Breaking News from Kurdistan, Europe and Middle East

Latest news

Patriotic Union

Kurdistan Parliament Session to Elect Speaker Delayed

BAS News - 2019-02-18 10:34
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region parliament has postponed a session to elect a speaker and two deputies by four hours. Lawmakers were called to convene at 11:00 local time (+3 GMT) today (18th February). Due to Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) disagreements, t ...

KDP and Gorran Ink Landmark Political Agreement

BAS News - 2019-02-18 10:34
ERBIL — Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) on Monday signed a political agreement over the formation of next government in Kurdistan Region. Gorran previously agreed to take part in the next cabinet, but the details o ...

Kirkuk Provincial Council Meeting Delayed

BAS News - 2019-02-18 09:35
ERBIL — The Provincial Council of Kirkuk has postponed a meeting scheduled for today (18th February) after the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) showed no willingness. The meeting was arranged after months of political disputes between the major Kurdish ...

Except PUK, All Political Parties Willing to Attend Parliamentary Session

BAS News - 2019-02-18 09:35
ERBIL — All the political factions at the parliament of Kurdistan Region will be attending today’s decisive session except the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK). The Change Movement (Gorran) previously said its lawmakers will attend Monday’s session, du ...

PUK Leadership Planning to Visit Barzani, Settle Disagreements

BAS News - 2019-02-17 12:03
ERBIL — Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) leadership is reportedly planning to visit Kurdistan Democratic Party’s (KDP) president Masoud Barzani in hopes of finding a solution to their remaining disputes. The two major parties are yet to settle the disa ...

KDP, PUK Intensify Efforts to Reach Agreement on KRG Formation

BAS News - 2019-02-17 00:18
ERBIL - High-level delegates from the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) met on Saturday evening. Both sides making efforts to reach an agreement on the formation of the next cabinet in Erbil. Kurdistan 24 cited i ...

PUK to dismiss Najmaldin Karim from political bureau, Iraqi Kurdistan: party

E-Kurd - 2019-02-16 19:24
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) leadership council decided in a meeting on Saturday to dismiss former governor of Kirkuk Najmaldin Karim from the party’s political bureau. A member of the PUK’s political bureau ...

PUK Fails Again to Decide on Parliament Speaker Nominee

BAS News - 2019-02-16 14:24
ERBIL — The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) once again failed to bring all its leadership members together on nominating one figure for the position of Kurdistan Region parliament speaker. The party’s politburo held another meeting on Saturday to disc ...

KDP, PUK Reach Consensus on Key Disputes in Govt’-Formation Talks

BAS News - 2019-02-15 14:31
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) have reached a consensus over the key differences in their prolonged talks over the next government of Kurdistan Region. Senior delegations from both sides met again on F ...

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 ...

Gorran Seeking Post of Vice President If PUK Receives Deputy PM Position: Official

BAS News - 2019-02-14 08:57
ERBIL - The Change Movement (Gorran) is seeking to receive the post of future vice president of Kurdistan Region if the position of the deputy primer minister goes to the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), an official said on Thursday. "Although the pol ...

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 ...

Draft KDP-PUK agreement for forming the new Iraqi Kurdistan government

E-Kurd - 2019-02-13 12:39
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The agreement between the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) that establishes the basis for forming the new government of Iraqi Kurdistan Region has been published by NRT TV. T ...

Latest Updates on First Upcoming Kurdistan Parliamentary Session

BAS News - 2019-02-12 18:36
ERBIL - The Kurdistan Region Parliament is expected to hold its first session on February 18, while its top three posts are said to be given to the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), and the Turkmens, a report said ...

PUK gets Iraqi Kurdistan parliament speaker post and deputy PM in new government

E-Kurd - 2019-02-09 17:42
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) will take the positions of Iraqi Kurdistan parliament speaker and deputy prime minister, the spokesperson of the PUK Saad Ahmad Pira said during a press conference on Saturday ...

