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Three Die in House Blast in Sinjar Vicinity

BAS News - 2017-09-22 20:08
ERBIL- A house booby-trapped by the Islamic State (IS) militants in Gir Uzer district of Sinjar (Nineveh province) exploded on Friday evening, leaving three civilians dead. The IDPs return to their homes without making sure whether their houses are bombe ...

Yezidis Rally in Support of Kurdistan’s Independence

BAS News - 2017-09-22 15:12
DUHOK — The Kurdish Yezidi community organized on Friday a rally in Khanke camp in Duhok Province in support of Kurdistan Region’s independence. Khisho Mirza, head of Yezidis’ Lalish Centre in Sinjar region, told BasNews that the Kurdish Yezidis in Khank ...

Anah in Western Anbar Liberated from IS

BAS News - 2017-09-21 19:52
ERBIL— The town of Anah in western Anbar province was liberated from the Islamic State (IS) on Thursday, as reported by Iraqi War Media Cell. The cell, affiliated with the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, quoted Abdulamir Yarallah, deputy commander for Joint O ...

KRG condemns Turkish airstrikes killing 7 civilians in Duhok province

Waar Media - 2017-09-21 18:21
WAAR-DUHOK: The Kurdistan Regional government has condemned the killing of seven civilians by Turkish airstrikes that happened on Tuesday in a village in Duhok Province, about 150 kilometers northwest of Erbil. “We as the Kurdistan Regional Government co ...

Iran: 4 Kurds Detained for Hoisting Kurdistan Flag

BAS News - 2017-09-21 13:19
ERBIL — Iranian security forces have detained four Kurdish citizens after they were found planting the Kurdistan flags in several locations around a village in Sanandaj province. According to Hangaw, a human rights monitoring group, the four civilians we ...

KRG Decries Turkish Airstrikes Which Killed Several Civilians

BAS News - 2017-09-21 00:28
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government issued on Wednesday an official statement to condemn recent Turkish airstrikes which took the lives of seven civilians in Duhok Province. According to the statement, the victims had visited the suburb areas of Sh ...

Barzani Foundation Delivers Aid to 2,000 Families in Duhok

BAS News - 2017-09-20 15:37
DUHOK — Barzani Charity Foundation (BCF) delivered two batches of food assistance to 2,000 displaced families and the financially weak families in Duhok Province. The BCF teams, in collaboration with the Kuwaiti state, delivered on Wednesday food aid to ...

Kurds and Arabs of Zummar Rally in Support of Kurdistan’s Independence

BAS News - 2017-09-20 14:37
ERBIL — People in Zummar district, in north-eastern Nineveh Province, organized a rally on Wednesday to show their support for Kurdistan Region’s independence vote, scheduled for September 25. Ahmed Jaafer, mayor of Zummar District, told BasNews that ral ...

Four Civilians Killed in Turkey’s Anti-PKK Airstrikes in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-09-20 13:55
DUHOK — Turkish fighter jets carried out overnight on Tuesday multiple airstrikes allegedly to target the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) guerrillas, but they left four civilians dead in Kurdistan Region’s Duhok Province. Head of Sheladze Local Administra ...

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. ...

Iran: Two Kurds Executed

BAS News - 2017-09-20 11:18
ERBIL — Judicial authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran have reportedly carried out the execution sentences for two Kurdish individuals in the western province of Lorestan. According to Human Rights Activists News Agency (HERANA), the two Kurdish ci ...

Plan to expand Al-Tuwaheina camp

ANHA - 2017-09-20 10:50
The Office of Organization Affairs in al-Tabqa Civil Council is preparing to expand Al-Tuwaheina camp, coinciding with the approaching of the rainy season and the possibility of the influx of displaced people from Deir-ez-Zor province in east Syria, as we ...

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 ...

Kurdistan Referendum Arrangements Completed in Nineveh

BAS News - 2017-09-19 16:39
ERBIL— The preparations for holding the referendum of the independence of the Kurdistan Region in Nineveh province are finished, said the Nineveh chief of the Independent High Elections and Referendum Commission (IHERC) of the Kurdistan Region. A report ...

Iraqi Army Commences Attack on Last IS-held Towns in Anbar

BAS News - 2017-09-19 14:56
ANBAR — Iraqi security forces and paramilitary units launched early Tuesday a massive offensive against one of the Islamic State (IS) group's last bastions in the western Anbar Province near Syria’s border. Iraqi Joint Operations Command said on Tuesday ...

