Barham Salih meets Nechirvan Barzani in Sulaimani, Iraqi Kurdistan

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SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Iraqi President Barham Salih and Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani met for talks in Sulaimani,  the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said in a statement. Tensions are high among political parties in the Kurdistan Region after an MP was controversially stripped of parliamentary immunity last week. Iraq’s President Barham Salih met with […]

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KDP, PUK trade barbs in parliamentary immunity vote fallout, Iraqi Kurdistan

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HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) issued dueling statement late on Thursday attacking each other’s conduct during a controversial vote in the Iraqi Kurdistan Parliament stripping an opposition lawmaker of his parliamentary immunity. Earlier in the day, 57 members of parliament, mostly from the KDP, […]

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KDP, PUK exchange tit-for-tat statements over ‘spy’ arrest, Iraqi Kurdistan

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HEWLÊR/SLEMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) exchanged tit-for-tat statements on Friday accusing each other of wrongdoing after the Erbil Asayish arrested a man who they accused of spying on a former Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) finance minister. The exchange exposed the depth to which […]

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First case of coronavirus recorded in Duhok, Iraqi Kurdistan

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DUHOK, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Iraqi Kurdistan Region’s western province of Duhok confirmed its first coronavirus case on Thursday, the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Health reported. Until now, all of the positively identified coronavirus cases had been in either Sulaimani or Erbil governorates, likely due to their larger populations and proximity to Iran, where […]

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New case of coronavirus recorded in Sulaimani, Iraqi Kurdistan, total 15

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SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Health said on Tuesday that a new case of coronavirus has been recorded in Sulaimani in iraqi Kurdistan Region. The patient is a 19-year-old woman and is the daughter of a person previously diagnosed as being infected. The announcement brings the Kurdistan Region’s total […]

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New case of coronavirus recorded in Sulaimani, Iraqi Kurdistan, total 15

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SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Health said on Tuesday that a new case of coronavirus has been recorded in Sulaimani in iraqi Kurdistan Region. The patient is a 19-year-old woman and is the daughter of a person previously diagnosed as being infected. The announcement brings the Kurdistan Region’s total […]

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$2.5 million worth of gold stolen in Soran, Iraqi Kurdistan

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HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— A gold shop in the town of Soran northeast of Erbil, the capital city of Iraqi Kurdistan, was robbed on Friday. According to the shop owner, the losses in cash and gold total nearly $2.5 million dollars. The burglars made off with 38 kilograms of gold and $300,000 in cash. They […]

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First case of coronavirus reported in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan

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HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Health announced late on Friday that the first case of coronavirus had been identified in Erbil, bringing the total number of cases in Iraqi Kurdistan Region to nine. All previous coronavirus cases had been in Sulaimani. In a statement, the ministry said that the […]

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Kurdish Journalist Niyaz Abdulla acquitted by Erbil court, Iraqi Kurdistan

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HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Journalist Niyaz Abdulla was acquitted by a court in Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan on Sunday for lack of evidence after she was sued by Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani’s nephew, Matin Barzani. She was arrested along with fellow journalist Hemin Mamand on October 27, 2019 in connection with an article they […]

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PUK party’s General Leadership Council elects officers, Iraqi Kurdistan

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SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan’s (PUK) General Leadership Council filled three important leadership positions during a meeting on Saturday in Sulaimani city in Iraqi Kurdistan, according to party-affiliated PUKmedia. Farid Asasard was elected as council’s secretary, Mustafa Chalawi as deputy secretary, and Taban Abdullah Taib as the council’s coordinator of the […]

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