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Iraq Bans Banking with North Korea

BAS News - 2017-08-10 13:57
ERBIL — Iraq decided on Wednesday to ban all its banks from dealing with North Korea based on a UN Security Council resolution which prohibits all financial deals with Pyongyang. “All banks and non-bank financial institutions must take caution and not de ...

The apparent threat of South and West Kurdistan by Erdogan

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-08-10 13:18
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and chairman of the Akp Justice and Development Party at a news conference last week threatened to openly threaten South and West security forces in Kurdistan. At this press conference, Erdogan spoke of Peshmerg ...

Iranian Security Forces Arrest at Least 20 Kurdish Kolbars

BAS News - 2017-08-09 14:29
ERBIL — The Iranian security forces arrested at least 20 Kurdish backpack carriers, known as Kolbars, on Tuesday. Relying on local sources, Hengaw Agency for human rights in the Iranian Kurdistan, reported that the Iranian security forces arrested at lea ...

Iraqi Forces Arrest IS Intelligence Official in Eastern Mosul

BAS News - 2017-08-08 16:09
MOSUL — Iraqi security forces arrested a senior intelligence official of the so-called Islamic State (IS) in the eastern areas of Mosul, a security source said on Tuesday. The source, who spoke to Shafaaq News on condition of anonymity, said that the Ira ...

One Kurdish Worker Killed, Two Injured by Iranian Security Forces

BAS News - 2017-08-08 11:18
ERBIL — One Kurdish citizen was killed and another one wounded by the Iranian security forces in Kermanshah province for merely suspecting them to be smugglers. Hengaw Agency for human rights in Iranian Kurdistan reported that the Iranian security forces ...

Turkey tortures villagers under custody, report says

KurdPress - 2017-08-08 09:07
Thirty-six villagers who were detained as part of an operation by Turkish security forces against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in a village in Hakkari’s Semdinli province were allegedly tortured in police custody, the Cumhuriyet daily reported on Mo ...

Iraqi Army Continues Security Measures in Liberated Mosul

BAS News - 2017-08-08 00:14
ERBIL — The Iraqi army will continue being responsible for security in the recently liberated city of Mosul until the local federal police forces restore their pre-Islamic State (IS) capabilities, a military spokesperson said on Monday. According to Brig ...

Civilians in Anbar Rely on Themselves for Protection From IS

BAS News - 2017-08-08 00:14
ERBIL — Civilians in Iraq’s Anbar Province are relying on themselves for protection, as they believe the work of the Iraqi Security forces is ineffective in regards to attacks by the Islamic State (IS). According to one of the residents in the town of Hi ...

Turkey Arrests Three Iraqis Affiliated to IS

BAS News - 2017-08-06 23:55
ERBIL — Three Iraqi men were arrested by the Turkish authorities on suspicion of being affiliated to the so-called Islamic State (IS), a Turkish security source said on Sunday. According to the source, who spoke to Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymit ...

Raqqa police forces release 23 ISIS suspects

Aranews - 2017-08-06 04:55
ARA News Raqqa’s Internal Security Forces (RISF) on Saturday released 23 prisoners who were detained on charges of working with ISIS. The RISF has been working on clearing areas liberated by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) “in order to gua ...

IS Members Continue infiltrating Kirkuk IDP Camps: Officials

BAS News - 2017-08-05 21:06
ERBIL— Despite the security measures, Islamic State (IS) members and officials continue infiltrating into the camps around Kirkuk which host IDPs from the IS-held areas. Brig. Sarhad Qader, police chief for Kirkuk districts, told BasNews that recently in ...

ISF released 23 prisoners at request of clans’ notables

ANHA - 2017-08-05 19:38
The Internal Security Forces in Ain Issa town released 23 prisoners who were arrested on charges of dealing with IS mercenaries, and Al-Raqqa Civil Council assured that they would give the old prisoners a chance to work while for the prisoners who are les ...

