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Six Armenians Running for Kurdistan Parliament, Thousands to Vote

BAS News - 2018-09-18 15:47
ERBIL — Nearly 3,000 Armenians in the Kurdistan Region are eligible to vote in the upcoming parliamentary election to send one representative to Kurdistan’s legislative. Yarwat Nisan Armenian, one of the candidates, told BasNews that people from his comm ...

Peshmerga Unit Arrives in Khanaqin

BAS News - 2018-09-16 21:45
ERBIL — A unit of Kurdish Peshmerga forces arrived on Sunday in the Kurdish disputed town of Khanaqin at the request of local authorities. Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) representative, Jafaar Mustafa, confirmed the report to BasNews, saying the deploy ...

Barzani Receives UN Envoy to Discuss Political Developments

BAS News - 2018-09-11 15:35
ERBIL — Prominent Kurdish leader and former president of the Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, received on Tuesday the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Jan Kubiš, to discuss the latest political and security develo ...

Mehdi al-Muhandes: Abdi’s government completely failed

Waar Media - 2018-09-09 11:17
WAAR-DUHOK: A representative of the Popular Mobilization Forces Abu Mehdi al-Muhandes said that the Popular Mobilization Forces- which played a major role in stinging defeats of ISIS- “started to respond to what is happening in Basra and that what happen ...

Daquq: IS Militants Burn Kurdish Civilian’s House

BAS News - 2018-09-06 12:23
ERBIL — Islamic State (IS) militants attacked a village near Daquq district in southern Kirkuk province overnight on Wednesday, and burned the house for a Kurdish resident. Hiwa Rashid, a Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) representative in the region, con ...

At Least 16 Kurdish Journalists Arrested in Kirkuk Since October

BAS News - 2018-09-06 10:25
ERBIL — The Baghdad-appointed governor of Kirkuk has ordered the arrest of at least 16 Kurdish journalists in the disputed province since last October when the Iraqi army and Hashd al-Shaabi have overrun Kirkuk. Mahdi Ziryan, the representative for Kurdi ...

The KRG accused of supporting the Kurdish opposition groups

Kurdpa - 2018-09-05 20:44
Kurdistan Press Agency (Kurdpa): In a parliamentary session, Urmia Representative accused the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of providing the Iranian, Kurdish opposition political parties with “Saudi Arabia’s money and American weapons”. ...

UN Urges Calm and Speedy Formation of Govt. to Tackle Crisis in Iraq

BAS News - 2018-09-05 10:22
Baghdad (UNAMI) – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, expresses grave concern over the casualties during violent protests over the lack of critical public services in Basra. He offers condole ...

KRG PM Nechirvan Barzani receives UN Envoy in Erbil

Waar Media - 2018-09-02 23:49
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region PM Nechirvan Barzani received on Sunday the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General, Jan Kubis, where they exchanged views on the latest political developments in Iraq. The officials, during the meeting ...

PM Barzani, UN Envoy Discuss Iraqi Future Government Formation

BAS News - 2018-09-02 21:20
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region PM Nechirvan Barzani received on Sunday the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General, Jan Kubis, where they exchanged views on the latest political developments in Iraq. The officials, during the meeting, st ...

Another Kurdish Official in Kirkuk Dismissed

BAS News - 2018-08-28 15:30
ERBIL — The local authorities in Kirkuk have dismissed another Kurdish official, and appointed a Turkmen in his place. The Kurdish figure was serving as the director of Hasar hospital before being ousted, according to a local representative for the Patri ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Kidnaps Kurdish Civilians for Ransom: KDP Official

BAS News - 2018-08-27 13:22
ERBIL — A representative from the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has revealed that the Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi arbitrarily kidnaps civilians from disputed territories, and demand ransom to release them. “Besides widespread looting, H ...

Belgian Parliament Delegates to Visit Kurdisan

BAS News - 2018-08-25 18:59
ERBIL - A delegation from the Belgian Parliament is expected to visit the Kurdistan Region next week to meet with the Kurdish leadership, Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) representative to the European Parliament, Dlawar Azhgayi said on Saturday. "A ...

UN Expects Iraqi Future Government to be Free from Sectarianism

BAS News - 2018-08-09 00:14
ERBIL - The Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq, Ján Kubiš, has said that he is expecting the Iraqi future government to be free from sectarian partitioning, noting that its president also should be a strong o ...

