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YBŞ flag raised…to revenge for Yazidis women

ANHA - 2017-10-19 14:56
-The fighters of the Women's Units-şengal raised the units flag amid of Al-Naim Square, which was petrifying the people in al- Raqqa, and was merchandising place of Yazidi women kidnapped by mercenaries on August 3, 2014. ...

Iraq’s Shia Militia Problem Always Felt a Lot Like 2007

WarIsBoring - 2017-10-18 18:48
In August 2014, Islamic State militants seemed poised to seize Amerli, a Shia Turkmen town in northern Iraq. Had they done so, there’s little question the result would have been mass slaughter—just like happened when the Islamists captured the Kurdish Yez ...

Discord in Yemen’s North Could Be a Chance for Peace

International Crisis Group - 2017-10-11 17:47
Since August, a public rift has surfaced between the two main partners on the northern front of Yemen’s war – the forces loyal to the Huthis and Ali Abdullah Saleh. Rather than fostering its rivals’ discord, key powerbroker Saudi Arabia should seize this ...

Occupied areas of al-Shahba are turned into areas of rape and murder

ANHA - 2017-10-07 14:40
The Turkish occupation army, which occupied the areas of Azaz, Jarablus and al-Bad since August 24 last year have turned it into areas where prostitution is practiced by the mercenaries, hashish also is cultivated and the people are afraid of abduction an ...

Coalition: Peshmerga Killed, Captured 1000 IS Militants Since August

BAS News - 2017-10-06 19:24
LODZ — The US-led Coalition revealed on Friday that Kurdish Peshmerga forces have killed or captured 1000 jihadists since the beginning of Tel Afar assault on 20th August. In response to BasNews, Army Colonel Ryan Dillon, a Spokesperson for Operation Inh ...

How to Ensure a Credible, Peaceful Presidential Vote in Kenya

International Crisis Group - 2017-10-02 16:14
Following the annulment of August’s historic vote, Kenya must hold repeat presidential elections by 1 November. But rising tensions and the threat of an opposition boycott could result in missing the vote's deadline and risk a constitutional crisis. Both ...

Turkish army resumed building barrier in Bulbul

ANHA - 2017-09-18 15:16
The Turkish occupation army resumed building the barrier between Baliya village in Rajo area in Afrin region and Mercoq village in Bakur Kurdistan after it has stopped building and digging since August 20. The Turkish occupation also is putting surveillan ...

Muhammad Abu Adel, MMC new commander

ANHA - 2017-09-18 08:27
The General Command of Manbij Military Council elected Muhammad Abu Adel as a new general commander of Manbij Military Council after the commander Adnan Abu Amjad martyred in August 29 during al-Raqqa liberation campaign. ...

IS Stranded Convoy Arrives in IS-held Areas in Deir Ezzor, Syria

BAS News - 2017-09-14 11:47
ERBIL — The busloads of the Islamic State (IS) militants and their families stranded in the Syrian desert finally arrived in the IS-held territories of Der Azzor Province in eastern Syria. The IS convoy that set out from Lebanon’s Qalamoun town on August ...

Over 100,000 Hawija Civilians Displaced Since August 2016

BAS News - 2017-09-12 19:53
ERBIL — More than 100,000 civilians have been displaced from Islamic State (IS)-held city of Hawija between August 2016 and September 2017, said the Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights. The majority of the internally displaced persons (IDP) have entered t ...

Covering the war in Ukraine, Donbass conflict 2017

Seth Frantzman - 2017-09-09 23:50
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN In early August I went to Ukraine to cover the Donbas conflict, which is stretching towards its fourth year. Ukraine is in some ways at the […] ...

The Rakhine State Danger to Myanmar's Transition

International Crisis Group - 2017-09-09 00:47
The violence since 25 August that has driven 270,000 Rohingya civilians over Myanmar’s border into Bangladesh is not just causing a humanitarian catastrophe. It is also driving up the risks that the country’s five-year-old transition from military rule w ...

The destruction of the city of Sur Amed by the Turkish government

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-09-07 20:47
According to a report from the Human Rights Association, quoted by the Roz News Agency, yesterday after the resistance of residents of the Ali Pasha neighborhood to prevent the destruction of their residential homes, today, on 7 August 2017, special polic ...

