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Turkey increases ‘buy a house for citizenship’ threshold to $400,000Saturday 14 May 2022

Turkey increases ‘buy a house for citizenship’ threshold to $400,000

Turkey’s government increased the minimum amount foreigners must invest in a property to qualify for citizenship to $400,000.

Kurdish forces seize some oil wells from Iraqi controlSaturday 14 May 2022

Kurdish forces seize some oil wells from Iraqi control

Forces from the regional Kurdish government have taken control of some oil wells in northern Kirkuk, Iraq's state-run North Oil Company said in a statement on Saturday.

Turkish forces shell villages in northern SyriaSaturday 14 May 2022

Turkish forces shell villages in northern Syria

Turkish forces and members of a militia backed by Ankara conducted artillery and rocket attacks targeting dozens of villages and towns in northeast Syria over the past 24 hours, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Friday, May 13.

PUK, KDP disputes intensify over holding Kurdistan Region electionsSaturday 14 May 2022

PUK, KDP disputes intensify over holding Kurdistan Region elections

As the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is preparing to hold parliamentary elections, differences between the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) are intensifying.

Kurds want Damascus to recognize self-ruling administration: Salih MuslimSaturday 14 May 2022

Kurds want Damascus to recognize self-ruling administration: Salih Muslim

Saleh Muslim says the Syrian Kurds are seeking talks with Damascus with the aim of recognizing the North and Northeast Syrian Autonomous Administration.

Turkey opposes U.S. exempting Syrian Kurdish regions from sanctions: FMSaturday 14 May 2022

Turkey opposes U.S. exempting Syrian Kurdish regions from sanctions: FM

Turkey opposes the US decision to exempt regions controlled by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) from Caesar Act sanctions on Syria, Hurriyet Daily News reported on Friday, May 13.

Independent Iraqi parliament members to join tripartite coalition: KDP MPThursday 12 May 2022

Independent Iraqi parliament members to join tripartite coalition: KDP MP

A representative of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (Kdp) in the Iraqi parliament announced the party's decision to present a plan to end political disputes in the country.

Iraq national oil company says KRG oil exports are unconstitutionalThursday 12 May 2022

Iraq national oil company says KRG oil exports are unconstitutional

The Iraq National Oil Company (INOC) issued a statement Thursday, May 12, regarding the Kurdistan Region’s independent oil and gas and exports, stating they were unconstitutional.

Kurdish forces, Iraqi military launch large-scale operation against ISISThursday 12 May 2022

Kurdish forces, Iraqi military launch large-scale operation against ISIS

Kurdistan Region’s counter-terrorism forces along with Peshmerga forces, police and Iraqi military launched a large-scale operation against Islamic State (ISIS) militants on two frontlines in areas between Kifri and Tuz Khurmatu on Thursday, according to the general directorate of counter-terrorism.

Dissolving parliament is only way out of Iraqi political stalemate: PUKThursday 12 May 2022

Dissolving parliament is only way out of Iraqi political stalemate: PUK

A member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) said the only way out of the current political stalemate in Iraq is to dissolve the parliament.

Russia says has ‘no objections’ to Kurdistan Region exporting gas to EuropeThursday 12 May 2022

Russia says has ‘no objections’ to Kurdistan Region exporting gas to Europe

Russia’s ambassador to Iraq addressed plans to export natural gas from the Kurdistan Region to Europe in an interview yesterday, May 11.

Biden asks Congress to approve F-16 arms deal with TurkeyThursday 12 May 2022

Biden asks Congress to approve F-16 arms deal with Turkey

The Biden administration has asked congressional leaders to approve the sale of advanced weapons and other equipment for Turkey’s fleet of F-16 jet fighters, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

Iran FM blames Turkey's construction of dams 'unacceptable'Thursday 12 May 2022

Iran FM blames Turkey's construction of dams 'unacceptable'

Iranian Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, said on Tuesday, May 10, that Turkey's decision to build dams which would harm the Iranian people and negatively affect water flowing into the Islamic Republic is "not acceptable", IRNA news agency reported.

Demirtas calls on intelligentsia to unite to help build full democracy in TurkeyThursday 12 May 2022

Demirtas calls on intelligentsia to unite to help build full democracy in Turkey

Jailed Kurdish leader Selahattin Demirtas, a former co-chair of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), has called on Turkey’s writers, artists, academics and journalists to unite and help establish full democracy in the country by taking “an active stance” for it in the period towards June 2023 elections, local media reported on Thursday, May 12.