Kurdistan Mine Action Agency Removes 350 Mines in Sulaymaniyah

BAS News - 2017-09-19 11:04
ERBIL — Kurdistan Mine Action Agency (KMAA) cleared a large area from land mines and war remnants in Sulaymaniyah Province of Kurdistan Region. The agency reported its teams successfully detonated dozens of mines on September 18 in Golini Barbi minefield ...

Turkey pro-Kurdish HDP holds 'justice rally' in Diyarbakir

KurdPress - 2017-09-19 08:52
Turkey pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) held a grand meeting in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir titled “Justice, Conscience and Democracy” in protest of the current state of democracy in Turkey and arrests of its lawmakers. ...

Turkish Jets Raid Qandil, Surrounding Areas in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-09-19 01:35
ERBIL — Turkish fighter jets bombarded overnight Monday Kurdistan Region’s Qandil mountainous areas in northeast Erbil province, a local source said. The airstrike is claimed by Ankara to have been targeting positions for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PK ...

Curfew Imposed on 14 villages in Southern Turkey

BAS News - 2017-09-18 20:20
ERBIL— After a Turkish soldier was gunned down in southern province of Merdin, local officials declared an infinite curfew in 14 villages in the area. According to a statement by Merdin governor's office, the soldier was killed in the town of Nusaybin by ...

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, ...

IS Preacher in Hit Arrested upon Requesting Salary

BAS News - 2017-09-17 23:06
ERBIL— Iraqi intelligence service on Sunday arrested the preacher of the Islamic State (IS) organization in the town of Hit, in Anbar province. Iraqi media reported an informed source as saying Mullah Salih Abdullah Jubair was arrested as he submitted a ...

Military operation launched by Iraqi forces west al-Anbar

ANHA - 2017-09-16 17:05
NEWS DESK- Iraqi forces launched a wide-scale military operation to free the Akashat area west of al-Anbar province. Iraqi forces launched a wide-scale military operation to liberate Akashat region west of al-Anbar province from IS mercenaries. Local medi ...

Kermanshah forests set on fire by Iranian forces

ANHA - 2017-09-14 13:22
Forests in Kermanshah province have been set on fire, and the fingers were pointing to the Iranian forces, according to activists, since they are the only one stationed in the region. ...

Pictures: Iran Opens Imam Khomeini School in Kurdish Shabak Areas

BAS News - 2017-09-14 11:47
ERBIL — Hoping to further increase its influence across Iraq, the Islamic Republic of Iran has recently opened a school in the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh, named after its late supreme leader Ruhollah Khomeini. According to the information obtaine ...

IS Stranded Convoy Arrives in IS-held Areas in Deir Ezzor, Syria

BAS News - 2017-09-14 11:47
ERBIL — The busloads of the Islamic State (IS) militants and their families stranded in the Syrian desert finally arrived in the IS-held territories of Der Azzor Province in eastern Syria. The IS convoy that set out from Lebanon’s Qalamoun town on August ...

Journalists Detained, Prevented from Covering Abadi's Visit to Dhi Qar

BAS News - 2017-09-13 18:41
ERBIL— As Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived on Wednesday in the southern Dhi Qar province, all the journalists were temporarily detained while confrontations occurred between his guards and a group of protesters. Iraqi Observatory for Journali ...

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 to Travel to Sulaymaniyah

BAS News - 2017-09-12 15:39
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani is said to visit Sulaymaniyah in the near future to hold a conference with the people of the province, an official said. The exact timing for president’s trip is yet to be revealed to the media. Ata Sheik ...

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 ...

Tanbur Festival Launched in Iranian Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-09-12 12:43
KERMANSHAH — The first Kurdish Tanbur Festival was kicked off on Monday in Iranian Kurdistan’s Kermanshah Province. Attended by nearly 70 famous musicians, among them dozens of Kurdish Yarsans, the event is being held in Banzalan village of Dalaho distri ...

Iran: les protestations gagnent plusieurs régions @PERSIA_MAX_NEWS

L'Important - 2017-09-12 03:18
Parallèlement aux manifestations de grandes ampleurs de la population en colère de Baneh (province du Kurdistan), des mouvements de protestations se ont étendus à Téhéran et à d'autres villes iraniennes ces derniers jours. À Téhéran, d ...

Iraqi Forces Send Reinforcements to Western Anbar

BAS News - 2017-09-12 00:42
ERBIL — Iraqi forces dispatched military reinforcements to the outskirts of Anah city in the western part of Anbar province, as part of the operation to retake the city from the so-called Islamic State (IS). According to Army Colonel Walid al-Duleimi, wh ...

