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US Welcomes Resumption of Kirkuk Oil Exports

BAS News - 2018-11-17 09:50
ERBIL — The United States has welcomed Friday’s agreement between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the government of Iraq to resume the oil exports from the disputed province of Kirkuk. “Congratulations to the Iraqi government and the governme ...

Kurdistan PM, US Delegation Review Erbil-Baghdad Relations

BAS News - 2018-11-16 23:52
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received on Friday a diplomatic delegation from the United States, headed by Andrew Peek, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq and Iran. The sides exchanged views on the latest political d ...

Iraqi PM to Visit US, Demand Longer Exemption for Trade with Iran: Report

BAS News - 2018-11-15 14:37
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi is considering a visit to the United States to ask Washington to extend its exemption which allows Iraq to continue its energy purchases from Iran under sanctions. Saudi Okaz newspaper reported on Thursday th ...

US Pushes Turkey to Replace Iran Oil with Kurdistan’s

BAS News - 2018-11-13 10:12
ERBIL — The United States has stepped up the pressure on Turkey to end oil and gas purchase from Iran, but filling the gap with crude from the Kurdistan Region, a report claims. Following the re-imposition of the second phase of US economic sanctions, wh ...

Rhetoric, Violence, and Civil War: The Balkanization of America?

Foreign Policy Research Institute - 2018-11-09 16:19
I study civil wars. While I don’t believe a civil war is yet likely in the United States, I do see some unnerving parallels between the current American political environment and those in the former Soviet Union and former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. The co ...

US Appoints New Ambassador to Iraq

BAS News - 2018-11-08 12:12
ERBIL — The United States has appointed a new diplomat to replace current Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman, the White House announced on Wednesday. The new ambassador is said to be Matthew Tueller, who currently serves as Washington’s top diplomat in ...

US Mounting Pressure on Iraq to Limit Pro-Iran Militias

BAS News - 2018-11-07 10:21
ERBIL — The United States has reportedly stepped up the pressure on the Iraqi government to limit the Shi’ite militias affiliated to Iran in return for Washington’s waiver for Baghdad to continue trade with Tehran, an Iraqi official said. Brian Hook, the ...

US authorizes rewards for info on Kurdish rebel leaders

Seattle Times - 2018-11-06 17:33
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The United States says it has authorized rewards for information on the whereabouts of three top Kurdish rebel leaders wanted by Turkey, in a sign of improving ties between the NATO allies. The announcement was made by U.S. Deputy A ...

US: 8 countries will enjoy temporary exempt from Iran sanctions

Waar Media - 2018-11-05 22:42
WAAR-DUHOK: The United States will exempt 8 countries from sanctions on Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday. Mike Pompeo listed these 8 countries: China, India, Turkey, Japan, Italy, South Korea, Taiwan and Greece. Pompeo also said: These 8 ...

Iraq Not Among Countries to Receive a Wavier from Iran Sanctions

BAS News - 2018-11-05 16:48
ERBIL - The US has announced eight countries on Monday which will be allowed to continue to do business with the Islamic Republic of Iran for a certain period of time, while Iraq is not on the list. The United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said t ...

Washington Concerned over Turkish Strikes in Rojava

BAS News - 2018-11-01 10:30
ERBIL — The recent Turkish bombardments of areas in northwest of Syria, which are under the control of Kurds, “are of great concern” to the United States, said State Department Deputy Speaker Robert Palladino. “Unilateral military strikes into northwest ...

UNHCR Welcomes US 2018 Contribution to Help Iraqi IDPs

BAS News - 2018-10-29 12:24
Baghdad (UNHCR) — The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has welcomed a new fund by the United States to help the Syrian refugees and Iraqi IDPs. The UNHCR announced in a statement that US’s contribution had reached a cumulative total of $128.8 millio ...

Turkey shells US-backed Kurdish forces positions in Syria: state media

E-Kurd - 2018-10-28 23:05
ISTANBUL,— Turkey’s military on Sunday fired artillery shells at a Kurdish forces in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) that is backed by the United States but deemed a “terrorist” group only by Ankara. The shelling targeted YPG positions on the eastern bank of t ...

Iraq to halt Kirkuk oil exports to Iran, may resume them to Turkey

E-Kurd - 2018-10-27 13:18
BAGHDAD,— Iraq will stop trucking crude from its northern Kirkuk oilfield to Iran in November to comply with sanctions imposed on its neighbor by the United States, five sources familiar with Iraqi oil export operations said on Friday. Kirkuk is one of t ...

McGurk meets Iraqi PM in his first job’s morning in Baghdad

Waar Media - 2018-10-25 16:00
Iraq Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi received Brett McGurk and Douglas Silliman in Baghdad, 25 October 2018 WAAR-DUHOK: Iraq Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi on his first morning in the job in Baghdad received United States government delegation headed by ...

