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Polish Aid Minister Hails KRG’s Generosity in Hosting Millions of IDPs

BAS News - 2018-12-12 12:58
ERBIL — The Polish Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Beata Kempa has commended the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) for its generous efforts to host nearly two million Iraqi IDPs and refugees during the years-long Islamic State (IS) crisis in the regio ...

Iraqi MP Questions Media Silence on “SOMO Corruption”

BAS News - 2018-12-12 10:58
ERBIL — A member of the Iraqi parliament accuses the State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO) of widespread corruption while enjoying media silence and no prosecution. MP Udai Awad said in an interview with al-Aahd news channel that SOMO’s mismanagement a ...

US VP Pence, Iraqi PM Discuss Bilateral Ties on Phone

BAS News - 2018-12-11 22:55
ERBIL - US Vice President Mike Pence has congratulated Iraqi PM Adil Abdul-Mahdi on establishing a new government in Baghdad, reiterating the importance of bilateral ties between the sides. The Iraqi premier received a phone call from the US senior offic ...

Kirkuk: Five IS Militants Killed, Wounded in Iraq-US Joint Operation

BAS News - 2018-12-11 22:37
ERBIL - At least five members of the Islamic State (IS) insurgent group were either killed or wounded in a joint operation conducted by the Iraqi and US forces in the disputed Kurdish province of Kirkuk on Tuesday. According to the information BasNews ha ...

IS Attacks Police Forces in Khanaqin, Casualties Reported

BAS News - 2018-12-11 22:15
ERBIL - A group of Islamic State (IS) insurgents attacked on Tuesday night a unit of the Iraqi Federal Police in the disputed Kurdish town of Khanaqin, in Diyala province, killing one policeman and injuring five others, an official said. Head of local ad ...

KDP, PUK leaders meet over Iraqi Kurdistan government formation

E-Kurd - 2018-12-11 21:30
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— A meeting between the politburos of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) took place in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan region, on Tuesday. After the meeting conclude ...

Iraqi Aircrafts Kill 44 IS Insurgents in Eastern Syria

BAS News - 2018-12-11 18:52
ERBIL - The Iraqi warplanes have killed a total of 44 insurgents of the Islamic State (IS) in neighboring Syria's Deir el-Zour, a report said on Tuesday. The Joint Operations Command said in a statement that the Iraqi jets carried out the first operation ...

McGurk acknowledged the Peshmerga for defeating ISIS

Waar Media - 2018-12-11 18:02
WAAR-DUHOK: US vice president of the international coalition against the terrorist organization of ISIS, acknowledge the role of Peshmerga in the war against ISIS. Brett McGurk chirped through social media Twitter, and sent his greetings to the Iraqi for ...

Iraqi Official Reveals Main Cause Behind New Cabinet Formation Crisis

BAS News - 2018-12-11 17:43
ERBIL - A leader from the Iraqi Victory Alliance, led by former PM Haider al-Abadi, has revealed the main cause behind the current political crisis in the conclusion of the new government formation. "The multiplicity of decision makers within the al-Bina ...

Saddam-era officer confesses to parading Kurds in cages

Jewish Coalition for Kurdistan - 2018-12-11 17:23
Iraqi authorities released a video of the confession of Jamal al-Mashadani, a Saddam Hussein-era intelligence officer who later became a senior member of the so-called Islamic State. ...

IS Sleeper Cell Captured in Central Baghdad: Ministry

BAS News - 2018-12-11 15:23
ERBIL — Iraqi intelligence and security forces have captured an Islamic State (IS) sleeper cell in the center of the capital during a special operation, the country’s ministry of defence confirmed. The ministry revealed that the sleeper cell was made up ...

US Energy Secretary in Baghdad, Discussed Sanctions against Iran

BAS News - 2018-12-11 12:53
ERBIL — US Energy Secretary Rick Perry is in Baghdad where he discussed with his Iraqi counterparts the sanctions against Iran as well as challenges the Iraqi government is facing as the result of the sanctions. “Sanctions were mentioned in meetings this ...

Iraqi Nine-Year-Old Student Dies after Beaten by School Teacher

BAS News - 2018-12-10 21:38
ERBIL - A nine-year-old student passed away on Monday after receiving a fatal blow to his head by one of his school teachers, the parents confirmed. The student, identified as Hassan, fainted after he returned home, his father told Al-Sumariyah News, exp ...

