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PUK nominates Simko Assad Adham for Iraq’s justice minister post

E-Kurd - 2019-02-14 15:29
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) nominated a new candidate for the position of Iraqi justice minister on Wednesday, according to official party media. The PUK’s political bureau has nominated Simko Assad Adham f ...

Venezuela’s Opp. Congress Appoints oil Firms’ Boards

Waar Media - 2019-02-14 13:35
WAAR_DUHOK Venezuela’s opposition congress appointed new directors to state oil and natural gas company Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA) and Citgo Petroleum Corporation on Wednesday. During the country’s congress session, Venezuelan opposition leader ...

Saudi Arabia lifts ban on travel to Lebanon

Waar Media - 2019-02-14 10:51
WAAR_DUHOK Riyadh has lifted a year-old ban on travel to Lebanon by Saudi nationals, the kingdom’s ambassador to Beirut announced Wednesday. At a press conference, Ambassador Walid Bukhari attributed the decision to lift the ban to what he described as i ...

Champs League: Tottenham, Real Madrid Have Upper Hand

Waar Media - 2019-02-14 10:51
WAAR_DUHOK Tottenham Hotspurs and Real Madrid got the upper hand in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first-leg matches on Wednesday evening. In London’s Wembley Stadium, Tottenham secured a confidence-boosting 3-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund, tha ...

Trump: We Look at all Options on Venezuela

Waar Media - 2019-02-14 10:51
WAAR_DUHOK U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday he would look at all the different options in dealing with the current situation in Venezuela, but did not discuss a military intervention. “I think there are a number of solutions, a number of differ ...

Concern Over Fate of Two Sunni Prisoners on Hunger Striker at Rajae Shahr Prisons

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2019-02-14 02:00
Two Sunni prisoner, Tohid Qureshi and Hamza Darwish, who were transferred to solitary confinement following the raid of hall 21 in ward 7 at Rajai Shahr Prison by Special Guard forces on Wednesday, February 06, are in critical condition due to being on co ...

All Unlicensed Weapons to be Seized Regardless of Owners' Political Position: Erbil Police

BAS News - 2019-02-13 22:13
ERBIL - The security forces will seize all unlicensed weapons across the Kurdistan Region and no matter what positions the owners hold in the armed forces, Major General Abdul-Khaliq Talat, the director general of Erbil police, said on Wednesday. Kurdist ...

56 pharmacies, drug stores, clinics closed in Iraqi Kurdistan capital since 2019

E-Kurd - 2019-02-13 20:51
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Kurdish police on Wednesday announced that they had closed 56 drug stores, pharmacies, and clinics in the province of Erbil since the beginning of 2019 for violating laws and instructions the local government had i ...

Diyala: Two Iraqi Officers Killed, Injured While Thwarting Attack

BAS News - 2019-02-13 20:30
ERBIL - At least two officers from the Iraqi special forces were either killed or wounded on Wednesday while trying to thwart an attack conducted by unknown armed men in Diyala province. Although the Iraqi security media has not made any comments on the ...

PUK Dispatches Delegation to Turkey for Talks on PKK

BAS News - 2019-02-13 20:00
ERBIL - A delegation from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) is traveling to Turkey for talks on their collaborations against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a security source said on Wednesday evening. Talking to BasNews on condition of anonymit ...

Kurdish MP Leyla Guven on hunger strike in Turkey taken to hospital

E-Kurd - 2019-02-13 18:26
DIYARBAKIR-AMED, Turkey Kurdistan,— A Kurdish lawmaker who has been on hunger strike in Turkey for more than three months, was taken to hospital on Wednesday but she has refused any treatment, a hospital source said. Leyla Guven, freed last month by a co ...

Suicide Bomb Attack Kills, Wounds 40 IRGC Personnel- Reports

BAS News - 2019-02-13 18:17
ERBIL - A suicide bomb attack targeted a bus carrying members of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in southeastern Iran on Wednesday evening, killing and wounding 40 personnel, state media said. IRNA reported that the incident occurre ...

