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Disagreements with KDP are due to actions of a young and opportunistic group in PUK leadership: Mala BakhtiarTuesday 12 April 2022

Disagreements with KDP are due to actions of a young and opportunistic group in PUK leadership: Mala Bakhtiar

A member of the Supreme Political Council and the Interests of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) stressed that the current differences between the party and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) are the result of the efforts of a young and opportunistic group in the PUK.

Iranian delegation meets Masoud Barzani, KRG officialsTuesday 12 April 2022

Iranian delegation meets Masoud Barzani, KRG officials

An Iranian political delegation met with officials from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) leadership.

Teacher expelled for speaking Kurdish in Turkey Kurdistan schoolTuesday 12 April 2022

Teacher expelled for speaking Kurdish in Turkey Kurdistan school

A teacher was expelled from a Turkish school in Mersin province, Turkey Kurdistan, for speaking Kurdish and Arabic with his students, Kurdistan 24 reported on Sunday.

Iraqi ministry to oversee Kurdistan Region oil and gas field managementTuesday 12 April 2022

Iraqi ministry to oversee Kurdistan Region oil and gas field management

Iraq’s oil ministry has taken all necessary measures required to implement a federal court’s ruling that gives it the authority to manage oil and gas fields in the Kurdistan Region, state oil marketer SOMO said on Monday, April 11.

Iraqi minister calls for new oil company in Kurdistan RegionTuesday 12 April 2022

Iraqi minister calls for new oil company in Kurdistan Region

Iraq’s Oil Minister, Ihsan Abdul-Jabbar, said on Monday, April 11, the ministry met with the Kurdistan Region’s delegation to discuss the Region’s oil contracts.

Expert warns Afrin has lost its Kurdish identityMonday 11 April 2022

Expert warns Afrin has lost its Kurdish identity

Dominic Brunaccioni, an expert of Turkish and Kurdish affairs, warned that the Kurdish culture, language and identity of the city of Afrin, in Syria Kurdistan, is disappearing as a result of Turkish policies to change the cultural and demographic context of the Kurdish city in Syria.

Official warns of drought in Kurdistan Region this yearMonday 11 April 2022

Official warns of drought in Kurdistan Region this year

A Kurdish official said there will be drought in the Kurdistan Region this year, warning that groundwater levels will largely decrease. 

Implementing Coordination Framework plan is only way out of the current crisis in Iraq: PUKMonday 11 April 2022

Implementing Coordination Framework plan is only way out of the current crisis in Iraq: PUK

A leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) said his party still adheres to one-third of the legal quorum for holding Iraqi parliament sessions to resolve the current crisis in the country, and believes that implementing the Coordination Framework plan is the only way out of the crisis in Iraq.

Our policy is to continue Kurdish-Kurdish negotiations: ENKS memberMonday 11 April 2022

Our policy is to continue Kurdish-Kurdish negotiations: ENKS member

A member of the legal office of the Kurdish Patriotic Council (ENKS) said the Democratic Union Party always obstructs the Kurdish-Kurdish talks in northern Syria and does not allow the talks to be concluded.

Mahmoud Osman: coming days will see new crises in IraqMonday 11 April 2022

Mahmoud Osman: coming days will see new crises in Iraq

In the coming days, we will see new crises in Iraq that are deeper than the previous ones and may lead to new parliamentary elections, said Mahmoud Osman, an independent Kurdish politician.

Kurdistan Region delegation to visit Baghdad for talks on oilMonday 11 April 2022

Kurdistan Region delegation to visit Baghdad for talks on oil

A delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is expected to pay a visit to Baghdad on Monday,April 11, for talks on oil and gas, Esta Media Network claimed in a report.

Can Erdogan coax Assad into dialogue? / Fehim TastekinSunday 10 April 2022

Can Erdogan coax Assad into dialogue? / Fehim Tastekin

Hopeful that the Ukraine war will tip the scales to its favor in Syria, Turkey is taking escalatory steps on the ground on one hand and testing the diplomatic waters with Damascus on the other.

Parliamentary poll only solution to current crisis in Iraq: officialSunday 10 April 2022

Parliamentary poll only solution to current crisis in Iraq: official

The legal adviser to the Kurdistan Parliament stressed that the only solution to the current crisis in Iraq is to hold parliamentary elections again.

Iraqi PM is seeking re-election through convincing Kurdish: Fateh memberSunday 10 April 2022

Iraqi PM is seeking re-election through convincing Kurdish: Fateh member

A member of the Al-Fateh coalition called on Iraqi political forces to stand up to what he called the recklessness of current Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi's government, exposing the Iraqi prime minister's efforts to appease the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) at the expense of the people of the southern provinces.

