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Italy Values “Strong” Ties with Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-05-28 23:36
ISTANBUL — Cooperation between Italy, the second largest contributor to the US-led anti-Islamic State (IS) coalition and the Kurdistan Region is strong on many levels according to Italian officials. The relationship between Italy and the Kurdistan Region ...

Turkish Military Says It Killed 13 PKK Members in Border Areas

BAS News - 2017-05-28 14:10
ISTANBUL — Thirteen Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) members were killed by the Turkish Air Force in northern Iraq on Sunday morning. The deaths resulted from an air operation targeting the Avasin-Basyan region in Duhok province of Kurdistan Region. The gu ...

Kurdish Novelist Jan Dost Publishes Latest Work Named “Kobani”

BAS News - 2017-05-28 00:50
LODZ — Renowned Kurdish Novelist Jan Dost on Friday unveiled his new novel named after his brith town, Kobani, during an event organised by Bas Media Organisation in Istanbul. During the even, attended by many writers, intellectuals and journalist from T ...

NATO to Join Us-led Coalition in Battle Against IS

BAS News - 2017-05-26 01:03
ISTANBUL — In an effort to maintain its relevance in the post-Soviet world, the 28-member North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will join the US-led international coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS), announced NATO Secretary-General Jens Stolte ...

Turkish Parliament to Oust Two More HDP MPs

BAS News - 2017-05-25 12:10
ISTANBUL — Discussions are being held regarding stripping two pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) MPs of their positions in the Turkish parliament. The Speaker's Council of the parliament was called into session on Wednesday, with the ruling Just ...

Italy Deploys Hundreds of Troops to Mosul Dam

BAS News - 2017-05-24 01:39
ISTANBUL — Italy has deployed 500 troops to Iraq to protect the 13-kilometer-long dam on the Tigris River, which is being repaired by an Italian company. The elite 6th Bersaglieri regiment is the first Italian force with a mission to combat IS militants ...

Turkey steps up training of Free Syrian Army which fought Kurdish YPG

E-Kurd - 2017-05-23 08:58
ISTANBUL,— Turkey has stepped up training of the Free Syrian Army FSA, which has fought alongside Turkish forces against the U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces and Islamic State group IS, official media said Saturday. Turkey has vowed to battle Kurdish mi ...

Thousands of US Troops May Be Deployed to Iraq in Post-IS Era

BAS News - 2017-05-20 01:25
ISTANBUL — About 20,000 US troops may be deployed to Iraq after the defeat of Islamic State (IS) militants in Mosul, said former Pentagon top policy official. Post-Mosul US military presence will have the aim of stabilizing the country, said Eric Edelman ...

Financial Crisis Seriously Affects KRG Infrastructure Projects: Minister

BAS News - 2017-05-20 01:25
ISTANBUL — Kurdistan Region’s infrastructure has been neglected due to the financial constraints resulting from the reduced oil prices, said Darbaz Kosrat Rasool, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Minister of Housing and Construction, on Friday. The in ...

Turkey says U.S. envoy McGurk should be fired for backing the Kurds

E-Kurd - 2017-05-19 14:58
ISTANBUL,— Turkey’s leader told Donald Trump that his country will keep on fighting Syrian Kurdish militants even though they are a key U.S. ally against the Islamic State group, Turkey’s foreign minister said Thursday, adding that a top U.S. envoy shoul ...

Turkey targets opposition newspaper over suspected coup links

Reuters - 2017-05-19 13:40
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish authorities have issued arrest warrants for the owner and three employees of an opposition newspaper, a police source and the paper said on Friday, part of a continuing media crackdown that has alarmed rights groups and Turkey ...

Michael Flynn Once Blocked Arming Syrian Kurds: Reports

BAS News - 2017-05-19 01:17
ISTANBUL — Former US National Security Advisor Michael Flynn reportedly blocked the plan to arm Kurds currently fighting to oust Islamic State (IS) militants from Syria’s Raqqa, after his company, Flynn Intel Group, had gotten a $530,000 contract from a ...

