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BasNews Takes Case of Kurdish Yezidi Victim to International Media

BAS News - 2018-08-18 15:32
Ashwaq Haji escaped IS to Germany, where she encountered her captor ERBIL — Following a detailed report by BasNews on a Kurdish Yezidi girl who fled her Islamic State (IS) captor in Germany, the major international news agencies are now following up her ...

Thirty-five years on, no political solution for Kurdish-Turkish conflict

Frederike Geerdink - 2018-08-18 15:15
Rage engulfed Turkey in late July 2018 when a woman and her 11-month-old son were killed, reportedly by a roadside bomb, after leaving an army base in the south-eastern province of Hakkari. The woman had paid a surprise visit to her husband, who worked as ...

KRG Needs Strategic Plan to Encounter Drug Addiction: MP

BAS News - 2018-08-18 10:00
ERBIL — A Kurdish lawmaker has warned of increasing rate of drug addiction across the Kurdistan Region, saying that government needs to devise a strategic plan to encounter the issue. “According to the information we have obtained, and based on official ...

Turkish Airstrike in Iraqi Territory Kills a Kurdish Militant Leader

The Kurdish Project - 2018-08-18 07:25
A Turkish airstrike this week killed a senior leader of an organization banned in Turkey as his convoy was leaving a village in northern Iraq, officials said. The post Turkish Airstrike in Iraqi Territory Kills a Kurdish Militant Leader appeared first on ...

Sherzad Heini shares every day Kurdish culture in new book

The Kurdish Project - 2018-08-18 07:25
"I'm thankful to everyone who has supported me and I am thankful for my city of Erbil, which inspires me to write." The post Sherzad Heini shares every day Kurdish culture in new book appeared first on The Kurdish Project. ...

American allies wanted — why Kurdistan may be one

The Kurdish Project - 2018-08-18 07:25
As a regional ally and resource, the importance of Kurdistan cannot be diminished. The post American allies wanted — why Kurdistan may be one appeared first on The Kurdish Project. ...

KNK PRESS REALEASE: The Turkish State Attacks the Yezidis in Sinjar

Koerdisch Instituut - 2018-08-17 11:16
The Turkish state’s hostility towards the Kurdish people and the Yezidi people continues, and their campaign of violent attacks persists. Yesterday, on 15 August 2018, Turkish warplanes bombed the Sinjar region of Iraq and killed and injured many Yezidis. ...

Sulaimaniya: Landmine Kills Civilian

BAS News - 2018-08-17 00:32
ERBIL - A Kurdish civilian was killed on Wednesday in Sulaimaniya province after he stepped on a landline, local police reported. Talking to BasNews, Sarkawt Ahmed, a spokesperson for the Sulaimaniya Police, said that a man at the age of 40s was found in ...

HDP Condemns Turkey's Air Raid on Sinjar

BAS News - 2018-08-16 23:37
ERBIL - Turkey's pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has condemned an airstrike conducted by Ankara Air Force against the Yezidi populated region of Sinjar on Wednesday which was also coordinated with local intelligence and killed a senior leader ...

US-Turkish tensions add to regional risk

Kathimerini - 2018-08-16 15:33
stability. The issues at stake are well known. Turkey objects to American support for Kurdish forces... Washington’s perspective, the Kurdish militias in Syria have been among the most effective allies ...

KDP followers commemorate 72nd anniversary

Waar Media - 2018-08-16 14:34
WAAR-DUHOK: The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) is celebrating the anniversary of its establishment after 72 years. The KDP, which is now the largest Kurdish political party in Iraq, was established in 1946 in Mahabad (Iranian Kurdistan) by Kurdish lead ...

KDP Celebrates Its 72nd Anniversary

BAS News - 2018-08-16 11:43
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) is celebrating the anniversary of its establishment after 72 years. The KDP, which is now the largest Kurdish political party in Iraq, was established in 1946 in Mahabad (Iranian Kurdistan) by Kurdish leader M ...

Kurdish police arrest dozens in Iraqi Kurdistan on gambling charges

E-Kurd - 2018-08-16 01:33
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Kurdish Police detained 22 more suspects on gambling charges in a Sulaimani casino on Tuesday night amid a crackdown on casinos and nightclubs where gambling is believed to be carried out. The Sulaimani police departm ...

Barzani Receives US Ambassador in Erbil

BAS News - 2018-08-15 16:31
ERBIL - Kurdish leader and former president of the Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, received on Wednesday a US delegation headed by Ambassador to Baghdad Douglas Silliman to discuss the latest political developments in Iraq and the region. During the me ...

High-ranking Iranian Police Official Assassinated in Kirmanshan

BAS News - 2018-08-15 09:53
ERBIL - An Iranian police official was assassinated overnight on Tuesday by an unknown group of gunmen in the Kurdish province of Kirmanshan, local sources reported. Identified as Hassan Malakiyani, who previously served as the head of the Iranian Crimin ...

