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Pentagon Vows Continued Support for Peshmerga: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-25 16:10
ERBIL — US Department of Defence has ensured Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of its continued military support for the Peshmerga forces as they have been playing a critical role in the international anti-Islamic State (IS) efforts, said a Peshmerga o ...

IS Burns 10 Own Members, Including Non Iraqis, in Tel Afar

BAS News - 2017-07-25 16:10
They had attempted to abandon IS TEL AFAR — The Islamic State (IS) militants burned on Tuesday 10 members of the organization, including four Syrians and one Saudi, in central Tel Afar district, 70 km northwest of Mosul. Brigadier General Mohammed al-Jub ...

[IN PICTURES]: IS Armoured VBIEDs Confiscated in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-07-25 14:46
MOSUL — the Islamic State (IS) militants developed civilian vehicles into precision-guided munitions and vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs). The militants largely relied on these suicide car bombs when the US-led coalition and Iraqi forc ...

45% of Raqqa city liberated, operations ongoing: SDF

KurdPress - 2017-07-25 11:57
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) reported on Monday that 45 per cent of Raqqa city has been liberated from the Islamic State (IS) militants since the launch of a major operation to retake the city from the radical group last month. ...

Washington's Dead End in Syria / Sam Heller

KurdPress - 2017-07-25 11:57
On July 4, the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed by the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State (also known as ISIS), broke into the Old City of Raqqa, the jihadist pseudo-state’s de facto Syrian capital. Although fighting in R ...

IS Moves Yezidi Abductees to Hawija, Southern Kirkuk: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-25 11:03
ERBIL — Before being completely defeated in Mosul, the Islamic State (IS) extremist group transferred a number of Kurdish Yezidi abductees to Hawija city in southern Kirkuk province. Barakat Shamo, the representative of Yezidis in Nineveh Provincial Coun ...

SDF controls 41 percent of Raqqa

KurdPress - 2017-07-24 23:38
The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has controlled 41 percent of Raqqa, the Islamic State (IS) stronghold in Syria, after launching nearly 50-day offensive there, a monitor group reported on Monday. ...

74 Fleeing Civilians Starve to Death in Anbar Deserts

BAS News - 2017-07-24 21:54
ERBIL— After smugglers abandoned them in the deserts of Anbar province, some 74 civilians died of hunger, Iraqi media reports said. The people tried to flee the Islamic State (IS) areas and head to Turkey with the help of the smugglers. Informed sources ...

Ammar Hakim Resigns from ISCI And Forms New Party

BAS News - 2017-07-24 20:47
ERBIL— The Leader of the Shi'ite Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI) Ammar al-Hakim on Monday announced his resignation from the party and declared the creation of a new one. While he declared the establishment of the National Wisdom Movement, Hakim a ...

How the Islamic State Rose, Fell and Could Rise Again in the Maghreb

International Crisis Group - 2017-07-24 19:55
Despite its ongoing demise in Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State (ISIS) could prove resurgent in the Maghreb if past lessons and lingering threats remain unheeded. Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia should go beyond security and military measures to addr ...

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 ...

SDF in Control of 41% of Raqqa After 50 Days of Anti-IS Assault

BAS News - 2017-07-24 16:00
ERBIL — The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has liberated 41% of Raqqa from the Islamic State (IS) as the battle for the city enters its eighth week. The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) has confirmed that the SDF is now i ...

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 ...

IS Executes Own High-ranking Official in Hawija

BAS News - 2017-07-24 13:02
ERBIL — The Islamic State (IS) extremist group has sentenced a leader of its own to death for espionage against the group. A security official from Kirkuk told al-Sumaria that the IS leader, identified as Abu Omer al-Jabouri, was tried by an IS Sharia co ...

Iraq and Iran Boosting Military Cooperation

BAS News - 2017-07-24 12:12
ERBIL — Iraq and its neighbouring Islamic Republic of Iran signed an agreement on Sunday to step up the military cooperation in the fight against terrorism, Iranian media reported. According to IRNA News Agency, Iraqi Defence Minister Erfan al-Hiyali and ...

Yezidi Father Offers Selling His Kidney to Rescue Abducted Daughter

BAS News - 2017-07-23 19:46
ERBIL— To save his daughter enslaved by the Islamic State (IS), the father of a Yezidi girl stated on Sunday that he will sell his kidney to afford the money to free his daughter. Dakhil Avdo Hussein, from Sinjar, on his Facebook account announced that h ...

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 ...