Erdogan says Turkey will act if Syrian Kurdish militia attacks: media

Reuters - 2017-05-18 08:18
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan told U.S. President Donald Trump during his visit to Washington this week that Turkey would act "without asking anyone" if it faced any sort of attack from the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, Turkish media reporte ...

Turkey’s Erdogan seeks to sway Trump in crunch U.S. talks

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
ISTANBUL,— Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets Donald Trump on Tuesday in Washington for the first time as president, hoping to entice the American leader into major policy shifts to solidify a crucial but increasingly strained relationship. Tie ...

Iraq Replaced Saudi Arabia as India's Main Crude Oil Supplier in April

BAS News - 2017-05-18 01:28
ISTANBUL — Iraq became India’s leading supplier of crude oil during the month of April, according to Hindustan Times. Iraqi oil imports increased by a third from the previous month, reaching 1 million barrels per day (bpd), - an increase of eight percent ...

IS in Control of Only 12 Square Kilometres in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-17 03:06
ISTANBUL — Islamic State (IS) militants currently control a few districts totalling only12 square kilometers in western Mosul, said a military spokesman on Tuesday. The Old City neighbourhood is one of the last remaining districts still under control of ...

Iraq Supports Reduction of Oil Output: Iraqi PM

BAS News - 2017-05-17 03:06
ISTANBUL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi spoke in favor of extending the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) agreement to reduce oil production, which was implemented in order to increase oil prices. "Iraq is with the continua ...

Iraq Urges US to Assist with Rebuilding Efforts

BAS News - 2017-05-16 01:44
ISTANBUL — Major General Muhammed al-Shimary with Nineveh Operations Command who on Monday met with Brett McGurk, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State (IS), during the latter’s visit to Iraq, asked the US offic ...

IS Mass Grave Found Near Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-16 01:24
ISTANBUL — A grave containing multiple human corpses was discovered on Monday in an area recently recaptured from Islamic State (IS) militants in northern Iraq. Iraqi Army’s Counter-Terrorism Service forces discovered the grave contained bodies of 20 IS ...

Syrian Regime Deploying Troops to Sabaa Biyar

BAS News - 2017-05-16 01:24
ISTANBUL — The Syrian army along with the pro-government armed groups have been deploying hundreds of troops near its border with Iraq and Jordan, according to rebel sources. Meanwhile US-backed rebels also began their advances toward the same area. Syri ...

Aide to IS Leader Baghdadi Killed in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-15 00:36
ISTANBUL — A close aide to Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in an airstrike on Sunday. The IS militant was formerly a high-ranking member of the al-Qaeda group. Previous to that he was an Iraqi army brigadier. He along with four ...

Thousands Escape IS-held Raqqa as Fighting Intensifies

BAS News - 2017-05-15 00:36
ISTANBUL — Approximately 13,000 civilians have fled the conflict zones in the vicinity of Raqqa in the past two days, said Raqqa Civilian Assembly Committee Chairperson Ebduselam Hemsorik. "Over the past two days, we have received 13,000 internally displ ...

Arabs in Nineveh in Favour of Kurdistan’s Independence

BAS News - 2017-05-15 00:24
ISTANBUL — The plans for the referendum on the independence of the Kurdistan Region from Iraq is supported by an alliance of Sunni Arab tribes in northern Iraq’s Ninevah Plains. During the upcoming referendum on the matter, they will vote for Kurdish ind ...

Iraqi Attack Helicopter Targeted by IS in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-14 00:07
ISTANBUL — An Iraqi Air Force helicopter was shot down by the Islamic State (IS) militants on Saturday afternoon in western Mosul, with no casualties after a safe landing, officials confirmed. The helicopter was supporting the advance of the People's Mob ...

Crest Energy Buys WesternZagros Oil Investor

BAS News - 2017-05-14 00:07
ISTANBUL — Crest Energy International has bought out WesternZagros, which was one of the first investors in the Kurdistan Region’s oil sector. The sale was made for $225 million cash. The cash purchase is an indication of confidence in the Kurdistan Regi ...