14 candidates to compete for Miss Iraqi Kurdistan 2019

E-Kurd - 2018-12-10 18:59
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Fourteen candidates have been selected to compete in Iraqi Kurdistan’s 2019 beauty pageant, scheduled to be held on December 20, 2019. Based on the criteria for the contest, the candidates have to be between the ag ...

Human rights situation in Iraqi Kurdistan is getting worse: official

E-Kurd - 2018-12-10 14:10
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The security situation is progressively getting worse in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region amid an increase in homicides, a Kurdish official has said. “Whenever crime increases in any country, it means that country’s security f ...

US Asks Falih Fayadh to Abandon Candidacy for Iraq’s Interior Minister

BAS News - 2018-12-10 13:07
ERBIL — The United States has asked Iraqi politician Falih Fayadh to withdraw his candidacy for the position of Iraqi interior minister in Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi’s cabinet, a report claimed. Lebanese newspaper al-Akhbar cited an anonymous source ...

Similar to France, "Yellow Vest" Protests are Continuing in Iraq's Basra

BAS News - 2018-12-09 21:18
ERBIL - As "yellow vest" protests are ongoing in France, the Iraqi people in the southern province of Basra have again returned to the streets to protest against the poor public services and additional similar issues in the city. Protests in France, agai ...

Canadian special operations to continue presence in Kurdistan region

Waar Media - 2018-12-09 20:06
WAAR-DUHOK: Canadian special operations troops have been accompanying Peshmerga forces and Iraqi forces on security operations against ISIS to keep the presence in Kurdistan region, according to Canada’s top military commander’s speech to a House of Comm ...

US Forces to Build New Base Between Anbar, Ninevah: Official

BAS News - 2018-12-09 19:19
ERBIL - The US forces will build a new base between the two provinces of Ninevah and Anbar in hopes of taking more control of the area, an Iraqi official said on Sunday. Mohammad al- Dilemi, a member of the Anbar Provincial Council, told Almaalomah news ...

BCF Sends Aid to Civilians Affected by Flood in Ninevah

BAS News - 2018-12-09 17:14
ERBIL - The Kurdish Barzani Charity Foundation (BCF) delivered on Sunday humanitarian aid to IDPs and civilians in the Iraqi province of Ninevah. Earlier on Friday, the mayor of Mosul called on the Kurdish prominent leader and former president of the Kur ...

Barzani, UK Ambassador Discuss New Chapter in Erbil-Baghdad Relations

BAS News - 2018-12-09 13:32
ERBIL — Kurdish prominent leader and former president of Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, received on Sunday the UK Ambassador to Iraq, Jon Wilks, to discuss the latest developments in the Iraqi politics, including the ties between Erbil and Baghdad. Am ...

Parliamentary Voting on Iraq’s Remaining Ministers Delayed Again

BAS News - 2018-12-09 11:43
ERBIL — The Iraqi parliament is set to convene on Sunday, but it has once again put off voting on the eight remaining ministers for Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi’s cabinet. According to the official agenda of Sunday’s meeting, the parliament would disc ...

KRG’s Share from 2019 Federal Budget to Be Increased: MP

BAS News - 2018-12-09 11:43
ERBIL — The share of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) from Iraq’s 2019 federal budget will be increased after objections by Erbil, said a Kurdish lawmaker. The Iraqi parliament has returned the budget bill to the new government led by Prime Minist ...

Arabization Intensified in Disputed Kurdish Territories: Official

BAS News - 2018-12-09 00:05
ERBIL - A Kurdish resident has been arrested by the Iraqi authorities in the disputed town of Daquq, in southern Kirkuk province, for alleged "acts against the Arabization campaign." According to a statement by the Kurdish people in the village of Yangij ...

Oil Prices Boosted After OPEC's Deal to Cut Output

BAS News - 2018-12-08 23:37
ERBIL - Iraqi Oil Minister Thamer Ghadhban said on Saturday that major oil producers, including the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), have agreed on cutting oil production by 1.2 million barrels a day (bpd). "Apart from Russia, Ir ...

Baghdad's Green Zone to "Temporarily" Be Opened on Monday

BAS News - 2018-12-08 22:33
ERBIL - Iraqi PM Adil Abdul-Mahdi has issued a decree to temporarily open on Monday the Baghdad's highly fortified Green Zone to the public. The zone was built by the US in 2003 so as to secure its embassy, as well as the Iraqi public institutions, other ...

IS Senior Media Person Captured in Mosul

BAS News - 2018-12-08 21:08
ERBIL - A senior Islamic State (IS) media person was captured on Saturday by the Iraqi security forces in the province of Mosul. Iraqi Military Intelligence Directorate said in a statement that the IS senior member, who was identified as the "IS mouthpie ...

