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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. ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – May 14, 2017

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
Peshmerga thwart Islamic State attack in Tuz Khurmatu Tuz Khurmatu: Kurdish Peshmerga forces foiled an attack by Islamic State IS group (Daesh) militants in Tuz Khurmatu southeast of Kirkuk, a commander said. The head of Peshmerga frontlines in Tuz Khurm ...

Iraqi Kurdistan govt approves project to unify Peshmerga militia forces

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Iraqi Kurdistan’s Council of Ministers has agreed to the joint Peshmerga and US proposed plan that seeks to unify and reorganize the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the next ten years, a government official told Rudaw ...

Barzani warns Iraqi Shi’ite forces of nearing Yazidi area in Sinjar

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— After the Iraqi state-backed Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi forces started its campaigns to control villages around the Yazidi town of Sinjar (Shingal) over the weekend, Massoud Barzani opposed the group nearing Yazidi pop ...

Iraq says battle for Mosul nearly won as forces close in on Old City

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
BAGHDAD,— Iraqi forces have dislodged Islamic State from all but 12 square km of Mosul, a military spokesman said on Tuesday, after planes dropped leaflets into the city telling civilians the battle was nearly won. Seven months into the U.S.-backed campa ...

Turkey’s Kurdish HDP members still in detention in Erbil: envoy

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— A number of members of the Turkey’s Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) remain in detention in Iraqi Kurdistan capital city of Erbil after they were detained by security forces two months ago, the party’s repre ...

Kurdish MP Attacked by Shabak Mobilisation Forces

BAS News - 2017-05-17 03:06
ERBIL — Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament, Salim Shabaki, was attacked by the militia armed men of the Shabak Mobilisation Forces — also known as Hashd Shabaki — in an area of the Mosul Plains. The lawmaker stated that he was stopped in a checkpoint ...

IS Militants Kill Two Iraqi Soldiers in Western Anbar

BAS News - 2017-05-17 03:06
LEEDS — Islamic State (IS) militants on Tuesday targeted Iraqi forces on the Iraq-Jordan border, in western Anbar, leaving two soldiers dead and another three injured. A security source from the Anbar Operations Command who spoke to Al Journal News on co ...

IS on the Brink of Total Defeat in Mosul: Coalition's Spokesperson

BAS News - 2017-05-16 14:41
IS is controlling only 12 square km in west Mosul, an official says MOSUL — The Islamic State (IS) militants are controll only 12 square kilometers in western half of Mosul and the Iraqi forces have launched a massive operation to thrust into the last IS ...

IS Mass Grave Found Near Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-16 01:24
ISTANBUL — A grave containing multiple human corpses was discovered on Monday in an area recently recaptured from Islamic State (IS) militants in northern Iraq. Iraqi Army’s Counter-Terrorism Service forces discovered the grave contained bodies of 20 IS ...

28 IS Officials Killed in Mosul: Press Release

BAS News - 2017-05-15 19:37
ERBIL—Iraqi forces regained control over a large area in northwest Mosul and killed 28 officials of the Islamic State (IS) organization, according to a press release by the Iraqi Federal Police. The army on Monday retook some 15 squares kilometers of lan ...

Iraqi forces close in on Islamic State's Mosul stronghold

Reuters - 2017-05-15 14:14
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - U.S.-backed Iraqi forces pressed an advance on neighborhoods under Islamic State control in Mosul on Monday as they seek to dislodge fighters entrenched in a central mosque before the holy month of Ramadan. ...

Iraq: Shiite militias launch operation in southern Shingal

Ezîdî Press Kurdistan - 2017-05-13 19:20
Iraqi soldiers and militiamen of the so called Popular Mobilization Forces have announced the launch of an offensive aimed at retaking the south of the northern Iraqi Shingal region. On Friday morning, Shiite-led Iraqi troops advanced on the Ezidi village ...

Iraqi Forces Regain Further Ground in Western Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-13 00:45
LEEDS — The Iraqi security forces managed to liberate two more districts in the western part of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul from the so-called Islamic State (IS). Lieutenant General Abdulamir Yarallah, Commander of "We Are Coming Nineveh" Operations ...

IS Expected to Scale up Attacks During Ramadan: ISW

BAS News - 2017-05-12 16:08
IS has been expanding its area of attack to further strain on the Iraqi forces ISTANBUL — Islamic State (IS) militants are expected to intensify their attacks in Iraq during the month of Ramadan which begins on May 26, according to the US-based think tan ...