Turkish court rules arrest of Leyla Guven a violation of rightsSunday 10 April 2022

Turkish court rules arrest of Leyla Guven a violation of rights

Turkey’s Constitutional Court has ruled that the rights of former pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) lawmaker Leyla Guven were violated when she was kept in prison following her re-election in the 2018 elections, SoL news site reported on Saturday, April 9.

Party leader says Coordination Framework won't accept Sadrist formed governmentSunday 10 April 2022

Party leader says Coordination Framework won't accept Sadrist formed government

The Secretary-General of Asaib Ahl al-Haq, Qais al-Khazali, said on Friday, April 8, the Coordination Framework will not accept a government formed by the Sadrist Movement.

Qubad Talabani warns disputes with Baghdad will impede opportunity to export gasSunday 10 April 2022

Qubad Talabani warns disputes with Baghdad will impede opportunity to export gas

Kurdistan's Deputy Prime Minister, Qubad Talabani, on Saturday said that the legal disputes between the federal and Kurdistan regional governments stand as a major impediment to exporting the region's gas to the world.

Improved security brings more intl tourists to Kurdistan RegionSaturday 9 April 2022

Improved security brings more intl tourists to Kurdistan Region

Tour agencies and shop owners in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region see a silver lining in attracting more international travelers to the off-the-beaten-track destination, as the security situation here improved gradually in recent years.

Official says 450 families transferred from al-Hol camp to IraqSaturday 9 April 2022

Official says 450 families transferred from al-Hol camp to Iraq

Around 450 Iraqi families with affiliation to the Islamic State (ISIS) have been transferred out of al-Hol camp in northeast Syria, an Iraqi official told Rudaw on Friday, adding that the transferred families will need to go through rehabilitation programs before they’re sent back to their original places of residence in the country.

Washington calls for implementing Shingal agreementSaturday 9 April 2022

Washington calls for implementing Shingal agreement

US government officials are calling for the implementation of the Shingal agreement, Duhok Governor Ali Tatar told Kurdistan 24 on Thursday.

What does Russia’s war in Ukraine mean for Iraq? / Samuel RamaniFriday 8 April 2022

What does Russia’s war in Ukraine mean for Iraq? / Samuel Ramani

Since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 23, Iraq has refrained from taking a firm position on the war. On Feb. 28, Iraq voted for an Arab League statement on Ukraine that did not assign responsibility to Russia. Iraq abstained from the March 2 U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) vote that condemned Russian aggression toward Ukraine, and merely expressed “regret” about the “deterioration of the situation and the escalating tensions between the Russian Federation and Ukraine.” Iraq justified its abstention by highlighting the risk of terrorists capitalizing on polarizations within the international community and noting its historical background, which included “sufferings resulting from the continuing wars against our people.”

Kermanshahi artist releases "Yar" music videoFriday 8 April 2022

Kermanshahi artist releases "Yar" music video

"Yar" music video composed by Farnood Elhami, sung by Sepehr Zonnurian, performed by Amir Hossein Menshadi, directed by Mohsen Rashidi, produced by Ayaz Tanbour House, and managed by Farid Elhami, the Tanbur player and composer, featuring Tanbur maqams, has been released.

MP says forming an Iraqi government with largest bloc is still on tableFriday 8 April 2022

MP says forming an Iraqi government with largest bloc is still on table

A Coordination Framework MP has said forming the Iraqi government by the largest parliamentary bloc is the way forward as the Shiite House will need to agree amongst themselves, something so far rejected by the election winner Sadr movement.

Sadr's idea to form a majority government in Iraq is problematic, expert tells KurdpressFriday 8 April 2022

Sadr's idea to form a majority government in Iraq is problematic, expert tells Kurdpress

Sadr-Barzani-Halbousi coalition's idea in forming a majority government in Iraq is problematic both in theoretical and practical ways. The tripartite coalition has the majority of seats, but it still can’t move forward, Dr. Muhammad Ali Waeli, an Iraq affairs' expert told Kurdpress about the current political stalemate in Iraq and the Sadr-led coalition's insistence on forming a majority government.

Turkey votes to suspend Russia from U.N. Human Rights CouncilFriday 8 April 2022

Turkey votes to suspend Russia from U.N. Human Rights Council

Turkey was among 93 nations that voted to suspend Russia from the United Nations Human Rights Council at the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday, April 7.