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Zaniar and Loghman Moradi Condemned to death

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2018-02-21 09:32
KMMK: Zaniar and Loghman Moradi, two political prisoners were arrested on July 11, 2009 by security forces in Marivan city; on December 1, 2010, he was tried in Branch 15 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court and charged with moharebeh through membership in a ...

Putin, Russian Security Council Discuss Situation in Afrin

BAS News - 2018-02-20 22:59
ERBIL — Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the situation in the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin with the Russian National Security Council, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday at a press meeting. Peskov pointed out that Putin and t ...

UNSC to discuss Erbil-Baghdad disputes

Waar Media - 2018-02-20 21:57
WAAR-DUHOK: United Nations Security Council will start investigations on the disputes between Iraq and the Kurdistan Region in order to help the sides resolve their issues via peaceful methods. According to a statement released by the UN, a copy of which ...

Brother of Iraqi MP Arrested for Involvement in Sinjar Massacre

BAS News - 2018-02-20 21:33
MOSUL — The brother of and Iraqi lawmaker was arrested on Tuesday by the security forces after he was accused of involvement in the Islamic State’s (IS) massacre against the Kurdish Yezidis in Sinjar back in 2014. The suspect was arrested while visiting ...

85% of Yezidis Still Displaced: MP

BAS News - 2018-02-20 21:33
ERBIL — Over 85% of the Kurdish Yezidis whom were displaced by the Islamic State (IS) and the aftermath of the security crisis, are still displaced, scattered far and wide across the region, said a lawmaker. Kurdish Yezidi MP Viyan Dakhil said in a state ...

The continued arbitrary detention of citizens Kurd in Sanandaj, Ilam and Bukan

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2018-02-20 13:54
Kurdistan Human Right Association: Three citizens in the cities of Sanandaj, Boukan and Mehran from eastern Kurdistan have been arrested in separate cases by the Islamic Republic of Iran’s security forces in these cities. On 17,February,2018 “Bahman Khosh ...

World Security Council to Help Baghdad, Erbil Resolve Disputes

BAS News - 2018-02-20 11:13
ERBIL - World Security Council will start investigations on the disputes between Iraq and the Kurdistan Region in order to help the sides resolve their issues via peaceful methods.According to a statement released by the UN, a copy of which was been sent ...

Blast Kills 4 in Rojava’s Qamishlo

BAS News - 2018-02-18 22:23
ERBIL — At least four people were killed on Sunday after a bomb exploded their vehicle in Qamishlo, the Syrian Kurdistan. According to Kurdistan 24, the explosion took place in Gharbi neighbourhood of Qamishlo where local security forces have already lau ...

Munich Security Conference.. KRG delegation meets European officials

Waar Media - 2018-02-18 14:37
WAAR-DUHOK: A delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) met with senior officials on the sidelines of Friday’s Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Germany. MSC launched its 54th yearly conference with the participation of more than 450 deci ...

Israel’s Netanyahu warns Iran

Waar Media - 2018-02-18 14:37
WAAR-DUHOK: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has held a blistering speech at the Munich Security Conference to warn the world not to try to appease Iran. He accused Tehran of trying to dominate the Middle East. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu o ...

Kurdistan Region Delegates Meet Foreign Officials in Munich

BAS News - 2018-02-18 10:47
ERBIL - The Kurdistan Region delegates on the second day of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) met with some foreign officials to discuss the issues between Erbil-Baghdad."The delegates on the sidelines of MSC met with Britain's Minister for the Middle ...

The beginnings of a NATO crisis

Kathimerini - 2018-02-18 00:45
have engaged in a war against Kurdish rebels in northern Syria where the United States maintains... its foundation as Turkish troops have engaged in a war against Kurdish rebels in northern Syria where... that the Kurdish question poses a major security p ...

Passengers at Baghdad Airport Can Take Weapons Aboard

BAS News - 2018-02-17 22:54
BAGHDAD — An Iraqi lawmaker has warned about the incompetence of the security forces at the international airport of Baghdad where passengers take weapons aboard without the security noticing. Adil Nouri, a spokesperson for the parliamentary committee of ...

