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Baghdadi death near 100 percent certain: Ifax quotes Russian senator

Waar Media - 2017-06-23 11:57
WAAR-DUHOK: The likelihood that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed is close to 100 percent, Interfax news agency quoted Viktor Ozerov, the head of the defense committee in the Russian upper house of parliament, as saying on Friday. ...

Mosul Seeks to Expel Families of Islamic State Members

The Wall Street Journal - 2017-06-22 22:36
Local governments in northern Iraq are seeking to punish the families of Islamic State members, in defiance of warnings by the nation’s leader that the policy will further fragment the country as it emerges from years of war. ...

IS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Dead: Russia Foreign Ministry

BAS News - 2017-06-22 19:06
ERBIL— Russia’s Foreign Ministry stated on Thursday that it was “highly likely” that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the extremist group of Islamic State (ISIS), was killed in Syria in May. Quoting information provided by the Russian Defense Ministry ...

IS Leader Responsible for IED Making Killed in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-06-22 14:26
MOSUL — Iraqi forces on Thursday killed an Islamic State (IS) high-ranking member, responsible for the making of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Mosul's Old City. According to a security source, who spoke to Shafaq News on condition of anonymity, ...

Kurds do not need a state: PKK leader

KurdPress - 2017-06-22 10:11
A top military commander of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) stated on Tuesday that Kurds do not need a stated and alleged a September referendum on the Kurdistan Region’s secession from Iraq was for “propaganda purposes.” ...

IS Explodes Ancient Mosque and Minaret in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-06-21 22:18
ERBIL— As Iraqi forces tighten the siege on Islamic State (IS) militants in the Old City of Mosul, the trapped jihadists on Wednesday exploded an ancient mosque and minaret in the area. The medieval Grand al-Nouri Mosque, where the IS leader Abu Baker al ...

Iraqi Forces 200m Away from Grand Mosque in Mosul: CTS Commander

BAS News - 2017-06-21 12:11
MOSUL — Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Forces managed to further advance towards Nuri Grand Mosque, located in Mosul’s Old City district, where the Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakir al-Baghdadi declared his self-styled caliphate back in June 2014. The Command ...

Khamenei to Abadi, Iran opposes referendum in Kurdistan Region

Waar Media - 2017-06-21 12:04
WAAR-DUHOK: Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, has spoken out against a planned independence referendum in the Kurdistan Region set for September 25. Khamenei received an Iraqi delegation headed by Prime Minister Haider al-A ...

Leader to Iraqi PM: Never trust US

KurdPress - 2017-06-21 02:36
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei underlined the need for maintaining integrity of Iraq, stressing that the Iraqi officials should “never trust the US.” ...

Iran’s Supreme Leader to Iraqi PM: Don’t Trust Washington

BAS News - 2017-06-21 00:18
ERBIL — Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei men on Thursday with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to warn him about the role of the US in Baghdad’s policies, claiming that Washington is not “trustworthy”. “In no way trust the Americans because they ar ...

Iraqi Police kill senior ISIS leader in western Mosul, recapture mosque

Waar Media - 2017-06-19 14:12
WAAR-DUHOK: Iraqi government troops recaptured a mosque in western Mosul’s Old City and killed a senior Islamic State leader as troops attack the group’s last enclave in the city. Federal Police chief, Lt. Gen. Shaer Jawdat, said his forces liberated al- ...

Russia says might have killed IS leader Baghdadi

KurdPress - 2017-06-17 13:30
Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Friday it was checking information that a Russian air strike near the Syrian northern city of Raqqa may have killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the terrorist group of the Islamic State (IS or Daesh) in late May, R ...

Russia Says May Have Struck IS Chief Al-Baghdadi

BAS News - 2017-06-16 10:27
ERBIL — Russian defence ministry said on Friday that one of the air strikes conducted by Russian war jets may have eliminated the Islamic State (IS) leader Abubakir al-Baghdadi in Raqqa, the group’s main stronghold in Syria. An air strike may have killed ...

PYD’s Muslim Denies Any Ties with Damascus

BAS News - 2017-06-16 02:25
ERBIL — The Democratic Union Party (PYD) is not siding with the Syrian regime as Kurds have been experiencing bitter times since the establishment of the Baath regime, said Salih Muslim, the leader of the Syrian Kurdish party. Muslim explained in an inte ...

Mahmoud Othman: Gorran Hit Deadlock after Leader's Death

BAS News - 2017-06-14 19:59
ERBIL— Gorran (Change) Movement has reached an impasse after the death of its general coordinator, Nawshirwan Mustafa, not knowing what to do, as stated by the old hand Kurdish politician Mahmoud Othman. Speaking to BasNews on Wednesday, Othman said in t ...

