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Turkey Arrests 22 Kurds, Accuses Them of Links to PKK

BAS News - 2018-02-21 01:08
ERBIL — the Turkish authorities arrested on Tuesday a total of 22 Kurds for allegedly promoting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on social media. A judicial source, cited by the state-run Anadolu Agency, said that nine of the arrests were made in the e ...

New Book Out: Sara – My Whole Life Was A Struggle

Kurdish Studies Network - 2018-02-21 00:13
Cansiz, Sakine Pluto Press, 2018 ISBN: 9780745338019 The bitter struggle of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, against the Turkish state has delivered inspirational but often tragic stories. This memoir by Kurdish revolutionary Sakine Cansiz is one of ...

Chevron restarts drilling in Iraqi Kurdistan region

E-Kurd - 2018-02-20 23:36
SAN RAMON, CA,— U.S. oil company Chevron Corp on Monday said it had resumed drilling operations in the Kurdistan region of Iraq (KRI). “Chevron can confirm that it has resumed its activities in the KRI and we have restarted drilling operations at our Sar ...

Hewrami in Moscow: We have three options ahead KRG

Waar Media - 2018-02-20 21:57
WAAR-DUHOK: A leading member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) said that only the people of the Kurdistan Region can decide on whether or not to cancel the outcome of the referendum held last September. “No matter how many times we will be asked to ...

RIA Novosti: KRG in talks with Rosneft to sign new contracts

Waar Media - 2018-02-20 21:57
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said that the Region is currently in talks with the Rosneft in order to sign new contracts, Russia-based RIA Novosti reported on Monday. Rosneft is a major oil company, base ...

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 ...

Kurdistan Left Shaken with Third Earthquake in 24 Hours

BAS News - 2018-02-20 21:33
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Sulaymaniyah Province was struck by another earthquake on Tuesday, causing no casualties or serious damages to properties. General Directorate of Meteorology and Seismology of Kurdistan said in a report that the shake was regis ...

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 ...

“Ramin Hossein Panahi”and ”Hedayat Abdollahpour” Sentenced to death

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2018-02-20 13:54
Kurdistan Human Right Association: On 15,January,2018 “Ramin Hosein Panahi”Held her court on He was tried in the first branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of the Republic of Iran on charges of membership in Komala and Baghī, meaning a coping with th ...

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 ...

A Kurdish Worker Killed Due to Gas Explosion in Ahwaz

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2018-02-20 02:00
One of the eight workers wounded at the Khorshid Zivar Station in Ahwaz on Monday night February 12 died of injuries in the hospital due to the explosion of gas cylinders. Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has been informed that on Monday night, Febru ...

4.7-Magnitude Quake Hits Kurdistan

BAS News - 2018-02-19 21:33
ERBIL — Another earthquake, measured at 4.7 on Richter scale, hit Kurdistan’s Khanaqin district on Monday. General Directorate of Meteorology and Seismology of Kurdistan Region said the shake happened at 14:02 local time (+3 GMT). No casualties or major ...

Erbil-Baghdad Agreement Imminent: Source

BAS News - 2018-02-19 21:33
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Region and Iraqi governments are close to reach an agreement over their disputes in the nearest future, said a source close to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. The high-level delegations from Erbil and Baghdad are due to resolv ...

Russia Supports Kurdistan’s Legitimate Rights: FM

BAS News - 2018-02-19 21:33
LODZ — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reiterated his country’s support for Kurd’s “legitimate rights” in Iraq. “Russian FM Lavrov stated that Russia is for the legitimate rights of Iraqi Kurds and supports the dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad t ...

Kurdistan: Second Earthquake in a Day

BAS News - 2018-02-19 21:33
ERBIL — Another earthquake hit Kurdistan Region’s border areas overnight on Monday to become the second shake within less than 24 hours. The quake was reportedly felt in various districts of Sulaymaniyah province, including Raniyah, Qaladize, Dukan, and ...

International Airports in Kurdistan Region to Open Soon

BAS News - 2018-02-19 14:03
ERBIL - The Iraqi Prime Minister said that he would soon reopen the international airports in the Kurdistan Region and send the Kurdish public employees' salaries after the auditing process.Speaking to DW News, the Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi on Monday said ...

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 ...

Kurdistan PM: Counter Pressure Won’t Solve Erbil-Baghdad Issues

BAS News - 2018-02-18 21:23
ERBIL — The Prime Minister of Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, said on Sunday that using bargaining chips and imposing counter pressure will not help Erbil and Baghdad address their prolonged disputes. “What is important now is that the talks between ...