Peshmerga Ministry Rejects Reports on Forming Operation Room in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2019-02-13 15:34
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Peshmerga has reject media reports claiming the establishment of a join military operation room in the disputed Kurdish province of Kirkuk. The ministry said in an official statement on Wednesday that the reports, w ...

US: Democratic Faction Backs Omar in anti-Semitism Spat

Waar Media - 2019-02-13 14:02
WAAR_DUHOK An alliance of progressives and liberals in U.S. Congress on Wednesday voiced support for Ilhan Omar, the first congresswoman to wear hijab who has recently been accused of anti-Semitism. In a written statement, Mark Pocan and Pramila Jayapal, ...

EU Adds Saudi Arabia to ‘Dirty Money’ Blacklist

Waar Media - 2019-02-13 14:02
WAAR_DUHOK The European Commission on Wednesday added Saudi Arabia to a blacklist of countries that pose a threat due to failing to crack down on money-laundering and terrorist financing. “The aim of this list is to protect the EU financial system by bet ...

Turkey Arrests Scores of Suspected PKK Members

BAS News - 2019-02-13 13:08
ERBIL — Turkish security on Wednesday said it had arrested a total of 40 people suspected of links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) across the country. A security source, cited by the state-run Anadolu Agency, said that 27 of the arrests were made i ...

Iraq Appeals to US for Protection of Nineveh Plains against IS Resurgence

BAS News - 2019-02-13 10:02
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minsiter Adil Abdul-Mahdi has reportedly demanded the US to help protecting the Nineveh Plains in northern Iraq as there is the possibility of Islamic State (IS) re-emergence. Saudi Okaz Newspaper reported on Wednesday that PM Abdul-M ...

FIFA Football Summit to Begin in Istanbul

Waar Media - 2019-02-12 10:37
WAAR_DUHOK The FIFA Executive Football Summit will kick off on Wednesday with the participation of 47 heads of federations. The summit will be held in Istanbul, Turkey from Feb. 13-15 to discuss key topics on the agenda, including the future of FIFA comp ...

Young Civilian Arrested by Security Forces in Paveh

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2019-02-12 02:00
Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has been informed that on Wednesday, February 06, a Kurdish civilian was arrested by security forces at his home in Paveh and transferred to an unknown location. During the arrest of this civilian, these forces also s ...

Death Toll in Istanbul Building Collapse Rises to 21

Waar Media - 2019-02-10 09:13
WAAR_DUHOK The death toll in Wednesday’s building collapse in Istanbul has risen to 21, Turkey’s Interior Minister said on Saturday. Speaking to reporters at the site, Suleyman Soylu said that a total of 35 people were believed to be trapped under the wr ...

Iraqi army official says no agreement on return of Peshmerga to Kirkuk

E-Kurd - 2019-02-08 12:10
KIRKUK, Northern Iraq,— Spokesperson for Iraqi central government’s Joint Operations Command Brigadier General Yahya Rasoul denied reports on Wednesday of an agreement that would involve Kurdish Peshmerga forces deploying to Kirkuk province. Earlier, a s ...

Syrian Kurdish forces say capture foreign Islamic State jihadists ‘daily’

E-Kurd - 2019-02-07 16:06
BEIRUT,— US-backed Kurdish-led forces in Syria said Wednesday they were detaining foreign Islamic State group fighters on a “daily basis”, days after confirming the capture of German jihadist Martin Lemke. AFP reported Lemke’s capture last week after spe ...

US to End Sanctions on Venezuelan Army Backing Guaido

Waar Media - 2019-02-07 11:27
WAAR_DUHOK U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton on Wednesday said Washington would offer sanctions relief to any top Venezuelan military officer if that person were to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as the legitimate leader of the country. ...

Trump Taps New World Bank Chief

Waar Media - 2019-02-07 11:27
WAAR_DUHOK U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday nominated outspoken World Bank critic David Malpass to helm the international financial institution. Malpass, 62, is an established conservative and Trump loyalist with a long track-record of criticizin ...

Erbil: Taxi Driver Returns over $13k to Passenger

BAS News - 2019-02-07 10:59
ERBIL — A Kurdish taxi driver in Kurdistan Region’s capital on Wednesday returned a handbag containing thousands of dollars to its owner after it was left in his car. Erbil Directorate of Police confirmed the report in a statement, revealing that Firyad ...

