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Hashd al-Shaabi Militia Threatens US Presence in Iraq

BAS News - 2018-09-20 21:32
ERBIL - If Washington imposes any sanctions on Qais al-Khazali’s As-Saib Ahl al-Haq (AAH) and Akram al-Kaabi’s Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba, the US's political interests in Iraq will be in danger, deputy secretary of al-Nujaba, Nasr al-Shamari, warned on ...

Pompeo Congratulates New Iraqi Parliament Speaker

BAS News - 2018-09-20 00:32
ERBIL - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo congratulated in a phone call on Wednesday the new Iraqi parliament speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi on his new post. During the phone call, the pair also exchanged views on underway efforts to form a new government ...

KDP Refutes Allegation of Nechirvan Barzani Running for Iraqi Presidency

BAS News - 2018-09-19 13:24
ERBIL — The ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has refuted the reports claiming that Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan will run for the position of Iraq’s president. Fazil Mirani, the Secretary of KDP politburo, told Kurdistan 24 that Nechri ...

Turkish FM, US's Pompeo Discuss Syria's Situation by Phone

BAS News - 2018-09-18 21:38
ERBIL - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in a phone call on Tuesday with the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed the latest political developments in Syria, a report said. Anadolu Agency cited a Turkish diplomatic source who spoke on con ...

US Warns to Respond "Swiftly" to Attacks by Iranian Allies in Iraq

BAS News - 2018-09-12 10:11
ERBIL - The US has warned Iran to respond swiftly and decisively" to any offensives by the Islamic Republic's allies in Iraq that cause any harms to Americans or the western country's facilities. The White House press secretary in a statement on Tuesday ...

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 ...

Bob Woodward: Trump wanted Syria’s Assad assassinated

Waar Media - 2018-09-05 12:42
WAAR-DUHOK: U.S. President Donald Trump wanted to have Syrian President Bashar al-Assad assassinated last year but his defense secretary ignored the request, according to a new book that depicts top Trump aides sometimes disregarding presidential orders ...

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 ...

The Hill: American allies wanted — why Kurdistan may be one

Justice for Kurds - 2018-09-02 04:20
Following a new executive order for “biting sanctions” against Iran, United States-Iran tensions have intensified. Recently in several Iranian cities protests signal a growing panic. As U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said at The Pentagon recently that ...

UN Appoints New Envoy to Iraq

BAS News - 2018-09-01 11:41
ERBIL — UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed a new envoy to Iraq to succeed Jan Kubis. The incoming envoy is Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert who previously served as Netherlands Defence Minister between 2012 and 2017. She will be heading the Un ...

PM Barzani Receives Secretary General of Arab Universities

BAS News - 2018-08-30 19:16
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region PM Nechirvan Barzani received on Thursday the Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities, Amro Ezzat Salama for talks on bilateral ties. During his first visit to Erbil, the former Minister of Higher Education and ...

Barzani receives call phone from U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo

Waar Media - 2018-08-30 10:26
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdish prominent leader Masoud Barzani received on Wednesday evening a phone call from the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for talks on the latest political developments in Iraq. According to a statement by Barzani’s office, a copy of whic ...

Trump calls off Pompeo’s North Korea trip, blasts China

Waar Media - 2018-08-25 00:44
WAAR-DUHOK: US President Donald Trump on Friday pulled the plug on his top diplomat’s upcoming trip to North Korea — and took a swipe at China over stalled efforts to disarm Kim Jong Un’s regime. “I have asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo not to go to ...

UN investigators begin probe on massacres against Yazidi by ISIS

Waar Media - 2018-08-24 12:33
WAAR-DUHOK: A UN team of investigators has begun work in Iraq aimed at collecting evidence on the massacres of the Yazidi minority and other atrocities committed by the Islamic State ISIS, according to a letter released on Thursday. UN Secretary-General ...

U.S. to bring back Khalilzad as special Afghanistan envoy

Waar Media - 2018-08-23 15:47
WAAR-DUHOK: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to soon tap Zalmay Khalilzad, an Afghan-born former U.S. ambassador to Kabul and Baghdad, as his special envoy on Afghanistan, two U.S. officials said, the latest signal to the Taliban that Wash ...

World leaders pay tribute to former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan

Waar Media - 2018-08-19 14:57
WAAR-DUHOK: World figures have been paying tribute to former UN secretary-general and Nobel laureate Kofi Annan, who has died at the age of 80. Current UN chief Antonio Guterres hailed him as “a guiding force for good” and Russian President Vladimir Puti ...

Masrour Barzani, US Under-secretary of DoD Discuss IS War

BAS News - 2018-08-18 14:05
ERBIL — Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC), Masrour Barzani, met with the US Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood in Washington to discuss the latest political and security developments as well as bilateral ties. Barzani th ...

Former UN Chief Kofi Annan Dies at 80

BAS News - 2018-08-18 12:16
ERBIL — Former secretary general of the United Nation, Kofi Annan, has died at the age of 80, his family and international diplomats confirmed. Annan, who was the first black African to take up the role as UN chief, died after a short period of illness. ...

Turkey to retaliate if US slaps on more sanctions

Waar Media - 2018-08-17 16:32
WAAR-DUHOK: On Thursday US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, amid the continuous deterioration of bilateral ties between the US and Turkey, announced that a new set of sanctions will be imposed upon Ankara if American pastor Andrew Brunson, held on terr ...

