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Iraqi Police Killed Senior IS Judge in Mosul's Old City

BAS News - 2017-08-09 23:47
ERBIL — Iraqi Federal Police forces killed a senior Islamic State (IS) judge in a raid in western Mosul’s Old City on Wednesday as the forces continue to clear the city from any remaining IS presence. Shaker Jawdat, chief at the Iraqi federal Police said ...

Iraqi Forces Impose Curfew in Mosul's Old City

BAS News - 2017-08-08 23:36
ERBIL — Curfew has been imposed in Mosul's Old City following reports of an armed group of men hiding in tunnels and houses in the area, Iraqi Federal Police announced on Tuesday. According to a statement released by the Iraqi Federal Police, the claims ...

Iraqi Forces Arrest IS Intelligence Official in Eastern Mosul

BAS News - 2017-08-08 16:09
MOSUL — Iraqi security forces arrested a senior intelligence official of the so-called Islamic State (IS) in the eastern areas of Mosul, a security source said on Tuesday. The source, who spoke to Shafaaq News on condition of anonymity, said that the Ira ...

Iraqi Army Continues Security Measures in Liberated Mosul

BAS News - 2017-08-08 00:14
ERBIL — The Iraqi army will continue being responsible for security in the recently liberated city of Mosul until the local federal police forces restore their pre-Islamic State (IS) capabilities, a military spokesperson said on Monday. According to Brig ...

Civilians in Anbar Rely on Themselves for Protection From IS

BAS News - 2017-08-08 00:14
ERBIL — Civilians in Iraq’s Anbar Province are relying on themselves for protection, as they believe the work of the Iraqi Security forces is ineffective in regards to attacks by the Islamic State (IS). According to one of the residents in the town of Hi ...

Tel Affar: IS Militants Digging Trenches, Preparing to Resist

BAS News - 2017-08-05 23:30
ERBIL — Islamic State (IS) militants have started digging trenches inside and around the northern Iraqi town of Tel Affar as the Iraqi government forces a preparing for a major assault on the extremist group there. The IS leadership has also put its jiha ...

Iraqi Forces Discover Network of Tunnels Used by IS in West Mosul

BAS News - 2017-08-05 23:30
ERBIL — Iraqi forces discovered a long network of tunnels used by the Islamic State (IS) militants in the recently liberated areas of western Mosul, Iraqi Federal Police commander said on Saturday. Lieutenant General Raed Shaker Jawdat, commander of the ...

Kirkuk Refuses to Cooperate with Baghdad's Plan to Ship Its Oil to Iran

BAS News - 2017-08-05 16:17
ERBIL — Kirkuk province refuses to cooperate with the plans made between the Iraqi government and Iran to ship its oil to Iran because the province has not been consulted on the plan, Kirkuk provincial officials said. Kurdish forces took control of some ...

Nine Islamic State militants killed in Kirkuk air raid

Waar Media - 2017-08-04 13:34
WAAR-DUHOK: Iraqi warplanes killed nine Islamic State militants while moving in a convoy for an attack on security forces near Salahuddin, a local source in Kirkuk was quoted saying on Friday. Alsumaria News quoted the source saying that the strike, carr ...

13 IS Militants Killed South of Mosul

BAS News - 2017-08-04 13:29
ERBIL— Clashes between Iraqi forces and Islamic State (IS) militants near Shirqat district of Nineveh Friday left behind 13 militants dead. Capt. Amir Wathiq, from Nineveh police service, told BasNews that the militants had infiltrated Hud village near S ...

UK to Continue Supporting Iraq Against IS

BAS News - 2017-08-03 23:27
BAGHDAD — Great Britain's Chief of the Armed Forces, Air Chief Marshal Stuart Peach, affirmed on Thursday that his country will continue supporting the Iraqi government, in regards to the liberation of the remaining territories held by the so-called Isla ...

Five Brigades Excluded from Tal Afar Operation

BAS News - 2017-07-30 20:58
ERBIL— Five brigades of the Iraqi armed forces who are mainly from Tal Afar have been excluded from the operation to liberate the town, stated a commander. Musa Ali Julaq, a commander of the Shi'ite Hashd al-Shaabi forces, stated on Sunday that the 92nd ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Submits Bill for Retirement of Troops: Spokesperson

BAS News - 2017-07-30 17:31
ERBIL— The Shi'ite Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitaries have submitted a bill to the Iraqi Council of Ministers for the duration of service and retirement of their forces. Ahmed al-Assadi, the spokesperson for the Shi'ite militias, told Iraqi media outlets on ...