Mosul: Iraqi Forces Retake New District, Kill 2 IS Leaders

BAS News - 2017-05-12 16:08
MOSUL ‌‌— Iraqi government forces recaptured another Islamic State (IS)-held area in western Mosul on Friday. The Iraqi Army’s Counter-Terrorism Service recaptured the Islah al-Zeraee district, said commander of the Nineveh Operations, Abdul-Amir Yaralla ...

End of Mosul Battle Matter of Days: Official

BAS News - 2017-05-12 01:09
ISTANBUL — The operation to recapture Iraq's Mosul from Islamic State (IS) militants may soon reach its end. The operation may be complete in a matter of days, Iraqi Army Lieutenant General Othman al-Ghanimi told the BBC. "The [Iraqi] security forces are ...

US Congressman Supports Direct Arms Transfers to Peshmerga

BAS News - 2017-05-10 16:10
ERBIL — Directly supplying the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces with arms is logical and imperative, according to US Congressman Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma). The Kurds are the “most reliable ally from the American standpoint. Most dangerous enemy from [Islamic S ...

Al-Maamel Area in Western Mosul Recaptured from IS

BAS News - 2017-05-10 11:08
MOSUL — Another Islamic State (IS) controlled area in western Mosul has been recaptured by the Iraqi government forces. The Iraqi army’s elite Counter-Terrorism Service forces took over the al-Maamel area on Wednesday, the Nineveh operations command said ...

Activists Blame Security Forces for Kidnapped Students in Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-05-10 01:03
LEEDS — A group of freedom advocates said on Tuesday that security apparatuses are responsible for the kidnapping of an Iraqi journalist and six students on Monday. The Press Freedom Advocacy Association in Iraq said that they believe an unidentified arm ...

Industrial Area of Mosul Fully Liberated

BAS News - 2017-05-09 19:06
20 IS militants were killed ERBIL— The Counter- Terrorism Forces of the Iraq have taken control of the industrial area of in western Mosul, raising Iraqi flag in the area, according to a report. Iraqi War Media Cell reported on Tuesday evening that the I ...

Iraqi forces chip away at last Islamic State-held districts in Mosul

Reuters - 2017-05-09 16:27
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Fly-blown corpses of Islamic State militants (IS) littered the streets of a district in Mosul on Tuesday as U.S.-backed Iraqi forces chipped away at the last remaining handful of districts under the jihadists' control. ...

[Watch] Shi'ite Militia Torturing Captives

BAS News - 2017-05-08 17:38
ERBIL— A video footage showing Shi'ite Popular Mobilization Forces (better known as Hashd al-Shaabi) torturing captives has gone viral on social media networks and Iraqi media outlets. The captives, who wear Arabic garments (dishdasha) and military unifo ...

Civilians complicate final phase of Mosul campaign: U.S. commander

Reuters - 2017-05-08 14:30
SOUTHWEST OF MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - The Islamic State fighters herded a group of civilians into a house in the city of Mosul and locked them inside as Iraqi forces advanced. Moments later, the militants entered through a window, lay low for a few minutes ...

Iraqi Forces Liberate Wadi Aqab Area in West Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-08 14:01
MOSUL — Within the operation to recapture the city of Mosul from Islamic State (IS) militants, the Iraqi forces announced on Sunday full liberation of Wadi Aqab industrial area in west Mosul, said a commander in Iraqi army’s elite Counter-Terrorism Servi ...

Three IS Militants Arrested While Swimming

BAS News - 2017-05-07 18:51
ERBIL— Iraqi forces apprehended three members of the Islamic State (IS) organization as they were trying to cross to western Mosul through the Tigris, Iraqi media outlets reported. Col. Hussein Falih al-Azzawi from Nineveh police was quoted in the report ...

Islamic State mounts fierce resistance on new Mosul front

Reuters - 2017-05-07 14:32
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces faced stiff resistance from Islamic State in northwest Mosul on Sunday after opening a new front against the militants there in a push to rout them from the city after seven months of fighting. ...

IS Militants Under Siege in Nine Districts of Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-06 21:42
MOSUL — With the Iraqi forces continuing advancing against the Islamic State (IS) in Mosul, the extremist group is said to be encircled in nine districts of the northern city. According to an updated map published by the Iraq’s Joint Operation Command, t ...

Day 168: Chronicles of the battle for Mosul

Seth Frantzman - 2017-05-06 20:05
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN ISIS is being defeated in Iraq. As Mosul falls to the Iraqi security forces after six months of conflict, many pieces are falling into place in […] ...

Flooding forces Mosul residents to flee war in rickety boats

Reuters - 2017-05-06 19:20
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - The Iraqi man laid the body of his wife, wrapped in a black shroud, gently on the bow of a small wooden boat and held onto it as a second man rowed slowly to pick up the man's three children standing a few meters away. ...

