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Pentagon plan to defeat Islamic State to look beyond Iraq, Syria
Reuters - 2017-02-24 02:04
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Pentagon-led plan to defeat Islamic State, due in draft form by Monday, will look beyond Iraq and Syria to include the threat from jihadists around the world fueling the conflict, America's top general said on Thursday. ...

Iraqi army storms Mosul airport in key attack on ‘Islamic State’
Rojikurd - 2017-02-24 00:06
Government troops and local fighters were on the cusp of pushing the terrorists out of their last stronghold in the city. Losing Mosul could spell the end of IS’ power in the country. The Iraqi military said on Thursday that special forces were closing in ...

IS Totally Surrounded in Western Mosul: Defense Ministry
BAS News - 2017-02-23 22:25
Supply routes are cut MOSUL — Iraqi security forces have managed to tighten the noose around western Mosul and fully surround Islamic State (IS) militants in the area, according to Iraqi defense ministry. In a statement released on Thursday, the ministry ...

IS Trapped After Losing Mosul Airport: US Envoy
BAS News - 2017-02-23 20:53
MOSUL — Islamic State (IS) militants are now trapped after the Iraqi security forces have recaptured the Mosul airport, said Brett McGurk, the US Special Presidential Envoy to the Global Coalition Countering IS. McGurk also congratulated the Iraqi forces ...

US Aims to Settle PKK Issue in Sinjar by End of IS in Mosul: Yezidi MP
BAS News - 2017-02-23 15:25
An Iraqi MP says the US intervention in the case is related to Maliki's policy ERBIL — The US administration hopes to settle the issue of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) presence in Sinjar concurrently with the elimination of the Islamic State (IS) or ...

Iraqi Military Spokesman: Iraq forces seize Mosul airport from ISIS
Waar Media - 2017-02-23 13:58
WAAR-DUHOK: Iraqi security forces have recaptured Mosul airport, a key part of the government’s offensive to drive Islamic State (ISIS) from the western half of the city. The operation took four hours. ISIS continued to fire mortars at the airport from f ...

Iraqi Army Preparing for Hawija Assault: Peshmerga Commander
BAS News - 2017-02-23 13:14
Around 2,500 IS militants are in the city KIRKUK — Iraqi army is preparing for the long-awaited operation to liberate Hawija district, 55 km south-west of Kirkuk province, which is the last Islamic State (IS) held area in the province. Wasta Rasoul, the ...

Spain sends 300 military personnel to Iraq
KurdPress - 2017-02-23 12:05
Spain has reportedly sent about 300 military personnel to Iraq, aiming to train and advise the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) in their operation against the Islamic State (IS) in Mosul, Sputnik reported. ...

Iraqi security forces storm Mosul airport: state TV
Reuters - 2017-02-23 08:15
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S.-backed Iraqi security forces closing in on the Islamic State-held western half of Mosul stormed the city's main airport and a nearby military base on Thursday, state television said. ...

McCain Makes Secret Trip to Syria
WSJ - 2017-02-23 01:01
Sen. McCain secretly traveled to northern Syria last weekend to speak with American military officials and Kurdish fighters at the forefront of the push to drive Islamic State out of Raqqa, according to U.S. officials. ...

IS Executing Own Fighters for Abandoning Battlefield: Coalition
BAS News - 2017-02-22 23:04
LODZ — The US-led coalition has received reports indicating that Islamic State (IS) is “arresting and executing their fighters who try to abandon the fight”, said spokesperson John Dorrian. Updating Pentagon over the latest military developments against ...

Former Iraqi Soldier Prosecuted in Germany for War Crimes
BAS News - 2017-02-22 23:04
LEEDS — A German court in Berlin started the hearing of a case against a former Iraqi soldier who was charged with war crimes after allegedly taking pictures with and of human heads belonging to two Islamic State (IS) militants. The former soldier who is ...

84 IS Members Arrested among Hawija IDPs
BAS News - 2017-02-22 19:30
They are mainly Arabs, aged 14 and above KIRKUK — Some 84 members of the Islamic State (IS) organization have been arrested in the camps bordering the volatile Hawija district of Diyala province, police said.Speaking to BasNews on Wednesday, Major Kawa G ...

