• Gorran, KDP close to make deal

    A Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) spokesperson Mahmoud Muhammad told reporters after a meeting between officials from the party and the Change Movement (Gorran) on Thursday, February 14, that the two parties “have approached an agreement. All the topics related to a KDP-Gorran political agreement and [Gorran's] participation in the cabinet were discussed.”

  • Checkpoints between Kirkuk, Kurdistan Region removed

    Customs checkpoints between Kirkuk and the Kurdistan Region were removed on Saturday. February 16, according to NRT.

    10:08 AM
  • Zarif calls for more ties with Erbil, stresses on rights of Syrian Kurds

    Talking with reporters on the sideline of Munich security conference on Saturday, Iranian Foreign Minister Muhammad Javad Zarif called for boosting ties with Kurdistan Region and stressed that the rights of Kurds in noryhern Syria have to be preserved.

    09:58 AM
  • PUK council dismisses Najmadin Karim from plitical bureau after his resignation

    The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) leadership council decided in a meeting on Saturday, February 16, to dismiss former governor of Kirkuk Najmadin Karim from the party’s political bureau.

    09:12 AM
  • Kurdish Region delegation to visit Kermanshah

    A delegation from Halabja, Iraqi Kurdistan  left for Kermanshah, a Kurdish province in western Iran, to impove ties.

    08:51 AM
  • No KDP, PUK before Kirkuk issue is settled: officials

    Without an official agreement on Kirkuk, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) will not strike a deal on paper with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), PUK officials said Saturday. The comments came as the Change Movement (Gorran) and the KDP reached an agreement.

    08:43 AM
  • Kurdistan Region halts oil export to Iran: official

    The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Natural Resources issued a directive to stop oil exports to Iran on Thursday, February 14, according to a customs official.

    10:23 AM
  • Gorran close to agreement with KDP

    The Change Movement (Gorran) has asked the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) for 12 percent of positions in the new Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), according to Gorran negotiating delegation member Aras Wali.

    09:42 PM
  • KDP, PUK close to make deal on government formation

    The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) met in Sulaimani on Friday, February 15, and appear close to sealing an agreement that would pave the way to forming a new government.

    09:30 PM
  • Turkey police prevent pro-Kurdish protest in IstanbulTurkey police prevent pro-Kurdish protest in Istanbul

    Dozens of Turkish police blocked a march by pro-Kurdish opposition lawmakers in Istanbul on Monday that was organised in solidarity with a hunger striking MP who was released from prison last month.

    09:50 AM
  • Kurdish translators seeking to get Sorani dialect into Google TranslateKurdish translators seeking to get Sorani dialect into Google Translate

    A group of Kurdish translators in Halabja, Kurdistan Region, are doing their utmost to add Kurdish language’s Sorani dialect to Google Translate. 

    09:39 AM
  • PUK divided in choosing new parliament speakerPUK divided in choosing new parliament speaker

    The new Kurdistan Region parliamnt speaker will be a member Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) as agreed between the party an the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), but the PUK  has been split in two directions with some officials saying the best solution is to resort to a secret ballot.

    08:43 AM
  • No Peshmerga has been deployed to Tuz Khurmatu: Jabbar YawarNo Peshmerga has been deployed to Tuz Khurmatu: Jabbar Yawar

    No Peshmerga units have been moved to Tuz Khurmatu district, The Secretary General of the Ministry of Peshmerga the Lieutenant General Jabbar Yawar said Monday, February 1.

    08:24 AM
  • Erbil-Baghdad seeking deal for Peshmerga return to Kirkuk: deputyErbil-Baghdad seeking deal for Peshmerga return to Kirkuk: deputy

    An Iraqi parliament deputy stated on Monday that there are secret efforts by Baghdad and Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan Region, to return the Kurdish forces of Peshmerga to Kirkuk in northern Iraq.

    11:27 PM
  • Peshmerga to return to front lies in weeksPeshmerga to return to front lies in weeks

    Peshmerga forces will return to five front lines after an agreement was reached between Erbil, Baghdad, and Coalition officials, a Kurdish commander said on Monday, February 11.

    10:23 PM
  • Memory, conflict, and carpets in Iraqi Kurdistan / Joshua LevkowitzMemory, conflict, and carpets in Iraqi Kurdistan / Joshua Levkowitz

    “The story of the fall in Kurdish carpets is a sad one but nothing new,” said Lolan Sipan, the director of the Textile Museum in Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region. The decline in textile production is uniquely tied to Kurdish history and conflict. It also highlights the irony that while the Iraqi Kurds have greater sovereignty now than ever before in modern history, they are also simultaneously experiencing cultural decline. Today, only a few weavers remain and there is a risk that their knowledge will not be passed on to the next generation.

    07:23 PM
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