Police Torture a Teenager to Death in Karbala, Iraq

BAS News - 2017-05-06 18:10
He was arrested because he did not have his identity card with him ERBIL — Security forces in Karbala province in Iraq arrested a 16-year-old teenager without an arrest warrant and tortured him to death. Baghdad-based Iraqi al-Mwatana Community for Human ...

Iraqi Forces Retake Further Areas in West Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-06 17:50
MOSUL — The Hawi al-Kanisah area as well as 50 percent of the 17 Tamuz neighbourhood in western Mosul have been recaptured by the Iraqi forces. “The Rapid Response forces now control 50 percent of 17 Tamuz region after killing more than 40 Islamic State ...

Turkey Likely to Strike "PKK's New Offshoot" in Sinjar: MP

BAS News - 2017-05-06 16:55
ERBIL— The new party "which is founded by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)" will fall victim to the policies of the PKK and get targeted by the Turkish armed forces, warned a Kurdish MP to the Iraqi House of Representatives. PKK's tactics to incorporat ...

At Least 30 IS Militants Killed After New Front Opened in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-05 21:31
ERBIL — Pushing deeper into the areas held by the Islamic State (IS) in Mosul, the Iraqi forces on Friday killed at least 30 jihadists during fierce confrontations, a military source confirmed. An IS high-ranking member in Mosul, known as Hassan Jum’a, i ...

US-Iraq Discuss Prolonging US Military Presence After IS

BAS News - 2017-05-05 08:43
ERBIL- The Iraqi government and the US administration are involved in talks to keep the American forces in Iraq for a longer duration after the war against the Islamic State (IS) is concluded, according to a report by the Associated Press. The report quo ...

New Territorial Gains Against IS in Northwest Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-05 00:26
LEEDS — The Iraqi forces continue advancing against the so-called Islamic State (IS) in western Mosul, as they liberate new areas in northwest of the city, military official said on Thursday. Lieutenant General Abdul-Amir Yarallah, commander of the Ninev ...

IS Executes 14 Own Members

BAS News - 2017-05-05 00:26
ERBIL — Islamic State (IS) has recently executed 14 members of its own after accusing them of escaping the battlefield against the Iraqi forces in north of the country. A security source from Kirkuk has revealed that the IS Deputy Governor of Diyala, kno ...

IS Continues Using Drones Against Iraqi Forces in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-04 02:37
LEEDS — The so-called Islamic State (IS) extremist group continues using drones in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, former commander for the Operation Inherent Resolve Task Forces said on Wednesday. According to Colonel Brett Sylvia, a former commander ...

Iraqi Forces Discover Large IS Weapons Cache in West Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-03 17:52
MOSUL — Iraqi forces discovered a large weapons cache belonging to the so-called Islamic State (IS) in western Mosul. According to Major Maan al-Saadi, a commander for the Iraqi army's Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) said that a team of special forces ca ...

IS Once Again Attacks Civilians in Mosul with Chemical Weapons

BAS News - 2017-05-03 01:06
LEEDS — The so-called Islamic State (IS) once again used chemical weapons against civilians and Iraqi forces in the southwest part of Mosul on Sunday. According to a local source who spoke to Sputnik, the IS militants in southwestern Mosul used a chemica ...

PKK Raises Iraqi Flag over Its Headquarters in Sinjar

BAS News - 2017-05-02 09:26
SINJAR — Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) forces in the Yezidi major district of Sinjar has decided to hoist the Iraqi flag over its headquarters in the district. A confidential source revealed to BasNews that the PKK commanders in Sinjar decided in a meet ...

Mosul: Multiple IS Militants Killed, New Areas Recaptured

BAS News - 2017-05-02 01:26
ISTANBUL — A large portion of the al-Zanjili district in western Mosul has been recaptured from Islamic State (IS) militants by the Iraqi forces, according to a source from the Iraqi army. “Security forces were able to control wide parts in al-Zanjili di ...

Shi'ite Forces Take Down Kurdistan Flag in Nineveh: Official

BAS News - 2017-05-01 18:07
He demands Iraqi government to withdraw the force after liberation of Mosul ERBIL— By attacking the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in Nineveh province and taking down the Kurdistan Region's flag, the Shi'ite Popular Mobilization Forces display their ...

Iraqi Military Photojournalist Killed in Hadar, West of Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-01 18:07
MOSUL — The Iraqi Observatory for Press Freedom said on Monday that a military photographer was killed in Hadar town, west of Mosul, which was fully liberated by the Iraqi forces a few days ago. The Iraqi military photographer Hassan Naji al-Abidi who wa ...
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