80 Children Killed in Single Kurdish Province of Turkey in a Decade

BAS News - 2017-05-13 17:15
ERBIL— During the past 10 years in a single province in southeastern Turkey at least 80 children have been killed in various events, including the fight between the Turkish army and the Kurdish dissidents. Addressing a press conference in Istanbul, Bahar ...

IS Expected to Scale up Attacks During Ramadan: ISW

BAS News - 2017-05-12 16:08
IS has been expanding its area of attack to further strain on the Iraqi forces ISTANBUL — Islamic State (IS) militants are expected to intensify their attacks in Iraq during the month of Ramadan which begins on May 26, according to the US-based think tan ...

IS Militants Cross to Iraq as the Group Suffering Major Defeats

BAS News - 2017-05-12 01:09
ISTANBUL — Islamic State (IS) militants are leaving Syria for Iraq, according to a local source in Iraq as reported by Iraqi News. Foreign IS militants have been arriving during the last few hours, according to the source, who resides in the Anbar provin ...

Iraq in Favor of Oil Production Cuts

BAS News - 2017-05-12 01:09
ISTANBUL — Iraq along with Algeria announced their support for the extension of oil production cuts by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)and non-OPEC producers until the end of the current year. The aim of the cuts and the exten ...

End of Mosul Battle Matter of Days: Official

BAS News - 2017-05-12 01:09
ISTANBUL — The operation to recapture Iraq's Mosul from Islamic State (IS) militants may soon reach its end. The operation may be complete in a matter of days, Iraqi Army Lieutenant General Othman al-Ghanimi told the BBC. "The [Iraqi] security forces are ...

Trump's Decision to Arm YPG Angers Ankara

BAS News - 2017-05-11 00:35
ISTANBUL — The decision to supply weapons to the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria is inadmissible and likely to sabotage Turkey's security, said Turkish officials in response to the announcement made on Monday. Ankara "cannot accep ...

Syria’s High Negotiations Committee to Meet in Saudi Arabia on May 12

BAS News - 2017-05-10 01:03
ISTANBUL — The delegation of the Syrian opposition High Negotiations Committee to the sixth round of the intra-Syria peace talks in Geneva will be chosen during their meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on May 12-13. The list of negotiators for the UN-broker ...

Next Round of Geneva Peace Talks on Syria to be Held on May 16

BAS News - 2017-05-09 17:34
ISTANBUL — The sixth round of peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition will be held on May 16, announced Staffan de Mistura, the UN envoy for Syria. The firth round of Gevena peace talks took place in late March, followed by the Turkey, R ...

Kurdish Man Stabbed to Death in Istanbul Street Fight

BAS News - 2017-05-07 22:09
ISTANBUL — A Kurd from Kurdistan Region’s capital city of Erbil was reportedly killed in a street fight in central Istanbul on Sunday. A Kurdish student who wished not to be named, confirmed the report to BasNews and added that both sides of the fight ar ...

Iraq Sends First Oil Shipment to Egypt

BAS News - 2017-05-05 20:28
ISTANBUL — First Iraqi crude oil shipments to Egypt are in progress, said Iraq’s Oil Ministry on Thursday. A tanker with 2 million barrels of crude oil was the first shipment under a bilateral agreement between the Egyptian Petroleum Authority and the Ir ...

New Safe Zone in Syria Closed to US-led Coalition Jets: Russia

BAS News - 2017-05-05 20:28
ISTANBUL — The signing of the agreement to establish four safe zones in Syria during the fourth round of Astana peace talks on Thursday renders the engagement between the Syrian government forces and the opposition's forces impermissible in such zones. T ...

AKP receives IS mercenaries in Istanbul

ANHA - 2017-05-04 12:26
In spite of AKP's allegations that it fights the mercenaries of IS, the documents again proved that the Turkish government is in relation with the mercenaries of IS. Moreover, the documents that the fighters found in al-Tabqa city stated that IS mercenari ...

