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U.S.-backed Syrian force declares victory over Islamic State in Raqqa

Chicago Tribune - 2017-10-20 15:36
A U.S.-backed Syrian force declared victory over the Islamic State group in its former "capital" of Raqqa on Friday, declaring the northern Syrian city free of any extremist presence. At a press conference held inside the city Friday, the Kurdish-led for ...

Kurdish female militia vows to keep fighting IS militants

Washington Times - 2017-10-20 08:12
BEIRUT (AP) - A Kurdish female militia that took part in freeing the northern Syrian city of Raqqa from the Islamic State group said on Thursday it will continue the fight to liberate women from the extremists' brutal rule. In a highly symbolic gesture, ...

Symbol of Kurdish Nationalism Rises in Raqqa

The Wall Street Journal - 2017-10-20 02:05
Two days after leading the battle to oust Islamic State from Raqqa, U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters on Thursday made clear they have replaced the extremist group as the Syrian city’s new authority. ...

US-backed Syrian forces clear Raqqa after driving out IS

Washington Times - 2017-10-19 08:30
BEIRUT (AP) - U.S.-backed Syrian forces were removing land mines and clearing roads in the northern city of Raqqa on Wednesday, a day after commanders said they had driven the Islamic State group from its de facto capital. Mustafa Bali, spokesman for the ...

Iraq’s Shia Militia Problem Always Felt a Lot Like 2007

WarIsBoring - 2017-10-18 18:48
In August 2014, Islamic State militants seemed poised to seize Amerli, a Shia Turkmen town in northern Iraq. Had they done so, there’s little question the result would have been mass slaughter—just like happened when the Islamists captured the Kurdish Yez ...

Islamic State defeated in Raqqa after four-month siege

The New Mail - 2017-10-18 14:06
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said Tuesday it has cleared Raqqa, the Islamic State’s de facto Syrian capital, of all militant fighters — ending a fight that began early this… The post Islamic State defeated in Raqqa after four-month siege appe ...

ISIS 'capital' of Raqqa falls to U.S.-backed forces

Washington Times - 2017-10-18 13:31
Raqqa, the eastern Syrian city Islamic State had declared the capital of its so-called caliphate three years ago, has fallen to U.S.-backed forces after a five-month campaign to liberate the occupied city. Leaders of the Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, ...

Clashes around oil-rich Kirkuk raise specter of a new civil war in Iraq

Los Angeles Times - 2017-10-18 12:55
Gunfire and explosions rang out Monday as Iraqi forces moved to wrest a contested city and its oil fields from Kurdish fighters, raising the specter of another civil war in a country still battling Islamic State. The government forces said they were unde ...

Victory over Islamic State is near. Then what?

Chicago Tribune - 2017-10-17 21:39
The once-fearsome Islamic State army now staggers through its last days. U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters declared Tuesday that they had recaptured Raqqa, the self-proclaimed capital of the fast-crumbling caliphate. That is a swift and remarkable achievement ...

After victory in Raqqa over IS, Kurds face tricky peace

Reuters - 2017-10-17 18:14
RAQQA, Syria/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Kurdish groups who led the fight against Islamic State in its former capital Raqqa must navigate a complex peace to avoid ethnic tension with the city's Arab majority and to secure critical U.S. aid. ...

SDF Declares Full Takeover of Raqqa

BAS News - 2017-10-17 13:50
ERBIL — The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US-backed alliance of Kurds and Arabs announced on Tuesday the recapture of Raqqa from the Islamic State (IS) after a four-month long operation. The SDF spokesperson announced on October 17 the liberation of ...

IS Militants Capture Two Villages in Western Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-17 12:13
ERBIL — The Islamic State (IS) captured on Monday two villages, west of Kirkuk Province, following the conflict between the Iraqi and Kurdish forces in the province. The IS militants took advantage of the security gap made by the Iraqi forces assault on ...

Iraqi Forces Take Key Installations in Advance on Kirkuk

The Wall Street Journal - 2017-10-16 13:44
Iraqi forces took over a military base, airport and energy installations near the city of Kirkuk, pushing out Kurdish fighters as risks mount of a bigger conflict between two of the U.S.’s closest allies in the war against Islamic State. ...

Al Qaeda on Rise in Syria

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:35
Manish Rai | Ekurd.net While the United States and NATO remains focused on defeating Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, al Qaeda in Syria is accumulating strength and territory at an alarming pace and may eventually pose the most daunting counterterrorism ...