Mass Grave of Peshmerga Troops Discovered near Mosul

BAS News - 2017-09-06 19:53
ERBIL— The bodies of three Peshmerga troops were found in a mass grave near Mosul on Wednesday. The troops were martyred during an Islamic State (IS) offensive against a Peshmerga post in Kaske district on August 2, 2014, said Omar Mohammed, the commande ...

Iraq’s Oil Exports Slightly Dropped in August

BAS News - 2017-09-06 14:01
BAGHDAD — The oil exports by the Iraqi federal government recorded a slight decrease over the past month of August, whereas revenues from crude shipments increased. Crude shipments decreased from 3.23 million barrels per day (bpd) in July to 3.216 millio ...

Daf festival in Sanandaj

KurdPress - 2017-09-06 09:07
The Seventh National Festival and First international Course on Daf (a tambourine-like drum) was held in Sanandaj, Kurdistan province in the west of Iran, from August 30 to September 1, 2017. ...

The self immolation of a Kurdish woman in Javanrud , East of Kurdistan

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-09-05 23:43
According to a report from the Kurdistan Human Rights Association, on Monday 4 August 2017, a young woman died because of burning by self immolation over the last few days. According to the news, “Galavizh Veisy” is a young woman from Javanrud and living ...

The hunger strike of five Kurdish prisoners in Kermanshah Prison

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-09-05 16:15
Five Sunni Kurdish prisoners went on hunger strike in Kermanshah prison in eastern Kurdistan. According to a report from the Kurdistan Human Rights Association, five Kurdish Sunni inmates have started their hunger strike on Thursday 31 August 2017, in Diz ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – August 29, 2017

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
Peshmerga fighters thwart multiple IS attacks in Tuz Khurmatu Tuz Khurmatu: Kurdish Peshmerga forces foiled multiple attacks from Islamic State (IS) militants in the district of Tuz Khurmatu. A Peshmerga commander said IS militants attacked the Kurdish f ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – August 30, 2017

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
Kurdistan security questions ‘suspicious’ transfer of Islamic State to Iraq border Erbil: Iraqi Kurdistan Region’s security body has many questions about the “suspicious” transfer of hundreds of Islamic State group IS militants from the Syria-Lebanon bor ...

Iraq exported 3.216 mln bpd of oil in August exclude Kirkuk: ministry

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
BAGHDAD,— Iraq’s oil exports slipped to 3.216 million barrels per day in August from 3.230 million bpd in July as no shipments were made from the northern Kirkuk field, the oil ministry said on Saturday. All the volumes shipped in August came from the so ...

Report on Human Rights violation in East Kurdistan “August” 2017.

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-09-05 06:54
The human rights situation report is from Tuesday 1 August 2017 untill on Thursday 31 August 2017, in eastern Kurdistan, an effort by the Kurdistan Human Rights Association, based on numerous reports from the human rights organization. It is worth noting ...

Kenya: A Historic Decision, A Tough Road Ahead

International Crisis Group - 2017-09-04 20:27
Kenya’s Supreme Court decision to annul the 8 August presidential election is bold and historic, but the path ahead will be fraught. A successful rerun within 60 days will need compromise on a better electoral commission, more accountable policing and mo ...

Turkey: 48 IS Suspects Detained in August

BAS News - 2017-09-04 17:49
ERBIL — A total of 48 suspects were arrested over alleged links to the so-called Islamic State (IS) in the month of August across Turkey, according to information collected by Anadolu Agency. According to that information, there were many foreign suspect ...

BCF Helps Over 214 Thousand Families in August

BAS News - 2017-09-02 15:36
ERBIL — Barzani Charity Foundation (BCF) released in a statement on Saturday the charity activities of the foundation in August from which 214,513 families benefited across Kurdistan Region. 214,513 families (1,161,500 individuals) received humanitarian ...

Iranian cleric meets Nouri al-Maliki, says IS is a US trick

KurdPress - 2017-09-02 09:48
Chairman of Iran's Expediency Council Ayatollah Seyyed Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi said in a meeting with Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki on Thursday, August 31, that the that US claim of fighting against the Islamic State (IS) is a lie, describing it ...

UN Casualty Figures for Iraq for the Month of August

BAS News - 2017-09-01 12:41
BAGHDAD, (UNAMI) — A total of 125 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 188 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in August 2017, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAM ...

Suicide attempt 2 teenage girls from Ilam in eastern Kurdistan

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-09-01 00:41
According to a report from the Kurdistan Human Rights Association on Tuesday 29 August 2017, 2 teenage girls 15 years old in the city of Malekshahi, Ilam province, committed suicide. The report said that the two teenage girls went to the top of the mounta ...

