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HAPPY NEW YEAR make 2018 YEAR of UNITY & FREEDOM

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:44 pm

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE :ymparty: :ymparty: :ymparty:

LET US JOIN TOGETHER AND MAKE 2018 THE YEAR OF FREEDOM

We Need Peace and Unity

Our New Yew Resolution Must Be:

    To share Kurdish culture and history with others

    To do something positive for Kurdistan every day

Dear readers thank you for your support :ymapplause:

We are extremely sorry for those of you who have been unable to use this forum

Unfortunately we have had technical difficulties but they will be resolved soon :ymdevil:
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PostAuthor: Benny » Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:16 am

Happy New Year! Peace and unity, how true.

Thank you for your efforts with this forum, Anthea.

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Re: HAPPY NEW YEAR MAKE 2018 THE YEAR OF FREEDOM

PostAuthor: Anthea » Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:03 pm

New Year celebration in Kurdistan Region :ymparty: :ymparty: :ymparty:

Several thousand people switched into party mode Sunday (December 31) in parts of the Kurdistan Region to ring in 2018 with dazzling firework displays.

Security forces were deployed to protect the crowd to guard against any militant threat which the authorities describe as "still high.”

Despite lack of official preparations by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), stricter security has been a key focus amid fears that crowds could be targets for terror attacks.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:20 pm

Leaders in Kurdistan send messages of hope for 2018

10:32 p.m.

Rudaw demands end to media ban in Iraq, Turkey, and Rojava

Rudaw Media Network has sent New Year’s greetings to its audiences here in the Kurdistan Region and around the world, wishing them peace, democracy and prosperity as well as "better protection of lives and professions of journalists."

Shifa Gardi, Rudaw's reporter and anchor, was killed by a roadside bomb in February 2017 while covering the war between Iraqi forces and ISIS militants in Mosul. The network praised her courage and talents, adding that she is still "in our hearts."

The Network stated that it is still unaware of the fate of Farhad Hamo, a Rudaw reporter who was kidnapped by ISIS in Syrian in December 2014.

Rudaw said it hoped all restrictions imposed on it by various actors will be lifted in 2018: a media ban on Rudaw operations by authorities in Syrian Kurdistan, Rojava; an order by Turkey's communication authorities to stop Rudaw's broadcast on Turksat satellite; and a decision by the Iraqi government that bans Rudaw operations in areas under its control.

    #Rudaw's war corespondent and anchor, a female journalist who "cracked the glass ceiling" killed by roadside bomb in #Mosul pic.twitter.com/FsOoUUU9se
    — Rudaw English (@RudawEnglish) February 25, 2017

9:50 p.m.

KDP hopes Baghdad will lift punitive measures imposed on Erbil

The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) extended its congratulations on the new year to the people of Kurdistan, expressing its hope that the Kurdistan Region will find the "right path" to solve its many problems in order to secure prosperity in the new year.

The party said it hopes the people of Kurdistan, including the Kurdish parties, will walk towards "unity and brotherhood."

It explained that the people of Kurdistan "expressed their will" through a peaceful and democratic process on September 25 on the question of independence. "But unfortunately they faced collective punishment, blockade, war, military incursion," and regional cooperation against the Kurdistan Region.

"We hope that the pressure of those unjust punishments against our nation to be lifted in the new year," read the KDP statement that also praised the Peshmerga for their defence of the nation and democracy.

Masrour Barzani, Kurdistan Region's National Security Advisor, stated that the Kurdish nation is going through a difficult time because of punitive measures taken by Iraq and supported by regional countries, against the independence vote.

He hoped that Baghdad will stop the measures it took in response to the referendum and will accept the KRG's repeated demands for open dialogue within the framework of the Iraqi constitution.

He wished that 2018 will be about peace and prosperity.

With regard to ongoing crises in the Kurdistan Region, including political stalemate, he demanded that the Kurdish parties prepare for general elections in 2018 to help to solve the problems.

8:45 pm

PM Barzani sees meeting challenges in 2018 with ‘resilience and unity’

KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani sent New Year’s wishes on Twitter, saying “I am certain that with our people’s resilience and unity, we can overcome the current challenges in 2018.”

    I extend my best wishes for the New Year. I am certain that with our people’s resilience and unity, we can overcome the current challenges in 2018.

    May the New Year bring peace and prosperity to our country and the entire world.
    — Nechirvan Barzani (@PMBarzani) December 31, 2017

7:18 pm

President Fuad Masum welcomes Iraqi unity in 2018

2017 was "the year of our people's great victory over terrorism," said Iraqi President Fuad Masum in a published statement on extending New Year's wishes to the nation. "This victory would not have been possible without the strength of our national unity and the heroism and sacrifice of our people."

"As we bid farewell to 2017 with confidence in the future of our country, we welcome the new year with greater determination to strengthen the unity of Iraq and protect our co-existence on the values of citizenship, justice, brotherhood, and mutual care."

