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Turkey Claims Killing 13 PKK Guerrillas

BAS News - 2017-04-22 22:46
ISTANBUL — Turkish army claimed on Saturday that it forces have killed 13 members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) over the past two days in the country’s southeastern regions. Turkish General Staff said in a statement that the military operations w ...

Iraqi Forces Foil Two IS Suicide Attacks in Baiji

BAS News - 2017-04-22 01:37
ISTANBUL — Two Islamic State (IS) militants on a suicide mission were killed in the city of Baiji, located about 170 km from Mosul, before they could realize their plan. The militants' target was the village of Malha, said Saad Nafous al-Hamad, commander ...

Qayyarah Oil Fields Still on Fire

BAS News - 2017-04-21 23:42
ISTANBUL — Continuous blazing fires and the resulting emissions of thick smoke near the Qayyarah district displacement camp is causing health problems for those living in the area. "I've been coughing endlessly for almost a month," said Abdullah, a 30-ye ...

IS Militant Involved in Istanbul’s New Year Attack Killed

BAS News - 2017-04-21 22:37
ISTANBUL — An Islamic State (IS) member who helped organize the New Year's attack that took place in an Istanbul nightclub Reina was killed by US forces during a ground operation in Syria on April 6, said a US military official. The attack, which was IS' ...

Kurdish Entrepreneur Among Time’s 100 Influential People for 2017

BAS News - 2017-04-21 00:13
ISTANBUL — Hamdi Ulukaya, a Kurd born in Turkey, is listed among US-based Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2017. Ulukaya, who is the owner, founder, Chairman, and CEO of Chobani yogurt company, was listed for having "transformed a shuttered ...

Iraq Supports Extension of OPEC Oil Supply Cut

BAS News - 2017-04-21 00:13
ISTANBUL — Iraq favors the extension of Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)’s deal to reduce the global oil supply in order to increase oil prices, said Ammar al-Hakim, an Iraqi cleric and politician who leads an Islamist party known ...

Civilian Council Formed to Rule Over Raqqa After It's Liberated

BAS News - 2017-04-19 17:05
ISTANBUL — US-backed military forces in Syria announced that a newly formed civilian council is to govern the city of Raqqa after its liberation from Islamic State (IS) militants. Local officials have been setting up the council for about six months, sai ...

New Pontoon Bridge Built in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-04-18 22:33
ISTANBUL — A new pontoon bridge built by the Iraqi army in Mosul was opened today. Due to damages caused by the international coalition forces, the four permanent bridges over the Tigris river had been rendered unusable. Pontoon bridges were built to all ...

Iraqi Forces Destroy IS Health Dept. Office, Kill Russian Militant

BAS News - 2017-04-18 22:33
ISTANBUL — A Russian member of the Islamic State (IS) was killed by the Iraqi police forces in western Mosul. The man known as Abu Hajir al-Rusi was killed by the Iraqi forces in a rocket attack in the al-Thawra district. In a nearby district of al-Farou ...

Islamic State Looking to Ally with al-Qaeda: Iraqi VP

BAS News - 2017-04-18 00:12
ISTANBUL — The Islamic State (IS) group is in the process of negotiating an alliance with al-Qaeda, Iraqi Vice President, Ayad Allawi, told Reuters. "The discussion has started now," Allawi said. "There are discussions and dialogue between messengers rep ...

Turkey Votes “Yes”, 51.32% Accepting the Presidential System

BAS News - 2017-04-16 23:52
ISTANBUL — “Yes" votes have overtaken the “No” votes in the historic referendum to alter Turkey’s constitution and reconfigure its system from the parliamentary system to the presidential system. Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim called the results ...

Erdogan Congratulates His Supporters over Referendum Victory

BAS News - 2017-04-16 21:35
ISTANBUL — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan late on Sunday congratulated the political parties which supported him in the constitutional referendum. The referendum allowed people to vote Yes or No over an 18-article bill that would see the country ...

Pontoon Bridges Over Tigris River in Mosul Unusable

BAS News - 2017-04-16 20:26
People are crossing the river by boats ISTANBUL — Mosul’s permanent bridges over the Tigris river having been damaged by the international coalition forces, two temporary bridges built in their place are now also rendered unusable due to the latest flood ...

