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Iraqi President Offers Help to UK to Fight Terrorism

BAS News - 2017-05-24 00:32
BAGHDAD — Iraqi President Fuad Masoum on Tuesday condemned the terrorist attack in Manchester Arena, offering his country’s support to UK in fighting terrorism. Masoum conveyed condolences to British Prime Minister Teresa May, saying that he is saddened ...

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. ...

34 IS Militants Killed in Western Anbar

BAS News - 2017-05-23 19:23
ERBIL— In the past 48 hours Iraqi forces, backed by the Iraqi and international coalition's warplanes, eliminated 34 members of the Islamic State (IS) organization in Anbar province, according to a report. Iraq War Media Cell reported on Tuesday that thr ...

New bridge reunites Mosul as Iraqi forces gear up for final assault

Reuters - 2017-05-23 14:52
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi military engineers installed a new floating bridge across the Tigris river on Wednesday, reconnecting the two halves of Mosul to facilitate troop deployments ahead of a final assault to dislodge Islamic State. ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – May 20, 2017

E-Kurd - 2017-05-23 08:58
Syrian Kurdistan’s PYD party expresses condolences on death of Gorran leader Sulaimani: Democratic Union Party (PYD) expressed condolences to the family and friends of the Kurdish leader and the head of Change Movement (Gorran) Nawshirwan Mustafa, after ...

Suicide attack near Iraq’s oil-rich Basra kills at least 8

E-Kurd - 2017-05-23 08:58
BAGHDAD,— A suicide bombing near the oil-rich city of Basra killed at least eight people as the Islamic State group took the fight against Iraqi forces deep into the country’s south, a military commander said Saturday. Five civilians and three troops wer ...

Iraqi Kurdistan leader Nawshirwan Mustafa laid to rest in Sulaimani

E-Kurd - 2017-05-23 08:58
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The Kurdish leader Nawshirwan Mustafa, the head of the Change Movement (Gorran), was laid to rest in Sulaimani city of Saturday. Mustafa, 73, passed away on Friday after a long illness. Thousands of mourners are in th ...

Iraqi Kurdistan rife with unlicensed guns, gun violence

E-Kurd - 2017-05-23 08:58
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The young coach tried to calm his players as they argued with the referee who had sent off three of their teammates during a soccer game in the city of Sulaimani on Saturday evening. As the row grew, some fans inte ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – May 21, 2017

E-Kurd - 2017-05-23 08:58
Gorran has no plans to unify with PUK after death of founder Sulaimani: The opposition Change Movement or Gorran, whose influential leader Nawshirwan Mustafa passed away on Friday, has no plans to reunify with the parent party Patriotic Union of Kurdista ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – May 22, 2017

E-Kurd - 2017-05-23 08:58
Zakho of Iraqi Kurdistan has become drug gateway to Turkey, Syria Erbil: Iraqi Kurdistan Region’s Independent Commission for Human Rights said the region’s district of Zakho has become a gateway between Iran, Turkey and Syria for drug trafficking. Head o ...

KDP prefers elections in Iraqi Kurdistan to be held on time

E-Kurd - 2017-05-23 08:58
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) prefers holding elections in Iraqi Kurdistan Region on time, a KDP leadership member said on Sunday. Following his attendance at funeral proceedings of the Kurdish leader and th ...

Iraq says achieved OPEC oil cut share, ready to meet new demand

E-Kurd - 2017-05-23 08:58
BAGHDAD,— Iraq has achieved its share of the production cut agreement reached by OPEC and non-OPEC producers at the end of last year but remains ready to meet future oil demand growth, according to a speech by Iraqi oil minister Jabar al-Luaibi on Monday ...

Gorran says we will extend our political struggle in Iraqi Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2017-05-23 08:58
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The Change Movement (Gorran) said it is ready to cooperate and resolve the issues in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region on the principles of rule of law and sovereignty of institutions as well as balance and respect. Following t ...

Iraqi Kurdistan – “Sold Out!” – Part II

E-Kurd - 2017-05-23 08:58
Sheri Laizer | Exclusive to Ekurd.net The oil predators that betray the Kurdish nation While a significant number of ordinary Kurds suffer terror and poverty, the KDP, PUK and their foreign partners control the lion’s share of all business and invest mil ...

10-year-old Yezidi Girl Freed from IS in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-23 02:22
DUHOK — Another Kurdish Yezidi girl was freed from the grips of Islamic State (IS) militants on Monday in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, said a Kurdish official. Hussein Qa’idi, head of Kurdistan Region’s office for Yezidi Abductee Affairs, revealed t ...

