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IS Governor of Hawija Killed

BAS News - 2017-09-21 00:54
ERBIL — The Islamic State (IS)-appointed governor of Hawija was killed in an airstrike on Wednesday prior to a massive operation to fully liberate the city form the extremist group. Military sources identified the IS governor as Hassan Wali Bayati, known ...

No Plan Yet to Include Peshmerga in Hawija Assault: Official

BAS News - 2017-09-20 19:19
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has said that there is no agreement yet to include the Peshmerga forces in an imminent military operation to liberate Hawija from Islamic State (IS). The Secretary General for Peshmerga Ministry, Jabbar Yaw ...

SDF: Raqqa campaign in final stages

Waar Media - 2017-09-20 15:01
WAAR-DUHOK: The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Wednesday its campaign to capture Raqqa from Islamic State (ISIS) was in its final stages and its fighters had seized 80 percent of the city. The SDF said in a statement it had opened a n ...

Iran: Two Kurds Executed

BAS News - 2017-09-20 11:18
ERBIL — Judicial authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran have reportedly carried out the execution sentences for two Kurdish individuals in the western province of Lorestan. According to Human Rights Activists News Agency (HERANA), the two Kurdish ci ...

Over 90% of Raqqa Recaptured by SDF: Monitor

BAS News - 2017-09-20 11:18
ERBIL — The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have cleared 90% of the city of Raqqa from the Islamic State (IS) militants, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). “The battle of Raqqa nears to its end after the [Islamic] State retre ...

US Delivers 120 Trucks of Weapons to SDF: Report

BAS News - 2017-09-19 20:49
ERBIL — The US government has reportedly sent a new shipment of weapons and ammunitions to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as part of the military operations against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria. According to Sputnik, 120 trucks, packed with standa ...

Iran’s Senior Military Delegation Meets with PKK

BAS News - 2017-09-19 17:22
ERBIL — A senior delegation from the Islamic Republic of Iran has reportedly visited Kurdistan Region’s Qandil Mountainous areas where the leadership of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is stationed. The Iranian officials during their covert trip on Monday ...

Iraqi Army Commences Attack on Last IS-held Towns in Anbar

BAS News - 2017-09-19 14:56
ANBAR — Iraqi security forces and paramilitary units launched early Tuesday a massive offensive against one of the Islamic State (IS) group's last bastions in the western Anbar Province near Syria’s border. Iraqi Joint Operations Command said on Tuesday ...

Female Peshmerga Fighter Receives ‘Global Hope Coalition’ Award

BAS News - 2017-09-19 14:56
ERBIL — Kurdish female Peshmerga fighter, who has been fighting on the forefront of the war against Islamic State (IS) for the past several years, received the prestigious award of ‘Global Hope Coalition’ on Monday for her outstanding work against extrem ...

Detained Families of Foreign IS Militants Moved to a Mosul Military Base

BAS News - 2017-09-19 12:39
MOSUL — The Iraqi security forces have reportedly moved over 1,000 family members of the foreign Islamic State (IS) insurgents from a camp to a military base in the north of Mosul. According to media reports, the total number of the detained individuals ...

Hawija: Leaflets Urge IS Militants to Surrender

BAS News - 2017-09-19 12:39
KIRKUK — Thousands of leaflets have been dropped over the territories remaining under the control of Islamic State (IS) in southwest of Kirkuk, urging the jihadists to surrender. Kurdish Peshmerga Commander Kamal Kirkuki told BasNews that the leaflets al ...

Yezidi MP Demands Use of Detained IS Families to Find Missing Yezidis

BAS News - 2017-09-19 12:39
ERBIL — The Kurdish Yezidi MP Vian Dakhil expressed surprise at Iraqi government’s lenient treatment towards the detained Islamic State women and children while thousands of Iraqis, particularly Yezidis, are still in the hands of the extremists. “We are ...

Senior IS Commander Killed in Airstrike Near Qaim

BAS News - 2017-09-19 01:35
ERBIL — A senior security commander of the so-called Islamic State (IS) was killed on Monday, as a result of an airstrike on positions controlled by the extremist group in western Anbar, an Iraqi security source said. US-led coalition warplanes carried o ...

McGurk, Jihadi John and the rest

BAS News - 2017-09-18 18:09
The recent statements by Brett McGurk, the US Special Presidential Envoy for the War against Islamic State, which were made during a press conference about Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum, have caused concerns among people. The public opinion ...

