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Mosul to Be Fully Liberated in Three Weeks: Top Commander

BAS News - 2017-04-30 22:33
MOSUL — The war on Islamic State (IS) in Mosul is expected to be concluded during the coming month and the extremist group will be completely ousted, said a top Iraqi military official. Iraqi army’s Chief of Staff Othman al-Ghanmi told al-Sabah newspaper ...

SDF Makes Significant Gain in Syria’s Tabqa

BAS News - 2017-04-30 22:11
ERBIL — The US-back Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Sunday made further military gains against Islamic State (IS) in the strategic town of Tabqa, near the extremist groups de facto capital of Raqqa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. “They [ ...

Three Iraqi Troops Killed in IS Attack in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-04-30 22:00
LEEDS — Three Iraqi soldiers were killed on a highway in western Mosul, while repelling an attack by the so-called Islamic State (IS), a military source said on Sunday. According to the source, who was quoted by Shafaaq news, the IS militants attacked th ...

IS Division Commander Killed in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-04-30 21:11
ERBIL— Abu Eshaq al-Tunisi, an Islamic State (IS) field commander, was killed on Sunday in western Mosul, confirmed an Iraqi federal police commander. Shakr Jawdat told Iraqi media outlets that Tunisi, who was the commander for the Hufat Division, was ki ...

IS Caused $37billion Damage to Iraq's Infrastructure: Report

BAS News - 2017-04-30 20:46
The report says 80% of the IS-held areas has been razed ERBIL— The damages which the Islamic State (IS) organization caused to the infrastructure of Iraq are estimated to be around 42 trillion IQD (approx. 37 billion USD), according to a report by Turkis ...

Yezidis Seek Germany's Support for Abducted and Rescued Individuals

BAS News - 2017-04-30 20:31
Yezidis' leader met with the rescued people today ERBIL— The Spiritual Council of Yezidis on Sunday met with the Yezidi people who were liberated from the Islamic State (IS) captivity and promised to take their appeal for support to Germany, said the adv ...

U.S.-led fight on ISIS have killed 352 civilians: Pentagon

Reuters - 2017-04-30 18:25
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - At least 352 civilians have been killed in U.S.-led strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria since the operation began in 2014, the U.S. military said in a statement on Sunday. ...

Saudi Arabia arrests 46 militant suspects involved in Medina attack

Reuters - 2017-04-30 15:55
DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it had arrested 46 members of a militant cell responsible for a deadly suicide bombing attack on the Prophet's Mosque in the holy city of Medina last summer widely blamed on Islamic State. ...

13 IS Militants Killed in Coalition's Airstrikes in Anbar

BAS News - 2017-04-30 15:54
ANBAR — Thirteen Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed resulting from airstrikes by the US-led international anti-IS coalition in western Anbar province of Iraq. The strikes were launched at IS vehicles located in the western province of Anbar, w ...

11 Wounded Peshmerga Troops to Receive Treatment in Italy

BAS News - 2017-04-30 15:26
KRG Foreign Minister and Italian consul in Erbil met on Sunday ERBIL — Italy will take in eleven Peshmerga troops who have been injured in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) to provide them with the necessary medical treatment, said the Italian con ...

U.S.-backed militias claim big advance against IS in Syria's Tabqa

Reuters - 2017-04-30 11:59
BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S.-backed militias said on Sunday they had made a big advance in Tabqa, a strategically vital town controlling Syria's largest dam, in their campaign to drive Islamic State from its stronghold of Raqqa, 40km (25 miles) downstream. ...

Russia Asks US Share Information on IS Chemical Attacks Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-04-30 04:24
LEEDS — Russia called on the United States to share information on alleged chemical weapons used by Islamic State (IS) in Iraqi Kurdistan, Russian Foreign Ministry announced in statement on Saturday. According to a statement by Russian Foreign Ministry, ...