Mass Grave of 100 Victims of IS Found South of Mosul

BAS News - 2018-02-17 22:54
ERBIL — Iraqi security forces have discovered another huge mass grave in north of the country where up to 100 victims of the Islamic State (IS) were buried. Saleh al-Sherifi, commander of Nineveh Operations Command, told BasNews on Saturday that locals i ...

Iraqi PM Promised to Solve Baghdad-Erbil Issues: Masrour Barzani

BAS News - 2018-02-17 18:12
ERBIL — The Chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council who is attending the Munich Security Conference (MSC) said that the Iraqi PM has promised to solve the issues between Baghdad and Erbil. "We have met with several world leaders on the sideli ...

Masrour Barzani: Security Situation Worsening in Disputed Areas

BAS News - 2018-02-17 16:06
ERBIL — The Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC), Masrour Barzani, has laid the responsibility for the deteriorating security situation across the disputed Kurdish territories on the Iraqi government and its forces. “The security situat ...

Erbil Awaiting Baghdad to Fulfil Its Promises: Masrour Barzani

BAS News - 2018-02-17 16:06
ERBIL — The Iraqi government has promised to resolve the issues between Baghdad and Erbil, but the Kurdistan Region is still waiting for the fulfilment of those promises, said Masrour Barzani, the Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC). T ...

KRG delegation to MSC meets Iraqi PM in Munich

Waar Media - 2018-02-17 14:10
WAAR-DUHOK: Delegations led by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani are meeting on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on Saturday. It is the premiers’ third meeting in the past month after a chilling ...

Kurdish Delagation Meets with Iraqi PM in Munich

BAS News - 2018-02-17 13:17
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region Delegation led by Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani on Saturday met the Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi on the sideline of Munich Security Conference.Nechirvan Barzani, Kurdistan Region PM and Masrour Barzani, the Chancellor of the Kurdi ...

KRG delegation to MSC meets Norwegian, Italian foreign ministers

Waar Media - 2018-02-17 10:57
WAAR-DUHOK: A high-level delegation from the Kurdistan Region met on Friday with the foreign ministers from Norway and Italy to discuss the ties between the sides. The meetings took place on the sideline of Munich Security Conference, in which Kurdistan ...

KRG Delegation Meets with Italian, Norwegian Foreign Ministers

BAS News - 2018-02-16 23:37
ERBIL — A high-level delegation from the Kurdistan Region met on Friday with the foreign ministers from Norway and Italy to discuss the ties between the sides. The meetings took place on the sideline of Munich Security Conference, in which Kurdistan Regi ...

Kurdistan Delegation Meets with German Defence Minister

BAS News - 2018-02-16 20:00
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and Chancellor of Security Council Masrour Barzani met on Friday with German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen in Munich. The details of the discussion between the delegations are not yet reve ...

IS Committed Genocide Against Kurdish Yezidis: German Defence Minister

BAS News - 2018-02-16 20:00
ERBIL — The Defence Minister of Germany, Ursula von der Leyen, said on Friday that what the Islamic State (IS) committed against the Kurdish Yezidis was genocide. During a speech at the inauguration of 2018’s Munich Security Conference, Ursula von der Le ...

Head of KRSC to participate in 2018 Munich Security Conference

Waar Media - 2018-02-16 10:31
WAAR-DUHOK: The Chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) has been invited to participate in the 2018 Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Germany. Masrour Barzani, Head of the KRSC, traveled to Germany on Thursday to attend the security ...

Kirkuk: K1 Military Base Under Heavy Rocket Attack

BAS News - 2018-02-15 20:36
KIRKUK — The strategic military base of K1 in Kirkuk Province came under fierce rocket attack Thursday evening, security sources confirmed to BasNews. The location from where the rockets are launched, and the perpetrators are not identified yet. An ammun ...

NATO Agrees on Formal Training Mission in Iraq

BAS News - 2018-02-15 19:29
ERBIL — The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has agreed to organise a formal military training program for Iraq in hopes of helping the country recover from years of security challenges. “We have just agreed to start planning for a NATO training ...

Masrour Barzani To Visit Germany

BAS News - 2018-02-15 13:09
ERBIL - The Chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council is set to visit Germany to attend an international conference in the country.Masrour Barzani, the chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council has been set to travel to Germany in ord ...

