Kurdistan could start oil deliveries to Baghdad in 2020: Iraqi minister

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BAGHDAD,— The semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq could start delivering 250,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil to the Baghdad federal government by early 2020, Iraq’s oil minister said. The oil would be delivered to state oil marketer SOMO which would export it via pipeline through the Turkish port of Ceyhan, Thamer Ghadhban said in […]

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Turkey says 200 Syrians returned to area cleared of Kurds

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ISTANBUL,— Turkey’s defence ministry said Thursday that around 200 Syrians had returned to “their homes” after its offensive against Kurdish forces in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) last month, with another 300 on the way. “Close to 200 of our Syrian brothers who had fled the (Kurdish militant) PKK/YPG… have voluntarily and safely returned to their homes […]

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Britain repatriates some Islamic State orphans left in Syria

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LONDON,— Britain said on Thursday it had arranged for some orphans to be brought home from Syria, joining Germany, Belgium and Australia in repatriating children whose parents were suspected members of Islamic State. Britain has generally been reluctant to allow adults who traveled to Syria to return home but Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said it […]

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Islamic preacher found dead in Iraqi Kurdistan capital: police

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HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— A Kurdish Islamic preacher was found dead in iraqi Kurdistan region’s capital, Erbil, on Thursday, police said. Erbil Police Spokesman Hogir Aziz told NRT that the body of preacher Yousif Ahmed Sheikh Bzeni was found in an uncompleted building at the Zanyari apartments in Erbil city. Police have launched investigations into […]

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