Turkey says work on roadmap for Syria's Manbij has accelerated

Reuters - 2019-02-07 01:52
Work to implement an agreement between Turkey and the United States over the Syrian town of Manbij has recently accelerated, Turkey's foreign minister said on Wednesday, adding that militants from Kurdish YPG militia still remained inside the town. ...

Erbil, Baghdad Seeking Coordinations in Disputed Areas

BAS News - 2019-02-06 23:24
ERBIL - Kurdish and Iraqi military officials have stressed the need to cooperate in the efforts between the sides to fight terrorism across the country, an Iraqi official said on Wednesday. Iraqi Army Chief of Staff Othman Ghanmi told Kurdistan 24 that b ...

IS Abducts Three Brothers in Salahaddin

BAS News - 2019-02-06 23:24
ERBIL - The jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) have abducted three brothers in the Iraqi province of Salahaddin, a source said on Wednesday. The source told Shafaq News that the insurgents kidnapped the three siblings from the village of Masjek, in nort ...

Tehran to Washington: Get Out of Syria

BAS News - 2019-02-06 22:17
ERBIL - A senior Iranian official said on Wednesday that to Iran, Syria was a top foreign policy priority and that the US forces should withdraw from the country. "Whether they want to or not, the Americans must leave Syria," Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior ...

US Forces' Withdrawal from Syria Not "End of America's Fight": Pompeo

BAS News - 2019-02-06 18:26
ERBIL - The US forces' withdrawal from Syria is not going to be "the end of America's fight", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday during a meeting with the 79 coalition partners in Washington. He held talks with the allies on the next steps ...

Egyptian, Sri Lankan Envoys Meet with Barzani in Erbil

BAS News - 2019-02-06 14:28
ERBIL — Srilankan Ambassador to Iraq, Niranjan Asoka Ranasinghe, and Egyptian Consul General in Erbil, Ahmed Jihad met with former President of Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani separately on Wednesday in Erbil. Ambassador Ranasinghe briefed Barzani on the ...

NATO Leaders to Gather in London in December

Waar Media - 2019-02-06 14:03
WAAR_DUHOK The leaders of NATO member states will meet in London in December this year, the chief of alliance said on Wednesday. The meeting of 29 NATO heads of state and government will mark alliance’s 70th anniversary of the founding, NATO Secretary-Ge ...

Death Toll Rises to 142 in Brazil Dam Collapse

Waar Media - 2019-02-06 12:55
WAAR_DUHOK The death toll from a dam collapse late last month in southeastern Brazil has risen to 142, said officials early Wednesday. The civil defense authority in Minas Gerais state said on Twitter that 122 victims had been identified while the number ...

Masrour Barzani, Sri Lankan Ambassador Meet in Erbil

BAS News - 2019-02-06 11:04
ERBIL — Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council, Masrour Barzani, received on Wednesday the Ambassador fo Sri Lanka to Iraq, and his accompanying delegation in Erbil. Ambassador Niranjan Asoka Ranasinghe highlighted the security and stability in ...

Italian PM to Visit Iraq on Wednesday: Source

BAS News - 2019-02-05 23:40
ERBIL - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is expected to pay a visit to Iraq on Wednesday, a source was quoted as saying. Talking to Shafaq News on condition of anonymity, the source pointed out that the Italian premier will discuss a number of issue ...

Peshmerga Deputy Chief of Staff and delegation from UK Army discuss military logistics

Ministry of Peshmerga - 2019-02-04 01:19
Media Center, Ministry of Peshmerga On Wednesday, Jan 30th, 2019, Major General Qaraman Kamal (Deputy Chief of Staff, Peshmerga Training & Operations) received a delegation from United Kingdom’s Army Logistics in Iraq consisting of Colonel Julie, Major S ...

