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SDF Declares Full Takeover of Raqqa

BAS News - 2017-10-17 13:50
ERBIL — The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US-backed alliance of Kurds and Arabs announced on Tuesday the recapture of Raqqa from the Islamic State (IS) after a four-month long operation. The SDF spokesperson announced on October 17 the liberation of ...

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 ...

Legitimate Rights of Kurds Should Be Respected: Kremlin Spokesperson

BAS News - 2017-10-16 15:53
ERBIL — Russia values the relations with both Baghdad and Kurdistan, and stands for finding a peaceful political solution to the situation in the region, Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters. The legitimate rights of Kurds in Iraq should be ...

Jihan Sheikh Ahmad: Abu Amjad campaign still achieving victories

ANHA - 2017-10-16 10:59
The spokesperson in the name of Wrath of Euphrates operation room Jihan Sheikh Ahmad stated that the last stage of al-Raqqa liberation campaign that was launched on Sunday under the name of Şehîd Adnan Abu Amjad is still achieving victories and advance. ...

State Department: US Closely Monitoring Situation in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-13 15:46
ERBIL — The US is “closely” monitoring the situation in Kirkuk where the Arab Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi are intending to attack the Peshmerga forces in the province, said the spokesperson of the US Department of State on Thursday. Peshmerga did ...

Mosul Tribes Trying to Prevent Iraqi Polls in Their Areas

BAS News - 2017-10-07 17:08
ERBIL— The Sunni Arab tribes of Nineveh province are striving to prevent the Iraqi general elections from taking place in their areas. Sheikh Muzahim al-Huwet, the spokesperson for the Arab tribes of Nineveh, told BasNews on Saturday that the tribes have ...

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 ...

HDP’s Baydemir Sentenced to 17 Months Imprisonment by Turkey

BAS News - 2017-10-05 19:43
ERBIL — Turkish judicial authorities sentenced on Thursday the Kurdish politician Osman Baydemir to 17 months imprisonment. Baydemir, who is also the spokesperson for pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), was accused by a criminal court in Diyarba ...

SDF’s spokesperson: IS attacks revealed a lot of circumstances

ANHA - 2017-10-02 16:15
The official spokesman for the Wrath of Euphrates campaign, Jihan Sheikh Ahmed, said that the recent attacks of IS mercenaries launched after the infiltration of 100 IS mercenaries from the areas of control of the Baathist regime exposed many circumstance ...

UN Activities in Kurdistan to Continue “Unhindered”: Spokesperson

BAS News - 2017-09-25 21:56
ERBIL — United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres expects that United Nations mandated activities across Iraq, including in the Kurdistan Region, will be allowed to continue unhindered, said a spokesperson. Following the end of Kurdistan Region’s ...

Borders with Kurdistan Open: Iranian Foreign Ministry

BAS News - 2017-09-25 20:35
ERBIL— Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday stated Iran has not closed its border entries with the Kurdistan Region, refuting an earlier statement by the spokesperson of the ministry. In a statement, the ministry said what has been published by t ...

SDF commanders promise protecting civilians

ANHA - 2017-09-24 14:31
The spokesperson in the name of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Talal Silo and the general commander of Deir ez-Zor Military Council Ahmad Abu Khawla stated that they are part and parcel of Deir ez-Zor Civil Council, and promised to protect people who are ...

Ministry Refutes Expected Sanction on Kurdistan Mobile Communication

BAS News - 2017-09-22 15:12
ERBIL— Should Baghdad decide to impose sanctions on the mobile communication in the Kurdistan Region, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) can intervene and annul the sanction, said the spokesperson of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)'s Min ...

Erbil Expects Turkey, Iran to Respect the Will of Kurdistan People

BAS News - 2017-09-12 21:28
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Region of Iraq has no intentions to contribute to the creation of a Kurdish state in neighboring Iran or Turkey, but expects both countries to respect the rights of the local Kurds, a spokesperson of the Kurdistan Regional Governmen ...

80 IS Militants Killed in Northern Tel Afar

BAS News - 2017-09-11 20:17
ERBIL— In a mopping up operation against the remaining Islamic State (IS) fighters in northern Tel Afar (65 km west of Mosul), Iraqi forces eliminated 80 extremists, including 15 suicide-bombers. In a statement, Brig. Yahya Rasoul, the spokesperson for t ...