100 IS Militants Surrender in Raqqa

BAS News - 2017-10-14 17:47
ERBIL— As a US-led coalition is on the verge of taking the full control of Raqqa, Syria, from the Islamic State (IS) organization, around 100 members of the group have surrendered since Friday, according to a report by Reuters. The report also stated the ...

Two IS Militants Surrender to Peshmerga

BAS News - 2017-10-14 16:14
KIRKUK — Two insurgents of the Islamic State (IS) surrendered themselves to the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in southern Kirkuk province, a source said. The jihadists are Arab nationals originally from Hawija, a Peshmerga commander confirmed to BasNews, wish ...

Islamic State faces imminent Raqqa defeat, Syrian YPG says

Reuters - 2017-10-14 15:10
AIN ISSA, Syria/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State is on the verge of defeat in Syria's Raqqa and the city may finally be cleared of the jihadists on Saturday or Sunday, the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia told Reuters on Saturday. ...

SDF Completely Liberates Raqqa from IS

BAS News - 2017-10-14 12:18
ERBIL — A source from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) revealed on Saturday that they have completed the liberation of Raqqa, Islamic State’s stronghold in northern Syria. A source from SDF told BasNews “SDF, backed by the Global Coalition, fully liber ...

US-backed forces in Syria say ‘final’ battle for Raqqa is on

Washington Post - 2017-10-14 12:05
The U.S.-backed Kurdish-led forces fighting Islamic State militants in Syria said on Saturday that they are waging the “final” battle to uproot the extremists from the northern city of Raqqa, once the de facto capital of the militant group. ...

Iraqi Forces Move on Territory Seized by Kurds

The Wall Street Journal - 2017-10-13 23:20
Iraqi forces advanced toward the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, the first concrete step to restore federal government control over disputed territories seized by the Kurds during the war against Islamic State. ...

Pictures: 7-Year-Old Kurdish Yezidi Boy Freed from IS in Syria

BAS News - 2017-10-12 10:44
More Yezidis to be freed in the next hours, official says ERBIL — A seven-year-old Kurdish Yezidi boy was rescued from Islamic State (IS) on Wednesday overnight in Syria, the directorate of Yezidi Abductees' Affairs said on Thursday. Hussein Qaidi, the h ...

Peshmerga Forces Capture Dozens of IS Wives

BAS News - 2017-10-12 01:09
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces have captured dozens of wives of Islamic State (IS) militants while attempting to escape recent fighting between Iraqi army and the jihadist group south and southwest of Kirkuk, a Kurdish official confirmed. “I ...

Map: Hawija District Entirely Cleared from IS

BAS News - 2017-10-11 10:44
ERBIL — The Iraqi Defense Ministry’s War Media Cell released an updated map of Hawija on Wednesday which shows the district has been completely cleared from Islamic State (IS). The green area, covering the entire Hawija district, indicates the liberated ...

IS to Be Completely Defeated This Year: Iraq’s Abadi

BAS News - 2017-10-11 00:16
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Hadier al-Abadi expects the Islamic State (IS) to be completely defeated by the end of the current year. The premier, who also serves as the Commander-in-Chief for country’s armed forces, made the comment on Tuesday. After th ...

Hundreds of IS Suspects Surrender to Peshmerga: Official

BAS News - 2017-10-11 00:16
ERBIL — Hundreds of Islamic State (IS) suspects have recently surrendered to Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces while their last pocket coming under attack by the Iraqi army, a Kurdish official said. “Approximately 1,000 men surrendered over the last we ...

For First Time in 3 Years, Schools Reopened in Sinjar

BAS News - 2017-10-10 19:47
ERBIL — For the first time since its liberation from the Islamic State (IS), two schools were opened in the predominantly Yezidi town of Sinjar this year to help the returned children to continue their studies. Head of Sinjar Directorate of Education, Hu ...

Seven Yezidis Freed from IS Captivity in Iraq and Syria

BAS News - 2017-10-10 11:12
ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Directorate of Yezidi Abductees' Affairs stated that seven Kurdish Yezidis have been rescued from Islamic State (IS) over the past 24 hours. Hussein Qaidi, head of the directorate, told BasNews “a woman aged 30 ...

