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Self-Defense Duty fighters: we willingly join al-Jazeera Tempest

ANHA - 2017-09-20 12:52
The fighters of the duty of self-defense have expressed their readiness to join directly al-Jazeera Tempest to liberate the northern countryside of the city of Deir -ez-Zor and resistance along with the Syrian Democratic Forces. ...

Japan deploys missile interceptor near North Korea flight path

Waar Media - 2017-09-19 14:47
WAAR-DUHOK: Japan on Tuesday moved a mobile missile-defense system on the northern island of Hokkaido to a base near recent North Korean missile flyover routes. Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said a Patriot Advanced Capability-3 interceptor unit was d ...

Erdogan, NATO chief discuss S-400 deal, Kurdish referendum

KurdPress - 2017-09-19 08:52
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in New York on Monday, September 18, Turkey's S-400 air defense system deal with Russia as well as the referendum of independence in Kurdistan Region, set for Se ...

Barzani and UK's Fallon Meet in Erbil

BAS News - 2017-09-18 20:20
ERBIL— British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon arrived in Erbil Monday evening and met with the Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani. Fallon landed in Erbil after he met the senior official in Baghdad. No details about the meeting have been disclos ...

US concerned over Turkey’s S-400 purchase from Russia

Waar Media - 2017-09-13 18:17
WAAR-DUHOK: Pentagon spokesman Johnny Michael said on Tuesday that the US has relayed its concerns to Turkish officials over the purchase of an S-400 air defense system from Russia. In a written statement to CNBC on Tuesday, Michael said that a NATO inte ...

Independent Kurdistan Would Enhance Stability: Israeli Official

BAS News - 2017-09-13 00:19
ERBIL — An independent Kurdistan would contribute to stability in the Middle East, an Israeli official said during a conference in Washington on Tuesday. Former Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) Major General Yair Gola ...

Erdogan says deal signed to buy Russian S-400 missile systems

Waar Media - 2017-09-12 17:09
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkey has signed a deal with Russia to buy S-400 missile defense systems in its first major weapons purchase from Moscow, Turkish newspapers Tuesday quoted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying. The accord for the surface-to-air missile d ...

Coalition, Iraqi Jets Step up Airstrikes on IS-held Hawija

BAS News - 2017-09-10 00:41
ERBIL — The Iraqi Air Forces (IAF) and the US-led coalition against the so-called Islamic State (IS) have increased the airstrikes on IS positions in the town of Hawija, according to Iraq's minister of defense. According to the Iraqi Defense Minister, Er ...

Iraqi Jets Drop Leaflets over Hawija, Urging IS Militants to Surrender

BAS News - 2017-09-09 15:58
HAWIJA — The Iraqi Air Forces (IAF) dropped thousands of leaflets over the town of Hawija on Friday, calling on the Islamic State (IS) militants to surrender ahead of the upcoming military operation against the extremist group. According to Iraqi Defense ...

4 IS Warlords Killed in Russian Airstrikes near Deir ez-Zor

BAS News - 2017-09-08 09:24
ERBIL— The Islamic State (IS) commanders near the Syrian city of Dier ez-Zor were targeted by the Russian airstrikes which killed about 40 militants, including four "influential" warlords, Russian Ministry of Defense stated on Friday. The Ministry's stat ...

Security Forces Kill 17 IS Militants North of Iraq

BAS News - 2017-09-07 00:37
ERBIL — Iraqi forces killed 17 Islamic State (IS) militants in the northern province of Nineveh on Wednesday, as part of the ongoing operations against the extremist group. The Iraqi Defense Ministry’s War Media Cell said in a statement the Army’s 15th D ...

Kurdistan Region President meets with US Secretary of Defense

KRG-Spain - 2017-09-06 00:02
Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani met with a senior American delegation headed by Secretary of Defense James Mattis in Erbil. According to the official website of the Kurdistan Region Presidency, P ...