IS Leader Al-Baghdadi No Longer Has a Leading Role

BAS News - 2017-06-12 20:04
ERBIL - The Islamic State (IS) has limited the role of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and sent a 12-member leadership council to the Syrian territories under the name of “negotiating committee” to practically lead the extremist organization, informed Sy ...

Syrian State TV Claims ISIS Chief Al-Baghdadi Killed in Raqqa

Waar Media - 2017-06-11 14:33
WAAR-DUHOK: Syrian state television has reported that the leader of Islamic State (ISIS) Abu Bakr al-Baghadi has been killed in an air strike in Raqqa, Syria. The Syrian state television claims that the IS chief al-Baghdadi was struck in a massive air ra ...

Syrian State TV Claims IS Chief Al-Baghdadi Killed in Raqqa

BAS News - 2017-06-11 11:21
RAQQA — Syrian state television has reported that the leader of Islamic State (IS) Abu Bakr al-Baghadi has been killed in an air strike in Raqqa, Syria. The Syrian state television claims that the IS chief al-Baghdadi was struck in a massive air raid in ...

No Iraqi region is able to become a state: Ammar al-Hakim

KurdPress - 2017-06-10 13:30
The leader of the Iraqi National Coalition, Ammar al-Hakim, stated that no region in the country is able to declare independence, noting that the culture of stepping down from demands for all can solve all troubles in the country. ...

CHP head pays visit to pro-Kurdish HDP

KurdPress - 2017-06-10 07:36
Turkey main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) wants a “terror-free and democratic Turkey,” its leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu said during a visit to the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP). ...

Spain’s Catalonia announces October independence vote

Waar Media - 2017-06-09 16:35
WAAR-DUHOK: The leader of Spain’s Catalonia region, where a separatist movement is in full swing, on Friday announced an independence referendum for October 1 in defiance of Madrid. People will be asked to vote on the question: “Do you want Catalonia to ...

Attack will not affect Iran's commitment: leader

KurdPress - 2017-06-07 23:24
Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei referred to Wednesday's twin terrorist attacks and said that these 'fire-work' will not affect the will of Iranian nation. ...

Picture: IS Official of Sharia Diwan Eliminated in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-06-07 18:57
MOSUL — A prominent Islamic State (IS) leader was eliminated in Mosul in the past two days, Kurdistan Region’s Counter-Terrorism Directorate (CTD) said on Wednesday. The CTD said in a statement that according to the information they have obtained, an IS ...

ISIS claim attacks on Teheran, says propaganda organ Amaq

Waar Media - 2017-06-07 15:58
WAAR-DUHOK: ISIS claim attacks on Teheran, says propaganda organ Amaq. Two attacks have hit major targets in the Iranian capital. Armed men have stormed Iran’s parliament while a suicide bombing was reported at the tomb of Iran’s iconic leader Ayatollah ...

Iraqi Jets Bomb IS Court in Hawija, Kill 17 Militants

BAS News - 2017-06-07 14:00
A prominent leader was killed in the air raid KIRKUK — Iraqi warplanes pounded the Islamic State (IS) Sharia Court in central Hawija city in southwestern Kirkuk province on late Tuesday, killing 17 IS militants. A security source reported that the warpla ...

Putin asked Bill Clinton to consider option Russia might join NATO

Waar Media - 2017-06-04 12:53
WAAR-DUHOK: Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested to former US President Bill Clinton that Russia might join NATO, Putin told American film director Oliver Stone in an interview for his new project, a series of conversations with the Russian leader. ...

Shi'ite Militia Threatens Former Nineveh Governor with Death

BAS News - 2017-06-03 20:53
ERBIL— The spokesperson for the radical Shi'ite paramilitary force of Asaeb Ahl al-Haqq on Saturday made death threats against Mithal al-Alusi, former governor for Nineveh, for his words about the group's leader. "Keep your mouth shut or we will shut it, ...

Masrour Barzani Discusses Kurdistan Independence with KSDP Leader

BAS News - 2017-06-01 19:08
ERBIL— The Chancellor for Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Masrour Barzani and the Secretary General for Kurdistan Socialist Democratic Party (KSDP) Mohammed Haji Mahmud conferred on Thursday, reiterating that Kurdistan Region will not relinquish ...

Turkey’s Kurdish HDP party leader Demirtas to stand trial in September

E-Kurd - 2017-06-01 18:17
DIYARBAKIR-AMED, Turkey’s Kurdish region,— Being arrested on November 4, 2016 as part of an investigation carried out by Diyarbakır Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office, HDP Co-Chair Demirtas’s first hearing will be held on September 6. The Co-Chair of the K ...

