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NATO summit kicks off in Brussels

Waar Media - 2018-07-11 18:01
WAAR-DUHOK: NATO heads of state summit with Afghanistan on its agenda has kicked off a few minutes back in Brussels. Heads of states and collation partners from 43 countries, including US President Donald Trump, United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May ...

Russia: US has no clear strategy for Syria

Waar Media - 2018-07-11 15:03
WAAR-DUHOK: The United States has no clear strategy for Syria, Russian Defense Minister Army General Sergei Shoigu said in an interview with Italy’s Il Giornale daily published on Wednesday. “Since US lawmakers and experts have been calling on the govern ...

The Justice for Kurds Network of Student Ambassadors

Justice for Kurds - 2018-07-10 06:12
Justice for Kurds announces the launch of its new program: The Justice for Kurds Network of Student Ambassadors. The initiative has been established to bring together the brightest and most accomplished students from the United States, Europe and around t ...

U.S. diplomats, Kurdistan PM break ground for largest consulate in Erbil

E-Kurd - 2018-07-08 00:23
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Senior officials from Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the US State Department broke ground on the largest US consulate in the world on Friday, July 6. In July 2011, the United States opened its first ...

Europe threatens US with new tariffs worth $300bn as trade war escalates

Waar Media - 2018-07-03 15:42
WAAR-DUHOK: The United States could get a new round of retaliatory tariffs worth as much as $300 billion, if it moves ahead with new duties on European cars, the EU has warned. In a written statement to the US Department of Commerce Brussels reportedly w ...

Wassup With This Court? – It’s Vulgar Politics

E-Kurd - 2018-07-01 13:08
Deyan Ranko Brashich | Exclusive to Ekurd.net Larry Flynt, the legal scholar and publisher of Hustler magazine is one of my heroes, a staunch defender of civil rights and of the 1st, 5th and 14th Amendments to the Constitution of the United States. As pa ...

US likely to block F-35 sale if Turkey buys Russian missile

Waar Media - 2018-06-28 15:56
WAAR-DUHOK: The United States could still block the delivery of F-35 stealth jets to Turkey if Ankara buys Russia’s S-400 air defense system, a senior official said Wednesday. U.S. defense giant Lockheed Martin delivered an F-35 to Turkish officials in T ...

Iraqi Shi'ite Politician Accuses US of Letting IS Re-emerge

BAS News - 2018-06-24 12:57
ERBIL - An Iraqi politician has accused the United States of switching its policies against the Islamic State (IS), claiming that it might let the extremist group return to some parts of Iraq once again. Baqir Jabr Al-Zubeidi, a former commander of the B ...

Pentagon decides to freeze its own plans in Iraq

Waar Media - 2018-06-20 11:40
WAAR-DUHOK: The Washington Times reported that the Pentagon has frozen the Pentagon’s plans for Iraq despite the talk of a partnership between the United States and NATO to train and advise Iraqi forces in order not to allow the return of a ” As it drew ...

44 members of US Congress urge Mattis to halt F-35 delivery to Turkey

Waar Media - 2018-06-16 17:57
WAAR-DUHOK: It would be “inconceivable” for the United States to go through with a deal supplying advanced F-35 fighter jets to Turkey, 44 members of the US House of Representatives warned in a letter on Friday to Secretary of Defense James Mattis. Turke ...

U.S., EU take small step on trade, but no breakthrough at G7 summit

Waar Media - 2018-06-09 14:47
WAAR-DUHOK: The United States and European Union will establish a dialogue on trade within the next two weeks, a French official said on Friday, signaling a modest step forward for bitterly divided allies at a Group of Seven summit in Canada. U.S. tradin ...

White House: Austria offers to host Putin-Trump meeting

Waar Media - 2018-06-08 10:24
WAAR-DUHOK: Austria has informed the United States that it was ready to host a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump, a source in the National Security Council at the White House told reporters. “The Austria ...

Syrian Kurdish YPG says will pull military advisers from Manbij

Reuters - 2018-06-05 18:50
BEIRUT/ANKARA (Reuters) - The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Tuesday its military advisers would leave Syria's Manbij, a day after Turkey and the United States reached an agreement for administering the area that includes a longstanding Turkish demand ...

YPG to leave Syria’s Manbij after US-Turkey deal

The Defense Post - 2018-06-05 18:47
The People's Protection Units (YPG) announced that it would withdraw advisors from the Syrian city of Manbij, a day after the United States and Turkey agreed to a roadmap The post YPG to leave Syria’s Manbij after US-Turkey deal appeared first on The Def ...

