Iraqi Kurds vote in historic independence referendum, defying threats

Published on Ekurd Daily on 25th September 2017 HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Voting started on Monday in an independence referendum organized by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq, ignoring the threats of the Kurds’ neighbors and fears of further instability and violence across the Middle East. Polling stations opened their doors at 8:00 a.m. (1.00 a.m. ET) and should close ...

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Stop Turkish massacre in Kurdistan (KNK statement)

Stop Turkish massacre in Kurdistan We condemn the Turkish state’s attack on Şêladizê in South-Kurdistan (Iraq) The Turkish state, led by Erdogan, added yet another crime to its gruesome record of human rights violation. On 20 September 2017, Turkish warplanes launched an attack on the region of Şêladizê and its surrounding villages, killing a number of civilians (at least 10) and wounding others, excluding ...

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French ministers meet with Barzani in Iraqi Kurdistan ahead of referendum

This article was published on Ekurd Daily on 27 August 2017. France supports an autonomous Kurdistan that remains part of the Iraqi state. HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian met with Massoud Barzani in Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan region on Saturday, weeks before a planned referendum on independence of Kurdistan. Le Drian was joined by French Defence ...

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KRG doubles down on independence vote after Baghdad meeting

This article was published on Al-Monitor on 23 August 2017. Written by Omar Sattar. The Kurdish delegation's visit to the Iraqi capital Aug. 14 failed to change the declared stances on the Kurdistan region independence referendum scheduled for Sept. 25, but did set the stage for future dialogue to discuss the relationship between Baghdad and Erbil. The president of Iraq's Kurdistan Region, Massoud Barzani,  ...

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Conference report: “Iraqi Faili Kurds exiled by former regime to Iran, wish to return home”

Newssite Ekurd Daily published the following report on the 2nd International Conference on Faylee Kurds at the European Parliament. BRUSSELS,— The current Iraqi government still holds properties belonging to Faili Kurds who were deported to Iran by the Baathist regime, and the Failis wish to return to their homes, an Iraqi MP said at an international conference at European Parliament. Rezan Shex Diler, a la ...

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Iraqi Yazidis mark New Year, celebrated ‘Red Wednesday’

Published by Ekurd Daily on 19th of April 2017 LALISH, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Thousands of Yazidis flocked to a shrine in Iraqi Kurdistan region to mark the New Year on Wednesday, in the minority’s biggest gathering since it was targeted for genocide by jihadists. Charshama Sor (meaning Red Wednesday) is the celebration of Yazidi New Year which occurs in April every year on the Wednesday. Wearing traditi ...

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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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