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Fifth Batch of F-16s Delivered to Iraq
BAS News - 2017-03-24 23:48
BAGHDAD — Iraqi military authorities on Friday received the fifth batch of F16s which were purchased form the US, said the Iraqi Air Force. The new delivery contains four aircrafts which are said to soon join the war against Islamic State (IS) in the nor ...

18 Western Mosul Neighborhoods Freed So Far: Commander
BAS News - 2017-03-24 22:15
MOSUL — Since the beginning of the western Mosul operation in February, the Iraqi army has managed to liberate 18 neighborhoods from the grip of Islamic State (IS), said an Iraqi counter-terrorism official. In the remaining neighborhoods, IS uses civilia ...

U.S.-led coalition helps train Raqqa police: Syrian Kurdish officials
Reuters - 2017-03-24 21:11
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State is helping to train a police force for the Syrian city of Raqqa in anticipation of its capture from the militants, two Kurdish officials said on Friday. ...

IS gunmen target civilians fleeing Mosul by night
Reuters - 2017-03-24 16:39
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Islamic State gunmen are opening fire on men, women and children as they try to flee Mosul under cover of darkness, civilians who escaped the besieged Iraqi city said on Friday. ...

Shi'ite cleric Sadr says only Iraq's military should hold land seized from IS
Reuters - 2017-03-24 14:46
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Influential Shi'ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said on Friday that only Iraq's military should hold territory recaptured from Islamic State, an apparent sign of concern that rival militias might use the gains to expand their influen ...

Syria's Ja'afari says U.S. action on Raqqa would be illegitimate
Reuters - 2017-03-24 14:46
GENEVA (Reuters) - Any U.S.- or Turkish-backed attack on Islamic State in the Syrian city of Raqqa would be illegitimate unless coordinated with President Bashar al-Assad's government, the Syrian chief negotiator at peace talks in Geneva said on Friday. ...

Syrian SDF forces reach Tabqa dam: Raqqa campaign spokeswoman
Reuters - 2017-03-24 14:46
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have reached the entrance to the Tabqa dam where they are clashing with Islamic State, Jihan Sheikh Ahmed, the SDF's spokeswoman for the campaign to drive the jihadist group from Raqqa, sai ...

KRG Collecting Evidence to Recognize Yezidi Case As Genocide
BAS News - 2017-03-24 12:55
KRG has formed a committee to gather evidence on IS atrocities against Yezidis ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has established a committee to document the crimes committed by the Islamic State (IS) against the Yezidi community to help recogni ...

Mosul's east begins to bustle but healing a long way off
Reuters - 2017-03-24 11:49
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Eastern Mosul is coming back to life. In the few weeks since Iraqi forces drove Islamic State from this side of the city, markets have opened and bulldozers have begun to clear the debris left by battle. ...

Iraqi forces prepare new push, tactics in Mosul as civilians flee city
Reuters - 2017-03-24 11:19
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi forces are preparing a fresh push against Islamic State using new tactics, but operations to drive the militants out of their last stronghold in the country are on hold, military officials said on Friday. ...

French defense minister sees Raqqa battle starting in coming days
Reuters - 2017-03-24 08:58
PARIS (Reuters) - A battle against Islamic State to recapture the Syrian city of Raqqa is likely to start in the coming days, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday. ...

Yazidis who suffered genocide are fleeing again, but this time not from the Islamic State
Nadia Murad - 2017-03-24 04:10
Salam Mukhaibir’s death this month, along with four other Yazidi fighters, marked the latest dark turn for an Iraqi minority sect that has suffered genocide at the hands of the Islamic State. Read more in The Washington Post. ...

IS leaves trail of destruction in Syria's Palmyra
BBC - 2017-03-24 02:08
Lyse Doucet finds the trail of destruction left by Islamic State militants in Palmyra extends beyond the ancient Syrian city's famous ruins. ...

Mosul: Iraqi Forces Recapture District of al-Yabessat
BAS News - 2017-03-23 22:33
LEEDS — Iraqi forces liberated the district of al-Yabessat in western Mosul on Thursday as the operation against the so-called Islamic State (IS) continues. The Joint Operations Command reported that the counter-terrorism forces took over the area and ra ...

Iraqi Forces Deny Civilian Casualties in Mosul Airstrike
BAS News - 2017-03-23 22:33
LEEDS — Iraqi Forces denied causing civilian casualties during airstrikes in the ongoing operation against the so-called Islamic State (IS) in the western parts of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. According to a statement released by the Iraqi Defense M ...