Barzani: US did not oppose Kurdistan Independence Referendum

Waar Media - 2017-08-30 16:53
WAAR-DUHOK: In an interview with the Arabic newspaper Sharq al-Awsat, Barzani revealed that during Mattis’ visit to Erbil on August 22, the defense secretary re-iterated that the United States is against the timing of the referendum, and not necessarily ...

337 Individuals from Halabja Missing: Chemical Victims Society

BAS News - 2017-08-30 15:34
HALABJA — Halabja Chemical Victims Society released the statistics of the missing people from Halabja city in an event organized by the society on the International Day of the Disappeared, on August 30. Luqman Abdulqadir, the head of the society, told Ba ...

A woman from the “Bukan” city in eastern Kurdistan suicide

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-08-30 03:38
According to a report from the Kurdistan Human Rights Association, this morning, on Tuesday morning 29 August 2017,in neighbourhood Talani 1 Goltapeh city of Bukan a woman was hanged in her house discovered. The woman is named “Negar” and is 22 years old, ...

How this young Yazidi is bringing hope to IS victims

Brenda Stoter - 2017-08-30 02:00
Published by Al-Monitor on July 6, 2016. AMSTERDAM — Pari Ibrahim, 27, was a regular law student in the Netherlands who had a job in a library until she received a phone call at 5 a.m. in August 2014 that would change her life forever. A family member fro ...

Afghanistan Again: What’s Different This Time

Foreign Policy Research Institute - 2017-08-29 22:19
On August 21, President Donald Trump outlined his strategy for U.S. engagement in Afghanistan. While fully admitting his reluctance to increase current levels of support for the Afghan government and army, the president identified America’s core interest ...

Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi agrees to join Inter Milan

Waar Media - 2017-08-28 13:16
WAAR-DUHOK: Shkodran Mustafi is preparing to leave Arsenal for Inter Milan just a year after joining the Gunners, according to reports in Italy. Mustafi arrived at the Emirates Stadium last August in a £35million move from Valencia, but now looks set for ...

Pure inspiration: Mattis speaks to the troops

Seth Frantzman - 2017-08-28 04:49
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN In a video posted online on August 25th, the US Secretary of Defense James Mattis was touring a military base abroad and gave an impromptu talk […] ...

Islamic Republic of Iran’s law enforcement forces in the area of “Asnouri” Marivan and “Hashtian” of Urmia a number of carrier (innocent civilians) shooting target.

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-08-28 01:43
According to a report from the Kurdistan Human Rights Association, on Thursday evening 24 August 2017, a number of district policemen from the “Sheler” bordered by the villages “Barika in” and “Hanjiran” the security forces were ambushed. According to new ...

Iraq Addressing Strategic Urban Development of Pilgrimage Provinces

BAS News - 2017-08-27 15:49
KARBALA, (UNAMI) — UN-Habitat and UNDP are helping Iraq address strategic urban development of the Pilgrimage provinces of Najaf and Karbala. Nearly thirty Iraqi officials convened in the holy city of Karbala, on 22-23 August 2017, to partake in an inten ...

French ministers arrive in Erbil, meet Barzani ahead of referendum

KurdPress - 2017-08-27 13:39
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Defence Minister Florence Parly met with Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region on Saturday August 26, weeks ahead of a planned referendum on independence of K ...

Tal Afar liberation imminent: Iraqi minister

KurdPress - 2017-08-27 13:39
Iraq's Defense Minister Arfan al-Hayali said on Saturday, August 26, that the liberation of Tal Afar would be declared shortly by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. ...

Massive IS Suicide Attack against Peshmerga Foiled

BAS News - 2017-08-26 10:31
MOSUL — The largest Islamic State’s suicide attack against the Peshmerga forces in west of Mosul was foiled by the US-led Coalition’s air force on Friday, August 25. IS militants had planned to carry out a massive attack by over 30 suicide bombers agains ...

The joint secretary (HDP) of Mersin City was sentenced to prison.

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-08-26 04:37
According to the Kurdistan Human Rights Association Report, Mohammad Mirza Soylemz, the secretary general of the People’s Democratic People’s Party (HDP) Mersin in northern Kurdistan, who was arrested on 12 August 2017, was sentenced to prison by the Turk ...