KDP, PUK holding another round of talks on Kurdistan government formation

E-Kurd - 2019-02-05 14:19
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) are meeting in Erbil on Tuesday to to continue negotiations on the formation of the next Iraqi Kurdistan government. The PUK Politburo ...

KDP, PUK Agree on Parliament, Kirkuk Provincial Council to Hold Sessions This Month

BAS News - 2019-02-05 14:12
ERBIL — High-level delegations of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) held another meeting on Tuesday to proceed with the negotiations over the government formation procedures. Following the meeting, PUK Spokesperson S ...

KDP, PUK Politburos in Meeting on Government Formation

Waar Media - 2019-02-05 12:46
High-level leaders of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) met in Erbil for further discussions on the Kurdistan Region government formation, and they reviewed the work of the common committees. “Today at 11:00 a.m KDP ...

Iraqi Forces Prevent PUK Acting SG from Entering Kirkuk with Security Guards

BAS News - 2019-02-05 12:30
ERBIL — Iraqi Federal Police units blocked the security guards for Kosrat Rasoul, the acting secretary general of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), from entering Kirkuk on Monday. Rasoul was reportedly accompanied by a large convoy of security guar ...

The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Kurdistan Democratic Party meet

Kurdiu - 2019-01-31 03:17

KDP-PUK Meeting Delayed

BAS News - 2019-01-29 10:36
ERBIL — The scheduled meeting between politburos of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) on Tuesday has been postponed. High-level delegations from both sides were set to meet and discuss the formation of the new cabine ...

PUK Urging Baghdad to Oust KDP Official from Khanaqin Provincial Council

BAS News - 2019-01-27 20:50
ERBIL - Deputy head of the Khanaqin Provincial Council, who was appointed by the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), has revealed that the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) is urging Baghdad to oust the Kurdish official from his post. Adnan Mansoor has le ...

The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan calls for real partnership

Kurdiu - 2019-01-26 16:42

Patriotic Union and Democratic Party met

Kurdiu - 2019-01-21 17:52

KDP Delegation to Meet with PUK on Monday, Discuss New Gov’t

BAS News - 2019-01-20 14:31
ERBIL — A senior delegation from the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) will meet with Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) on Monday in Sulaymaniyah, a former lawmaker said. The two parties have been in talks since last parliamentary election, hoping to fin ...

KDP to Extend Govt. Formation Talks with PUK, Gorran This Week

BAS News - 2019-01-19 14:00
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) is said to have scheduled meetings this week with both Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and Change Movement (Gorran) to discuss next government. Revealing no timeline for the meetings, senior KDP member, Nou ...

KDP and PUK Hold Meeting in Erbil about new Government Formation

Waar Media - 2019-01-14 18:41
Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) held a high-level meeting in Kurdistan capital Erbil on Monday; to discuss the formation of the new government. “KDP and PUK political Bureaus headed by Kurdistan PM Nechirvan Barzan ...

No Agreements on Next Cabinet after KDP-PUK Leadership Meeting

BAS News - 2019-01-14 14:44
ERBIL — The politburos of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) met once again on Monday to discuss a range of issues, including bilateral ties, relations with Baghdad, and the formation of a new government in the Ku ...

30,000 barrels of oil ‘looted’ daily from Kirkuk, smuggled to Iraqi Kurdistan: PUK official

E-Kurd - 2019-01-13 23:59
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Some 30,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil are being looted from Kirkuk and smuggled into Sulaimani in Iraqi Kurdistan Region, a top Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) official claimed Sunday. In a Facebook post, PUK ex ...

KDP security still holding six PUK members in Iraqi Kurdistan capital: PUK

E-Kurd - 2019-01-13 19:21
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) said six of their members are still detained by KDP security – a claim denied by officials in Iraqi Kurdistan capital city of Erbil. “Six of our members remain arrested by [Kurdi ...

Tevgeri Azadi: PUK Security Forces Still Holding 30 Members in Detention

BAS News - 2019-01-13 16:35
ERBIL - Tevgeri Azadi, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) offspring in the Kurdistan Region, revealed on Sunday that 30 of its members are still held in detention by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan's (PUK) security forces. Talking to BasNews, Tara Husse ...

