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Iraqi FM in US to Attend UN General Assembly

BAS News - 2018-09-24 22:28
ERBIL - Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari has travelled to New York City in order to represent Baghdad at the UN General Assembly annual session. Alghad Press, citing a statement by the foreign ministry, said that Jaafari, apart from the UN offic ...

Arrest Warrant for Basra's Governor Cancelled

BAS News - 2018-09-24 20:31
ERBIL - An Iraqi court cancelled on Monday an arrest warrant which had been issued for the governor of Iraqi southern province of Basra As'ad Idani over an alleged defamation to Major General Jassim Al- Saadi, Basra Chief of Police. Nearly two weeks ago, ...

In Pictures: Iraqi Second Tallest Man on Planet Dies

BAS News - 2018-09-24 19:21
ERBIL - An Iraqi man, who was the tallest in the country and the second on the planet, has died during a surgery, reports said. Sabah Jabbar Hadi al-Jibouri, whose height was 242 cm, lost his life on Sunday at the age of 33 from a heart attack during an ...

Iraqi Airstrike Kills 6 IS Militants in Diyala

BAS News - 2018-09-24 14:58
ERBIL — Iraq’s air-force carried out airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) positions in the eastern province of Diyala, killing at least six insurgents. The air raids were carried out “based on intelligence information regarding the location of sever ...

Barzani’s Statement on Nomination Process for Iraqi President

BAS News - 2018-09-24 14:21
ERBIL — Former president of Kurdistan and the leader of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Masoud Barzani, said on Monday that he had hoped for a collective decision by all the political parities on nominating one figure for the position of the Iraqi pres ...

President Barzani: We fully support Dr. Fuad Hussein to Iraqi presidency

Waar Media - 2018-09-24 12:47
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) President Masoud Barzani with “full force” will support Fuad Hussein for the Iraqi presidency because of his “competence.” “Concerning the appointing of the KDP candidate for the post of the Iraqi president, w ...

KDP Politburo: Fuad Hussein is our nominate for Iraqi presidency

Waar Media - 2018-09-24 08:58
WAAR-DUHOK: The ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) on Sunday officially nominated Fuad Hussein, who previously served as Kurdistan Region Presidency Chief of Staff, for the position of the Iraqi president. Iraqi media reported that the KDP concluded ...

Family of Six Killed and Burned by Gunman

BAS News - 2018-09-23 20:41
ERBIL - An unidentified armed man attacked a family in the Iraqi southern province of Basra and killed them all at once, among whom was an infant child, over tribal problems between the sides, a security source said on Sunday. The source, who spoke on co ...

At Least 18 IS Militants Killed, Captured in Iraqi Deserts

BAS News - 2018-09-23 20:41
ERBIL - At least nine Islamic State (IS) insurgents were killed, while another nine were captured, during Saturday's military operations conducted in the Iraqi desert areas, military sources said on Sunday. "A joint force carried out a wide-ranging milit ...

KDP Nominates Fuad Hussein for Iraq’s Presidency: Report

BAS News - 2018-09-23 15:05
ERBIL — The ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) on Sunday officially nominated Fuad Hussein, who previously served as Kurdistan Region Presidency Chief of Staff, for the position of Iraqi president. Iraqi media reported that the KDP concluded the off ...

PM Barzani, Sadr Discuss Government Formation

BAS News - 2018-09-23 14:04
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met on Sunday with Muqtada al-Sadr, the leader of Sairoon bloc, to discuss the efforts underway ahead of forming the new Iraqi government. The meeting took place in Najaf after Barzani’s trip to B ...

Iraqi Parliament Delays Presidential Vote

BAS News - 2018-09-23 10:35
ERBIL — The Iraqi parliament has reportedly postponed the election of a new president for the country at the Tuesday’s session. Previously, the legislative said it would convene on 25 September to elect Iraq’s new president. However, according to the mee ...

PM Barzani: All Components' Rights Should be Preserved in Iraq

BAS News - 2018-09-22 22:15
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region PM Nechirvan Barzani has stated that all sides in the Iraqi parliament should together preserve the rights of all components in the country in accordance with the constitution. The Kurdish premier made the remarks in a congratula ...