Iraqi Forces Intensify Efforts to Recapture IS-held Old City in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-22 22:07
LEEDS — The Iraqi forces shelled several Islamic State (IS) positions in Mosul's Old City on Monday as part of the preparation for a ground operation aimed at decisively ousting the extremist group from the remaining IS-held areas in west Mosul, an Iraqi ...

Seven IS Militants Killed in Coalition Strike in Western Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-22 22:07
LEEDS — Seven Islamic State (IS) militants were killed when an US-led coalition drone targeted and hit their location in western Mosul on Monday. Lieutenant Yazan Abdul-Kafi of the Iraqi Air Forces told Rudaw that the coalition drone hit a house in the d ...

Four Shi’ite Militias Arrested After Assaulting Kurdish Lawmaker

BAS News - 2017-05-22 22:07
ERBIL — The Iraqi police have arrested four Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi for their involvement in assaulting a Kurdish member of the Iraqi Parliament. MP Salim Shabak said on Monday that the arrest comes after he filed a complaint against the atta ...

IS Executes 18 Civilians in Hawija over Espionage

BAS News - 2017-05-22 19:10
ERBIL— Some 18 civilians from Hawija who were accused by the Islamic State (IS) organization of spying for the Iraqi forces were executed by IS militants on Monday, said a tribal chieftain from the area. Speaking to BasNews, Sheikh Masrour Naji, the chie ...

Saudi and Iraqi Oil Ministers Discuss OPEC Output Cut in Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-05-22 18:01
ERBIL — The Saudi Oil Minister, Khaled Al-Faleh, arrived in the capital city of Iraq, Baghdad on Monday, as part of his official visit to Iraq in order to discuss the extension of the OPEC output cut. According to Asem Jihad, the Spokesperson for the Ira ...

HRW: Hashd Al-Shaabi Detaining and Torturing Men Fleeing Fighting

BAS News - 2017-05-22 15:26
The militia group detained men in schools and tortured them ERBIL – Iraqi paramilitary forces, known as Hashd al-Shaabi or Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), have arbitrarily detained at least 100 men since late April 2017, and in some cases, the detaine ...

IS Suicide Bombers Attack Iraqi Military Training Camp in Diyala

BAS News - 2017-05-22 14:01
Five militants have been Killed DIYALA — An Iraqi security source said on Monday that five suicide bombers of the Islamic State (IS) were killed while attempting to storm a training camp in Diyala province, east of Baghdad. The source, who requested anon ...

Landmine blast in Kermanshah leaves 1 killed, 1 injured

KurdPress - 2017-05-22 11:08
Explosion of a landmine left from the 1980-1988 Iraqi imposed war against Iran in the city of Sarpol-e Zahab, Kermanshah Province, kiled one person and injured another, a police official says. ...

At Least 17 Iraqi Soldiers Killed in IS Suicide Attacks

BAS News - 2017-05-21 23:01
MOSUL — At least 17 Iraqi soldiers were killed in suicide attacks carried out by the so-called Islamic State (IS) in the northern city of Mosul on Sunday, a local security official said. Six Iraqi soldiers were killed in a suicide car explosion in northw ...

47 out of 74 Districts in Mosul Liberated by Iraqi CTS

BAS News - 2017-05-21 22:13
MOSUL — 47 out of 74 residential districts in western Mosul were declared liberated by the Iraqi army's elite Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS). Lieutenant General Abdul Wahab al-Saadi, a commander for the CTS, said on Sunday that during the battles in wes ...

Iraqi VP Allawi Warns about More Dangerous Force than IS

BAS News - 2017-05-21 20:14
ERBIL— If there is no political success parallel with the military victories against the Islamic State (IS) organization, big threats loom on the horizon for Iraq, warned Iraqi Vice President Ayad al-Allawi. Speaking to Russia Today on Sunday, Iraqi VP t ...

450 IS Fighters Cordoned off in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-21 19:28
ERBIL— Only 3% of Mosul is left under the control of Islamic State (IS) organization, while 450 members of the organization are besieged by Iraqi forces in the city. The Arabic Sputink news quoted a member of Nineveh Provincial Council as saying 97% of e ...

Coalition Airstrike Kills IS Head of Administrative Affairs

BAS News - 2017-05-21 17:26
MOSUL — The Islamic State (IS) head of administrative affairs in Nineveh and the Syrian city of Raqqa was killed in an airstrike in western Mosul, Iraqi military intelligence department said on Sunday. According to a statement released by the military in ...