IS Preacher in Hit Arrested upon Requesting Salary

BAS News - 2017-09-17 23:06
ERBIL— Iraqi intelligence service on Sunday arrested the preacher of the Islamic State (IS) organization in the town of Hit, in Anbar province. Iraqi media reported an informed source as saying Mullah Salih Abdullah Jubair was arrested as he submitted a ...

Half of IS Families Detained in Mosul are Turkish: Iraqi PM

BAS News - 2017-09-17 23:06
ERBIL — Around a half of the hundreds of families held in a camp near Mosul for suspected links to the so-called Islamic State (IS) are Turkish nationals, said the Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi. According to a statement made by the Iraqi PM, ma ...

Number of IS Supporters Increase Online

BAS News - 2017-09-17 23:06
ERBIL — “Dedicated supporters" of the so-called Islamic State (IS) are growing online, Europol warned on Friday. According to a statement made by the European policing agency, the extremist group is using online social platforms and apps to keep its infl ...

Iraqi Army Says 1,500 IS Militants Surrendered in Tel Afar

BAS News - 2017-09-17 17:04
Iraqi Air Force dropped thousands of leaflets on Hawija city ERBIL — Iraqi army said that 1,500 Islamic State (IS) militants surrendered to the Iraqi forces during the battle of Tel Afar district, west of Mosul. The Iraqi Air Force dropped leaflets on IS ...

More Than 30 IS Militants Killed in West Mosul

BAS News - 2017-09-17 17:04
MOSUL — More than thirty members of the Islamic State (IS) were killed in an operation in western Mosul, the pro-government paramilitary announced on Sunday. According to Ahmed Nasrallah, the deputy commander of the 13th Brigade of the Shi'ite Arab milit ...

Canadian Special Forces to Assist Iraqis in Hawija Battle

BAS News - 2017-09-17 17:04
ERBIL — Canadian special forces who assisted the Iraqi and Peshmerga troops in the battle of Mosul moved into Kirkuk for backing up the Iraqi forces in the offensive to retake the Islamic State group's last stronghold of Hawija. The Iraqi military, Kurdi ...

Six Yezidi Women and Children Freed from IS

BAS News - 2017-09-17 17:04
DUHOK — Six Kurdish Yezidi women and children whom were once abducted by the Islamic State (IS), have been freed from the grip of the extremist group, confirmed an official. Among them is a woman, identified as Shirin Dakhil, with three of her children, ...

IS attacks US military base in Makhmour

KurdPress - 2017-09-17 13:21
Four Islamic State (IS) militants launched a failed attack late Saturday night on a US military base in the Makhmour area in northern Iraq. ...

White House urges Kurdistan Region to call of referendum

KurdPress - 2017-09-16 11:41
The White House has said the plan for an independence referendum in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region later this month distracts from efforts to defeat the Islamic State (IS) and urged Kurdish leaders to call off the vote. ...

ISIS execute senior leader for fleeing Kirkuk stronghold

Waar Media - 2017-09-15 14:59
WAAR-DUHOK: Islamic State (ISIS) militants have executed a senior leader for attempting to flee the group’s stronghold in southwestern Kirkuk, a local source was quoted saying on Friday. Iraqi news website SNG quoted the source saying that the so-nicknam ...

Gorran and Komal to boycott today’s parliament session

Waar Media - 2017-09-15 14:59
WAAR-DUHOK: Gorran movement has decided to boycott the parliament session set for Friday evening, citing a breach of legal procedures leading up to the session, Shorsh Haji, a senior Gorran member told Kurdish media Friday. The Islamic Group (Komal) also ...

Pictures: Iran Opens Imam Khomeini School in Kurdish Shabak Areas

BAS News - 2017-09-14 11:47
ERBIL — Hoping to further increase its influence across Iraq, the Islamic Republic of Iran has recently opened a school in the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh, named after its late supreme leader Ruhollah Khomeini. According to the information obtaine ...

IS Stranded Convoy Arrives in IS-held Areas in Deir Ezzor, Syria

BAS News - 2017-09-14 11:47
ERBIL — The busloads of the Islamic State (IS) militants and their families stranded in the Syrian desert finally arrived in the IS-held territories of Der Azzor Province in eastern Syria. The IS convoy that set out from Lebanon’s Qalamoun town on August ...