UK Sends Additional Troops to Fight against IS in Iraq

BAS News - 2017-09-01 11:59
ERBIL— As the battle against the Islamic State (IS) enters its final push, the UK has decided to send additional troops to Iraq, raising the number of British personnel in the country to around 600, according to media reports. The UK Defense Secretary Mi ...

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 ...

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 […] ...

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. ...

French Defense, Foreign Ministers to Visit Erbil

BAS News - 2017-08-26 12:43
ERBIL — After they arrived in Baghdad earlier today, the French defense and foreign ministers are expected to visit Erbil to meet with Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Defense Minister Florence Par ...

Iraqi Forces Discover 500 Corpses in Two Mass Graves in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-08-25 21:36
ERBIL — The remains of 500 prisoners executed by the so-called Islamic State (IS) back in 2014 were found in recently liberated Mosul, Iraqi military media reported on Friday. According to a statement released by the Iraqi Defense Ministry's War Media Ce ...

Rojava administration opens military academy in northern Syria

Aranews - 2017-08-25 08:59
ARA News The Rojava Self-Administration’s Defense Authority in the Hasakah province opened the first military college for the federation in northern Syria within the framework of a project to establish a regular army for Rojava-Northern Syria. The academ ...

Iraq insists on Turkish withdrawal from Iraq

ANHA - 2017-08-24 15:44
NEWS DESK- The Prime Minister of Iraq Haydar al-Abaddy demanded again Turkey to withdraw its forces from Iraqi lands on the time that Turkey was striving for gaining an allowance from the Iraqi government to attack Şengal and the areas of lawful defense a ...

Pentagon statement on Mattis’ Meeting with Masoud Barzani

KurdPress - 2017-08-23 14:54
U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met, on Tuesday, with Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) President Masoud Barzani to thank him for his strong leadership of Peshmerga forces and being a supportive partner in operations to defeat IS. ...

Youtube censors YPG media account in bid to please Turkey

ANHA - 2017-08-23 13:40
NEWS DESK – The popular American video-sharing website Youtube shut down on Wednesday the media account of the People’s Defense Units (YPG). In a statement released by the YPG press office, the closure of the account where videos from the fight against th ...

1st military academy in Rojava opened

ANHA - 2017-08-23 13:40
The Defense and Self-Protection Body in Amuda district of Cizîre canton opened the first military academy in north Syria, and military ranks will be announced at the graduation of the first course. ...

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. ...

U.S. Defense Secretary arrives in Erbil city

Waar Media - 2017-08-22 16:45
WAAR-DUHOK: A US delegation including Secretary of Defense James Mattis has landed in the Kurdistan Region’s capital of Erbil on Tuesday afternoon. It is expected Mattis will meet with Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani. The Kurdistan Region has planned ...

Barzani receives U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis in Erbil city

Waar Media - 2017-08-22 16:45
WAAR-DUHOK: A US delegation including Secretary of Defense James Mattis has landed in the Kurdistan Region’s capital of Erbil on Tuesday afternoon. Mattis met with Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani today afternoon. The Kurdistan Region has planned a ref ...

US Defense Secretary Mattis arrives in Baghdad

KurdPress - 2017-08-22 10:43
US Secretary of Defense James Mattis arrived in Baghdad on Tuesday, August 22, on an unannounced visit to discuss war against the Islamic State (IS) with the US and Iraqi officials. ...

US Defense Secretary Arrives in Baghdad on Unannounced Visit

BAS News - 2017-08-22 10:04
ERBIL — US Secretary of Defense James Mattis arrived in Baghdad on Tuesday on an unannounced visit to discuss war against the Islamic State (IS) with the US and Iraqi officials. Mattis is expected to hold meetings with the US commanders on the ground bef ...

Iraqi Forces Begin Offensive to Liberate Tal Afar

US-Defense Gov - 2017-08-20 20:20
Iraqi security forces have begun their offensive to liberate the city of Tal Afar from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Coalition officials say the offensive is part of a larger operation to drive ISIS out of Ninevah province and northern Iraq. ...

