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Trump Plans to Stop Arming Kurds in Syria

The Wall Street Journal - 2017-11-25 02:20
President Donald Trump’s administration is preparing to stop sending weapons directly to Kurdish militants battling Islamic State in Syria, dealing a political blow to the U.S.’s most reliable ally in the civil war. ...

Saudi crown prince calls Iran leader HITLER in furious row

Waar Media - 2017-11-24 15:45
WAAR-DUHOK: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is also Saudi defence minister suggested the Islamic Republic’s alleged expansion under Ayatollah Ali Khamenei needed to be confronted. He told the New York Times: “We learned from Europe that appeasement ...

IS Emir Captured in Diyala Province

BAS News - 2017-11-24 00:54
BAGHDAD — Iraqi security forces captured on Thursday a senior member of the Islamic State (IS) in the province of Diyala, officials confirmed. “The military intelligence department arrested in an operation a terrorist in Diyala,” the department said in a ...

Five Yezidi Children Kidnapped by IS Found in Turkey

BAS News - 2017-11-23 13:13
ERBIL — Five children from the Kurdish Yezidi community who were abducted by the Islamic State in Sinjar in 2014 were found in Turkey, and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is trying to bring them back to Kurdistan. Hussein Qaidi, director of the K ...

Cyprus Delivers Military Assistance to Peshmerga

Jewish Coalition for Kurdistan - 2017-11-22 20:02
Cyprus Foreign Minister has revealed that they recently sent a shipment of military assistance to Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces as part of the international partnership for the war against Islamic State. ...

Mass Grave Containing 73 Yezidi Victims Found in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-11-22 15:59
ERBIL — The Iraqi security forces discovered on Wednesday a mass grave in the western city of Mosul containing dozens of Yezidis who were abducted and killed by the Islamic State (IS). The bodies of 73 people, including children and women, were found in ...

Mass Grave Found in South-west Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-11-22 13:49
KIRKUK — A new mass grave containing dozens of bodies of civilians, massacred by Islamic State (IS), has been found in Kirkuk province. Alsumaria News on Wednesday quoted a local source as saying that a mass grave was found on the international road in L ...

IS Militants Organize Attacks on Areas Southeast of Mosul

BAS News - 2017-11-22 11:22
The Iraqi army managed to foil the IS plan to seize strategic road MOSUL — Iraqi security forces managed to foil a large-scale attack by the Islamic State (IS) militants in southeast of Mosul, as they attempted to capture a strategic area. Four armed gro ...

Truck Bomb Kills At Least 17 in Northern Iraq

The Wall Street Journal - 2017-11-22 09:24
An Islamic State truck bomb exploded near a busy vegetable market in northern Iraq, killing at least 17 people and demonstrating the group’s ability to strike despite losing nearly all of its territory in the country. ...

ISIS Has Been Militarily Defeated in Iraq and Syria

The Kurdish Project - 2017-11-22 04:45
The following article was originally published in Business Insider. Iraqi Prime Minister Hadir Al-Abadi declared military victory over the Islamic State in Iraq on Tuesday, just hours after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that Iranian-backed f ...

Kidnapping and more Arrests by the Iranian intelligence Forces

Roji Kurd - 2017-11-22 00:03
Ettela’at kidnapped Faisal al-Bantrani in the Ahwaz city, Faisal al-Bantrani was kidnapped and arrested The Ministry of Intelligence of the Islamic Republic of Iran. He is the cousin of the martyr al-Bantrani. Formerly arrested last Saturday by the Revolu ...

IS Militants Attack Local Arab Forces in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-11-21 20:43
ERBIL — Remaining element of the Islamic State (IS) in southeastern Mosul carried out an attack against the local Arab mobilisation forces on Tuesday, killing at least one man. Five IS jihadists were also eliminated during the fire exchange, a source sai ...