Spain Sends 300 Military Personnel to Iraq
BAS News - 2017-02-22 19:30
The Spanish personnel are training the Iraqi police LEEDS — Spanish troops are currently training 500 new Iraqi police officers in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, as part of the US-led coalition efforts against the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, ...

32 Coalition Airstrikes Conducted in Syria, Iraq This Week
BAS News - 2017-02-22 19:30
LEEDS — Thirty-two airstrikes were conducted by the US-led coalition air forces on the territory of Iraq and Syria against the so-called Islamic State (IS), the Operation Inherent Resolve said in a statement released on Wednesday The US-led coalition aga ...

IS Issues Death Order for Runaway Commander
BAS News - 2017-02-22 18:31
MOSUL — The extremist Islamic State (IS) organization has ordered its militants to execute one of its deserting chiefs, Iraqi media reported on Wednesday.According to the news reports, Abu Osama, the commander for Ghazlani Military Campus, in Mosul fled ...

Mosul offensive now focused on city's airport
BBC - 2017-02-22 17:53
The Iraqi army's effort to retake the so-called Islamic State's stronghold of Mosul is in its fourth day and is currently focused on the city's airport. ...

ISIS Releases ‘PROOF’ it Fired Rockets on Israel
Waar Media - 2017-02-22 16:01
WAAR-DUHOK: The Islamic State group (ISIS) on Wednesday morning released images of Katyusha rockets purporting to provide evidence to its claim that it was indeed responsible for the rocket fire that targeted southern Israel on Tuesday. The images show a ...

SDF Close in on IS in Deir Al-Zour, Northern Syria
BAS News - 2017-02-22 14:00
ISTANBUL — The US-backed Kurdish-majority Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which are leading the military operation against the Islamic State (IS) in Raqqa, Syria have reached into the Deir al-Zour province. Deir al-Zor is around 140 kilometers away from ...

British suicide bomber in Iraq had won compensation for Guantanamo stay
Reuters - 2017-02-22 13:25
LONDON/CAIRO (Reuters) - An Islamic State suicide bomber from Britain who blew himself up in an attack on Iraqi forces this week had been given compensation for his detention in the Guantanamo Bay military prison, Western security sources said on Wednesda ...

52,000 Aditional Iraqi Troops Deployed in Mosul
BAS News - 2017-02-22 13:08
A total of 60,000 soldiers are taking part in the operation MOSUL — An additional 52,000 troops have joined the 10,000 in the battle to reclaim western Mosul from Islamic State (IS) militants. "A total of 60,000 soldiers are taking part in the operation" ...

Saudi Arabia ‘ready to send ground troops’ to Syria
Waar Media - 2017-02-22 12:50
WAAR-DUHOK: Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister has said the kingdom (Saudi Arabia) is prepared to send ground troops to Syria to fight the Islamic State (ISIS), as US Senator John McCain met with the Saudi King. Adel al-Jubeir told the German Press Agency o ...

Syria war: Arab-Kurdish fighters enter IS-held Deir al-Zour province
BBC - 2017-02-22 12:33
They are marching on territory controlled by so-called Islamic State. ...

Kurdish-Arab SDF enters Syria's Deir al-Zor: source
KurdPress - 2017-02-22 10:43
The U.S.-backed Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance has crossed into Deir al-Zor province for the first time as part of an offensive against Islamic State, a Kurdish military source said on Tuesday. ...

Barzani discusses IS, France support to Peshmerga with Hollande in Paris
KurdPress - 2017-02-22 10:43
Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani, met with French President Francois Hollande in Paris on Tuesday when the two sides discussed war against the Islamic State (IS) and Paris’s support to Kurdistan Region and the Kurdish forces of Peshmerga. ...

Iraqi forces fighting Islamic State set to storm airport, clear way to western Mosul
Reuters - 2017-02-21 17:01
SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq, BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S.-backed Iraqi forces closing in on the Islamic State-held western half of Mosul prepared on Tuesday to storm the airport and a nearby military base on its southern outskirts to create a bridgehead for a thrust ...

Retaking Mosul Airport 'Matter of Hours': Commander
BAS News - 2017-02-21 15:47
50 IS militants killed in the airport MOSUL — The Iraqi federal police stated that the troops will storm Mosul airport in the next few hours after the Islamic State (IS) militants were targeted intensely by the international coalition airstrikes and fede ...