29 People from Kurdistan Diagnosed with AIDS: Spokesperson

BAS News - 2017-09-09 18:00
ERBIL— In the course of the past 31 years some 29 people from the Kurdistan Region have been diagnosed with AIDS, said the spokesperson for Kurdistan Ministry of Health. Speaking to BasNews on Saturday, Dr. Khals Qader, said since the beginning of 2017, ...

Turkish Court Decides to Release HDP Lawmaker

BAS News - 2017-09-08 20:10
ERBIL — A Turkish court in the city of Diyarbakir decided to release the lawmaker and former spokesperson of the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP), Ayhan Bilgen, from prison on Friday. The HDP member was arrested for the third time in January t ...

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 ...

Abadi visits France soon, Turkey visit not confirmed

Waar Media - 2017-09-06 14:09
WAAR-DUHOK: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will visit France soon based on an official invitation sent earlier, a spokesperson of his office said on Wednesday. Saad al-Hadithi said France President Emanuel Macron had sent an official invitation to ...

HDP on Kurdistan’s Independence Vote: Historic Day

BAS News - 2017-09-06 12:57
ERBIL — The planned independence referendum on 25th September will make it a “historic day” for Kurds, to which the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) offers total support, said Osman Baydemir, the party’s spokesperson. “We call on the people to go to the p ...

Nearly 5.5 Million Eligible to Vote in Kurdistan Referendum

BAS News - 2017-09-04 17:49
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region's Independence High Elections and Referendum Commission (IHERC) expects that approximately 5.5 million people are eligible to vote in the Kurdistan independence referendum. Sherwan Zrar, IHERC spokesperson stated that the number i ...

Hawija Operation to Start within Days: Official

BAS News - 2017-09-04 13:03
Hashd al-Shaabi is ready to participate in the offensive, spokesperson says ERBIL — The spokesperson for the Shi’ite Arab militias of Hashd al-Shaabi, Ahmed al-Asadi said the start of Hawijah operation is a matter of days and Hashd al-Shaabi is ready to ...

PMF Spoksperson: Start of Hawijah operation is a matter of days

Waar Media - 2017-09-04 13:01
WAAR-DUHOK: The spokesperson for the Shi’ite Arab militias of The People’s Mobilization Forces (PMF) Hashd al-Shaabi, Ahmed al-Asadi said the start of Hawijah operation is a matter of days and Hashd al-Shaabi is ready to take part in it. “The initial pla ...

Shi'ite Militias Preparing for Hawija Operation: Spokesperson

BAS News - 2017-09-01 12:41
ERBIL— The Shi'ite Hashd al-Shaabi forces will participate in the battle to liberate Hawija (60 km southwest of Kirkuk) and have already launched coordination with the Iraqi Army for the imminent offensive, said a spokesperson for the paramilitary forces ...

Coalition Jets Target IS Convoy Moving Towards Eastern Syria

BAS News - 2017-08-30 23:22
ERBIL — US-led coalition warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes on Wednesday, aiming to block a convoy of Islamic State (IS) militants moving towards an area in eastern Syria, a coalition spokesperson said. According to Colonel Ryan Dillon, spokesp ...

Over 2 Million Iraqi IDPs Returned Home

BAS News - 2017-08-29 00:16
ERBIL — Around 2.1 million Iraqi civilians have returned to their homes in the liberated areas of the country, the Iraqi government said on Monday. According to Saad al-Hadeethi, spokesperson for the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the programs to ...

Difficult Battle Expected in IS-held Central Tel Afar: Coalition

BAS News - 2017-08-24 13:31
ERBIL — The US-led Coalition expects the battle for liberating Iraqi town of Tel Afar from Mosul to be difficult once the Iraqi ground troops reach the centre of the town, spokesperson Colonel Ryan Dillon said. Iraqi Prime Minister announced the launch o ...

12,000 Polling Stations Planned for Kurdistan Referendum

BAS News - 2017-08-23 16:44
ERBIL—There will be 12,000 polling stations available for the electorates to cast their vote in the independence referendum of the Kurdistan Region, said the spokesperson for Kurdistan Region's Independent High Elections and Referendum Commission (IHER). ...

Pentagon Chief to Visit Erbil on Tuesday

BAS News - 2017-08-22 11:05
ERBIL — US Secretary of Defence James Mattis is scheduled to visit Kurdistan Region after concluding his visit to Baghdad on Tuesday, a spokesperson for the Peshmerga Ministry said. “The US senior military delegation will arrive in Erbil later today and ...