Hashd Al-Shaabi to Participate in Tel Afar Assault: Abadi

BAS News - 2017-07-29 17:04
ERBIL — The Shi’ite Arab militia of Hashd al-Shaabi, along with other Iraqi forces, will take part in the offensive to retake the city of Tel Afar in west of Mosul from the Islamic State (IS), Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said on Saturday. Addres ...

At least 16 ISIS female jihadists detained in Mosul

Aranews - 2017-07-27 05:50
At least Sixteen jihadist women, including a 16-year-old German girl who ran away from home, have been arrested in Mosul as Iraqi forces re-captured the northern city from the Islamic State (ISIS). Three Iraqi intelligence officials told the Associated P ...

PKK Assisting Formation of Iran-backed Arab Mobilisation Forces in Rojava

BAS News - 2017-07-25 12:13
ERBIL — A number of Syrian Arab tribes in Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) are now working to establish a mobilisation armed force similar to the Iraqi Shi’ite Arab militias of Hashd al-Shaabi, a plan said to be supported by the Syrian regime and the Islamic Re ...

Peshmerga Commanders Call on Baghdad to Schedule Hawija Operation

BAS News - 2017-07-24 17:13
ERBIL — Commanders of Kurdistan Region Peshmerga forces call on Iraqi government to avoid further delaying the operation to liberate Hawija city in southern Kirkuk province from the Islamic State (IS). Sheikh Jaafar Mustafa, a senior commander of Peshmer ...

Islamic State loss of Mosul may presage greater victory in Iraq

Washington Times - 2017-07-24 15:20
The fight to drive Islamic State from Iraq will likely get tougher for Iraqi security forces and the U.S.-backed coalition supporting them, despite Baghdad securing one of the most important victories of the three-year war against the terrorist group. Th ...

10 IS Fleeing Members Killed near Syrian Borders

BAS News - 2017-07-23 18:07
ERBIL— While they were trying to flee to Syria, 10 Turkmen members of the Islamic State (IS) were killed on Sunday by the Iraqi forces southwest of Mosul. Lt. Col. Hussein Imad from Nineveh police service told BasNews that the extremists were moving from ...

5 Captives in IS Secret Jail in Nineveh Released

BAS News - 2017-07-22 18:38
ERBIL— Five people from a village of Nineveh province were freed from an Islamic State (IS) secret prison by the Iraqi forces. Cap. Mohammed Jasim, from Nineveh police, told BasNews on Saturday that the people from the village of Imam were released two d ...

IS Minister of Agriculture Arrested in West Mosul

BAS News - 2017-07-22 15:33
MOSUL — The minister of agriculture of the Islamic State (IS) was arrested on Saturday by the Iraqi security forces in west Mosul. Falah Rashid, IS minister of agriculture, was arrested on Saturday in the newly liberated western half of Mosul. An Iraqi m ...

Conflicts Between Shi’ite, Sunni Militias in Mosul on the Rise

BAS News - 2017-07-22 14:58
MOSUL — As the Mosul was announced fully liberated from the Islamic State (IS) militants after three years, conflicts between various Iraqi militia forces present in the city is on the rise. Earlier on 21st July, military confrontations broke out between ...

Mosul Victory Not Possible Without Peshmerga: Iraqi Envoy to US

BAS News - 2017-07-21 19:50
ERBIL — Iraq’s Ambassador to the US, Farid Yassin, has said that the liberation of Mosul from the Islamic State (IS) militants would have not been achieved without the vital role of Kurdish Peshmerga forces. “The great victory [Mosul liberation] would no ...

Suicide bomber kills 3 army soldiers west of Mosul

Waar Media - 2017-07-21 14:39
WAAR-DUHOK: An Islamic State suicide bomber killed three Iraqi army soldiers at an area recaptured weeks ago by paramilitary forces west of Mosul, a police officer was quoted saying Thursday. Cap. Younis Aref, from Nineveh police department, told BasNews ...

Over 40,000 Civilians Killed in Mosul Battle: Ex-Iraqi Minister

BAS News - 2017-07-21 10:44
Hoshyar Zebari reveals some details of IS bribing Iraqi military forces ERBIL- During the nine months of the battle to retake Mosul from the Islamic State (IS), more than 40,000 civilians were killed by the parties to the war, as stated by the former Ira ...

World Bank Ready to Increase Long-term Support for Post-IS Iraq

BAS News - 2017-07-20 00:32
IZMIR — The World Bank announced on Wednesday it would shore up support for the long-term reconstruction of areas affected by the war against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, recently liberated by the Iraqi forces. The Iraqi government released a statemen ...