Monument commemorating 59 Peshmerga Martyrs was unveiled at 1st Infantry Brigade

Ministry of Peshmerga - 2019-02-03 09:57
Media Center, Ministry of Peshmerga On Wednesday, January 20th, 2019, a monument commemorating 59 Peshmerga martyrs from the fight against ISIS was unveiled at the military base of 1st Infantry Brigade. in an official ceremony. The ceremony was attended ...

Two Political Prisoners Released After Serving their Prison Term

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2019-02-01 02:01
Two Kurdish political prisoners were released from the Orumiyeh Central Prison after serving their prison term on Wednesday January 30. Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has been informed that Hassan Hassanzadeh from Khoy and Hassan Payqami from Orumi ...

Iraqi Kurdistan to open new international bank, named ‘Nishtiman’

E-Kurd - 2019-01-31 18:21
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— A new international bank is coming to Iraq’s Kurdistan Region, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) finance minister said on Wednesday, after a meeting with a delegation from the World Bank. “With the support of the ...

Peshmerga Repels IS Attack near Khanaqin

BAS News - 2019-01-31 14:20
ERBIL — Peshmerga forces of Kurdistan Region overnight on Wednesday thwarted an attack by the Islamic State (IS) militants in the vicinity of Khanaqin district. According to a local source, the jihadists attacked an outpost of Peshmerga forces’ 3rd Briga ...

Three Yezidis Rescued from IS in Syria

BAS News - 2019-01-30 23:31
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region's Special Office for Yezidi Abductees Affairs announced on Wednesday the liberation of three more Yezidis from Islamic State (IS) captivity in Syria. Hussein Qaidi, head of the office, told BasNews that the three civilians includ ...

Head of Customs Checkpoints Between Erbil and Kirkuk Arrested over Corruption

BAS News - 2019-01-30 22:58
ERBIL - Baghdad has arrested the head of the customs checkpoints between the disputed Kurdish province of Kirkuk and Kurdistan Region's capital Erbil, Iraq's Board of Integrity said in a statement on Wednesday. The checkpoints, the main aim of which was ...

Netherlands: Iraqi Envoy Rejects to Attend Economic Summit in Presence of Kurdistan Flag

BAS News - 2019-01-30 22:58
ERBIL - Iraqi Ambassador to Holland refused to attend an economic summit in the Netherlands on Wednesday after he found the Kurdistan Region's flag placed next to the Iraqi and Dutch flags. Ambassador Hisham Alawi pointed out to the organizers of the sum ...

Spain Apologizes to Iraq for Using Baath Era Flag by "Mistake"

BAS News - 2019-01-30 22:58
ERBIL - Spain has officially apologized to Iraq for "mistakenly" using an Iraqi flag of Baath regime era during King Felipe VI's visit to Baghdad on Wednesday. The king arrived in Baghdad on Wednesday in order to meet with the Spanish soldiers stationed ...

Duhok: Yezidi Child Dies in Fire Incident at IDP Camp

BAS News - 2019-01-30 16:38
ERBIL - A Yezidi child lost his life on Wednesday in a fire incident occurred at an IDP camp in the Kurdistan Region's Duhok province, a local civil activist confirmed. Talking to BasNews, Basim Shingali, a civil activist in the area, explained that the ...

Iran facing ‘biggest economic pressure’: Rouhani

Waar Media - 2019-01-30 14:26
WAAR_DUHOK Iran is facing the “biggest economic pressure” since the 1979 Islamic revolution, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday. “This is the biggest pressure on the Iranian economy, but we will hopefully survive it,” the official IRNA ne ...

Neymar out for 10 weeks with foot injury

Waar Media - 2019-01-30 14:26
WAAR_DUHOK Paris-St-Germain forward Neymar will be out for 10 weeks with a broken metatarsal, the team announced Wednesday. Neymar was injured in a French Cup match against Strasbourg on Jan. 23. The Brazilian star will also miss both legs of the UEFA Ch ...

Iraq’s and Russia’s Foreign Ministers met in Moscow

Waar Media - 2019-01-30 13:55
WAAR_DUHOK Iraqri FM Mohammed al-Hakim met Russian FM Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday, to discuss the mutual relation between the two countries and the situation in Syria. FM Mohammed al-Hakim arrived in Moscow in an official visit to meet his Russian counter ...