Withdrawing from the INF Treaty is a Mistake

Foreign Policy Research Institute - 2018-10-23 02:03
President Donald Trump has announced that his administration plans to withdraw the United States from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia, which prohibits Washington and Moscow from testing and deploying all ground-based c ...

Lavrov: US not ready for full-cooperation on Syria with Russia

Waar Media - 2018-10-22 15:47
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov WAAR-DUHOK: The United States is not ready yet for full-fledged cooperation on Syria with Russia to eliminate the remaining terrorists and ensure refugees’ return, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Mond ...

A few questions about the “migrant caravan”

Seth Frantzman - 2018-10-21 15:30
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN A “migrant caravan” is making its way from Honduras to the United States. Al-Jazeera tells us, “Facing tightened security, waves of Hondurans continue to try to […] ...

Turkey Threatens U.S. Allies in Syria

WarIsBoring - 2018-10-18 21:09
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has once again threatened to launch further cross-border military operations targeting the United States’ Syrian Kurdish-led allies in the country’s northeast. “God willing, very soon … we will leave the terror nests ...

Rouhani: US wants “regime change” in Iran

Waar Media - 2018-10-16 13:10
Hassan Rouhani delivered a speech at the University of Tehran on Sunday. WAAR-DUHOK: The United States is seeking “regime change” in Iran, President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday, adding that the current U.S. administration is the most hostile that the I ...

Lavrov: US plans to establish United Kurdistan

Waar Media - 2018-10-13 00:55
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey interviewed by RT France, Paris Match and Le Figaro, on October 12, 2018, in Moscow. WAAR-DUHOK: The United States is up to plunge into a dangerous game in Syria with an idea of unified Kurdistan, Russia’s Foreign Ministe ...

US Diplomat Warns of PUK Under Influence of Iran

BAS News - 2018-10-09 12:01
ERBIL — The United States Special Representative for Syria Engagement, James Jeffrey, has warned of the growing influence of Iran on the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), saying that the development is “a big and new fact”. During a conference where Je ...

Are We in a Snafu or Fubar State of Mind?

E-Kurd - 2018-10-07 19:21
Deyan Ranko Brashich | Ekurd.net The United States – and the rest of the world – is in the midst of an acute episode of schizophrenia, a self-destructive form of dissociative identity disorder. A heroic course of treatment that will bring psychological p ...

Barzani, McGurk discuss new Iraqi government formation

Waar Media - 2018-10-07 15:39
President Barzani and McGurk WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdish prominent leader and the president of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Masoud Barzani received a United States government delegation headed by Brett McGurk, the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global C ...

European Integration Moves Forward: The Three Seas Initiative

Foreign Policy Research Institute - 2018-10-05 04:36
Since 1945, the United States has promoted European economic, political, and energy integration, and one recent way it has promoted these goals is by supporting the Three Seas Summit and Business Forum, which took place in Bucharest, Romania, on Septembe ...

What’s New in the USMCA?

Foreign Policy Research Institute - 2018-10-05 04:36
The announcement of a new trade agreement among Mexico, Canada, and the United States (the so-called U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement, or USMCA) made headlines earlier this week. But beneath those headlines, it is difficult to discern what the agreement woul ...

U.S. encourages quick formation of new Iraq’s Kurdistan government

E-Kurd - 2018-10-04 14:31
WASHINGTON,— The United States encouraged the quick formation of a new Kurdish government, after Iraq’s Kurdistan region held a parliamentary election on September 30, 2018. Spokesperson of the US State Department Heather Nauert said in a press conferenc ...

US Encourages Quick Formation of New Govt. after Election

BAS News - 2018-10-03 10:08
ERBIL — Following a “successful” parliamentary election in the Kurdistan Region, the United States encourages Erbil to quickly form the new government as soon as the results of the polls are announced. Heather Nauert, spokesperson for US State Department ...

Erdogan promises ‘safe zones’ in Kurdish-held parts (Rojava) of Syria

Waar Media - 2018-09-24 21:08
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkey said Sunday it would take steps to create “safe zones” across northern Syria, including in areas held by Syrian Kurdish fighters (Rojava) who are allied with the United States but who Ankara views as terrorists. President Recep Tayyip ...

Russia warns US of consequences over sanctions

Waar Media - 2018-09-21 15:05
WAAR-DUHOK: Moscow and Beijing lashed out Friday at Washington’s new anti-Russian sanctions that also target China for the first time, warning the United States could face consequences. The United States is “playing with fire”, Russia’s deputy foreign mi ...