KDP, PUK to Meet on Monday for Gov. Formation Talks

BAS News - 2019-01-13 16:35
ERBIL - The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) are expected to meet on Monday for talks on the formation of a new government in Erbil. The two major Kurdish parties are also said to discuss the Erbil-Baghdad relat ...

PUK forces briefly detained Tavgari Azadi’s spokeswoman, 50 others in Iraqi Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2019-01-12 15:35
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The spokeswoman for the pro-PKK Kurdistan Free Society (Tavgari Azadi), Tara Hussein was arrested along with 50 others by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan PUK security forces in Azadi Park in Sulaimani on Friday, acco ...

Co-chairs of PKK-affiliated Party Arrested in Sulaimaniyah

BAS News - 2019-01-11 17:28
ERBIL - The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) security forces in the province of Sulaimaniya arrested on Friday a couple of co-chairs of Tevgeri Azadi, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) offspring in the Kurdistan Region. The arrest was made after the m ...

Kurdistan flag lowered in Kirkuk after Iraq’s ultimatum

E-Kurd - 2019-01-11 14:33
KIRKUK,— A Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) official confirmed that it has lowered the flag of Iraqi Kurdistan at some of its offices in Kirkuk on Friday ahead of a noon deadline previously imposed by an Iraqi special forces. Iraqi special forces deplo ...

PUK forces close pro-PKK Tavgari Azadi office in Garmiyan, Iraqi Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2019-01-10 15:09
PUK Asayish forces arrest nine members of Tavgari Azadi in Garmiyan KALAR, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Kurdish Asayish security forces of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) raided a property belonging to the pro-PKK Kurdistan Free Society Movement (Tav ...

PUK Security Raids PKK Gathering in Qaladize

BAS News - 2019-01-10 14:18
ERBIL — Security forces affiliated with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) reportedly raided a gathering by Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on Thursday in Qaladize district of Sulaymaniyah province. According to Roj News, the gathering was held to mar ...

Iraqi PM Orders Taking Down Kurdistan Flags in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2019-01-09 20:20
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minsiter Adil Abdul-Mahdi on Wednesday ordered the authorities in Kirkuk to take down the Kurdistan flags in the disputed Kurdish province of Kirkuk. The order came a day after the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) raised Kurdistan f ...

Iraqi Forces Remove Kurdistan Flag from PUK Office in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2019-01-09 10:00
ERBIL — Iraqi counter-terror units in the disputed Kurdish province of Kirkuk brought down the Kurdistan flag shortly after Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) raised it on its Kirkuk office. Overnight Tuesday, PUK hoisted Kurdistan flag on its office in ...

PUK Raises Kurdistan Flag in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2019-01-09 00:41
Part of the PUK collaborated with the Iraqi forces during October 16 events. ERBIL - The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), a certain group which collaborated with the Iraqi forces during the October 16 military incursion, raised on Tuesday night the Ku ...

KDP-PUK Postpone their Tuesday’s Meeting

Waar Media - 2019-01-08 17:53
The expected meeting between the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) on Tuesday has been postponed. “KDP and PUK Political Bureau will meet tomorrow in Erbil to discuss the acceleration steps of the new government ...

PUK Security Forces Close Down Cinema to Ban Film about PKK Figure

BAS News - 2019-01-08 13:47
ERBIL — The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK)-affiliated forces shut down a cinema in Sulaymaniyah on Tuesday where a film about a PKK figure was about to be screened. Salim Cinema confirmed in a statement that it had scheduled the screening of a film o ...

Tuesday's KDP-PUK Meeting Postponed

BAS News - 2019-01-07 20:49
ERBIL - Tuesday's expected meeting between the two Kurdish major political parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), has been postponed at the request by the latter. Kurdistan24 cited a source, who spoke on ...