IS Planning to Assassinate Journalists, Figures in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-09-13 20:16
ERBIL— Islamic State (IS) organization has plans to assassinate the journalists and public figures in the ethnically mixed city of Kirkuk, according to a report. Revealing the intent of the extremists, the Iraqi Observatory for Journalistic Freedom urged ...

Over 2,500 People Arrested in Kurdistan for Suspected Links with IS

BAS News - 2017-09-13 19:10
ERBIL— Some 2,625 people have been arrested by Kurdistan security forces for suspected links with the Islamic State (IS) organization since 2014, stated the Chairman of Kurdistan Region's Committee for Evaluating and Responding to International Reports. ...

IS Seeking to Attack Peshmerga in Name of Shi'ite Militias

BAS News - 2017-09-13 15:57
ERBIL— The Islamic State (IS) militants are trying to turn Peshmerga and Shi'ite paramilitaries in the town of Hawija against each other, warned a Peshmerga commander on Wednesday. Speaking to BasNews, Kamal Kirkuki who commands Peshmerga forces in weste ...

UK: Man Arrested for Joining YPG in Syria

BAS News - 2017-09-13 13:28
ERBIL — A British citizen who had joined the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units to help the fight against the Islamic State (IS), has been arrested upon his arrival back to his home country. Nottinghamshire police said that Aiden Aslin, 23, was bei ...

US Encourages Gorran, KIG to Help Parliament Reactivation

BAS News - 2017-09-13 13:28
ERBIL — As efforts stepped up to call the Kurdistan Region Parliament back into sessions, the US has engaged to convince the Change Movement (Gorran) and Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG) to take part in the process. A senior Kurdish official, who sought to ...

IS Investigation Officer in Hawija Killed by Iraqi Air Force

BAS News - 2017-09-13 10:57
KIRKUK — Iraqi war jets pounded Islamic State (IS) positions inside Hawija district in southern Kirkuk, leaving a senior commander of the group and four of his aides dead. Intelligence sources inside Hawija reported on Wednesday, the air strikes against ...

38 morts en la batalla per conquerir l'hospital de Raqqà

KurdisCat - 2017-09-13 10:36
La instal·lació sanitària continua en mans de l'Estat Islàmic (IS, Islamic State) després dels combats d'ahir. Situat a la part centre-oest de la ciutat siriana, l'hospital és amagatall, conjuntament amb el parc d'Al-Rashid, de desenes de membres de l'org ...

Coalition Airstrikes Kill at Least 14 IS Militants in Hawija

BAS News - 2017-09-12 22:16
ERBIL — At least 14 Islamic State (IS) members were killed in a series of airstrikes carried out by a US-led coalition in Iraq’s northern Kirkuk province, a local security source said on Tuesday. According to Khalid al-Numan, a police officer in Kirkuk, ...

Over 100,000 Hawija Civilians Displaced Since August 2016

BAS News - 2017-09-12 19:53
ERBIL — More than 100,000 civilians have been displaced from Islamic State (IS)-held city of Hawija between August 2016 and September 2017, said the Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights. The majority of the internally displaced persons (IDP) have entered t ...

Barzani and McGurk to Meet in Erbil on Septembet 13

Waar Media - 2017-09-12 17:09
WAAR-DUHOK: The US Presidential Envoy to the Global Coalition against Islamic State Brett McGurk is expected to meet with Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani for talks over a number of issues, a Kurdish official said on Tuesday. Muhammed Haji Mahmu ...

Barzani and McGurk to Meet in Erbil

BAS News - 2017-09-12 14:46
ERBIL — The US Presidential Envoy to the Global Coalition against Islamic State Brett McGurk is expected to meet with Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani for talks over a number of issues, a Kurdish official said on Tuesday. Muhammed Haji Mahmud, S ...

Three IS Suspects Captured in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-09-12 12:43
ERBIL — Kurdish security forces in Kirkuk captured overnight on Monday three Islamic State (IS) suspects who had previously been involved in the group’s acts of terrorism. The insurgents had previously been issued arrest warrants by a Kirkuk court, said ...

SDF Vows No Clash with Syrian Regime in Deir ez-Zor

BAS News - 2017-09-12 00:42
ERBIL — The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has promised not to clash with the Syrian Regime forces while both are advancing against Islamic State (IS) in Deir ez-Zor. "We have clear instructions that after Daesh is eliminated, we should not a ...

