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US Informs Iraq About Maliki's Attempts to Organize a Coup: Report

BAS News - 2017-05-25 15:32
US has asked Iraq to remove 785 officers from the defense and interior ministries ERBIL — Former Iraqi prime minister Nuri al-Maliki,with the support of Iran, has been preparing for a coup attempt to take over the power in Iraq and the US has warned the ...

Kurdish Independence in Iraq Likely ‘Not If But When’: U.S. General

The Kurdish Project - 2017-05-25 09:39
This article was originally published in Reuters. An Iraqi Kurdish push for independence from Baghdad appears likely to be a question of “not if but when,” in a significant challenge to Iraq’s stability, the head of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency s ...

HT’s third course finished

ANHA - 2017-05-24 14:59
The Defense Body and Self-Protection in Afrin canton has celebrated the graduation of the third course of the Special Forces that is related to Self-Defense under Martyr Hajj Ali Salmo course in the academy of Şehîd Zakaria Abed and a military parade was ...

Kurdish independence in Iraq likely 'not if but when': U.S. general

Reuters - 2017-05-23 22:56
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Iraqi Kurdish push for independence from Baghdad appears likely to be a question of "not if but when," in a significant challenge to Iraq's stability, the head of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency said on Tuesday. ...

Germany defends post-war achievements of its scandal-hit army

Reuters - 2017-05-23 20:18
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's armed forces can be proud of their post-war achievements, the defense minister said on Tuesday, responding to a series of scandals involving far-right sympathizers in the Bundeswehr army's ranks. ...

US Asks Iraq to Suspend 785 Iranian-affiliated Officials

BAS News - 2017-05-23 12:29
US says these officials are implementing Iran's agendas ERBIL — The United States has asked Iraq to suspend the work of 785 officers in the ministries of defense and interior who are following the Iranian agendas, Secretary General of the European Depart ...

What can Saudis buy for $350 billion?

Seth Frantzman - 2017-05-21 15:31
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN Saudi Arabia signed a $109 billion dollar defense deal with the US over the weekend. It is part of a larger deal worth $350 billion over […] ...

Mattis, Dunford, McGurk Cite Coalition Progress to Annihilate ISIS

US-Defense Gov - 2017-05-20 03:56
The U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria will accelerate the campaign to destroy the group wherever it tries to form, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said, accompanied by Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chie ...

Mattis Confers With Turkish Counterpart at White House

US-Defense Gov - 2017-05-17 09:57
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Işık met at the White House and firmly agreed on concerns regarding the PKK, a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization, said the Pentagon's chief spokesperson. ...

Merkel Says Germany May Move Troops In Turkey To Another Country

Waar Media - 2017-05-16 11:37
WAAR-DUHOK: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that Germany may move its soldiers to another country if Ankara does not grant permission to members of the German parliament’s defense committee to visit staff currently serving in a NATO missio ...

100 Arab young men joined SDF

ANHA - 2017-05-13 12:20
100 Arab young men from al-Kaltah joined the Democratic Syrian Forces (SDF) aiming to participate in Wrath of Euphrates campaign of al-Raqqa liberation after they saw SDF victories and defense of all people. ...

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

US-Defense Gov - 2017-05-13 04:57
U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, conducting 34 strikes consisting of 106 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported. ...

Syria's Tabqa City Liberated, Key Development for Raqqa

US-Defense Gov - 2017-05-13 04:57
Partnered forces in Syria have liberated the Syrian city of Tabqa, a key development in the eventual defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in Raqqa, Syria, the Pentagon's director of press operations said. ...

German army suspends soldier for making far-right comments

Reuters - 2017-05-12 21:00
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's armed forces have suspended a officer for making far-right comments, the defense ministry said on Friday, amid a widening scandal over fears of hardline racist views among soldiers. ...

Hashd Officials Banned from Running for Elections: Spokesperson

BAS News - 2017-05-12 19:15
ERBIL— Officials from the Shi'ite Popular Mobilization Forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) cannot stand for the general elections in Iraq under regulations by the ministries of interior and defense, said the spokesperson for the forces. On Friday Ahmad al-Asadi tol ...

Mattis tells Turkey's PM: U.S. committed to your security

Reuters - 2017-05-11 13:59
LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in London on Thursday that Washington was committed to protecting its NATO ally, his spokeswoman said, as Turkey fumes over a U.S. decision to arm Kurdish fig ...