NATO Chief Stresses Unity of North Atlantic Alliance

US-Defense Gov - 2017-11-21 04:21
Europe and North America, steadfast allies after two World Wars and the Cold War, remain united to confront today's threats such as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorists and Russian adventurism, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at the Hal ...

Iraq’s Forces Find Mass Grave While Searching for Oil, South Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-11-20 14:58
ERBIL — The Iraqi forces discovered a mass grave on Sunday inside oil wells near the mountains of Hamrin, south of Kirkuk province. Security sources said that the mass grave contained the remains of civilians executed by the Islamic State (IS) near the m ...

Three Hashd al-Shaabi Militias Killed by IS in Southern Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-11-20 01:50
KIRKUK — At least three militias of the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi were killed on Sunday after they ran into an Islamic State (IS) ambush. Five other Shi’ite militias were wounded after a fire exchange erupted with IS militants in Ghara village of Du ...

Another Mass Grave Discovered Near Sinjar

BAS News - 2017-11-19 22:00
SINJAR — Local residents of Snune subdistrict of Sinjar discovered on Sunday another mass grave which contains several corpses of victims of the Islamic State (IS). Saadun Samir, a member of Snune Administration Council, confirmed the report to BasNews a ...

IRGC Extracts Iraq’s Kifri Oil with Support from a PUK Group

BAS News - 2017-11-19 11:14
ERBIL — The Islamic Republic of Iran last week deployed hundreds of troops to an area between Tuz Khurmatu and Kifri districts in northern Iraq’s Diyala province, in an attempt to extract oil in the area. A Kurdish official in Kirkuk, confirmed to BasNew ...

Qasem Soleimani’s Aide Killed in Syria

BAS News - 2017-11-19 03:46
ERBIL — An assistant to Qasem Sleimani, the commander of Iran’s Quds Brigade, was killed on Saturday while accompanying the Syrian army in a battle against the Islamic State (IS). Kheirollah Samadi, a retired commander of Iran-Iraq war, was wounded by mo ...

Last IS-held Town in Iraq Declared Free

BAS News - 2017-11-18 18:26
ERBIL — The Iraqi forces on Friday liberated the border town of Rawa, the last town held by the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq. Abdul Ameer Rasheed Yarallah, Commander of Joint Operations, said in a statement “the Iraqi forces fully liberated Rawa, and raise ...

Pictures: Yezidi Family of Eight Freed from IS in Syria

BAS News - 2017-11-18 18:26
ERBIL — A Kurdish Yezidi family, consisting of eight members, were freed from the Islamic State (IS) by by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near Deir al-Zor in northern Syria. SDF forces on Saturday managed to rescue a Yezidi family from the ...

Estat Islàmic ha perdut el 95 % del territori que controlava

KurdisCat - 2017-11-18 16:27
El Califat s'han esfondrat. I l'acció determinada de la nació kurda ha estat clau per barrar el pas a l'islamisme que semblava invencible fa només dos anys. El setge a Kobanê i la resistència kurda van ser determinants. Avui l'Islamic State (Estat Islàmi ...

Iraq halts operation against Kurds, pushes on against Islamic State

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:04
BAGHDAD,— Iraqi forces Friday paused operations against the Kurds to allow for talks after clashes over a key border crossing, as Baghdad pushed on with a separate offensive against the Islamic State group. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered the 24-h ...

‘I Don’t Want to Shoot a Gun at Anybody Ever Again’

WarIsBoring - 2017-11-17 20:52
In 2015 Hanna Bohman, a 48-year-old Canadian with no military experience, joined a Kurdish militia battling Islamic State in Syria. “I had always been interested in military stuff but never joined because they don’t let women fight,” Bohman said. “One of ...

IS collapsed… confessions of IS mercenaries unveiled-3

ANHA - 2017-11-15 17:01
IS mercenaries used many methods to attract and collect elements in their ranks through the promotion of media outlets and the dissemination of clips and videos about the Islamic religion which was met with great acceptance by foreigners who do not know a ...