U.S. helps Turkey against PKK: Pentagon

KurdPress - 2017-08-20 08:22
The U.S. defense ministry officials have stated that Washington helps Turkey in fight against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) to ease Ankara’s worries over the Kurdish party outlawed in the country and considered as a terrorist group n Turkey, and the ...

Bulgaria plans to station 600 troops on its border with Turkey

Waar Media - 2017-08-17 18:29
WAAR-DUHOK: Bulgarian Defense Minister Krassimir Karakatschanow said Thursday he plans to deploy armed troops to “strengthen our border security” with Turkey and halt any potential flow of migrants. Speaking to German daily Die Welt, Karakatschanow said ...

Bulgarian defense minister: EU must protect borders with force

Waar Media - 2017-08-17 15:11
WAAR-DUHOK: The EU must protect its external borders with arms to stop asylum seekers from entering Europe, Krasimir Karakachanov, Bulgaria’s defense minister, told Die Welt in an interview published Thursday. “We cannot allow illegal immigrants to come ...

HPC members receive defense training

ANHA - 2017-08-16 19:27
AFRIN – Members of the Community Defense Forces (HPC) are receiving defense training in Afrin’s Rajo region with the support of the Asayish (Public Security Forces). HPC Afrin Canton is providing defense training to its members against attack threats. Upo ...

Spokesperson Reassigned for Disclosing Tal Afar Operation Timing

BAS News - 2017-08-15 19:41
ERBIL— After allegedly disclosing the timing for the operation to liberate Tal Afar (80 km west of Mosul), the spokesperson for the Iraqi Ministry of Defense was reassigned. Iraqi media reported that Mohammed Khizari has been reassigned to the office for ...

Iraqi Air Force Launches Air Attack on IS in Tal Afar

BAS News - 2017-08-15 10:12
The ground attack will begin soon ERBIL — Iraqi Defense Ministry announced on Monday night the start of the battle of Tal Afar, saying that the aerial attack was launched to pave the way for a ground attack. Iraqi Defense Ministry spokesperson Mohammad a ...

Kirkuk Policeman Arrested over Assassination Charges

BAS News - 2017-08-14 18:45
ERBIL— A police officer in Kirkuk who has been accused of assassinating a senior Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) cadre and top oil official in Kirkuk was arrested on Monday. The defense and emergency police officer, a local to Kalar (some 140 km south o ...

Turkish army killing civilians in Adleb

ANHA - 2017-08-12 13:28
The Turkish occupation army killed a woman and a man by a sniper near the border between Adlib and Turkey at Sarmada area, and 7 anonymous people killed the mercenaries of the so-called "Civil Defense" who are related to the mercenaries of Hayat Tahrir al ...

20 young people join regiment in Rajo, completing regional defense

ANHA - 2017-08-07 17:45
EFRÎN – 20 young people in the Meydan Ikbis village of Afrin’s Rajo district joined the military regiment to take part in the regional defense. At a time when attacks on the cantons of Afrin and Shahba are on the agenda, the people of the region have incr ...

Turkey set to open largest military camp in Somalia

Waar Media - 2017-08-04 13:34
WAAR-DUHOK: A Turkish military training camp is set to open in the Somali capital Mogadishu next month, the Somali defense minister said on Aug. 3. Abdirashid Abdullahi Mohamed said in a statement that the camp which had been under construction for the l ...

Rojava administration trains hundreds of fighters in Afrin

Waar Media - 2017-08-03 14:42
WAAR-DUHOK: The Defense and Self-Protection Commission in Afrin area of Rojava-Northern Syria has trained hundreds of military recruits to protect the area, military sources reported on Wednesday. The Rojava Self-Administration confirmed that 765 youths ...

Iranian, Russian officials discuss Syria in Moscow

KurdPress - 2017-08-03 07:46
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arabic and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari and the Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin on Wednesday discussed developments in Syria. ...
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