Kirkuk Asayish Arrests IS Terrorist, Former Iraqi Soldier
BAS News - 2017-02-21 15:47
He was trying to enter central Kirkuk KIRKUK — Security Forces of Kirkuk province released a statement, announcing the arrest of a "terrorist" of the Islamic State (IS) in the city. Relying on precise intelligence, "our forces managed to arrest an IS ter ...

Turkey dismisses 277 judges, prosecutors over Gulen links
KurdPress - 2017-02-21 12:27
Turkey’s highest judicial regulatory body dismissed 227 judges and prosecutors on Feb. 20 over their alleged links to U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported. ...

Defense Secretary says US army will remain in Iraq
KurdPress - 2017-02-21 12:27
U.S. Defense Secretary, Jim Mattis said on Monday that the US Army will continue to be present in Iraq and will be part of the ongoing fight against the Islamic State (IS) despite some past disagreements between the two countries. ...

Seeking to secure Sinai, Egypt builds closer ties with Hamas
Reuters - 2017-02-21 11:39
CAIRO/GAZA (Reuters) - After years of strained relations, Egypt is moving closer to Hamas in Gaza, offering concessions on trade and free movement in return for moves to secure the border against Islamic State fighters who have killed hundreds of policeme ...

[PICTURES]: PKK Establishes Small Qandil in Makhmour, Southern Erbil
BAS News - 2017-02-21 11:16
They have set up nearly 20 military outposts in Qarachukh mountain ERBIL — Since the Islamic State (IS) attack on Makhmour district, 65 km south-west from Erbil in 2014, Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has been in control of the Turkish Kurds refugee camp ...

Turkish military says 44 Islamic State militants killed in Syria
Reuters - 2017-02-21 09:44
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Forty-four Islamic State militants were killed by Turkey-backed operations around the Syrian town of al-Bab and in U.S.-led coalition air strikes on Monday, the Turkish military said on Tuesday. ...

Islamic State linked group expands foothold in southern Syria near Israel
Reuters - 2017-02-21 01:14
AMMAN (Reuters) - Islamic State-linked Syrian militant groups on Monday launched a surprise attack on moderate rebels in southwestern Syria near the Golan Heights near where the Jordanian and Israeli borders converge, seizing several villages and a large ...

Iraqi forces reach vicinity of Mosul airport
Reuters - 2017-02-21 00:54
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S.-backed Iraqi forces reached the vicinity of Mosul airport on Monday after dislodging Islamic State fighters from a nearby hill, the Iraqi military said in a statement. ...

Turkey detains over 440 people in anti-Islamic State operation
Kurdish Globe - 2017-02-20 23:31

Senior Islamic State leader ANNIHILATED during devastating airstrike in Iraq
Kurdish Globe - 2017-02-20 23:31

US Defence Secretary Reassures US Presence In Iraq
BAS News - 2017-02-20 22:23
BAGHDAD — US Defence Secretary, Jim Mattis said on Monday he believes that the US Army will continue to be present in Iraq and will be part of the ongoing fight against the Islamic State (IS) despite some past disagreements between the two countries. The ...

ISF Retakes Strategic Villages South Of Mosul
BAS News - 2017-02-20 21:24
MOSUL — The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) recaptured three strategically important villages south of the city of Mosul as part of the ongoing offensive against the Islamic State (IS) in Western Mosul, an Iraqi army source said. The representative of the Ir ...

Sending boots, arming Kurds main Trump’s alternatives to fight IS: agency
KurdPress - 2017-02-20 14:05
According to AP news agency the U.S. President Donald Trump is studying the ways to fight against the Islamic State (S) in Iraq and Syria and sending U.S. troops and arming Kurds in both countries are his main alternatives to fight against the terrorist g ...

Turkish air strikes target Islamic State in northern Syria
NRT - 2017-02-20 11:44

Élysée: Barzani to meet Hollande
Waar Media - 2017-02-20 11:04
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani will be visiting Paris on Tuesday to meet with his counterpart François Hollande, according to Élysée website. The two officials are expected to discuss war on Islamic State (ISIS), ongoing Mosul oper ...