US-Turkish talks end ambiguously

Kurdistan24 - 2018-06-05 00:52
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shakes hands with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu at the State Department in Washington, US, June 4, 2018. (Photo: Reuters/Leah Millis) ...

Turkey, US Agree on Roadmap For Syria's Manbij

BAS News - 2018-06-04 23:29
ERBIL - The United States and Turkey announced in a joint statement on Monday that they had approved a "road map" for the northern city of Manbij in Syria and confirmed their joint commitment to its implementation. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusog ...

Turkey, U.S. endorse roadmap for Kurdish city of Manbij

Waar Media - 2018-06-04 20:41
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkey and the United States on Monday endorsed a roadmap for the northern Kurdish-Syrian city of Manbij and underlined their mutual commitment to its implementation following a meeting of their foreign ministers in Washington. The move, long ...

Pentagon warns Syria’s Assad against attacking Kurdish forces in Rojava

Waar Media - 2018-06-01 15:27
WAAR-DUHOK: The Pentagon on Thursday warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad not to carry out an offensive against Kurdish-led forces backed by the United States that control Rojava-country’s north-east. “Any interested party in Syria should understand t ...

US State Dept.: We don’t have any agreements yet with Turkey on Manbij

Waar Media - 2018-05-30 20:52
WAAR-DUHOK: There is not yet any agreements between the United States and Turkey on Syria’s Manbij, the State Department said on May 29. “We don’t have any agreements yet with the government of Turkey. We announced previously that the United States and t ...

Kurdish Film on Aylan Kurdi to Go on Screen in US

BAS News - 2018-05-28 22:51
ERBIL — A Kurdish film which narrates the life of Kurdish toddler Aylan Kurdi, who lost his life with his mother and sisters while attempting to cross the sea to the Europe, will go on screen in the United States. The film’s director, Jubrail Abubakir, t ...

IRAN SECURITY FORCES TO CONFRONT UNREST THAT SERVES U.S.

Roji Kurd - 2018-05-28 00:05
Iranian security forces will “resolutely confront” unrest that could be exploited by the United States and other enemies, a judiciary spokesman said on Sunday, after a wave of protests over mostly economic issues across Iran. Roji Kurd: “Judicial and sec ...

North Korea Threatens to Walk Away from Trump-Kim Summit: Report

BAS News - 2018-05-24 10:59
ERBIL - North Korea threatened on Thursday to cancel the Trump-Kim summit if the United States carries on doing what Pyongyang described as "unlawful and outrageous acts" which could hurt its "goodwill", said a report. "Whether the US will meet us at a m ...

U.S. sanctions five Iranians it says assisted Yemen’s Houthis

Roji Kurd - 2018-05-23 00:05
The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on five Iranians it said had provided Yemen’s Houthis with expertise and weaponry that were then used to launch missiles at cities and oil infrastructure in Saudi Arabia. Roji Kurd: After the Trump’s drop fro ...

Iran says Europe’s support for nuclear deal not enough

Roji Kurd - 2018-05-21 00:06
The European Union is not doing enough to preserve the benefits for Iran from the 2015 international nuclear pact following the withdrawal of the United States, Iran’s foreign minister told the EU’s energy chief on Sunday. Roji Kurd: Miguel Arias Canete, ...

Iran Calls on Muslim Nations to Cut Ties with Israel

BAS News - 2018-05-19 23:05
ERBIL — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Friday called on the Muslim nations to cut their ties with Israel and end trade with the United States. "I call on countries to totally cut their relations with the Zionist regime [Israel] and also to revise th ...

Another Leading Figure of Baath Regime Dies: Reports

BAS News - 2018-05-19 12:24
ERBIL - Iraqi authorities announced on Friday the death of Major General Iyad Fitih al-Rawi in Baghdad after a stroke, who one of the 55 most wanted by the United States after its invasion of Iraq in 2003. Rawi was sentenced to life in prison by the Supr ...

US, Gulf Arab states place sanctions on Hezbollah leadership

Waar Media - 2018-05-17 12:36
WAAR-DUHOK: The United States and six Gulf Arab states announced sanctions Wednesday on the leadership of Hezbollah, as Washington seeks to step up economic pressure on Iran and its allies in the region. The US and Saudi-led Terrorist Financing and Targe ...

Prospect of Talks and Threat of Escalation Both Rise in Yemen

International Crisis Group - 2018-05-16 18:48
As the Yemen war enters its fourth year, prospects for military escalation are growing between Saudi Arabia and its allies, particularly the United States, and Iran. In this excerpt from the Watch List 2018 – First Update, Crisis Group warns European pol ...

