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Iraq takes control of Sinjar after Kurdish army withdraws

The New Mail - 2017-10-18 14:06
Peshmerga forces gave up the Kurdish town of Sinjar to a pro-Iraqi paramilitary group and the Iraqi army, Baghdad’s army said Tuesday. Sinjar is composed of Yazidi Kurds, a non-Muslim… The post Iraq takes control of Sinjar after Kurdish army withdraws ap ...

Kurdish forces pull out of Sinjar, hand control over to Iranian militias

Washington Times - 2017-10-18 13:31
Kurdish peshmerga units have withdrawn from the heavily contested area of Sinjar in northern Iraq on Tuesday, handing control over the enclave to Iranian-backed paramilitaries tied to Iraq's security forces. The Kurdish fighters reportedly left the major ...

Peshmerga in Full Control of Makhmour: Commander

BAS News - 2017-10-18 00:28
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces have rejected the reports claiming that the Kurdish forces retreated from their positions in Makhmour district, southwest of Kirkuk, a commander said. “I am speaking from central Makhmour and I ensure that the ...

US “Very Concerned” by Violence in Kirkuk: State Department

BAS News - 2017-10-17 01:35
ERBIL — The United States is “very concerned” about the situation in Kirkuk and the military clashes between Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Baghdad-backed militias, said State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert. “We are monitoring the situation closely ...

Peshmerga in Full Control of Makhmour, Gwer Districts

BAS News - 2017-10-17 00:35
ERBIL — A Kurdish Peshmerga commander has rejected the media reports claiming that the Iraqi forces and Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi are busy with military mobilisation near the Peshmerga positions in Makhmour and Gwer, south and west of Erbil. Qa ...

US Senator Warns Against Misuse of US Weapons by Iraqi Forces

BAS News - 2017-10-16 18:37
ERBIL — US Senator John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released a statement today on reports of clashes between Iraqi forces and the Kurdish Peshmerga in Kirkuk, stating that he is deeply concerned about the military advances ag ...

Peshmerga Ordered to Fight to the Last Man in Defence of Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-16 15:36
KIRKUK — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani, who also serves as Commander-in-Chief of the Kurdish forces, has ordered Peshmerga to not initiate a clash, but defend Kirkuk to the last man if attacked. Since midnight Sunday, Baghdad-backed Shi’ite A ...

PUK Influential Faction Orders Withdrawal of Peshmerga from Tuz Khurmatu

BAS News - 2017-10-16 14:35
TUZ KHURMATU — Ordered by a particular faction within the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), the Peshmerga forces have evacuated Tuz Khurmatu district in south of Kirkuk to fall into the hands of the Shi’ite Arab militias of Hashd al-Shaabi. The Kurdish ...

Coalition Threatens Downing Iraqi Jets If Fly to Attack Kurds: MP

BAS News - 2017-10-16 03:51
ERBIL — The US-led Coalition forces have warned the Iraqi central government to avoid violence and especially using airpower against the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the northern city of Kirkuk, said a Kurdish lawmaker. Member of the Iraqi parliament, Sha ...

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 ...

Barzani Gives Peshmerga Green Light to Fire in Kirkuk to Defend Only

BAS News - 2017-10-16 02:30
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Peshmerga forces, has ordered the Kurdish forces to not initiate a war in Kirkuk, but do not hesitate to open fire if came under attack. “President Barzani order ...

Kirkuk Governor Calls on People to Take Arms Against Hashd al-Shaabi

BAS News - 2017-10-16 01:47
KIRKUK — Kirkuk Governor Najmaddin Karim has called on people in the city to take arms against military advancing by Baghdad-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi against Kurdish Peshmerga forces. Speaking from the crowded streets of central Kirkuk, ...

Kurds block Iraqi forces access to Kirkuk's oil fields, airbase

Reuters - 2017-10-15 12:41
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Kurdish Peshmerga fighters rejected a warning from an Iraqi paramilitary force to withdraw from a strategic junction south of Kirkuk, which controls the access to some of the region's main oilfields, a Kurdish security official told Re ...

Yezidi Girls Have Finger on the Trigger to Defend Kurdistan: Commander

BAS News - 2017-10-14 17:07
ERBIL — The Yezidi women are fully ready to stand against any aggressive force aiming at the Kurdish territories in Sinjar and elsewhere, said commander of all-female Yezidi Peshmerga forces. Khate Shingali, who commands the Yezidi Roj Girls Brigade, tol ...

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 Targets Kurdish, Turkmen Districts in Tuz Khurmatu

BAS News - 2017-10-14 11:09
TUZ KHURMATU — Hashd al-Shaabi militias threw hand grenades at a Peshmerga base and civilian houses in Tuz Khurmatu on Friday night, leading to exchanging fire between Peshmerga and the militias. Shalal Abdul, Mayor of Tuz Khurmatu, told BasNews Hashd al ...