In Pictures: Coalition Forces Continue Training Peshmerga
BAS News - 2017-03-23 22:33
ERBIL — The US-led coalition continues training Kurdish peshmerga forces as part of the global anti-Islamic State (IS) efforts. The trainings, according to the official Facebook page of the US Consulate General in Erbil, is mainly focused on counter-IED ...

Dozens killed, buried in rubble after Mosul air raid - Iraqi officials, residents
Reuters - 2017-03-23 20:30
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Dozens of residents were buried in collapsed buildings in the Iraqi city of Mosul after an air strike against Islamic State triggered a massive explosion last week and rescuers are still recovering bodies, civil defense agency official ...

Tillerson: Defeating ISIS ‘No. 1 Goal’ for U.S., But Others Should Do More
Waar Media - 2017-03-23 15:51
WAAR-DUHOK: Defeating the Islamic State is the top U.S. priority in the Middle East, but other countries will be expected to contribute more to stabilize Iraq and Syria once the militants are expelled, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday. “Th ...

U.S.-backed Syrian force expects to attack Tabqa soon
Reuters - 2017-03-23 15:03
BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S.-backed Syrian militias are expected to attack soon an Islamic State-held dam and air base west of the Syrian city of Raqqa, their spokesman said on Thursday, part of an accelerating campaign to capture the hardline group's strongho ...

Are Syrian Kurds the missing ingredient in the West’s recipe to defeat Islamic State? — JNS.org
JNS - 2017-03-23 13:10

Child victims of Mosul battle fill emergency hospital
Reuters - 2017-03-23 11:25
BARTELLA, Iraq (Reuters) - The 9-year-old Iraqi boy was playing football on a patch of wasteground during a lull in the battle for Mosul when a mortar round fired by Islamic State militants landed nearby. It sprayed shrapnel into his lower legs and virtua ...

State Department spokesman says U.S. supports a unified Iraq
E-Kurd - 2017-03-23 05:55
WASHINGTON,— The U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner reiterated on Monday his country’s support to Iraq in defeating Islamic State (IS) and restoring stability to the liberated areas. Toner, during a press conference, told NRT that Iraq’s unity is ...

Iraq’s Abadi meets with U.S. president Trump at White House
E-Kurd - 2017-03-23 05:55
WASHINGTON,— Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said he won assurances of greater U.S. support in fighting Islamic State militants in talks on Monday with President Donald Trump and top advisers, but cautioned that military might alone would not be suf ...

Islamic State shells areas recaptured by Iraqi forces in western Mosul
E-Kurd - 2017-03-23 05:55
MOSUL,— Islamic State militants shelled areas recaptured by Iraqi forces in western Mosul, hitting civilians fleeing the fighting early on Wednesday as troops edged their way through the narrow, dangerous streets of the Old City. Heavy mortar fire killed ...

U.S. Marines deployed in Syria, Kurds say
E-Kurd - 2017-03-23 05:55
QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— A U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish coalition says the U.S. has landed infantry behind Islamic State lines to spearhead an assault on the town of Tabqa. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces SDF say the U.S. has airlifted several ...

US-led Coalition Gathering to Discuss End of IS
BAS News - 2017-03-23 00:46
LEEDS — Diplomats from all 68 member states of the international US-led coalition against the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria met on Wednesday in the capital of the United States, Washington. US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, welcomed ...

IS Mortar Attack Kills and Injures Civilians in Central Mosul
BAS News - 2017-03-23 00:46
LEEDS — Mortar shelling conducted by the so-called Islamic State (IS) killed one civilian and injured another three, including a security soldier, in the areas of central Mosul on Wednesday. A police source said that one girl was killed and two other civ ...

Mosul: Iraqi Forces Kill 15 IS Militants, Arrest Several Others
BAS News - 2017-03-22 22:24
MOSUL — Iraqi security forces killed 15 Islamic State (IS) militants and arrested several sleeper cells belonging to the extremist group in central Mosul, a federal police officer said on Wednesday. Captain Khalil Haider from the Iraqi Federal Police sai ...

