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Turkey court orders Kurdish leader to remain in custody

A Turkish court on Thursday (December 13) ordered the continued detention of Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas despite a European rights court ruling calling for his release, an official from his


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Turkish fighter jets bomb Sinjar and Makhmour

Turkish warplanes bombed several areas in Sinjar and Makhmour on Thursday night (December 13).


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US, Coalition are helping to build a unified Peshmerga army: Sheikh Mustafa

Commander of the Peshmerga unit Brigade 70 Sheikh Jafar Sheikh Mustafa said on Thursday (December 13) that the United States and European allies are helping to create a united, nonpartisan Peshmerga a


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We will join government only if it reflects our party platform: Gorran

Spokesperson for the Gorran Movement Shorhs Haji said on Thursday (December 13) that the party would participate in the new cabinet if it received assurances that the government’s policy program would


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Nadia Murad urges KRG Premier to rebuild Sinjar so that Ezidis can return

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad met with Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani on Thursday (December 13) and urged him to support efforts to rebuild infrastructure and


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Calls for PM to pressure KRG to transfer ISIS detainees to Iraqi custody

A high-ranking official in the Sadrist Movement, Hakim Zamli, called on Thursday (December 13) for Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi to pressure the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to hand ove


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Up to 15,000 Syrian rebels ready to back Turkish operation against YPG in northeast

Up to 15,000 Syrian rebels are ready to join a Turkish military offensive against US-backed Kurdish forces in northeast Syria, but no date has been set for the operation, a spokesman for the main Turk


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US Energy Secretary Perry also met with Masrour Barzani: tweet

US Energy Secretary Rick Perry tweeted on Thursday (December 13) that he had discussed energy cooperation with Iraqi Kurdish leader Masrour Barzani.


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Center for Gender and Development Studies wraps up '16 Days' campaign

The Center for Gender and Development Studies (CGDS) at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) held an event on Wednesday (December 12) to mark the conclusion of the “16 Days of Activism ag


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New Generation criticizes Barzani's participation in Peshmerga ceremony

The New Generation Movement on Wednesday (December 12) criticized the central role played by Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) leader Masoud Barzani in a Peshmerga awards ceremony, saying that it sent


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New Generation caucus rejects move to grant diplomatic passports to lawmakers

The New Generation caucus in the Kurdistan Parliament has criticized lawmakers for trying to use their positions to obtain diplomatic passports.


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Delegations from KDP and Gorran meet in Erbil

Delegations from the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Change Movement (Gorran) met in Erbil on Wednesday (December 12) to discuss formation of new government.


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Turkey says it will launch new Syria offensive against YPG within days

Turkey’s president says it will begin a new military operation against a US-backed Kurdish group in Syria “within a few days.”


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Number of births, deaths down in Sulaimani compared to previous years

The number of births and deaths has decreased in the city of Sulaimani in compare to the other years, according to statistics.


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Policeman killed, five others wounded in clashes with ISIS in Khanaqin

A member of the security forces has been killed and five others wounded in a bomb blast and subsequent clashes between the Iraqi federal police and Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Yousfi Bag village


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'We are ready to resolve problems with Baghdad': KRG Prime Minister

Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met Tuesday (December 11) with the US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and several other US officials, including US Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman.


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Gorran and KDP to meet to discuss KRG government formation

The Gorran Movement and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) will meet on Wednesday (December 12) for talks on the formation of the new cabinet, according to a Gorran official.


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PUK and KDP form joint committee to coordinate interparty relations

A meeting between the politburos of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) took place in Erbil on Tuesday (December 11).


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US Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Masoud Barzani meet in Erbil

US Energy Secretary met with the President of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) Masoud Barzani on Tuesday (December 11).


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Minor charged with creating fake Facebook accounts by PUK counterterrorism unit

A counterterrorism unit associated with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) said on Tuesday (December 11) that a minor, who has been in detention without charge for the last two months, has now bee


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