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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 ...

Kirkuk: Iraq’s NOC Sacks Kurdish Managers

BAS News - 2017-12-30 19:53
ERBIL — The North Oil Company, which is owned by the Iraqi central government, has dismissed five Kurdish managers as part of Baghdad’s punitive actions against Kurds. Mohammed Khurshid, a representative for Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) to Kirkuk, to ...

Fate of 350 Sunnis Kidnapped by PMF Remains Unknown: Tribal Figure

BAS News - 2017-12-27 14:51
ERBIL — In an interview with BasNews, Sair al-Bayati, the representative of the Arab tribes in Tuz Khurmatu, revealed that the armed groups of Hashd al-Shaabi continue to kidnap Arab and Turkmen Sunnis in the district, saying that 950 people have been ab ...

Regimes’ delegation would return to Geneva on Sunday

ANHA - 2017-12-07 12:19
NEWS DESK-Delegation of Syrian regime headed by its permanent representative to United Nations, Bashar al-Jaafari, arrived in Geneva on Sunday to participate in the eighth round of talks sponsored by the United Nations. The official Syrian news agency SAN ...

KRG PM and UN SRGS Discuss Erbil-Baghdad Relations

BAS News - 2017-12-06 10:30
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met on Tuesday with the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, stressing the importance of talks between Erbil and Baghdad on both technical and politi ...

France, UNESCO Promote Community Reconciliation in Iraq

BAS News - 2017-12-03 22:41
BAGHDAD, (UNESCO) — During a ceremony hosted by the Iraqi Communications and Media Committee (CMC), H. Exc. Mr. Bruno Aubert, Ambassador of France to Iraq and Mrs. Louise Haxthausen, UNESCO Director and Representative to Iraq, signed the project “Voices ...

UNAMI Condemns Monday’s Terror Attack in Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-11-29 00:28
BAGHDAD — The United Nations Assistance Mission to Iraq has decried the deadly terror attack in Iraqi capital of Baghdad overnight Monday. “The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, strongly condem ...

Fate of Over Thousand Yezidi Children Unknown: Yezidi MP

BAS News - 2017-11-27 15:27
ERBIL — The Kurdish Yezidis’ representative to the Iraqi Parliament Vian Dakhil said that over a thousand Yezidi children, abducted by the Islamic State (IS), were taken to Syria and Turkey where they are being sold. “More than a thousand Yezidi children ...

Iraqi Shi’ite Lawmaker Calls Kurdish Yezidi MP “Infidel”

BAS News - 2017-11-25 20:36
ERBIL — An Iraqi Shi’ite member of parliament has insulted hundreds of thousands of Kurdish Yezidis by calling their representative, Vian Dakhil, “an infidel”. Dakhil, who is the sole Yezidi lawmaker at the Iraqi parliament, told BasNews that the Shi’ite ...

UN SRSG to Iraq Condemns Tuz Khurmatu Attack

BAS News - 2017-11-22 09:54
ERBIL — Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Ján Kubiš, strongly condemned Tuesday’s deadly car bomb attack in Tuz Khurmatu district which killed and wounded dozens of people. “Terrorists have struck again in Ir ...

Iraqi Christians Appeal to US, UN for Help

BAS News - 2017-11-19 03:46
DUHOK — Iraqi Christians whom are displaced from there homes in Nineveh Plains have official appealed to the United States and United Nations to help them return to their homes and secure their region, said a Christian representative at Duhok Provincial ...

Sami Abdul Rahman, Kurdish delegate, urges U.S. to push Iraq deal

Washington Times - 2017-11-16 09:16
The Trump administration must do more to push a negotiated settlement between the Iraqi government and the country's Kurdish minority over a blocked Kurdish push for independence, the Iraqi Kurds' top representative in Washington said in an interview, war ...

Hashd Al-Shaabi Impeding IDPs Returns to Mosul: MP

BAS News - 2017-11-11 15:14
MOSUL — An Iraqi lawmaker, representing Nineveh Province in the Iraqi parliament, says that the Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi are preventing the displaced people from returning to their areas in Mosul. Ahmad Madloul, representative of Nineveh to th ...

Kurdistan Expects Greater US Role to Ease Tension with Baghdad: Envoy

BAS News - 2017-11-11 10:04
Kurdistan Regional Government’s Representative to the US, Bayan Sami Abdulrahman, has explained the current relations between Washington and Erbil as tensions between Kurdistan and Iraq growing. The Kurds, since Baghdad’s incursion in Kirkuk, have been c ...

Dialogue the Only Means to Resolve Erbil-Baghdad Disputes: KRG PM

BAS News - 2017-11-07 15:14
KRG PM met with Special Representative of UN Secretary General ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met on Tuesday with Ján Kubiš, the Special Representative of UN Secretary General, to discuss the pressing issues. ...

1,300 Yezidi Families Displaced Again, This Time by Shi’ite Militias

BAS News - 2017-10-28 22:35
ERBIL — The military invasion of Kurdish Yezidi areas by Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi has resulted in the displacement of nearly 1,300 families, said an official. Representative of Yezidis at the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG ...

Dilar Dirik: Free Abdullah Öcalan!

Pirtuk û Wêje - 2017-10-20 15:30
Millions of Kurds view Öcalan as their political representative. His freedom is directly linked to a democratic and peaceful solution to the war in Turkey. Wounded people trapped in basements, civilians burned alive, children shot on the streets, dead wom ...

KRG Envoy to Sweden Resigns After Kirkuk Crisis

BAS News - 2017-10-18 21:14
ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Representative to Sweden has handed in his resignation after the fall of Kirkuk into the hands of the Iraqi Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi due to a plot by an influential faction within his party. “Today I ...

Prime Minister Barzani meets with top UN envoy to Iraq

KRG-Spain - 2017-10-10 00:01
Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met with UN Secretary General’s Special Representative to Iraq, Jan Kubis, and his accompanying delegation. In the meeting, both sides discussed post-referendum development ...

Another Russian Oil Producer Expected to Operate in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-10-07 17:52
ERBIL — Russia is urging its oil companies to begin operating and invest in Kurdistan Region in the energy sector, said a Kurdish official. The representative of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Moscow Khoshawi Mala Ibrahim told BasNews that Russia do ...

Picture: Yezidi Child Found in Mosul Doesn’t Know Her Name, Parents

BAS News - 2017-10-07 13:24
She is living in an orphanage now ERBIL — A Kurdish Yezidi child who was abducted by the Islamic State (IS) militants in Sinjar in 2014 has been found in Mosul, knowing neither her name nor her parents’. The Kurdish Yezidi representative in the Iraqi par ...
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