The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Kurdistan Democratic Party will meet tomorrow

Kurdiu - 2019-01-07 16:20

Barzani to Chair KDP Meeting with PUK on Tuesday

BAS News - 2019-01-07 13:23
ERBIL — Kurdish prominent leader and the president of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Masoud Barzani, will lead his party’s meeting with Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) on Tuesday, and official said. The KDP, which emerged victorious with 45 seats i ...

KDP, PUK release each other’s cadres in Iraqi Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2019-01-06 16:34
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) have released each other’s cadres, after a series of retaliatory arrests over the last few days in Sulaimani and Erbil provinces. Last ...

Satisfying Turkey’s Demands to Have Consequences: PKK Warns PUK

BAS News - 2019-01-05 11:53
ERBIL — Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has warned the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) of consequences after the latter stepped up the crackdown on former’s affiliates in areas under it influence in the Kurdistan Region, an official said. In an attempt ...

No progress made on forming new Iraqi Kurdistan government: PUK official

E-Kurd - 2019-01-03 20:03
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Member of Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) politburo Rizgar Ali has said that no progress has been made in negotiations to form the new Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) cabinet. Ali told Turkish state-run ...

Turkey Expects PUK to Do More than Closing the PKK Headquarters

BAS News - 2019-01-02 17:27
ERBIL - The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) cannot please Turkey by only closing down the headquarters of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Sulaimaniya province as Ankara demands for more, sources said. Iraqi President Barham Salih is expected to ...

KDP and PUK involved in smuggling Kurdistan’s oil: Iraqi MP

E-Kurd - 2018-12-27 23:47
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Iraqi lawmaker from the New Generation Movement (Newey Nwê) Sarkawt Shamsadin said on Thursday that there is no difference between the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in ter ...

Gorran Expects PUK Initiative for a New Deal: Ex-Lawmaker

BAS News - 2018-12-26 12:47
ERBIL — The Change Movement (Gorran) is expecting an initiative by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) for a new political agreement, which Gorran will most likely refuse, said a former lawmaker. Political tensions remain tense between the two Kurdish ...

PUK Shuts Down PKK-linked Cultural Centers in Sulaymaniyah

BAS News - 2018-12-24 09:54
ERBIL — The Patriotic Union Kurdistan (PUK) has begun closing down the cultural centers in Sulaymaniyah which are suspected to have links with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Earlier this month, the PUK ordered the closure of the headquarters of the ...

Patriotic Union threatens the Kurdistan Democratic Party

Kurdiu - 2018-12-22 20:23

KDP-PUK Meeting: Yet to Reach Agreement over Next Government

BAS News - 2018-12-18 13:38
ERBIL — Delegations from the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) met in Sulaymaniyah on Tuesday to once again discuss about the formation of the new cabinet. According to a joint statement issued by the parties, they a ...

KDP, PUK leaders meet over Iraqi Kurdistan government formation

E-Kurd - 2018-12-11 21:30
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— A meeting between the politburos of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) took place in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan region, on Tuesday. After the meeting conclude ...

KDP, PUK Discuss bilateral Ties Ahead of Government Formation

BAS News - 2018-12-11 14:26
ERBIL — The politburos of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) met on Tuesday to discuss relations before launching a new round of talks over government formation. According to a joint statement released after the m ...

KDP, PUK to Meet on Tuesday

BAS News - 2018-12-10 17:37
ERBIL - The ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) is said to meet with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) on Tuesday to hold talks ahead of the establishment of a new government in Erbil. The Kurdistan Region's parliamentary elections were held on ...

PUK Seeking Share in All Government Sectors to Join Next Kurdistan Cabinet

BAS News - 2018-12-08 12:53
ERBIL — The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) is seeking partnership with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in all sectors of the next government to join the cabinet, said the party’s spokesperson Saadi Ahmed Pira. The KDP, who came first in the Sept ...

KDP: Patriotic Union and the Change Movement are the two key parties to form the government

Kurdiu - 2018-12-07 06:07

KCK: Closure of PKK's Offices in Sulaimaniya will Break PUK into Pieces

BAS News - 2018-12-07 00:10
ERBIL - The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan's (PUK) move to close down the headquarters of the Kurdistan Free Society Party (Tevgeri Azadi) in Sulaimaniya province will cause the PUK to break into pieces, an official said on Thursday. Nurettin Demirtas, mem ...