Six members of Worker-Communist Party arrested in Iraqi Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2018-09-22 22:13
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Security forces in the city of Sulaimani in Iraqi Kurdistan arrested six members of the Worker-Communist Party of Kurdistan on Saturday because of their call for voters to boycott the Kurdistan parliamentary election. ...

PM Barzani, Iraqi Counterpart Meet in Baghdad

BAS News - 2018-09-22 20:37
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region PM Nechirvan Barzani met on Saturday evening with his Iraqi counterpart Haider al-Abadi for talks on the formation of a new government in Baghdad. The two premiers asserted that the next cabinet should be strong and be formed wit ...

Baghdad Sets up Customs Offices on Border with KRG

BAS News - 2018-09-22 20:37
ERBIL — The Baghdad-appointed governor of Kirkuk has established customs offices on the main roads leading into the Kurdistan Region. The customs offices, ordered by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, are set up on Kirkuk-Erbil and Kirkuk-Sulaymaniyah ...

PM Barzani, Ammar al-Hakim Discuss Political Process

BAS News - 2018-09-22 20:00
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region PM Nechirvan Barzani met on Saturday evening with the Iraqi leader Ammar al-Hakim, head of Hikma party to discuss the current political developments in the country, including the formation of the new government. During the meetin ...

Masrour Barzani, Halbusi Discuss Presidency, Govt. Formation Talks

BAS News - 2018-09-22 17:37
ERBIL - Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Masrour Barzani welcomed on Saturday the newly-elected Iraqi parliament speaker Mohammed al-Halbusi for talks on the latest political developments in the country. During the meeting, the pair ...

Former Gorran Lawmaker Runs for Iraqi Presidency

BAS News - 2018-09-22 15:10
ERBIL — The former member of the Iraqi parliament from the Change Movement (Gorran), Sirwa Abdulwahid, will nominate herself for the position of Iraq’s president. According to media outlets close to Gorran, Abdulwahid is not the party’s nominee for the p ...

Barzani Receives Newly-elected Parliament Speaker of Iraq

BAS News - 2018-09-22 15:10
ERBIL — Influential Kurdish leader and president of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Masoud Barzani, received on Saturday the newly-elected Iraqi parliament speaker Mohammed al-Halbusi in Erbil. The officials reviewed ongoing efforts to form a new gover ...

KIG nominates nominates Salim Shushkayee for post of Iraqi president

E-Kurd - 2018-09-22 15:06
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— A member of the Kurdistan Islamic Group KIG (Komal), Salim Shushkayee, has announced that he will be a candidate for Iraq’s presidency. Shushkayee told NRT on Friday that he would submit his nomination paperwork to th ...

Iraq Dismisses Ambassador to Iran over Misbehaviour

BAS News - 2018-09-22 13:28
ERBIL — Iraqi Foreign Ministry has announced that its ambassador to Iran, Rajeh al-Mousawi, is ousted from the position after he misbehaved towards and Iraqi national at a conference in Iran. Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Mahjoub said in a statement on Fri ...

Iraq Launches Mop-up Operation against IS in Three Provinces

BAS News - 2018-09-22 13:28
ERBIL — The Iraqi army on Saturday announced the launch of a massive military operation to clean up Islamic State (IS) remaining insurgents in the deserts of Anbar, Nineveh, and Salahaddin provinces. According official statements, the Jazira Operation Co ...

Abadi Values Role of Late Kurdish Commander in War against IS

BAS News - 2018-09-21 14:13
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has issued a letter to send his government’s condolences to the family of Maj. Gen. Fadhil Barwari, the Kurdish Commander of the Golden Division at the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Services (CTS). Abadi highlighted ...

Turkey’s Kurdish MP Ibrahim Ayhan dies of heart attack

E-Kurd - 2018-09-21 09:35
DIYARBAKIR-AMED, Turkey’s Kurdish region,— Ibrahim Ayhan, who served as member of the Turkish parliament for the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) for two terms, died on Thursday after suffering a heart attack in Erbil city in Iraqi Kurdistan. Ayhan family ...

