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Abadi and Sadr holds meeting in Baghdad

Waar Media - 2018-05-20 11:38
WAAR-DUHOK: Incumbent Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and the winner of the general elections Muqtada al-Sadr held a joint press conference after a meeting late Saturday in which they spoke of their vision for Iraq’s future, signaling that they may work t ...

KRG PM Barzani urges all Kurdish groups to gather around a united agenda

Waar Media - 2018-05-19 16:39
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said on Saturday that his party’s win — the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) – was important for democracy in Iraq, urging all groups to gather around a united agenda in order to gain the Kurd ...

Netanyahu & Erdogan: clash of the colonisers

Kurdish Institute of Brussels - 2018-05-18 14:10
In recent days, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have once again been ratcheting up the tone in their clash of the colonisers. This time around, it wasn’t only words which were exchanged, but Turkey’s de ...

Law Coalition: Abadi not a candidate for next Iraqi prime minister office

Waar Media - 2018-05-17 10:33
WAAR-DUHOK: The Shi’ite State of Law Coalition has made it clear that current Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is not a candidate running for the second term in the position. Sa’d Matlabi, a leading member of the State of Law Coalition said on Wednes ...

Abadi Not a Candidate for Next Iraqi Premier Office: State of Law

BAS News - 2018-05-16 23:19
ERBIL — The Shi’ite State of Law Coalition has made it clear that current Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is not a candidate running for the second term in the position. Sa’d Matlabi, a leading member of the State of Law Coalition said on Wednesday ...

Maliki to form majority coalition for next Iraqi government

Waar Media - 2018-05-16 13:41
WAAR-DUHOK: Iraqi Shi’ite politician and former prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, has reportedly begun negotiations to establish the majority of alliances with other factions in hopes of forming the next government in Baghdad. According to Maliki’s State ...

Deputy PM: Turkey will never return Afrin to Assad regime

Waar Media - 2018-05-16 13:41
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Recep Akdağ on Wednesday said Turkey will never return Afrin region of Syria to Bashar Al Assad regime. The Turkish military and Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters on Jan. 20 launched Operation Olive Branch in the A ...

UK PM May warns Turkey's Erdogan not to lose sight of democratic values

Reuters - 2018-05-16 01:40
LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday warned Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan not to go too far in his crackdown on those believed to be behind a failed 2016 coup attempt, speaking after a meeting in London marked by human rights protes ...

Maliki Committed to Form Majority Alliance for Next Government

BAS News - 2018-05-15 21:56
ERBIL — Iraqi Shi’ite politician and former prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, has reportedly begun negotiations to establish the majority alliances with other factions in hopes of forming the next government in Baghdad. According to Maliki’s State of Law ...

Abadi Criticises Electoral Commission

BAS News - 2018-05-15 21:56
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has criticised the country’s High Independent Commission for Elections over technical issues which occurred during Saturday’s parliamentary election. Speaking at his weekly press conference on Tuesday, Abadi s ...

Despite protests, Britain hopes to foster good ties with Turkey

Reuters - 2018-05-15 16:19
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May will try to foster good ties with Turkey before Brexit at talks with President Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday in spite of human rights protests which threatened to cast a shadow over their meeting. ...

US Envoy visits Kurdistan Region after Iraq elections

Kurdistan24 - 2018-05-15 04:35
Brett McGurk, US Special Presidential Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, visited Erbil, where he met with Nechirvan Barzani, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister. (Photo: KRG) ...

Abadi Orders Manual Ballot Counting in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-05-15 00:52
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday ordered counting the ballots manually in the disputed polling stations of the divers province of Kirkuk. Iraqi lawmaker Hassan Toran said on his official Facebook account that Abadi’s decision was ma ...

PM Barzani, Brett McGurk Discuss Post-Election Iraq

BAS News - 2018-05-14 23:56
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani on Monday received a US delegation headed by the special presidential envoy to the anti-Islamic State (IS) coalition, Brett McGurk, discussing the political process in Iraq after the parliamentary ...