Iraqi Forces Send Reinforcements to Western Anbar

BAS News - 2017-09-12 00:42
ERBIL — Iraqi forces dispatched military reinforcements to the outskirts of Anah city in the western part of Anbar province, as part of the operation to retake the city from the so-called Islamic State (IS). According to Army Colonel Walid al-Duleimi, wh ...

Coalition Conducts 78 Airstrikes in Syria, Iraq Over The Weekend

BAS News - 2017-09-11 20:57
ERBIL — The US-led coalition carried out 78 airstrikes consisting of 91 engagements against the so-called Islamic State (IS) in both Syria and Iraq, the Jointly Task Forces said on Monday. The Coalition conducted 34 airstrikes near the Syrian city of Raq ...

80 IS Militants Killed in Northern Tel Afar

BAS News - 2017-09-11 20:17
ERBIL— In a mopping up operation against the remaining Islamic State (IS) fighters in northern Tel Afar (65 km west of Mosul), Iraqi forces eliminated 80 extremists, including 15 suicide-bombers. In a statement, Brig. Yahya Rasoul, the spokesperson for t ...

17 Fleeing IS Fighters Killed in Peshmerga Ambush

BAS News - 2017-09-11 18:05
Two of them exploded themselves ERBIL— A group of foreign Islamic State (IS) fighters who tried to escape from Tel Afar (65 km west of Mosul) to Syria were ambushed by Kurdistan Peshmerga forces and were all eliminated. The extremists tried to traverse P ...

1,400 Foreign Wives, Children of IS Suspects Held by Iraqi Authorities

BAS News - 2017-09-11 13:56
ERBIL — As the Islamic State (IS) is nearing its end in Iraq, Baghdad authorities revealed that they are holding 1,400 foreign wives and children of IS suspects. Cited by al-Arabia, unnamed Iraqi intelligence officers said that most of the women and chil ...

KRG Preparing to Rescue Yezidi Abductees ahead of Hawija Assault

BAS News - 2017-09-11 13:05
DUHOK — As the Iraqi armed forces are preparing for a massive operation to liberate the last Islamic State (IS)-held pocket in the country, the Kurdistan Regional Government is setting the ground to rescue the Kurdish Yezidi abductees held by the extremi ...

3,000 Christians Families Return to Liberated Areas of Mosul

BAS News - 2017-09-10 23:48
MOSUL — Nearly 3,000 Iraqi Christian families have been repatriated since the liberation of the Nineveh Province from the so-called Islamic State (IS), a local official said on Sunday. According to Dureid Hekmat, advisor for the governor of Nineveh in re ...

IS Chief of Intelligence in Iraq Killed: Kurdistan CTD

BAS News - 2017-09-10 23:30
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Counter Terrorism Directorate (CTD) has confirmed the killing of a senior Islamic State (IS) militant in western Iraq. In a statement published on its official Facebook page, the CTD said US-led coalition fighter jets killed IS ...

12 IS Militants Eliminated NE Diyala

BAS News - 2017-09-10 20:05
ERBIL— The Iraqi warplanes pounded Sunday the Islamic State (IS) posts in the villages northeast of Baquba (center of Diyala), killing 12 jihadists. Brig. Gen. Ali al-Azzawi, from Tigris Operation Command, was quoted in some media reports as saying the m ...

Kurdistan Referendum Will Not Delay Hawija Operation: MP

BAS News - 2017-09-10 17:50
ERBIL— The operation to retake the control of the Islamic State (IS)-held town of Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk, will launch before the end of September, said an Arab MP from Kirkuk on Sunday. Khaled al-Mafraj was cited by some Iraqi media reports as sayin ...

Kurdish-led SDF launch operation to liberate Deir al-Zor from ISIS

Waar Media - 2017-09-10 16:02
WAAR-DUHOK: The US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have launched an operation against the Islamic State (ISIS) in the north of Deir al-Zor Province in Syria, according to a statement on Saturday. Officials from the Deir al-Zor Military ...

IS Militants Attempting to Flee Hawija Ahead of the Assault

BAS News - 2017-09-10 10:48
KIKRUK — The Islamic State (IS) militants in Hawija, southern Kirkuk, are attempting to flee ahead of the imminent battle on the city. A large number of IS militants along with their families have managed to escape Hawija district as they are certain of ...

