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Official Accuses Iran of Involvement in Halabaj Wildland Arson

BAS News - 2017-07-25 16:10
ERBIL— Some of the arson fires of the wildland in Halabja province are set by Iran but the officials in the province are yet to contact the neighboring country for clarifications, said the spokesperson for Halabja Civil Defense Directorate. Addressing re ...

Iraq Denies Media Reports on Civilian Casualties in Mosul Operation

BAS News - 2017-07-20 20:51
IZMIR — The Iraqi military command denied recent reports by The Independent that claimed the civilian death toll in Mosul is 40,000. Th Iraqi Defense Ministry's War Media Cell released a statement on Thursday, saying the numbers provided by the British n ...

Iraqi Army Rejects Reports on 40,000 Civilian Deaths in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-07-20 16:04
ERBIL — The Iraqi army's War Media Cell (WMC) denied on Thursday the reports claiming that 40,000 civilians have been killed during the military campaign to liberate Mosul. "The official statistics issued by the Directorate of Civil Defense showed that t ...

Selva Addresses Global Challenges, Readiness in Capitol Hill Hearing

US-Defense Gov - 2017-07-19 06:55
Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva answered senators' questions on North Korea, the campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, budget issues and readiness concerns at a hearing on his nomination to serve another two years as vice chairman of the Jo ...

Iraqi Warplanes Kill 30 IS Militants in Tel Afar

BAS News - 2017-07-18 00:06
ERBIL — Iraqi Air Forces (IAF) warplanes killed more than 30 Islamic State (IS) militants in a series of airstrikes in the town of Tel Afar, west of Mosul on Monday. According to a statement released by the Iraqi Defense Ministry's War Media Cell, the fi ...

IS Leader Baghdadi’s Death Cannot Be Confirmed or Denied: US

BAS News - 2017-07-15 19:29
ERBIL — US Department of Defence has said that the Islamic State (IS) supreme leader Abu Bakir al-Baghdadi cannot be confirmed dead by its sources. "We assume he's alive until it's proven otherwise. And right now, I can't prove it otherwise,” Defense Sec ...

Ezidkhan Forces Commander Supports Independence Referendum

BAS News - 2017-07-15 16:10
ERBIL — Haidar Shasho, Commander of Ezidkhan Defense Units and Leader of Ezdi Democratic Party stated that they will support Kurdistan Region’s referendum on independence, calling on the authorities in Erbil not to deprive their areas of the upcoming Sep ...

US root cause of terrorism, extremism: Iran

KurdPress - 2017-07-12 09:49
Iranian Foreign Ministry official rejected US Defense Secretary James Mattis’ baseless and unconsidered remarks, adding that US policy of supporting Zionist regime’s state terrorist and also terrorism nurturing regimes is the root cause of terrorism and e ...

Belgian Deputy PM: Every nation has the right to organize its future

Waar Media - 2017-07-11 14:30
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region delegation, led by President Masoud Barzani, met with a Belgian delegation, consisting of Jan Jambon, Deputy Prime Minister, Steven Vandeput, Defense Minister and Theo Francken, Immigration Minister, in Brussels on Tuesday to ...

Kurdistan People Have the Right to Self-Determination: Belgian Deputy PM

BAS News - 2017-07-11 13:45
BRUSSELS — Kurdistan Region delegation, led by President Masoud Barzani, met with a Belgian delegation, consisting of Jan Jambon, Deputy Prime Minister, Steven Vandeput, Defense Minister and Theo Francken, Immigration Minister, in Brussels on Tuesday to ...

Defense Body: our forces are fully prepared to defend Afrin

ANHA - 2017-07-11 12:49
Head of Defense and Self-Protection Body in Afrin canton Bahjat Abdo said that they are fully prepared to defend the canton assuring that the Turkish occupation will be defeated as IS mercenaries have been in al-Raqqa city by SDF. ...

Three Yezidi Girls Freed From IS in Nineveh

BAS News - 2017-07-10 22:47
MOSUL — Iraqi forces freed two Yezidi girls on Monday, during an operation in western Mosul, the Ministry of Defense’s War Media Cell (WMC) said. According to the WMC statement the Iraqi 9th Armored Division freed two Yezidi girls, during an operation in ...