PM Abadi leading Iraq election, Sadr strong

Waar Media - 2018-05-13 16:15
WAAR-DUHOK: Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s list appears to be leading in Iraq’s parliamentary election followed by influential Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s alliance, an election commission source and a security official told Reuters. Iraqis voted o ...

Abadi’s Statement on Post-Election Violence in Sulaymaniyah

BAS News - 2018-05-13 11:59
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has called on security forces to keep the situation in Sulaymaniyah under control after some violent acts between the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and Gorran over disputes about election process occurred ...

Kurdistan PM Calls for Restraint as PUK Forces Attach Gorran

BAS News - 2018-05-12 22:55
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani has issued a statement to urge all sides on restraint as the special forces for the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) are attacking the headquarter of Change Movement (Gorran). “We are saddened b ...

PM Barzani Calls for Unity Among Kurds as Election Ends

BAS News - 2018-05-12 21:20
ERBIL — The Prime Minister of Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, has called on the Kurdish factions to maintain unity after Iraq’s parliamentary election. “I ask political parties of Kurdistan to form a united front in Baghdad to protect the rights of ...

Rudaw: ‘Catastrophic’ low turnout in Kirkuk a ‘big betrayal’: PUK

Justice for Kurds - 2018-05-12 19:07
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Aso Mamand, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) chief in Kirkuk, urged voters to turn out in the final hours of polling, describing non-participation as “a big betrayal.” Qubad Talabani, deputy prime minister of the KRG, earli ...

Al-Abadi defeated IS. Why won’t he sweep Iraq’s elections?

Washington Post - 2018-05-12 03:00
During four years in office, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has racked up a list of achievements that would make most politicians envious. He prevailed over an Islamic State insurgency that at its peak controlled one-third of the country. He steered ...

Iraqi voters are fed up with the old guard

The Economist - 2018-05-11 09:38
HAIDER AL-ABADI, the prime minister of Iraq (pictured), has a strong case for re-election. He has overseen the defeat of Islamic State (IS), which once held vast portions of the country. He denied a Kurdish push for independence last year. Oil production ...

Kurdistan PM, US Ambassador Discuss Election

BAS News - 2018-05-10 20:35
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani on Thursday received US Ambassador to Iraq, Douglas Silliman and his accompanying delegation to discuss the political situation ahead of the parliamentary election in Iraq. Silliman hoped the voti ...

Iraqi Kurdistan PM Nechirvan Barzani makes unannounced visit to Moscow

E-Kurd - 2018-05-09 18:10
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The prime minister of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region will hold high-level talks in Moscow on Wednesday with Russian officials, a Kurdistan regional government KRG official said on Tuesday. Nechirvan Barzan ...

KRG PM Barzani in Moscow for talks on May 9

Waar Media - 2018-05-08 22:36
WAAR-DUHOK: The prime minister of Kurdistan region Nechirvan Barzani will hold high-level talks in Moscow on Wednesday with Russian officials, a Kurdistan regional government official said on Tuesday. Nechirvan Barzani will travel to Moscow at the reques ...

KRG PM Barzani proposes September 30th for Parliamentary Election

Waar Media - 2018-05-08 13:32
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani suggested Tuesday, September 30th, as the date for holding the regional parliamentary elections. Handren Mohammed, head of Kurdistan Region’s Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), had ...

Armenian opposition leader Pashinyan elected Armenian PM

Waar Media - 2018-05-08 13:32
WAAR-DUHOK: Armenia’s parliament on Tuesday elected opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan as the country’s new prime minister. A TASS correspondent reports from the conference hall, fifty nine members of parliament voted for Pashinyan. For victory he needed ...

PM Barzani Proposes September 30th for Parliamentary Election

BAS News - 2018-05-08 12:00
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani suggested Tuesday, September 30th, as the date for holding the regional parliamentary elections. Handren Mohammed, head of Kurdistan Region’s Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), had prev ...

PM Barzani Promises Compensation for Flood-Affected in Duhok

BAS News - 2018-05-06 22:54
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani has promised to compensate the families who were affected by Saturday’s flood in Duhok province. Barzani, accompanied by Duhok Governor Fahad Atrushi, paid a visit to the affected families on Sund ...