Turkish 'Yes' lead narrows to 51.7 percent in final stages of count

Reuters - 2017-04-16 19:39
ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Votes for constitutional change to hand President Tayyip Erdogan sweeping powers held a narrow lead with almost all ballot boxes opened on Sunday, but Turkey's three largest cities and the mainly Kurdish southeast looked set to ...

KRG's Health Ministry in Need of Additional $5 Million Each Month

BAS News - 2017-04-16 02:02
The total amount required for all of its operational costs is $17 million each month. ISTANBUL — Twenty billion Iraqi dinars (IQD), or approximately $17 million, are required each month for the Kurdistan Region’s Health Ministry's operations throughout t ...

Islamic State Militants Use Chlorine-Filled Rocket in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-04-15 23:01
ISTANBUL — Islamic State militants employed chemicals in their attack against the Iraqi army on Friday, according to an Iraqi military officer who spoke with the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity. A chlorine-filled rocket was launched in a n ...

Two Islamic State Officials Killed in Western Mosul

BAS News - 2017-04-14 19:50
ISTANBUL — Two Islamic State (IS) officials were killed by the missile strikes in western Mosul, Iraqi Federal Police announced on Friday. The aim of the strikes was the IS security building, said Lt. Gen. Shaker Jawdat. Earlier on Thursday, coalition je ...

Over 424,000 Have Been Displaced During the Mosul Operation

BAS News - 2017-04-14 19:50
ISTANBUL — A cumulative total of 424,560 individuals have been displaced in Iraq since the start of the operation to reclaim Mosul, according to the latest Emergency Tracking Fact Sheet by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). With slightly ...

No Evidence Iraqi Man Perpetrated Dortmund Bombing

BAS News - 2017-04-14 19:50
There is evidence linking the man to the Islamic State ISTANBUL — A 26-year-old Iraqi man named Abdul Beset A.,who was detained on the suspicion of perpetrating the bombing of a German soccer team bus in Dortmund, is suspected of having ties to the Islam ...

SDF Announces 4th Phase of Raqqa Assault

BAS News - 2017-04-14 19:50
ISTANBUL — The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced the commencement of the fourth phase of the operation to recapture the Syrian city of Raqqa from the Islamic State's (IS) control. "In the name of the General Command of the Euphrates Op ...

Eastern Mosul Free of IS but Still in Disarray

BAS News - 2017-04-14 19:06
ISTANBUL — Though the operation to liberate Mosul has resulted in the successful removal of the Islamic State (IS) militants from the eastern half of the city, three months after its liberation, the city itself remains in complete disarray. Residents are ...

Turkey detains Islamic State suspects over planned attacks: police

Reuters - 2017-04-14 16:37
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Police in Istanbul have detained seven suspects, two of them believed to be members of Islamic State, who were plotting to carry out attacks in Turkey ahead of a referendum on Sunday, a police statement said on Friday. ...

Three Kurds Elected as Council Members in Finland

BAS News - 2017-04-13 01:29
ISTANBUL — Three Kurdish men from the National Coalition Party (NCP) were elected as council members in Finland on Sunday. This is the third consecutive victory of the National Coalition Party (NCP) in the municipal elections. In this election, 36 of the ...

Islamic State is near Defeat: US Official

BAS News - 2017-04-13 01:29
ISTANBUL — The battle to reclaim Mosul has been progressing successful thus far, but the battle over the Islamic State (IS)-controlled Old City in western Mosul, with its densely populated narrow streets that do not allow for the passage of vehicles, rem ...

Meet the New Boss – Same as the Old Boss: Still Unchained in Ankara

Foreign Policy Research Institute - 2017-04-13 00:26
I recently returned from Istanbul, traveling there so that I could get a read on the upcoming April 16 constitutional referendum that could change the foundations of Turkey’s political system. My first inclination is to describe this great city’s atmosph ...

SDF Makes Territorial Gain Near Tabqa

BAS News - 2017-04-12 00:56
ISTANBUL — The Kurdish-majority Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which are currently fighting the Islamic State (IS) in Syria, are now within 2 km of a key IS stronghold near Raqqa. The immediate goal of the SDF is to take control of Tabqa, located approx ...

HDP Leader Sentenced to One Year in Prison

BAS News - 2017-04-12 00:56
ISTANBUL — The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-chair Figen Yuksekdag on Tuesday was sentenced to one year in by a Turkish court for spreading “terrorist” propaganda, Kurdistan 24 reported. The accusation was made based on one of Yuksekdag’ ...