Iran and Russia May Hand over Afrin to Turkey

BAS News - 2017-07-10 11:12
Tehran, Ankara and Moscow are expected to hold talks on Afrin ERBIL — Iran and Russia are likely to hand over Afrin, a city in northern Syria (Rojava) which is currently held by the PKK's Syrian wing, the People's Defense Units (YPG), to Turkey. High-lev ...

Harun al-Rashid Castle liberated by SDF without damage

ANHA - 2017-07-08 12:10
Day after day, as IS defense lines collapse, Syrian Democratic Forces have liberated the historical Harun al-Rashid Castle in Old al-Raqqa neighborhood, and have penetrated around 700 meters within the neighborhood towards the city center. ...

Turkey says it may launch operation against Syrian Kurds in Afrin

E-Kurd - 2017-07-07 14:31
ANKARA,— Turkey says it may launch a cross-border operation into the Kurdish Afrin canton of Syrian Kurdistan, northern Syria, if it constitutes a “constant security threat.” Defense Minister Fikri Isik told state-run television TRT on Tuesday that Turke ...

Iraqi Forces Break Through "Strongest" IS Defense Lines in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-07-03 21:54
MOSUL — The Iraqi forces broke down "the strongest" defense lines of the Islamic State (IS) militants in Khatouniya and the Ras al-Khour areas in Mosul's Old City district, Iraqi Defense Ministry's War Media Cell said on Monday. According to the statemen ...

SDF advance towards al-Raqqa center

ANHA - 2017-07-03 15:09
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continue proceeding towards the center of al-Raqqa city from the eastern and western sides, they also achieved a notable advance amid the mercenaries' defense lines collapse. ...

Russian Defence Minister arrived in Istanbul and he will meet with Erdogan

Waar Media - 2017-07-02 17:14
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is hosting Russian Federation Defense Minister Sergey Kuzhugetovich Shoygu on Sunday at the Tarabya Presidential Palace in İstanbul, CNN Türk reported. Shoygu’s visit takes place following a recent exch ...

Defense Body: we are committed to UN charters

ANHA - 2017-07-02 11:12
NEWS DESK- Defense and Self-Protection Body in Cizîre canton denounced two fighter’s acts in torturing one of IS mercenaries who was held captive, and assured that they are committed to UN international charters concerning dealing with war captives. The D ...

Iran to give 'harshest response' to enemy threats: minister

KurdPress - 2017-07-02 07:30
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan has hailed the country’s defensive and missile achievements, saying the Islamic Republic will give the “harshest response” to enemy threats. ...

400 young men joined Self-Defense forces

ANHA - 2017-07-01 16:43
KOBANÎ- 400 young men from Kobanî headed on Saturday towards Şehîd Kendal Afrin Academy specialized to training Self-Defense Forces in the canton in order to attend the 7th course of the forces which is supposed to start next week. Moreover, the ceremonie ...

KRG Responds to Reports on US "Contingent" Support to Peshmerga

BAS News - 2017-06-30 10:26
ERBIL— Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)'s Representation in the US issued a statement on Friday clarifying the US draft annual defense bill with reference to funding Peshmerga forces. In this statement, the KRG responded in particular to the Al-Monito ...

Canada Extends Military Mission in Iraq

BAS News - 2017-06-30 00:19
SOFIA — Canada will extend its military mission in Iraq against the so-called Islamic State (IS) for another two years, Federal Government of Canada said on Thursday. According to Harjit Sajjan, Canadian Defense Minister, the IS threat will continue to b ...

Another defense line of IS broken

ANHA - 2017-06-29 15:07
Syrian Democratic Forces are continuing to break IS defense lines and are progressing towards al-Raqqa city’s center. ...

U.S. will send arms for Syrian Kurds even after Raqqa's fall

KurdPress - 2017-06-27 20:50
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday left open the possibility of longer-term assistance to Kurdish YPG militia in Syria, saying the U.S. may need to supply them weapons and equipment even after the capture of Raqqa from Islamic State. ...

IS Top Official Eliminated before Launching Attack in Diyala

BAS News - 2017-06-27 19:07
ERBIL— A senior official of the Islamic State (IS) organization was killed on Tuesday in Diyala province, Iraqi Defense Ministry confirmed in a statement. Hazan Shahdan Khalil Ibrahim was killed in a joint operation by the Tigris Operation Command and th ...