New York Times: U.S. Takes a Risk: Old Iraqi Enemies Are Now Allies

Justice for Kurds - 2018-05-15 10:19
MOSUL, Iraq — Iraq’s interior minister, Qassim al-Araji, has a troubled history with the United States. He was detained twice by the Americans at the notorious Camp Bucca prison during the Iraq war and held for 23 months, accused of smuggling Iranian-made ...

In Pursuit of Peace: 2018 Award Dinner

International Crisis Group - 2018-05-09 23:01
On Wednesday 3 October 2018, Crisis Group's 2018 Award Dinner will honour inspiring people who are champions for the victims of war. Wednesday, October 3, 2018Mandarin Oriental, New York City, New York, United States ...

Turkish media: Turkey to receive first F-35 fighter from US next month

Waar Media - 2018-05-09 22:32
WAAR-DUHOK: The United States will deliver the first F-35 joint strike fighter to Turkey on June 21 as part of a longstanding partnership between the two allies, despite attempts by the U.S. Congress to block the procurement of such weaponry to the Turki ...

UK, France, Germany Remain Committed to Iran Nuke Deal

BAS News - 2018-05-07 23:18
ERBIL — The United Kingdom, Germany and France on Monday made it clear that they would honour the Iran Nuclear Deal even if the United States pulls out. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas stated at a joint press conference with his French counterpart Jea ...

Inauguration of The Donald J Trump Presidential Library and Museum

E-Kurd - 2018-05-07 16:15
Deyan Ranko Brashich | Exclusive to Ekurd.net Donald J. Trump, the President of the United States and First Lady Melania Trump will attend the official opening of the Donald J. Trump Presidential Library and Museum on July 4, 2018 Independence Day in ant ...

Pictures: Fire Incident at US Embassy in Baghdad

BAS News - 2018-04-30 20:02
ERBIL — A fire broke out on Monday at an area in Baghdad’s Green Zone where the United States Embassy is located. According to Iraq’s local news agencies, the fire started from the generators which provide electricity to the US facility. The proportion o ...

US to Expand Anti-IS Efforts in Syria: Mattis

BAS News - 2018-04-26 18:12
ERBIL — The United States has announced its plan of expanding its anti-Islamic State (IS) efforts in Syria in coordination with regional partners. "Right now we are not withdrawing [US troops from Syria]," Mattis told the Senate Armed Services Committee, ...

Macron: We have to counter Iran’s influence in Syria

Waar Media - 2018-04-23 11:30
WAAR-DUHOK: French President Emmanuel Macron has encouraged the United States and allies to stay with France in post-Islamic State Syria and counter Iran’s influence in the country. “We will have to build a new Syria after war and that is why I think the ...

France Calls on US, Allies to Stay in Post-IS Syria

BAS News - 2018-04-23 01:51
ERBIL — French President Emmanuel Macron has encouraged the United States and allies to stay with France in post-Islamic State Syria and counter Iran’s influence in the country. “We will have to build a new Syria after war and that is why I think the US ...

Iran vows ‘expected and unexpected’ moves if U.S. exits nuclear deal

Roji Kurd - 2018-04-22 00:01
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday Iran’s atomic agency was ready with “expected and unexpected” reactions if the United States pulls out of a multinational nuclear deal, as U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to do. Roji Kurd: “Our ...

Macron Convinces Trump to Maintain US Troops in Syria

BAS News - 2018-04-15 23:18
ERBIL - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday that he convinced his US counterpart, Donald Trump, to keep his country's forces in Syria. "Ten days ago, President Trump was saying the United States of America had a duty to disengage from Syria," ...

Kremlin: Putin, Rouhani discuss situation in Syria after missile strike

Waar Media - 2018-04-15 19:12
WAAR-DUHOK: Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Hassan Rouhani of Iran exchanged views on the current situation in Syria following a missile strike delivered by the United States and its allies, the Kremlin press service said on Sunday after their te ...

US, France, Britain launch new UN bid for Syria chemical weapons probe

Waar Media - 2018-04-15 13:10
WAAR-DUHOK: Hours after striking Syria, the United States, France and Britain on Saturday launched a new bid at the United Nations to investigate chemical weapons attacks in Syria. The three allies circulated a joint draft resolution at the Security Coun ...

US Warns Hashd al-Shaabi to Not Target Its Forces in Iraq

BAS News - 2018-04-14 23:29
ERBIL — The United States has warned the Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi about any possible military move against the US forces across Iraq, a source claimed. A political source, quoted by the Iraqi media outlets, said that the United States h ...