Over 200 from Germany Fighting Alongside Kurds in Syria and Iraq

BAS News - 2017-04-11 11:25
Included in the number are nationals of Turkey ISTANBUL — Over 200 German nationals and residents have travelled to Iraq and Syria to join the Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State (IS) militants since 2013, Germany's Interior Ministry said on Monday, as ...

Over 40 Islamic State Members Killed in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-04-10 21:28
ISTANBUL — At least 43 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed as a result of the US-led coalition airstrikes in western Mosul on Monday. The strikes targeted a gathering of IS members inTamuz district. Along with the IS militants, their medical an ...

28 out of 38 Mosul Districts Freed by Iraqi Army

BAS News - 2017-04-10 21:28
ISTANBUL — The Iraqi forces have recaptured 28 districts from the Islamic State (IS) militants in western Mosul. Out of 38 districts which have been assigned to the Iraqi Army’s Counter-Terrorism Forces, 28 have been recaptured as of Monday, said Iraqi A ...

SDF Eliminate 12 IS Militants in Al-Tabqah

BAS News - 2017-04-10 01:26
The clashes commenced on Saturday ISTANBUL — Approximately 12 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed by the Kurdish-led, US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the vicinity of Al-Tabqah in northern Syria. According to local sources, as report ...

Pro-Kurdish HDP Appeals Against Upcoming Referendum In Turkey

BAS News - 2017-04-08 23:41
SOFIA — The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) increased its efforts on Saturday with rallies in Istanbul and Adana against the upcoming referendum in Turkey for empowering the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In the district of Kadikoy in Istanb ...

Despite tough talk, Turkey caught between U.S. and Russia in Syria

Reuters - 2017-04-07 20:17
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish calls for tough action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after U.S. missile strikes on one of his airbases may overestimate Washington's appetite for deeper involvement in Syria's war and threaten Ankara's fragile rappr ...

World Leaders Weigh In on US Missile Strikes Targeting Syria

BAS News - 2017-04-07 14:17
ISTANBUL — Following the US President Donald Trump’s sanctioned 60 missile strikes at Syria over the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government in Idlib, world leaders are weighing in with their two-cents. While some leaders such as those of the UK ...

The World's Biggest Yezidi Temple to Be Built in Armenia

BAS News - 2017-04-07 12:56
Construction of the temple is being financed by a Yezidi businessman ISTANBUL — A Yazidi temple made of granite and marble, - to be the biggest in the world, is being constructed in a tiny village of Aknalich, 30 kilometers from Armenia’s capital. There ...

Turkey planning new operation against PKK in Iraqi Kurdistan: report

E-Kurd - 2017-04-07 09:04
ISTANBUL,— Turkey is planning in the next weeks to launch a new cross border military incursion to oust the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) from the Sinjar region of Iraqi Kurdistan region, a report said on Thursday. The report in the pro-governm ...

Turkish prosecutors accuse newspaper of 'asymmetric war' on Erdogan

Reuters - 2017-04-05 16:27
ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish prosecutors are seeking up to 43 years in jail for journalists from a leading opposition newspaper on charges of supporting a terrorist organization and targeting President Tayyip Erdogan through "asymmetric war methods ...

Turkey again slams Kurdish decision to fly flag in Iraq’s Kirkuk

E-Kurd - 2017-04-01 08:42
ISTANBUL,— Turkey on Wednesday voiced its opposition to a vote in the disputed oil-rich Iraqi city of Kirkuk to fly the Kurdish flag over government buildings, warning against “unilateral steps”. Provincial councillors in Kirkuk province voted Tuesday to ...

Turkey summons Swiss envoy over rally it says supported terrorism

Reuters - 2017-03-25 21:02
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's foreign ministry summoned Switzerland's charge d'affairs in Ankara on Saturday to complain about a protest in Bern that it said supported terrorism and included a poster calling for the assassination of President Tayyip Erdog ...

HRW criticizes Turkey’s crackdown on Kurdish opposition

E-Kurd - 2017-03-23 05:55
ISTANBUL,— The Turkish government has jailed 13 members of the pro-Kurdish democratic opposition in parliament on terrorism charges and taken direct control of 82 municipalities in the Kurdish southeast region, suspending and incarcerating elected mayors ...