Trump Authorizes Arming of YPG Forces in Syria

BAS News - 2017-05-11 00:09
LEEDS — US President Donald Trump has authorized the Defense Department to directly arm the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria for the upcoming operation to liberate Raqqa, the de facto capital of the so-called Islamic State (IS), the Penta ...

US agrees to arm YPG ahead of Erdogan visit to Washington

Waar Media - 2017-05-10 10:52
WAAR-DUHOK: The Pentagon announced on Tuesday that President Donald Trump has authorized the Defense Department to directly arm the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) for the upcoming battle to liberate Raqqa, Syrian capital of the Islamic State (IS ...

U.S. upbeat after Turkey talks on Syria, Mattis: 'We'll work it out'

Reuters - 2017-05-09 17:46
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's defense secretary emerged upbeat on Tuesday from talks with a Turkish official about the fight against Islamic State but did not disclose any progress toward settling a row over U.S. backing for Kurdish ...

IS Commander of Air Defense Killed in Daquq, South Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-05-09 14:47
DAQUQ — The Islamic State (IS) commander of air defense was killed on Tuesday in his house in Daquq town, south of Kirkuk province. An official from Kirkuk told BasNews that the IS commander of air defense was killed by an improvised explosive device (IE ...

Rêzan Gilo: regiments will be an officially recognized-by army

ANHA - 2017-05-09 14:40
The Co-Chair of Defense and Self-Protection Body in Cizîre canton Rêzan Gilo said that aim of forming military regiments of Self-Defense Forces is constructing a highly-trained and disciplined military force which defends the achievements of Rojava revolu ...

Project of US, UK, Germany for Establishing Professional Peshmerga Force

Waar Media - 2017-05-08 15:37
WAAR-DUHOK: A joint defense team from the United States, United Kingdom and Germany has presented a draft plan to Kurdish officials including Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani to help build a ‘robust and professional’ Peshmerga force capable of defending ...

Iran warns Saudi prince for bringing ‘battle’ to Iran remark

Waar Media - 2017-05-08 15:37
WAAR-DUHOK: Iran’s defense minister on Monday lashed back at Saudi Arabia, slamming the kingdom’s deputy crown prince over belligerent comments last week that underscored the deep rivalries between the Sunni and Shiite power. In a wide-ranging interview, ...

Turkey attacked self-defense forces’ points

ANHA - 2017-05-07 15:02
KOBANÎ- The Turkish occupation army and its mercenaries that are stationed at Jarablus city attacked points of the self-defense forces in al-Shiyokh Foqany town west of Kobanî city. Sources from self-defense forces that have points on the eastern banks of ...

German defense minister apologizes over criticism of military

Reuters - 2017-05-05 21:43
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen apologized for the tone of her criticism of the military over its handling of a racism case, as she sought to contain a divisive furore in the build up to national elections. ...

Merkel backs minister after officer's arrest over possible attack

Reuters - 2017-05-03 14:09
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel fully supports her defense minister in her efforts to clear up the circumstances surrounding an officer who was arrested on suspicion of planning a racially motivated attack, her spokesman said on Wednesd ...

SDF announced Tabqa liberation

KurdPress - 2017-05-02 10:57
The Kurdish-Arab forces of Syria Defense Forces (SDF) announced the liberation of the northern city of Tabqa from the control of the militants of the Islamic State (IS). ...

Iraqi Jets Kills 13 IS Militants in Tel Afar, Destroy Bomb Factories

BAS News - 2017-05-01 23:44
ERBIL — At least 13 Islamic State (IS) militants were killed on Monday in heavy airstrikes carried out by the Iraqi air force in Tel Afar, west of Mosul, country’s Ministry of Defense confirmed. The air raids also destroyed two factories belonging to the ...

Barzani Meets with Iraqi Defense Minister in Erbil

BAS News - 2017-04-29 16:13
The latest developments on the ground were discussed by the sides ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani received the Iraqi Minister of Defense Irfan al-Hayali and the Iraqi Air Force Commander Staff Lt. Gen. Anwer Hamad Amin Ahmad on Saturday ...

Pictures: US Deploys Forces Along the Syrian-Turkish Border in Rojava

BAS News - 2017-04-29 13:01
YPG says the US forces will be monitoring the situation along the border ERBIL — According to the Syrian Kurdish People's Defense Units (YPG), US forces will be monitoring the situation along the Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) border with Turkey after the lat ...