IS Claims Responsibility for Friday’s Blast in Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-04-29 22:42
BAGHDAD — Islamic State (IS) on Saturday claimed responsibility for Friday night’s blast in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. The explosion, which was carried out via a car bomb, had taken place in Karrada district, targeting a traffic police office. BasNews p ...

Iraqi Forces Recaptures Ancient Town of Hatra

BAS News - 2017-04-29 21:21
LEEDS — The Iraqi government-backed militia known as Hashd al-Shaabi recaptured the strategic town of Hatra on Wednesday Hashd al-Shaabi released a statement on Saturday saying they have defeated the so-called Islamic State (IS) in the town of Hatra, loc ...

IS Digging Trench Around Hawija to Prevent Civilians' Escape: Official

BAS News - 2017-04-29 20:01
He questions the delay in liberating the town ERBIL—The Islamic State (IS) militants are creating a "big" trench around the town of Hawija, south of Kirkuk province, to prevent the citizens flee the town, according to an informed official. The Islamic ji ...

Dire situation a woman 64 years old in Evin prison.

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-04-29 13:42
According to the report to the Kurdistan Human Rights Association Noshin Mirabdolbaqi 64 years ols prison sentence on charges of supporting Kurdish parties, insulting the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, blasphemy state, women’s rights, propaganda ...

U.S. Patrolling Syrian Border to Stop Turk-Kurd Clashes

WSJ - 2017-04-29 11:32
American forces have started patrolling the Turkey-Syria border to prevent further clashes between Turkish troops and Kurdish fighters that have undermined the fight against Islamic State, U.S. officials said Friday. ...

[IN PICTURES]: 36 Kurdish Yezidis Liberated from IS in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-04-29 09:31
DUHOK — A total of 36 Kurdish Yezidi abductees were freed from the Islamic State (IS) extremist group on Friday. Hussein Qa'idi, head of Kurdistan Region’s Directorate of Yezidi Abductees Affairs, stated that 36 Kurdish Yezidis, all of whom were children ...

28 IS Militants Killed in Nineveh Strikes

BAS News - 2017-04-28 19:38
A weapon cache was also destroyed ERBIL— Nineveh Operation Command conducted three airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) targets in Tal Afar and Qayrawan towns near Mosul, killing 28 militants. Iraqi War Media Cell said in Qadesiyah neighborhood of Tal A ...

Friendly fire may have killed U.S. troops in Afghanistan - Pentagon

Reuters - 2017-04-28 19:37
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. special forces troops killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday may have been struck by friendly fire in an operation targeting the emir of Islamic State militants in Afghanistan, a Pentagon spokesman said on Friday. ...

IS Media Center Razed in Coalition Airstrikes near Mosul

BAS News - 2017-04-28 18:15
The coalition also caused damages to extremists' tactical units in Syria ERBIL— During 28 airstrikes by the US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, the weaponry caches, oil apparatus and media center of the Islamic jihadists we ...

U.S.-backed forces push against IS in slowed Raqqa campaign

Reuters - 2017-04-28 13:41
BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S.-backed forces fighting Islamic State in Syria took several neighborhoods from the militant group in the town of Tabqa on Friday, they said in a statement, part of a campaign to oust Islamic State from its stronghold in Raqqa city. ...

Iraqi Forces Recapture Strategic Town near Mosul

BAS News - 2017-04-28 01:32
ISTANBUL — Iraqi forces on Thursday recaptured the strategic town of Hatra, with its roads linking the provinces of Nineveh, Salaheddin and Anbar. Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), also known as Hashed al-Shaabi recaptured the town from Islamic State (I ...

Coalition Strike Kills High Islamic State Official

BAS News - 2017-04-28 00:35
ISTANBUL — A high-ranking member of the Islamic State (IS) group was killed as a result of an airstrike by the US-led coalition forces on Thursday. The strike was launched at the district of al-Shefaa in western Mosul, according to a recent statement by ...

