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44 members of US Congress urge Mattis to halt F-35 delivery to Turkey

Waar Media - 2018-06-16 17:57
WAAR-DUHOK: It would be “inconceivable” for the United States to go through with a deal supplying advanced F-35 fighter jets to Turkey, 44 members of the US House of Representatives warned in a letter on Friday to Secretary of Defense James Mattis. Turke ...

Barzani Receives SG of Association of Arab Universities

BAS News - 2018-06-10 17:09
ERBIL — Prominent Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani received on Sunday Professor Sultan T. Abu-Orabi Aladwan, the Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities in Erbil, discussing a range of issues, including the developments in Kurdistan’s high ...

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 ...

US-Turkish talks end ambiguously

Kurdistan24 - 2018-06-05 00:52
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shakes hands with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu at the State Department in Washington, US, June 4, 2018. (Photo: Reuters/Leah Millis) ...

NATO Says Won't Support Israel if Attacked by Iran

BAS News - 2018-06-03 15:25
ERBIL - Israel won't be backed military by NATO if it is attacked by Iran as the Jewish state is not a member, but only a partner of the military bloc, said a report on Sunday. According to Sputnik, the alliance's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has t ...

Spain’s Sanchez sworn in as new prime minister

Waar Media - 2018-06-02 19:57
WAAR-DUHOK: Secretary-General of Spain’s Socialist Workers’ Party Pedro Sanchez took the oath of office on Saturday as the country’s new prime minister. The ceremony was held at the royal residence, the Zarzuela Palace, and was attended by King Felipe VI ...

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 ...

Iran Rejects US's Demand to Withdraw Its Advisory Role in Syria

BAS News - 2018-05-27 16:35
ERBIL - Iran has reaffirmed that its "advisory presence" will continue in Syria even though the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo set a 12-point ultimatum against Tehran, said a report on Sunday. "As long as the threat of terrorism exists in Syria and th ...

KDP Delegation Meets with Maliki in Baghdad

BAS News - 2018-05-23 02:12
ERBIL — While in Baghdad, a high-level delegation from the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) met on Tuesday with Nouri al-Maliki, the leader of State of Law Coalition. Secretary of KDP politburo, Fazil Mirani, said during a joint press conference with Mal ...

KDP Delegation Meets with Sadr in Baghdad

BAS News - 2018-05-22 23:56
ERBIL — A high-level delegation from the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) met on Tuesday with Muqtada al-Sadr, the leader of Sa’eroun Alliance who has won the Iraqi parliamentary election. The KDP delegation, led by Secretary of the party’s politburo Faz ...

Rouhani: ‘World no longer accepts US deciding for them’

Waar Media - 2018-05-22 14:50
WAAR-DUHOK: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani dismissed threats made by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday, saying the rest of the world no longer accepts Washington making decisions on their behalf. “Who are you to decide for Iran and the world?” ...

U.S. threatens ‘strongest’ sanctions on Iran, seeks sweeping change

Roji Kurd - 2018-05-22 00:00
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday threatened to impose the “strongest sanctions in history” against Iran if it did not accept a sweeping series of U.S. demands, including effectively giving up its nuclear ambitions, curtailing its ballistic missile ...

Masrour Barzani receives letter from US Secretary of State

Waar Media - 2018-05-21 20:54
WAAR-DUHOK: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a letter to Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council Masrour Barzani has reiterated his country’s commitment to anti-terror and stabilization efforts. In response to a congratulatory message by Barz ...

US Secretary of State Sends Letter to Masrour Barzani, Reiterates Support

BAS News - 2018-05-21 20:27
ERBIL - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a letter to Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council Masrour Barzani has reiterated his country’s commitment to anti-terror and stabilization efforts. In response to a congratulatory message by Barzani ...

Pompeo promises strongest sanctions in history on Iran

Waar Media - 2018-05-21 17:46
WAAR-DUHOK: Just weeks after US President Donald Trump announced that the US was withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), newly-appointed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered an address to the Heritage Foundation in Monday on ...