Three IS Militants Killed in Latest Iraqi Airstrikes

BAS News - 2018-12-08 12:04
ERBIL — Iraqi warplanes killed on Saturday at least three Islamic State (IS) insurgents in the country’s western province of Anbar. The airstrikes targeted the militants while riding two motorbikes towards Wadi al-Shaib, which leads to al-Kasrat area, we ...

Notorious Iraqi Drug Boss Killed

BAS News - 2018-12-08 10:08
ERBIL — Iraqi Federal Police has announced the killing of one of the most notorious Iraqi drug lords in the country’s southern province of Basra. According to an official statement, Hassan Sarrifa was killed in a fire exchange with the police after he at ...

Mosul Mayor Calls on Barzani to Send Humanitarian Aid to IDPs

BAS News - 2018-12-07 21:07
ERBIL - The mayor of the Iraqi city of Mosul has called on the Kurdish prominent leader Masoud Barzani to deliver humanitarian aid to the IDPs and villagers in the area who have been affected by the recent flash floods. Zuhair Muhssein al-Araji urged Bar ...

People Gather in Baghdad in Support for People of Basra

BAS News - 2018-12-07 17:58
ERBIL - A number of people in the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad, including civil activists, organized a demonstration on Friday to support the people in the southern province of Basra. Protests in the oil-rich city of Basra have been ongoing since mid-Ju ...

Iraq Seeks a 2-Year Waiver from US to Continue Importing Iranian Gas

BAS News - 2018-12-07 16:58
ERBIL — The Iraqi government is asking the United State for an extension to the waiver over purchasing gas from neighboring Iran. Earlier in November following the imposition of the US sanctions agains Iran, Washington gave Baghdad 45 days exemption to c ...

Iraqi Commander with Ties to Sadr Killed in Baghdad

BAS News - 2018-12-07 13:35
ERBIL — A group of unknown armed men on Thursday attacked an Iraqi commander of Saraya Salam (Peace Brigade) militia group in Baghdad and killed him instantly. Hussein Hijami was known for his close ties to Muqtada al-Sadr, the leader of Sairoon Bloc at ...

Falih Fayadh May Lose his Nomination of Interior Ministry: MP

BAS News - 2018-12-07 00:35
ERBIL - The Iraqi Fatih Coalition, led by Hadi al-Amiri, may change its nominee, Falih Fayadh, for the ministry of interior after he was rejected by the majority of the political parties. Hanin Qado, a member of the coalition, said on Thursday that his a ...

Flooding damages homes in Iraqi Kurdistan capital of Erbil

E-Kurd - 2018-12-06 20:43
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Several neighborhoods in Erbil flooded on Thursday due to the heavy rains that have hit Iraq’s Kurdistan Region in recent days. Between 40 and 50 homes were damaged in Topzawa Ahmadi village near the Zhian neighbor ...

Iraqi Parliament Rejects Abadi’s List of Suggested Ambassadors

BAS News - 2018-12-06 13:14
ERBIL — Iraqi Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi sent back a list of nominated ambassadors, previously suggested by former PM Haider al-Abadi, to the government for revision. Former Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had submitted 28 names as the countr ...

ISIS Finds a Niche in Northern Iraq

The Wall Street Journal - 2018-12-06 11:16
In a remote, mountainous buffer zone between Iraqi troops and Kurdish ones, the terror group digs in. ...

Iraqi Man Arrested in Turkey over Links to IS

BAS News - 2018-12-06 00:33
ERBIL - An Iraqi man was arrested on Wednesday in Turkey over links with the Islamic State (IS), local reports said. According to Turkish media reports, the suspect was arrested during an anti-IS military operation in the city of Samsun. The Samsun secur ...

Iraq's Hikma Party Welcomes Masrour Barzani's Nomination for Premiership

BAS News - 2018-12-05 18:32
ERBIL - Iraqi Hikma party, led by Ammar al-Hakim, has welcomed the nomination of Masrour Barzani by the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) for the position of Kurdistan Region prime minister, expressing support for young and new politicians for such posts. ...

New International Border Crossing to Be Opened in Halabja

BAS News - 2018-12-05 13:57
ERBIL — Preparations are underway to finalize the decision to establish a new international border crossing between Kurdistan Region’s Halabja province and Iran, an official said. “A delegation from Iraqi Board of Border Crossings visited Pishte gate in ...