IS Members Bribing Their Way Out of Mosul: Ex-Nineveh Governor

BAS News - 2017-07-23 17:33
ERBIL— Several Islamic State (IS) members and commanders have been able to escape from Mosul by bribing the related officials or through fake IDs, said the former governor of Nineveh province. Athil al-Nujaifi issued a statement on Sunday saying the offe ...

Three IS Policewomen Arrested in Nineveh

BAS News - 2017-07-23 17:33
ERBIL— Three members of the female police service of the Islamic Service (IS), known as Diwan al-Hasba, were arrested on Sunday west of Mosul. Capt. Amir Wasq, from Nineveh police service, told BasNews that the women were arrested after they returned the ...

Iran Threatened with Fall of Mosul for Turning Back on Maliki: Nujaifi

BAS News - 2017-07-23 16:51
ERBIL— Former speaker to the Iraqi House of Representatives, Osama al-Nujaifi stated on Saturday that the Islamic Republic of Iran threatened him with the fall and occupation of Mosul. In a televised interview with the Sky News Arabic, Nujaifi stated fou ...

US Urges YPG to Rebrand Itself in Order to Receive Legitimacy

BAS News - 2017-07-23 00:38
IZMIR — The US urged its main ally in the Syrian fight against the so-called Islamic State (IS) to rebrand itself, in order to avoid further opposition from Turkey, the head of US special forces said on Friday. US Army General, Raymond Thomas, said durin ...

Independent Kurdistan will be a Good Neighbor

Lawk Ghafuri - 2017-07-22 21:18
By Lawk Ghafuri For many years, Kurdistan Region has been a safe haven for many Iraqi internal displaced families from different part of Iraq, also from different ethnics and religion backgrounds, due to Islamic State’s threat. Hence, more internal displ ...

Parks in Memory of Martyrs of IS Battle to Be Build in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-07-22 19:47
ERBIL— In most towns and cities of the Kurdistan Region parks will be built up in memory of the martyrs who scarified their lives in the battle against the Islamic State (IS). Luqman Sherwani, the spokesperson for Kurdistan Board of Environment Protectio ...

Iran "Green with Envy" with Kurdistan's Development: HDK-Iran Official

BAS News - 2017-07-22 18:38
He says Iran regards the Kurdistan Region as "second Israel." ERBIL— The opposition of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Kurdistan Region's imminent independence referendum sources from their resentment towards the developments of Kurdistan, said the p ...

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 ...

Several IS Insurgents killed in Southwest Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-07-22 14:13
KIRKUK — The US-led coalition warplanes bombarded on Friday military positions belonging to the Islamic State (IS) militants in southwestern Kirkuk province, killing and injuring a number of jihadists. Peshmerga command on the frontline said in a press r ...

Independent Kurdistan Doesn’t Mean Cutting ties with Baghdad

Lawk Ghafuri - 2017-07-22 11:58
AFP / Safin Hamed By Lawk Ghafuri For many years, Kurdistan Region has been a safe haven for many Iraqi internal displaced families from different part of Iraq, also from different ethnics and religion backgrounds, due to Islamic State’s threat. Hence, mo ...

SDF cleared 30 percent of Raqqa: Brett McGurk

KurdPress - 2017-07-22 11:11
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have cleared 30 percent of Raqqa from Islamic State (IS) militants in the last week, the U.S. special envoy said. ...

IS Supreme Leader al-Baghdadi “Still Alive”: US

BAS News - 2017-07-22 10:46
“We are going after him,” Defence Secretary Mattis says ERBIL — US Defence Secretary James Mattis has stated that he believes the Islamic State (IS) supreme leader Abu Bakir al-Baghdadi is still alive. "I think Baghdadi's alive... And I'll believe otherw ...

IS Starts Emptying Prisons in Tel Afar for Epidemic Spread

BAS News - 2017-07-21 23:29
IZMIR — The Islamic State (IS) has started emptying some of its prisons in the town of Tel Afar, due to an epidemic spread, a local source said on Friday. According to the source, who spoke to Al Sumaria News on condition of anonymity, the IS militants i ...

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 ...

Iraqi Govt Seeking to Restore 120 "IS-Affiliated Policemen" to Jalawla

BAS News - 2017-07-21 17:59
ERBIL— The local officials in Jalawal district of Diyala province refuse to allow for the return of 120 policemen whom they say colluded with the Islamic State (IS). The Kurdish section of the Voice of America reported that Diyala Police Directorate has ...

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 ...

Sold by ISIS in Raqa, Yazidi female fighters back for revenge

Waar Media - 2017-07-21 14:39
WAAR-DUHOK: She was trafficked into Raqa as a sex slave by the Islamic State group but managed to escape. Now Yazidi fighter Heza is back to avenge the horrors she and thousands of others suffered. Her hair tucked under a tightly wrapped forest green sha ...