He expressed hope that 2018 will see those who are displaced able to return to their homes, successful elections, and an end to hardship for all Iraqis.

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Kurdistan ex-President Barzani wishes a happy new year

The former president of the Kurdistan Region wished people a happy new year, and global peace and prosperity.

"Happy New Year to the people of Kurdistan. May 2018 bring more peace and prosperity to the entirety of the world," read a tweet from Barzani on Sunday.

Barzani stepped down as president of the Kurdistan Region on November 1. He remains the leader of the KDP.

3:20 p.m.

PUK politburo hopes Kurdistan responsible, sensible in 2018

The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan hopes for a stronger national unity 8-| next year, where the political parties can come together and improve living conditions for its people and the economy.

“On occasion of the advent of New Year 2018, we congratulate Kurdistan nation in all parts of Kurdistan and wherever they are in the world. We hope for a happy and lucky New Year,” PUK politburo said in a statement released on Sunday.

The PUK, with its power base in Sulaimani and Halabja provinces, witnessed protests that turned deadly and remains distanced from the close relationship it once had with the Change Movement (Gorran) and other parties in the Kurdistan Region.

“We hope for stronger national unity in this New Year, that political parties in Kurdistan with a spirit of responsibility and sensitivity to the situations, political problems are resolved, steps are taken through the harmony and unity of our nation and political parties to resolve the crises, internal problems of the region, living conditions of employees are improved and Kurdistan economy is revitalized.”

With the loss PUK co-founder and statesman Jalal Talabani in October, the party seeks to unify ahead of elections this spring and regaining influence in Kirkuk and nearby areas.

“We also hope that outstanding problems and dossiers between the regional and central [governments] are fundamentally solved in this new year through dialogue and negotiations, on the basis of the permanent constitution of Iraq and national agreement, and that this unwelcome situation imposed upon Khurmatu and some disputed areas is ended.”

1:33 p.m.

FM Mustafa: Priority in 2018 is to address economic hardship

Falah Mustafa, the head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations, acknowledged that this year has been rough for Kurdistan, but its people have been resilient.

"2017 has been a bittersweet year in Kurdistan. I commend our brave Peshmerga and selfless people for their heroism and resilience," said Mustafa, the Kurdistan Region's foreign minister.

Mustafa expressed hope that Iraq and Kurdistan can reach prosperity and the KRG's prior to address economic hardship in the Region.

"KRG priority in 2018 is to address economic hardship facing our people. I hope the new year will bring peace and prosperity to Kurdistan, Iraq and the world."

    2017 Has Been A Bittersweet Year In Kurdistan. I Commend Our Brave Peshmerga & Selfless People For Their Heroism & Resilience. KRG Priority In 2018 Is To Address Economic Hardship Facing Our People. I Hope The New Year Will Bring Peace & Prosperity To Kurdistan, Iraq & The World.
    — Falah Mustafa (@FalahMustafa) December 31, 2017

8:50 a.m.

HDP: We urgently need peace, democracy, freedom and equality

Jailed co-chair of Turkey's pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party urged everyone on Sunday to come closer in the new year.

“What we urgently need is peace, democracy, freedom and equality, and I believe we will reach closer to these values in 2018. I wish a happy year to everyone,” wrote Demiritas in a tweet.

    Hepimizin en acil ihtiyacı barış, demokrasi, özgürlük ve eşitliktir. 2018 yılında bu değerlere daha fazla yaklaşacağımıza inanıyor, hepinize iyi bir yıl diliyorum.
    — Selahattin Demirtaş (@hdpdemirtas) December 30, 2017

Demirtas, 44, has spent more than 400 days in pre-trial detention on 31 terror-related charges, which he denies. If convicted, he faces up to 142 years in prison.

His arrest and charges, coming amid Turkey’s post-coup crackdown on civil society, have drawn condemnation from rights monitors and activists.

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Re: HAPPY NEW YEAR make 2018 YEAR of UNITY & FREEDOM

PostAuthor: Anthea » Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:32 pm

Peshmerga and locals celebrate the New Year :ymparty: :ymparty: :ymparty:
on front line facing Iraqi forces :ymapplause:

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Peshmerga forces and locals celebrated New Year's Eve in areas just outside the Iraqi-controlled Makhmur town.

The town, about 60 km southwest of Erbil, came under control of the Iraqi forces and the Iranian-backed Shiite militia in mid-October following the withdrawal of the Kurdish fighters.

A ceasefire was announced between the Iraqi forces and the Peshmerga in late October which followed deadly clashes that month in the disputed or Kurdistani areas still remains in place.

Kurdistan Region Security Council, however, stated in late December that they were alarmed by a buildup of the Iraqi military in Makhmur.

The Security Council said that Peshmerga withdrew from Makhmur, a disputed town, in October to avoid military clashes. It demanded the various Iraqi forces in the town to restrain from carrying out any attacks.

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