IS Developing Own Social Media Platform: Europol

BAS News - 2017-05-04 02:25
ISTANBUL — Islamic State (IS) militants are allegedly developing their own social media platform which was discovered during a 48-hour Europol operation against IS presence online. During the operation IS materials were uncovered in 52 social media platf ...

Iraq, Russia Establish Oil Trade Firm in Dubai

BAS News - 2017-05-04 00:48
ISTANBUL — A new joint trading company LIMA Energy has been set up by Russia’s Litasco, which controls Lukoil’s international trading activities, and Iraq's state-oil marketer SOMO. The company which will market crude oil has been established in Dubai . ...

Witnesses Reject Pentagon Statement on Civilian Casualties in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-04 00:35
ISTANBUL — Witnesses of the airstrike by the US-led coalition in Mosul are saying that the Pentagon’s explanation for the attack that killed over 100 civilians on March 17 is not correct. According to the Pentagon, the reason for the attack was that the ...

Senator Marco Rubio in Favor of Direct Arms Sale to KRG

BAS News - 2017-05-03 01:06
ISTANBUL — Republican US Senator Marco Rubio said that he is open to the idea of directly providing arms to the Peshmerga forces of Kurdistan Region. “Kurds have proven to be incredible allies in the fight against radicalism,” Rubio told Kurdistan24. “I ...

Anonymous Attackers Step up Targeting IS Militants in Tel Afar

BAS News - 2017-05-03 01:06
ISTANBUL — An unidentified suicide bomber killed nine Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq on Tuesday. The suicide bomber targeted IS militants dining at a restaurant in the town of Tel Afar, located about 75 km west of Mosul. Also on Tuesday, an unident ...

Mosul: Multiple IS Militants Killed, New Areas Recaptured

BAS News - 2017-05-02 01:26
ISTANBUL — A large portion of the al-Zanjili district in western Mosul has been recaptured from Islamic State (IS) militants by the Iraqi forces, according to a source from the Iraqi army. “Security forces were able to control wide parts in al-Zanjili di ...

Turkish police fire tear gas at May Day demonstrators in Istanbul

Reuters - 2017-05-01 13:06
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Police in Istanbul fired tear gas and rubber bullets to break up a group of May Day demonstrators on Monday, a Reuters witness said, as authorities detained more than 200 people at protests around the city. ...

Turkey Threatens to Strike YPG “All of a Sudden”

BAS News - 2017-05-01 00:44
ISTANBUL — Expressing concern over the strengthening military cooperation between the US and Syrian Kurds, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan threatened on Sunday that his country is likely to carry out further strikes on Kurdish fighters in Syria wi ...

Erdogan Askes Greater Cooperation with US in Syria

BAS News - 2017-04-30 04:24
ISTANBUL — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised to prove to US President Donald Trump that the US allies fighting in Syria are “terrorists”, seeking greater role of his country in the operation to liberate Raqqa. While speaking at the Turkish ...

Nechirvan Barzani meets Erdogan in Istanbul

KurdPress - 2017-04-29 06:59
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul, three days after Turkish warplanes launched air raids in Shingal that killed five Peshmerga. ...

Turkey Will Respond to Attacks from Syrian Kurds: Erdogan

BAS News - 2017-04-28 22:42
ISTANBUL — Turkey will respond to mortar attacks on its military outposts launched from a Kurdish-controlled area in northern Syria, said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday. "[Turkey] has been subjected to mortar fire from the Syrian side f ...

Erdogan: Airstrike on Peshmerga “Mistake”

BAS News - 2017-04-28 22:42
ISTANBUL — Receiving Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani in Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stated last weeks airstrikes around Sinjar was “mistakenly” carried out that resulted in several Peshmerga casualties. The two offi ...

KRG’s PM to Meet Turkish President in Istanbul

Waar Media - 2017-04-28 18:33
WAAR-DUHOK: After he attended the 2017 Atlantic Council’s Istanbul Summit, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani is set to meet with the Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan on Friday afternoon. The Atlantic Council’s Ista ...