UN Welcomes Manual Recount Completion, Hopes Finalization for It

BAS News - 2018-08-06 21:17
ERBIL - The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, has welcomed the completion of a manual recount of ballots from Iraq's May parliamentary election, hoping that the rest of the process will successfull ...

Kurdistan people commemorate 4 years on Yezidi genocide

Waar Media - 2018-08-03 12:15
WAAR-DUHOK: On the eve of the Yezidi genocide, their representative in the KRG’s Ministry of Religious Affairs and Endowments disclosed that 1,102 Yezidis remain missing. Khairi Bozani told Rudaw that the Yezidi population is 550,000 in Iraq and Kurdista ...

KRG Envoy: Iran is Not Behind Demonstrations in Iraq

BAS News - 2018-07-18 13:15
ERBIL - It is not possible for Iran to be behind the demonstrations going on in southern pasts of Iraq as it does not serve Tehran's foreign policies, the Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) representative to Tehran Nazim Dabbagh, said on Wednesday. Th ...

UN Urgest Iraq to Respect Protesters’ Concerns

BAS News - 2018-07-17 21:10
ERBIL — The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General, Jan Kubis, on Tuesday urged the Iraqi government to respect the legitimate concerns of the people who have taken to streets to call for better living conditions. “He calls on the ...

Top UN Envoy Visits Kurdish Kakai Community in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-07-01 22:11
ERBIL (UNAMI) — The Acting Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Alice Walpole, visited southern Kirkuk on June 27 to meet representatives of the Kurdish Kakai community in their villages around Daquq, to learn about th ...

Kurdistan PM, UN Envoy Discuss Future Iraqi Government

BAS News - 2018-06-26 18:32
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received on Thursday the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Jan Kubis and his accompanying delegation in Erbil. The pair discussed the latest political develo ...

Kurdistan, Flanders Regions Eager to Strengthen Ties

BAS News - 2018-06-22 23:26
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Belgium’s Flanders Region are working to further strengthen their ties, especially in the areas of economy, agriculture and higher education, said the Kurdish envoy. KRG Representative to the EU, Delava ...

Four People Killed, Injured in Bombing near Khanaqin

BAS News - 2018-06-17 13:56
ERBIL — A couple was killed on Sunday in a bomb attack at a village near Kurdistan’s Khanaqin district, officials confirmed. Speaking to BasNews, Amer Raf’aat, a Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) representative in Sa’diya, said that the bombing was carrie ...

KRG Mission in Poland Celebrates Eid al-Fitr with Kurdish Diaspora

BAS News - 2018-06-17 01:29
WARSAW — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Representative Office in Poland held a special event on Saturday to celebrate Eid al-Fitr with the Kurdish diaspora and students in the country. During an opening remark, KRG envoy Ziyad Raoof said that th ...

UNAMI Condemns Bombing in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-06-10 00:25
BAGDAD (UNAMI) — Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Ján Kubiš, strongly condemned the bombing that took place late on Friday in Kirkuk. “This is yet another cowardly attack on innocent civilians as they went a ...

Diyala: Villagers Capture Four IS Militants

BAS News - 2018-06-01 13:57
ERBIL - A number of residents of a village in Diyala governorate ambushed four members of the Islamic State (IS) while they were trying to enter the area, said an official. Amanj Abdulrazaq, a Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) representative in the prov ...

Over 90 children of jailed Russian women to be repatriated from Iraq

Waar Media - 2018-06-01 10:08
WAAR-DUHOK: More than 90 children, whose mothers are held in custody in Iraq, will be repatriated to Russia, Representative of the Chechen Leader in the Middle Eastern and North African Countries Ziyad Sabsabi said. During the meeting with the Chechen go ...

UN Calls for Calm in Iraq’s Post-Election

BAS News - 2018-06-01 01:07
NEY YORK (UNAMI) — Briefing the UN Security Council, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq Ján Kubiš said national elections were held on 12 May in a generally calm and stable environment. He called on political actors and their suppor ...

KDP to Meet with All Kurdish Political Parties

BAS News - 2018-05-30 23:52
ERBIL — The ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) is planning meetings with all Kurdish political parties in the near future to discuss future policies, said an official. Speaking to BasNews on Wednesday, Shwan Mohammed, KDP representative in Baghdad, ...

NATO confirms NATO-Russia Council meeting scheduled for May 31

Waar Media - 2018-05-26 21:33
WAAR-DUHOK: The NATO-Russia Council (NRC) meeting at the level of ambassadors will be held on May 31, a representative of the alliance confirmed in an interview with TASS. “The NRC meeting at the level of ambassadors will take place on May 31, 2018 in Br ...