Google Translate to add Sorani Kurdish to new languagesThursday 12 May 2022

Google Translate to add Sorani Kurdish to new languages

Google announced as part of the I/O 2022 developer conference on Wednesday, May 11, it will add 24 new languages to its Google Translate service, including Sorani Kurdish.

Change Movement to leave Kurdistan Regional GovernmentThursday 12 May 2022

Change Movement to leave Kurdistan Regional Government

A member of the National Assembly of the Movement for Change re-announced the party's decision to leave the Kurdistan Regional Government. Earlier, the party's director of diplomatic relations had denied the report.

US to open limited foreign investment in northern SyriaThursday 12 May 2022

US to open limited foreign investment in northern Syria

The US will allow limited foreign investment in parts of Syria that are not under the control of the Syrian government, the acting secretary of state, Victoria Nuland, said on Wednesday, May 11.

KRG won’t abide by federal court’s ruling on oil and gas: PM adviserWednesday 11 May 2022

KRG won’t abide by federal court’s ruling on oil and gas: PM adviser

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) will not abide by a federal court’s ruling on the Region’s oil and gas exports, Voice of America cited a Kurdish adviser as saying on Tuesday, May 9.

Sixty percent of Turkish voters believe Erdogan can’t fix economyTuesday 10 May 2022

Sixty percent of Turkish voters believe Erdogan can’t fix economy

Almost 60 percent of Turkish voters do not believe that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan can fix the country’s economy, according to a survey by Turkish pollster Metropoll.

Kurdistan Region's oil must be freed from domination of individuals and groups: party headTuesday 10 May 2022

Kurdistan Region's oil must be freed from domination of individuals and groups: party head

The head of the Islamic Union Faction in the Kurdistan Parliament stressed that the oil of the Kurdistan Region and its revenues should be taken out of the control of individuals and groups.

Party leader says Kurdistan Region must continue its oil activitiesTuesday 10 May 2022

Party leader says Kurdistan Region must continue its oil activities

The Secretary General of the Kurdistan Social Democratic Party stressed Iraq's constitution gives Kurdistan region the right to operate in the oil and gas field and the region must continue its gas and oil activities.

Turkish settlements are biggest conspiracy for demographic change in Syria: officialsMonday 9 May 2022

Turkish settlements are biggest conspiracy for demographic change in Syria: officials

Officials in northeast Syria see that the Turkish project to deport Syrian refugees to Syrian areas they do not belong to is the biggest conspiracy towards the demographic change in the region.

Serious efforts underway to bring Kurds to negotiating table: officialMonday 9 May 2022

Serious efforts underway to bring Kurds to negotiating table: official

The head of the Iraqi Media Development Center stressed that the Iraqi Coordination Framework is working seriously and clearly to strengthen its position and strengthen its presence in the political process in the country.

MP says Federal Court ruling over Kurdistan Region's oil and gas should be implementedMonday 9 May 2022

MP says Federal Court ruling over Kurdistan Region's oil and gas should be implemented

A representative of the Kurdistan Parliament from the New Generation Faction stressed the need to fully implement the ruling of the Iraqi Federal Court regarding the export of oil and gas from the Kurdistan Region by Erbil.

“Being a mosque” in the Middle East: Erdogan's Riyadh visit / Namik TanMonday 9 May 2022

“Being a mosque” in the Middle East: Erdogan's Riyadh visit / Namik Tan

On January 6, 1955, Turkey’s late Prime Minister Adnan Menderes, flew to Baghdad at the invitation of the Iraqi and Lebanese governments respectively. The visit was organized to reciprocate the state visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Said to Turkey in the fall of 1954. Nuri Said (Pasha) who graduated from an Ottoman military academy was no stranger to Turkey and enjoyed a close personal relationship with his counterpart, Prime Minister Adnan Menderes. The Baghdad Pact signed at that time symbolized the friendship between the two leaders. In fact, in 1958, the Democratic Party government ordered Turkish security forces to save Nuri Said Pasha and King Faisal from a coup d’état and a team was sent to Jordan for this purpose. They were too late; King Faisal and Prime Minister Said were killed by the forces of putschist General Kasım.