Masrour Barzani, EU Delegation Discuss "New Chapter" in Erbil-Baghdad Relations

BAS News - 2019-01-30 13:43
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Security Council Chancellor Masrour Barzani received on Wednesday a delegation from the European Union to discuss a range of regional issues, including the improving relations between Erbil and Baghdad. The EU delegation, headed ...

For first time in 40 years, Spanish king visits Baghdad

Waar Media - 2019-01-30 13:15
WAAR_DUHOK Spanish King Felipe VI on Wednesday arrived in Baghdad for the first official visit by a Spanish monarch to the Iraqi capital in four decades, according to state media. At a formal reception, Iraqi President Barham Salih received King Felipe, ...

Coalition Raid Kills 8 Civilians in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor

Waar Media - 2019-01-30 12:25
WAAR_DUHOK At least eight civilians were killed in a U.S.-led coalition airstrike in Syria’s eastern Deir ez-Zor province, according to local sources on Wednesday. The attack targeted the Daesh-held Bagoz town in the province late Tuesday, the sources sa ...

Three Iraqis Arrested in Germany over Terror Plot

BAS News - 2019-01-30 12:06
ERBIL — German police arrested three Iraqi nationals on Wednesday who were suspected of planning a terror attack in the country. Federal prosecutor's office confirmed the arrests and revealed that the suspects were believed to be working on a plan to car ...

Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani Meets EU Delegation

Waar Media - 2019-01-30 11:52
WAAR_DUHOK Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani on Wednesday received an EU delegation headed by Mr. Jean-Christophe Belliard, Deputy Secretary-General of the European Union. The delegation praised the improvement in the discussion between Erbil and Baghdad, ...

Grenade Attack on Philippine Mosque Kills 2

Waar Media - 2019-01-30 11:10
WAAR_DUHOK A grenade attack on a mosque in Zamboanga City in the southern Philippines killed two people and injured four on Wednesday, authorities said. The attack came only days after the deadly bombing of a cathedral and a referendum for Muslim autonom ...

Attacks kill 4 Iraqis in Kirkuk, Baghdad

Waar Media - 2019-01-30 11:10
WAAR_DUHOK Four people, including a policeman, were killed in attacks in Iraq, according to security officials on Wednesday. Suspected Daesh militants opened fire on a checkpoint manned by federal police forces late Tuesday in al-Dibs district, northwest ...

6 people die every day trying to cross Med in 2018: UN

Waar Media - 2019-01-30 09:12
WAAR_DUHOK Six people died every day while attempting to cross the Mediterranean in 2018, according to a UN report on Wednesday. In the latest report titled “Desperate Journeys,” UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said: “An estimated 2,275 people died or went mis ...

Chelsea v Sheffield Wednesday

Waar Media - 2019-01-27 10:08
WAAR_DUHOK Chelsea play host to second-tier outfit Sheffield Wednesday on 27 January in the fourth round of the famous FA Cup. While the Blues will be aiming to stitch together a run of victories, the struggling Owls would take anything from this game, p ...

Verification tour on fighters’ families in Al-Tabqa.

SDF Press - 2019-01-25 14:23
Al-Tabqa_ on Wednesday, the Office of Fighters’ Families, affiliated to SDF, made a visit to the fighters families in Al-Rasheed village to check their situation. The visits came to solve the problems that fighters families suffer from, however, they assu ...

Iraqi PM Calls on Parties to Support Conclusion of New Government

BAS News - 2019-01-24 18:05
ERBIL - Iraqi PM Adil Abdul-Mahdi has called on the political parties to come together on the conclusion of the new government as they did on passing the budget bill for the year of 2019 on Wednesday. Earlier on Wednesday, Iraqi lawmakers passed a measur ...

House Speaker blocks Trump’s State of Union address

Waar Media - 2019-01-24 09:30
House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday blocked U.S. President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address, firing back at his promise to continue with the speech. Pelosi said the House “will not consider a concurrent resolution authoriz ...