Iraqi forces battle their way toward Mosul airport
Reuters - 2017-02-20 09:23
SOUTH OF MOSUL/BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) - U.S.-backed Iraqi forces fought Islamic State fighters on Monday to clear the way to Mosul's airport, on the second day of a ground offensive on the jihadists' remaining stronghold in the western side of the city. ...

[Video] Blowing up houses, digging up graves: Iraqis purge Islamic State
NRT - 2017-02-19 22:08

Coalition, Kurdish Forces Kill Senior IS Member in Hawija
BAS News - 2017-02-19 21:23
The eliminated jihadist was responsible for Kirkuk’s Tax Department of the extremist group ERBIL — Erbil Security Forces (Asayish) in cooperation with the US-led coalition forces have killed a senior Islamic State (IS) member in Hawija district, Kirkuk p ...

US Pays Tribute to Peshmerga Sacrifices: Official
BAS News - 2017-02-19 21:04
ERBIL — The US Special Presidential Envoy for Global Coalition to Counter Islamic State (IS), Brett McGurk has reiterated his country’s support for Peshmerga forces, saying they pay tribute to the sacrifices made by the Kurdish forces. Following a meetin ...

Tens of Prisoners Escape IS in West Mosul After Coalition Airstrike
BAS News - 2017-02-19 20:44
MOSUL — Tens of prisoners held by Islamic State (IS) militants in western Mosul fled after heavy airstrikes dispersed extremists from the site, a security source said. Iraqi army commander Abdulsalam Jabouri revealed the airstrike took place as part of w ...

Barzani and McGurk Discuss Terror Countering
Waar Media - 2017-02-19 14:27
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani and Brett McGurk, the US Special Presidential Envoy for Global Coalition to Counter Islamic State (ISIS), met on Sunday and discussed the latest developments in the battle of Mosul and the role of Pes ...

Blowing up houses, digging up graves: Iraqis purge Islamic State
NRT - 2017-02-19 14:25

Barzani and McGurk Discuss War on IS
BAS News - 2017-02-19 11:53
The US continues to support Kurdistan Region in battling terrorism, McGurk says MUNICH — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani and Brett McGurk, the US Special Presidential Envoy for Global Coalition to Counter Islamic State (IS), met on Sunday and d ...

Suicide bombing kills one in east Mosul, security sources say
Reuters - 2017-02-19 10:53
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide bomber detonated an explosive belt on Sunday in the "My Fair Lady" neighborhood of Mosul that was retaken recently from Islamic State, killing one and wounding nine others, security sources said. ...

Iraqi PM announces start of west Mosul operation
KurdPress - 2017-02-19 10:05
Iraqi PM Haidar al-Abadi announced on Sunday the start of the operation to retake control of western part of the northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State (IS). ...

Iraqi military says advancing toward west Mosul from the south
Reuters - 2017-02-19 09:39
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces captured several villages on Sunday, as they advanced from the south toward the western side of Mosul that is still under control of Islamic State, Iraqi military said. ...

PM Abadi Announces Start of West Mosul Offensive
BAS News - 2017-02-19 08:35
The operation aims to liberate people of Mosul, Abadi says MOSUL— Iraqi PM Haidar al-Abadi announced on Sunday the start of the operation to retake control of western Mosul from the Islamic State (IS). The Iraqi troops launched a large-scale offensive ai ...

Thousands More Iraqi Troops Join Mosul Assault after Training
BAS News - 2017-02-18 19:15
ERBIL — Approximately 5,000 Iraqi Security Forces have completed their coalition training and will proceed to assist as hold forces in eastern Mosul, thereafter taking part in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) in western Mosul, reported the US Dep ...

Battle in west Mosul could see siege, mass displacement: U.N.
Reuters - 2017-02-18 17:03
ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraq's U.S.-backed offensive against Islamic State in western Mosul could displace up to 400,000 civilians and involve a siege in the densely populated old city, the United Nations' Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq said on Saturda ...

ISIS Member: Killed More than 500 Civilian
Waar Media - 2017-02-18 13:45
WAAR-DUHOK: An Iraqi ISIS member has killed more than 500 civilian including children and women, and raped more than 200 girls, since he joined Islamic State (ISIS) in 2013. Amar Hussein, is one of ISIS member who captured by Peshmerga forces in Kirkuk ci ...