Iraqi PM to Declared Mosul Fully Liberated in Few Days: Report

BAS News - 2017-04-28 00:13
SOFIA — The northern Iraqi city of Mosul will be declared "fully liberated" from the so-called Islamic State (IS) next Saturday, a source close to the Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi said on Thursday. According to the source the Iraqi flag will be ...

Coalition Conducts 29 Airstrikes in Syria, Iraq on Wednesday

BAS News - 2017-04-27 23:43
SOFIA — Twenty-nine airstrikes were conducted by the US-led international coalition against the so-called Islamic State (IS) in both Iraq and Syria on Wednesday, Operation Inherent Resolve said in a press statement. According to the statement the coaliti ...

Coalition, Iraqi Forces Kill 27 IS Militants, Including Commanders

BAS News - 2017-04-27 22:09
MOSUL — US-led coalition warplanes and the Iraqi army on Thursday killed at least 27 Islamic State (IS) insurgents in northern Iraq and damaged the group's facilities and military positions. According to military sources, the coalition jets heavily pound ...

Head of IS Intelligence in Kirkuk Captured

BAS News - 2017-04-27 21:35
Two other prominent members of the group have also been arrested KIRKUK — Kurdish security forces have captured three Islamic State (IS) militants in Kirkuk among which was the group’s head of IS Intelligence Affairs in the area. The insurgents were prio ...

Kurdish Security Forces Capture 63 IS Members in Kirkuk IDP Camps

BAS News - 2017-04-27 21:35
KIRKUK — During an operation on Thursday, Kurdish security forces captured 63 Islamic State (IS) militants in Kirkuk who had sneaked into the camps disguising as civilian IDPs. The insurgents were located and captured in the IDP camps of Leylan 1, Leylan ...

Israelis Learn to Live With a New Neighbor: Islamic State

WSJ - 2017-04-27 16:57
While most attention has focused on Islamic State’s shrinking but still vast territory in eastern Syria and northwestern Iraq, the extremist group has also proved surprisingly resilient in a pocket of southern Syria near Israeli-populated towns and villag ...

Two U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan: Pentagon

Reuters - 2017-04-27 16:54
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. service members were killed during an operation against Islamic State militants in eastern Afghanistan overnight on Wednesday, a Pentagon spokesman said on Thursday. ...

Russia blames Turkish airstrikes against Kurdish forces

KurdPress - 2017-04-27 11:49
Russia said on Wednesday that Ankara has hindered efforts to combat the Islamic State (IS) and blamed Turkish military operations in Shingal, northern Iraq, and Syria that killed several Kurdish fighters. ...

New Zealand, Australia to Send Additional Troops to Iraq

BAS News - 2017-04-27 00:06
ISTANBUL — One-hundred New Zealand and 300 Australian soldiers will be deployed to Iraq next week as part of Operation OKRA, Australia’s contribution to the anti-Islamic State (IS) international efforts. Currently, the 400 soldiers known as Task Group Ta ...

Iraqi Forces Use Military Drones Against IS Snipers

BAS News - 2017-04-27 00:06
SOFIA — Iraqi security forces have begun using military drones in the fight against the so-called Islamic State (IS) in order to kill their snipers and destroy stationary targets, Operation Inherent Resolve said on Wednesday. Colonel John Dorrian, a spok ...

KRG Not Forcing IDPs Out: Official

BAS News - 2017-04-27 00:06
ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is not forcing IDPs out who have been sheltered in the region since the beginning of Islamic State (IS) rampage in Iraq, said a Kurdish official. Following the liberation of certain areas from IS in northern Ir ...

Hawija Operation Delayed for US Presidential Election: Iraqi MP

BAS News - 2017-04-26 22:19
Washington wished to liberate Mosul before the election BAGHDAD — The last presidential election in the United States has greatly affected the military plans against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, resulting in moving onto Mosul and postponing an operati ...

4 IS Militants and One Iraqi Soldier Killed in Al-Mutaibaija, Iraq

BAS News - 2017-04-26 22:02
SALAHUDDIN — An airstrike killed four Islamic State (IS) militants in al-Mutaibaija area located on the borders between Diyala and Salahuddin provinces on Wednesday, said a commander of the Tigris Operations. Lieutenant General Mazhar al-Ezzawi said in a ...