Several MPs Lodge Appeal to Iraq's Federal Court Against Haider al-Abadi

BAS News - 2018-02-18 21:23
ERBIL — Several MPs are trying to lodge an appeal to the Federal Supreme Court of Iraq against PM Haider al-Abadi for mistreating the Kurds to win the votes of Shi'ite Arab citizens. Sherko Jawdat, head of the Kurdistan Regional Parliament's natural reso ...

Dutch Consul Renews Call on Baghdad to Lift Kurdistan Flight Embargo

BAS News - 2018-02-18 21:23
ERBIL — The Consul General of the Netherlands in Erbil on Sunday called on the Iraqi federal government to lift the embargo on the international flights in the Kurdistan Region. “There are confidence-building measures that the government of Iraq can take ...

Kurdish Delegation to Attend Valdai Club Conference in Russia

BAS News - 2018-02-18 14:44
ERBIL - A delegation from the Kurdistan Region has been invited to attend the annual Valdai Club Middle East Conference in the capital of Russia.The annual Valdai Club Middle East Conference is jointly held by the Valdai Club and the Institute of Orienta ...

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 ...

IS Plans to Return to Nineveh: Iraqi Official

BAS News - 2018-02-18 13:03
ERBIL - The extremist group of the Islamic State (IS) is planning to invade a Kurdish city in Kurdistan Region, according to Saudi media outlets."The Islamic State has been trying to attack Kirkuk province and occupy it once again so that it can have con ...

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 ...

Greek Police officer goes after antiquities thieves

Kathimerini - 2018-02-18 01:35
The last time the team from Athens University’s Department of History and Archaeology found itself in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, where it was conducting excavations, was November 2013... and Archaeology found itself in Erbil, the capital of Ir ...

EU slows Turkey membership talks

Kathimerini - 2018-02-18 01:09
cities in the last two days due to their alleged affiliation with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers ...

Greek businessmen helping in recovery of war-torn Iraqi city of Mosul

Kathimerini - 2018-02-18 00:34
to be there,” the only Greek official in the region told Greek residents of Iraqi Kurdistan, who mainly... to the future while keeping a close eye on developments. He transferred his operations to Iraqi Kurdistan four... the war, more than 100 Greek entre ...

Turkey, US on collision course

Kathimerini - 2018-02-18 00:22
dynamic certainly dashes any plans to “take the oil” from Iraq and Kurdistan, as candidate Donald Trump ...

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 ...

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 ...

“Yahya Yari” Yarsan soldier to end his life,Yarsan soldiers of Suicide

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2018-02-17 12:44
Kurdistan Human Right Association: On Monday 12,February,2018 a Kurd Yarsani soldier committed suicide at the Guard Corps of the Revolutionary Guard Corps in West Gilan (Shahid Sabetkhah). 24-year-old “Yahya Yari” from Sar-e-Pol-e-Zhao city who committed ...

Iraqi PM Acts Against Kurdistan Region to Win Arab People’s Votes

BAS News - 2018-02-17 11:19
ERBIL - A Kurdish MP in the Iraqi parliament said that the Iraqi PM has been trying to win the Arab people's hearts and minds for the upcoming federal elections by acting against the Kurdistan Region.Adil Nouri, a Kurdish MP said that the Iraqi premier i ...

PKK Gives Excuses to Iraq, Turkey to Cross Kurdistan Region Borders

BAS News - 2018-02-17 11:19
ERBIL - A high official of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) stated that Kurdistan Workers’ Party's (PKK) attacks on the Turkish army units at the Kurdistan Region-Turkey borders would bring more troubles to the region."We have already been suffering ...

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 ...

Week in Brief: Suicide Rises

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2018-02-17 02:02
The “Week in brief” by Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) is a weekly review of the most important human rights news and developments from and about Iran’s Kurdish areas. Rising suicide reported among Kurdish women in Iran Suicide reportedly due to per ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Latest Status of Hedayat Abdollahpour’s Case Reported by His Lawyer

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2018-02-16 02:02
In an interview with the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN), Hossein Ahmad Niazi (the attorney to Hedayat Abdollahpour) confirmed that he had visited him at Orumiyeh Central Prison last week and he had contested the verdict. Hedayat Abdullahpour was ar ...

KDP boycotts Iraqi parliamentary election in Kirkuk

Waar Media - 2018-02-15 23:49
WAAR-DUHOK: The ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has confirmed that it will boycott the Iraqi parliamentary elections in the disputed Kurdish province of Kirkuk. “We won’t take part in the polls for the council of representatives of Iraq in Kirkuk ...