Pompeo: US Will Impose Strongest in History Sanctions on Iran

BAS News - 2018-05-21 16:29
ERBIL - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday that Washington will impose "strongest sanctions" on Iran, reiterating that the financial pressure will not ease until Tehran changes the course, said a report. During his speech at the Heritage Fo ...

PUK co-founder Adel Murad dies in Germany at age 69

E-Kurd - 2018-05-18 18:00
COLOGNE,— Co-founder of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Adel Murad died in Germany on Friday at age 69, the PUK Center Council said. Murad, who was also the secretary of the PUK Center Council, died in Germany where he went to receive medical trea ...

PUK Co-founder Dies in Germany: Party

BAS News - 2018-05-18 13:04
ERBIL - Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) announced in a statement on Friday the passing of its Central Council Secretary, Adil Murad, at the age of 69. Murad who had achieved his bachelor degree at Baghdad University, was born in 1949 in Khanaqin and a ...

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 ...

Three Kurdish Labor Activists Released from Sanandaj Central Prison On Bail

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2018-05-17 02:02
Three labor activists from Sanandaj, who were arrested by security forces two weeks ago, were released on bail from Sanandaj Central Prison yesterday. On may 01 (the International Workers’s Day), Yadi Samadin (the Secretary to the Sanandaj Bakery Sendicat ...

Peshmerga Continues Fighting Terror as IS not Eliminated: Official

BAS News - 2018-05-06 14:14
ERBIL — A Kurdish Peshmerga said on Sunday that the Islamic State (IS) maintains presence in hideouts across Iraq, and it continues posing threats to the Kurdistan Region and Iraq. Secretary General of the Peshmerga Ministry, Jabbar Yawar, told BasNews t ...

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 ...

US Troops Stay in Syria Until Peace Fully Achieved: Report

BAS News - 2018-05-01 13:21
ERBIL - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday that his country's troops will not leave Syria unless peace is fully achieved across the country, said a report. "We do not want to simply pull out before the diplomats have won the peace, so you win ...

In Jordan, Pompeo puts onus on Palestinians to rejoin peace talks

Waar Media - 2018-04-30 14:56
WAAR-DUHOK: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wound up a three-day Middle East trip Monday without having met any Palestinian, but nevertheless urged their leadership to rejoin the peace process. Washington’s newly appointed top diplomat received a warm ...

Pompeo Reiterates US's Stance for Israel, Saudi Arabia Against Iran

BAS News - 2018-04-29 23:07
ERBIL - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday reiterated his country's support for Israel and Saudi Arabia against Iran, saying that the US is with Israel in this fight, said a report. Pompeo also called for an international punishment for Iran for ...

Pompeo briefs Saudi, Israel on Trump plans for Iran deal

Waar Media - 2018-04-29 14:30
WAAR-DUHOK: Washington’s new chief diplomat was to meet Saudi and Israeli leaders on Sunday to rally coordinated opposition to Tehran and brief them on President Donald Trump’s threat to end the Iran nuclear deal. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo touched d ...

Turkish FM says he and Mike Pompeo agree on Syrian Kurdish forces

Seattle Times - 2018-04-27 23:45
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says he and new U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have agreed to approve an existing “road map” to getting Kurdish militia to withdraw from a Syrian town. The plan came out of working grou ...

Mike Pompeo confirmed as US Secretary of State

Waar Media - 2018-04-27 11:13
WAAR-DUHOK: President Trump’s nominee to replace Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State was officially confirmed Thursday; following weeks of Democratic opposition against former CIA director Mike Pompeo. According to Fox News, the Senate voted 57-42 to off ...

Mike Pompeo Confirmed as New Secretary of State

BAS News - 2018-04-27 01:06
ERBIL - CIA Director Mike Pompeo was confirmed as the new secretary of the state after senators voted 57 to 42, supporting the US President Donald Trump's nominee on Thursday, said a report. Pompeo who previously was an army officer, served as a Republic ...