Hashd Al-Shaabi Taking Over Headquarters of Kurdish Parties in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-04-26 15:50
Hashd al-Shaabi has deployed forces in Sunni areas in Mosul MOSUL — The Shi'ite militia forces of Hashd al-Shaabi have begun taking over the headquarters of the Kurdish parties in Mosul after they were liberated from the Islamic State (IS) militants. Far ...

U.S. expressed deep concern over Turkish strike against Kurds

KurdPress - 2017-04-25 23:15
The United States on Tuesday expressed "deep concern" over Turkish air strikes against Kurdish fighters in Syria and Iraq and said they were not authorized by the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State (IS), Reuters reported. ...

Iraqi Forces Liberate 12 Villages South of Mosul

BAS News - 2017-04-25 21:53
MOSUL — Iraqi government forces managed on Tuesday to liberate 12 villages from Islamic State (IS) in south of Mosul, north of the country, Iraqi War Media Cell said. According to an official statement, the remarkable territorial gains were made during a ...

IS Kills Scores of Jovial Women and Children in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-04-25 20:59
The militants deceived the cheerful victims ERBIL— A big number of women and children in Mosul's Old City were shot dead by the Islamic State (IS) militants on Monday, according to Iraqi War Media Cell. The source reported that the victims were deceived ...

Iraqi forces using siege and stealth to evict Islamic State from Mosul

Reuters - 2017-04-25 09:07
MOSUL, Iraq, (Reuters) - Iraqi forces are using siege and stealth tactics to drive Islamic State militants out of Mosul's Old City, an Iraqi general said, as his forces sought to minimize casualties among hundreds of thousands of people trapped in the cra ...

IS in Possession of Chemical Weapons Taken from Iraq and Libya: Russia

BAS News - 2017-04-25 00:48
SOFIA — The Islamic State (IS) in Syria has the capabilities to produce chemical warfare agents, the director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's non-profileration and arms control department, Mikhail Ulyanov, said at a news conference on Monday. According ...

Two IS Militants Captured in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-04-24 22:39
KIRKUK — Kurdish security forces on Monday captured two Islamic State (IS) members in Kirkuk, one of whom was previously appointed as the group’s preacher in a village near Hawija, west of Kirkuk. Arrest warrants were issued for the two militants who had ...

US-led Coalition Conducted 31 Airstrikes Against IS on Sunday

BAS News - 2017-04-24 22:05
The raids targeted areas in Mosul and Raqqa SOFIA — The US-led coalition conducted 31 airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS), consisting of 97 engagements in both Syria and Iraq on Sunday, according to Operation Inherent Resolve’s (OIR) latest report. ...

Coalition Jets Hit IS Gathering in Mosul, Kill 11 Jihadists

BAS News - 2017-04-24 22:05
SOFIA — US-led coalition warplanes managed to kill 11 Islamic State (IS) members in western Mosul on Monday, a military officer said. Air Force officer Maen Abdullah who spoke to Anadolu Agency on Monday said that a coalition F-16 fighter jet managed to ...

YPG Hindered US Aerial Support for Turkish Operation in Syria: FM

BAS News - 2017-04-24 21:47
SOFIA — Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) has called on the US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) to stop supporting the Turkish army, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday. Cavusoglu spoke to reporters about Turkey's p ...

SDF Break IS Line, Enter Tabqa

BAS News - 2017-04-24 19:56
Neighborhood in the city’s south is already under control ERBIL — The Kurdish-majority Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) entered the Islamic State (IS)-held town of Tabqa near Raqqa, on Monday. The SDF are now in control of several positions in southern par ...

IS Militants Capture Parts of Highway Between Rutba and Jordan

BAS News - 2017-04-24 17:34
ERBIL — Islamic State (IS) militants took control over part of the highway between Iraq and neighboring Jordan, an Iraqi Federal police officer said on Monday. Police Captain Ahmed al-Duleimi said on Monday that IS militants have overrun part of the high ...