Pictures: Peshmerga Arrests 1,000 IS Members During Hawija Fight

BAS News - 2017-10-10 10:25
KIRKUK — The Directorate of Asayish (Security) in Dibis district in Kirkuk Province announced on Monday the arrest of about a thousand members of the Islamic State (IS) organization since the start of the operation to liberate Hawija district, southern K ...

Peshmerga Won’t Retreat from Disputed Kurdish Areas: Ministry

BAS News - 2017-10-09 22:00
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces will certainly not withdraw from the Kurdish disputed territories they liberated from the Islamic State (IS), said a ministry official. “Any armed forces [of the Iraqi government] intending to enter the Kurdish ...

Six Yezidi Abductees Freed from IS in Syria

BAS News - 2017-10-09 16:38
ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Directorate of Yezidi Abductees' Affairs stated that six more Kurdish Yezidis were rescued from Islamic State (IS) on Monday, October 9. Hussein Qaidi, head of the directorate, told BasNews “a woman aged 30 alo ...

Peshmerga Foils IS Attack South-west Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-09 13:02
IS militants attacked Peshmerga early Monday southwestern Kirkuk KIRKUK — Peshmerga forces managed to foil the offensive carried out by Islamic State (IS) extremists early Monday against Peshmerga on south-western Kirkuk’s front. Kamal Kirkuki, Peshmerga ...

IS Militants Attack Peshmerga South-West Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-09 12:19
Fierce clashes are ongoing between Peshmerga and IS KIRKUK — Islamic State (IS) extremists launched early on Monday an offensive against the Peshmerga forces on south-western Kirkuk front. Kamal Kirkuki, a Peshmerga commander of the front, told BasNews t ...

Suspected ISIS Members Surrender in Iraq

New York Times - 2017-10-09 07:12
In the days since Iraqi forces declared victory over Islamic State fighters in Hawija, the group’s final urban stronghold in the country, more than 1,000 men have turned themselves in to the Kurdish authorities. ...

Tensions Rise Between Iraqis and Kurds After Referendum

The Wall Street Journal - 2017-10-09 03:11
The defeat of Islamic State in Hawija, Iraq, removed the last buffer between Kurdish and Iraqi forces just as tensions between their respective leaders are intensifying over last month’s referendum in which Kurds voted overwhelmingly for independence. ...

Only 3 Yezidis Freed During Hawija Operation

BAS News - 2017-10-09 02:02
ERBIL — During the Iraqi army-led Hawija operation against Islamic State (IS), only three Kurdish Yezidi abductees were freed from the extremist group, for which Baghdad is to be blamed, said a Kurdish official. “Several strategic positions, including Fa ...

Another Kurdish Yezidi Child Found After Surviving IS

BAS News - 2017-10-09 02:02
ERBIL — Iraqi security forces found on Sunday another Kurdish Yezidi child who has survived Islamic State (IS) slavery in the northern city of Mosul. Hashim Hishami, a security affairs expert posted the picture of a girl on his twitter account, saying th ...

Iran: We will consider US Army equivalent to Islamic State

Roji Kurd - 2017-10-09 00:02
Iran warns U.S. not to designate its Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist group • Israel says it stands with U.S. president against Iran nuclear deal • Iran says its ballistic missile program is non-negotiable, denies rumors Tehran open to discuss progra ...

Efforts Underway to Extinguish Fire on Oil Fields in Hawija

BAS News - 2017-10-08 15:40
The IS militants set the oil fields on fire to block the Iraqi military's advance KIRKUK — Following the liberation of Hawija district from the Islamic State (IS), the fire crews have begun major efforts to put out the blaze set by the militants on the o ...

UNDP: Mosul Is One of Biggest Stabilization Challenges

BAS News - 2017-10-08 14:35
300 projects are underway in Mosul MOSUL — At the request of Iraq, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has established the Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS) to help rapidly stabilize the areas liberated from the Islamic State (IS). “More t ...

Close Cooperation Between Peshmerga and Iraqi Forces: Coalition

BAS News - 2017-10-08 11:14
ERBIL — Brigadier General Andrew A. Croft, the coalition's deputy air force commander, said that there is high cooperation between the Iraqi forces and the Kurdistan Region Peshmerga forces in the fight against the Islamic State (IS). During Hawija opera ...

Map: Remaining Iraqi Territories Under Control of IS

BAS News - 2017-10-08 01:34
ERBIL — The Iraqi Defence Ministry’s War Media Cell released an updated map of the country on Saturday in which it shows the territories remaining under the control of Islamic State (IS). The territories in green show the liberated areas, whereas those i ...

