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Hashd Al-Shaabi Militias Kidnap Three Civilians in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-11-18 18:26
ERBIL — The militiamen from Hashd al-Shaabi abducted on Friday three civilians in Dibis district in southern Kirkuk province. Ali Mohammed, head of Dibis Security (Asayish) confirmed to BasNews that three civilians from Qaradara area in Dibis were kidnap ...

Iraq forces take two largest Kirkuk oil fields from Kurds

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 13:24
Iraq warns Kurdistan not to shut down Kirkuk oil flows KIRKUK,— Iraqi forces took control of the two largest oil fields in the disputed northern province of Kirkuk on Tuesday dealing a heavy blow to the finances of the autonomous Kurdistan government. Th ...

Iraq targets 1 million bpd output for disputed Kirkuk oilfields

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:03
KIRKUK,— Iraq aims to double the output of oilfields in the northern province of Kirkuk retaken from the Kurds to one million barrels per day (bpd), Oil Minister Jabbar al-Luaybi said Monday. “The priority is to resume oil exports from Kirkuk through the ...

Hashd al-Shaabi’s Arabisation Process in Kirkuk Ongoing

BAS News - 2017-11-12 21:20
KIRKUK — The Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi have started moving their families to settle in the Kurdish province of Kirkuk as part of Baghdad’s process of Arabisation against Kurdistan, an official said. “Also in Tuz Khurmatu, Hashd a ...

We Oppose Creation of Kirkuk Autonomous Region: Turkmen MP

BAS News - 2017-11-12 15:56
ERBIL — Turkmen population in Kirkuk Province opposes the attempts by some parties to make the province a federal region. Muna Qahwachi, the head of Turkmen faction in the Kurdistan Region parliament, told BasNews on Sunday that the proposal of turning K ...

Mass Graves Containing 400 IS Victims Found in Hawija

BAS News - 2017-11-12 12:05
KIRKUK — Mass graves containing around 400 bodies, believed to be Islamic State (IS) victims, have been discovered in Hawija district, southern Kirkuk Province. The graves were found at al-Bakkara military base, 3 km to southwest of Hawija, which IS had ...

Oil Well in Kirkuk On Fire

BAS News - 2017-11-11 18:03
KIRKUK — An oil well in southern Kirkuk province has caught fire, said a local source on Saturday. The reason behind the fire breakout is not known yet, but it erupted after a massive amount of oil had leaked, according to the source. He said that huge d ...

Baghdad-appointed Governor of Kirkuk Warns about IS Emergence

BAS News - 2017-11-10 12:05
The governor has spread fear among the residents of Kirkuk KIRKUK — The current governor of Kirkuk Province called on Baghdad to send military reinforcement to the province under the pretext of the potential emergence of the Islamic State (IS) in the pro ...

PKK Deploys Forces, Arms in Daquq, Southern Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-11-07 10:36
PKK and Hashd al-Shaabi have made an agreement on the deployment ERBIL — Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), in coordination with the Hashd al-Shaabi militia, deployed forces and arms in Daquq district, southern Kirkuk Province. BasNews has learned that PKK ...

Hashd Al-Shaabi Arabizing Names of Kirkuk Streets

BAS News - 2017-11-04 13:52
ERBIL — As part of the Arabization process of Kirkuk Province, Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi militias have begun changing the names of the streets in the city. “Hashd al-Shaabi have launched an intensive process of Arabizing Kirkuk as they have started ...

A Woman Displaced by Hashd Al-Shaabi in Tuz Khurmatu Commits Suicide

BAS News - 2017-11-04 10:08
ERBIL — A woman who was displaced by the Iran-backed militias in Tuz Khurmatu city, south of Kirkuk Province, committed suicide in Sulaymaniyah. The Iranian-controlled militias in Iraq, equipped with US-supplied heavy arms, took over Kurdistan Region’s d ...

Arab and Turkmens Monopolising Rule of Kirkuk, Neglecting Kurds

BAS News - 2017-11-02 20:20
KIRKUK — With the support of Baghdad, the Arab components of Kirkuk have prepared a proposal to distribute the leading administrative, political and military positions in the province between Arabs and Turkmens, sharing only the minor positions with Kurd ...

