Moscow to host pan-Kurdish conference on February 15

Published by ARA News + Ekurd Daily on February 7, 2017 A pan-Kurdish national conference will be held in Moscow on 15 February with the participation of Kurds from Iran, Turkey, Iraq and Syria. Abdulsalam Ali, a member of the Democratic Union Party in Syria (PYD), said that they would discuss the current situation in the Middle East and the divisions of zones of influence in the region. Among the participa ...

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Nadia Murad slams Iraqi Kurdistan government over YAZDA closure

Published by Ekurd Daily on 4/1/2017 HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Kurdish Yazidi activist and survivor of enslavement by the Islamic State group Nadia Murad has criticized Iraqi Kurdistan government for closing YAZDA group office in Duhok city. Murad called on Iraqi Kurdistan to reverse the decision, writing on social media that it is a “shame to close the (organisation) that supports my campaign ...

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Peshmerga official says Kurds won’t enter Mosul City, denies Turkey part of Mosul operations

Published by Wladimir van Wilgenburg for ARA News on October 28, 2016 Erbil – Lieutenant General Jabbar Yawar, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs, told ARA News that after liberating Bashiqa District from Islamic State (ISIS), Kurdish forces will not push on to Mosul city. “According to the agreement with Baghdad, the Peshmerga will create a [defensive] line, while the Iraqi Army will ad ...

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Final declaration of the KNK’s ‘Southern Kurdistan Workshop’ released

Published by Ekurd Daily on September 28, 2016 KIRKUK,— Final declaration of the ‘Southern Kurdistan Workshop’ Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) held in Kirkuk on September 23-24 has been released. In the final declaration, the activities of the newly formed commission and committee as well as the need to create solutions to the ongoing crisis and channel them to the society were emphasized. The ‘Southern [ ...

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PUK-Gorran agreement will lead to greater democracy in Kurdistan: Nawshirwan

Published by Ekurd 18 May 2016 by Editorial Staff in Politics SULAIMANI, Kurdistan region ‘Iraq’,— The head of the Change Movement (Gorran), Nawshirwan Mustafa, said on Tuesday the bilateral agreement reached with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) will lead to greater democracy in Iraqi Kurdistan region and increased transparency in oil and gas revenues. Gorran and the PUK finalized a bilateral agreeme ...

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Yazidi women respond to Massoud Barzani over PKK, Sinjar comments

Published by Ekurd 15 May 2016 HEWLÊR-Erbil, Kurdistan region ‘Iraq’,— Shingal Yazidi Women’s Assembly strongly condemned the KDP leader Massoud Barzani’s meeting with Yazidi community leaders in the village of SihĂȘla where he pressured Yazidis to fight against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party PKK earlier this week. In the meeting, Massoud Barzani stated that the PKK’s existence in Sinjar (Shingal) should be en ...

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Kurdistan National Congress calls on Kurds to open their borders

    Published by ARA News 16 May 2016 QAMISHLO – The Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) is to protest the closure of borders between the Kurdish areas of Syria and Iraq on Monday afternoon while the 100th anniversary of the Sykes-Picot agreement is approaching. “In the past, the Kurds were not active regional players; they were not organized and had little power. However, today the people of Kurdis ...

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DANIEL LIBESKIND’S SECRET MUSEUM OF THE KURDS

The architect goes public with the controversial project for the first time. Published by Bloomberg 11 April 2016 By Elizabeth Greenspan Seven years ago an intermediary for the prime minister of Iraqi Kurdistan, Nechirvan Barzani, asked the architect Daniel Libeskind to design a museum. It was to bebuilt in the autonomous region’s capital city, Erbil, in the northern part of Iraq, and it would be the first, ...

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Experts train Kurds on unearthing, documenting mass graves in Shingal

A mass grave being unearthed in Shingal last month. AFP photo. Published by Rudaw 30 March 2016 ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – In its campaign to have the massacre of Yezidi Kurds in Shingal recognized as genocide and bringing war criminals to justice, the Kurdistan Region has reached out to international experts for training. Four experts from the Iraq Program of the International Commission on Missing Persons ...

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Time Running Out to Rescue Yazidi Women Captured by IS – Sharon Behn

  Published by The Voice of America, September 17, 2015 DOHUK, IRAQ— His only weapon against Islamic State extremists is a simple cellphone. But Khaleel al Dakhi has used that phone to rescue at least 100 Yazidi women and girls grabbed from their homes by Islamic State fighters a year ago.Since then, he has recorded every phone call from every girl captured by IS militants, from her relatives, contacts ...

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