Kurdish PM Extends Condolences to Kuwaiti Emir on His Sister's Loss

BAS News - 2018-08-14 22:11
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani extended condolences on Tuesday to Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah after the death of his sister. "That's so sad to hear about the loss of your sister. I send condolences to you, your family, and to the ...

Kurds meet with Syrian government to discuss self-rule

FOX News - 2018-08-14 18:20
Representatives from Syria's Kurdish-run northeastern region met with the government in Damascus last week to discuss self-administration in a postwar Syria, a leading Kurdish official said Tuesday. ...

Afrin: Ankara-backed Rebels Confiscate Civilian Properties

BAS News - 2018-08-14 16:44
ERBIL — Islamist armed groups which are supported by Turkey continue unlawfully confiscating properties belonging to civilians in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin, northwest of Syria. According to the information obtained by BasNews, the armed men of the Fre ...

Syrian Kurdish authorities hold new round of talks with Damascus

Kurdistan24 - 2018-08-14 11:45
The Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) which administers Kurdish-controlled areas and is considered the political wing of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), held their third congress in Tabqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria, July 19, 2018. (Photo: SDC m ...

Kurdish Porter Killed by Iranian Border Guard

BAS News - 2018-08-14 11:12
ERBIL — Iranian forces on the border between Iran and Kurdistan Region killed on Tuesday another Kurdish porter while carrying goods, a monitoring group said. Ismail Aziz, 33, was gunned down when the Iranian border guards opened fire at a group of porte ...

Hashd al-Shaabi, a PUK Faction Sell 30,000 bpd from Kirkuk Oil

BAS News - 2018-08-14 10:28
ERBIL — Three companies have reportedly been established to sell crude oil in the disputed Kurdish province of Kirkuk, two of which are linked with the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi while the last one belongs to the PUK faction responsible for fall of K ...

Earthquake Hits Iranian Kurdish Province

BAS News - 2018-08-14 09:35
ERBIL — Another earthquake struck the Iranian Kurdish province of Kermanshah early morning on Tuesday. According to Iranian media, the quake hit Kangawar district at 07:37 local time. It was measured at 3.1, seven kilometres deep. Casualties and possible ...

The Jerusalem Post: Three Kurdish groups in Iran are now fighting the IRGC

Justice for Kurds - 2018-08-14 05:15
The Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said on Sunday that they had killed 10 militants in the Kurdish region of Iran. The same day the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) said they had engaged in “heavy clashes” with the IRGC near the cit ...

KRG Has Constitutional Right to Sell Its Oil: Former MP

BAS News - 2018-08-13 16:33
ERBIL — A Kurdish former lawmaker has defended Kurdistan Region’s oil policies, saying that the Iraqi constitution has given Erbil the right to sell its oil. The statement was made to BasNews in response to recent remarks by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider a ...

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 ...

Landmine Cripples Iranian Kurdish Porter

BAS News - 2018-08-13 13:48
ERBIL — An Iranian Kurdish porter lost his leg after he stepped on a landmine on the border areas between Iran and Kurdistan Region on Monday. Sabourian, 31, was carrying goods on his back from Kurdistan Region to Iran at the time of the incident, report ...

Iraqi Forces Can’t Secure Sinjar Without Peshmerga: Official

BAS News - 2018-08-13 10:27
ERBIL — The Iraqi army and Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi may not be able to secure the Yezidi populated town of Sinjar and its surrounding areas without Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces, said a Kurdish official. Deputy Peshmerga Minister ...

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 ...

Tuz Khurmatu: Kurdish Civilian’s House Detonated

BAS News - 2018-08-12 14:55
ERBIL — A group of unidentified assailants detonated a civilian house in the early morning on Sunday in a village near Tuz Khurmatu. Former spokesperson for Tuz Khurmatu mayor’s office, Mohammed Fayiq, confirmed the report in a statement on his Facebook ...

Kurdish Opposition Kills 12 Iranian Soldiers in Fierce Clash

BAS News - 2018-08-11 15:14
ERBIL — Kurdish opposition fighters clashed with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in the early hours of Saturday, killing at least 12 Iranian soldiers, a monitoring group said. The Peshmerga command of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Ira ...

Massoud Barzani Fast Facts

CNN - 2018-08-11 14:00
Read Fast Facts from CNN about Massoud Barzani, the president of the Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq. ...

Iran says 10 militants killed in Kurdish area near Iraq

Seattle Times - 2018-08-11 12:35
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard says it has killed 10 militants in a Kurdish region near the border with Iraq. The Guard’s website said Saturday that the 10 belonged to a “terrorist group affiliated with global arrogance,” referring ...