EU Calls no-deal for Leaving EU ‘Default Scenario’

Waar Media - 2019-01-24 09:30
The “default scenario” for the U.K. is to leave the EU with a no deal, European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator said Wednesday. Michel Barnier discussed the latest developments on Brexit at European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels. “There are t ...

Macron: Israeli Occupation Endangers Peace Prospects

Waar Media - 2019-01-24 09:30
French president on Wednesday said a possible solution between Israel and Palestine was in danger due to growing Israeli occupation. “With the gradual increase of the occupation [by Israel], a solution [between Palestine and Israel] is being endangered a ...

Turkish Airstrikes Kill at Least Two Civilians in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2019-01-23 23:09
ERBIL — At least two civilians were killed by Turkish airstrikes on Wednesday in the border areas of Duhok province, Kurdistan Region, officials confirmed. Turkey conducts regular airstrikes and artillery bombardments in the region, allegedly targeting t ...

Iraqi Parliament Approves Budget for KRG Public Servants, Peshmerga Salaries

BAS News - 2019-01-23 23:09
ERBIL — Iraqi lawmakers passes a measure from 2019’s budget bill on Wednesday that guarantees the monthly salaries for Peshmerga forces and public servants of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). “Together with lawmakers from all Kurdistan parliament ...

Visitors embraced hunger strikers in Strasbourg

ANF - 2019-01-23 21:58
Visitors continued to flock on Wednesday to commend hunger strikers in Strasbourg. ...

Bomb blast hits pro-Turkey Syrian mercenary fighters in Kurdish Afrin

E-Kurd - 2019-01-23 17:47
AFRIN, Syrian Kurdistan,— A bomb explosion rocked a pro-Turkey Syrian mercenary fighters’ headquarters in the Turkey-occupred Kurdish Afrin sub-district of Rajo on Wednesday. Three pro-Ankara militiamen at the Ahrar al-Sharqiya compound were killed, acco ...

Car Bomb Kills Two Iraqi Police Officers

BAS News - 2019-01-23 17:43
ERBIL — A bomb blast targeted a checkpoint of Iraqi federal police in western Kirkuk on Wednesday, killing at least two officers. A local security source said the attack occurred in Riyadh subdistrict of Kirkuk province. It was carried out by a suicide b ...

President Erdogan Departs for Moscow to Meet Putin

Waar Media - 2019-01-23 14:22
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday headed to capital Moscow to meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. The Turkish presidential aircraft TC-TUR departed from Ankara’s Esenboga Airport at 12.35 p.m. local time (0935GMT). During ...

Taliban claims responsibility for killing US soldier

Waar Media - 2019-01-23 14:22
The Taliban took responsibility on Wednesday for killing a U.S. soldier in Uruzgan province of Afghanistan. This comes as the two sides are engaged in landmark face-to-face talks in Doha, Qatar to end the longest American war of history in the war-ravage ...

Egyptian Footballer Goes Dark on Social Media

Waar Media - 2019-01-23 14:22
The social-media accounts of Liverpool’s Egypt-born sensation, Mohamed Salah, appear to have been disrupted. Salah’s fans on Wednesday were unable to view his posts on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, where his followers number in the millions. It remain ...

Syrian Kurdish-led forces overrun last Islamic State-held village: monitor

E-Kurd - 2019-01-23 13:29
BEIRUT,— Kurdish-led fighters overran the last village held by the Islamic State group in Syria on Wednesday, confining its once vast cross-border “caliphate” to two small hamlets, a war monitor said. It is the culmination of a broad offensive launched b ...

Demonstrators March Towards Baghdad’s Green Zone

BAS News - 2019-01-23 12:23
ERBIL — Several dozens of demonstrators gathered in Baghdad on Wednesday to denounce the government’s failure in compensating the families of fallen soldiers. The demonstrators were reportedly walking toward the Green Zone where most of federal governmen ...

Madrid Taxi Drivers Block Access to Tourism Fair

Waar Media - 2019-01-23 12:00
Striking Spanish taxi drivers on Wednesday blocked access to a trade exhibition centre in Madrid. Delegates attending a major tourism fair struggled to reach the conference venue. Riot police have been deployed as the drivers, many wearing the yellow tra ...