3,000 Christians Families Return to Liberated Areas of Mosul

BAS News - 2017-09-10 23:48
MOSUL — Nearly 3,000 Iraqi Christian families have been repatriated since the liberation of the Nineveh Province from the so-called Islamic State (IS), a local official said on Sunday. According to Dureid Hekmat, advisor for the governor of Nineveh in re ...

HDP parliament member released from prison

KurdPress - 2017-09-10 16:47
A court in Turkey southeastern Kurdish province of Diyarbakir ordered the release of pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Kars deputy Ayhan Bilgen on September 8, eight months after he was arrested as a part of a terror investigation. ...

Kurdish Official in Diyala Sacked Following Shi'ite Militias' Parade

BAS News - 2017-09-10 16:08
ERBIL— Shortly after Shi'ite militias took down Kurdistan flags in Mandali (Diyala province) on Saturday, the Kurdish administrator of the parish was also sacked. After the turmoil in Mandali, Diyala Governor Muthanna al-Tamimi convened the local officia ...

Kurdish-led SDF launch operation to liberate Deir al-Zor from ISIS

Waar Media - 2017-09-10 16:02
WAAR-DUHOK: The US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have launched an operation against the Islamic State (ISIS) in the north of Deir al-Zor Province in Syria, according to a statement on Saturday. Officials from the Deir al-Zor Military ...

Diyala: Shi’ite Militias Warned over Taking Kurdistan Flag Down

BAS News - 2017-09-10 13:52
MANDALI — The Iraqi Shi’ite militia groups of Hashd al-Shaabi took down the Kurdistan flags over several buildings in the disputed Kurdish areas of Diyala province, said a local official, warning that such arbitrary actions will be encountered. Azad Hami ...

Syrie: offensive d'une force arabo-kurde contre l'EI à Deir Ezzor

Institut kurde - Paris - 2017-09-09 14:29
Une alliance de combattants kurdes et arabes syriens soutenue par les Etats-Unis a lancé samedi une offensive pour chasser les jihadistes du groupe Etat islamique (EI) de l'est de la province de Deir Ezzor dans l'est du pays. ...

SDF Announces Operation in IS-held Deir al-Zor

BAS News - 2017-09-09 12:42
ERBIL — The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced on Saturday a major military operation against Islamic State (IS) in the province of Deir al-Zor, an official said. The SDF, backed by the US-led coalition, has been in fierce fighting with ...

IHERC: Polling station information now available online

Waar Media - 2017-09-08 13:06
WAAR-DUHOK: The Independent High Election and Referendum Commission (IHERC) has created a website providing polling booth location information for voters ahead of this month’s referendum. Registered voters can enter their ration card number and province ...

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 ...

Nineveh Arab Tribes Urge Arabs to Vote in Favor of Independent Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-09-07 17:39
ERBIL— The Arab tribes of Nineveh province call for participating in Kurdistan independence referendum and voting in favor of statehood for Kurdistan, warning against any pressure to boycott the process. In a statement, the spokesperson of tribes, Muzahm ...

Israeli jets strike ‘chemical weapons factory’ in Syria’s Hama

Waar Media - 2017-09-07 14:40
WAAR-DUHOK: Israel targeted a military facility in western Syria’s Hama province early on Thursday, Syria’s army said, breaching Lebanese airspace to carry out the strikes. The army statement said the airstrike killed two people and caused material damag ...

Ethnic-Religious Groups in Duhok Campaign for Independence Vote

BAS News - 2017-09-07 12:59
DUHOK — The followers of different religions and ethnicities rallied in support of Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum in Duhok Province on Thursday. Representatives and followers of various ethnic-religious groups, including Muslims, Christians, ...

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) ...

Land of tribal treasures

KurdPress - 2017-09-07 10:34
North Khorasan province in northeastern Iran is among the regions that are called “The Land of Treasures of Tribes”. People in this province live in nature in spite of the deprivation and drought. According to IFP the people of this northeastern province ...

Security Forces Kill 17 IS Militants North of Iraq

BAS News - 2017-09-07 00:37
ERBIL — Iraqi forces killed 17 Islamic State (IS) militants in the northern province of Nineveh on Wednesday, as part of the ongoing operations against the extremist group. The Iraqi Defense Ministry’s War Media Cell said in a statement the Army’s 15th D ...

Turkey Imposes Curfew over 27 Kurdish Districts

BAS News - 2017-09-06 15:33
ERBIL — Turkish local authorities in the eastern province of Bingöl has declared curfew in 27 districts as military operations are ongoing against Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Bingöl governor’s office said in an official statement that the curfew star ...