Genel, DNO receive payment for Iraqi Kurdistan oil deliveries

E-Kurd - 2018-02-15 21:58
LONDON/OSLO,— DNO ASA, the Norwegian oil and gas operator confirmed on Thursday the receipt of USD 54.73 million from Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government as payment towards November 2017 crude oil deliveries to the export market from the Tawke license, ...

KRG Pays Genel Energy’s Oil Payment

BAS News - 2018-02-15 21:36
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has paid $11.05 million payment to Genel Energy’s oil licence partners in the region. The company said on Thursday that its net share of the payment is $6.1 million. Genel’s net share of November’s payment ...

KDP Boycotts Iraqi Parliamentary Election in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-02-15 18:12
ERBIL — The ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has confirmed that it will boycott the Iraqi parliamentary elections in the disputed Kurdish province of Kirkuk. “We won’t take part in the polls for the council of representatives of Iraq in Kirkuk [pr ...

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 ...

Final Decision to be Made Soon on Reopening Airports in Kurdistan Region

BAS News - 2018-02-15 11:29
ERBIL - A delegation has been set to meet with the Iraqi officials in order to make a final decision on lifting the ban on international flights for Kurdistan's pilgrims.Sheikh Asim Barzinji, an official in the KRG’s Ministry of Religious Affairs in a pr ...

Suspected death of another Kurd citizen in Sanandaj prison.

Roji Kurd - 2018-02-15 01:24
As the Kurdistan Human Rights Organization has stated in its reports on its official website as well as at the Brussels seminar, the number of deaths under torture has increased gradually in Iran’s prisons, and in particular in Kurdistan. The slaughter is ...

Barzani: Election Best Way Forward

BAS News - 2018-02-14 21:04
ERBIL — Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani has reiterated that holding the elections on time would be the best way forward in addressing the current crisis in the region. Barzani made the remarks on Wednesday in a meeting with lawmakers from the Kurdistan Dem ...

US Military Support to Peshmerga Continues: Commander

BAS News - 2018-02-14 21:04
ERBIL — The United States will continue its military support to Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces, said the commander of the US Central Command (CENTCOM) General Joseph Votel. The US commander, heading a military and diplomatic delegation, met with Kur ...

Kurdistan Parliament Delegation Gives Details on Afrin

BAS News - 2018-02-14 15:40
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Region's Parliament Delegates stated that the people of Afrin, Kurdish city in Syria are in immediate need of medical supplies. The region's Parliament delegates on Sunday visited Afrin to show their advocacy to the people of the en ...

Kurdistan Region Remembers France's Support

BAS News - 2018-02-14 14:10
ERBIL - The people of the Kurdistan Region would never forget about France's prolonged support to the region, Kurdistan Regional Government representative to France stated."The French Foreign Minister has asserted that his country would support any attem ...

Statistics on Casualties in Afrin: DCHRK

BAS News - 2018-02-14 12:27
ERBIL - Democracy Center for Human Rights in Kurdistan (DCHRK) revealed the statistics on the casualties on the 25th day of the Turkish assault on Syrian Kurdish city of Afrin.According to the center's release, the Turkish artillery units on the 25th day ...

Turkey imposes curfews in Kurdish Diyarbakir province

E-Kurd - 2018-02-14 11:51
DIYARBAKIR-AMED, Turkey’s Kurdish region,— Turkey on Wednesday imposed curfews in dozens of villages and towns in the Kurdish Diyarbakir province in Turkish Kurdistan in anticipation of a new operation against Kurdish militants inside the country. The Di ...

Kurdish PKK attacks Turkish military base in Iraqi Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2018-02-14 11:51
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— A Turkish base in Iraqi Kurdistan came under attack on Tuesday, a witness and the rebel Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) said, without claiming responsibility. Intense fighting lasted some two hours around the base at G ...

Seeking safety, Syrian Kurds pile up in shared flats in Afrin

E-Kurd - 2018-02-14 11:51
AFRIN, Syrian Kurdistan,— Day and night, the members of seven displaced families file in and out of the single bathroom and kitchen they share in a cramped apartment in the Kurdish town of Afrin in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava). Dozens of families have flood ...

Meet Kurdish Saint Valentine: Seven Decades in Solitude

BAS News - 2018-02-14 05:15
ERBIL — Known as ‘the man in love’, he attracts thousands of visitors around the region every year who wish to meet a man in his love solitude for nearly 70 years. He has become the symbol of true love, sacrifice and patience across the Kurdistan Region. ...

A Young Woman Committed Suicide in One of the villages of Orumiyeh

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2018-02-14 02:03
On Sunday, February 11, a young woman in “Bardian village” of Soma Bradost of Orumiyeh ended her life with a hunting gun due to Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) as Zainab Darwishi, 21 years old. It should be also noted that On Wednesday, February 18, ...
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