Kurdistan: Another Candidate Drops Out of Abadi’s Election List

BAS News - 2018-05-06 22:13
ERBIL — Less than a week ahead of Iraq’s parliamentary election, another candidate in the Kurdistan Region announced her withdrawal from Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s election list. Speaking to reporters from Erbil, Himan Ramzi said on Sunday th ...

Netanyahu: Israel Will React to Iran's "Aggression"

BAS News - 2018-05-06 16:47
ERBIL - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel does not want to worsen the situation, but it is also ready to react to Tehran in any scenario, said a report. The Israeli top official said that his country would not allow Iran to have ...

Lebanon holds first parliamentary elections in almost a decade

Kurdistan24 - 2018-05-06 13:11
Lebanese prime minister and candidate for the parliamentary election Saad al-Hariri shows his ink-stained finger after casting his vote during the parliamentary election in Beirut, Lebanon, May 6, 2018. (Photo: Reuters/Jamal Saidi) ...

Kurdistan PM, UK Ambassador Meet in Erbil

BAS News - 2018-05-06 00:08
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani on Saturday received the UK Ambassador to Iraq, Jon Wilks, and his accompanying delegation to discuss the current political developments in the region. According to a statement by the KRG, the pai ...

Washington, Tehran, Najaf to Play Key Role in Appointing New PM for Iraq

BAS News - 2018-05-05 16:34
ERBIL - Washington, Tehran, and Najaf as the center of Shi'ite political power in Iraq will play a key role in appointing a new prime minister for Iraq, said a high ranking Iraqi official. Aras Habib, the Iraqi National Congress (INC), said that there wi ...

EU ambassador insists Iran deal works, ‘worth keeping’

Waar Media - 2018-05-04 14:25
WAAR-DUHOK: Despite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s bleak assessment during a presentation on Iran nuclear weapons program on Monday, European Union Ambassador to Israel Emanuele Giaufret said earlier this week that he remains convinced that the Iran ...

Abadi’s Shi’ite Rivals Uniting to Replace Him: Report

BAS News - 2018-05-04 01:04
ERBIL — Three powerful Iraqi Shi’ite leaders have reportedly came together to devise a plan for next Prime Minister bid, working to replace Haider al-Abadi. Citing an unnamed source, the Iraqi media said on Thursday that Nouri al-Malik, the leader of Sta ...

Iraq’s Grand Ayatollah Sistani Rejects Abadi’s Request for Meeting

BAS News - 2018-05-04 01:04
ERBIL — Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, who is the highest level Shi’ite religious authority in Iraq, has reportedly refused a request for meeting with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. It comes after Abadi paid a visit to the Shi’ite holy city of Najaf on Th ...

Iraqi Parliament Speaker Demands Pardon for Saddam Hussein’s Minister

BAS News - 2018-05-04 00:16
ERBIL — Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri on Thursday sent an official letter to country’s president, prime minister, federal court and judicial council, demanding a special pardon for jailed Saddam Hussein’s minister. He asked for the pardon bef ...

Sadr Seemingly Regrets Supporting Abadi for Second Term

BAS News - 2018-05-02 06:02
ERBIL — Iraq’s influential Shi’ite cleric, Muqtada al-Sadar, is seemingly regretting his support for Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to continue in his position for the second term. Previously during a televised interview, Sadr said his powerful movement ...

Kurdistan PM, Iranian Envoy Discuss Economic Ties

BAS News - 2018-05-02 06:02
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received on Tuesday the Iranian Ambassador to Iraq, Iraj Masjedi, in Erbil, to discuss the economic ties. According to a statement by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Masjedi is in Erbil t ...

Israel to Continue Standing with Kurdish Aspirations: Former PM

BAS News - 2018-05-02 06:02
ERBIL — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has stated that his country would continue supporting Kurds and it would remain a friend of the Kurdistan Region. “Well, needless to say, Israel has been friendly and a sympathizer of the Kurdish situatio ...

Netanyahu: Iran nuclear deal is based on lies – here’s the proof

Waar Media - 2018-04-30 22:37
WAAR-DUHOK: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed a cache of documents he says proves Iran lied to the world about its nuclear program, even after the nuclear deal with the world. “Iran did not come clean about its nuclear program,” Netanyahu said i ...