Mount Hamrin Cleared from IS

BAS News - 2017-10-07 17:52
ERBIL— The Iraqi army with the support of the Shi'ite paramilitaries of Hashd al-Shaabi were able to free the whole Mount Hamrin chain from the Islamic State (IS) militants. Gen. Abdulamir Yarallah, the commander of Hawija Operation, declared in a statem ...

IS Commander Close to Baghdadi Killed near Hawija

BAS News - 2017-10-07 17:08
ERBIL- A commander from the Islamic State (IS) organization with close ties with the IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed on Saturday. Russia Today reported Abu Tareq, a former senior Iraqi army official who had escaped from a prison in Iraq, was am ...

Iraqi Army Did Not Fight for Hawija; Made a Deal with IS

BAS News - 2017-10-07 15:23
ERBIL — Despite the claims by the Iraqi government of liberating Hawija after a days-long fierce fighting against the Islamic State (IS), reliable sources indicated that the town was recaptured with simple confrontations if not any. According to the info ...

Picture: Yezidi Child Found in Mosul Doesn’t Know Her Name, Parents

BAS News - 2017-10-07 13:24
She is living in an orphanage now ERBIL — A Kurdish Yezidi child who was abducted by the Islamic State (IS) militants in Sinjar in 2014 has been found in Mosul, knowing neither her name nor her parents’. The Kurdish Yezidi representative in the Iraqi par ...

Canada Takes in 800 Yezidi Survivors of IS Genocide

BAS News - 2017-10-06 17:07
ERBIL — Canadian Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen has revealed that nearly 800 Kurdish Yezidis and others who survived the atrocities of Islamic State (IS) have recently been granted with asylum. Responding to a question from a liberal MP during a quest ...

IS Militant Captured in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-05 20:09
KIRKUK — The Kurdish security forces in Kirkuk captured on Thursday a member of the Islamic State (IS) who had taken part in several acts of terrorism against civilians across the region. Kirkuk’s Chief of Police, Sarhad Qader, revealed to BasNews that t ...

Haider al-Abadi, Iraqi prime minister, says forces have retain Hawija

Washington Times - 2017-10-05 19:29
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's prime minister says government forces have retaken the northern town of Hawija from Islamic State extremists, one of their last strongholds in Iraq. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in Paris on Thursday that "I want to announce t ...

Iraqi Military Announces Liberation of Centre of Hawija

BAS News - 2017-10-05 10:13
KIRKUK — The Iraqi army announced on Thursday the liberation of central Hawija district, one of the last enclaves of the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, located in southern Kirkuk Province. The Iraqi army, federal police, and Hashd al-Shaabi Shi’ite militias ...

Iraqi Troops Reache Centre of Hawija, Pushing IS Back

BAS News - 2017-10-05 00:06
ERBIL — The Iraqi armed forces have managed to further push Islamic State (IS) militants back from their positions in the centre of strategic town of Hawija, some 55 kilometres southwest of Kirkuk province in northern Iraq. According to Iraq’s state TV, ...

Turkey Skeptical About US Taking Back Arms from YPG

BAS News - 2017-10-04 22:33
ERBIL — Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu once again criticised the US policy for arming the Syrian Kurdish forces for the battle against Islamic State (IS), saying that Ankara looks forward to see Washington taking the arms back after the Raqqa ...

Kurdistan Air Ban Halts Treatment of Liberated Yezidis

BAS News - 2017-10-04 18:57
ERBIL— The international flight ban against the airports of the Kurdistan Region has suspended the medical treatment of the Yezidi women freed from the Islamic State (IS) grip. The Yezidi women, girls and children who were supposed to receive physical ca ...

Iraqi Photojournalist Killed in Hawija Battle

BAS News - 2017-10-04 18:24
ERBIL— An Iraqi war photojournalist was killed on Wednesday in the battle to liberate the town of Hawija (southern Kirkuk) from the Islamic State (IS). Iraqi Observatory for Journalistic Freedom stated that Hamza Aboudi was killed in the explosion of a m ...

Five Children Seriously Wounded in Sinjar Blast

BAS News - 2017-10-04 18:04
ERBIL— A mine planted by the Islamic State (IS) militants in a sub-district of Sinjar exploded on Wednesday, leaving behind five children wounded. Speaking to BasNews, Khalaf Qasm, a member of Sinjar local council, said the explosion occurred in Bare par ...