Iraqi government has 13,000 open corruption investigations: PM

E-Kurd - 2018-12-05 13:33
BAGHDAD,— During its latest working session, the Council of Ministers discussed the halting progress towards opening the Green Zone to the public, the response to recent flooding in Nineveh province, and the revelation that there are more than 13,000 ope ...

Iraqi Elections: A Loss for the US, an Even Bigger Loss for Iran

Diliman Abdulkader - 2018-12-05 01:49
Iraq just held its first elections since the defeat of the so called Islamic State. The victory over the terror group was led by Prime Minister Haider al Abadi as he affirmed, “our forces fully control the Iraqi-Syrian border, and thus we can announce the ...

Iraqi Elections: What it means for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Diliman Abdulkader - 2018-12-05 01:24
Iraq held its first elections since the defeat of the so called Islamic State (ISIS), the results surprised all major actors, internally, regionally and internationally. Muqtada al Sadr declared victory, he once held strong ties with Iran but was sideline ...

Iraqi Parliament Fails to Vote on Remaining Eight Candidates

BAS News - 2018-12-04 19:20
ERBIL - Although Iraqi PM Adil Abdul-Mahdi presented his remaining eight candidates on Monday night, the parliament failed on Tuesday to vote on the names due to tensions among the factions over the nominees. According to Iraqi media outlets, the lawmake ...

Basra: Protesters Attempt to Raid Governor’s Office , Clash with Forces

BAS News - 2018-12-04 18:08
ERBIL - Iraqi protesters on Tuesday clashed with the security forces in the southern province of Basra after they attempted to raid the governor’s office . According to Iraqi media reports, the security forces used weapons to disperse the demonstrators, ...

How the Barzanis are looking to consolidate power in Iraqi Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2018-12-04 13:22
Amberin Zaman | Al-monitor Iraqi Kurdistan’s dominant clan announced on Monday that it was nominating Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani to succeed his uncle Massoud Barzani as president of the Kurdistan Regional Government. A spokesman for the Kurdistan D ...

Human Trafficking Group Captured in Baghdad

BAS News - 2018-12-03 23:21
ERBIL - A group of human traffickers has been captured in the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad, among of whom are women. According to Iraqi media reports, the group consisted of two men and five women, who were arrested in the area of al-A'azamiyah, in Bagh ...

Iraqi PM Reveals Remaining Eight Nominees

BAS News - 2018-12-03 22:28
ERBIL - Iraqi PM Adil Abdul-Mahdi revealed on Monday night the remaining eight candidates of his government, nominating Falih Fayadh as the minister of interior and Faisal al-Jabrba for the ministry of defense. According to a document, the other six cand ...

People Take to Streets in Baghdad at Request of Shi’ite Leaders

BAS News - 2018-12-03 20:50
ERBIL - Hundreds of people took it to the streets on Monday in the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad to support the demands raised by the Shi’ite supreme leaders in Najaf city. Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, who is the highest level Shi'ite religious authority ...

PUK welcomes KDP nominees for Iraqi Kurdistan president, prime minister

E-Kurd - 2018-12-03 18:57
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) politburo member Sadi Ahmed Pira said on Monday that his party welcomed the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s (KDP) nominees for president of the Kurdistan Region and prime minister. “We ...

Iraqi PM to Present Remaining Ministers Except Defense, Interior

BAS News - 2018-12-03 18:48
ERBIL - Iraqi PM Adil Abdul-Mahdi is expected to present on Tuesday six new ministers, while the ministries of defense and interior will remain vacant, an Iraqi lawmaker said. "There are still disagreements among the political parties on the ministries o ...

29 HIV cases registered in Iraqi Kurdistan in 2018: official

E-Kurd - 2018-12-03 14:32
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— A Kurdish health official on Saturday announced that, in the past 11 months, six individuals from Iraq’s Kurdistan Region have contracted the HIV virus and over 20 foreigners deported after testing positive for the ...

The Plight of Completion Adel Abdul Mahdi’s Government

E-Kurd - 2018-12-03 03:59
Dr. Diyari Salih | Exclusive to Ekurd.net On October 24, the new Iraqi prime minister Adel Abdul Mahdi managed to get the parliamentary approval on 14 out of 22 ministries in his cabinet. Since then, political parties have suffered from many tensions bec ...

Saddam Hussein's Recording File First Time Published

BAS News - 2018-12-02 23:15
He planned to attack Saudi Arabia and Israel with missiles in 1991. ERBIL - A recording of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has for the first time gone viral on social media which details how the leader of the Baath regime planned a missile attack on ...