UK, Iranian Envoys Discuss Future Iraqi Government Formation

BAS News - 2018-09-20 23:49
ERBIL - The UK Ambassador to Iraq has met with his Iranian counterpart for talks on the underway process of establishing a new government in Baghdad. "Called on HE Iranian Ambassador for frank discussion about the latest developments in Iraq. Agreed next ...

KDP Spoksperson: We will have our own candidate for Iraqi presidency

Waar Media - 2018-09-20 15:09
WAAR-DUHOK: The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) will have its own candidate for the Iraqi presidency, a spokesperson for the party said on Wednesday. Mahmood Mohammed, the spokesperson for the KDP, said in a statement that the Iraq president position sh ...

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 ...

Masrour Barzani: Next Iraqi Government Should Not Overlook Any Component

BAS News - 2018-09-19 16:02
ERBIL — Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Masrour Barzani reasserted that the Kurds expect the next Iraqi government to reflect the people of the country, and it does not overlook any component. Barzani discussed the issue while rece ...

Turkey: Iraqi IS Senior Member, His Son Captured

BAS News - 2018-09-19 15:00
ERBIL - An Iraqi national, member of Islamic State (IS), alongside his son were captured in Turkey's Anatolian province of Kayseri on Tuesday, a report said. According to Hurriyet Daily News,Turkish police identified the suspect as the former military ch ...

PUK Officially Announces Barham Salih as Candidate for Iraqi President

BAS News - 2018-09-19 14:17
ERBIL — The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) has officially confirmed that it nominated Barham Salih for the position of Iraq’s president. Rahbar Sayyed Brayim, head of PUK press office, confirmed the report to BasNews and said Salih had received major ...

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 ...

Basra: Over 70,000 People Poisoned by Polluted Water So Far

BAS News - 2018-09-19 00:07
ERBIL - The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Office in the Iraqi southern province of Basra said on Tuesday that the number of people who were poisoned by polluted drinking water has increased to 70,000 in the oil-rich city. The head of the office, ...

Iraqi Jets Kill Six IS Insurgents Near Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-09-19 00:07
ERBIL - Iraqi warplanes killed on Tuesday in an air strike six militants of the Islamic State (IS) in an area located between Kirkuk and Salahaddin provinces, a security source said. The source told Baghdad Today that Iraq conducted the air operation in ...

Masrour Barzani Receives US Delegation to Discuss Iraqi Political Process

BAS News - 2018-09-18 21:38
ERBIL - Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Masrour Barzani received on Tuesday the US special presidential envoy to the international coalition against the Islamic State (IS) Brett McGurk for talks on the ongoing efforts in the proces ...

Abducted Iraqi Journalist Found Dead in Northern Tikrit

BAS News - 2018-09-18 20:51
ERBIL - The body of an Iraqi journalist, who had been kidnapped by the Islamic State (IS) insurgents overnight on Monday, was found in a village in northern Tikrit, a security official said on Tuesday. The extremists had disguised in the national army un ...

Baghdad Prevents Kurdish Education Programme in Sinjar

BAS News - 2018-09-18 13:36
ERBIL — The Iraqi government, which is now in control of Sinjar, is preventing the schools in the predominantly Yezidi town from running Kurdish-language education programme, a local official said. “The Iraqi government prevents the re-opening of Kurdish ...

Najdmaddin Karim on Kirkuk: Kurds Being Discriminated Speaking Kurdish

BAS News - 2018-09-18 11:27
ERBIL — The legitimate governor of Kirkuk, Najmaddin Karim, who is ousted by Baghdad from his position since the Iraqi government took over the Kurdish province last October, said Kirkuk is under a “threatening” campaign of Arabisation. In a statement ma ...

Shi’ite Militia Leader Ameri Withdraws Candidacy for Iraq’s PM

BAS News - 2018-09-18 10:33
ERBIL — Shi’ite militia Hashd al-Shaabi leader, Hadi al-Ameri, withdrew on Tuesday candidacy for Iraq’s premiership. “I would like to announce to the dear Iraqi people the withdrawal of my candidacy for prime minister, to open the way for serious dialogu ...