IS Explosives Expert Killed in Hawija

BAS News - 2017-10-04 11:40
KIKRUK — A prominent Islamic State (IS) leader and a bomb expert was killed while attempting to plant an improvised explosive device (IED) on a road on the outskirts of Hawija city, southern Kirkuk Province. A source from Kirkuk told Alsumaria News that ...

IS Kidnaps Village Headman in Diyala

BAS News - 2017-10-03 18:09
ERBIL— The Islamic State (IS) militants on Monday night abducted a village headman and his son in the town of Qara Tapa (adjacent to the volatile town of Tuz Khutmatu) in Diyala province. The IS militants cordoned off Sayf Saad village at nearly 20.00 p. ...

Another Mass Grave of Yezidis Found in Sinjar

BAS News - 2017-10-03 10:54
ERBIL — A mass grave of the Kurdish Yezidis massacred by the Islamic State (IS) was unearthed in Sinjar, the Yezidi majority town in Nineveh Plain. Qasim Darbo, Commander of Peshmerga Operations in Sinjar, told BasNews “Another mass grave was discovered ...

Over 3,500 IDPs from Hawija Arrive in Peshmerga-held Areas

BAS News - 2017-10-02 23:46
ERBIL — Over three thousand people who are mostly children and women were displaced on Monday in and around Hawija district due to the fight against Islamic State (IS) in the area. The displaced people who fled their homes, fearing IS and Hashd al-Shaabi ...

Kurdistan Referendum Has No Direct Impact on Anti-IS Operation

BAS News - 2017-10-02 20:26
ERBIL — US Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Robert Sofge has rejected the concerns about possible impacts of Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum on the international campaigns against the Islamic State (IS). Speaking to Defense One, Brig. Gen. Robert “G-Ma ...

BCF Delivers Aid to 799 IDP Families

BAS News - 2017-10-02 19:43
ERBIL — The Kurdish Barzani Charity Foundation (BCF) delivered on Monday humanitarian aid to 799 families who have escaped their homes due to Islamic State (IS) atrocities. The new aid patch contained dried food supplies, which were distributed among the ...

Western officials are trying to avert the next war in Iraq

The Economist - 2017-10-02 04:44
AS THE jihadists of the so-called Islamic State (IS) retreat, the Arab and Kurdish forces allied against it in Iraq are turning their arms towards each other. Rather than celebrate victory, Masoud Barzani, the president of Iraqi Kurdistan, called a refer ...

Sinjar: Another Mass Grave of Yezidi Victims Found

BAS News - 2017-10-01 15:30
SINJAR — Locals discovered on Sunday another mass grave near the predominantly Yezidi town of Sinjar, which contains the bodies of 10 victims of Islamic State (IS). Sinjar Mayor Mahma Khalil said that the victims, including men, women and children, were ...

Two Kurdish Yezidi Children Found in Mosul Mosque After Surviving IS

BAS News - 2017-09-30 17:52
ERBIL — Two Kurdish Yezidi girls from Sinjar region were found overnight on Friday in Raqib Mosque in Mosul after they survived the Islamic State (IS) slavery. Nazha Hassan, 11, and Ibro Hassan 8, were found taking shelter inside the mosque before the pr ...

Waves of IS Members from Hawija Surrendering to Peshmerga

BAS News - 2017-09-30 13:01
The IS militants and their families are fleeing Hawija in large numbers KIRKUK — After the operation to recapture Hawija district began, the Islamic State (IS) militants and their families are surrendering to Peshmerga forces in large numbers in southern ...

A Yezidi Girl Held by IS in Hawija Rescued

BAS News - 2017-09-30 13:01
ERBIL — A Yezidi girl, who was held by Islamic State (IS) in Hawija, the last-IS stronghold in Kirkuk Province, was rescued and arrived at the Peshmerga positions in southern Kirkuk. Kamal Kirkuki, Commander of the Peshmerga forces for southern Kirkuk fr ...

Hawija: IS Sets Oil Fields on Fire to Hinder Army Attacks

BAS News - 2017-09-29 17:18
ERBIL — As the Iraqi army continues advancing against the Islamic State (IS) in their last pocket of Hawija, the extremist group sets oil fields in the area on fire so as to trouble the troops make territorial gains against them. Two of the oil wells, ac ...
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