KDP to Resume Government Formation Talks Next Week

BAS News - 2018-12-06 14:23
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) will begin another round of talks over the formation of the new government with other political parties next week. BasNews has learned that a KDP delegation will visit the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) an ...

PUK Given No Ministries in Baghdad

BAS News - 2018-12-04 09:44
ERBIL — The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) has so far given no ministerial positions in the new government of Iraq led by Prime Minister Adil Abdul-mahdi. Following weeks of delay at the result of political disputes, Abdul-Mahdi revealed the names fo ...

PUK welcomes KDP nominees for Iraqi Kurdistan president, prime minister

E-Kurd - 2018-12-03 18:57
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) politburo member Sadi Ahmed Pira said on Monday that his party welcomed the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s (KDP) nominees for president of the Kurdistan Region and prime minister. “We ...

Kurdish Parties Welcome Masrour Barzani’s Nomination for Premiership

BAS News - 2018-12-03 14:16
ERBIL — Several Kurdish political parties have welcomed the nomination of Masrour Barzani by the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) for the position of Kurdistan Region prime minister. As an initial reaction, spokesperson for the Patriotic Union of Kurdist ...

PUK Seeks Understanding from PKK over Closing Offices

BAS News - 2018-12-02 13:03
ERBIL — The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) is reportedly working in the backroom talks with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) over the decision to close the PKK-affiliated offices in Sulaymaniyah, seeking understanding from the party. Earlier in Oct ...

PUK to announce its nominee for the new government

Waar Media - 2018-12-01 21:45
WAAR-DUHOK: PUK to announce its nominee for the new government Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) leadership council convened Saturday in Sulaimani as it is announcing its nominees for the new government. PUK leadership council headed by Kosrat Rasul con ...

PUK Delegates to Visit Baghdad on Sunday

BAS News - 2018-12-01 20:05
ERBIL - Delegates from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) are set to visit Baghdad in hopes of securing a ministerial post in the new cabinet, the party's leadership council said in a statement. Baghdad Today said that the PUK delegation will travel ...

KCK denounces PUK for closing Tavgari Azadi offices in Iraqi Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2018-11-30 19:03
QANDIL MOUNTAINS,— The Kurdistan Communities Union, (Koma Civaken Kurdistan – KCK), the political umbrella group that includes the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), strongly came out against the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) closing the branch offices ...

PKK Affiliated Armed Men Raid PUK Headquarters in Sinjar: Report

BAS News - 2018-11-30 19:03
ERBIL - A group of armed men affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) raided on Friday a Patriotic Union of Kurdistan's (PUK) headquarters in the Yezidi majority populated region of Sinjar, a report said. Shafaq News reported that the gunmen dr ...

PUK Bows to Turkish Pressures: KCK

BAS News - 2018-11-30 11:50
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), which is an umbrella organization for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its affiliates, has criticized the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) for, apparently, surrendering to the pressures from Turkey t ...

Turkey hails PUK’s actions against Tavgari Azadi offices in Iraqi Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2018-11-29 22:40
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Turkey’s consul general to Iraqi Kurdistan capital of Erbil welcomed the actions by Patriotic Union of Kurdistan PUK against Tavgari Azadi offices in Sulaimani province. Turkish Consul-General in Iraqi Kurdistan Ha ...

WATCH: PUK Security Detains PKK Affiliates in Kalar

BAS News - 2018-11-29 09:12
ERBIL — Security forces of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) reportedly overnight on Wednesday detained the members of a political party affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Kurdistan Region’s Kalar, south of Sulaymaniyah. MP Shirin ...

PKK Affiliated Party's Offices Closed Down in Sulaimaniya's Raparin

BAS News - 2018-11-28 22:47
ERBIL - The security forces of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) closed down on Wednesday night the office of a Kurdistan Workers' Party's (PKK) affiliated party in Raparin area of Sulaimaniah province, a source said. The PUK forces raided the two o ...