UN Calls on Iraqi Electoral Commission to Investigate Votes

BAS News - 2018-05-17 20:08
BAGHDAD (UNAMI) — The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, calls on the Independent High Electoral Commission to immediately and fully investigate all the complaints concerning the electoral process. “Th ...

Informal meeting of EU defense ministers starts in Bulgarian capital

Waar Media - 2018-05-05 15:06
WAAR-DUHOK: An informal meeting of EU defence ministers has started in Sofia on Saturday within the Bulgarian chairmanship in the EU. Upon arriving at the forum, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini sta ...

UNAMI Condemns Terrorist Attack North of Baghdad

BAS News - 2018-05-02 19:55
BAGHDAD (UNAMI) — The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, strongly condemns the terrorist shootings at Tarmiya, north of Baghdad, in which a number of innocent civilians were killed and wounded. The ...

Rudaw: Yezidis ready to celebrate first new year since defeat of ISIS

Justice for Kurds - 2018-04-18 22:23
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — On the occasion of Yezidi new year, the UN’s representative in Iraq has called for renewed efforts to release the thousands of Yezidis who were captured by ISIS and have not yet been found. Noting that Wednesday is the first cele ...

PM Barzani, UN Envoy Meet in Erbil

BAS News - 2018-04-18 16:17
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechrivan Barzani met on Wednesday with the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq Jan Kubis, to discuss the political process in Iraq. During the meeting, the two top officials also talked abo ...

Russia calls on West to think twice before launching strikes on Syria

Waar Media - 2018-04-13 20:39
WAAR-DUHOK: Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya has called on the United States and other Western countries looking at a possible strike on Syria to think twice and stop driving the world to a red line. “The situation ...

UN Envoy’s Message on on Easter

BAS News - 2018-03-31 21:59
BAGHDAD (UNAMI) — Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Ján Kubiš, extends his greetings to all the people of Iraq, particularly Christians, on the occasion of Easter. “I would like to extend my greeti ...

Kurdistan PM, UN Envoy Discuss Erbil-Baghdad Talks

BAS News - 2018-03-29 20:11
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani on Thursday received UN Special Representative to the Secretary-General for Iraq, Jan Kubis, to discuss the progress in the talks between Erbil and Baghdad. Kubis reiterated UN’s support for the o ...

IS Kidnaps Four Civilians in Diyala

BAS News - 2018-03-27 22:14
ERBIL — Islamic State (IS) militants overnight on Monday attacked a village near Qara Tappa district of Diyala province and kidnapped four civilians. Mohammed Omer, a Patriotic Union of Kurdistan representative in the district confirmed the report to Bas ...

UN Concerned about Sinjar

BAS News - 2018-03-26 13:04
ERBIL — The United Nations has expressed concern over the current situation of Kurdish Yezidis in Sinjar and around the region, urging immediate actions to help thousands of the religious minority, said UN Special Representative to the Secretary-General ...

Turkey in Row with PUK over PKK Ties: Envoy

BAS News - 2018-03-24 13:36
ERBIL — Patriotic Union Of Kurdistan (PUK) representative in Turkey has sent a letter to his party, warning over ties with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), pointing out to the recent statements made by Turkish FM, accusing the party of supporting the P ...

Iraqi Kurdistan sacks Jewish representative to appease Baghdad

E-Kurd - 2018-03-18 22:44
Kurdistan ministry says Jewish representative removed but not to appease Iraq HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— After working for Iraqi Kurdistan’s Ministry of Endowment and Religious Affairs for two years, the region’s Jewish representative, Sherz ...

UN Rep Calls on Iraqi Government to Protect Minorities

BAS News - 2018-03-12 20:37
ERBIL - The UN representative in Iraq has reacted to the latest violations against the minorities in the country, urging the federal government to take serious action to protect their lives. The UN representative Jan Kubis said in a statement that what m ...

Any Freed Yezidi to Receive Two Million IQD: Official

BAS News - 2018-03-06 10:44
ERBIL - Any Yezidi who has been freed from the Islamic State (IS) captivity will be given 2 million IQD from the Ministry of Migration and Displacement of Iraq, said an official. Representative of Yezidis at the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Mini ...

Iraqi Kurdistan govt envoy to EU attacks Kurdish refugee in Brussels

E-Kurd - 2018-02-23 18:34
BRUSSELS,— Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) representative to European Union attacked a Kurdish refugee in Brussels following his protest against Erbil governor. Footage released on Facebook showing KRG envoy to EU Dlawar Azhgayee was approachin ...