PKK Armed Men Who Attacked BCF in Sinjar Brought from Rojava: Official

BAS News - 2017-08-05 13:01
SINJAR — The PKK-affiliated armed men who attacked the Barzani Charity Foundation office in Sinjar had been brought from Rojava, the Syrian Kurdistan, by PKK. Chief of Sinjar Directorate of Security Affairs, Ashti Kochar, told BasNews that PKK had brough ...

Federica Mogherini arrives in Tehran for Rouhani inauguration

KurdPress - 2017-08-05 11:10
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini arrived in Tehran on Friday night to attend in the President Hassan Rouhani’s inauguration ceremony on Saturday, August 5. ...

Three Peshmerga Troops Killed in Eastern Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-08-04 17:53
KIRKUK — Three members of Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces died on Friday as a result of improvised explosive device that went off in Kirkuk province, according to a local security source. “Two bombs went off while Peshmerga forces were conducting a s ...

Nine Islamic State militants killed in Kirkuk air raid

Waar Media - 2017-08-04 13:34
WAAR-DUHOK: Iraqi warplanes killed nine Islamic State militants while moving in a convoy for an attack on security forces near Salahuddin, a local source in Kirkuk was quoted saying on Friday. Alsumaria News quoted the source saying that the strike, carr ...

Independence Referendum to Ensure Security in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-08-03 23:27
ERBIL — The upcoming independence referendum in Kurdistan Region is an important step towards ensuring that the Region would not risk the reoccurrence of yet another genocide, the Prime Minister of Kurdistan Region said on Thursday. PM Nechirvan Barzani ...

Explosion in Hawija Kills Top IS Toxic Gases Expert

BAS News - 2017-08-03 18:29
KIRKUK — The toxic gases expert of the so-called Islamic State (IS) was killed along with three of his guards in areas southwest of Kirkuk on Thursday, a local security source said. According to the source, who spoke to Al Sumaria News on condition of an ...

Kurdish Female Activist Briefly Detained in Saqqez

Hengaw - 2017-08-03 03:00
Hengaw: Iranian security forces detained a Kurdish civil rights activist in Saqqez, northwest of the country, last week after raiding here The post Kurdish Female Activist Briefly Detained in Saqqez appeared first on Human Rights News. ...

Two Civilians Die in Mosul House Blast

BAS News - 2017-08-02 19:10
ERBIL— A booby-trapped house in central Mosul exploded on Wednesday, killing two members of the same family and wounding a third. The Russian Sputnik news, citing an informed security officer from Mosul, reported that the Islamic State (IS) war remnant d ...

Barzani and UN Envoy to Iraq Discuss Erbil-Baghdad Relations

BAS News - 2017-08-02 15:20
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President received on Wednesday the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) for Iraq, Jan Kubis, to discuss the latest political and security developments in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq. The current level of p ...

Kurdish Security Forces Capture Two IS Militants in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-08-02 10:03
KIRKUK — Kurdish security forces captured on Tuesday two members of Islamic State (IS) in Daquq district, south of Kirkuk province, after a search operation in the area. According to a press release by Kirkuk Directorate of Security Affairs, the two jiha ...

The Iran forces killed another Kolbar from Sardasht

Hengaw - 2017-08-02 03:01
Hengaw: The Iranian border security forces injured a Kurdish Kolbar and confiscated over 50 horses belonging to Kolbars in Sardasht. According The post The Iran forces killed another Kolbar from Sardasht appeared first on Human Rights News. ...

Over 100 delegations to attend Rouhani oath-taking ceremony

KurdPress - 2017-08-01 13:07
Member of Iran’s Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Commission said in a message that over 100 foreign delegations are scheduled to participate in President Hassan Rouhani's swearing-in ceremony slated to be held in Tehran on August 5. ...

UN Security Council Decries Attack On Iraqi Embassy in Kabul

BAS News - 2017-08-01 10:57
ERBIL — The United Nation's Security Council strongly condemned Monday’s terrorist attack against the Iraqi embassy in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, carried out by four Islamic State (IS) members. “The members of the Security Council condemned in the st ...