PKK May Deploy Forces to Sulaimaniya Amid Closure of Its Offices: Report

BAS News - 2018-11-28 16:07
ERBIL - The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) may deploy part of its fighters from Kurdistan Region's Qandil Mountain to the province of Sulaimaniyah amid the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan's (PUK) threatenings to close down the office of a PKK's affiliated p ...

PKK Office in Koya Closed Down

BAS News - 2018-11-28 12:25
ERBIL — Security forces for the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) closed down on Wednesday the political office of Kurdistan Free Society Party (Tevgeri Azadi) in Koya which is affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). BasNews has learned that ...

PUK Gives PKK Offspring Party 24 Hours to Close Down Headquarter

BAS News - 2018-11-27 13:24
ERBIL — The security forces affiliated with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) on Tuesday (27 November) gave 24 hours for the closure of a political headquarter belonging to the Kurdistan Free Society Party (Tevgeri Azadi) which is an offspring of th ...

PUK Takes Action to End PKK’s Political Activities in Sulaymaniyah

BAS News - 2018-11-25 11:47
ERBIL — The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) has taken the first action to block the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) from political activities in Sulaymaniyah province. The move is understood as another attempt to please Turkey and restore the ties betw ...

KDP to Begin 2nd Round of Government Formation Talks

BAS News - 2018-11-25 09:06
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) is expected to visit other political parties again to continue the talks over forming the new cabinet. According to the information obtained by BasNews, the party is waiting for the Patriotic Union of Kurdista ...

KDP-PUK Meeting: Next Government Aims at Political Stability

BAS News - 2018-11-17 13:16
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) met on Saturday with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in Sulaymaniyah to kickstart the talks over forming the government, reiterating that they work for a political stability in the next four years. At a ...

KDP to Meet with PUK, Gorran on Saturday for Govt. Formation Talks

BAS News - 2018-11-16 15:20
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) will initiate talks over the formation of a new government with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and Change Movement (Gorran) on Saturday. “Tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018), a delegation from the KDP w ...

KDP deal with the Patriotic Union as a major force can not be ignored at all

Kurdiu - 2018-11-12 20:56

KDP, PUK to Begin Talks on Govt. Formation Next Week

BAS News - 2018-11-11 14:53
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) will meet with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) next week to discuss the formation of a new government. Arif Taifour, head of KDP Leadership Council in Sulaymaniyah-Halabja, told BasNews that his party h ...

PUK: Nearly 4,000 Gorran Supporters Returned

BAS News - 2018-11-09 23:26
ERBIL - The media outlets affiliated to the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) announced in a statement on Friday that nearly 4,000 Change Movement (Gorran) members, supporters, and voters have returned to the PUK. PUKmedia and Kurdsat TV released a foot ...

KDP, PUK to Meet Soon, Begin Government Formation Talks

BAS News - 2018-11-06 15:38
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) will meet in the upcoming days to begin the efforts of establishing the new government in Kurdistan, said an official. “The first meeting between the KDP and PUK will be ...

PUK’s Ties with Iran Displeases US: Analyst

BAS News - 2018-11-06 11:35
ERBIL — The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) enjoys good relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran that allows it to win some positions, even if celebratory ones, in Baghdad. However, it is believed to come for the PUK at a huge cost in the future as ...

KDP, PUK will Soon Begin Government Formation Talks: Official

BAS News - 2018-11-01 13:28
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) are expected to soon begin negotiations on the formation of a government after the new parliament holds first session, a KDP official confirmed. Politburo member and ...

Dabbagh: US Sanctions on Iran “Unfair”, KRG Should Help Tehran

BAS News - 2018-11-01 10:30
ERBIL — The representative of Kurdistan Region to Iran, Nazim Dabbagh, who is a member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), has described the US sanctions against Iran as “unfair”, calling on Erbil to assist Tehran in this matter. Dabbagh told BasN ...