Shi'ite aid convoys enter Mosul, bringing relief and suspicion
Reuters - 2017-03-22 18:33
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Aid convoys linked to paramilitary groups have begun making regular deliveries to Mosul districts recaptured from Islamic State, bringing much-needed relief but also fears that their Shi'ite backers are encroaching into the mostly ...

U.S.-led coalition air-drops forces in Raqqa province
Reuters - 2017-03-22 17:24
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The U.S.-led coalition have air-dropped ground forces near the Islamic State-held town of Tabqa in northern Syria, opening a new front in the campaign to capture the jihadist group's nearby stronghold of Raqqa city. ...

Islamic State shells recaptured areas in west Mosul
Reuters - 2017-03-22 14:23
MOSUL (Reuters) - Islamic State militants shelled areas recaptured by Iraqi forces in western Mosul, hitting civilians fleeing the fighting early on Wednesday as troops edged their way through the narrow, dangerous streets of the Old City. ...

Scorched earth: If Islamic State can't have it, no one can
Reuters - 2017-03-22 13:10
CAIRO (Reuters) - As Islamic State loses ground in Iraq and Syria, the Sunni militant group which once held territory amounting to a third of those countries is turning to sabotage to ensure its enemies cannot benefit from its losses. ...

Air strike kills more than 30 near Raqqa, Syrian Observatory says
Reuters - 2017-03-22 09:23
BEIRUT (Reuters) - At least 33 people were killed in an air strike that hit a school sheltering displaced people near Islamic State-held Raqqa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, and the U.S.-led coalition was believed to have carried out the a ...

Trump administration hosting first meeting of anti-ISIS coalition
Reuters - 2017-03-22 05:56
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Foreign ministers from 68 countries meet in Washington on Wednesday to agree on the next steps to defeat Islamic State, the first such gathering of the U.S-led military coalition since the election of President Donald Trump in Novem ...

Yazidis who suffered genocide are fleeing again, but this time not from Islamic State | Albuquerque Journal
Abqjournal - 2017-03-21 22:48

Lessons learned, Belgian PM still on guard a year after attack
Reuters - 2017-03-21 21:55
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgium has learned lessons about keeping violent Islamists in check but cannot rule out more attacks, its prime minister said on Tuesday, a year after Islamic State suicide bombers killed 32 people in Brussels. ...

Yazidis who suffered genocide are fleeing again, but this time not from the Islamic State - The Washington Post
Washingtonpost - 2017-03-21 21:50

PYD Asked by Damascus to Release IS Captives: Official
BAS News - 2017-03-21 20:24
ERBIL — The Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), an offshoot to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), has reportedly released a number of Islamic State (IS) captives upon the request of the Syrian Regime, an official claimed. Abdulbasit Hamo, Kurdi ...

Year on from bombings, Brussels remains on alert
Reuters - 2017-03-21 20:12
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A year after Islamic State suicide bombers killed 32 people in Brussels, Belgian authorities say much remains unclear about who ordered the attacks, even if those who staged them are either dead or in jail. ...

Iraqi forces try to bring civilians out of east Mosul, U.S. pledges more support
Reuters - 2017-03-21 14:46
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi government forces attempted to evacuate civilians from Mosul's Islamic State-held Old City on Tuesday so that troops could clear the area, but militant snipers hampered the effort, Iraqi officers said. ...

YBS repel Islamic State attack in western Sinjar
NRT - 2017-03-21 13:33

Trump and Abadi Meet in Washington
BAS News - 2017-03-21 01:09
LEEDS — The President of the United States Donald Trump met with the Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi on Monday, two days ahead of a ministerial which will discuss the ongoing global military campaign against the so-called Islamic State (IS) group ...

US-led Coalition Conducts 25 Airstrikes in Syria and Iraq
BAS News - 2017-03-20 23:35
LEEDS — The US-led coalition against the so-called Islamic State (IS) conducted 25 strikes consisting of 92 engagements against the extremist group in Syria and Iraq on Sunday, including 18 strikes near the group’s self-proclaimed de facto capital of Raq ...

IS Kidnaps 9 Iraqi Troops in Mosul
BAS News - 2017-03-20 21:04
MOSUL — Islamic State (IS) militants on Monday kidnapped nine Iraqi soldiers in Mosul as military confrontations between the sides is further escalating, said a source form the Iraqi Interior Minister. One colonel is among the kidnapped, the source, who ...