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 ...

Iran’s terrorism goliath

Roji Kurd - 2017-07-21 00:04
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps terrorizes its own people and casts a dark shadow over the world By R. James Woolsey and Peter Vincent Pry – – Sunday, July 16, 2017 ISIS has captivated Western attention for so long with its gruesome beheadings, stab ...

250 Iraqi Families Remain Held by IS in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-07-20 23:49
IZMIR — Around 250 Iraqi families remain held by the Islamic State (IS) militants in Mosul's Old City, Turkish media reported. Lieutenant General, Haider Ali al-Shemari, of the Iraqi elite Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS), told Anadolu Agency on Thursday ...

Friday 22 July 1988, chemical bombardment “Rijab” and “Zardah”

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-07-20 22:41
Kurdistan Human Rights Association : At the last days of the end of the Iran-Iraq war, after the bombing of Halabja in the south and Sardasht in eastern Kurdistan by the Ba’ath regime of Iraq and the tensions of the Islamic Republic of Iran this morning o ...

Airstrike Kills IS Chief of Communications in Tel Afar

BAS News - 2017-07-20 21:04
IZMIR — The "Emir of communications," of the Islamic State (IS) in Tel Afar was killed in a airstrike, together with six other members of the group, local source said on Thursday. According to the local source, who spoke to Al Sumaria News on condition o ...

Trump Ends Covert Aid to Arab Rebels Trying to Topple Assad

Waar Media - 2017-07-20 16:37
WAAR-DUHOK: The US has ended its clandestine support to Syria’s armed Arab opposition, American officials have disclosed. The program was separate from US aid to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighting the Islamic State (ISIS), and the en ...

[IN PICTURES]: IS Suspects Huddled Together in a Prison Near Mosul

BAS News - 2017-07-20 15:28
ERBIL — Newly released photos reveal violations of the Iraqi army in dealing with the Islamic State (IS) suspects and other detainees in prisons near Mosul. A large number of suspected IS militants are being held in a cramped jail in Mosul amid claims th ...

Fighter Jets Pound IS Weapons Cache in Tel Afar

BAS News - 2017-07-20 11:41
ERBIL — Iraqi fighter jets bombarded on Thursday a weapons cache in Tel Afar belonging to the Islamic State (IS) militants. Iraq’s War Media Cell (WMC) said in a press release that the warplanes also pounded two other IS bases near the town, killing at l ...

Four Peshmerga Detainees Found in IS Prison in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-07-20 10:48
ERBIL — A Kurdish official announced the liberation of four Peshmerga detainees held by the Islamic State (IS) militants in Mosul. Ismat Rajab, head of Kurdistan Democratic Party’s (KDP) branch office in Mosul, stated that the Iraqi troops discovered on ...

Story of Yezidi Child Survivors of the IS Hell - Part 2

BAS News - 2017-07-20 09:42
On August 3, 2014 the Islamic State (also referred to as IS, ISIS or Daesh) attacked Shingal (a town in Iraq's Kurdistan region also called Sinjar), most of the people living there are from the Kurdish religious community known as Yezidis. After IS overr ...

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 ...

Yezidi Teenager Rescued from IS Slavery

BAS News - 2017-07-19 18:19
ERBIL— After tolerating the ordeal of sex-slavery at the hands of the Islamic State (IS) jihadists, a 15-year-old Yezidi girl was freed on Wednesday. Barakat Shamo, the Yezidis representative in Nineveh Provincial Council, told BasNews that the girl, who ...

Yezidi MP Calls for Safe Corridors for Yezidi Abductees in Tel Afar

BAS News - 2017-07-19 17:16
Hundreds of Yezidi abductees are being held in Tel Afar, Vian Dakhil says ERBIL — A Yezidi member in the Iraqi parliament called on the Iraqi security authorities to provide safe corridors for hundreds of innocent Yezidi abductees held by the Islamic Sta ...

Peshmerga Delegation Discusses Referendum with French President

Waar Media - 2017-07-19 14:02
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdish Peshmerga delegation to France has thanked the administration in Paris for its support to Erbil in the war against Islamic State (ISIS). Peshmerga commander of Makhmour-Gwer frontline, Sirwan Barzani revealed on his Facebook account t ...

Peshmerga Delegation Discusses Referendum with French President

BAS News - 2017-07-19 12:03
ERBIL — Kurdish Peshmerga delegation to France has thanked the administration in Paris for its support to Erbil in the war against Islamic State (IS). Peshmerga commander of Makhmour-Gwer frontline, Sirwan Barzani revealed on his Facebook account that th ...