Three Yezidi Women Detained in Dark Room in Mosul Rescued

BAS News - 2017-05-21 16:19
MOSUL — An officer from the Joint Operations Command of the Iraqi army announced on Sunday that they have rescued three Yezidi abductees during a search operation in al-Najjar area in west Mosul after it was liberated on Saturday. Colonel Khalid al-Jawar ...

Mass Graves of Yezidis Under Threat of Disappearance in Sinjar: Mayor

BAS News - 2017-05-21 13:05
Hashd al-Shaabi forces in Sinjar are feared to destroy the mass graves SINJAR — The mass graves of Yezidis are under threat of disappearance and destruction by the Iraqi paramilitary forces engaged in the battle against the Islamic State in the Yezidi ar ...

Ammar al-Hakim congratulates Rouhani on his re-election

KurdPress - 2017-05-21 08:51
Chairman of Iraqi National Coalition Seyyed Ammar al-Hakim congratulated President Hassan Rouhani on his re-election as Iran’s president hours after he was officially announced winner of the 12th presidential election. ...

Iraqi National Arrested over "Espionage" in Lebanon

BAS News - 2017-05-20 20:47
ERBIL— The Lebanese security forces have arrested an Iraqi national over "spying for Isreal," Lebanese media reported on Saturday. The reports cited an official government source saying the General Directorate of General Security arrested the person for ...

Kurdistan Ready to Talk with Baghdad only on Referendum: MP

BAS News - 2017-05-20 19:08
ERBIL— Currently Kurdistan Region is ready for talks with the Iraqi government only over Kurdistan's appeal for a referendum on independence, said a Kurdish MP at the Iraqi House of Representatives. Khushawi Khalil's statement came in response to a state ...

Barzani and Iraqi President Discuss Baghdad-Erbil Relations

BAS News - 2017-05-20 18:07
The leaders met in Amman on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa AMMAN — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani and Iraqi President Fuad Masoum met on Saturday in Amman, capital of Jordan, and discussed Baghdad ...

Sadr Proscribes Alliance with Maliki

BAS News - 2017-05-20 16:00
ERBIL— The clerical leader of the Shi'ite Sadr Movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, on Saturday warned senior Iraqi politicians and statesmen against forming coalition with the former prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki. During a televised interview, along others Sadr ...

Iraqi President Says Destruction in Mosul Is Horrendous

BAS News - 2017-05-20 15:18
AMMAN — Iraqi President Fuad Masoum noted the current “horrendous” state of Iraq following the nearly three-year war on Islamic State (IS) militants and the need for international assistance in rebuilding the country’s second largest city as well as othe ...

Jordan Supports Kurdistan Region's Independence: Kurdish MP

BAS News - 2017-05-20 14:32
Jordan is playing an effective role in the region ERBIL — Jordan is one of the countries which has strong relations with the Kurdistan Region and it will support its independence, said an Iraqi parliament member. Renas Jano, a Kurdish member of the Iraqi ...

Number of IDPs from Western Mosul Rises to 526,000

BAS News - 2017-05-20 02:01
LEEDS — The number of Iraqi civilians who have been forced to flee the western parts of Mosul since the start of the military operation against the Islamic State (IS) has increased to 526,000, the Iraqi Ministry of Displacement and Migration said on Frid ...

Iraqi Forces Storm Mosul's Biggest District

BAS News - 2017-05-19 22:17
MOSUL — Iraqi forces managed to storm and recapture a part of the biggest district in western Mosul, killing a number of Islamic State (IS) militants in an airstrike. The Iraqi War Media Cell quoted the Nineveh Operations Commander, Lieutenant General Ab ...

Iraqi Forces Pushing Deeper Towards Last IS Stronghold in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-19 20:32
MOSUL — Yet another area has been recaptured by the Iraqi forces in western Mosul on Friday. The Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service recaptured the Rawshan area located in the northern region of western part of the city.After having failed to advance into th ...

Video shows Iraqi bulldozer take on Mosul car bomber

Reuters - 2017-05-19 19:35
LONDON (Reuters) - Dramatic footage released this week shows the moment a bulldozer driven by an Iraqi security force member tackles an explosive-filled car driven by a suicide bomber, offering a rare, close-up view of the fierce battle for control of Mos ...