PUK Split over Participation in New KRG

BAS News - 2018-10-30 10:37
ERBIL — The new Kurdistan Region parliament is expected to hold its first session within days, which will be followed by the party’s negotiations on forming the new government of Kurdistan. The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), suffering from older rif ...

PUK-affiliated Security Forces Insulted KDP Member During Detention: Official

BAS News - 2018-10-28 22:11
ERBIL - The Kurdistan Democratic Party's (KDP) member who had been "abducted" by the security forces affiliated with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in Raniya, was insulted during the detention, a party member said on Sunday. Talking to BasNews, H ...

Barham Salih, Turkmens Agree on Preventing Peshmerga from Returning to Kirkuk: Report

BAS News - 2018-10-28 16:00
ERBIL - The leader of the Iraqi Turkmen Front (ITF), Arshad Salihi has revealed that he and the new Iraqi President Barham Salih, who was appointed by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), have agreed that the Peshmerga forces should not return to Kirk ...

PUK Urged to End “Unlawful” Detention of KDP Member

BAS News - 2018-10-28 09:35
ERBIL — Kurdistan’s Parliamentary Committee for Human Rights has urged the release of a Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) member who was “abducted” by the security forces affiliated with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in Raniya. “The abduction of ...

PUK Arrests KDP Member in Alleged Political Crackdown

BAS News - 2018-10-27 11:17
ERBIL — The security forces affiliated with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) on Friday arrested a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Raniya, Sulaymaniyah province. Kurdistan Democratic Youth Union confirmed the report in a statement ...

‘Dance of the Monkeys’ Takes PUK Internal Tensions to Another Level

BAS News - 2018-10-26 14:15
ERBIL — Tensions within the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) might have a long history, but the language used in the political disputes between senior members of the party has recently gone further rough. After PUK’s controversial nomination of Barham ...

PUK Making Every Compromise to Retake Kirkuk Governor’s Office: Source

BAS News - 2018-10-24 10:53
ERBIL — The faction of Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) who is responsible for the fall of Kirkuk, is now making every possible compromise in order to have the post of Kirkuk governor. Following the Iraqi government’s attack on Kirkuk, Baghdad unilater ...

PUK Expresses Willingness to Be Invited to Form Kurdistan Government

BAS News - 2018-10-22 20:54
ERBIL - The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) expressed willingness on Monday to be invited to the future Kurdistan Regional Government as the results from the parliamentary election have already been announced. According to the official results, the ru ...

Family of Three Slaughtered by Unknown Armed Men in Hawija

BAS News - 2018-10-21 20:00
ERBIL - A family of three was beheaded by unidentified armed men in the district of Hawija (some 55 kilometers southwest Kirkuk) on Sunday evening, an official said. Khalil Khudadad, a Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) official in the area, confirmed to ...

Najmaddin Karim Refutes Reports of Joining KDP

BAS News - 2018-10-18 13:08
ERBIL — Kurdish politician and former governor of Kirkuk, Najmaddin Karim, has refuted the media reports claiming that he abandoned the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) to join the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). “A news was published by al-Sharqiyah ...

Sunni Arab Tribes to Appeal Against 16th October Incursion: Spokesperson

BAS News - 2018-10-17 23:35
ERBIL - The Sunni Arab tribes have vowed to appeal against a certain group within the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) who was involved in the October military incursion into the disputed territories last year, saying that the move had resulted in the ...

Gorran to PUK: Admit to “High Treason” in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-10-17 10:22
ERBIL — The Change Movement (Gorran) has called on the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) to admit to committing “high treason” with respect to the fall of Kirkuk on 16th October 2017. In an official statement the last minutes on Tuesday, which was the o ...

A Year On Since Kirkuk Fall: Kurds Curse Traitors

BAS News - 2018-10-16 13:27
ERBIL — Today marks the first anniversary of the fall of Kirkuk after a group within the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) made a secret deal with the authorities in Baghdad and allowed the Iranian Backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi overran the city. Ov ...
691 results in 0.12 sec.