IS Commanders Seek Smugglers' Assistance to Flee Tal Afar

BAS News - 2017-07-19 19:40
ERBIL— While the Iraqi forces are preparing to launch the operation to free Tal Afar, Nineveh province, the besieged Islamic State (IS) militants and their foreign and Iraqi commanders are trying to flee the district. Col. Khaled Jiwari from Nineveh poli ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Militias Kidnap Iraqi Army, Police Forces: MP

BAS News - 2017-07-19 12:03
BAGHDAD — The Shi’ite militia groups of Hashd al-Shaabi have gone out of control by kidnapping official Iraqi security, police and army forces across the country, said a lawmaker. MP Hamid Mutlag told al-Arabiya that such arbitrary actions by the Hashd a ...

Humanitarian Crisis Threatening 20,000 Lives in Shirqat

BAS News - 2017-07-18 16:39
The district is under siege by the Iraqi forces TIKRIT — The Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights said that lack of food is threatening the lives of 20 thousand civilians on the left coast of Shirqat district, north of Tikrit, in Salahaddin province. Accor ...

[IN PICTURES]: Three More Yezidi Girls Rescued in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-07-18 10:43
They are suffering from terrible psychological problems ERBIL — As the Iraqi forces are clearing the newly liberated areas in west Mosul from the remaining Islamic State (IS) elements, three more Kurdish Yezidis were rescued on Monday. Barakat Shamo, the ...

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 ...

Peshmerga Commander Stresses Close Coordination for Hawija Operation

BAS News - 2017-07-17 13:12
KIRKUK — For Hawija operation, there needs to be a full coordination between the Iraqi army and Peshmerga forces, said a Peshmerga commander on Monday. Kamal Kirkuki, Commander of Peshmerga Forces in Kirkuk’s southern front line, told BasNews that close ...

IN PICTURES: Two Kurdish Yezidi Children Freed from IS

BAS News - 2017-07-17 11:20
DUHOK — As the Iraqi forces are clearing the newly-liberated Mosul from the remaining Islamic State (IS) elements, two more Kurdish Yezidi children were liberated on Sunday. Hussein Qaidi, head of Kurdistan Region's office for Yezidi Abductees' Affairs, ...

Captured Woman in Mosul Identified to Be an IS Member Not a Yezidi Girl

BAS News - 2017-07-16 17:08
ERBIL — Iraqi forces on Saturday captured an Islamic State (IS) female sniper, reportedly of Russian nationality. She was later announced to be a Yezidi abducted girl. After pictures of the IS sniper were released, a Yezidi family whose daughter has been ...

Iraqi Forces Capture 20 IS Suspects in Mosul's Old City

BAS News - 2017-07-16 15:34
SOFIA — About 20 suspected members of the so-called Islamic State (IS) were captured by the Iraqi elite Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) units in the past few days in an underground tunnel in Mosul's Old City, Turkish media reported on Sunday. According t ...

13 IS Militants Killed in Western Anbar Province

BAS News - 2017-07-16 14:38
ANBAR — 13 Islamic State (IS) militants were killed by a military operation of al-Jazeera Operations Command forces in Anbar province on Sunday, a source from the command said. "Intelligence information enabled the Iraqi army and al-Jazeera Operations to ...

More Than 250 IS Members Arrested in West Mosul

BAS News - 2017-07-15 19:29
MOSUL — More than 250 Islamic State (IS) members were arrested in Mosul on Saturday, five days after the city was announced liberated, the Joint Operations Command reported. According to a statement, made by the Joint Operations Command, the Iraqi forces ...

Yezidi Abducted Girl Mistaken for IS Sniper

BAS News - 2017-07-15 18:54
ERBIL— A girl who was captured and identified by the Iraqi forces as a Russian sniper of the Islamic State (IS) organization is in reality an abducted Yezidi girl, her family confirms. After seeing the photo of their daughter in the reports, Nzal Khalid ...

PICTURE: Russian IS Sniper Captured in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-07-15 16:10
MOSUL — As the operations to clear Mosul from the remaining Islamic State (IS) militias continue, the Iraqi forces on Saturday captured a Russian national female sniper of the jihadist group. Media activists close to the Iraqi army published a photograph ...

McGurk: War against ISIS not over yet

Waar Media - 2017-07-14 15:29
WAAR-DUHOK: Even though the Iraqi forces, backed by a US-led global coalition, have achieved their biggest success against ISIS by liberating the key city of Mosul, the war against the terrorist group is not over yet, says a top envoy. “This thing is not ...