Turkey sets out Raqqa operation plans to U.S.: report
Reuters - 2017-02-18 13:38
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey has presented two proposals to the United States for how to carry out a joint military operation to drive Islamic State from its stronghold in the Syrian city of Raqqa, Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reported on Saturday. ...

IS Captive Says He Has Raped 200 Women and Killed 500 People
BAS News - 2017-02-18 11:52
He was captured by the Kurdish Counter-terrorism forces during Kirkuk attack ERBIL — The Islamic State (IS) militant Ammar Hussein who is now a captive in Sulaymaniyah province confessed that he has raped more than 200 women from Iraqi minorities particu ...

U.S.-led coalition says Islamic State command center destroyed in Mosul medical complex
Reuters - 2017-02-18 11:47
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S.-led military coalition on Saturday said its forces struck a building in the main medical complex of western Mosul, suspected to house an Islamic State command center. ...

Captive Islamic State militant says mass rapes were "normal"
NRT - 2017-02-18 09:32

Russia says it bombed Islamic State targets near Syria's Raqqa
Jerusalem Post - 2017-02-18 04:07
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Islamic State 'bureaucrats' fleeing stronghold in Syria
Jerusalem Post - 2017-02-18 04:07
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Visiting UK Defense Minister praises Peshmerga role against IS
KurdPress - 2017-02-18 01:57
The UK Secretary of Defense Michael Fallon praised the role of Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the fight against the Islamic State (IS). ...

US Joint Chiefs Chairman in Turkey to Plan Raqqa Assault
BAS News - 2017-02-17 20:36
Ankara insists on excluding Kurds from Raqqa operation ISTANBUL — Joseph Dunford, US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Turkey on Friday for discussions about the offensive to retake Raqqa, the Islamic State (IS) stronghold in northern Syr ...

Islamic State 'bureaucrats' fleeing stronghold in Syria: Pentagon
Reuters - 2017-02-17 20:15
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Islamic State administrators and bureaucrats have started to flee the militant group's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa as a U.S.-backed alliance works to isolate the city, a Pentagon official said on Friday. ...

Captive Islamic State militant says mass rapes were 'normal'
Reuters - 2017-02-17 18:02
SULAIYMANIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - Islamic State militant Amar Hussein says he reads the Koran all day in his tiny jail cell to become a better person. He also says he raped more than 200 women from Iraqi minorities, and shows few regrets. ...

Fearing Revolt, IS Bans Friday Prayer in Tel Afar
BAS News - 2017-02-17 17:51
The decision was made after IS lost seven local leaders in the district ERBIL — After seven Islamic State (IS) local leaders were killed in confrontations with Iraqi forces in Tel Afar district of Nineveh province, the extremist organization banned Frida ...

Barzani and Pentagon Chief Discuss Peshmerga Demands
BAS News - 2017-02-17 16:50
The two leaders meet in Munich, Germany ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani and US Defense Secretary James Mattis met on Friday to discuss the war on Islamic State and Peshmerga demands involvement in the fight. The meeting took place on th ...

Kirkuk: Peshmerga, Coalition Forces Foil IS Plan to Attack
BAS News - 2017-02-17 16:50
A group of IS snipers killed KIRKUK — Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the US-led coalition airpower on Friday foiled an Islamic State (IS) attack in Kirkuk province, killing several extremists. After noticing IS military mobilizations near the western Kirku ...

IS Losing Ground, Fighters and Funding: UK Defence Secretary
BAS News - 2017-02-17 15:33
Britain will continue playing its leading role in the war on IS, Michael Fallon says ERBIL— One of Islamic State (IS) headquarters in Iraq was struck by British forces, reported the Daily Express. A 30-second video recording was released by the UK Minist ...

Islamic State readies for close combat in alleyways of west Mosul
Reuters - 2017-02-17 15:27
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State militants are developing a network of passageways and tunnels in the narrow alleys of west Mosul that will enable them to hide and fight among the civilian population when Iraqi forces launch an attack that is expected an ...

Pentagon Mulling Combat Troops to Syria as Option in New Anti-ISIS Plan
Waar Media - 2017-02-17 14:06
WAAR-DUHOK: The Pentagon is considering a recommendation that conventional ground forces be sent to Syria as part of a package of options to be presented this month to President Donald Trump to accelerate operations against the Islamic State (ISIS) group, ...