Armenia ‘hero’ opposition leader nominated for PM

Waar Media - 2018-04-30 16:34
WAAR-DUHOK: Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan on Monday was formally nominated for the post of prime minister by his supporters, inching closer to victory after two weeks of protests that transformed the country’s political landscape. Pashinyan ...

Abadi’s Shi’ite Rivals Eye the PM Position

BAS News - 2018-04-28 17:31
ERBIL — The Shi’ite Tahlaf al-Fatah (Conquest Alliance), led by Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi commander Hadi Ameri, is eyeing the position of Iraqi Prime Minister after the upcoming parliamentary election in the country. Qais Khazali, leader of Asayib A ...

Abadi to Visit Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-04-28 00:17
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who is now leading the election list of Victory Alliance, is scheduled to visit Kirkuk on Saturday. Abadi’s visit to Kirkuk comes after he earlier this week visited Mosul, Sulaymaniyah and Erbil to promote hi ...

Some 2.5 million tickets sold for 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

Waar Media - 2018-04-27 22:31
WAAR-DUHOK: About 2.5 million tickets have been already sold for matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which kicks off in 11 cities across Russia in less than two months, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Friday. “About 2.5 million tickets ...

Iraqi PM Abadi arrives in Iraqi Kurdistan capital for election campaign

E-Kurd - 2018-04-27 00:52
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Iraqi prime minister and the head of Al-Nasr alliance, Haider al-Abadi arrived in Iraqi Kurdistan capital city of Erbil on Thursday, where he was received by the Kurdistan region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani. T ...

Family of Fallen Peshmerga Rejects Abadi’s Visit to Their Home

BAS News - 2018-04-26 18:52
ERBIL — While in the Kurdistan Region to launch a campaign for his election list, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had also planned to visit the home of a fallen Peshmerga fighter before his family reject the visit. Salar Mantik, brother of Sarbast M ...

Abadi’s campaign cancelled in Duhok

Waar Media - 2018-04-26 18:44
WAAR-DUHOK: Haider al-Abadi’s campaign stop in Duhok has been cancelled until further notice, an official has confirmed. Prime minister and head of the Victory (Nasr) Coalition, Abadi is campaigning for re-election in the Kurdistan Region. He was in Sula ...

Pictures: Empty Hall as Abadi Delivers Speech in Erbil

BAS News - 2018-04-26 15:55
ERBIL — While the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi was delivering his speech to launch the campaign for his election list in Erbil, the most of seats for the audience were noticeably empty. According to pictures going viral on social media, a large p ...

Abadi Arrives in Erbil

BAS News - 2018-04-26 11:24
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived in Kurdistan Region capital on Thursday. Abadi was received by Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani at the Erbil International Airport, with whom he is expected to hold a meeting over the ...

Abadi Arrives in Sulaymaniyah

BAS News - 2018-04-26 00:59
SULAYMANIYAH — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi overnight Wednesday arrived in Sulaymaniyah as part of election campaign for his faction. His visit to the Kurdish city is as the head of the Victory Alliance ahead of May parliamentary election. Genera ...

Abadi vows to continue air raids against IS targets in Syria

Kurdistan24 - 2018-04-25 23:22
According to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the complexity of the Syrian crisis and the escalation of fighting in the country has allowed the Islamic State to regroup and launch attacks. (Photo: Archive) ...

Abadi's Visit to Sulaymaniyah Cancelled

BAS News - 2018-04-25 22:08
ERBIL - Iraqi Prime Minister and head of the Nasr (Victory) coalition Haider al-Abadi's visit to the Kurdish city of Sulaymaniya was cancelled since he spent the time in Nineveh for electoral campaigns, a source said. The source, who wished to remain ano ...

Armenia after Sargsyan’s Resignation: A New Hope?

Foreign Policy Research Institute - 2018-04-25 02:13
After 11 consecutive days of peaceful protests dubbed “Merzhir Serzhin” (Reject Serzh), Armenians have finally managed to dethrone Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan. Widespread jubilation across Armenia’s cities followed the announcement of his resignation. ...
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