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13 Civilians Executed by IS After Attempting to Escape Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-24 23:44
MOSUL — Islamic State (IS) militants have recently executed 13 civilians in Mosul after the victims failed to escape. The civilians had tried to reach a safe zone under the control of Iraqi forces and flee IS atrocities, but they were captured by the jih ...

Iraqi Forces Control 97% of West Mosul, 350 IS Militants Remaining

BAS News - 2017-05-24 16:42
MOSUL — A federal police officer said on Wednesday that dozens of Islamic State (IS) men were killed and three car bombs were detonated following the incursion into the al-Zanjili neighborhood in west Mosul. Capt. Ahmed al-Obeidi told Basnews that "Polic ...

Iraq orders investigation into abuses reported in Mosul battle

Reuters - 2017-05-24 14:29
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's interior minister on Wednesday ordered an investigation into allegations that members of the security forces had tortured, killed and abused civilians in the campaign to oust Islamic State militants from Mosul. ...

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 ...

Mosul: 13 Hashd al-Shaabi Militias Killed in Clashes with IS

BAS News - 2017-05-24 00:46
LEEDS — At least 13 Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaani were killed in the fight to recapture the Islamic State (IS)-held al-Qayrawan, in western Mosul, on Tuesday. Mohammad Reda al-Hassani, commander in the Shi'ite militia, told Anadolu Agency that at l ...

15-year-old Yezidi Girl Freed from IS in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-23 23:18
DUHOK — Another Kurdish Yezidi girl who was abducted by Islamic State (IS) militants more than two years ago in her town near Sinjar, Iraq, is now freed from the grips of the extremists, Kurdistan Region’s Directorate of Yezidi Abductees’ Affairs in Duho ...

IS Opens New Headquarters in Hawija as Loses Ground in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-23 22:13
LEEDS — The town of Hawija in the west of Kirkuk province is becoming a central haven for the so-called Islamic State (IS) as the extremist group has started opening new headquarters, a local source said on Tuesday. The source, who spoke to al-Sumaria Ne ...

BCF Delivers Food Assistance to Civilians in West Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-23 16:52
Civilians in Mosul's western part are in dire need of basic food aid ERBIL — In its continued collaboration with the State of Kuwait to assist the people of Mosul, Barzani Charity Foundation (BCF) delivered life-saving food aid to civilians in the libera ...

New bridge reunites Mosul as Iraqi forces gear up for final assault

Reuters - 2017-05-23 14:52
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi military engineers installed a new floating bridge across the Tigris river on Wednesday, reconnecting the two halves of Mosul to facilitate troop deployments ahead of a final assault to dislodge Islamic State. ...

[IN PICTURES]: Yezidi Girl Freed from IS Reunited with Her Mother

BAS News - 2017-05-23 14:37
DUHOK — A 10-year-old Kurdish Yezidi girl who was freed from the grip of the Islamic State (IS) militants on Monday in Mosul was reunited with her family in Duhok, said a Kurdish official. Hussein Qa’idi, head of Kurdistan Region’s office for Yezidi Abdu ...

10-year-old Yezidi Girl Freed from IS in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-23 02:22
DUHOK — Another Kurdish Yezidi girl was freed from the grips of Islamic State (IS) militants on Monday in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, said a Kurdish official. Hussein Qa’idi, head of Kurdistan Region’s office for Yezidi Abductee Affairs, revealed t ...

Iraqi Forces Intensify Efforts to Recapture IS-held Old City in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-22 22:07
LEEDS — The Iraqi forces shelled several Islamic State (IS) positions in Mosul's Old City on Monday as part of the preparation for a ground operation aimed at decisively ousting the extremist group from the remaining IS-held areas in west Mosul, an Iraqi ...

Seven IS Militants Killed in Coalition Strike in Western Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-22 22:07
LEEDS — Seven Islamic State (IS) militants were killed when an US-led coalition drone targeted and hit their location in western Mosul on Monday. Lieutenant Yazan Abdul-Kafi of the Iraqi Air Forces told Rudaw that the coalition drone hit a house in the d ...

Hashd Presence Does Not Bode Well for Future of Nineveh: Leader

BAS News - 2017-05-22 17:38
He blamed the Shi'ite forces for impeding the IDPs' return ERBIL— The Shi'ite Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitaries should withdraw from Nineveh as they are a threat against the security of the area after the complete liberation of Mosul, said the general secre ...

Militia Group Abducts Nimrud Mayor in Nineveh Plains

BAS News - 2017-05-22 17:09
The group is part of Hashd al-Shaabi militia NINEVEH — A number of armed men on Monday abducted the mayor of Nimrud town in Nineveh Plains, located in east of Mosul. The men who kidnapped the official along with two of his companions are said to be from ...

