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Turkey faces gathering storm in SyriaSaturday 18 September 2021

Turkey faces gathering storm in Syria

Erdogan’s choices limited as Russian-backed Syrian forces increase attacks, weigh final assault on Idlib

Syrian initiative blames Turkey for demographic change in AfrinSaturday 18 September 2021

Syrian initiative blames Turkey for demographic change in Afrin

The National Initiative for Afrin on Monday accused Turkey of attempting a demographic change in Afrin, a Kurdish city located in northwest Syria, North Press Agency reported.

Erdogan to visit Russia in late SeptemberSaturday 18 September 2021

Erdogan to visit Russia in late September

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Russia later this month to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and discuss the violence in northwestern Syria, Reuters reported on Friday.

SOMO manager says Erbil has sent no oil or money to Baghdad despite budget obligationsSaturday 18 September 2021

SOMO manager says Erbil has sent no oil or money to Baghdad despite budget obligations

General Manager Iraq’s oil marketer SOMO Ala Yasseri said on Saturday, September 18, that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has not delivered any quantity of crude oil or its monetary equivalent to the federal government, despite its obligations under the 2021 Federal Budget Law.

Our existence is not tied to US presence in Syria: representativeSaturday 18 September 2021

Our existence is not tied to US presence in Syria: representative

The representative of the Syrian Democratic Council in the Iraqi Kurdistan region says "The emphasis of the Centcom commander in his meeting with General Mazloum Kobani to keep American forces in Syrian Kurdistan does not diminish our will to maintain our achievements and we do not tie our existence to the United States."

Syria Kurdistan delegation will travel to Washington after Moscow: officialSaturday 18 September 2021

Syria Kurdistan delegation will travel to Washington after Moscow: official

A member of the delegation of the North and East Syrian Autonomous Administration in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region stated that the visit of the delegation to Moscow and Washington sends a message to the international community that only two forces, the administration and the Syrian central government, will resolve the Syrian political crisis.

Nechirvan Barzani, Dubai Crown Prince meet in LondonSaturday 18 September 2021

Nechirvan Barzani, Dubai Crown Prince meet in London

Nechirvan Barzani, President of Iraq's Kurdistan Region, met Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, on the sidelines of their visits to the United Kingdom.

Grand Imam of al-Azhar to visit Kurdistan Region in NovemberSaturday 18 September 2021

Grand Imam of al-Azhar to visit Kurdistan Region in November

The Egyptian Islamic scholar and the current Grand Imam of al-Azhar, Ahmed el-Tayeb, is supposed to visit Kurdistan Region in November.

Masrour Barzani, EU envoy discuss Iraq parliamentary electionsSaturday 18 September 2021

Masrour Barzani, EU envoy discuss Iraq parliamentary elections

Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani and the Special Representative of the European Union, Fiola von Cramon, discussed in a meeting on Friday, September 17, the issue of monitoring the parliamentary elections in Iraq.

Main suspect of killing PKK member arrested in SulaimaniSaturday 18 September 2021

Main suspect of killing PKK member arrested in Sulaimani

Security forces have detained the main suspect of killing and wounding two persons, including a Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) member in Sulaimani, authorities said on Saturday.

Turkish attacks on Syrian Kurds were discussed during Ilham Ehmed's visit to MoscowSaturday 18 September 2021

Turkish attacks on Syrian Kurds were discussed during Ilham Ehmed's visit to Moscow

Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) head Ilham Ehmed raised the issue of Turkish attacks in northern Syria during a visit to Russia, as well as asked Moscow to facilitate a meeting with the Syrian leadership, SDC representative in the US, Bassam Saker, told Sputnik.

Official hopes PUK and Gorran would mergeFriday 17 September 2021

Official hopes PUK and Gorran would merge

The head of the media office of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) stated that the party hopes to rejoin the Movement for Change (Gorran).

Turkish civic groups protest abductions, forced disappearances / Sibel HurtasFriday 17 September 2021

Turkish civic groups protest abductions, forced disappearances / Sibel Hurtas

Civic groups and legal experts say reports of abduction and forced disappearances of opposition party members are on the rise.

Iraqi forces, Peshmerga to form joint brigades to combat ISISFriday 17 September 2021

Iraqi forces, Peshmerga to form joint brigades to combat ISIS

An official from the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs stated on Thursday, September 16, that the Peshmerga and Iraqi Security Forces will form two additional joint brigades to combat Islamic State (ISIS) remnants.

Nechirvan Barzani meets with UK's PM Boris JohnsonFriday 17 September 2021

Nechirvan Barzani meets with UK's PM Boris Johnson

The President of the Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, met UK's Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, earlier on Friday, in London.

US will install defense system at Erbil Airport, commander saysFriday 17 September 2021

US will install defense system at Erbil Airport, commander says

The commander of the World Coalition Forces at Erbil Airport, announced that a strong defense system will be established at the airport by the end of September to protect the coalition's base at the airport and stated that the US special forces will also leave Erbil Airport.

Iranian president, Pakistan PM discuss forming inclusive government in AfghanistanFriday 17 September 2021

Iranian president, Pakistan PM discuss forming inclusive government in Afghanistan

Forming an inclusive government and preventing foreign interference is the key to solving Afghanistan's problems, Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi said in his meeting with the Prime minister of Pakistan.

US to reduce number of troops in Anbar and Erbil by end of SeptemberFriday 17 September 2021

US to reduce number of troops in Anbar and Erbil by end of September

Baghdad and Washington agreed on reducing the US combat troops in two military bases in Iraq by the end of September.

US would remain in Syrian Kurdistan: Centcom CommanderThursday 16 September 2021

US would remain in Syrian Kurdistan: Centcom Commander

The commander of the US Central Command emphasized in a meeting with Mazloum Kobani that the US would continue to stay in Syrian Kurdistan and the US support for Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) will endure.

Delegation from Syrian Kurdistan visits MoscowThursday 16 September 2021

Delegation from Syrian Kurdistan visits Moscow

A delegation from the autonomous administration of North and East Syria met with Russian officials in Moscow on Wednesday, according to the council.

Why has Turkey turned to Libya's Gadhafi family? / Fehim TastekinTuesday 14 September 2021

Why has Turkey turned to Libya's Gadhafi family? / Fehim Tastekin

Realizing that its current allies are not sufficient to secure Turkey’s interests in Libya, Ankara is now seeking to include Gadhafi family members into its calculus.

Anti-ISIS campaign will enter new phase in Iraq, envoy saysTuesday 14 September 2021

Anti-ISIS campaign will enter new phase in Iraq, envoy says

US Ambassador to Iraq Matthew Tueller said on Monday, September 13, that the campaign against Islamic State (ISIS) will enter "a new phase” in Iraq by the end of 2021.

Iraqi army, Peshmerga forces on night patrol after Erbil airport attackTuesday 14 September 2021

Iraqi army, Peshmerga forces on night patrol after Erbil airport attack

Iraqi army and Kurdish forces are working together in the disputed territories to find militants responsible for attacks, including one on Erbil airport last weekend.

Iraq focuses on voter security ahead of elections / Hassan Ali AhmedSunday 12 September 2021

Iraq focuses on voter security ahead of elections / Hassan Ali Ahmed

The Iraqi government has already thwarted attempts at fraud and election rigging ahead of Oct. 10.

Two Turkish soldiers killed in Iraq and SyriaSunday 12 September 2021

Two Turkish soldiers killed in Iraq and Syria

Two Turkish soldiers were killed in cross-border operations in Iraq and Syria, the defense ministry said on Sunday.