Turkey Imposes Curfew on Several Areas in Diyarbakir

BAS News - 2018-02-14 15:40
ERBIL — Turkish security forces have imposed curfews on at least 176 villages in the province of Diyarbakir, the Kurdish-majority province in Turkey. According to sources, the curfews were imposed on 71 villages and 105 hamlets in the province in the pre ...

Former HDP co-chair Kemalbay detained in Ankara over remarks on Afrin

Waar Media - 2018-02-14 13:34
WAAR-DUHOK: Serpil Kemalbay, former pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair, was arrested in Ankara on Tuesday by the Turkish authorities for allegedly “spreading terrorist propaganda” during her party’s congress, according to a security sou ...

Kirkuk Residents Want Kurdish Security Forces Back: Goran Official

BAS News - 2018-02-14 09:40
ERBIL - Since the October events, the residents in Kirkuk province are not comfortable with their security and they wish the Kurdish security forces would replace the Iraqi forces in the city once again.Mohammed Nasradin, head of a branch of Change Movem ...

Former HDP Co-Chair Kemalbay Detained in Ankara

BAS News - 2018-02-13 23:07
ERBIL — Serpil Kemalbay, former pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair, was arrested in Ankara on Tuesday by the Turkish authorities for allegedly “spreading terrorist propaganda” during her party’s congress, according to a security source. ...

KRG refutes HRW accusations against Peshmerga

Waar Media - 2018-02-10 13:07
WAAR-DUHOK: The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on Friday refuted accusations the Human Rights Watch (HRW) recently made against the Kurdish Peshmerga and security forces. Dindar Zebari, head of KRG’s committee for monitoring and responding internati ...

Security Council to discuss ceasefire draft resolution in Syria

ANHA - 2018-02-10 11:02
NEWS DESK– The Security Council will discuss a Swedish draft resolution to 30-day ceasefire in Syria to allow humanitarian aids for the needed and break the siege of besieged areas, according to the proposed resolution. Negotiations are supposed to start ...

KRG Refutes HRW Allegations Against Peshmerga

BAS News - 2018-02-10 01:09
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on Friday refuted accusations the Human Rights Watch (HRW) recently made against the Kurdish Peshmerga and security forces. Dindar Zebari, head of KRG’s committee for monitoring and responding international ...

Iraqi Kurdistan accused of carrying out ‘mass executions’

E-Kurd - 2018-02-09 22:31
BAGHDAD,— Human Rights Watch on Friday accused Iraqi Kurdish security forces of carrying out mass executions of detainees alleged to be members of the Islamic State jihadist group. The watchdog said the Kurdish peshmerga fighters detained Iraqis and fore ...

Turkish occupation shelling refugees Adlib in Dier Baloot Village

ANHA - 2018-02-09 15:12
The people refugees have fled from Adlib city to Dier Baloot adjacent to the camp of Atima border in Janders area in search of safe haven, but the Turkish occupation army and its mercenaries targeted their home and deprived them of security again, to retu ...

Blast Hits Baghdad, Kills One

BAS News - 2018-02-08 14:18
BAGHDAD — A bomb blast rocked the Iraqi capital on Thursday and left at least one civilian killed, a security source confirmed. At least two others were wounded by the bombing. Citing an unnamed source, al-Ghad Press said that the bombing had taken place ...

Strengthening Institutions in Tunisia

International Crisis Group - 2018-02-07 19:11
Tunisia is in limbo between two different forms of government, deepening socio-economic difficulties for many citizens and putting the country’s security at risk. In this excerpt from our Watch List 2018, Crisis Group proposes that the EU and its member ...

Twin Blast in Baghdad Injure 7

BAS News - 2018-02-07 15:23
BAGHDAD — At least seven Iraqi civilians were wounded in two separate bomb blasts on Wednesday in the country’s capital city, security sources confirmed. The first bombing took place near a busy street market at al- Hussainiya district, north of Baghdad, ...

Paris accuses Turkey of violating international law and warns it

ANHA - 2018-02-07 12:33
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drein accused Turkey and Iran of violating international law as a result of their interference in Syria and warned Turkey that "border security does not mean killing civilians" and called on it not to escalate the war ...

Robot for Turkish Minister: What are you talking about?