North and South Korea sign numerous of agreements

Waar Media - 2018-09-19 13:29
WAAR-DUHOK: North Korea said it would close a key missile test facility in the presence of “international experts” and potentially destroy its primary nuclear complex if the United States agrees to corresponding measures, South Korean President Moon Jae- ...

KDP-Iran Calls on US, UN, EU to React to Tehran’s Attack in Koya

BAS News - 2018-09-12 17:46
ERBIL — The Iranian Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP-Iran) has called on the United States, European Union, and United Nations to urgently react to increasing aggressions by the Islamic Republic of Iran against the Kurds and stability in the Middle East. ...

Nauert: Iran is rolling a “Bad Actor” in Iraq

Waar Media - 2018-09-12 13:18
WAAR-DUHOK: The United States Department of state said the Iranian rocket attack on the Kurdistan Region was an effort to destabilize Iraq and the region, describing Tehran as a “bad actor.” Iranian military units launched a barrage of missiles that hit ...

Trump tells Apple to make products in U.S. to avoid China tariffs

Waar Media - 2018-09-09 14:15
WAAR-DUHOK: U.S. President Trump tweeted on Saturday that Apple Inc (AAPL.O) should make products inside the United States if it wants to avoid tariffs on Chinese imports. The company told trade officials in a letter on Friday that the proposed tariffs w ...

US Issues Security Alert to Americans Traveling to Iraq

BAS News - 2018-09-09 10:56
ERBIL — The US State Department has issued a new security alert at the wake of recent deadly protests in Iraq’s southern province of Basra, as well as ahead of the Shi’ite Muslim’s mourning month of Muharram. “The United States Mission in Iraq is restric ...

US Condemns Violence Against Diplomats in Southern Iraq

BAS News - 2018-09-08 10:03
ERBIL — The US State Department has condemned the violent actions by protestors against foreign diplomats in southern Iraqi city of Basra. “The United States condemns the violence against diplomats, including that which occurred today in Basrah,” reads a ...

Trump’s tariffs could hit $200 billion of Chinese goods this week

Waar Media - 2018-09-06 11:33
WAAR-DUHOK: The United States could impose tariffs on roughly half of all Chinese goods entering the country by the end of the week. President Donald Trump’s proposed tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods could go into effect as soon as Friday when a ...

Syrian Kurdish forces must leave Syria, Turkey tells U.S.

E-Kurd - 2018-09-05 11:42
ANKARA,— Turkey told the United States on Tuesday that Kurdish militants must completely abandon Syria, as violence in the rebel-held northern Syrian enclave of Idlib escalated. Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar made the call during talks with visitin ...

Trump to lead UN Security Council talks on Iran

Waar Media - 2018-09-05 08:56
WAAR-DUHOK: US President Donald Trump plans to lead a meeting of the heads of state of the United Nations Security Council on Iran in late September, his envoy Nikki Haley announced Tuesday. With the United States now holding the presidency of the Securi ...

The Hill: American allies wanted — why Kurdistan may be one

Justice for Kurds - 2018-09-02 04:20
Following a new executive order for “biting sanctions” against Iran, United States-Iran tensions have intensified. Recently in several Iranian cities protests signal a growing panic. As U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said at The Pentagon recently that ...

The Kurds Once Again Face American Abandonment

The Kurdish Project - 2018-09-01 02:19
The United States could use its presence to provide its Kurdish allies with time, space, and security to reach an arrangement with Damascus on key questions of control and governance. The post The Kurds Once Again Face American Abandonment appeared first ...

A Saudi-Iran oil price war could break up OPEC

Waar Media - 2018-08-28 16:02
WAAR-DUHOK: When OPEC and Russia shook on increasing crude oil production by a million barrels daily to stop the oil price climb that had begun getting uncomfortable for consumers from Asia to the United States, there was no sign of what was to come just ...

Iran opens lawsuit against US sanctions at ICJ

Waar Media - 2018-08-27 12:58
WAAR-DUHOK: Iran will argue Monday against renewed sanctions imposed by the United States, as a bitter legal battle between Tehran and Washington opens before the UN’s top court. US President Donald Trump reimposed a wave of tough unilateral sanctions on ...

Russia to start delivering S-400 defense system to Turkey in 2019

Waar Media - 2018-08-21 17:22
WAAR-DUHOK: Russia will begin delivering its advanced S-400 missile defense system to Turkey in 2019, the Interfax news agency cited Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport as saying on Tuesday. The United States has expressed concern that NATO memb ...

US Stepping up Efforts in Support of Abadi’s Second Term

BAS News - 2018-08-20 19:40
ERBIL — An official from the Iraq’s Islamic Da’wa Party, led by Nouri al-Maliki, has revealed that the United States is mounting pressure on political factions to support Haider al-Abadi reassume position of Iraqi premier. “The United States of America i ...