US Secretary of State, UN Envoy Discuss Syria

BAS News - 2018-08-16 15:19
ERBIL — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday met with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura in Washington to discuss the latest developments in the war-torn country and possible strategies to overcome the seven-year-long civil war. The pai ...

KRG PM Nechirvan Barzani receives call phone from US Secretary Pompeo

Waar Media - 2018-08-15 09:39
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed in a phone call on Tuesday the latest political developments in Iraq and Kurdistan Region. According to a statement by Barzani’s office, the pai ...

Barzani, Qaradaghi discusse latest political developments in region

Waar Media - 2018-08-13 14:16
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdish leader and former president of Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, received a delegation from the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) on Sunday in Erbil. The delegation was led by IUMS secretary general Ali Qaradaghi. During t ...

Barzani Receives Top International Muslim Scholars in Erbil

BAS News - 2018-08-12 14:55
ERBIL — Kurdish leader and former president of Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, received a delegation from the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) on Sunday in Erbil. The delegation was led by IUMS secretary general Ali Qaradaghi. During the m ...

Turkish delegation left US with no agreement

Kurdistan24 - 2018-08-10 19:29
Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal (2nd L) leaves after a meeting with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan at State Department in Washington, U.S., August 8, 2018. (Photo: Reuters/Yuri Gripas) ...

Iranian FM Condemns US Sanctions

BAS News - 2018-08-06 21:50
ERBIL - Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif condemned on Monday the re-imposition of US sanctions, saying that it will mostly affect the people rather than the country only, local media reported. Earlier the day, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated ...

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 ...

US to ‘fully enforce’ Iran sanctions reimposed this week

Waar Media - 2018-08-06 12:09
WAAR-DUHOK: The United States intends to fully enforce sanctions due to be reimposed against Iran early this week on orders from US President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday. A first set of US sanctions that had been eased by ...

Pompeo, Cavusoglu meet as tensions grow over detained pastor

Waar Media - 2018-08-03 12:15
WAAR-DUHOK: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday in an attempt to stave off a diplomatic crisis between Washington and Ankara over the detention of an American pastor in Turkey. The United States is dem ...

U.S. sanctions two Turkish ministers over Pastor’s detention

Waar Media - 2018-08-01 23:33
WAAR-DUHOK: The U.S. imposed sanctions on two Turkish ministers over the continued detention of an American pastor who President Donald Trump has said should be released, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. The sanctions target Turke ...

Heather Nauert: Pompeo agrees with Trump on talking to Iran

Waar Media - 2018-08-01 15:22
WAAR-DUHOK: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo agrees with the statement made by President Donald Trump about being open to meeting with the Iranian government without preconditions, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a briefing on Tuesd ...

US, Turkey to Start Joint Patrols in Syria: Mattis

BAS News - 2018-07-28 12:52
ERBIL — US Secretary of Defence James Mattis said on Friday that his country’s armed forces will start joint patrols in northern Syria with the Turkish counterparts in a matter of weeks. "I mean, you got to do the training… I think that we’re talking abo ...

Pompeo to deliver major speech on Iran

Kurdistan24 - 2018-07-20 08:19
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers remarks on the Trump administration's Iran policy at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, May 21, 2018. (Photo: Reuters) ...

Turkey Lifts State of Emergency After Two Years

BAS News - 2018-07-19 01:41
ERBIL — Turkish government lifted the state of emergency after two years on Thursday 1 a.m. local time (2200 GMT Wednesday). The state of emergency had been imposed after the 2016’s coup attempt in the country. Turkish president's press secretary Ibrahim ...

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 ...

Lavrov meets Pompeo in Helsinki

Waar Media - 2018-07-16 17:08
WAAR-DUHOK: Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov and US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman took part in the talks between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which took place on the sidelines of the Russia ...

Lavrov, Pompeo to meet in Helsinki during Russia-US summit

Waar Media - 2018-07-13 15:03
WAAR-DUHOK: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US State Secretary Mike Pompeo will meet in Helsinki on the margins of the Russia-US summit, the Russian Foreign Ministry informed TASS on Friday. “A meeting between both countries’ foreign policy ch ...

Trump accused Germany of being “totally controlled by Russia.”

Waar Media - 2018-07-11 18:01
WAAR-DUHOK: US President Donald Trump has strongly criticized NATO counties for approving the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. While talking to reporters ahead of a meeting with the NATO secretary general in Brussels, he bashed Germany, ca ...

Theresa May accepts Boris Johnson’s resignation as foreign secretary

Waar Media - 2018-07-09 18:25
WAAR-DUHOK: Controversial UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has resigned mere hours after Brexit Secretary David Davis also left his post, as the political crisis over the UK’s Brexit strategy intensifies ever-further. Johnson’s sudden departure came a ...

British PM May appoints Dominic Raab as new Brexit minister

Waar Media - 2018-07-09 14:36
WAAR-DUHOK: British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed Dominic Raab as the new Brexit Secretary on Monday after his predecessor quit in protest at the government’s plans for a close trading relationship with the European Union. “The Queen has been plea ...

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 ...
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