No Change in IS Presence in Qara Tapa after Three Years: Official

BAS News - 2017-04-24 17:34
ERBIL— The number of Islamic State (IS) jihadists in the town of Qara Tapa (Diyala province) has increased to the same level it was once when the militants entered the area for the first time in 2014, said the Peshmerga commander in Qara Tapa. Speaking t ...

Iraqi Forces Rescue a Group of Children Held by IS in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-04-24 15:56
MOSUL — Iraqi security forces liberated a group of children who were detained by the so-called Islamic State (IS) in the district of al-Zanjili, a source said on Monday. According to the source who spoke to Al Sumaria News on condition of anonymity, the ...

IS Claims Killing 25 Iraqi Soldiers in Hamam Alil, South of Mosul

BAS News - 2017-04-24 12:04
ERBIL – Islamic State (IS) militants known as Inghimasi and tasked with conducting hit-and-run operations targeted a number Iraqi military bases in Mosul. The insurgent group's website, Amaq Agency, claimed the suicide attacks against Iraqi troops near t ...

IS Executes Large Number of Its Foreign Members in Raqqa

BAS News - 2017-04-24 10:00
Local militants accuse the foreign ones of spying RAQQA — The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed by the international coalition, revealed on Sunday that they have received intelligence information indicating that the Islamic State (IS) has began to e ...

9 Iraqi Soldiers Killed, 7 Abducted by IS Militants in Anbar

BAS News - 2017-04-23 21:43
18 other Iraqi troops were injured ANBAR — Islamic State (IS) militants attacked on Sunday the Iraqi troops in Rutba town located in western Anbar province near the Syrian border, killing and injuring 18 soldiers, and abducting 7 others. A security sourc ...

Afghan Taliban's brazen attack eclipses Trump's 'mother of all bombs'

Reuters - 2017-04-23 21:06
KABUL (Reuters) - Eight days after the U.S. military dropped its largest ever conventional bomb on suspected Islamic State fighters in eastern Afghanistan, Taliban militants breached an army base in the north of the country and killed scores of local sold ...

Two Civilians Killed in Sinjar Blast

BAS News - 2017-04-23 18:14
One more was wounded ERBIL— An improvised explosive device (IED) planted by the Islamic State (IS) militants in Sinjar, Nineveh province, detonated on Sunday, claiming the lives of two civilians. Speaking to BasNews, Khalil Shvan, media secretary of Pesh ...

Hundreds flee Mosul fighting as others return to liberated areas

Reuters - 2017-04-23 16:13
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Heavy two-way traffic of carts carrying children, clothes, and the elderly crowded the main Baghdad-Mosul road on Sunday as hundreds of Iraqis fled heavy fighting or made their way back to areas liberated from Islamic State. ...

IS Chief of Euphrates Area Injured in Coalition Airstrike: KRSC

BAS News - 2017-04-23 15:16
ERBIL — Islamic State’s (IS) Chief of the Euphrates area was “seriously injured” as a result of a US-led coalition airstrike carried out on April 22nd, according to the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC). “Hassan Saoud Khalil Khalifa Al-Jabouri, al ...

SDF Kills 30 IS Militants North of Raqqa, Makes Territorial Gains

BAS News - 2017-04-23 10:46
ERBIL — At least 30 militants of the Islamic State (IS) were killed during military confrontations with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) who are closing in on IS’s proclaimed capital, Raqqa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) Confirmed. Acc ...

Philippine troops kill three more militants on tourist island

Reuters - 2017-04-23 09:27
MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine soldiers have killed three more Islamic State-linked militants on a resort island where they were hiding after a failed attempt to kidnap tourists, a military spokesman said on Sunday. ...