As Iraqi forces fight to take Mosul, car bomb in Baghdad kills 23 people
Reuters - 2017-03-20 20:42
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Islamic State militants captured an Iraqi police colonel and eight other officers on Monday after they ran out of ammunition during a skirmish in the battle for western Mosul, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official said. ...

Iraq car bomb kills 20 in south-west Baghdad
BBC - 2017-03-20 20:23
No group claims responsibility for the attack but so-called Islamic State are the main suspects. ...

Iraqi Federal Police Arrests 5 IS Supporters In Mosul
BAS News - 2017-03-20 20:06
LEEDS — Security forces arrested five civilians on charges of supporting the so-called Islamic State (IS), while issuing permits for people who wish to leave the city of Mosul, a police officer said on Monday. Captain Amir Wathiq said in a statement on M ...

Islamic State militants capture Iraqi police colonel, eight officers in west Mosul: official
Reuters - 2017-03-20 19:50
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State militants captured an Iraqi police colonel and eight other officers in western Mosul after they ran out of ammunition during fierce clashes early Monday morning, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official said. ...

KRG attending coalition conference against Islamic State
Kurdistan24 - 2017-03-20 16:36

British troops train Iraqi and Kurdish fighters to beat Islamic State - Blackpool Gazette
Blackpoolgazette - 2017-03-20 15:30

Izvestia: PYD’s Kurds gear up to storm Raqqa
Waar Media - 2017-03-20 14:31
WAAR-DUHOK: The Islamic State has declared martial law in Raqqa, a city claimed by the terrorists as their capital, Russian Newspaper Izvestia writes. Militants have to prepare to defend the city, with the Kurdish armed groups closing in on it. Represent ...

Iraqis pouring out of Mosul find no place at crowded camps
Reuters - 2017-03-20 11:46
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Mohammed Ali and his family, carrying all their worldly possessions in a few bags, had been on the road for 18 hours since fleeing their home in an Islamic State-held area of Mosul. ...

Iraq forces retake over a third of west Mosul, commander says
E-Kurd - 2017-03-20 00:15
MOSUL,— Iraqi forces have retaken more than a third of west Mosul from the Islamic State group, a commander said, as Baghdad’s troops fought Sunday to advance deeper into the city. Iraqi forces launched the operation to recapture west Mosul — the most po ...

Iraq forces face tough resistance in advance on Mosul’s Old City
E-Kurd - 2017-03-20 00:15
MOSUL,— Iraqi forces battling Islamic State faced tough resistance from snipers and mortar rounds on Monday as they tried to advance on Mosul’s Old City and a bridge across the Tigris river in their campaign to retake the western part of the city. Progre ...

United States ‘efficiently playing Kurdish card in Syria’
E-Kurd - 2017-03-20 00:15
MOSCOW,— Kurdish fighters have been America’s go-to ground force when it comes to tackling Islamic State IS [Daesh] in the Middle East, but Washington’s support for and reliance on the ethnic group which has long tried to achieve greater autonomy, if not ...

Crushing Islamic State Just Won’t End Sunni Insurgency in Iraq
E-Kurd - 2017-03-20 00:15
Manish Rai | Ekurd.net The Iraqi military and its allies have nearly defeated Islamic State in its final and largest Iraqi stronghold of Mosul. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in his recent visit to Mosul said the defeat of Islamic State militants in Mosu ...

Iraqi forces retake Mosul train station, once a major rail hub
E-Kurd - 2017-03-20 00:15
MOSUL,— Iraqi forces said Tuesday that they recaptured Mosul’s train station, once one of the country’s main rail hubs and the latest in a series of key sites retaken from jihadists. The forces launched a major push last month to oust the Islamic State g ...

UN says Syrian Kurdish YPG forcibly conscripts men, boys for military service
E-Kurd - 2017-03-20 00:15
GENEVA,— The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) of Syrian Kurdistan continues to forcibly conscript men and boys for military service in Syria in the fight against Islamic State (IS) militants, the United Nations said. The U.N. Independent Internati ...

Islamic State militants are not be allowed to escape Iraq’s Mosul: spokesman
E-Kurd - 2017-03-20 00:15
BAGHDAD,— The U.S.-led Coalition said Islamic State (IS) militants are now completely surrounded in Mosul by Iraqi security forces. “They are not gonna be allowed to escape, they are gonna surrender into the Iraqi security forces or they are gonna be kil ...