I escaped IS to avoid killing my friends

BBC - 2017-11-15 01:55
Mohamed was only 15 when he briefly joined so-called Islamic State in his hometown Aleppo, but the experience left him scarred. ...

IS collapsed… confessions of IS mercenaries unveiled-2

ANHA - 2017-11-14 15:01
Almir Mirtaski, aka Abdul Rahman al-Turki, is a terrorist in the ranks of IS mercenaries, was deputy to the Islamic State police’s Amir in Jarablus city , Mirtaski acknowledged information on how IS handed over Jarablus city to the Turkish army and its me ...

Week in Brief: Death Penalty

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-11-14 02:01
The “Week in brief” by Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) is a weekly review of the most important human rights news and developments from and about Iran’s Kurdish areas. Iran affirms death penalty for Kurdish political prisoners An Iranian Islamic Rev ...

Changing of the Guard Resets Cycle of Retribution in Iraq

The Wall Street Journal - 2017-11-13 00:10
The Arab victors in the latest reversal of fortunes in northern Iraq have wasted no time erasing the legacy of three years of Kurdish rule in territory once held by Islamic State. ...

PUK Turns in Over 150 IS Terrorists to Baghdad Authorities

BAS News - 2017-11-12 19:17
KIRKUK — The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) has turned in over 150 Islamic State (IS) terrorists to the Iraqi authorities, an official said. Speaking to Ghad Press, Ma’an Saa’d, who is now appointed as the man in charge for security affairs in Kirkuk ...

Mass Graves Containing 400 IS Victims Found in Hawija

BAS News - 2017-11-12 12:05
KIRKUK — Mass graves containing around 400 bodies, believed to be Islamic State (IS) victims, have been discovered in Hawija district, southern Kirkuk Province. The graves were found at al-Bakkara military base, 3 km to southwest of Hawija, which IS had ...

Cyprus Delivers Military Assistance to Peshmerga

BAS News - 2017-11-10 19:59
ERBIL — Cyprus Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides has revealed that they recently sent a shipment of military assistance to Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces as part of the international partnership for the war against Islamic State (IS). He stated th ...

Masoud Barzani One of Top 50 Most Influential Muslims: RISSC

BAS News - 2017-11-10 19:00
ERBIL — President Masoud Barzani selected by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (RISSC) on Thursday as one of the most influential Muslim figures for the year of 2018. Barzani is praised by the institution for his significant role "in shaping the ...

Hezbollah Says IS Chief Baghdadi Was in Syrian Town Recently Retaken

BAS News - 2017-11-10 14:42
ERBIL — A Hezbollah-run media unit said on Friday Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakir al-Baghdadi was in the Syrian border town of Albu Kamal during the recent operation conducted by the Syrian army and the militias loyal to Assad to liberate it. The sou ...

Baghdad-appointed Governor of Kirkuk Warns about IS Emergence

BAS News - 2017-11-10 12:05
The governor has spread fear among the residents of Kirkuk KIRKUK — The current governor of Kirkuk Province called on Baghdad to send military reinforcement to the province under the pretext of the potential emergence of the Islamic State (IS) in the pro ...

Les SDF conquereixen la ciutat de Markadah, Síria

KurdisCat - 2017-11-10 01:17
Les Forces Democràtiques Sirianes (Syrian Democratic Forces, SDF) han conquerit, tanmateix, 24 localitats sirianes en una ofensiva. L'Islamic State (Estat Islàmic, IS) havia llençat un atac sobre els camps de petroli d'Al Umar però les unitats implicades ...

Over 500 Russian Female Members of IS Captured in Iraq

BAS News - 2017-11-09 03:08
ERBIL — Iraqi security forces are holding 512 Russian women nationals suspected of links to the Islamic State (IS), said Kurdish Yezidi member of the Iraqi Parliament. On her official Twitter account, MP Vian Dakhil also revealed that nearly 200 other wo ...