Jim Mattis: U.S. arms for Syrian Kurds will continue after Raqqa

Washington Times - 2017-06-27 17:07
MUNICH (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday that America will continue to provide weapons to Syrian Kurdish fighters after the battle to oust Islamic State militants from Raqqa, Syria, is over. Describing American reassurances to Turkey ...

WATCH: IS uses new defense mechanisms in Raqqa

Kurdistan24 - 2017-06-27 15:46
A drone belonging to the Islamic State (IS) militants shot down by fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Raqqa, Syria, June 27, 2017. (Photo: SDF social media) ...

US arms for YPG fighters in Syria possible even after Raqqa’s fall

Kom News - 2017-06-27 14:14
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday left open the possibility of longer-term assistance to Kurdish YPG militia in Syria, saying the US may need to supply them weapons and equipment even after the capture of Raqqa from Islamic State. NATO ally Turk ...

US arms for YPG fighters in Syria possible even after Raqqa’s fall

Waar Media - 2017-06-27 12:38
WAAR-DUHOK: U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday left open the possibility of longer-term assistance to Kurdish YPG militia in Syria, saying the U.S. may need to supply them weapons and equipment even after the capture of Raqqa from Islamic State ...

Kiev Car Bomb Kills Colonel in Ukrainian Military Intelligence

Waar Media - 2017-06-27 12:38
WAAR-DUHOK: A colonel in Ukraine’s military intelligence was killed by a car bomb in central Kiev on Tuesday, the defense ministry said, describing the incident as a “terrorist act”. Police said an explosive device in the vehicle blew up at 0516 GMT whil ...

Iraqi Jets Kill 30 IS Members in West of Anbar

BAS News - 2017-06-25 22:59
SOFIA — Thirty Islamic State (IS) members were killed in an airstrike conducted by the Iraqi Air Force on Sunday, Iraqi ministry of defense said. The Ministry of Defense's War Media Cell released a statement on Sunday, announcing that the Iraqi Air Force ...

Russian navy launches missile strikes at IS targets in Syria

KurdPress - 2017-06-24 09:34
Russian naval vessels launched missile strikes on Islamic State (IS) targets in Syria's Hama province, destroying command posts and weapon and ammunition depots, the Russian defense ministry said on Friday, June 23. ...

Russian Warships, Sub Launch Cruise Missiles at ISIS Targets in Syria

Waar Media - 2017-06-23 14:08
WAAR-DUHOK: Russian Defense Ministry stated that Russian Navy warships and a submarine launched six Kalibr cruise missiles on ISIS targets in Syria. Two Russian Navy warships and a submarine launched six Kalibr cruise missiles on ISIS targets in Syria, t ...

Baghdadi death near 100 percent certain: Ifax quotes Russian senator

Waar Media - 2017-06-23 11:57
WAAR-DUHOK: The likelihood that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed is close to 100 percent, Interfax news agency quoted Viktor Ozerov, the head of the defense committee in the Russian upper house of parliament, as saying on Friday. ...

US Assures Turkey of Taking Back Arms from Syrian Kurds

BAS News - 2017-06-23 03:57
ERBIL — Defense Secretary James Mattis has reported ensured his Turkish counterpart that all the weapons Washington has sent to the Syrian Kurds will be taken back once the war on Islamic State (IS) is concluded. According to a Turkish translation of the ...

IS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Dead: Russia Foreign Ministry

BAS News - 2017-06-22 19:06
ERBIL— Russia’s Foreign Ministry stated on Thursday that it was “highly likely” that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the extremist group of Islamic State (ISIS), was killed in Syria in May. Quoting information provided by the Russian Defense Ministry ...

US tells Turkey it will take back weapons from Kurdish YPG forces

Waar Media - 2017-06-22 14:20
WAAR-DUHOK: US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told his Turkish counterpart that weapons provided to the Kurdish YPG (People’s Protection Units) in Syria would be taken back once Islamic State was defeated, Turkish defence ministry sources said on Thursday. ...

Saudi King Replaces Crown Prince, Appoints Own Son Mohammad Bin Salman

Waar Media - 2017-06-21 12:04
WAAR-DUHOK: Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has fired crown prince Muhammad Bin Nayef, replacing him with own son Mohammad Bin Salman, according to the king’s decree. Mohammad Bin Salman, 31, Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince and defense ministe ...