Hadi Ameri: Conspiracy Against Hash Forces Underway

BAS News - 2017-07-14 10:21
ERBIL— The leader of the Iraqi Shi'ite paramilitaries on Thursday criticized the Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi for not paying tribute to the role of Hashd al-Shaabi forces in liberating Mosul, noting there are plots against the Shi'ite paramilitar ...

Footages Show Iraqi Troops Beating and Killing Detainees

BAS News - 2017-07-13 23:12
ERBIL — Iraqi security forces appear in a footage, reportedly shot in Mosul, executing and brutally beating allegedly Islamic State (IS) detainees, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday. The circulated videos "appear to show Iraqi soldiers and federa ...

Yezidis Ask Iraqi Forces to Assist Them in Finding Their Abductees

BAS News - 2017-07-13 16:05
ERBIL — The son of the Yezidi community’s leader emphasized on their utmost efforts to uncover the fate of thousands of Yezidis who are still held in captivity of the Islamic State (IS), calling on the government forces and security institutions to assis ...

Kurdish independence vote causes concern among Iraqi leaders

Washington Times - 2017-07-13 14:55
Even with U.S.-backed Iraqi forces driving the last Islamic State fighters from Mosul, a big new cloud looms over the country's fragile stability if Iraqi Kurds go ahead with a planned referendum on independence from Baghdad, the top American commander i ...

Amnesty: Iraqi Forces Have Conducted Unlawful Attacks in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-07-11 23:34
ERBIL — Amnesty International released a statement on Tuesday, saying the so-called Islamic State (IS) has frequently violated international humanitarian laws throughout the nearly three years of controlling the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, but they hav ...

Global Coalition statement on the Liberation of Mosul

The Global Coalition - 2017-07-11 20:26
The Coalition welcomes Prime Minister al-Abadi’s announcement of Iraq’s victory in Mosul and we congratulate the Iraqi Security Forces on their remarkable progress in defeating Daesh. ...

Mosul after its liberation from the IS

KurdPress - 2017-07-11 09:49
Iraqi Counter-Terrorism forces stated Monday, July 10, that the liberated the city and the operation in Mosul is now confined only to searching and chasing the IS elements. ...

Iraqi Security Forces Liberate Mosul – Coalition statement

The Global Coalition - 2017-07-11 00:49
The Coalition welcomes Prime Minister al-Abadi's announcement of Iraq's victory in Mosul and we congratulate the Iraqi Security Forces on their remarkable progress against ISIS while making extraordinary efforts to safeguard civilian lives. ...

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 ...

Iraq Celebrates Victory Over ISIS in Mosul

The Kurdish Project - 2017-07-10 22:08
The following article was originally published in Slate. The Iraqi government celebrated Sunday as it declared that the country’s armed forces had defeated ISIS in the militants’ former stronghold of Mosul after a nine-month campaign. Although heavy figh ...

Masrour Barzani Sends Congratulatory Message over Liberating Mosul

BAS News - 2017-07-10 20:09
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region Security Council Chancellor Masrour Barzani on Monday evening congratulated the Iraqi security forces, Peshmerga and the international coalition forces for liberating the city of Mosul. Barzani posted on his Twitter account the co ...

Iraqi PM Announces Victory over IS in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-07-10 19:55
ERBIL— Nearly nine months since the onset of the major operation to liberate Mosul on Monday evening Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi declared the success of the operation. From the base of the Counter-Terrorism forces in eastern Mosul, Abadi, in mil ...

Iraqi PM in Mosul to Declare Victory over IS

BAS News - 2017-07-09 17:23
MOSUL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived in Mosul on Sunday and congratulated the armed forces for the victory they have scored over Islamic State (IS) after nearly 9 months of fierce fighting. "The commander in chief of the armed forces [Pri ...

Iraqi Forces Announce Complete Liberation of Mosul

BAS News - 2017-07-09 00:25
MOSUL — Iraqi security forces announced the complete liberation of Mosul from the so-called Islamic State (IS), after nearly nine months of fighting the extremist group. The Iraqi forces recaptured the last IS-held area in Mosul's Old City district on Sa ...

35 IS Militants Killed While Fleeing Mosul's Old City

BAS News - 2017-07-09 00:02
MOSUL — At least 35 members of the Islamic State (IS) were killed in a failed attempt to flee western Mosul on Saturday, according to the Iraqi military. The Iraqi forces further detained another 6 IS militants, who also tried to escape the battlefield i ...