Iraqi forces battle to retake Mosul’s Grand Mosque from Islamic State
E-Kurd - 2017-03-20 00:15
MOSUL,— Government forces set their sights on reaching the Grand Mosque in Mosul’s Old City on Wednesday and the prime minister said the battle to drive Islamic State from its last urban stronghold in Iraq was reaching its final stages. Losing the city w ...

Iraqi government forces retake Mosul’s Iron bridge
E-Kurd - 2017-03-20 00:15
MOSUL,— Iraqi government forces battling Islamic State for Mosul took control of a main bridge over the Tigris river on Wednesday and advanced towards the mosque where the group’s leader declared a caliphate in 2014, federal police said. The seizure of t ...

Iraq receives first batch of South Korean T-50 fighter jets
E-Kurd - 2017-03-20 00:15
BAGHDAD,— Iraq received on Thursday the first batch of South Korea’s T-50 light fighter jets, said the Iraqi Defense Ministry in a statement. The jets received aim to support Iraqi forces in dislodging Islamic State (IS) militants from the city of Mosul. ...

Syrian Kurds say Raqqa offensive will start in early April
E-Kurd - 2017-03-20 00:15
QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— The leader of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia of Syrian Kurdistan, Sipan Hemo, announced that the US-backed attack on Islamic State’s stronghold in Raqqa will start early in April. US officials, on the other hand, have made no ...

Thousands of Iraqi civilians flee Mosul as battle edges into Old City
E-Kurd - 2017-03-20 00:15
MOSUL,— Thousands of Iraqis surged out of western Mosul on Saturday during a lull in heavy fighting in districts around the densely populated Old City where Iraqi forces are facing fierce resistance from Islamic State militants. Five months into the batt ...

Iraqi Forces Make More Territorial Gain West of Mosul
BAS News - 2017-03-19 20:43
LEEDS — Government forces in Iraq pushed through more areas held by the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Mosul’s Old City despite a fierce resistance from the extremists in the densely-populated areas of western Mosul. Lieutenant General Rayid Shakir, com ...

Six Foreign IS Members Killed in Airstrike West of Mosul
BAS News - 2017-03-19 20:43
LEEDS — Six foreign members of the Islamic State (IS) were killed in airstrikes in western Mosul as the Iraqi forces continue to liberate more areas in the city, the Iraqi military intelligence service said on Sunday. According to the statement made by t ...

Iraqi Forces Capture 15 IS Militants in Qayyarah
BAS News - 2017-03-19 20:43
LEEDS — Iraqi forces captured 15 members of the so-called Islamic State (IS) during an extensive search operation conducted in the area of Qayyarah, south of Mosul, an officer in the Nineveh Operations Command said on Sunday. Major Aziz Tayeh said in a s ...

[IN PICTURES]: 5 Women and 3 Children of Abducted Yezidis Freed from IS
BAS News - 2017-03-19 18:14
They were taken to Raqqa in Syria DUHOK — Kurdistan Region’s Directorate of Yezidi Abductees Affairs stated that eight Kurdish Yezidis including women and children were freed from the grip of the Islamic State (IS) in Raqqa, the group's stronghold in Syr ...

U.S. base rises from the rubble for Mosul push
Reuters - 2017-03-19 13:27
QAYYARA WEST AIRFIELD, Iraq (Reuters) - U.S. troops are hard at work rehabilitating this battle-scarred, rubble-strewn airfield as a logistics and support hub for Iraqi and international forces in the decisive battle against Islamic State for the city of ...

Iraqi forces close in on Mosul mosque as residents flee
Reuters - 2017-03-19 12:15
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi army helicopters strafed and fired rockets at Islamic State positions in Mosul's Old City on Sunday as troops on the ground closed in on the strategic and symbolic prize of the al-Nuri Mosque. ...

Iraqi Forces Discover a Prison In Central Mosul
BAS News - 2017-03-18 23:20
Ten prisoners found in the prison MOSUL — Iraqi forces discovered an Islamic State (IS) prison in the area of Bab al-Saray during a search operation in central Mosul, a federal police officer said on Saturday. Colonel Khodier Saleh said in a statement on ...

12 Civilians Injured By IS Chemical Attack In Mosul
BAS News - 2017-03-18 23:20
MOSUL — Twelve civilians were injured in a chemical attack conducted by the so-called Islamic State (IS) militants in Mosul. The attack was launched on the liberated areas of Mosul, using highly toxic gases, a police officer in the province of Nineveh sa ...