Syrian regime: a fighter downed by global coalition

ANHA - 2017-06-19 17:24
NEWS DESK- The Defense Ministry in the Syrian regime confirmed that one of its fighter planes has been downed in the southern countryside of al-Raqqa, the regime claimed that it was targeting IS positions. In turn, some local sources assured that the Syr ...

Gen. Silo: we would use self-defense right against regime’s attacks

ANHA - 2017-06-19 17:24
The spokesperson of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) the Gen. Talal Silo said that their forces would use their right of lawful defense in responding to the regime's attacks, Silo assured that the regime is striving for aborting the operation of al-Raqq ...

Russia suspends coordination with US in Syria

Waar Media - 2017-06-19 16:59
WAAR-DUHOK: Russia’s defense ministry says it is suspending coordination with the United States in Syria over so-called “de-confliction zones” after the Americans downed a Syrian government fighter jet. The United States and Russia, which has been provid ...

Russia says might have killed IS leader Baghdadi

KurdPress - 2017-06-17 13:30
Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Friday it was checking information that a Russian air strike near the Syrian northern city of Raqqa may have killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the terrorist group of the Islamic State (IS or Daesh) in late May, R ...

Iraqi and Syrian Defense Officials Discuss Border Security

BAS News - 2017-06-15 15:31
ERBIL — Iraqi officials met with a high-level delegation from the Syrian Defense Ministry in Baghdad this week. The talks between the two parties centered on border security and the coordination of the ongoing battles against Islamic State (IS) militants ...

Turkey builds 700 kilometer long wall on Syrian border

KurdPress - 2017-06-15 07:00
Turkey has finished the construction of a 700-kilometer wall along its border with Syria to block infiltration into the country, with Defense Minister Fikri Isik saying a similar wall would be built on the border with Iran in the country’s east. ...

Peshmerga repels ISIS attack southern of Kirkuk, kills seven militants

Waar Media - 2017-06-14 14:56
WAAR-DUHOK: The Islamic State (ISIS) on Tuesday overnight attacked Peshmerga soldiers in Khurmatu area while attempting to cross the defense line, but were repelled by Kurdish forces. The attack took place at 11:00 am in Zarga Village located on the Khur ...

IS Prison Wherein Yezidis Detained Found in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-06-11 13:46
MOSUL — A prison for Yezidi women has been located in western Mosul, said Iraq’s Ministry of Defense on Sunday. The prison, located in the 17 Tamuz district, was managed by the Islamic State (IS), said the Iraqi officials, according Iraqi News. The relig ...

NATO’s Baltic Defense Challenge

Foreign Policy Research Institute - 2017-06-07 21:04
As NATO expanded eastwards after the Cold War, the geography that the Alliance needed to defend changed significantly (See map). Rather than a relatively narrow front in Central Europe (dashed line), NATO now had to contend with a far wider front across ...

Belgium's Support for Peshmerga to Endure: Minister

BAS News - 2017-06-06 19:07
ERBIL— Belgian Minister of Defense stated on Thursday that his country's support for Kurdistan Region's Peshmerga forces will continue in the phase after eliminating the Islamic State (IS) organization. Steven Vandeput made the promise as he received Kur ...

6th Self-Defense Forces education lessons ends

ANHA - 2017-06-04 02:18
The Self-Defense Forces (HXP) completed the 6th training lessons, which took place with the participation of 500 people at the Martyr Kendal Academy in Kobani, ending with a ceremony. ...

Kiwi Troops Return Home After Training Over 7,000 Iraqi Forces

BAS News - 2017-06-02 09:27
ERBIL— After training the Iraqi forces for six months, more than 100 New Zealand Defense Force soldiers returned home on Thursday night, Radio New Zealand reported on Friday. The force based in Camp Taji, just outside Baghdad, was the fourth batch of New ...

Russian cruise missiles hit ISIS targets near Palmyra

Waar Media - 2017-05-31 17:34
WAAR-DUHOK: The Admiral Essen frigate and the Krasnodar submarine have fired four Kalibr missiles at the facilities of the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group located near the city of Palmyra, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. ...

Russia and Egypt ‘Committed to Counter’ US-Saudi Policy in Mideast

Waar Media - 2017-05-31 17:34
WAAR-DUHOK: Egypt’s closer relations with Russia indicate that both nations are “committed to counter” the policies which Washington and Riyadh pursue in the Middle East, Syrian defense analyst Hasan Hasan told Sputnik Persian. “Egypt’s capabilities are ...
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