Head of IS Education in Tel Afar Killed: Kurdistan CTD

BAS News - 2017-04-23 01:21
ERBIL — US-led coalition warplanes on Saturday killed an Islamic State (IS) leader who was responsible for the group’s educational body, Kurdistan Region’s Directorate of Counter-Terrorism (CTD) said. “On 22nd April, terrorist Ali Raza Mahmoud, head of t ...

Mosul: Extremists Execute Dozens of Civilians for Refusing to Join IS

BAS News - 2017-04-23 00:32
MOSUL — At least 42 civilians in the past few days were executed by Islamic State (IS) militants for rejecting to join the extremist group in Mosul, Iraqi News cited a parliamentary source. With the noose being tightened around IS insurgents in the secon ...

US-led Coalition Conducts 45 Airstrikes in Syria, Iraq

BAS News - 2017-04-23 00:20
SOFIA — The Combined Joint Task Force- Operation Inherent Resolve released a report on Saturday saying that the US-led international coalition against the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria carried out 45 airstrikes consisting of 91 engagemen ...

Iraqi Forces Recaptured 63 West Mosul Districts Since February

BAS News - 2017-04-22 21:27
SOFIA — The Iraqi Federal Police announced on Friday that since the start of the operations for liberating western Mosul, the forces have managed to regain control in 63 areas and kill 20 Islamic State (IS) leaders. According to Lt. General Shaker Jawdat ...

Iraqi Troops Gain Further Ground in West Mosul

BAS News - 2017-04-22 19:28
The army liberated another district in west Mosul MOSUL — The al-Sihha al-Thaniya district, located in western Mosul, has been recaptured from Islamic State (IS) militants. “The army’s Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) freed al-Sihha al-Thaniya district in ...

IS Governor of Euphrates Arrested

BAS News - 2017-04-22 19:28
He was apprehended during a US operation ERBIL— US forces conducted an airborne operation in Albukamal town of Syria in which the Islamic State (IS) governor of Euphrates was arrested, Turkish Anadolu news agency reported on Sunday. According to the repo ...

Over 400 Thousand People Displaced by Military Operations in Mosul: IOM

BAS News - 2017-04-22 18:44
MOSUL — The operation to recapture the city of Mosul from Islamic State (IS) militants has resulted in a cumulative total of nearly 434,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs), according to the latest Emergecy Tracking Fact Sheet by the International Org ...

IS Moving Capital from Raqqa to Deir ez Zor: Report

BAS News - 2017-04-22 17:54
It's closer to Iraqi borders ERBIL— The extremist Islamic State (IS) organization is moving the capital city of its self-proclaimed caliphate form Raqqa in Syria to the nearby Deir ez Zor province, close to Iraqi borders, according to a report by Sky New ...

Iraqi Forces Foil Two IS Suicide Attacks in Baiji

BAS News - 2017-04-22 01:37
ISTANBUL — Two Islamic State (IS) militants on a suicide mission were killed in the city of Baiji, located about 170 km from Mosul, before they could realize their plan. The militants' target was the village of Malha, said Saad Nafous al-Hamad, commander ...

Iraqi Gov.’s Red Tape Hinders US Trainers Mission: DoD

BAS News - 2017-04-21 23:42
SOFIA — Pentagon watchdog agency said on Friday that there are warehouses full of weapons and equipment to train Iraqi counter-terror troops fighting the Islamic State group, but Iraqi red tape is keeping it locked up. According to a report released on F ...

Five IS Militants Killed, Injured in South Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-04-21 22:37
US forces carried out a missile attack on IS positions near Daquq KIRKUK — US forces carried out a missile attack on Islamic State (IS) positions near the Daquq district of the Kirkuk province on Friday. The attack resulted in the death of two jihadists ...

IS Militant Involved in Istanbul’s New Year Attack Killed

BAS News - 2017-04-21 22:37
ISTANBUL — An Islamic State (IS) member who helped organize the New Year's attack that took place in an Istanbul nightclub Reina was killed by US forces during a ground operation in Syria on April 6, said a US military official. The attack, which was IS' ...
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