US: Team Up with Kurds Not Turkey to Destroy Islamic State « LobeLog
Lobelog - 2017-03-18 21:44

Peshmerga, Iraqi Army, US-led Coalition to Lead Hawija Assault
BAS News - 2017-03-18 20:11
A prior agreement between the three sides is need, a security official says KIRKUK — Kurdish Peshmerga forces, the Iraqi army and US-led coalition will be taking part in any future operation aiming at liberating Hawija from Islamic State (IS), a Kurdish ...

Two Kurdish Yezidi Families Freed from IS
BAS News - 2017-03-18 20:11
The abductees were rescued from Raqqa, now in Kobani DUHOK — Two Kurdish Yezidi families have been rescued from Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria’s Raqqa, the group’s de facto capital city. Head of the office for Yezidi Abductee Affairs, Hussein Qa’i ...

Thousands flee Iraq's Mosul as battle edges into Old City
Reuters - 2017-03-18 17:41
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Thousands of Iraqis surged out of western Mosul on Saturday during a lull in heavy fighting in districts around the densely populated Old City where Iraqi forces are facing fierce resistance from Islamic State militants. ...

Self-immolations on the rise among Iraqi Kurdish women / Laurene Daycard
KurdPress - 2017-03-18 11:19
Female Kurdish fighters, who represent less than 1% of the roughly 200,000 peshmerga forces, have become “the bankable icon” of the fight against the Islamic State. But beyond the illusions of a land that supports women’s rights, the reality in Iraqi Kurd ...

YPG says Raqqa assault starts early April
KurdPress - 2017-03-18 11:19
The Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), an armed wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), has revealed that the offensive to retake Raqqa from Islamic State (IS) would be launched in early April. ...

Raqqa Assault Starts Early April: YPG
BAS News - 2017-03-18 01:06
ERBIL — The Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), an armed wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), has revealed that the offensive to retake Raqqa from Islamic State would be launched in early April. "Regarding the decision to liberate Raqqa ...

Turkey Arrests 10 Iraqi Nationals Suspected of IS Membership
BAS News - 2017-03-17 19:13
ERBIL — Turkish security forces on Friday arrested 10 Iraqi nationals in the north of country, suspecting them of having links to the Islamic State (IS). According to Anadolu Agency, the arrests were made in northern Samsun province of Turkey. It is not ...

Exclusive: Syrian Kurdish YPG says Raqqa attack to start in early April
Reuters - 2017-03-17 16:50
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The head of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said a U.S.-backed assault to drive Islamic State from its de-facto capital Raqqa would begin at the start of April and the YPG would be taking part, despite fierce opposition from neighboring ...

Syrian rebel group says U.S.-led coalition behind mosque strike
Reuters - 2017-03-17 12:21
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Ahrar al-Sham, a powerful Syrian rebel group, on Friday said the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State was behind a deadly mosque attack near Syria's Aleppo that a war monitor said killed dozens of people on Thursday evening. ...

Syrian army says it shot down Israeli jet
Waar Media - 2017-03-17 11:42
WAAR-DUHOK: Syria’s army high command said in a statement on Friday Israeli jets breached Syrian air space early in the morning and attacked a military target near Palmyra in what it described as an act of aggression that aided Islamic State (ISIS). It s ...

Iraqi forces advance into Mosul's Old City, Nuri mosque in sight
Reuters - 2017-03-17 11:37
MOSUL, Iraq/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces battling Islamic State in Mosul advanced into the Old City and around the al Nuri mosque on Friday trying to seal off a main road to prevent militants sending in suicide bombers. ...

Syrian army says it shot down Israeli jet
Reuters - 2017-03-17 10:38
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's army high command said in a statement on Friday Israeli jets breached Syrian air space early in the morning and attacked a military target near Palmyra in what it described as an act of aggression that aided Islamic State. ...

Coalition Jets Destroy IS Drone Facility near Raqqa
BAS News - 2017-03-17 01:29
RAQQA — The US-led coalition airpower on Wednesday carried out 24 airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) across Syria and Iraq, destroying group’s drone facility among other positions. "Near Ar Raqqah, 13 strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destr ...

Syria government urges U.N. chief to avert 'looming dam catastrophe'
Reuters - 2017-03-16 23:50
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Syria's government urged U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to demand that a U.S.-led military campaign against Islamic State militants stop targeting the Euphrates and Tishrin dams and surrounding areas "to forestall a loo ...

