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Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – November 16, 2016



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Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – November 16, 2016

Post by rocky on Wed 16 Nov 2016, 2:53 am

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – November 16, 2016
Posted on November 16, 2016 by Editorial Staff in Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief
[size=13]KDP: Iraqi Kurdistan not to abandon idea of referendum on independence[/size]
Moscow: Iraqi Kurdistan will not turn down the idea of holding a referendum on independence, which will be held once the region is safe from the threat of Islamic State militants, Xosawi Bebekir, a representative of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in Moscow, said on Tuesday. In March, KDP leader Massoud Barzani had reiterated the intent of the Kurdish region to hold the referendum by October 2016. “As for the issue of the Kurdish independence, Kurds are not going to abandon the idea of holding a referendum. The referendum will be held, but as was said, now the top priority is providing security of Kurdistan and the removal of Daesh further. Without safety guarantees, it is hard to hold a referendum,” Bebekir told reporters. |
[size=13]Iran’s Consul General to Erbil visit Kurdish Peshmerga fronts[/size]
Erbil: Iran’s Consul General to Erbil Morteza Ebadi and Cultural Attaché of Iran in Iraqi Kurdistan capital city of Erbil Mohammad Shirzad, along with some Kurdish Peshmerga leaders in Iraqi Kurdistan visited peshmerga fronts against Islamic State militants in east of Mosul. |

[size=13]Kurdish Islamic State leader killed in coalition airstrike on Hawija, police official says[/size]
Erbil: A Kurdish leader of Islamic State was killed Tuesday in an airstrike in Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk, by the US-led coalition. “On Tuesday at 09:30am, one of the Kurdish leaders of IS, was killed by coalition airstrikes in Hawija,” Brig. Sarhad Qadir, head of the Kirkuk Suburban Police, told Rudaw . He said the dead leader was known as Abu Ayubi al-Kurdiya and his real name was Pshtiwan Talabani. He was from Kirkuk. He added that another IS leader, known as Abu Barra and from Mosul, was also killed in the Hawija airstrikes. Hawija, 55 kilometers southwest of Kirkuk, has been under IS control since June 2014.
[size=13]Kurdish pop singer Helly Luv invites Ronaldinho, Figo to visit Iraqi Kurdistan[/size]
Famous Kurdish pop singer Helly Luv says she has asked football stars Ronaldinho Gaucho and Luis Figo to visit Iraq’s Kurdistan Region to highlight its war with Islamic State and help local efforts to develop the sport. The singer said she met both sportsmen at the Web Summit technology conference in Lisbon this month, which she attended at the invitation of Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa. “I talked to them about the Kurdistan Region and the role the Peshmerga are playing in the war against IS,” she told Rudaw Sports. “They were sad to hear that Kurdistan was at war and urged Kurds to unite,” she added. “Ronaldinho was not familiar with Kurds when I talked to him about the Kurdistan Region. He didn’t know where Kurdistan was, but was thrilled to hear that he had plenty of fans in the Kurdistan Region.”
[size=13]Kurdish Peshmerga fighter killed by Islamic State sniper on Daquq frontline near Kirkuk[/size]
Kirkuk: A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter was killed by an IS sniper on the Daquq frontline south of Kirkuk on Tuesday, a Kurdish commander told Rudaw. “The Peshmerga’s name is Awara Ahmed and he was from the town of Raniya,” said Mohammed Haji Qadir, the Peshmerga commander in charge of the Daquq front. He said Ahmed, from the Peshmerga’s Balak 118 Brigade, was targeted by the sniper at a Peshmerga outpost in the village of Attishana.
[size=13]Massoud Barzani: more cooperation needed for post-IS period[/size]
Erbil: Iraqi Vice President Osama al-Nujaifi met on Tuesday (November 15) with Massoud Barzani, accompanied by a delegation of the al-Muttahidoon bloc, to discuss political plans for Mosul after the defeat of the Islamic State (IS). Barzani said besides military preparations to liberate Mosul, IS’ de facto capital in Iraq, he was looking forward to political planning for the post-IS period in the city, according to the official website of the Kurdistan Region’s Presidency (KRP). “Now that there are committees for cooperation, we wish for the post-IS period to be eagerly taken into account cooperatively to prevent the repetition of disaster,” the KRP website posted, citing Barzani.

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