KRG PM Barzani congratulates Halbousi as new Iraqi parliament speaker

Waar Media - 2018-09-17 23:33
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region PM Nechirvan Barzani has congratulated the former governor of Anbar province Mohammed al-Halbousi on his new position as the Iraqi parliament speaker. According to a statement by the Kurdish premier’s office, a copy of which ...

Shi'ite Leaders to Support Kurds in Electing New Iraqi President: MP

BAS News - 2018-09-17 22:28
ERBIL - The coalition of al-Bina, led by Hadi al-Amiri and Nouri al-Maliki, has asserted that it would vote for any nominee for the Iraqi president as long as he wins the majority of Kurds' votes. Talking to BasNews, Naeem al-Aboudi, a lawmaker from the ...

Iraq: Sadr, Amiri Agree on Their Nominee for Premiership

BAS News - 2018-09-17 21:18
ERBIL - A leader in the Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's Sairoon coalition, the winner of May parliamentary elections, said on Monday that they have reached an agreement with the Fatih Coalition, led by Hadi al-Amiri, on the premiership nomination. ...

Barzani Congratulates New Iraqi Parliament Speaker in Phone Call

BAS News - 2018-09-17 20:03
ERBIL - Kurdish prominent leader and former president of the Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani has congratulated Mohammed al-Halbousi on his election as the new Iraqi Parliament speaker. According to a statement by Barzani's office, the Kurdish influentia ...

PM Barzani Congratulates New Iraqi Parliament Speaker

BAS News - 2018-09-17 19:24
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region PM Nechirvan Barzani has congratulated the former governor of Anbar province Mohammed al-Halbousi on his new position as the Iraqi parliament speaker. According to a statement by the Kurdish premier's office, a copy of which was ...

Abadi: Iraqi Army to deploy on borders over “Turkish violations”

Waar Media - 2018-09-17 12:46
WAAR-DUHOK: Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi has ordered the deployment of guards to his country’s borders with Turkey to prevent any “violations” from occurring, the premier’s office said in a statement. The Iraqi PM also vowed to take legal measures and give t ...

Over 30 People Arrested in Basra Protests: Activist

BAS News - 2018-09-17 11:46
ERBIL — Since the beginning of the protests in Iraq’s southern city of Basra, several dozens of people have been arrested, over 30 of whom are still being the bars. Kazim Sahlani, an Iraqi activist, told the media of his country that the arrests were mad ...

Barham Salih Has No Chance for Iraqi Presidency: Report

BAS News - 2018-09-17 11:46
ERBIL — Kurdish politician and founder of the Coalition for Democracy and Justice (CDJ) has zero chance for being nominated by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) for the position of Iraqi president, Asharq al-Awsat reported. The PUK, from which Barha ...

Iraq to deploy federal guards in Kurdistan along border with Turkey

E-Kurd - 2018-09-17 11:24
BAGHDAD,— The Iraqi government decided on Sunday to deploy federal guards along the border between Iraq’s semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan and Turkey. The decision was made during a government security meeting chaired by outgoing Prime Minister Haider ...

Iraqi Court Sentences Man to Death Six Times Over Mass Killings

BAS News - 2018-09-17 00:33
ERBIL - A criminal court in Iraq has sentenced a man to death six times over involvement in mass killings and abduction in the capital city, a report said. "Dhi Qar Criminal Court has handed down six death sentences for a man who was found guilty of murd ...

Abadi Orders Deployment of Guards to Borders with Turkey

BAS News - 2018-09-17 00:08
ERBIL - Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi has ordered the deployment of guards to his country’s borders with Turkey to prevent any "violations" from occurring, the premier's office said in a statement. The Iraqi PM also vowed to take legal measures and give the c ...

New Iraqi Parliament Speaker to Hold First Session in Basra

BAS News - 2018-09-16 23:32
ERBIL - The newly-elected parliament speaker of Iraq, Mohammed al-Halbousi has decided to hold the first session in the southern province of Basra, in which protests have been ongoing in the past two months against the poor public services and corruption ...