Iranian-backed Militias Fatally Stab Kurdish Journalist in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-30 12:11
ERBIL — The Iranian-controlled Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi murdered last night a Kurdish photojournalist in Daquq district, southern Kirkuk Province after they invaded the province on October 16. Hashd al-Shaabi militias attacked last night the h ...

Iranian-backed Hashd Al-Shaabi Militias Murder a Kurdish Journalist

BAS News - 2017-10-30 08:34
ERBIL — The Iranian-controlled Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi murdered a photojournalist of Kurdistan TV in Daquq district, southern Kirkuk Province. According to local sources, Hashd al-Shaabi militias attacked last night the house of the cameraman ...

Iranian-backed Militias Explode Civilian Houses in Tuz Khurmatu

BAS News - 2017-10-28 11:58
ERBIL — The Iranian-controlled Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi continue to destroy the houses of Kurdish civilians in Tuz Khurmatu city, south of Kirkuk Province. A local source, who declined to be named, told BasNews “The militias of Hashd al-Shaabi ...

What Destroyed This Abrams Tank?

WarIsBoring - 2017-10-25 17:39
On Oct. 20, 2017, the Kurdish Peshmerga claimed to have destroyed an Iraqi M-1A1 Abrams tank during fighting in Kirkuk province and took grainy video footage to prove it. It was an especially noteworthy clash given that Western allies supplied many of Ira ...

Iraq Arabizing Kirkuk, Tuz Khurmatu Through Hashd Al-Shaabi

BAS News - 2017-10-25 12:14
ERBIL — The Iraqi Government has begun the process of Arabization of Tuz Khurmatu and Kirkuk through the Iran-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi who invaded the areas last week. Tuz Khurmatu, a multi-ethnic city south of Kirkuk Province, is one o ...

7,000 Families from Tuz Khurmatu Flee to Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-10-21 17:21
ERBIL— At least 7,000 families from Tuz Khurmatu, Salahaddin province, have so far left their homes behind as a result of the Shi'ite militias attack on their town. Hashd al-Shaabi militias, backed strongly by the Iranian Qods force, occupied Kirkuk, Tuz ...

Iraqi forces take complete control of Kirkuk province

KurdPress - 2017-10-21 14:03
Iraqi forces took control on Friday of the last district in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk still in the hands of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters following a three-hour battle, security sources said. ...

French President Makes Phone Calls with Barzani, Abadi

BAS News - 2017-10-20 17:18
ERBIL — French President Emmanuel Macron revealed on Friday that he had talked to Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Aabdi to discuss the military tensions in the Kurdish province of Kirkuk. Macron told reporters ...

Baghdad Continues Action Against Kurds: Governor of Kirkuk Replaced

BAS News - 2017-10-18 18:40
ERBIL — The Iraqi central government officially sacked the Kurdish governor of Kirkuk, Najmaddin Karim, after its armed forces together with the Iran-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi invaded the centre of the province. The decision was signed o ...

Barzani: We Have Always Sought Peaceful Solutions

BAS News - 2017-10-17 18:38
ERBIL — The President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani released Tuesday a statement to address the people of Kurdistan following the offensive of Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi and Iraqi forces on Kirkuk Province and other dispu ...

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 ...

Iran Seizes Region’s Largest Oil Fields in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-17 12:13
ERBIL — Iran has seized control of the largest oil fields in Iraq and Kurdistan after the assault of the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi militias on Kirkuk Province. After the October 16 offensive of Hashd al-Shaab militias backed by the Iranian Revolutio ...

Iraqi Forces Clash With Kurdish Fighters Near Kirkuk

The Wall Street Journal - 2017-10-16 05:34
Iraqi forces clashed with fighters from the Kurdish semiautonomous region near the oil-rich province of Kirkuk early Monday, raising the stakes in a standoff over Kurdish independence, Iraqi and Kurdish officials said. ...

Top PUK Official: Peshmerga Fully Committed to Defend Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-16 03:20
KIRKUK — Deputy Secretary-General of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Kosrat Rasoul has made it clear that tens of thousand of Kurdish Peshmerga forces are in Kirkuk, fully committed to defend the province against any possible military attack by B ...

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 ...