Abadi Wants Fewer US Soldiers in Iraq after IS Defeated
BAS News - 2017-03-16 21:17
ISTANBUL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider a-Abadi wants a reduction in the number of US military personnel in Iraq following the defeat of the Islamic State (IS) militants in Mosul. "As we are crushing Daesh, it is clear that there is a need to reduce the n ...

At Least 14 Civilians Killed in IS Attack West Mosul
BAS News - 2017-03-16 20:46
LEEDS — Twenty-seven civilians were killed or wounded by shelling carried out by the Islamic State (IS) militants in the areas of al-Yarmouk and al-Jadida in western Mosul, a police officer said on Thursday. Captain Amir Wathiq said in a statement that 1 ...

Iraqi Forces Destroy IS Camp, Explosives Factory
BAS News - 2017-03-16 20:46
LEEDS — Iraqi security forces destroyed an Islamic State (IS) camp and an explosives factory west of the province of Anbar, a commander at the Iraqi army said on Thursday.Major General Numan Abd al-Zawei, a commander of the Iraqi Army's 7th Brigade, said ...

Three IS Members Captured in Kirkuk
BAS News - 2017-03-16 20:07
KIRKUK — Kurdish security forces in Kirkuk, northern Iraq, have captured three members of Islamic State (IS). "The arrests were made overnight Wednesday during a search operation and based on prior intelligence," said Sarah's Qader, Chief of Kirkuk Polic ...

Turkey Forms New Arab Army Front to Fight Rojava
Waar Media - 2017-03-16 13:12
WAAR-DUHOK: The leaders of some 50 Syrian Arab tribes in Turkey on Tuesday declared they would form a new army to fight the Islamic State (ISIS) and the US-backed Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Rojava (northeastern Syria). Convening in the Ku ...

IS Militants Lacking Purpose, Motivation and Direction in Mosul: US Military Official
BAS News - 2017-03-16 11:59
Less than 2,000 militants are remaining in Mosul, according to Pentagon MOSUL — Islamic State (IS) fighters are continually being weakened by the approaching Iraqi forces coupled with the US-led the international coalition’s aerial and armament support. ...

Iraqi forces try to encircle Mosul's IS-held Old City
Reuters - 2017-03-16 10:04
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi government forces attempted to encircle Mosul's Old City on Thursday in a bid to bottle up Islamic State fighters holding out there, but progress was slowed by car bombs and booby-traps in houses and alleyways, officers said. ...

Four Islamic State-linked militants killed in raid in Bangladesh: police
Reuters - 2017-03-16 06:55
DHAKA (Reuters) - Four suspected militants, including a woman, from a group that has pledged allegiance to Islamic State were killed in a shootout on Thursday when Bangladesh police raided their hideout in the southeast, a senior police official said. ...

US Vice President Calls for an End to IS Genocide against Kurdish Yezidis
BAS News - 2017-03-15 22:46
One of the survivors says the genocide is still going on ERBIL — US Vice-President Mike Pence on Wednesday called for an end to the genocide of Christians and Kurdish Yezidis at the hands of Islamic State (IS). “Grateful that OTD in 2016, House recognize ...

Iraqi forces find Islamic State missiles in west Mosul
NRT - 2017-03-15 22:05

Iraqi Forces Tracking Down IS Leader Al-Baghdadi in Mosul
BAS News - 2017-03-15 17:46
MOSUL — Iraqi forces are preparing to attack the leader of the so-called Islamic State (IS) as soon as his exact location is uncovered, the Iraqi Joint Special Operations Command said on Wednesday. The Spokesperson for the Iraqi Special Operations Comman ...

Airstrikes Kill Three Senior IS Leaders in Central Mosul
BAS News - 2017-03-15 17:22
MOSUL — Three senior Islamic State (IS) leaders were killed in central Mosul on Wednesday, after an airstrike conducted by the Iraqi Army jets hit their position, Iraq's military intelligence service said. The Iraqi military intelligence service released ...

IS Burns 9 Civilians Attempting to Flee Hawija
BAS News - 2017-03-15 16:23
There were children among the civilians burnt by IS militants KIRKUK — Nine civilians, including children, were burned alive for attempting to escape the Islamic State (IS)-held territories in the Kirkuk province. The civilians were charged with "abandon ...

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