Kurds Not Seeking Secession; Baghdad Pushes Us Away: Masrour Barzani

BAS News - 2017-07-29 01:53
ERBIL — Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Masrour Barzani said it is not Kurds seceding from Iraq, but it is Baghdad that has pushed them away to find a better choice than staying together. During his speech at Kurdistan Symposium in ...

Masrour Barzani: This Is the Right Time for Kurdistan's Referendum

BAS News - 2017-07-28 21:54
ERBIL — Chief of Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Masrour Barzani said it was now the right time for organizing the referendum on independence of the Kurdistan Region. During his speech at Kurdistan Symposium in Washington DC on Friday, Barzani s ...

IS Cuts off Ears of 23 Own Jihadists

BAS News - 2017-07-27 17:19
ERBIL — An Islamic State (IS) Sharia court decided on Thursday to cut off the ears of 23 own jihadists for escaping the battlefield. Iraqi security sources from Mosul said that the court said the insurgents did not resist in the face of the military assa ...

Kirkuk: Kurdish Security Forces Rescue Kidnapped Christian Woman

BAS News - 2017-07-27 15:58
KIRKUK — After being kidnapped by a group of unknown men in central Kirkuk on Thursday, a Christian woman was saved by the Kurdish security forces and reunited her with her family. Chief of Security forces in Kirkuk’s Pirde subdistrict, Mohammed Tal’atm, ...

Masrour Barzani: 2017 a Year of Regeneration for Kurdistan Region

BAS News - 2017-07-27 13:10
ERBIL — Chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Masrour Barzani said 2017 is “a year of regeneration” for the Kurdistan Region.” Barzani wrote in an op-ed published by the Washington Times on July 26 that “This is a year of regeneratio ...

Three IS Fighters Found Dead in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-07-26 19:25
ERBIL— The bodies of three Islamic State (IS) members, who were shot in the head, were discovered in the west bank of Mosul, Iraqi Shafaq News reported. An informed security source was cited in the reports as saying the people were handcuffed behind thei ...

Four Iraqi Policemen Killed in IS Attack on Mosul Market

BAS News - 2017-07-25 19:38
ERBIL— The Islamic State (IS) militants on Tuesday assaulted the Iraqi security force who were stationed in a local market in central Mosul, killing four policemen. Col. Amir Watheq of Nineveh police service told BasNews that the militants gunned down th ...

60 victims found in mass grave in Mosul

KurdPress - 2017-07-25 08:19
Nineveh Police forces have found a mass grave in Midan area in Mosul’s Old City district, containing 60 bodies of mostly former members of Nineveh security forces. ...

How the Islamic State Rose, Fell and Could Rise Again in the Maghreb

International Crisis Group - 2017-07-24 19:55
Despite its ongoing demise in Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State (ISIS) could prove resurgent in the Maghreb if past lessons and lingering threats remain unheeded. Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia should go beyond security and military measures to addr ...

Mass Grave Containing 60 Victims Found in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-07-24 15:22
The victims are mostly former Nineveh security members MOSUL — Nineveh Police forces have found a mass grave in Midan area in Mosul’s Old City district, containing 60 bodies of mostly former members of Nineveh security forces. The security forces have fo ...

Islamic State loss of Mosul may presage greater victory in Iraq

Washington Times - 2017-07-24 15:20
The fight to drive Islamic State from Iraq will likely get tougher for Iraqi security forces and the U.S.-backed coalition supporting them, despite Baghdad securing one of the most important victories of the three-year war against the terrorist group. Th ...

Four Peshmerga Troops Wounded by an IED in Diyala

BAS News - 2017-07-24 14:14
DIYALA — Four Peshmerga troops were injured as a result of an improvised explosives device (IED) during their task of inspecting the security situation of an area in Qara Tapa district of Diyala province. Mohammad Omar, a local official from Qara Tapa, t ...