IS Relocates Yezidi Abductees from Mosul to Anbar: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-19 11:01
ERBIL — Before the collapse of the Islamic State (IS) in Mosul, the extremist group transferred a large number of Kurdish Yezidi abductees to western Anbar province. Barakat Shamo, the representative of Yezidis in Nineveh Provincial Council told BasNews ...

Selva Addresses Global Challenges, Readiness in Capitol Hill Hearing

US-Defense Gov - 2017-07-19 06:55
Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva answered senators' questions on North Korea, the campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, budget issues and readiness concerns at a hearing on his nomination to serve another two years as vice chairman of the Jo ...

IS Vicious Attacks Continue Targeting Mosul Civilians

BAS News - 2017-07-19 00:15
IZMIR — Civilians in Mosul and other parts of Iraq continue suffering from vicious attacks carried out by the Islamic State (IS), the United Nations (UN) envoy for Iraq said on Monday. Jan Kubis told the UN Security Council on Monday, that IS supporters ...

15-Year-Old Yezidi Girl Freed in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-07-18 19:45
ERBIL— Through a coordinated effort, a 15-year-old Yezidi girl from Sinjar was freed from the Islamic State (IS) captivity in Mosul on Tuesday, said a related official. The girl from Tal Qasab district of Sinjar was freed jointly by the office of Yezidi ...

Misidentified IS Member Probably a Runaway German Schoolgirl

BAS News - 2017-07-18 18:55
ERBIL- A teenager who was who mistakenly identified as an Islamic State (IS) sniper, then a Kurdish Yezidi captive and later as a Chechen IS member is probably a runaway German schoolgirl. According to a report by the Daily Mail, the 16-year-old girl Lin ...

Mosul Administration Urges Hashd al-Shaabi to Leave

BAS News - 2017-07-18 16:17
MOSUL — As the major Iraqi city of Mosul has already been declared fully liberated from Islamic State (IS), the local administration is urging Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to order the Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi to withdraw from the city. Memb ...

Turkmens Oppose Participation of Hashd al-Shaabi in Tel Afar Assault

BAS News - 2017-07-18 15:49
ERBIL — Turkmens in Iraq are concerned over the possibility of the Shi’ite Militias of Hashd al-Shaabi taking part in a future operation to liberate Tel Afar from the Islamic State (IS). The Turkmen population in the Nineveh province, where Tel Afar is l ...

[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 ...

Mosul after liberation from IS

KurdPress - 2017-07-18 10:17
The Iraqi northern city of Mosul was liberated after a 9 months operation against the terrorist group of the Islamic State which controlled the city in a sweeping attack on 2014. These aerial photos, taken by Digital Globe, compare the situation of the ci ...

The spillage of East Kurdistan water resources into the regions of Iran

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-07-18 00:23
According to a report from the Kurdistan Human Rights Association, the Ministry of Power in the Islamic Republic of Iran has decided to transfer the water of the dam to the Hamedan city of East Kurdistan and this plan is being implemented. According to th ...

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 ...

IS Emir Responsible for VBIED Killed in Syria

BAS News - 2017-07-17 18:09
ERBIL- The Islamic State (IS) emir who was responsible for the organization’s Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIED) has been killed, according to a report by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA). The agency, citing informed officials, said tha ...

Sinjar Mass Graves to Be Unearthed Soon

BAS News - 2017-07-17 17:49
ERBIL— The mass graves of the Kurdish people who were massacred by the Islamic State (IS) organization which have not been exhumed so far will be unearthed as soon as the legal barriers are removed, said the spokesperson for Kurdistan Ministry of Martyrs ...

Mosul: Families of IS Militants Threatened with Revenge

BAS News - 2017-07-17 16:10
MOSUL — After the city of Mosul was pronounced liberated from the Islamic State (IS), the IDPs began to return home and rebuild their ruined lives but the relatives of the IS extremists are being threatened with retaliation if they return to their areas. ...

Lahur Talabany: Islamic State leader Baghdadi almost certainly alive

Waar Media - 2017-07-17 14:19
WAAR-DUHOK: A top Kurdish counter-terrorism official said on Monday he was 99 percent sure that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was alive and located south of the Syrian city of Raqqa, after reports that he had been killed. “Baghdadi is definit ...

UK Contributes $5.2 to Stabilisation Process in Iraq

BAS News - 2017-07-17 13:12
ERBIL — As part of the international efforts to stabilise and rehabilitate the Iraqi areas liberated from the Islamic State (IS), the government of the UK has contributed an additional $5.2 million to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Stabilisation (FFS), said ...
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