Turkey, Russia clinch agreement on S-400 air defense system deliveries

Waar Media - 2017-04-28 18:33
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkey and Russia have reached an agreement in principle on the delivery of Russian-made S-400 long-range surface-to-air missile systems to the Turkish side and are negotiating the price and joint production issues, Turkey’s Foreign Minister ...

In Yemen conflict, a window into deepening U.S.-Gulf ties

Reuters - 2017-04-27 23:51
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis greeted Saudi Arabia's foreign minister at the Pentagon last month, the first thing he did was joke about the time "the Iranians tried to murder you." ...

Trump Authorizes Pentagon Chief to Decide Troop Limits in Iraq, Syria

BAS News - 2017-04-27 22:09
ERBIL — US President Donald Trump has given Defense Secretary Jim Mattis broad authority to set the troop levels in Iraq and Syria, according to Pentagon spokesperson Dana White. The president has delegated authority to the Secretary of Defense to determ ...

Warmongering and attacks against Rojava Kurdistan Turkish government

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-04-27 14:52
According to the report on the Kurdistan Human Rights Association, the Turkish army with heavy weapons to the villages Canton Efrin attacked these areas in Rojava Kurdistan bombing has made the People’s Defense Forces (Y P G) the duty to protect this part ...

China welcomes U.S. saying it's open to talks on North Korea

Reuters - 2017-04-27 10:49
BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) - China on Thursday welcomed an apparently softer tone by the United States on the North Korean nuclear and missile crisis but stressed its opposition to a U.S. missile defense system being deployed in South Korea. ...

Turkish warplanes strike YBS targets in Kurdistan’s Sinjar

Waar Media - 2017-04-25 17:36
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkish airplanes launched a massive attack on the positions of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Sinjar and People’s Defense Units (YPG) in Rojava (northern Syria). Turkish military launched the large-scale attack against PKK and YPG on Tues ...

Turkish Jets Hit PKK and YPG Headquarters in Sinjar and Rojava

BAS News - 2017-04-25 10:34
SINJAR — Turkish airplanes launched a massive attack on the positions of Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Sinjar and People's Defense Units (YPG) in northern Syria. Turkish military launched the large-scale attack against PKK and YPG on Tuesday at 2:00 ...

Turkish Military Strikes PKK Positions in Sinjar

BAS News - 2017-04-25 09:02
SINJAR — Turkish airplanes launched a massive attack on the positions of Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Sinjar and People's Defense Units (YPG) in northern Syria. Turkish military launched the large-scale attack against PKK and YPG on Tuesday at 2:00 ...

U.S. defense secretary in Afghanistan as U.S. looks to craft policy

Reuters - 2017-04-24 10:30
KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Afghanistan on Monday as President Donald Trump's administration looks to construct its strategy for the war-torn country, where resurgent Taliban militants continue to make gains. ...

Afghan defense minister, army chief of staff resign over deadly attack

Reuters - 2017-04-24 09:18
KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani accepted on Monday the resignation of the defense minister and army chief of staff after more than 140 government soldiers were killed in a Taliban attack on an army base last week, the president's office sa ...

Turkey Insists on Exclusion of YPG from Raqqa Assault

BAS News - 2017-04-23 00:05
SOFIA — Turkey’s Defense Minister Fikri Isik said on Friday that his country has repeated its offer to the US in regards to joining the operation for liberating Raqqa with the inclusion of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Arab components of the Syrian ...

Airstrike Kills Dozens of IS Militants West of Mosul

BAS News - 2017-04-21 00:13
SOFIA — Dozens of Islamic State (IS) members were killed in an airstrike west of Mosul, which further destroyed four explosives plants belonging to the extremist group, the Iraqi Ministry of Defense's War Media Cell said on Thursday. According to a state ...

Peshmerga Wraps up Training Against Chemical Weapons

BAS News - 2017-04-19 18:43
The Pentagon offered the training ERBIL— Kurdistan Peshmerga forces have concluded a training course on protection against the chemical weapons which was arranged by US Department of Defense. Reports indicated that the training in Erbil was for a number ...