At Least 17 Iraqi Soldiers Killed in IS Suicide Attacks

BAS News - 2017-05-21 23:01
MOSUL — At least 17 Iraqi soldiers were killed in suicide attacks carried out by the so-called Islamic State (IS) in the northern city of Mosul on Sunday, a local security official said. Six Iraqi soldiers were killed in a suicide car explosion in northw ...

47 out of 74 Districts in Mosul Liberated by Iraqi CTS

BAS News - 2017-05-21 22:13
MOSUL — 47 out of 74 residential districts in western Mosul were declared liberated by the Iraqi army's elite Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS). Lieutenant General Abdul Wahab al-Saadi, a commander for the CTS, said on Sunday that during the battles in wes ...

450 IS Fighters Cordoned off in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-21 19:28
ERBIL— Only 3% of Mosul is left under the control of Islamic State (IS) organization, while 450 members of the organization are besieged by Iraqi forces in the city. The Arabic Sputink news quoted a member of Nineveh Provincial Council as saying 97% of e ...

Coalition Airstrike Kills IS Head of Administrative Affairs

BAS News - 2017-05-21 17:26
MOSUL — The Islamic State (IS) head of administrative affairs in Nineveh and the Syrian city of Raqqa was killed in an airstrike in western Mosul, Iraqi military intelligence department said on Sunday. According to a statement released by the military in ...

Three Yezidi Women Detained in Dark Room in Mosul Rescued

BAS News - 2017-05-21 16:19
MOSUL — An officer from the Joint Operations Command of the Iraqi army announced on Sunday that they have rescued three Yezidi abductees during a search operation in al-Najjar area in west Mosul after it was liberated on Saturday. Colonel Khalid al-Jawar ...

Federal Police Announces New Plan to Storm IS Strongholds in West Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-21 15:39
Only four areas in west Mosul are left under IS control ERBIL — Deputy Commander of the Federal Police, Major General Jaafar al-Battat, announced on Sunday a new military plan for the operation of storming the Old City district in west Mosul, in a bid to ...

20 IS Militants Killed Near Old Bridge in West Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-21 14:02
They attempted to target the security forces MOSUL — Twenty Islamic State (IS) militants were eliminated while attempting to enter a security forces' base near the Old Bridge in Mosul, said an officer from Joint Operations Command on Sunday. Brigadier Ge ...

Iraqi President Says Destruction in Mosul Is Horrendous

BAS News - 2017-05-20 15:18
AMMAN — Iraqi President Fuad Masoum noted the current “horrendous” state of Iraq following the nearly three-year war on Islamic State (IS) militants and the need for international assistance in rebuilding the country’s second largest city as well as othe ...

Number of IDPs from Western Mosul Rises to 526,000

BAS News - 2017-05-20 02:01
LEEDS — The number of Iraqi civilians who have been forced to flee the western parts of Mosul since the start of the military operation against the Islamic State (IS) has increased to 526,000, the Iraqi Ministry of Displacement and Migration said on Frid ...

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 ...

Iraqi Forces Storm Mosul's Biggest District

BAS News - 2017-05-19 22:17
MOSUL — Iraqi forces managed to storm and recapture a part of the biggest district in western Mosul, killing a number of Islamic State (IS) militants in an airstrike. The Iraqi War Media Cell quoted the Nineveh Operations Commander, Lieutenant General Ab ...

Iraqi Forces Pushing Deeper Towards Last IS Stronghold in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-19 20:32
MOSUL — Yet another area has been recaptured by the Iraqi forces in western Mosul on Friday. The Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service recaptured the Rawshan area located in the northern region of western part of the city.After having failed to advance into th ...

Video shows Iraqi bulldozer take on Mosul car bomber

Reuters - 2017-05-19 19:35
LONDON (Reuters) - Dramatic footage released this week shows the moment a bulldozer driven by an Iraqi security force member tackles an explosive-filled car driven by a suicide bomber, offering a rare, close-up view of the fierce battle for control of Mos ...

Yezidi Girl Escapes IS Domain

BAS News - 2017-05-19 09:45
ERBIL— Another Yezidi girl could be freed from Islamic State (IS) captivity in Mosul, raising the number of freed Yezidi people to 3,009 individuals, said the chairman for the office of Abducted Yezidi People's Affairs. Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) o ...

Over 200,000 More Civilians Expected to Escape Mosul: UN

BAS News - 2017-05-19 01:07
LODZ — With the military confrontations intensifying on a steady pace between the Iraqi army and Islamic State (IS) militants in Mosul, over 200,000 more civilians could be displaced as the result of the clashes, a senior United Nations humanitarian offi ...

Families who fled Iraq’s Mosul forced back, says HRW

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 14:12
BEIRUT,— The Iraqi army and other local security forces have forced over 300 displaced families to return to west Mosul neighborhoods still under risk of attack by the Islamic State (also known as ISIS), Human Rights Watch said on Thursday. The families, ...

Hundreds of Thousands of Lives Are at Stake in Mosul: UN Official

BAS News - 2017-05-18 11:39
200,000 more people are expected to flee west Mosul, says Lise Grande ERBIL — Approximately 700,000 people have been displaced from their homes in Mosul, including 500,000 individuals who have fled from the western half of the city since the beginning of ...