Kurdish Human Rights Groups Condemn Iran’s Torture of Two PAK Members

BAS News - 2018-08-11 11:57
ERBIL — Five Kurdish human rights monitoring groups have condemned the Iranian government’s torture of two Peshmerga fighters from the Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK) whom were arrested last week. Earlier on Tuesday, Iran’s state-affiliated Tasnim News Age ...

Salih Muslim on Talks with Damascus: an Attempt to Preserve Autonomy

BAS News - 2018-08-10 16:13
ERBIL — A Syrian Kurdish political leader has made it clear that the recent talks with Bashar al-Assad’s regime is an attempt to preserve what they have already built throughout the past few years. “We are trying to preserve everything we built in terms ...

Kurdish poet Sherko Bekas remembered as being one of a kind

The Kurdish Project - 2018-08-10 05:02
Bekas is one of the Kurdish nation's most renowned writers, touching on the Kurdish struggle as well as the role of women in society. The post Kurdish poet Sherko Bekas remembered as being one of a kind appeared first on The Kurdish Project. ...

Rudaw: Afrin street, building names changed marking demographic shift

Justice for Kurds - 2018-08-10 00:17
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Turkey and its Syrian proxies have expanded the campaign of demographic change in Afrin by renaming streets and public places, replacing Kurdish words and cultural references with Syrian opposition slogans. Turkish-backed opposit ...

Kurdish Migrant's Wife with Three Children Die in Aegean Sea

BAS News - 2018-08-09 23:07
ERBIL - A Kurdish mother with three of her daughters lost their lives on Thursday after their boat sank off Kusadasi in the coastal Aydin province. According to Anadolu Agency, at least nine migrants were killed, among whom were seven children and a coup ...

Pro-Iranian Hashd al-Shaabi militias withdraws from Shingal and Zummar

Waar Media - 2018-08-09 20:53
WAAR-DUHOK: A Kurdish Peshmerga commander revealed on Thursday that the pro-Iranian Hashd al-Shaabi militias have withdrawn from Zummar (some 60 kilometres north-west of Mosul), and they are planning to evacuate Shingal on Friday. Qasim Shasho, commander ...

Two More Kurdish Porters Killed by Iranian Forces: Monitor

BAS News - 2018-08-09 16:42
Eight porters have been killed in three weeks ERBIL — A human rights monitoring on Thursday confirmed reports of Iranian border guards killing two Kurdish porters (better known as kolbar in Kurdish) in the province of Western Azarbaijan. Hangaw Organisat ...

ICRC to Coordinate Release of Yezidis in Iraq’s Prisons

BAS News - 2018-08-09 16:42
ERBIL — The International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) will be helping the release of Kurdish Yezidis whom are arrested by Iraqi forces mistakenly during country’s crackdown on the Islamic State (IS). Hussein Qa’edi, head of Kurdistan Region’s offi ...

Reopening of Erbil-Kirkuk Highway is Matter of Days: Commander

BAS News - 2018-08-09 16:02
ERBIL — A Kurdish commander of Peshmerga forces has revealed that the highway connecting Erbil with Kirkuk will be reopened in about 15 days. Mohammed Regir, a Peshmerga commander, told Kurdistan 24 that the Erbil and Baghdad authorities have reached an ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Withdraws from Sinjar and Zummar: Peshmerga Commander

BAS News - 2018-08-09 16:02
ERBIL — A Kurdish Peshmerga commander revealed on Thursday that the pro-Iranian Hashd al-Shaabi militias have withdrawn from Zummar (some 60 kilometres north west of Mosul), and they are planning to evacuate Sinjar on Friday. Qasim Shasho, commander of P ...

Kurdish New Generation delegation meets Iraqi PM Abadi, Nasr alliance

E-Kurd - 2018-08-09 14:48
BAGHDAD,— A Kurdish delegation from the New Generation Movement (Newey Nwê) met on Wednesday with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and other senior officials of Abadi’s Nasr alliance. The New Generation delegation was led by Shaswar Abdulwahid and in ...

Italy continues to receive training and equip Peshmerga

Waar Media - 2018-08-09 14:22
WAAR-DUHOK: Sixty-five Kurdish Zeravani military policemen have graduated from a six-week training program run by the Italian military to hone their skills for repelling attacks, controlling protests, and protecting diplomatic missions. “We continue to r ...

Kurdish leader reveals details of first meeting with Syrian government

Kurdistan24 - 2018-08-09 14:01
Salih Muslim, former co-president of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), currently a top official in Rojava Foreign Relations Body, speaks to Kurdistan24 from the Syrian predominantly Kurdish northeastern city of Qamishlo, Rojava, Syria, July ...

Another Kurdish Citizen Hanged in Iran

BAS News - 2018-08-09 12:17
ERBIL — Iranian authorities carried out the execution sentence of another Kurdish inmate on Wednesday, monitoring groups said. According to Iranian human rights watchdogs, the Kurdish citizen, 46, was executed at a prison in the southern province of Band ...