UNSC fails to adopt Russia-drafted resolution condemning Syria strike

Waar Media - 2018-04-14 22:12
WAAR-DUHOK: The United Nations Security Council did not approve on Saturday the Russia-drafted resolution that condemns air strikes launched by the United States and its allies against Syria. Three countries – Russia, China and Bolivia – voted in favor o ...

U.S., France and U.K. Strike Syria Over Chemical Attack

Waar Media - 2018-04-14 11:49
WAAR-DUHOK: The United States, together with France and the U.K., carried out precision air strikes against targets in Syria following a suspected nerve gas attack on the Syrian town of Douma last Saturday. Explosions were heard in Damascus, Aleppo and H ...

Russia calls on West to think twice before launching strikes on Syria

Waar Media - 2018-04-13 20:39
WAAR-DUHOK: Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya has called on the United States and other Western countries looking at a possible strike on Syria to think twice and stop driving the world to a red line. “The situation ...

Haley urges UN to ‘see justice done’ in Syria, vows US response

Waar Media - 2018-04-10 12:49
WAAR-DUHOK: US Ambassador Nikki Haley on Monday urged the United Nations Security Council to act following the latest alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria, warning the United States was ready to respond. Russia said a US military strike against Syria ...

The US and ICC May Still Steer Past Each Other–Why and How

International Crisis Group - 2018-04-07 00:32
Since the International Criminal Court's prosecutor announced that she would seek permission to open an investigation into the situation in Afghanistan, the United States and the ICC have been on a slow motion collision course. The stakes are high for th ...

U.S. slaps sanctions on Putin cronies for Russia’s ‘malign activity’

Roji Kurd - 2018-04-07 00:09
The United States imposed major sanctions on Friday against 24 Russians, striking at allies of President Vladimir Putin in one of Washington’s most aggressive moves to punish Moscow for its alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and other “malign act ...

Facing Kurds, Erdogan bets on Putin

Roji Kurd - 2018-04-06 00:02
The Turkish president, whose army threatens Manbij, pushes his advantage against the Kurds, at the expense of the United States. Roji Kurd: Welcomed in Ankara by 21 guns and the guard on horseback, Russian President Vladimir Putin was treated as a disting ...

The President’s Take | The U.S. in CrisisWatch?

International Crisis Group - 2018-04-04 01:43
Our President Robert Malley’s monthly column to accompany the CrisisWatch conflict tracker for March/April 2018 asks if it is time to include the United States on our list. He also flags escalating crises in Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Yemen and Israel-Palestine ...

US Sends Condolences to Kurdish PM over Brother's Passing

BAS News - 2018-04-03 13:35
ERBIL - The US State Department has extended on Tuesday its "deepest condolences" to the Kurdistan Region PM Nechrivan Barzani following a sudden passing of his brother Dlovan Barzani. "The United States together with our team in Baghdad and Erbil extend ...

US Sending Reinforcement to Manbij: Report

BAS News - 2018-04-01 21:47
ERBIL — The United States is reportedly sending additional troops to the norther Syrian town of Manbij where Turkey threatens to attack soon. Turkish state-run Anadolu Agency claimed on Sunday that the new reinforcement is made up of approximately 300 US ...

Second plane with Russian diplomats expelled from US arrives in Moscow

Waar Media - 2018-04-01 17:43
WAAR-DUHOK: The second plane carrying Russian diplomats expelled by the United States over the so-called Skripal case has landed at Moscow’s Vnukovo-2 airport, a TASS correspondent reports from the scene. The Il-96 plane brought home 14 staff members of ...

Syrian town expects U.S. to fend off Turkey’s threat of attack

Seattle Times - 2018-03-30 18:25
The northwestern Syrian town of Manbij is at the heart of a tussle among Syria's Kurds, the United States and Turkey. Turkey has threatened to wrest it from Kurdish hands, but American troops patrol there alongside their Kurdish allies ...

Erdogan’s parallel universe

Kathimerini - 2018-03-24 10:09
on the United States’ Kurdish allies who fought against the so-called Islamic State has generally been met ...

US expresses ‘deeply concerned’ over Afrin’s occupation

Waar Media - 2018-03-20 15:55
WAAR-DUHOK: The United States on Monday said it was “deeply concerned” with recent developments in Syrian Kurdistan’s Afrin region which was taken over by Turkish forces and Syrian rebel allies the previous day. “The United States is deeply concerned ove ...

US “Deeply Concerned” About Situation in Afrin

BAS News - 2018-03-19 19:19
ERBIL — The United State expressed on Monday concerns over the crisis in the Syrian Kurdish city of Afrin after the Turkish army and its allied militias entered the city. “The United States calls on all relevant actors operating in the northwest, includi ...
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