KRG PM Nechirvan Barzani to Meet with Turkish President in Istanbul

BAS News - 2017-04-28 16:05
KRG PM attended the 2017 Atlantic Council's Istanbul Summit ERBIL — After he attended the 2017 Atlantic Council's Istanbul Summit, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani is set to meet with the Turkish President Recep Tayip ...

A Number of Southern Tabqa Neighborhoods Recaptured by SDF

BAS News - 2017-04-28 16:05
ISTANBUL — Multiple neighborhoods of Tabqa have been recaptured from Islamic Sate (IS) militants by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Friday, according to their latest statement. The SDF have taken the southern neighborhoods of Nababila and Zahra on ...

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 ...

Iraq to Sell Crude Oil through Auction

BAS News - 2017-04-28 00:35
ISTANBUL — Iraq will try to sell a supertanker of Basra Light crude oil at auction through the Dubai Mercantile Exchange (DME), a part of the US-based CME Group, according to Financial Times. This move to sell the 2m barrel cargo follows Oman’s recent au ...

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 ...

15 Monate bedingte Haft für türkische Lehrerin

Krone - 2017-04-27 21:12
Eine Lehrerin aus dem Südosten der Türkei ist mehr als ein Jahr nach einem Friedensaufruf in einer TV-Show wegen Propaganda für die verbotene kurdische Arbeiterpartei PKK verurteilt worden. Das Gericht in der Metropole Istanbul habe eine Strafe von einem ...

Départ en Syrie d'une mineure : l'Etat condamné à indemniser les parents

Liberation - 2017-04-27 03:25
Le 11 novembre 2013, la police aux frontières a laissé embarquer K., 17 ans, sur un vol à destination d'Istanbul. La jeune fille était pourtant inscrite au Fichier des personnes recherchées. Mercredi, le Conseil d'Etat a estimé qu'il s'agit d'une faute en ...

Australian Troops' Presence in Iraq is Indefinite: Australia's PM

BAS News - 2017-04-27 00:36
ISTANBUL — During his visit to Camp Taji, north of Baghdad in Iraq, the Prime Minister of Australia Malcom Turnbull said that the Australian military presence in Iraq will be "a long-term commitment,” reported The Sydney Morning Herald. "But it is one of ...

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 ...

Turkey Claims Killing 13 PKK Guerrillas

BAS News - 2017-04-22 22:46
ISTANBUL — Turkish army claimed on Saturday that it forces have killed 13 members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) over the past two days in the country’s southeastern regions. Turkish General Staff said in a statement that the military operations w ...

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 ...

Qayyarah Oil Fields Still on Fire

BAS News - 2017-04-21 23:42
ISTANBUL — Continuous blazing fires and the resulting emissions of thick smoke near the Qayyarah district displacement camp is causing health problems for those living in the area. "I've been coughing endlessly for almost a month," said Abdullah, a 30-ye ...

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' ...

Obama Deceived Turkey over PKK: Erdogan

BAS News - 2017-04-21 00:35
ISTANBUL — Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused former US President Barack Obama of duping Turkey regarding their mutual agreement to fight terrorism. "With President Obama, we had a mutual agreement about the PKK, - but Obama deceived us. I d ...

Kurdish Entrepreneur Among Time’s 100 Influential People for 2017

BAS News - 2017-04-21 00:13
ISTANBUL — Hamdi Ulukaya, a Kurd born in Turkey, is listed among US-based Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2017. Ulukaya, who is the owner, founder, Chairman, and CEO of Chobani yogurt company, was listed for having "transformed a shuttered ...

Iraq Supports Extension of OPEC Oil Supply Cut

BAS News - 2017-04-21 00:13
ISTANBUL — Iraq favors the extension of Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)’s deal to reduce the global oil supply in order to increase oil prices, said Ammar al-Hakim, an Iraqi cleric and politician who leads an Islamist party known ...

Civilian Council Formed to Rule Over Raqqa After It's Liberated

BAS News - 2017-04-19 17:05
ISTANBUL — US-backed military forces in Syria announced that a newly formed civilian council is to govern the city of Raqqa after its liberation from Islamic State (IS) militants. Local officials have been setting up the council for about six months, sai ...
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