10 Activists Go on Strike Against Killing of Kurdish Porters in Iran

BAS News - 2017-09-06 14:52
ERBIL — After the Iranian border guards killed two Kurdish porters, known as Kolbars, in Baneh district of Kurdistan Province, the people staged protests in the city and a number of activists began a strike against this unlawful practice of the Iranian s ...

Opening ceremony of IRIB festival

KurdPress - 2017-09-06 12:40
The 20th festival of IRIB provincial TV and radio production started on Wednesday, September 5, in Sanandaj, the center of Kurdistan province. Photo: Bakhtiar Samadi Reporter’s code: 50101 ...

Daf festival in Sanandaj

KurdPress - 2017-09-06 09:07
The Seventh National Festival and First international Course on Daf (a tambourine-like drum) was held in Sanandaj, Kurdistan province in the west of Iran, from August 30 to September 1, 2017. ...

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 ...

Simply all the genocides

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-09-05 16:15
The village of Qarna is one of the villages in the Kurdistan province. With a focus on divisions in Iran, this village is designated as an administrative unit of the city of Naqadeh and the province of Azarbaijan. The village was surrounded by agents of t ...

People Under Hashd Al-Shaabi in Diyala Leave Their Areas

BAS News - 2017-09-05 15:48
DIYALA — Due to Hashd al-Shaabi militia forces’ actions in Diyala province, residents of a number of villages in Khanaqin district in Diyala have left their areas, said a local Kurdish official. Sheikh Jaafer Mustafa, Head of Kurdistan Democratic Party’s ...

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 ...

Iraq outraged by deal to transfer Islamic State fighters to its border

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
BAGHDAD,— Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi criticised the ceasefire deals that saw hundreds of Islamic State (IS) group militants evacuated from an enclave on the Lebanese-Syrian border. The militants were given safe passage to the Syrian province o ...

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” ...

Blast hits bus carrying Turkish prison guards in Izmir, several wounded

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
ANKARA,— Seven people were wounded when an explosion hit a shuttle bus carrying prison guards in the Turkish coastal province of Izmir on Thursday, and authorities were investigating a possible terrorist attack, the local mayor said. The bus was hit as i ...

Iraqi PM declares Nineveh province fully liberated from Islamic State

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
BAGHDAD,— Iraq’s prime minister on Thursday declared the town of Tal Afar “fully liberated” from the Islamic State group after a nearly two-week operation, the latest blow to the extremist group which ran nearly a third of the country three years ago. Ir ...

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 ...

Kurdish woman sets herself on fire in Iraqi Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— A 30-year-old Kurdish woman was dead after she set herself on fire in Kelar, a district of Germiyan province in Iraqi Kurdistan. A young woman with the name Arezu Hassan, born in 1987, set her body on fire on the Sept ...

Turkish Jets Target PKK Positions in subdistricts in Duhok Province

Waar Media - 2017-09-05 12:55
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkish fighter jets once again on Monday bombarded Kurdistan Region border areas allegedly targeting the military positions used by Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Mahmoud Nihili, head of the local administration of Nihel subdistrict in Duho ...

Ilam villagers and nomads exhibit capabilities

KurdPress - 2017-09-04 15:05
Villagers and nomads in the western province of Ilam have exhibited their capabilities in week-long exhibition. Photo: Heshmatollah Karami Nezhad Reporter’s code: 50101 ...

Britain to boost troops in Iraq in final push against terror group

Waar Media - 2017-09-02 01:07
WAAR-DUHOK: Some 44 Royal Engineers are being sent to Al Asad airbase in Anbar province, western Iraq, Sir Michael Fallon said. It takes the number of British personnel at the camp to more than 300 and the total in Iraq to around 600. ISIS has been on th ...

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 ...

Suicide attempt 2 teenage girls from Ilam in eastern Kurdistan

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-09-01 00:41
According to a report from the Kurdistan Human Rights Association on Tuesday 29 August 2017, 2 teenage girls 15 years old in the city of Malekshahi, Ilam province, committed suicide. The report said that the two teenage girls went to the top of the mounta ...

Iraqi Government Announces Liberation of Tal Afar

The Global Coalition - 2017-08-31 17:38
The Global Coalition to defeat Daesh (ISIS) congratulates Prime Minister Al-Abadi and all Iraqi Security Forces on their stunning victory in Tal Afar and Northern Ninewah Province, Aug. 31. ...
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