lack of funds. Riyadh Badran, an official at the electoral commission, said on Tuesday that they might not be able to finalise the ...

Kurdistan Parliament to Convene Today

BAS News - 2018-01-30 11:05
The Kurdistan Regional Parliament will assemble on Tuesday 30th to discuss a number of new proposals and the issue of Turkish assault on Afrin, a Kurdish city in northern Syria.According to an official statement a copy of which was sent to BasNews, the p ...
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