Dozens of Kurdish Migrants Released from Turkish Prison

BAS News - 2018-08-09 10:14
ERBIL — Turkish authorities have released a total of 25 Kurdish migrants after they were arrested en route to Europe, an official confirmed. Head of Kurdistan Region’s Migrant’s Federation, Ari Jalal, told BasNews that the 25 migrants will arrive at the ...

Barzani Receives New Czech Consul

BAS News - 2018-08-08 23:47
ERBIL - Kurdish prominent leader, and former president of the Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani received on Wednesday the new Consul General of the Czech Republic in Erbil Michal Svoboda to discuss the relations between Erbil and Prague. The Czech officia ...

McGurk Asserts Timing of Kurdistan's Elections Up to Kurdish Leaders

BAS News - 2018-08-08 21:00
ERBIL - The special presidential envoy to the anti-Islamic State (IS) coalition, Brett McGurk reiterated on Wednesday evening that only the Kurdistan Region and its leaders can time the parliamentary election. The remarks came after the Kurdistan Region ...

Barzani Thanks Germany for Standing with Kurdistan During Anti-IS War

BAS News - 2018-08-08 16:36
ERBIL — Prominent Kurdish leader and former president of Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, has thanked Berlin for supporting Erbil and Peshmerga forces in the years-long war against the Islamic State (IS). Barzani made the remarks in a meeting to welcome ...

No Prospects for Peace Process in Turkey Now: Politician

BAS News - 2018-08-08 11:56
ERBIL — Kurdish politician Othman Ocalan believes that there is no prospect for the resumption of peace process between the Turkish government and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) at the moment in the country. Ocalan, the brother of PKK’s jailed leader Abd ...

Kurdish Fighters Clash with Iranian Forces near Sanandaj

BAS News - 2018-08-08 10:30
ERBIL — The Kurdish fighters of the oppositions parties clashed with the Iranian security forces on Tuesday in the rural areas of Kurdistan province, north-west Iran. According to Hangaw Organisation for Human Rights, the confrontation took place in Nawa ...

Afrin: Ankara-backed Militants Change Names of Kurdish Streets

BAS News - 2018-08-08 01:08
ERBIL - Turkish-backed rebels changed on Tuesday the names of two squares in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in southern Syria, a report said. Kurdish activists in the region told Kurdistan 24 that the names of (Nowruz Sq. and Kawa Sq.) were changed to “l"S ...

Iraqi Kurdistan PM Nechirvan Barzani says elections should held on time

E-Kurd - 2018-08-07 20:39
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The Prime Minister of Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Nechirvan Barzani, on Tuesday, said that the Kurdish region’s election, which is set for September 30, 2018, should be held on time. Barzani said tha ...

Syrian Kurdish forces reject HRW report on recruiting child soldiers

E-Kurd - 2018-08-07 20:39
QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— The spokesman of the Kurdish People’s Defence Units (YPG) in Syrian Kurdistan on Monday strongly refuted HRW’s claims that YPG has been recruiting children, stressing that YPG stands against child recruitment. Human Rights Wa ...

Iranian Border Guards Kill Kurdish Teenage Kolbar

BAS News - 2018-08-07 16:21
ERBIL — Iranian border guards overnight on Tuesday killed a young Kurdish porter (better known as Kolbar in Kurdish) on the border between Iran and Kurdistan Region. According to Hangaw Organisation for Human Rights, Hasel Badbarin, 19, was gunned down b ...

Barzani Responds to Saudi Newspaper

BAS News - 2018-08-07 12:20
“Things would have been different,” he said. ERBIL — Kurdish prominent leader and former president of Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, refuted a recent report by Saudi newspaper Alwatan which published a report on his wealth. The Kurdish leader rejected ...

Iran Arrests Another Kurdish Journalist

BAS News - 2018-08-07 12:20
ERBIL — Iranian security forces have detained another Kurdish civil activist and journalists in the northwestern province of Kurdistan. According to Hangaw Organisation for Human Rights, Arman Ghafouri was arrested by the Iranian intelligence service in ...

Barzani: People of Kurdistan Will Never Give up on Independence

BAS News - 2018-08-07 11:10
ERBIL — Influential Kurdish leader and former president of Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, reiterated that they will never give up on their “god-given right” to self-determination and statehood. “The people and leaders of Kurdistan will never retreat f ...

US Says Setting Kurdistan Elections is Up to Kurdish Leaders

BAS News - 2018-08-06 22:46
ERBIL - The US State Department has made it clear that only the Kurdish leaders in the Kurdistan Region can decide about the date of the regional parliamentary election, a report said. "[The] timing of elections in the IKR [Iraqi Kurdistan Region] is up ...
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