Blast Rocks Afrin in Syria

BAS News - 2019-01-23 10:52
ERBIL — An explosion was reported on Wednesday in the Syrian Kurdish city of Afrin. Preliminary reports claimed several people were killed or injured, but the accurate death toll was not immediately available, according to media reports. The blast occurr ...

Turkey Lifts Flight Ban on Sulaymaniyah Airport

BAS News - 2019-01-23 09:08
ERBIL — Turkish government announced on Wednesday that it has lifted the flight ban on Sulaymaniyah airport of Kurdistan Region. Turkish Transport and Infrastructure Minister Cahit Turhan confirmed the report to journalists on Wednesday, revealing that t ...

Iraqi Parliament to Vote on Budget Bill on Wednesday

BAS News - 2019-01-22 22:10
ERBIL - Iraqi Council of Representatives is expected to vote on Wednesday on the budget bill for the year of 2019. Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbusi said on Tuesday that they will dedicate Wednesday's session to voting on the budget bill as well as ...

The House of Representatives votes Wednesday on the budget

Kurdiu - 2019-01-22 21:24

Turkish, Russian presidents to have 1st meeting of 2019

Waar Media - 2019-01-22 14:21
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin are set to have their first face-to-face meeting of 2019 on Wednesday. During Erdogan’s one-day working visit to the Russian capital Moscow, the two leaders will exchange v ...

While White House claims ISIS is defeated in Syria, front lines tell different story

CBS News - 2019-01-17 18:24
ISIS claims it carried out a suicide bombing that killed four Americans and at least 12 others Wednesday in Syria. Charlie D'Agata is about 150 miles from Manbij, near one of the last ISIS strongholds. He went on patrol with Kurdish forces supported by U. ...

U.S.-backed Kurdish-led SDF says it will help set up north Syria safe zone

E-Kurd - 2019-01-17 14:02
BEIRUT,— The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said on Wednesday it was ready to help create a safe zone suggested by U.S. President Donald Trump in its region across north and east Syria. The U.S.-backed SDF, led by the Kurdish YPG militia, said such ...

MMC statement on Manbij suicide attack

ANF - 2019-01-17 12:35
A suicide attack was carried out in front of the Qasir Al-Umaraa restaurant on the Sindis Street in Manbij city center at 12:38 Wednesday noon. The attack killed 15 people, including 4 US soldiers, and left 18 other people wounded. ...

Emergency UN General Assembly meeting on Wednesday to discuss Israeli aggression | Arab News

Arabnews - 2019-01-17 01:29

Mosul: Shi'ite Militias Exhume Christian Graveyard in Search for Treasures

BAS News - 2019-01-16 18:35
ERBIL - The Iraqi forces and pro-Iranian Hashd al-Shaabi militias are looting the ancient objects belonging to Christians in the province of Ninevah, a Sunni official revealed on Wednesday. Atheel al-Nujaifi, who previously served as the Governor of Nine ...

Customs Checkpoints Removed Between Kurdistan and Iraq

BAS News - 2019-01-16 17:44
ERBIL - The Iraqi Parliament Economic Committee has issued a decree to remove the customs checkpoints on the highways between Kirkuk-Erbil, Kirkuk-Sulaimaniya, and Duhok-Mosul, Ministry of Finance said in a statement on Wednesday. According to the statem ...

Blast Near US-led Coalition Patrol in Syria

Waar Media - 2019-01-16 15:20
An explosion struck near a patrol of the US-led coalition in the northern Syrian town of Manbij on Wednesday, killing and wounding more than a dozen people, according to a Syrian war monitoring group and a local town council. The Britain-based Syrian Obs ...

Explosion Hits Manbij in Syria, Kills and Wounds Dozens

BAS News - 2019-01-16 14:29
ERBIL — An explosion rocked Syrian Kurdish city of Manbij on Wednesday while a US military patrol was passing. At least six people were killed and 19 others were wounded as the result of the explosion, initial reports said. Other reports claimed the deat ...