France’s Total leaves Iran amid sanctions threat from U.S.

Waar Media - 2018-08-20 16:52
WAAR-DUHOK: Iran’s oil minister says the French oil-and-natural-gas company Total has “officially left” Iran amid threats by the United States to impose sanctions against companies that do business in the country. Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zangeneh was q ...

U.S. says more sanctions await if Turkey does not free pastor

Reuters - 2018-08-17 03:21
The United States warned Turkey on Thursday to expect more economic sanctions unless it hands over detained American pastor Andrew Brunson, as relations between the two countries took a further turn for the worse. ...

FBI Arrests Iraqi Refugee for IS Membership

BAS News - 2018-08-16 15:55
ERBIL — An Iraqi refugee in the United States was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly taking part in the killing of an Iraqi officer as part of an Islamic State (IS) attack. Omar Abdulsattar Ameen, 45, alongside several other jihadists, killed the Iraqi ...

US favors Baghdad over Erbil

Kurdistan24 - 2018-08-15 05:59
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (left) meets with US President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, DC, United States, on March 2017. (Photo: Al Jazeera) ...

Erdogan says Turkey will boycott U.S. electronic products

Waar Media - 2018-08-14 14:31
WAAR-DUHOK: President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday Turkey would boycott electronic products from the United States, which has imposed sanctions and raised tariffs against Ankara in a dispute about the detention of a U.S. evangelical pastor. Erdogan sai ...

Trump signs massive $717 billion defense policy bill

Waar Media - 2018-08-14 11:11
WAAR-DUHOK: The United States is building up its military might “like we never have before,” President Donald Trump touted on Monday as he put the finishing touches on a massive $717 billion defense policy bill. Flanked by troops from the Army’s 10th Mou ...

US favors Baghdad over Erbil (still!)

Kurdistan24 - 2018-08-14 01:45
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (left) meets with US President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, DC, United States, on March 2017. (Photo: Al Jazeera) ...

Erdogan dismisses lira fears, says ‘we have our God’

Waar Media - 2018-08-10 12:41
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has dismissed concerns over the tumbling lira, calling on Turks to “have no worries”, after the currency hit record lows in recent weeks on the back of a widening rift with the United States. Ankara and Washin ...

Iran’s FM Zarif: World siding with Iran, no one trusts US anymore

Waar Media - 2018-08-08 13:32
WAAR-DUHOK: ran’s Foreign Ministers Mohammad Javad Zarif stated on Iranian state news channel IRINN that the global community is siding with Tehran in its spat with the United States and claimed no country trusts Washington anymore as a result of its con ...

Political Directors Meeting, Morocco – June 26, 2018.

The Global Coalition - 2018-08-08 09:27
Summary Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita and United States Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk hosted a Coalition Political Directors Coalition meeting focusing on Africa in Skhirat, Morocco on June... L’article Political Directors Meeting, Morocco – ...

US to ‘fully enforce’ Iran sanctions reimposed this week

Waar Media - 2018-08-06 12:09
WAAR-DUHOK: The United States intends to fully enforce sanctions due to be reimposed against Iran early this week on orders from US President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday. A first set of US sanctions that had been eased by ...

Bolton: No US government involvement in Venezuela drone blast

Waar Media - 2018-08-05 20:25
WAAR-DUHOK: The United States government had no involvement in Saturday’s drone blast at a military event where Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was giving a speech, U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton said Sunday. “I can say unequivocally ther ...

Pompeo, Cavusoglu meet as tensions grow over detained pastor

Waar Media - 2018-08-03 12:15
WAAR-DUHOK: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday in an attempt to stave off a diplomatic crisis between Washington and Ankara over the detention of an American pastor in Turkey. The United States is dem ...

US Reiterates Support for Reform Plan in Peshmerga Ministry

BAS News - 2018-08-01 23:56
ERBIL — The United States is willing to continue its support for the Kurdistan Region and its reform plan related to the Peshmerga ministry, said a senior military official. During a meeting with Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, Chief of Office Security ...

Ankara to Take Legal Action if Washington Doesn't Deliver F-35 Jets

BAS News - 2018-07-31 21:02
ERBIL - Turkey vowed on Tuesday to take legal action against the United States if the NATO ally does not deliver the F-35 warplanes to Ankara, a report said. Even though Ankara has already paid for the transfer of the F-35 jets from the US to Turkey, the ...

Trump says he’s willing to talk to Iran without preconditions

Waar Media - 2018-07-31 01:29
WAAR-DUHOK: U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he would be willing to meet Iranian leaders without preconditions to discuss how to improve ties after he pulled the United States out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, saying, “If they want to meet, we ...
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