Wounded a businessman in Baneh

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-08-25 05:16
According to a report from the Kurdistan Human Rights Association on Thursday 24 August 2017, a businessman called “Nezhad Mohammadi” from the village of Kileh, from Baneh, east of Kurdistan province, was severely wounded by the military forces of the Isl ...

A vendor in Marivan his property burnt.

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-08-25 05:16
According to the Kurdistan Human Rights Association on Thursday 24 August 2017, due to pressure from the Islamic Republic of Iran affiliated with the Islamic Republic of Iran forces on the Marivan vendors in the east of Kurdistan who are forced to subsist ...

Arrest of Kurdish girl in the Bane

Hengaw - 2017-08-25 03:00
Hengaw: a human rights news agency reported that a Kurdish woman, Sara Rostami, 28, was arrested on August 21 by the Iranian The post Arrest of Kurdish girl in the Bane appeared first on Human Rights News. ...

Daesh Areas of Influence – July 2017 Update

The Global Coalition - 2017-08-25 02:18
In the month of July, Daesh lost further territory in Iraq and Syria. The group have now lost 73% of the territory they controlled in Iraq in August 2014, and 65% in Syria, as they are continually driven out of areas under their control. ...

Seven Yezidi Abductees Freed from IS Since Launch of Tel Afar Assault

BAS News - 2017-08-24 14:10
DUHOK — Since the beginning of the operation to liberate Tel Afar on 20th August, a total of seven Kurdish Yezidi abductees have been rescued from the grip of Islamic State (IS), a Kurdish official said. A woman, 23, with three of her children are among ...

Slavery Day remembrance in Cizîre

ANHA - 2017-08-24 12:07
QAMIŞLO- Human Rights Organization in Cizîre region commemorated in coordination with several civil institutions the International Day of remembrance of the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade . The day of August 23 of every year is the I ...

Iraqi Kurds independence vote is wrong: Turkish FM

KurdPress - 2017-08-24 11:12
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday, August 23, he would tell Kurdish officials later in the day their decision to hold an independence referendum was wrong and that Ankara expects it to cancel the vote. ...

The arrest of three Kurdish citizens in Tekab

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-08-24 03:02
According to a report from the Kurdistan Human Rights Association last week,on Tuesday 15 August 2017, the security forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran three residents the Ahmedabad village of the city of Tekab, in eastern Kurdistan, arrest and and hav ...

U.S. Defense Secretary meets Masoud Barzani in Erbil

KurdPress - 2017-08-23 11:37
U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met with Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani in Erbil on Tuesday, August 22, where he was expected to push against plans to hold a referendum on independence, a U.S official said. ...

Arrest of a Kurd girl by the forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-08-23 04:39
According to a report from the Kurdistan Human Rights Association, in the city of Baneh, east of Kurdistan, on Monday 20 August 2017, IRI security forces raided a hotel in the city and launched a 28 years old girl named Sara Rostami from city of Sanandaj ...

A Kurdish juvenile Kolbar was Shot Dead by Iranian Border Guards

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-08-23 02:00
Iranian border guards shot dead a Kurdish juvenile Kolbar in Yarim Ghie Alia Village of Maku. On Monday, August 21, an 17-year-old Kurdish Kolbar “Vahid Dolatkhah Jankanloo” was shot dead by Bazargan border guards in Yarimthe Yarim Ghie Alia Village of M ...

Nail Art Expo Showcases Self-Taught Kurdish Old Man's Talent

BAS News - 2017-08-22 18:57
ERBIL— A 70- year-old man from Kurdish dominated Ilam province of Iran will run his expo of iron nail art on August 25 in the city of Eyvan, Ilam. Since his childhood, Akbar Nemati has been painting and creating art pieces with nails and wood without any ...

Barcelona attack suspects questioned in court

Waar Media - 2017-08-22 16:45
WAAR-DUHOK: Four men suspected to be the surviving members of the 12-man group which plotted the August 17 Barcelona attack appeared in court in Madrid on Tuesday. They were brought to the Spanish capital in a convoy of police vehicles to answer charges ...

Thousands of Iraqi Civilians Fleeing Tel Afar Assisted by UN

BAS News - 2017-08-22 16:32
ERBIL, (UNAMI) — IOM, the UN Migration Agency’s emergency teams are responding to thousands of civilians fleeing Tal Afar since the launch of the military campaign to retake the city from IS on August 20th. In cooperation with the Government of Iraq and ...
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