Hashd Al-Shaabi Asks Kirkuk People for Support in Imminent Attack

BAS News - 2017-10-14 15:43
ERBIL — Shi'ite Arab militias of Hashd al-Shaabi have spread leaflets in Kirkuk Province asking the residents to support their imminent attack on the city. Leaflets have been found in Kirkuk city, claiming that Peshmerga has collapsed and that the militi ...

State Department: US Closely Monitoring Situation in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-13 15:46
ERBIL — The US is “closely” monitoring the situation in Kirkuk where the Arab Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi are intending to attack the Peshmerga forces in the province, said the spokesperson of the US Department of State on Thursday. Peshmerga did ...

Tens of Thousands of Peshmerga Troops Arrive in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-13 11:17
Peshmerga prepares to respond to Baghdad’s threats KIRKUK — A security source from Kirkuk revealed that tens of thousands of Peshmerga forces equipped with heavy arms arrived in Kirkuk Province to respond to any offensives by the Iraqi forces. Security f ...

Peshmerga to Defend Kirkuk “at Any Cost”: Official

BAS News - 2017-10-13 03:49
ERBIL — Thousands of heavily-equipped Kurdish Peshmerga forces have been deployed in Kirkuk to defend the province against any possible military offensive by Baghdad-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi, a Kurdish official said. “Thousands of heavi ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

Iraqi Forces Begin New Push to Retake Center of Hawija

BAS News - 2017-10-04 10:08
KIRKUK — Iraqi army announced on Wednesday, October 4, a new offensive to retake the center of Hawija district, located in southern Kirkuk Province. The Iraqi troops launched on Wednesday a new operation as part of the second phase of the Hawija operatio ...

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 ...

557 IS Militants Killed in First Phase of Hawija Operation

BAS News - 2017-09-27 22:36
KIRKUK — Joint Iraqi forces have killed 557 Islamic State (IS) militants in the first phase of the operation for liberating Hawija district in southern Kirkuk Province, the Iraqi Defense Ministry’s War Media Cell said on Wednesday. According to a stateme ...

Kirkuk Will not Obey Baghdad Despite Force Threats: Kirkuk Governor

BAS News - 2017-09-27 20:20
KIRKUK — The governor of Kirkuk province said that the province will not obey the Iraqi government, despite Baghdad’s decision to deploy troops to the area. According to Governor Najmiddin Karim, who spoke to Sputnik on Wednesday, Kirkuk would not obey B ...

PUK opposes KDP on holding referendum in Kirkuk

KurdPress - 2017-09-24 11:58
While the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) is stressing on holding the planned referendum of Kurdistan Region in Kirkuk province, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) is against holding the referendum in the province which is considered as a disputed te ...

Kirkuk Governor Calls on People to Go to Polls on Monday

BAS News - 2017-09-23 16:01
ERBIL — Kirkuk Governor Najmadin Karim released a statement on Saturday to call on the population of the province to take part in Kurdistan’s independence referendum on Monday, September 25. “I call on people of Kirkuk to go to the polls on Monday, Septe ...

Official Reaffirms Holding Independence Referendum in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-09-23 11:25
ERBIL — A member of the Kurdistan Region’s High Referendum Council rejected the rumors that the independence vote will be delayed, stressing that Kirkuk Province won’t be excluded from the vote. Sadiq Jabari, a member of the council, told BasNews there i ...

Baghdad ready for conditional talks with KRG over referendum: expert

KurdPress - 2017-09-20 12:04
A political expert has stated that the central government of Iraq in Baghdad is ready to discuss the independence of the northern region of Kurdistan if the northern province of Kirkuk is not included in the Kurdish referendum vote set for September 25. ...

No forces are allowed in Kirkuk, official tells Kurdpress

KurdPress - 2017-09-20 09:26
A member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) stated that the situation in the Kirkuk, a city in northern Iraq and the capital of Kirkuk province, is stable after clashes on Monday in a rally supporting the referendum of Kurdistan Region, set for Septe ...

A Kurdish referendum on independence risks backfiring

The Economist - 2017-09-18 17:59
THE vast oil reserves and disputed status of Kirkuk have given it a reputation as a powder-keg. The multi-ethnic province in northern Iraq lies beyond the Kurdish Autonomous Region but is ruled by the Kurds and claimed by the Arabs in Baghdad. To locals, ...