Germany urges UK to clarify its Brexit position

Waar Media - 2019-01-16 14:28
Germany urged the U.K. on Wednesday to clarify its position on Brexit after the British parliament overwhelmingly rejected a long-negotiated agreement. “We do not have time left and the time for playing games is over,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas ...

A Senior PKK Leader Surrenders to Turkish Security Forces

Waar Media - 2019-01-16 12:28
A senior PKK leader surrendered to Turkish security forces; in Turkey’s eastern province of Shirnak on Wednesday. “Ridwan Ertash who is a senior leader a leader of PKK, surrendered himself to the Turkish security forces at Habur border gate on the Turkis ...

EU says risk of no-deal on Brexit imminent

Waar Media - 2019-01-16 11:15
The risk of no-deal on Brexit is imminent, European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator said on Wednesday following British lawmakers’ rejection of Brexit deal. Speaking at the EU parliament, Michel Barnier said: “We are fearing more than ever, that there is ...

Coppa Italia 2018-19, Juventus vs AC Milan: Predicted XI and Team News

Waar Media - 2019-01-16 09:46
The first piece of silverware of the season is up for grabs for AC Milan and Juventus as they face each other in King Abdullah Sports City in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday. The Rossoneri has been deprived of any silverware since their penalty shootout wins o ...

Palestine to apply for full UN membership

Waar Media - 2019-01-16 09:46
Palestine will apply for full UN membership, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki announced on Wednesday. “We realize that the U.S. may veto the application for full UN membership, but this will not prevent us from applying,” he said after assumi ...

Iranian Foreign Minister Arrives in Erbil

BAS News - 2019-01-15 08:18
ERBIL — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Erbil on Wednesday for a series of meetings with top Kurdish officials. Zarif was received by Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani at Erbil International Airport. The Iranian minister is schedu ...

Trump gives no timetable for Syria exit; wants to protect Kurds

The Kurdish Project - 2019-01-12 13:08
This article originally appeared in Reuters. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday the United States would get out of Syria slowly “over a period of time” and would protect the U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in the country as ...

Pompeo’s Kurdistan visit shows U.S. supports parties with own militias: analyst

E-Kurd - 2019-01-11 14:33
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo paid an unannounced visit to Iraqi Kurdistan Region on Wednesday, but his meeting with a party political leader in Erbil led some to question whether the US was undermining its own ...

Raqqa Civil Council received a European delegation in its headquarter.

SDF Press - 2019-01-10 17:58
Raqqa_ a European delegation, from the Syrian community in Europe, visited the headquarter of Raqqa Civil council. however, yesterday, on Wednesday, they met the co-chair of Raqqa Civil Council “Layla Mustafa” and the member of the central committee of th ...

PM Nechirvan Barzani meets with U.S. Secretary of State

Ministry of Peshmerga - 2019-01-10 17:00
Media Center, Ministry of Peshmerga Wednesday evening, on January 9th, 2019, HE KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received Mike Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State, and his accompanying delegation. The meeting was also attended with KRG Deputy Prime Minis ...

Trump’s decision on Syria is ‘very clear’: Pompeo

Waar Media - 2019-01-10 11:05
U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw all American troops from Syria is “very clear”, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday. He was speaking to reporters at the U.S. Consulate General in Erbil, Iraq. “We will complete the mission of ...

UN qualifies Saudi woman as refugee

Waar Media - 2019-01-10 11:05
The UN on Wednesday qualified a Saudi woman for asylum in Australia. In a statement to NPR, Australia’s Department of Homeland Security said: “The UNHCR has referred Ms Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun to Australia for consideration for refugee resettlement.” Aus ...

Germany, France to deepen cooperation with new treaty

Waar Media - 2019-01-10 11:05
The German government approved on Wednesday the signing of a new treaty with France to deepen political, economic and security cooperation between the two countries. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman told a news conference in Berlin that the new treat ...

Bombing Kills One Civilian in Kurdish Village South of Kirkuk

BAS News - 2019-01-10 10:05
ERBIL — At least one civilian was killed on Wednesday after a bomb went off in a Kurdish-populated village in south of Kirkuk province, a security source confirmed. The bombing took place in Haftaghar village in Daquq, as reported by Shafaq news website. ...
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