IS Chief Baghdadi Reportedly Flees Iraq to Syria: Sources

BAS News - 2017-11-06 17:54
ERBIL — Islamic State (IS) Caliph Abu Bakir al-Baghdadi had reportedly been in Iraq’s Anbar Province until he recently fled to Syria, Iraqi Media reported on Monday. After the Iraqi forces liberated the town of Qaim in western Anbar near the Syrian borde ...

Kirkuk: Sunday’s Suicide Bombers Were Foreigners

BAS News - 2017-11-05 20:11
KIRKUK — Iraqi War Media Cell (WMC) said on Sunday that the suicide bombers who attacked Kirkuk earlier the day were foreign members of the Islamic State (IS). The WMC said that initial investigations revealed that the two militants had been hiding in a ...

10-Year-Old Yezidi Girl Kept by a Family in Mosul Rescued

BAS News - 2017-11-04 10:08
ERBIL — A Kurdish Yezidi girl abducted by the Islamic State (IS) militants in 2014 was found in Mosul after she was kept by a family with connections to the IS organization. The director of the office for Yezidi Abductees Affairs Hussein Qaidi told BasNe ...

U.S. Conducts Airstrikes Against ISIS in Somalia

US-Defense Gov - 2017-11-04 00:17
In coordination with the Somali government, U.S. forces conducted two separate airstrikes in northeastern Somalia against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, killing several terrorists, U.S. Africa Command officials said. ...

Today’s Uzbekistan and Manhattan’s Deadly Truck Attack

International Crisis Group - 2017-11-03 18:52
An immigrant from Central Asia has admitted to carrying out the 31 October truck attack in New York on behalf of the Islamic State. Sayfullo Saipov left his native Uzbekistan seven years ago and U.S. and Uzbek authorities say he was radicalised in the U. ...

UN: IS Members Should Face “International Crimes” Charges

BAS News - 2017-11-02 20:48
GENEVA (United National) — A UN report concludes that the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Daesh) perpetrated serious and systematic violations that amount to “international crimes” during the nine-month military campaign to liberate ...

HRW: Iraq's Authorities Preventing IDPs from Returning Home in Anbar

BAS News - 2017-11-02 16:14
ERBIL — Iraqi security officials are preventing displaced families from returning home to the liberated areas over “perceived ties” to the Islamic State (IS), Human Rights Watch (HRW) said today. Iraqi authorities are also forcing other IDPs to return to ...

Kurds Face Setbacks Across the Middle East

The Wall Street Journal - 2017-11-02 11:29
With Islamic State on the wane, the West no longer needs Kurdish help—and the Kurds face a historic calamity once again, in part due to their own leaders’ mistakes. ...

PM Barzani, KIG Leader Discuss Political Situation

BAS News - 2017-11-01 20:55
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met on Wednesday with Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG) Leader Ali Bapir to review the latest political developments and challenges facing the region. According to a press release by PM’s office, the ...

Only 20 Yezidi Abductees Liberated During Raqqa Operation

BAS News - 2017-11-01 19:50
DUHOK — Since the beginning of the Raqqa operation by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and US-led Coalition, only 20 Kurdish Yezidi abductees have been freed from Islamic State (IS). Hussein Qaidi, Director of Yezidi Abductees Affairs in Duhok, told Ba ...

Assad sets sights on Kurdish areas, risking new Syria conflict

Reuters - 2017-10-31 21:38
BEIRUT (Reuters) - With Islamic State near defeat in Syria, Damascus is setting its sights on territory held by Kurdish-led forces including eastern oil fields, risking a new confrontation that could draw the United States in more deeply and complicate Ru ...

Masrour Barzani: Kurdistan Remains Committed to Fight Against IS

BAS News - 2017-10-30 17:30
ERBIL — Chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Masrour Barzani stated on Monday that Kurdistan Region remains committed to the fight against the Islamic State (IS) organization. Barzani received on Monday the German Ambassador to Iraq ...
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