Coalition, Iraqi Jets Step up Airstrikes on IS-held Hawija

BAS News - 2017-09-10 00:41
ERBIL — The Iraqi Air Forces (IAF) and the US-led coalition against the so-called Islamic State (IS) have increased the airstrikes on IS positions in the town of Hawija, according to Iraq's minister of defense. According to the Iraqi Defense Minister, Er ...

US Troops Preparing for Hawija Battle: Reports

BAS News - 2017-09-09 17:18
ERBIL— US forces are setting the stage for the offensive to liberate Hawija (45 km southwest of Kirkuk) from the Islamic State (IS) militants, Iraqi media reported on Saturday. The troops have been deployed to Qaraj sub-district of Makhmur (50 km east of ...

Iraqi Jets Drop Leaflets over Hawija, Urging IS Militants to Surrender

BAS News - 2017-09-09 15:58
HAWIJA — The Iraqi Air Forces (IAF) dropped thousands of leaflets over the town of Hawija on Friday, calling on the Islamic State (IS) militants to surrender ahead of the upcoming military operation against the extremist group. According to Iraqi Defense ...

PUK and KIG Meet over Parliament Reactivation

BAS News - 2017-09-09 14:41
ERBIL — The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) met on Saturday with the Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG) to discuss the issues pertaining to the suspended parliament of Kurdistan Region. Following the meeting in a press conference, leading PUK member, Latif ...

SDF Announces Operation in IS-held Deir al-Zor

BAS News - 2017-09-09 12:42
ERBIL — The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced on Saturday a major military operation against Islamic State (IS) in the province of Deir al-Zor, an official said. The SDF, backed by the US-led coalition, has been in fierce fighting with ...

Another defeat for Islamic State

The Economist - 2017-09-09 09:03
The Syrian army pushed into the eastern city of Deir ez-Zor on September 5th, breaking the three-year-old siege of a government-held enclave by Islamic State (IS). It is a victory for Bashar al-Assad, Syria’s blood-soaked dictator, and yet another defeat ...

Peshmerga Forces Ambush a Group of IS Militants, Kill 6

BAS News - 2017-09-08 20:10
ERBIL — A number of Islamic State (IS) militants were killed on Friday after they were ambushed by Peshmerga in northern Tel Afar, some 65 kilometres west of Mosul. Peshmerga commander Badirkhan Zebari confirmed to BasNews that six jihadists were gunned ...

174 IS Members from Turkey Surrender

BAS News - 2017-09-08 19:19
ERBIL — A total of 174 Islamic State (IS) militants from Turkey have surrendered to the Joint Iraqi Forces and the Kurdish Peshmergas since the liberation of Mosul and its neighboring town of Tel Afar. Turkey's National Intelligence Agency (MIT) is in cl ...

IS Oil Stocks near Hawija Destroyed

BAS News - 2017-09-08 10:29
ERBILL— The oil stocks of the Islamic State (IS) organization in the vicinity of Hawija (55 km southwest of Kirkuk) were destroyed in an air strike on Thursday night. Iraqi al-Sumaria news, citing an informed source, reported on Friday that the internati ...

4 IS Warlords Killed in Russian Airstrikes near Deir ez-Zor

BAS News - 2017-09-08 09:24
ERBIL— The Islamic State (IS) commanders near the Syrian city of Dier ez-Zor were targeted by the Russian airstrikes which killed about 40 militants, including four "influential" warlords, Russian Ministry of Defense stated on Friday. The Ministry's stat ...

Sold for $60: Yazidi children describe cruel life as IS slaves

Brenda Stoter - 2017-09-08 02:00
Publication: Middle East Eye DUHOK, Kurdistan Region of Iraq – Umm and Abu Ahmed could not have children of their own. So when the middle-aged Sunni couple from Mosul heard the Islamic State (IS) group was selling Yazidi orphans, they decided to take one ...

EU: Possibility of Increased IS Attacks

BAS News - 2017-09-08 00:50
ERBIL — EU official warned on Thursday that there might be negative consequences for Europe after the ongoing fight against Islamic State (IS). Julian King, EU Commissioner for the Security Union, said during a press conference that there is a possibilit ...

Kurdish Security Forces Capture 2 IS Militants

BAS News - 2017-09-08 00:50
KIRKUK — Kurdish security forces in Kirkuk captured on Thursday two Islamic State (IS) members who had participated in offensives against Peshmerga forces. The first insurgent is revealed to be from Riyaz district of Kirkuk province, whose father was a m ...
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