IS Executes Own High-ranking Official in Hawija

BAS News - 2017-07-24 13:02
ERBIL — The Islamic State (IS) extremist group has sentenced a leader of its own to death for espionage against the group. A security official from Kirkuk told al-Sumaria that the IS leader, identified as Abu Omer al-Jabouri, was tried by an IS Sharia co ...

Baghdad Unsafe for Kurdish Media Activists: MP

BAS News - 2017-07-22 16:24
ERBIL — The deterioration of security situation in Iraq’s capital has provided the armed groups with the freedom to conduct arbitrary violent acts and kidnap Kurdish journalists and media activists, said a lawmaker. Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament ...

IS Minister of Agriculture Arrested in West Mosul

BAS News - 2017-07-22 15:33
MOSUL — The minister of agriculture of the Islamic State (IS) was arrested on Saturday by the Iraqi security forces in west Mosul. Falah Rashid, IS minister of agriculture, was arrested on Saturday in the newly liberated western half of Mosul. An Iraqi m ...

The ban on women cycling in the city of Marivan in eastern Kurdistan

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-07-20 22:41
According to the Kurdistan Human Rights Association Report and the Forat news agency, the IRI’s security forces in Marivan City this morning, Thursday,20 July 2017, prevented women from cycling along the Zaribar Lake route and while they were mistreated b ...

Palestinian Activism Reawakens in Jerusalem after Holy Esplanade Attack

International Crisis Group - 2017-07-20 02:13
A deadly attack on 14 July 2017 at Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade revealed the growing precariousness of the site’s Status Quo. In thisA Ofer Zalzberg, Senior Analyst for Israel/Palestine, says the mobilisation of Palestinians to reverse Israeli security mea ...

Yezidi MP Calls for Safe Corridors for Yezidi Abductees in Tel Afar

BAS News - 2017-07-19 17:16
Hundreds of Yezidi abductees are being held in Tel Afar, Vian Dakhil says ERBIL — A Yezidi member in the Iraqi parliament called on the Iraqi security authorities to provide safe corridors for hundreds of innocent Yezidi abductees held by the Islamic Sta ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Militias Kidnap Iraqi Army, Police Forces: MP

BAS News - 2017-07-19 12:03
BAGHDAD — The Shi’ite militia groups of Hashd al-Shaabi have gone out of control by kidnapping official Iraqi security, police and army forces across the country, said a lawmaker. MP Hamid Mutlag told al-Arabiya that such arbitrary actions by the Hashd a ...

IS Vicious Attacks Continue Targeting Mosul Civilians

BAS News - 2017-07-19 00:15
IZMIR — Civilians in Mosul and other parts of Iraq continue suffering from vicious attacks carried out by the Islamic State (IS), the United Nations (UN) envoy for Iraq said on Monday. Jan Kubis told the UN Security Council on Monday, that IS supporters ...

Kurdistan Foreign Minister Discussing Independence in Washington

BAS News - 2017-07-18 13:31
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Head of the Department of Foreign Relations, Fallah Mustafa, is now in Washington DC, meeting with US officials to discuss the political and security developments in the region with the upcoming independence referendum on top o ...

Turkey Recognises Independent Kurdistan Conditionally

BAS News - 2017-07-18 11:51
ERBIL — Turkey, as a key actor in the region and a strategic neighbour of the Kurdistan Region, has revealed its condition to agree with an independent Kurdistan state, putting its national security on top. In a recent interview with the Turkish state-ru ...

The Defeat of ISIS Must Mean an Independent Kurdistan

The Kurdish Project - 2017-07-18 08:44
KRG Security Council member Aziz Ahmad argues that an independent Kurdistan would not destabilize the country. The post The Defeat of ISIS Must Mean an Independent Kurdistan appeared first on The Kurdish Project. ...

Referendum would Isolate Iraqi Kurds: Iranian official

KurdPress - 2017-07-18 08:20
Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said on Monday that holding referendum in the Iraqi Kurdistan region will isolate and increase pressure on the Kurds living in the region. ...
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