US Sends Peshmerga over $20 Million Monthly: Ministry

BAS News - 2017-04-19 00:11
ERBIL — In accordance to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Peshmerga and United States’ Department of Defense, Washington continues providing 26 billion Iraqi Dinnar (approximately $20.3 million) monthly to Kurd ...

Saudi military helicopter crashes in Yemen, killing 12 officers

Reuters - 2017-04-18 19:59
DUBAI (Reuters) - A Saudi helicopter came down during military operations in Yemen on Tuesday, killing 12 officers aboard, Saudi media reported, and a Yemeni defense ministry news website said the cause was friendly fire. ...

SDF forces enter Tabqa, kill 16 IS militants

KurdPress - 2017-04-16 12:09
The forces of Syria Defense forces entered, Saturday morning April 15, t northern city of Tabqa and are clashing with the militants of the terrorist group of the Islamic State (IS). ...

Turkey Suggests US New Raqqa Plan Without YPG

BAS News - 2017-04-16 00:57
ERBIL — During his recent visit to Washington, Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Işık proposed a new plan to liberate Syria’s Raqqa from Islamic State. The plan includes Turkey and United States without the Syrian Kurdish forces having a role. Işık told Mat ...

83 Turkish police officers killed in Amed

ANHA - 2017-04-15 14:36
People Defense Forces(HPG) released the outcome of operation launched on Turkish security directorate in Razan region in Amed state. ...

Niger forces kill 57 members of Boko Haram: defense ministry

Reuters - 2017-04-10 21:26
NIAMEY (Reuters) - Niger security forces killed 57 members of Islamist militant group Boko Haram who attacked a village in the southeastern Diffa region overnight, the defense ministry said in a statement on Monday. ...

PYD practices kin liability?

KNC Geneva - 2017-04-10 20:28
Recently, we have reported on the new wave of repressions by the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed militia, the People’s Defense Units (YPG), against the Kurdish National Council (KNC), its member parties and other oppositional organizations. As ...

Belgium Withdraws from Coalition’s Aerial Anti-IS Campaign

BAS News - 2017-04-10 00:23
SOFIA — Belgium decided to withdraw its fighting jets, which were part of the US-led coalition against the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, after it was accused of massacring civilians in western Mosul. The Belgian Ministry of Defense announced on S ...

Air strike kills 18 in Syria's Idlib province: Observatory

Reuters - 2017-04-08 23:56
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Air strikes killed at least 18 people including five children in a town in Syrian rebel-controlled Idlib province on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the civil defense rescue service reported. ...

Coalition Jets Kill 3 Local IS Leaders in West Mosul

BAS News - 2017-04-08 21:20
SOFIA — The local Islamic State (IS) leaders responsible for the communications, defense detachments and commando in the areas of western Mosul were killed in an airstrike conducted by the US-led coalition on Saturday, the Military Intelligence Directora ...

US senior military advisor visits Kobane

KurdPress - 2017-04-06 07:52
US Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Wayne Troxell, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps General Joe Dunford, visited the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Kobane, the US Department of Defense said o ...

Turkish warplanes bomb Qandil

ANF/English - 2017-04-05 12:33
Turkish warplanes shelled the Qandil region in PKK-held Medya Defense Zones in South Kurdistan territory. ...

Women and Defense workshop kicks off in Rojava

ANF/English - 2017-04-02 13:37
The Women and Defense workshop with the motto “Women's Genuine Power is the Security of a Free Society” kicked of in Kobanê with the participation of 16 military powers and 160 delegates from across the Middle East. ...

Canada Extends Mission in Iraq, Sends Troops to Mosul

BAS News - 2017-04-01 19:40
ERBIL — Canada’s Department of National Defense has revealed that its special forces have taken a more active role in the battle for liberating the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. The shift was announced on Friday after the Canadian government approved the ...

Iran rejects U.S. terror claim by Mattis, blames Saudi

Reuters - 2017-04-01 13:08
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran rejected an allegation by U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis that it was "the primary exporter of terrorism" and said on Saturday that the main source was U.S. ally Saudi Arabia. ...

US troops to stay in Iraq after defeat of Islamic State: Mattis

E-Kurd - 2017-04-01 08:42
WASHINGTON,— U.S troops will apparently remain in Iraq even when the fight against Islamic State has ended, according to Pentagon officials, including US Defense Secretary James Mattis, who said that keeping soldiers on the ground is in America’s “nation ...
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