Saudi Arabia King Salman orders use of official terminology for persons with disabilities

Saudi Arabia King Salman orders use of official terminology for persons with disabilities

:: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has urged all government agencies to adopt the term “persons with disabilities” in all official communications and media statements. The directive came after a recommendation by the More »

Lebanese PM: Our relations don’t change according to whims of political forces

Lebanese PM: Our relations don’t change according to whims of political forces

:: Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said in a speech Tuesday that his country’s relations with other Arab nations do not change according to the “whims and positions” of some political forces, More »

Iran’s Zarif: We will face any economic, military war efforts strongly

Iran’s Zarif: We will face any economic, military war efforts strongly

:: Tehran will defend itself against any war efforts, be they economic or military, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif said, according to Iraqi TV during a visit to Baghdad on Sunday. More »

King Salman promotes, appoints 25 judges at various levels

King Salman promotes, appoints 25 judges at various levels

:: King Salman issued a royal decree on Monday promoting 25 judges at the Board of Grievances at various levels. The Kingdom is taking various measures to revolutionize its judicial system. Recently, More »

Saudi Arabia intercepts Houthi missiles heading toward Mecca, Jeddah

Saudi Arabia intercepts Houthi missiles heading toward Mecca, Jeddah

:: Saudi Arabia’s air forces on Monday intercepted two Houthi ballistic missiles over Taif, one heading for Mecca and the other for Jeddah, according to eyewitnesses. The Kingdom’s air defense forces were More »

 

Tag Archives: KURDISTAN

Iraq Kurds name president’s cousin as their new PM

:: Iraqi Kurdistan’s parliament named Masrour Barzani as the region’s new premier on Tuesday, a day after his cousin was sworn in as its president. Masrour Barzani, 50, is the son of longtime Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani and had

Baghdad ends air blockade of Kurdistan, Iraqi PM announces

:: Iraq has lifted the ban on international flights to the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region’s airports, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in a statement on Tuesday. “Kurdistan’s regional airports will be under the command of the Federal Ministry of the Interior,”

Kurdish doctors report suspected Turkish gas attack on Syria’s Afrin

:: Six civilians suffered breathing difficulties and other symptoms indicative of poison gas inhalation after an attack launched by Turkey on the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin, Syrian Kurdish news outlets and Syria’s state-run news agency reported Saturday. The news outlets

Kurdish leader Barzani: Lack of Kirkuk control paves way for ISIS

:: Leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Masoud Barzani, said on Friday that the Iraqi forces’ and Popular Mobilization Forces’ capture of Kirkuk will pave way for militant group ISIS. The leader also stressed that he did not regret holding

Rex Tillerson and Barzani stress need for Erbil-Baghdad dialogue

:: The Prime Minister of Iraqi-Kurdistan Nechirvan Barzani and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stressed on Friday the need for Erbil and Baghdad to initiate political negotiations. According to an official statement released from Barzani’s office on Friday, Tillerson

Iraqi army takes control of Turkey border from Kurds

:: An Iraqi military delegation is preparing to take control of the Kurdistan region border with Syria, an Iraqi military statement said on Tuesday. The delegation headed by the Iraqi army chief of staff, Lieutenant General Othman al-Ghanmi, is visiting

What the Kurdish debacle means for Turkey

Yasar Yakis

By : Yasar Yakis :: Turkey welcomed almost with celebrations the debacle that the peshmerga suffered at the hands of the Iraqi government forces. Nonetheless, it now has to handle the Kurdish issue all the more cautiously. Turkey’s Kurdish policy

Kurdish parties opposed to Barzani report attacks on offices overnight

:: Iraqi Kurdish political parties opposed to regional leader Masoud Barzani reported attacks on their offices in several cities overnight, hours after Barzani announced his resignation, brought low by a failed push for independence. The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK),

Protesters storm Kurdistan parliament after Barzani announces resignation

:: Demonstrators, some carrying clubs, stormed the Iraqi Kurdistan parliament building in Erbil on Sunday, angry at the decision of Masoud Barzani to step down from the presidency of the region, witnesses said. Gunshots were heard as protesters who claimed

Iraq forces assault last ISIS bastion, advance on Kurds

:: Iraqi troops launched an assault on the last ISIS group bastion in the country on Thursday even as the Kurds said Baghdad’s forces had attacked their fighters near the border with Turkey. There had been fears that the bitter

Nearly 30,000 Kurds displaced from city near Kirkuk: Aid groups

:: Nearly 30,000 Kurds have been displaced from a multi-ethnic city south of Kirkuk where sectarian tension flared after Iraqi forces took control of it, humanitarian organizations said on Wednesday. Most of those displaced from Tuz Khurmato are in need

Kurdistan present initiative for talks, ceasefire and referendum result freeze

:: The Kurdistan Regional Government on Wednesday presented an initiative to freeze the controversial Kurdish Referendum result and cease all military operations in the semi-autonomous region. The KRG initiative furthermore called for discussions with Baghdad principled on the Iraqi constitution.

Kurdish parties call for Barzani’s removal, formation of interim government

:: Several parties in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, including the Gorran Movement, the Islamic Group and the Alliance for Democracy and Justice, issued a joint statement on Tuesday calling for the resignation of provincial President Masoud Barzani and the

Opposition calls on Iraqi Kurd leader to resign

:: Iraqi Kurdistan’s main opposition party called Sunday for the autonomous region’s president to resign after Baghdad seized swathes of disputed territory from Kurdish forces in response to an independence vote. Shoresh Haji of the Goran movement, which holds 24

Abadi orders the withdrawal of all military forces from Kirkuk

:: Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi on Wednesday ordered the withdrawal of all armed groups in Kirkuk, including the Popular Mobilization Militias, and the handover of security to local police and counter-terrorism units only. Al-Abadi confirmed in a statement that

Iraqi Kurds postpone polls in face of crisis

:: Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region on Wednesday postponed presidential and legislative elections because of the current crisis with Baghdad, its electoral commission said. The region’s Independent High Electoral Commission said it had “decided to suspend temporarily preparations for the elections

Kurdish forces withdraw to June 2014 lines: Iraqi army commander

:: Kurdish Peshmerga forces have retreated to positions they held in northern Iraq in June 2014 in response to an Iraqi army advance into the region after a Kurdish independence referendum rejected by Baghdad, a senior Iraqi commander said on

Iraqi forces gain control of roads and infrastructure near Kirkuk

:: Iraqi forces said Monday they had taken control of roads and infrastructure from Kurdish fighters near the disputed city of Kirkuk as tensions soar following a controversial independence referendum. Iraq’s Joint Operations Command, which groups all pro-government forces, said

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