No Country Allowed to Use Iraq to Harm Iran: Malik

BAS News - 2018-12-02 18:36
ERBIL - Iraq would not join any coalitions supported by the US and Saudi Arabia against the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraqi Shi’ite politician and former prime minister of the country, Nouri al-Maliki, said. The powerful Shi'ite leader made the remarks d ...

Iraq’s November Oil Export at 3.3 Million bpd

BAS News - 2018-12-02 11:42
ERBIL — Iraqi oil exports from southern and northern oilfields was at 3.372 million bpd during the month of November, oil ministry said. From the total exports, 3.363 million bpd was sent on the international markets through Basra on the Gulf, Reuters ci ...

Barzani has not Abandoned the Path of Independence Referendum: Maliki

BAS News - 2018-12-02 10:10
ERBIL — Powerful Iraqi Shi’ite politician and former prime minister of the country, Nouri al-Maliki has stated that Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani has not abandoned the path he took during the referendum on Kurdistan independence. Speaking in an interview ...

Four People Killed by Flood in Mosul

BAS News - 2018-12-02 09:15
ERBIL — At least four civilians, including an infant, lost their lives on Saturday as their neighborhood was submerged by a flash flood in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul. Iraqi media reported serious damages to dozens of civilian properties on the western ...

Diyala: Hacker Arrested in Pre-planned Campaign

BAS News - 2018-12-01 22:32
ERBIL - Iraqi security forces were able to arrest a hacker in a pre-planned campaign in the province of Diyala, a security source said on Saturday. "Special teams managed to arrest a dangerous hacker in the city of Bagubah [central Diyala]," the source s ...

Voting on remaining ministers will take place on Tuesday

Waar Media - 2018-12-01 21:45
WAAR-DUHOK: Iraqi parliament to convene this week and vote on the remaining ministers of the new cabinet. Iraqi parliament is expected to convene this week in hopes of voting on whether to approve the remaining eight candidates for Prime Minister Adel Ab ...

KRG Delegation to Visit Baghdad for Talks on Disputed Territories

BAS News - 2018-12-01 21:42
ERBIL - A delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) will visit the Iraqi capital of Baghdad this week for talks on the security of the disputed Kurdish territories, an official revealed Talking to Kurdistan 24, Mohammed Khwrshid, a leading ...

Three Wanted IS Insurgents Captured in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-12-01 21:13
ERBIL - At least three members of the Islamic State (IS) were captured in the disputed Kurdish province of Kirkuk, an official said on Saturday. The Iraqi Interior Ministry Spokesperson Maj. Gen. Saad Maan said in a statement that the trio was captured b ...

IS Official Responsible for Caging, Parading Peshmerga Prisoners Captured

BAS News - 2018-12-01 11:38
ERBIL — The Iraqi authorities released a videotape on Friday showing an Islamic State (IS) operative’s confessing to his involvement in caging and parading a number of Peshmerga operatives earlier in 2015. Jamal al-Mashadani, who was known by the nom de ...

CJTF-OIR partner kills ISIS Leader in Salah ad Din

CENTCOM - 2018-11-30 23:00
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve’s partner, the Iraqi Security Forces eliminated an ISIS fighter and senior leader known as “Katkut,” during an operation on Nov. 21, in Salah ad Din province, Iraq. The Salah ad Din Op ...

KCK denounces PUK for closing Tavgari Azadi offices in Iraqi Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2018-11-30 19:03
QANDIL MOUNTAINS,— The Kurdistan Communities Union, (Koma Civaken Kurdistan – KCK), the political umbrella group that includes the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), strongly came out against the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) closing the branch offices ...

More than 50,000 domestic workers have come to Iraqi Kurdistan since 2007

E-Kurd - 2018-11-30 12:01
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The Peace and Freedom Organization (PFO-K) released on Thursday a report on the use of migrant domestic workers in Iraq’s Kurdistan region. According to PFOK, more than 50,314 domestic workers came to Kurdistan reg ...

Diyala: Senior Hashd al-Shaabi Commander Killed in Bomb Explosion

BAS News - 2018-11-30 00:14
ERBIL - A senior commander of the pro-Iranian Hashd al-Shaabi was killed on Thursday in a bomb explosion in the Iraqi province of Diyala. Speaking to Baghdad Today, a local source explained that four of the commander's companions were also wounded in the ...

Gunmen attack office of violence against women in Iraqi Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2018-11-29 22:40
UN condemns attack on combating violence against women office SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Unidentified gunmen opened fire and shot at least one rocket at the Directorate to Combat Violence against Women in Sulaimani city in Iraqi Kurdistan early ...
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