IS Militants Vow to Fight Until "Martyrdom" in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-07-08 19:31
MOSUL — Islamic State (IS) militants vow to fight to death, as the Iraqi forces are advancing towards liberating the last square meters held by the extremist group in western Mosul. According to a statement by the IS news agency, Amaq, the extremists wil ...

Iraqi government forces retake hospital near Mosul’s Old City

E-Kurd - 2017-07-07 14:31
MOSUL,— Iraqi forces have recaptured a hospital and other medical facilities in west Mosul, further isolating Islamic State group holdouts in the Old City, officers said. The country’s security forces are in the final stages of the gruelling battle to re ...

Islamic State female suicide bombers kill 15 in Iraq’s Mosul

E-Kurd - 2017-07-07 14:31
MOSUL,— The Islamic State group is striking back as Iraqi forces are on the cusp of full victory in Mosul, sending female suicide bombers to target soldiers as the battle for the country’s second-largest city nears its end. At least 15 people were killed ...

PUK security forces detain Iranian Kurdish activist in Iraqi Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2017-07-07 14:31
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Kurdish PUK security (Asayish) forces detained an activist in Penjwen district east of the city of Sulaimani, the family and a friend of the activist said. Iqbal Muradi, who is a friend of activist Adnan Rashid, told ...

Iraqi PM Abadi congratulates troops on ‘big victory’ in Mosul

E-Kurd - 2017-07-07 14:31
MOSUL,— Iraq’s prime minister on Tuesday congratulated his fighters on “the big victory in Mosul” – even as fighting with Islamic State militants continued in Mosul’s Old City neighborhood where Iraqi forces are about 250 meters from the Tigris River and ...

300 Islamic State fighters holed up in Mosul, Iraqi commander says

E-Kurd - 2017-07-07 14:31
MOSUL,— Some 300 Islamic State fighters remain in the small patch of territory still controlled by the group in Mosul’s Old City, a senior Iraqi commander said Wednesday. Lt. Gen. Sami al-Aridi of Iraq’s special forces told The Associated Press that the ...

KDP releases four Syria’s YPG foreign fighters arrest in Iraqi Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2017-07-07 14:31
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Four foreign fighters from the People’s Protection Units (YPG) of Syrian Kurdistan who KDP security (Asayish) forces arrested in Akre in Iraqi Kurdistan on June 24 have been released. The British and Swedish YPG vo ...

Tensions rise between Iraqi civilians and govt forces in Mosul

E-Kurd - 2017-07-07 14:31
MOSUL,— “Don’t stop!” the Iraqi special forces lieutenant yelled as a wave of fleeing civilians trudged past his position in Mosul’s Old City in the scorching heat. “Don’t pretend you’re tired! Keep going!” Nearby, dozens of women and children, their han ...

Three IS Militants Chasing Fleeing Yezidi Girl Killed

BAS News - 2017-07-06 17:00
The Yezidi girl escaped to safety ERBIL— While trying to stop a Yezidi girl from escaping, three Islamic State (IS) militants were killed by the Iraqi forces. Iraqi War Media Cell reported on Thursday that they girl was chased by the militants when she t ...

IS Guns down Iraqi Commander in Mosul's Old City

BAS News - 2017-07-06 17:00
ERBIL— A commander of the Iraqi Rapid Reaction Forces was killed on Thursday in the right bank of Mosul, according to a security source. The informed source, who was not identified by Iraqi media outlets, said Lt. Col. Hamid Mohammed, who commanded the f ...

IS Chief Al-Baghdadi’s Senior Assistant Killed in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-07-06 14:56
MOSUL — The Iraqi forces killed the general assistant of the Islamic State (IS) chief Abu Bakir al-Baghdadi on Thursday while advancing in al-Maidan, the last IS-held neighbourhood in Old City district in west Mosul. Iraqi forces are engaged in violent s ...

Mosul: 80 Meters Left from Last IS-held Area to Be Retaken: Commander

BAS News - 2017-07-06 11:35
MOSUL — The Iraqi counterterrorism forces continue to advance in al-Maidan, the last neighbourhood held by the Islamic State (IS) in Old City district in west Mosul, said the commander counterterrorism forces on Thursday. Lieutenant General Abdul Wahab a ...

No More Than 300 IS Militants Remaining in Mosul's Old City

BAS News - 2017-07-05 23:49
MOSUL — No more than 300 Islamic State (IS) militants remain in the Old City district of Mosul, a senior Iraqi commander said on Wednesday. According to Lieutenant General Sami al-Aridi of the Iraqi special forces, who spoke to the Associated Press, the ...
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