Coalition Airstrikes Kill at Least 14 IS Militants in Hawija

BAS News - 2017-09-12 22:16
ERBIL — At least 14 Islamic State (IS) members were killed in a series of airstrikes carried out by a US-led coalition in Iraq’s northern Kirkuk province, a local security source said on Tuesday. According to Khalid al-Numan, a police officer in Kirkuk, ...

"Those who launch a war have to expect a response.” Barzani in Kirkuk

KurdisCat - 2017-09-12 19:50
The leader of Iraq’s Kurdish region defended an independence referendum planned for later this month during a visit Tuesday to the oil-rich Kirkuk province, the epicenter of a long-running dispute with the central government. Iraq’s parliament meanwhile ...

Barzani: Rights of All Components Will Be Preserved in Kurdistan State

BAS News - 2017-09-12 15:16
President Barzani visited Kirkuk and met with the components of the city KIRKUK — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani visited Kirkuk Province on Tuesday to address the components of the province about the upcoming referendum on independence. In a m ...

Kurdish Security Forces Capture 2 IS Militants

BAS News - 2017-09-08 00:50
KIRKUK — Kurdish security forces in Kirkuk captured on Thursday two Islamic State (IS) members who had participated in offensives against Peshmerga forces. The first insurgent is revealed to be from Riyaz district of Kirkuk province, whose father was a m ...

Abadi: Liberation of Hawija Requires Coordination with Peshmerga

BAS News - 2017-09-07 12:59
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said that the liberation of Hawija in Kirkuk Province requires coordination with the Peshmerga forces and the Syrian regime. Abadi said on Wednesday that the restoration of Hawija requires coordination with th ...

Peshmerga Holding Three Fronts in Northwest of Hawija

BAS News - 2017-09-07 11:48
Peshmerga alone will lead the battle from their fronts KIKRUK — Three fronts of the long-awaited Hawija battle are currently under the control of Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces in south-western Kirkuk Province. According to military sources, around ...

Army, allies to retake Hawijah from IS terrorists soon: Iraqi PM

KurdPress - 2017-09-07 10:34
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has stated that army troops, backed by allied Kurdish forces of Peshmerga, will soon launch a multi-pronged operation to liberate the city of Hawijah in the oil-rich northern province of Kirkuk from Islamic State (IS) ...

IS Militants in Hawija Considering to Surrender

BAS News - 2017-09-05 23:33
ERBIL — Islamic State (IS) militants in Kirkuk consider surrendering to the Iraqi forces who are currently preparing to recapture the group's stronghold in the province, a local source said on Tuesday. According to the source, who spoke to Al Sumaria New ...

Turkmen call on Kirkuk residents to boycott Kurdistan referendum

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
KIRKUK,— Turkmen parties in Kirkuk called on Tuesday for the people of Kirkuk province to refuse the referendum on the independence of Iraq’s Kurdistan Region. The Turkmen parties, during a news conference, called for the province to boycott the referend ...

Iran warns Kirkuk over joining Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
TEHRAN,— Iran on Wednesday warned the Iraqi province of Kirkuk against taking part in next month’s Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum, saying it is “wrong, provocative and unacceptable”. A statement from the foreign ministry described as “dangerous” ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – September 3, 2017

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
Kirkuk Governor denies reports he called on expelling Turkmens and Arabs from Kirkuk Kirkuk: The office of the Kirkuk Governor Najmaldin Karim has denied a news story from a Turkmen TV that he suggested expelling the Turkmens and Arabs from the province ...

Iraqi Army Warns Hawija Residents ahead of Liberation Offensive

BAS News - 2017-09-01 12:41
ERBIL— Through messages dropped on Hawija (Kirkuk province) on Thursday, the Iraqi army informed the residents that the liberation of their town from the Islamic State (IS) is imminent. Millions of leaflets which contained the messages were dropped on Ha ...

Hawija Operation to Launch Soon: JOC

BAS News - 2017-08-30 19:29
ERBIL— A military campaign to liberate the town of Hawija, Kirkuk province, from the Islamic State (IS) control will launch soon, declared the Joint Operations Command (JOC) in a statement on Wednesday. Kirkuk officials have repeatedly called on Baghdad ...
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