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. ...

Kurdistan Region Remembers France's Support

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

KRG PM, UN Envoy discuss ongoing talks between Erbil and Baghdad

Waar Media - 2018-02-04 17:25
WAAR-DUHOK: The Prime Minister of Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, met on Sunday with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, Jan Kubis, to discuss the latest political developments in the region, including ...

Kurdistan PM, UN Envoy Discuss Erbil-Baghdad Crisis

BAS News - 2018-02-04 13:46
ERBIL — The Prime Minister of Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, men on Sunday with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, Jan Kubis, to discuss the latest political developments in the region, including the ...

Provincial Council Calls on Christian IDPs to Return Home in Mosul

BAS News - 2018-02-03 22:48
ERBIL — The Provincial Council of Nineveh in northern Iraq has called on the Christian IDPs to return to their homes in Mosul and Nineveh Plains, pledging to provide them with security and stability. Dawood Baba Yaqoub, a Christian representative, told B ...

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to visit Erbil

Waar Media - 2018-01-30 11:18
WAAR-DUHOK: French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will visit Erbil late in February before heading to an international conference in Kuwait, said Kurdistan Region’s representative to Paris. Speaking to reporters on Monday, Ali Dollamari said Le Dria ...

French FM to Visit Erbil

BAS News - 2018-01-29 23:15
ERBIL — French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will visit Erbil late in February before heading to an international conference in Kuwait, said Kurdistan Region’s representative to Paris. Speaking to reporters on Monday, Ali Dollamari said Le Drian wi ...

Syria’s Kurds won’t take part in Sochi Peace Talks

Waar Media - 2018-01-28 12:27
WAAR-DUHOK: Syrian Kurds won’t take part in the upcoming Sochi Peace talks due to the situation in Kurdish-Syrian Afrin. “We said before that if the situation remained the same in Afrin we could not attend Sochi,” a representative of the Kurdish delegati ...

After Efrin, Turkey will target all of northern Syria, envoy says

The Defense Post - 2018-01-24 00:49
Turkey's Operation Olive Branch could bring about a war that will engulf all of Syria, the Rojava cantons representative said The post After Efrin, Turkey will target all of northern Syria, envoy says appeared first on The Defense Post. ...

Change Movement renews its support to Era Resistance

ANHA - 2018-01-23 20:25
NEWS DESK– Change Movement renewed its support for the heroic resistance demonstrated by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Afrin within the “Era Resistance” during a visit to the representative of the Democratic Autonomous Administration in al-Sulaima ...

Barzani: Arabisation of Kurdish Territories Won’t Be Tolerated

BAS News - 2018-01-18 17:03
ERBIL — Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani condemned the ongoing Arabisation of Kirkuk and other disputed Kurdish areas by Iraqi militia groups, vowing to stop the campaign has targeted the demography of Kurdish areas. In a meeting with several representative ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Appoints New Mayor in Tuz Khurmatu

BAS News - 2018-01-18 17:03
“The Arabic faction representatives have voted under the threat of the Iranian-backed militias Hashd al-Shaabi” ERBIL — A Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) representative to Tuz Khurmatu said that a Shi’ite Turkman figure from Tuz Khurmatu has been appoin ...

Baghdad blockes Belgian Defense Minister to visit Erbil

Waar Media - 2018-01-13 04:49
WAAR-DUHOK: The Iraqi government blocked a visit by Belgium’s defence minister to his country’s troops in the Kurdistan Region last year, the KRG’s representative in Europe has revealed. “The Belgian Minister of Defense Steven Vandeput was set to visit B ...

A vivid picture of hypocrisy: Macron and Erdogan trade arms as Kurds mourn

Kurdish Institute of Brussels - 2018-01-12 22:29
This article was published on The Region on 6 January 2018. Five years ago Tuesday, three revolutionary Kurdish women— PKK founding member Sakine Cansiz, KNK Representative to France Fidan Dogan and youth activist Leyla Soylemez—were murdered in Paris on ...

Iraq Prevents Belgian Minister from Visiting Kurdistan

BAS News - 2018-01-12 13:43
LODZ — The Iraqi government has refused to permit Belgian Defence Minister Steven Vandeput to visit the troops from his country stationed in Erbil, another move by the Baghdad government to isolate the Kurds. Kurdistan Region representative to the EU, De ...
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