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Iranian security forces blamed for cancelling Kurdish football match

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nsnbc : The Saidsadiq football club from Iraq’s Kurdistan Autonomous Region has claimed that security forces in Iran have cancelled a friendly match between it and another club in the Kurdish city of Bukan, northwestern Iran. 

The match between the Iraqi Kurdistan Region’s Saidsadiq Club and the Iranian Bukan Club was scheduled for Friday. The Iranian club announced on its official Instagram Thursday that the match had been cancelled. It provided no explanation saying details will be released at a later date.

The Saidsadiq Club, whose footballers are in Iran on an official invitation, said in a statement that the team had been training in Bukan for three days in preparation for the match.

About 13,000 fans were expected to attend the match, many of whom “support Saidsadiq Club and its players,” the club said. “But the security committee in the area postponed the match to an unknown date with the justification that they are unable to control the stadium and protect the lives of the players,” the club stated.

Yadgar Mohammed, head of the Saidsadiq Club, told reporters on Friday that they are working with security officials in Bukan in order to reschedule the match, with the possibility of playing in the absence of fans. Both clubs play in league two in their respective countries.

Some fans have expressed their anger over the cancelled match. Commenters on Bukan’s Instagram called it “playing with the feelings of the fans” and “offensive” to turn away a club that was invited to the city. Bukan is located in the mainly Kurdish province of West Azerbaijan, part of Iranian Kurdistan.

F/AK – nsnbc 12.08.2017

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KRG delegation meets King of Jordan, Armenian PM, UN official in Davos

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ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – A Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) delegation led by Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani is scheduled to meet with various world leaders on the sidelines of the 2018 annual World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday.

The delegation already met with Jordan’s King Abdullah to discuss bilateral relations between Erbil and Amman, according to a Kurdistan 24 correspondent in Davos.

The Kurdish officials are scheduled to meet with the Prime Minister of Armenia, Karen Karapetyan, Wednesday afternoon.

Barzani is also expected to meet with UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed later on in the day, the Kurdistan 24 correspondent reported.

The KRG officials arrived in Davos on Tuesday and are planning to meet with a number of world leaders during the three-day event.

It is the first time Barzani attends the forum. The former President of the Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, previously took part in the event alongside the world’s leading figures.

In 2017, President Barzani attended the forum and met with then US Vice-President Joe Biden and Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende, among other officials.

Editing by Nadia Riva



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Peshmerga complete personal protection, riot-control training provided by coalition

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ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – Peshmerga on Wednesday finished an eight-week training session for personal protection and riot control provided by a US-led coalition member.

“Twenty-five Peshmerga took part in the training which lasted eight weeks,” Amin Younis, a Peshmerga officer who participated in the training, told Kurdistan 24.

“The Peshmerga fighters were trained by Italian military advisers who are part of the Global Coalition to defeat the Islamic State (IS),” Younis explained.

He added that part of the training focused on protective detail abilities, which will allow the graduates to provide security for high-level individuals in the Kurdistan Region, notably Consuls and senior diplomats in Erbil.

There are over 38 foreign consulate and representative offices in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region, including from the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council.

The Peshmerga officer noted that the training included riot control exercises on how to combat and manage protests in the Kurdistan Region in case demonstrations turn to violence.

Kurdistan 24 approached Italian advisers during the graduation ceremony in Erbil, but they refused to provide any comments.

Italy is one of the coalition members which has been training thousands of Peshmerga fighters since the fight against the Islamic State began in 2014.

Editing by Nadia Riva



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U.S, British citizens join battle against Turkey in Syria’s Afrin – Middle East

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Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stand together in Raqqa, Syria, October 16, 2017. . (photo credit: REUTERS)

BEIRUT – US, British and German volunteers who have fought Islamic State with Kurdish-led forces in Syria are in the Afrin region to battle a Turkish assault there, an official with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Wednesday.

The Kurdish Afrin region is being targeted in an assault by the Turkish army and Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army groups.

“There was a desire on the part of the foreign fighters who fought in Raqqa and who are fighting in Deir al-Zor to go to Afrin,” senior SDF official Redur Xelil told Reuters.

He declined to say when the foreigners had gone to Afrin, but said they numbered in the “tens.” “They will wage battles against the Turkish invasion,” Xelil said.

“There are Americans, Britons, Germans, different nationalities from Europe, Asia and America,” Xelil said.





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