Thousands celebrate the Kurdish New Year of Newroz in Turkey

E-Kurd - 2017-03-23 05:55
DIYARBAKIR-AMED, Turkey’s Kurdish region,— Kurdish celebrations of the New Year, Newroz, on Tuesday mixed peacefully with protests against expanding the powers of Turkey’s president. Thousands celebrated the Newroz in Istanbul and in Diyarbakir, a mainly ...

Turkey summons German envoy over Kurdish rally in Frankfurt

E-Kurd - 2017-03-20 00:15
ISTANBUL,— Turkey summoned Germany’s ambassador to express its fury over a Frankfurt rally where protesters brandished insignia of Kurdish militants, the presidential spokesman said Sunday, denouncing it as a “scandal”. Some 30,000 Kurdish protesters att ...

Turkey's Erdogan on German journalist: 'Thank God' he was arrested

Reuters - 2017-03-19 15:03
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday accused a jailed Turkish-German journalist of being a terrorist agent, adding "Thank God he has been arrested", comments likely to cause further unease in Berlin over the incident. ...

Mass Grave, Containing Children Bodies, Found in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-03-18 21:09
ISTANBUL — A mass grave containing 24 bodies was discovered in Mosul. Among the dead were also bodies of children. The shallow grave was in a remote patch of land, located about 30 meters from a road. It was discovered by soldiers working to clear the ar ...

Civilian Displacement from Western Mosul Continues

BAS News - 2017-03-17 13:53
ISTANBUL — As the battle in western Mosul continues, resulting in a continual increase in the number of displaced individuals, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is working to provide reproductive health services to the female segment in the IDP ...

Abadi Wants Fewer US Soldiers in Iraq after IS Defeated

BAS News - 2017-03-16 21:17
ISTANBUL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider a-Abadi wants a reduction in the number of US military personnel in Iraq following the defeat of the Islamic State (IS) militants in Mosul. "As we are crushing Daesh, it is clear that there is a need to reduce the n ...

Eight People Killed in Car Bomb Attack in Tikrit

BAS News - 2017-03-16 00:14
Over 50 others injured ISTANBUL — A bomb-laden vehicle parked in the crowded al-Atibaa Street in Iraq’s Tikrit detonated on Wednesday, killing at least eight people. "Eight are killed and 52 are wounded from the Tikrit al-Atibaa street attack," said gove ...

40% of Western Mosul Infrastructure Destroyed: Official

BAS News - 2017-03-13 19:44
ISTANBUL — About 40 percent of the infrastructure in western Mosul has been destroyed by the Islamic State (IS) militants, and during the battle with the coalition forces, according to a municipal official from the Nineveh province. IS militants blew up ...

Consulate General of Armenia to Be Established in Erbil

BAS News - 2017-03-13 19:44
ISTANBUL — President of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, has signed a decree on establishing a Consulate General of Armenia in Erbil, Iraq, on Monday. “Governed by Part 1 of Article 15 of the RA law on Diplomatic Service, I decide: To establish a Consulate Gener ...

IS Militants Left in Mosul Going to Die: US Envoy

BAS News - 2017-03-13 19:44
ISTANBUL — Islamic State (IS) militants remaining in western Mosul are trapped, as the last road out of the city has been cut off by the Iraqi forces, said Brett McGurk, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter Islamic State (IS). A ...

Al-Qaeda-affiliated Group Claims Responsibility for Damascus Twin Blasts

BAS News - 2017-03-12 20:51
ISTANBUL — An al-Qaeda-affiliated jihadist group, Salafist group, known as Tahrir al-Sham has claimed responsibility for the twin suicide bombings that targeted Shi’ite pilgrims in Syria’s capital Damascus on Saturday. There is a discrepancy in the numbe ...

US, NATO Prepare Roj Peshmerga for Anti-IS Campaign in Syria

BAS News - 2017-03-12 19:46
ISTANBUL — The Peshmerga forces operating under the control of the Syrian Kurdish National Council (ENKS) are currently being trained in northern Iraq by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the United States-led international coalition's ad ...

Mass Grave Discovered in Northern Iraq

BAS News - 2017-03-12 19:46
The grave is believed to be containing Speicher victims ISTANBUL — A mass grave containing a number of victims of a mass killing of over 1,500 Shi’ite Iraqi Air Force cadets by the Islamic State (IS) militants was uncovered by the Iraqi authorities on Su ...