Iraqi Turkmen working on making Kirkuk ‘a separate region’

E-Kurd - 2017-05-19 14:58
KIRKUK,— The spokesperson for Turkmen political parties in Kirkuk says that his people don’t want to be part of Kurdistan, that they do want a semi-independent region and they hope Turkey will help them with that. As one of Iraq’s smaller ethnic groups, ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – May 19, 2017

E-Kurd - 2017-05-19 14:58
Kurdistan PM expresses condolences on death of Gorran leader Nawshirwan Mustafa Erbil: Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani expressed his condolences on Friday (May 19) to the family of Change Movement (Gorran) lead ...

Gorran leader Nawshirwan Mustafa dies in Iraqi Kurdistan at age 73

E-Kurd - 2017-05-19 14:58
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The head of the Change (Gorran) Movement Nawshirwan Mustafa died on Friday morning at the age of 73 in Sulaimani city in Iraqi Kurdistan after taking medical care for nearly nine months in the UK. According to Gorran ...

Iraqi VP to Iranian Ambassador: Stop Your Intervention in Iraq

BAS News - 2017-05-19 12:14
ERBIL— In his first meeting with the new Iranian ambassador to Iraq, Iraqi Vice President Ayad al-Allawi demanded Iran to stop its interventions in the Iraq internal affairs. Elaph news reported that Allawi, who is also the leader of the National Accord, ...

Iraqi MP Calls for General Amnesty for IS Members

BAS News - 2017-05-19 08:51
He says he is ready to forgive those who killed his sons EEBIL— The members of the Islamic State (IS) organization also should benefit from the law of general amnesty in order to prevent the resurrection of the extremist organizations, said an MP to the ...

Over 200,000 More Civilians Expected to Escape Mosul: UN

BAS News - 2017-05-19 01:07
LODZ — With the military confrontations intensifying on a steady pace between the Iraqi army and Islamic State (IS) militants in Mosul, over 200,000 more civilians could be displaced as the result of the clashes, a senior United Nations humanitarian offi ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – May 18, 2017

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 14:12
Peshmerga defeats Islamic State assault in Khurmatu, killing several militants Tuz Khurmatu: Kurdish Peshmerga forces repelled a pre-dawn assault by Islamic State Daesh in the predominantly Kurdish town of Khurmatu in Iraq’s north Diyala province on Thur ...

Families who fled Iraq’s Mosul forced back, says HRW

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 14:12
BEIRUT,— The Iraqi army and other local security forces have forced over 300 displaced families to return to west Mosul neighborhoods still under risk of attack by the Islamic State (also known as ISIS), Human Rights Watch said on Thursday. The families, ...

Flights between Iraqi Kurdistan and Syria to resume

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
SULAIMANI/HEWLÊR, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Airlines are set to resume flights between Iraq’s Kurdistan Region and Syria on Wednesday after nearly a decade of absence. Officials from Sulaimani International Airport said preparations for flights between t ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – May 11, 2017

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
Lahur Talabani: Gorran-PUK bilateral agreement will be fulfilled Sulaimani: The bilateral agreement between the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and Change Movement (Gorran) will be fulfilled, a member of PUK’s central council said. PUK Central Council ...

Iraqi forces move to surround Islamic State-held Mosul’s Old City

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
BAGHDAD,— U.S.-backed Iraqi forces were moving to surround Mosul’s Old City on Thursday, a week after launching a fresh push to drive Islamic State militants from areas they still hold, according to an Iraqi officer overseeing the operation. Iraqi specia ...

Kurdish teenager dies after receiving wrong injection in Iraqi Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— A Kurdish teenager who was given a wrong injection near Chamchamal north of Sulaimani died, after a ten day stay in a hospital in Sulaimani in Iraqi Kurdistan, the family of the child said on Thursday. The child’s fam ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – May 12, 2017

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
South Korea to relax travel restrictions to Iraq, citing business Erbil: South Korea will start to roll back its travel ban to Iraq amid a rise in business travel requests and the Iraqi forces’ gains in Mosul. The South Korean Foreign Ministry in Seoul a ...

Commercial flights between Iraqi Kurdistan and Syria postponed

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Syrian authorities canceled the first commercial flight scheduled between Sulaimani, Iraqi Kurdistan, and Damascus Airport on Wednesday, without offering explanations or rescheduling, said a Kurdish official. Tahir Ab ...

Mosul battle ‘will end before Ramadan’, says Iraqi army chief

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
MOSUL,— Iraqi security forces are only days away from completing the operation to recapture Mosul from so-called Islamic State, the army’s chief of staff says. Lt Gen Othman al-Ghanimi told the BBC he hoped the jihadist group would be defeated in the cit ...
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