Hash al-Shaabi Open Fire at Peshmerga in Tuz Khurmatu

BAS News - 2017-10-14 00:50
ERBIL — A group of Shi’ite Arab Militias of Hashd al-Shaabi reportedly opened fire overnight Friday at Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Tuz Khurmatu district south of Kirkuk, a source said. There is no report of casualties or damages, and Kurdish Peshmerga fo ...

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 ...

Some PUK Officials Involved in Baghdad Conspiracy to Attack Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-13 03:23
ERBIL — Some officials from the patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) are involved in a conspiracy devised by the central government in Baghdad to attack Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Kirkuk. Late on Thursday, Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) warned o ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Coalition: Peshmerga Killed, Captured 1000 IS Militants Since August

BAS News - 2017-10-06 19:24
LODZ — The US-led Coalition revealed on Friday that Kurdish Peshmerga forces have killed or captured 1000 jihadists since the beginning of Tel Afar assault on 20th August. In response to BasNews, Army Colonel Ryan Dillon, a Spokesperson for Operation Inh ...

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 ...

Congressman: US Should Support Kurds’ Bid for Independence

BAS News - 2017-09-26 15:34
ERBIL — The US Congressman Trent Franks reiterated his support for Kurdistan Region’s independence, saying that the medieval horrors of the Islamic State could have been much more widespread if the Kurdish Peshmerga forces had not defeated the group. In ...

Peshmerga Official Warns Against Baghdad’s Threats

BAS News - 2017-09-25 15:48
ERBIL — After the Iraqi parliament demanded troops be sent to the Kurdish areas controlled by Peshmerga after the emergence of Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, the Peshmerga officials warned the Iraqi army against any aggressions. Halgurd Hikmat, Director of ...

Peshmerga and Iraqi army sign agreement on Hawija operation

Waar Media - 2017-09-24 19:28
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Iraqi army, in presence of a US-led coalition representative, reached a five point coordination agreement for the Hawija operation, which is in its fourth day. The Iraqi and Kurdish sides agreed that the Peshmerga ...

Iraqi Army Seeking Coordination with Peshmerga for Hawija Assault

BAS News - 2017-09-21 13:58
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga Command has received an official request from the Iraqi army’s join operations to establish a special line of military coordinations for the Hawija assault, a Kurdish commander said. Cited by the Iraqi media, Wasta Ra ...

Female Peshmerga Fighter Receives ‘Global Hope Coalition’ Award

BAS News - 2017-09-19 14:56
ERBIL — Kurdish female Peshmerga fighter, who has been fighting on the forefront of the war against Islamic State (IS) for the past several years, received the prestigious award of ‘Global Hope Coalition’ on Monday for her outstanding work against extrem ...

Hawija: Leaflets Urge IS Militants to Surrender

BAS News - 2017-09-19 12:39
KIRKUK — Thousands of leaflets have been dropped over the territories remaining under the control of Islamic State (IS) in southwest of Kirkuk, urging the jihadists to surrender. Kurdish Peshmerga Commander Kamal Kirkuki told BasNews that the leaflets al ...

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 ...

Peshmerga Forces Defeat IS Attack South of Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-09-07 16:31
ERBIL — The Kurdish Peshmerga forces warded off overnight on Wednesday an offensive of the Islamic State (IS) militants in southern Kirkuk, killing a number of the jihadists. There was no report of casualties on the side of Peshmerga, but the IS extremis ...

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) ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – August 29, 2017

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
Peshmerga fighters thwart multiple IS attacks in Tuz Khurmatu Tuz Khurmatu: Kurdish Peshmerga forces foiled multiple attacks from Islamic State (IS) militants in the district of Tuz Khurmatu. A Peshmerga commander said IS militants attacked the Kurdish f ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – September 5, 2017

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
Up to 12 Peshmerga fighters wounded by IED in Sinjar Sinjar: Up to 12 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters were wounded when a bomb exploded next to a Peshmerga forces convoy. An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blew up near a bus carrying a number of Peshmerga f ...

Iranian former ambassador climbs mountain in Kurdish suit

KurdPress - 2017-08-31 12:34
Iranian former Ambassador to Baghdad, Hassan Danaei Far mounted Damavand Mountain in an attempt to honor the Peshmerga and Pasdar forces who were martyred in a joint operation against former Baath Regime dictator Saddam Hussein forces in 1987. Reporter’s ...

Kirkuk: Peshmerga Snipers Take Down IS Militants While Planting IEDs

BAS News - 2017-08-27 14:26
KIRKUK — Kurdish Peshmerga snipers gunned down one Islamic State (IS) insurgent and injured another in west of Kirkuk while planting improvised explosive devices (IED) near the Peshmerga positions, an official confirmed. “At around 06:15 local time, four ...