ANHA - 2018-02-07 11:46
NEWS DESK – Robot interrupted Minister of Turkey while talking about electronic security and said to him: what you are talking about, which prompted the Turkish minister to request “silencing” the robot. Turkey has imposed great censorship on the Internet ...

4,000 IS Suspects Held in Kurdistan: Official

BAS News - 2018-02-07 00:52
ERBIL — Kurdish security forces are holding up to 4,000 suspected members of the Islamic State (IS) whom have been captured through the three-years of war against the terror group, a Kurdish official confirmed. Dindar Zebari, head of Kurdistan Region’s o ...

Iraqi Forces Kill 5 IS Militants South of Mosul

BAS News - 2018-02-05 23:06
MOSUL — At least five militants of the Islamic State (IS) were killed during a fire exchange between them and Iraqi security forces in south of Mosul. The jihadists were hiding in Birhevi village near Hammam Alil district of southern Mosul, a source said ...

Masrour Barzani: Kirkuk is Occupied with Current Situation

BAS News - 2018-02-05 14:30
ERBIL — Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Masrour Barzani reiterated on Monday that Erbil does not accept the current imposed governing system in Kirkuk, and that it considers the Kurdish province as occupied. Speaking to reporters o ...

Stun Grenades Injure 5 People in Baghdad

BAS News - 2018-02-05 02:43
BAGHDAD — In two separate stun grenade attacks in the Iraqi capital on Sunday, at least five people were wounded, security sources confirmed. The first attack took place near one of the spa centers in Zaytouna district, the Baghdad Operations Command sai ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Kidnappes Two Kurdish Civilians in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-02-03 22:48
KIRKUK — Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi overnight on Saturday kidnapped two Kurdish civilians in central Kirkuk for an unknown reason. A security source, wishing to remain anonymous, told BasNews that the two abductees were working in a cafe ...

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 ...

Canada express deeply concerns over Turkish attack on Afrin

Waar Media - 2018-02-03 00:19
WAAR-DUHOK: Canadian foreign minister has expressed concern over the Turkish military operations into neighbouring Syrian Kurdish territories. “Canada accepts Turkey’s actions which are necessary for ensuring its own security, however it urges Ankara to ...

Canada Concerned Over Turkish Assault on Afrin

BAS News - 2018-02-02 17:23
ERBIL — Canadian foreign minister has expressed concern over the Turkish military operations into neighbouring Syrian Kurdish territories. “Canada accepts Turkey’s actions which are necessary for ensuring its own security, however it urges Ankara to prot ...

Yezidis Call on Peshmerga to Return to Sinjar

BAS News - 2018-02-01 23:51
ERBIL — Kurdish Yezidi population of Sinjar demand Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces to return to their town as security situation there continues to deteriorate, a local official said. “The Yezidi families who have returned to their homes in Sinjar ar ...

IS Top Oil Official Captured in Iraq

BAS News - 2018-02-01 22:00
ERBIL — Iraqi security forces on Thursday captured a high-ranking member of the Islamic State (IS) who was reportedly responsible for the extremist group’s oil trade. The IS official, identified by Iraqi media as Abdulghani Zargham Abdulsama was captured ...

Clashes Erupt Between Civilians and Hashd al-Shaabi in Makhmour

BAS News - 2018-01-30 22:42
ERBIL — A group of Kurdish civilians clashed on Tuesday with militias from the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi in Makhmour district, southwest of Erbil. According to a source from the town, who wished to remain anonymous for security measures, the clashes ...

Masrour Barzani: Demographic Changes Not Acceptable

BAS News - 2018-01-30 21:42
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Chancellor Masrour Barzani has warned about the ongoing demographic changes in Iraq against Kurds and other minorities, reiterating that this would not be accepted. Barzani received today Archbishop Nicode ...

Some PUK Elements Assist Hashd al-Shaabi in Makhmour

BAS News - 2018-01-30 12:10
A number of cadres within the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) led the Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shabbi in federal security uniforms to arrest citizens including Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) officials in Makhmour.“A group of militias of H ...

Kurdistan PM Receives High US Delegation

BAS News - 2018-01-29 18:04
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received on Monday a senior delegation from the United States to discuss the latest political and security developments in the region. The US delegation was led by the US Deputy Secretary of State ...
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