Over 20 IS Militants Killed in Hawija, Southern Kirkuk
BAS News - 2017-02-17 09:55
They had planned to attack Peshmerga positions KIRKUK— A group from the Islamic State (IS) militants was targeted early Friday by the warplanes of the anti-IS US-led global coalition near Hawija district, south of Kirkuk. The militants had gathered in Sh ...

Turkish military says almost taken control of Syria's al-Bab
Reuters - 2017-02-17 09:39
ANKARA (Reuters) - The Turkish military said on Friday it was nearing the end of its operation to take control of the northern Syrian city of al-Bab from Islamic State and that the jihadists' resistance had largely been broken. ...

In Mosul orphanage, Islamic State groomed child soldiers
Reuters - 2017-02-17 09:39
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - When the boys first arrived at the Islamic State training facility in eastern Mosul they would cry and ask about their parents, who went missing when the militants rampaged through northern Iraq in 2014. ...

Wailing, anger at Sufi shrine in Pakistan after bomber kills 77
Reuters - 2017-02-17 09:39
SEHWAN SHARIF, Pakistan (Reuters) - Wailing Sufi devotees thronged a blood-stained shrine in southern Pakistan on Friday, shouting at police a day after a suicide bomber killed at least 77 people in an attack claimed by a regional branch of Islamic State. ...

Meet the British woman fighting IS in Syria
BBC - 2017-02-17 02:11
This 27-year-old is the first-known British woman to travel to Syria's front line against so-called Islamic State. ...

After Mosul, jihadist threat to Iraq will grow: Kurdish official
KurdPress - 2017-02-16 22:16
If Islamic State is driven from its Iraqi stronghold of Mosul, it will switch tactics to wage an insurgency from mountains and deserts, a top Kurdish intelligence official has told Reuters. ...

IS Intelligence Chief in Nineveh Killed
BAS News - 2017-02-16 19:31
Four other senior IS officials were also killed in Mosul airstrikes ERBIL — Five top officials of the extremist Islamic State (IS) organization were killed in the airstrikes conducted by international coalition forces in central Mosul, the War Media Cell ...

US Commander Says 60,000 IS Members Killed in Two Years
BAS News - 2017-02-16 18:43
ISTANBUL — An estimated 60,000 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed by US coalition military efforts in the last two years, Army General Raymond Thomas, commander of United States Special Operations Command said, according to a report by militar ...

Pentagon Considering Option of Sending Ground Troops to Syria
BAS News - 2017-02-16 17:49
Sending troops to Syria is being considered as one option, Pentagon official says ISTANBUL— Following US President Donald Trump’s order for the Defense Secretary James Mattis to present proposals for dealing with the Islamic State (IS), the Pentagon is c ...

Baghdad car bomb kills 48 as Islamic State escalates insurgency
Reuters - 2017-02-16 17:12
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A car packed with explosives blew up on Thursday in southern Baghdad, killing at least 48 people and wounding 55, security and medical sources said, in the deadliest such attack in Iraq this year. ...

Turkey steps up scrutiny on Muslim migrants from Russia
Reuters - 2017-02-16 17:12
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey has increased scrutiny of Russian-speaking Muslim communities in the past few months following a series of attacks blamed on Islamic State, a concrete example of the renewed relationship between the two countries. ...

[IN PICTURES]: Museum for Peshmerga Relics Opened in Barzan
BAS News - 2017-02-16 16:01
The museum is to keep the memory of the Peshmerga sacrifices in the fight against IS ERBIL— A museum for the relics of the Peshmerga fighters martyred in the battle against the Islamic State (IS) opened in Barzan district in the Kurdistan Region. To keep ...

Mosul Will Be Rendered Uninhabitable After It's Liberated: Hoshyar Zebari
BAS News - 2017-02-16 13:44
The fighting in west Mosul will prove more ferocious ISTANBUL — By the time all of Mosul will be liberated from Islamic State (IS) the city will be uninhabitable, according to Hoshyar Zebari, an Iraqi Kurdish politician. Although eastern Mosul has offici ...

Syrian Kurds warn against any Turkish advance
KurdPress - 2017-02-16 13:17
Syrian Kurdish militias and their allies expect continued U.S. support for their war against Islamic State (IS) in northern Syria and will fight Turkish forces if they advance towards Raqqa, a Kurdish leader said. ...