Over 1,400 IS Militants Remain in Tel Afar

BAS News - 2017-08-20 23:30
ERBIL — More than 1,400 Islamic State (IS) militants remain in Tel Afar as the town is now under heavy attack by Iraqi government forces, according to the Joint Operations Command. Brigadier General Yehia Rasool, spokesperson of the Joint Operations Comm ...

Iranian and Hizbulla Advisors Participate in Tal Afar Assault: Official

BAS News - 2017-08-20 14:56
ERBIL — The spokesperson for the Arab Shi’ite militia of Hashd al-Shaabi said that Iranian and Lebanese Hizbulla military advisors will take part in the operation to retake Tal Afar district from the Islamic State (IS). Ahmed Asadi, the spokesperson for ...

PUK Punishes Members in Anti-Referendum Campaign: Spokesperson

BAS News - 2017-08-17 19:54
ERBIL— Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) backs holding the referendum on independence of Kurdistan Region and will punish any members who support the anti-referendum campaign, the spokesperson for PUK's Central Council stated on Thursday. Latif Nerwayi ...

Spokesperson Reassigned for Disclosing Tal Afar Operation Timing

BAS News - 2017-08-15 19:41
ERBIL— After allegedly disclosing the timing for the operation to liberate Tal Afar (80 km west of Mosul), the spokesperson for the Iraqi Ministry of Defense was reassigned. Iraqi media reported that Mohammed Khizari has been reassigned to the office for ...

Iraqi Air Force Launches Air Attack on IS in Tal Afar

BAS News - 2017-08-15 10:12
The ground attack will begin soon ERBIL — Iraqi Defense Ministry announced on Monday night the start of the battle of Tal Afar, saying that the aerial attack was launched to pave the way for a ground attack. Iraqi Defense Ministry spokesperson Mohammad a ...

UN Increases Humanitarian Support for Returning Mosul Civilians

BAS News - 2017-08-12 19:30
ERBIL — The United Nations (UN) is increasing humanitarian aid for thousands of Iraqi civilians returning to the recently liberated parts of Mosul after the declared victory over the Islamic State (IS), an UN official said on Saturday. The spokesperson o ...

US says understands Turkey’s concerns about PKK

KurdPress - 2017-08-11 17:55
The United States understands Turkey’s concerns regarding the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the region and takes them seriously, the U.S. State Department spokesperson has said. ...

Iraq to Hang 27 IS Members for Involvement in Camp Speicher Massacre

BAS News - 2017-08-08 23:36
ERBIL — The Iraqi Central Criminal Court sentenced 27 'terror suspects' to death on Tuesday in the case known in the media as the "Camp Speicher massacre." According to a statement by Abdul-Sattar Al-Biraqdar, spokesperson of Iraq's Supreme Judicial Coun ...

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 ...

PUK Works to Help Reactivation of Parliament Next Week: Spokesperson

BAS News - 2017-08-06 14:34
ERBIL — The parliament of Kurdistan Region should be called back into session even if the Change Movement (Gorran) does not take any step forward in the negotiations over the issue, said a PUK official. The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), the third l ...

Spokesperson denies Barzani, Tillerson talked on phone

KurdPress - 2017-08-06 11:23
The Kurdistan Region’s Presidency (KRP), Umed Sabah, said that there has been no phone call between Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. ...

No Phone Conversation Held Between Barzani, US Secretary of State: KRP

BAS News - 2017-08-05 13:37
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have not held a phone conversation in the past few days, said a spokesperson for the Kurdistan Region Presidency on Saturday. The statement is in response to severa ...

US-led coalition denies delivery of tanks to Syrian Democratic Forces

Aranews - 2017-08-05 01:44
ARA News Coalition spokesperson Ryan Dillon on Thursday denied reports that the US-led coalition is providing tanks to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). “If that is the question and you had asked about the SDF receiving tanks from the Unite ...

