Calm restored at Syrian Kurdistan jail after Islamic State riot

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QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— Kurdish-led security forces said they restored calm Monday at a prison in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava), northeast Syria, after a riot by Islamic State group inmates. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said four detainees believed to have broken out of Ghourian prison in the town of Hasaks had been tracked down within […]

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Eight new cases of coronavirus recorded in Iraqi Kurdistan

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HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Eight new cases of coronavirus recorded in Iraqi Kurdistan, the ministry of health of Kurdistan Regional Government KRG said on Tuesday. Five of the new cases are in Sulaimani governorate, including four women and one man. Three of the patients are from Sulaimani city and the rest are from Darbandikhan. The […]

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Russia’s Gazprom Neft says will not reduce investment in Iraqi Kurdistan despite KRG request

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MOSCOW,— Gazprom Neft, the oil arm of Russian gas giant Gazprom, will not reduce investment in its project in Iraqi Kurdistan despite a request from the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government KRG to do so, it said on Tuesday. Following a slump in oil prices several countries have asked oil producers to cut investments, which governments […]

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Iraqi Kurdistan extends coronavirus curfew until April 10: interior ministry

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HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Interior has extended Iraqi Kurdistan Region-wide curfew designed to prevent the spread of coronavirus until April 10. During a press conference in Erbil on Tuesday, Minister Rebar Ahmed said that the KRG has given each governorate the authority to determine the level of restrictions […]

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Turkey is ‘weaponizing water’ in Syrian Kurdistan: HRW

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HRW calls on Turkey to resume supplying water to Syrian Kurds fighting coronavirus BEIRUT,— Turkish authorities’ failure to ensure adequate water supplies to Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava), the Kurdish areas in Northeast Syria, is compromising humanitarian agencies’ ability to prepare and protect vulnerable communities in the COVID-19 pandemic, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. Turkish authorities […]

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U.S. deploys Patriot missile air defense system to Iraq

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BAGHDAD,— The United States has deployed Patriot air defense batteries to Iraqi bases to protect American troops recently targeted by Iranian missiles, US and Iraqi military sources told AFP Monday. Washington and Baghdad had been negotiating the placement of the defense system since January, when Tehran fired ballistic missiles at the western Iraqi base of […]

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U.S. deploys Patriot missile air defense system to Iraq

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BAGHDAD,— The United States has deployed Patriot air defense batteries to Iraqi bases to protect American troops recently targeted by Iranian missiles, US and Iraqi military sources told AFP Monday. Washington and Baghdad had been negotiating the placement of the defense system since January, when Tehran fired ballistic missiles at the western Iraqi base of […]

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Eastern Kurdistan has the highest coronavirus death rate in Iran

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MAHABAD, Iranian Kurdistan,— Iranian Kurdistan (Rojhelat), the Kurdish region in western Iran, has seen 51 deaths with a total of 404 confirmed cases of the new strain of coronavirus, which has wreaked havoc across Iran. As of Monday midday, 2,757 people have died after contracting the SARS-CoV-2 virus with 41,495 confirmed cases across the country. […]

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Iran says 54 inmates at large after mass jail break in Kurdistan

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TEHRAN, Iran,— Iranian security forces are searching for 54 escaped inmates following a prison break over which four guards were arrested, Iran’s state news agency reported on Sunday. “Some prison guards were summoned and four of them were arrested and others released on bail,” Mojtaba Shirouzbozorgi, a judicial official in Kurdistan province, told IRNA. According […]

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Iraqi Kurdistan confirms 22 new cases of coronavirus

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HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Twenty-two new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Iraqi Kurdistan Region, eight new cases in Erbil and fourteen in Sulaimani, the Ministry of Health of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said on Monday. Five of the newest patients, including one man, one woman, and three children, are connected to a previously […]

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