Iran-Israel Military Conflict in Syria Possible: US Defence Secretary

BAS News - 2018-04-26 22:09
ERBIL - There is a high possibility of a military confrontation between Israel and Iran in Syria, US Defence Secretary James Mattis warned on Thursday. "I can see how it might start, but I am not sure when or where," said Mattis at a hearing in Congress ...

NATO to Send Additional Military Advisors to Iraq

BAS News - 2018-04-26 15:03
ERBIL — The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is working on a plan to deploy additional military advisors and trainers to Iraq, said the organisation’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Speaking to Kurdistan 24, Stoltenberg confirmed that NATO ...

Iraqi Shi’ite Candidate Arrested After Calling Himself “Prophet”

BAS News - 2018-04-25 22:08
ERBIL — Iraqi security forces on Wednesday arrested a Shi’ite cleric who is running for the upcoming parliamentary election, accusing him of calling himself a “prophet” as part of his election campaign. Yasir Naser Hassan, the founder and secretary gener ...

UN Secretary General: World notes that “Cold War is back,”

Waar Media - 2018-04-23 11:30
WAAR-DUHOK: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in an interview with Sweden’s television channel SVT he believed that the world is witnessing today another Cold War. “I think the world now clearly noting that the Cold War is back,” Guterres said. ...

Iranian defense minister in Baghdad for security cooperation

Waar Media - 2018-04-18 16:54
WAAR-DUHOK: Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami arrived in Baghdad on Wednesday and is expected to meet with Iraqi military officials, as reported by Iranian news outlets. Hatami was received by Secretary General of the Iraqi Ministry ...

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 ...

Mattis, Dunford Detail Attacks on Syrian Chemical Arsenal

CENTCOM - 2018-04-16 23:00
U.S., British and French forces launched attacks against the Syrian government’s chemical weapon arsenal in retaliation for the use of such weapons on civilians, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford said. ...

The Atlantic: Neither Precise Nor Proportionate

Justice for Kurds - 2018-04-16 20:16
“Precise and proportionate,” is how Secretary of Defense James Mattis described the recent shower of missiles that fell on three targets in Syria. Precise, possibly, although anyone who has dealt with them knows that smart weapons often do dumb things. Bu ...

US to Impose More Sanctions on Russia: Report

BAS News - 2018-04-15 22:28
ERBIL - US will impose new sanctions on Russia over a suspected poison gas attack by the Syrian regime on a rebel-held town, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley stated on Sunday. She said the Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin will declare the sanctions on ...

NATO Supports UN-led Efforts on Syria

BAS News - 2018-04-15 00:41
ERBIL — North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is in favour of the efforts by the United Nations which intend to find a solution to the current crisis in Syria, said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. "Allies reiterate their support for UN-led e ...

Eight Big Questions on War and Peace for Mike Pompeo

International Crisis Group - 2018-04-11 17:45
With a dizzying range of international crises and conflicts facing the U.S., the confirmation hearing of incoming Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday 12 April is a chance to gauge the administration's future tack. Crisis Group's U.S. Program Direc ...

Mattis: US Not Behind Syrian Airbase Attack

BAS News - 2018-04-09 16:08
ERBIL - The US is not behind the airstrikes on the Syrian airbase in response to the weekend's suspected chemical gas attack on a rebel-held town in Syria, Defense Secretary James Mattis said Monday. "I don't rule out anything right now," Mattis quoted b ...

IS Still a Threat to Iraq: Peshmerga Official

BAS News - 2018-04-05 22:04
ERBIL — Even though announced defeated by the Iraqi government, the Islamic State (IS) remains a serious threat to Iraq and the wider region, said a top Peshmerga official. Speaking to reporters in Erbil, Secretary General of the Ministry of Peshmerga, J ...

High Iraqi Delegation Arrives in Erbil

BAS News - 2018-04-05 11:10
ERBIL - A high Iraqi delegation headed by Secretary General of the Council of Ministers, Dr. Mahdi Al-Alaq arrived in Erbil on Thursday morning to attend the funeral of the Kurdish PM Nechrivan Barzani's brother. Dlovan Barzani, the twin brother of the K ...
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