Komala Peshmerga Who Killed 2 Civilians in Choman, Surrendered

BAS News - 2017-08-26 10:31
ERBIL — Iranian Kurdish Peshmerga forces of the Komala Party, who killed two civilians on Friday in the border areas of Kurdistan Region, have surrendered to police, officials said. After a clash arose between the Komala forces with four residents of Gun ...

2 Killed in Clashes with Iranian Peshmerga Forces NE Erbil

BAS News - 2017-08-25 19:53
ERBIL— At least two civilians have been killed after the residents of a village in Erbil province and the Peshmerga forces from the Iranian Kurdish Komala party confronted each other on Friday evening. The confrontations occurred in Gundazhor village at ...

Peshmerga Ward off IS Massive Attack South of Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-08-25 00:38
ERBIL — Kurdish Peshmerga forces repelled overnight Thursday a massive attack by Islamic State (IS) militants in souther Kirkuk areas, officials confirmed. After hours of fierce fire exchange, the offensive was defeated with several jihadists killed or i ...

Pentagon statement on Mattis’ Meeting with Masoud Barzani

KurdPress - 2017-08-23 14:54
U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met, on Tuesday, with Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) President Masoud Barzani to thank him for his strong leadership of Peshmerga forces and being a supportive partner in operations to defeat IS. ...

Peshmerga Forces Kill 3 IS Suicide Bombers Near Mosul

BAS News - 2017-08-23 13:24
ERBIL — Kurdish Peshmerga forces killed on Wednesday three Islamic State (IS) suicide bombers near Mosul in northern Iraq. Idris Shaban, a Peshmerga commander from Duhok, confirmed the report to BasNews and revealed that the jihadists had attempted to ta ...

Peshmerga Kills IS Insurgent in North of Diyala Province

BAS News - 2017-08-17 15:38
ERBIL — An Islamic State (IS) insurgents was killed on Thursday after the Kurdish Peshmerga forces surrounded him in the suburb areas of Jalawla, north of Diyala province. Identified as Rafid Abdulazziz, the militant is said to be originally from Qaya vi ...

British Medics to Travel to Erbil, Treat Inured Peshmerga

BAS News - 2017-08-16 11:23
ERBIL — A group of doctors and nurses are preparing to travel to the Kurdistan Region and treat those wounded in the conflicts against Islamic State (IS). According to Evening Standard, the medics will conduct at least 35 operations for Kurdish Peshmerga ...

A referendum on Kurdish independence from Iraq carries grave risks

The Economist - 2017-08-16 01:40
THE enormous new statue of a peshmerga soldier, overlooking the Baba Gurgur oilfield, just outside Kirkuk, is a stark indication of the Iraqi Kurds’ aspirations to establish an independent state with borders that stretch beyond their historic homeland to ...

IS Making Unsuccessful Plan Against Peshmerga in Southern Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-08-07 15:17
ERBIL — A Kurdish official has revealed a new plan by the Islamic State (IS) militants to establish a new front and area of military influence in southern Kirkuk province as the group has suffered serious defeats elsewhere. Head of Kurdistan Democratic P ...

One Peshmerga Killed in IED Blast

BAS News - 2017-08-07 09:05
ERBIL — A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter was killed as the result of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted by the Islamic State (IS). The bomb went off late on Sunday while a military engineering team of the Peshmerga forces were busy defusing the expl ...

PKK Shoots 2 Kurdish Businessmen, Seizes Their Properties in Sinjar

BAS News - 2017-08-05 11:16
SINJAR — PKK forces in Khanasor district of Sinjar opened fire at two civilians from Zummar district, north-east of Sinjar on Thursday, killing one of them and wounding the other. Badal Bandi, commander of Roj Peshmerga in Sinjar, told Kurdistan 24 that ...

Peshmerga Forces Stay Where They Shed Blood: Commander

BAS News - 2017-08-01 17:13
ERBIL — The Kurdish Peshmerga forces will not retreat from the areas for which they have made ultimate sacrifices, said commander Sarbast Trwanshi. The Peshmerga forces liberated these areas from the Islamic State (IS), and they are now responsible for t ...

Barzani Approves Coalition’s Plan for Reorganizing Peshmerga

BAS News - 2017-08-01 10:57
Peshmerga ministry will soon proceed to enforce the plan ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani approved the plan which was proposed by the International Coalition members for restructuring the Kurdish Peshmerga Forces. Brigadier General Hazha ...

Martyrs of Kurdistan Would Vote “Yes” for an Independent Kurdistan

Lawk Ghafuri - 2017-07-27 16:59
Photo Source:- UK.gov.krd By Lawk Ghafuri For many years Kurdistan people sacrificed their lives for our Kurdish land, that started hundred years ago when Peshmerga started their fight against various enemies of Kurds in early 1920s, as they fought agains ...
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