Turkey says U.S. not insisting on Kurdish role in Raqqa operation
Reuters - 2017-02-16 13:14
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's defense minister said on Thursday the new U.S. administration has a more flexible approach to Syria and is not insisting on the Kurdish YPG militia being involved in the operation to drive Islamic State from its Raqqa stronghol ...

After Mosul, jihadist threat to Iraq will grow: Kurdish intelligence official
Reuters - 2017-02-16 12:21
SULAIMANIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - If Islamic State is driven from its Iraqi stronghold of Mosul, it will switch tactics to wage an insurgency from mountains and deserts, a top Kurdish intelligence official has told Reuters. ...

Displaced people of Syria's "beehive" villages dream of return
Reuters - 2017-02-16 08:37
ALEPPO, Syria (Reuters) - The sculpted mud domes of the villages southeast of Aleppo are collapsing from war damage and neglect after years on the front line between Syria's army and Islamic State militants, their inhabitants long since gone. ...

IS Militants Drown 13 Iraqi Civilians in Central Mosul
BAS News - 2017-02-15 22:34
LEEDS — Islamic State (IS) militants drowned 13 Iraqi civilians in central Mosul over charges of "collaborating with the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and the Kurdish Peshmerga Forces," a source told al-Sumaria News on Wednesday. According to the source wh ...

Food Shortage in West Mosul Kills 25 Children
BAS News - 2017-02-15 22:34
LEEDS — At least 25 children have died as a result of hunger caused by food shortage in the Islamic State (IS)- held areas of western Mosul, The Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday. According to the Iraqi human rights monitor, there is a ...

Pentagon may recommend U.S. deploy combat troops in Syria: CNN
Reuters - 2017-02-15 22:22
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Defense Department may recommend that the United States deploy regular combat troops to Syria for the first time to fight Islamic State militants, CNN reported on Wednesday. ...

IS Suicide Attack Kills 5 Hashd al-Shaabi Militias
BAS News - 2017-02-15 21:14
LEEDS — Two Islamic State (IS) militants carried out a suicide attack on Wednesday at a checkpoint held by the Shi'ite militia Hashd al-Shaabi, south of Mosul. Captain Udai Bashar, member of the Hashd al-Shaabi, said the two suicide bombers blew themselv ...

Mosul bombings temper residents' relief at Islamic State pushback
Reuters - 2017-02-15 20:12
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - The first blast, down the street from his uncle's restaurant in eastern Mosul, sent Mohammed Badr racing towards the door to check the situation. The second one, moments later at the entrance of the restaurant itself, knocked him o ...

Nadia Murad: World Leaders “Numb” to Our Tragedy
BAS News - 2017-02-15 20:10
She expresses concern over the footage showing two Yezidi children forced into suicide mission by IS ERBIL — Kurdish Yezidi survivor of Islamic State (IS) captivity, Nadia Murad, who is also the UN Goodwill Ambassador, has expressed concern over the inte ...

U.S. commander expects tough battle in western Mosul
Reuters - 2017-02-15 19:59
NORTH OF MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Islamic State will put up a tough fight in the western side Mosul that remains under its control despite the losses the group suffered so far in the battle for the Iraqi, a U.S. commander said on Wednesday. ...

[PICTURE]: IS Chief of Military Police Killed in Mosul
BAS News - 2017-02-15 19:19
He and an aide were targeted by coalition warplanes MOSUL — The US-led coalition fighter jets have killed another senior military leader of Islamic State (IS) in western Kirkuk as the noose is being tightened against the militants. Kurdistan Region’s dir ...

MOSUL: 14-years-old Suicide Bomber Captured in Time
BAS News - 2017-02-15 18:49
His attack in western Mosul was successfully foiled MOSUL — Iraqi security forces on Wednesday foiled a terrorist attack in a newly-liberated district of eastern Mosul after capturing an Islamic State (IS) suicide bomber. A local source confirmed to BasN ...

Syrian Kurdish groups expect U.S. support, will fight any Turkish advance
Reuters - 2017-02-15 18:12
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian Kurdish militias and their allies expect continued U.S. support for their war against Islamic State in northern Syria and will fight Turkish forces if they advance towards Raqqa, a Kurdish leader said. ...

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