Former Iraqi communist party leader Aziz Mohammed dies at 92

E-Kurd - 2017-06-01 18:17
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The former leader of the Iraqi Communist Party died in Iraqi Kurdistan capital city of Erbil at the age of 92. “Aziz Mohammed, the former leader of the Iraqi Communist Party, passed away on Wednesday afternoon, May ...

Maliki Should Be Asked to Clarify His Threatening Remarks: PUK Leader

BAS News - 2017-05-31 18:35
A KIU leader also warns against siding with Iraqi VP against Kurdistan ERBIL— Kurdistan Region authorities should follow up the threats made by the Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki and ask him to explain his opposition to the rights of Kurdistan Regi ...

Grand Al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul Surrounded by IS Militants

BAS News - 2017-05-31 18:35
MOSUL — The Grand al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul wherein the Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had announced the establishment of the self-proclaimed caliphate in 2014 has been surrounded by IS militants. The streets around the Mosque have been clo ...

Aziz Mohammad Former Iraqi Communist Party Leader Dies at 93

BAS News - 2017-05-31 16:32
ERBIL— Aziz Mohammad, the former general secretary of the Iraqi Communist Party died on Wednesday, confirmed a politburo member of Kurdistan Communist Party. Speaking to BasNews, Handren Ahmed said the former leader died in Erbil. Mohammed was born in 19 ...

KDP: Kurdistan independence vote will be held despite party differences

E-Kurd - 2017-05-31 11:21
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— A senior leader of the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) said they are determined to hold an independence referendum this year and there is no turning back. He said they are waiting for the political parties ...

U.S. denies Syrian Kurdish leader Salih Muslim a visa, again

E-Kurd - 2017-05-31 11:21
WASHINGTON, D.C.,— For the second year, the United States has denied Syrian Kurdish leader a visa to speak at an event at the prestigious National Press Club in Washington, D.C. “The visa, it was actually refused,” Salih Muslim said in a video. Muslim, t ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – May 29, 2017

E-Kurd - 2017-05-31 11:21
Gorran official refutes reports over filling leader’s vacancy Sulaimani: Gorran (Change) Movement has not assigned anyone yet to replace Nawshirwan Mustafa, the former general coordinator of the party, a senior Gorran official confirmed on Sunday. Salh Z ...

Jordanian IS Leader Killed in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-30 18:26
ERBIL— Omar Mahdi Ahmed Zedan, best known as Abu Munzr al-Urduni, was killed during the international coalition airstrikes in Mosul in the past two days, Kurdistan Region's Counter-Terrorism reported on Tuesday. On their Facebook account, the counter-ter ...

After meeting Assad ally Putin, Macron meets Syrian opposition

Reuters - 2017-05-30 15:53
PARIS (Reuters) - President Emmanuel Macron held talks with the head of the Syrian opposition on Tuesday, affirming his support for them, a day after meeting Russian leader Vladimir Putin, a key backer of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. ...

Kim Jong Nam murder case moves to Malaysian high court

Reuters - 2017-05-30 05:41
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - The case of two women charged in Malaysia with killing the estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader was transferred to a higher court on Tuesday, as a defense lawyer complained of not getting all of the documents he had requ ...

Democratic confederation discussed in meeting in Denmark

ANHA - 2017-05-29 11:58
A group of Kurds, Danishes, Italians, and Greeks have taken part in a meeting to discuss the Democratic Confederation which the Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan proposed, and the practical implementation of the project in Rojava. ...

Gorran Official Refutes Reports over Filling Leader's Vacancy

BAS News - 2017-05-28 17:40
He says a committee will assign the new leader ERBIL— Gorran (Change) Movement has not assigned anyone yet to replace Nawshirwan Mustafa, the former general coordinator of the party, a senior Gorran official confirmed on Sunday. Salh Zhazhlayi, a member ...

Canada opposition picks young social conservative to take on Trudeau

Reuters - 2017-05-28 04:53
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's official opposition Conservatives on Saturday chose a little-known, 38-year-old leader to fight a 2019 election against Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau but only after a fierce contest that revealed internal divisions. ...

IS Leader Responsible for Preparing Suicide Bombers Killed in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-27 15:12
MOSUL — A source from Iraqi federal police said on Saturday that they have stormed al-Zanjili and al-Shifa districts in west Mosul for the second time, in a bid to rescue civilians trapped in Old Mosul’s front line. Colonel Khudair Saleh, an officer from ...
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