Iraq’s New Lawmakers Start Mission with Summoning Three Ministers

BAS News - 2018-09-16 17:05
ERBIL — The new Iraqi parliament has decided to summon three ministers from Haider al-Abadi’s cabinet next week to discuss the prolonged crisis in the southern province of Basra. Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbusi agreed to hold a session on 25 Septe ...

KDP candidate Haddad elected second deputy Iraqi Parliament speaker

Waar Media - 2018-09-16 15:56
WAAR-DUHOK: The Iraqi parliament reconvened on Sunday and elected Bashir Haddad of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) as the second deputy to the speaker on Sunday. Haddad, a former MP in the Kurdistan Region Parliament, beat out Ahmad Rashid from the ...

Halbousi elected Iraq’s new parliament speaker

Waar Media - 2018-09-16 11:40
WAAR-DUHOK: The Iraqi parliament elected Sunni lawmaker Mohammed al-Halbousi as a speaker on Sept. 15, AP reported. Al-Halbousi, a former governor of Anbar province, was supported by parliament’s pro-Iran bloc. Al-Halbousi’s election marks the first step ...

Iraqi Parliament to Convene, Elect Second Deputy Speaker

BAS News - 2018-09-16 09:19
ERBIL — Iraqi lawmakers are scheduled to hold another session on Sunday and elect the second deputy parliament speaker. The position is reserved for Kurds, but the MPs failed during Saturday session to elect one Kurdish lawmaker among three. According to ...

Barzani: Kurds's Rights Should be Ensured in Future Iraqi Government

BAS News - 2018-09-15 23:41
ERBIL - The Kurdish prominent leader and former president of the Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani reiterated again that the future Iraqi government should be based on a true partnership, consensus, and balance in power to ensure the constitutional rights ...

Iraqi Parliament Postpones Session to Elect Second Deputy Speaker

BAS News - 2018-09-15 21:45
ERBIL - The Iraqi parliament's session for electing the second deputy speaker of the parliament was postponed until Sunday after a failed attempt earlier due to the required number of votes. Iraqi lawmakers held a session on Saturday and elected former A ...

Kirkuk: IS Military Commander Captured

BAS News - 2018-09-15 21:45
ERBIL - The Iraqi forces captured on Saturday an Islamic State (IS) military commander in the province of Kirkuk, a report said, citing a statement by the federal police. According to the statement, the IS commander, nicknamed Abu Ragahd, of the militant ...

First Iraqi Parliament Deputy Speaker Elected

BAS News - 2018-09-15 20:35
ERBIL - The first deputy speaker of the Iraqi parliament was elected on Saturday evening, while the first attempt to elect the second one failed due to lack of enough votes. Hassan Karim from the Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's Sairoon Alliance received ...

Iraqi Parliament Speaker Elected

BAS News - 2018-09-15 14:36
ERBIL — Iraqi lawmakers held a session on Saturday and elected a speaker for the new parliament. Former Anbar governor Mohammed al-Halbousi was elected for the controversial position. A total of 251 lawmakers, out of 329, attended the session and took pa ...

PUK and CDJ discuss reconciliation in Sulaimani, Iraqi Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2018-09-15 12:17
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Coalition for Democracy and Justice (CDJ) met in Sulaimani in Iraq’s Kurdistan region on Friday to discuss reconciliation efforts. The two sides issued a joint statement ...

Iraqi Parliament Expected to Elect Speaker on Saturday

BAS News - 2018-09-15 09:56
ERBIL — New Iraqi lawmakers are scheduled to convene on Saturday and elect a speaker for the new parliament. The major Sunni factions, for whom the position of parliament speaker is reserved, have reportedly agreed on one candidate. The Sunni parliamenta ...

Position of Iraqi Parliament Speaker Sold for $15 Million: Former MP

BAS News - 2018-09-15 09:56
ERBIL — A former Iraqi lawmaker, Mas’aan al-Jabouri, has claimed that the position of parliament speaker is now sold for $15 million and a ministerial position in return. It came after the Sunni parliamentary bloc National Axis Coalition on Friday nomina ...
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