Japan Donates $ 6.7 Million to Support Displaced Iraqis

BAS News - 2017-03-12 18:14
ISTANBUL — Japan has donated $6.7 million to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to be used toward supporting internally displaced individuals in Iraq. The donated sum will be used to “maintain and upgrade emergency shelter sites and criti ...

Debates and Tensions Follow UNSC Session on IS Chemical Attack

BAS News - 2017-03-11 16:27
ISTANBUL — Tensions followed UN Security Council's closed session concerning the alleged use of chemical weapons by Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq's Mosul. The session convened at Russia’s intitiative on Friday. It followed reports by the the Inter ...

HDP Asks Turkey not to Ban Nawroz

BAS News - 2017-03-11 01:02
ISTANBUL — Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) has made a request to the Turkish authorities to allow the public celebrations of the holiday Nawroz in Turkey. Nawroz is celebrated by Kurds, as well as 300 million other people in multiple ...

Fifth Round of Geneva Talks on Syria to Begin on March 23

BAS News - 2017-03-09 15:19
ISTANBUL — The fifth next round of talks between the Syrian government and the opposition groups are planned to take place in Geneva on March 23, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura announced, after a closed-door meeting of the UN S ...

US Marines Sent to Syria for Raqqa Assault

BAS News - 2017-03-09 14:11
ISTANBUL — Heavily armed soldiers from the US Marine Corps (USMC), a branch of the US Armed Forces, have been deployed to Syria some weeks ago, the Pentagon has confirmed. The purpose of the new Marine presence in Raqqa is to provide artillery support fo ...

IS Leader Hiding in Desert

BAS News - 2017-03-09 04:38
ISTANBUL — Islamic State (IS) leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has left Mosul and is now hiding out in the desert among sympathetic civilians, according to US and Iraqi officials. However, his exact whereabouts are unknown as he rarely uses trackable commun ...

UN Sets up New Camp for IDPs form Western Mosul

BAS News - 2017-03-08 00:57
ISTANBUL — A new camp to accommodate those fleeing western Mosul has been established by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the vicinity of the major city in northern Iraq. Camp Chamakor was established this week, ...

KRG Seeking Closer Diplomatic Ties with Canada

BAS News - 2017-03-08 00:57
ISTANBUL — Kurdistan Region’s top diplomat is requesting that Canada upgrade its current trade office in Erbil to a Consulate General, according to The Canadian Press. The Kurdistan Regional government (KRG) is seeking to have a closer economic and polit ...

Erdogan: German journalist is a spy and member of PKK

Waar Media - 2017-03-04 20:56
WAAR-DUHOK: Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said a German journalist arrested in Turkey is an “agent” and member of the banned Kurdish PKK, as a row with Germany continued to escalate on Friday. Deniz Yucel was arrested on Monday and charged by an Istanbul cour ...

Massoud Barzani meets Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul

E-Kurd - 2017-03-04 10:55
ISTANBUL,— Massoud Barzani met with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, late on Sunday afternoon in Istanbul, where they discussed a range of topics including the economy and border security. Barzani has told Rudaw that he had “a very good meeting” w ...

Turkey’s Kurdish HDP party rallies against boosting Erdogan powers

E-Kurd - 2017-03-04 10:55
ISTANBUL,— Turkey’s pro-Kurdish party Thursday launched its campaign for a “No” vote in April’s referendum on whether to give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan more powers as its two leaders remained imprisoned. Hundreds of people turned out for the Kurdish ...

12,000 to 15,000 IS Militants in Iraq and Syria: US General

BAS News - 2017-03-02 22:40
ISTANBUL — Approximately 12,000 to 15,000 Islamic State (IS) militants are still present in Iraq and Syria, according to US Army Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend. About 2,000 of these militants are in or in the vicinity of western Mosul, Townsend expl ...

Turkey's Hurriyet appoints new editor-in-chief

Reuters - 2017-03-02 07:29
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's Hurriyet newspaper has named a new editor-in-chief, it said late on Wednesday, a day after strong criticism of the prominent daily by President Tayyip Erdogan for a story suggesting discord between the government and the army ...

WHO Steps up Medical Preparations as Mosul Operation Continues

BAS News - 2017-03-02 01:31
ISTANBUL — The World Health Organization (WHO) is opening trauma stabilization points, field hospitals, and primary health care centers in Erbil, Duhok and Nineveh province in order to provide medical health in eastern half of Mosul and to prepare for ca ...
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