Iraqi forces move to surround Islamic State-held Mosul’s Old City

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
BAGHDAD,— U.S.-backed Iraqi forces were moving to surround Mosul’s Old City on Thursday, a week after launching a fresh push to drive Islamic State militants from areas they still hold, according to an Iraqi officer overseeing the operation. Iraqi specia ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – May 12, 2017

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
South Korea to relax travel restrictions to Iraq, citing business Erbil: South Korea will start to roll back its travel ban to Iraq amid a rise in business travel requests and the Iraqi forces’ gains in Mosul. The South Korean Foreign Ministry in Seoul a ...

Iraq’s Shiite militias squeeze Islamic State toward Syria border

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
MOSUL,— Iraq’s Shi’ite paramilitaries launched an offensive on Friday to drive Islamic State from a desert region near the border with Syria as security forces fought the militants in the city of Mosul. Spokesman Karim al-Nouri said the target of the ope ...

Mosul battle ‘will end before Ramadan’, says Iraqi army chief

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
MOSUL,— Iraqi security forces are only days away from completing the operation to recapture Mosul from so-called Islamic State, the army’s chief of staff says. Lt Gen Othman al-Ghanimi told the BBC he hoped the jihadist group would be defeated in the cit ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – May 13, 2017

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
Mosul imports vegetables from Iraqi Kurdistan but sells for less Erbil: A Kurdish voice fills one of the grocery markets in Mosul, calling to sell vegetables brought to the city from the Kurdish capital of Erbil, often at prices lower than in Iraqi Kurdi ...

Iraq says battle for Mosul nearly won as forces close in on Old City

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
BAGHDAD,— Iraqi forces have dislodged Islamic State from all but 12 square km of Mosul, a military spokesman said on Tuesday, after planes dropped leaflets into the city telling civilians the battle was nearly won. Seven months into the U.S.-backed campa ...

IS Executes 16 Civilians After They Attempted to Escape Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-18 01:00
LEEDS — Islamic State (IS) militants continues killing of civilians who attempt to leave the IS-held areas of western Mosul. The group has recently executed 16 people for trying to escape, a representative of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Mosul ...

Yezidi Mother and Two Children Freed from IS Captivity

BAS News - 2017-05-17 20:13
ERBIL— A Yezidi women and her two little children managed on Wednesday to escape from an area of Mosul which is still held by the Islamic State (IS), an official confirmed. Hussein Qaedi who runs the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)'s Office for the A ...

Kurdish MP Attacked by Shabak Mobilisation Forces

BAS News - 2017-05-17 03:06
ERBIL — Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament, Salim Shabaki, was attacked by the militia armed men of the Shabak Mobilisation Forces — also known as Hashd Shabaki — in an area of the Mosul Plains. The lawmaker stated that he was stopped in a checkpoint ...

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 ...

Hawija Operation to Start After Mosul Assault Concluded: Abadi

BAS News - 2017-05-17 02:26
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday that Hawija operation will be launched immediately after the conclusion of the anti-Islamic State (IS) battle in Mosul. Speaking to reporters in Baghdad, Abadi said they expect the full victory ...

No Agreement Yet on Mosul Administration after IS: Nineveh Official

BAS News - 2017-05-16 19:07
He says for minorities guarantees are more important than the future map of Nineveh ERBIL— The future of Nineveh province in general and Mosul in particular is vague but in any area of Nineveh which the Kurdistan Peshmerga forces exist, Kurdistan Region' ...

IS on the Brink of Total Defeat in Mosul: Coalition's Spokesperson

BAS News - 2017-05-16 14:41
IS is controlling only 12 square km in west Mosul, an official says MOSUL — The Islamic State (IS) militants are controll only 12 square kilometers in western half of Mosul and the Iraqi forces have launched a massive operation to thrust into the last IS ...

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 ...

28 IS Officials Killed in Mosul: Press Release

BAS News - 2017-05-15 19:37
ERBIL—Iraqi forces regained control over a large area in northwest Mosul and killed 28 officials of the Islamic State (IS) organization, according to a press release by the Iraqi Federal Police. The army on Monday retook some 15 squares kilometers of lan ...

Baghdadi Flees Mosul: Commander

BAS News - 2017-05-15 17:19
ERBIL— Abubakir al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State (IS) organization, has abandoned his militants in the frontlines of Mosul and fled to an unidentified location, Iraqi media reported on Monday. The sources quoted a commander from the Iraqi Cou ...

Iraqi forces close in on Islamic State's Mosul stronghold

Reuters - 2017-05-15 14:14
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - U.S.-backed Iraqi forces pressed an advance on neighborhoods under Islamic State control in Mosul on Monday as they seek to dislodge fighters entrenched in a central mosque before the holy month of Ramadan. ...
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