KDP Ready for Any Compromise for National Unity: MP

BAS News - 2017-08-02 16:01
ERBIL— Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has tried all the ways for the suspended Kurdistan Parliament to resume its mission, said the KDP faction spokesperson. Mohammad Ali told BasNews on Wednesday that his party is ready for any compromise in the inter ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Submits Bill for Retirement of Troops: Spokesperson

BAS News - 2017-07-30 17:31
ERBIL— The Shi'ite Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitaries have submitted a bill to the Iraqi Council of Ministers for the duration of service and retirement of their forces. Ahmed al-Assadi, the spokesperson for the Shi'ite militias, told Iraqi media outlets on ...

No Shortage of Medicine Supplies: KRG

BAS News - 2017-07-25 23:18
ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Ministry of Health has fully overcome the medicine shortage it once suffered from, said an official. Ministry’s spokesperson Khalis Qader told BasNews all the hospitals and medical centres across the Kurdistan ...

SDF in Full Control of Half of Raqqa: Spokesperson

BAS News - 2017-07-25 18:52
ERBIL— The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have full control over half of Raqqa and have managed to break the second defense line of the Islamic State (IS) in the city, said the spokesperson for Euphrates' Rage Operation. Jihan Sheik Ahmed stated the SDF ...

Official Accuses Iran of Involvement in Halabaj Wildland Arson

BAS News - 2017-07-25 16:10
ERBIL— Some of the arson fires of the wildland in Halabja province are set by Iran but the officials in the province are yet to contact the neighboring country for clarifications, said the spokesperson for Halabja Civil Defense Directorate. Addressing re ...

SDF liberated 45% of al-Raqqa

ANHA - 2017-07-24 11:14
AL-RAQQA- The spokesperson in the name of Wrath of Euphrates operation room Jihan Sheikh Ahmad said that they have liberated 45% from al-Raqqa city, and the encircled civilians’ liberation in the city is the most important thing for the fighters in the fr ...

Parks in Memory of Martyrs of IS Battle to Be Build in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-07-22 19:47
ERBIL— In most towns and cities of the Kurdistan Region parks will be built up in memory of the martyrs who scarified their lives in the battle against the Islamic State (IS). Luqman Sherwani, the spokesperson for Kurdistan Board of Environment Protectio ...

KRG Denies Reports About Turkey Seizing Oil Revenues of Erbil

BAS News - 2017-07-18 12:46
IZMIR — A Kurdish official denied on Monday the recent rumours about Turkey seizing oil revenues from the Kurdistan Region. According to a statement by the spokesperson for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Safeen Dizayee, the recent rumours relea ...

Nineveh Arab Tribes Seeking to Join Kurdistan: Spokesperson

BAS News - 2017-07-18 11:51
ERBIL — The Arab tribes from Nineveh Plains are set to orchestrate demonstrations in support of Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum, and they are calling for the poll to include their areas. The tribes are also seeking to join the Kurdistan Region ...

Sinjar Mass Graves to Be Unearthed Soon

BAS News - 2017-07-17 17:49
ERBIL— The mass graves of the Kurdish people who were massacred by the Islamic State (IS) organization which have not been exhumed so far will be unearthed as soon as the legal barriers are removed, said the spokesperson for Kurdistan Ministry of Martyrs ...

KRG Establishes Directorate to Promote Religious Tolerance

BAS News - 2017-07-11 21:16
ERBIL— A new directorate for the religious components was opened on Monday in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)'s Ministry of Endowment and Religious Affairs, said the spokesperson for the ministry. The Directorate for Religious Components was esta ...

Victory Over IS in Mosul to Be Announced in Next Few Hours: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-08 10:34
MOSUL — The Joint Operations Command stated on Saturday that the liberation of the entire Old City district in west Mosul from Islamic State (IS) militants will be announced in the next few hours. The spokesperson for the Joint Operations Command, Brigad ...

Iraqi Forces Rescue Abducted Yezidi Girl

BAS News - 2017-07-04 17:45
ERBIL— After three years of captivity by Islamic State (IS) militants, on Tuesday a kidnapped Yezidi girl was freed in the right bank of Mosul, said the spokesperson for Iraqi Ministry of Interior. Brig. Saad Ma’an told reporters that detachments from In ...

Iraqi Security Forces Recapture al-Jamhuri Hospital in Western Mosul

BAS News - 2017-07-03 19:52
ERBIL— Iraqi security forces recaptured the al-Jamhuri hospital, one of the two last remaining holdouts of the Islamic State (IS) militants in western Mosul, spokesperson of the US-led coalition said on Monday. According to Ryan Dillon, spokesperson for ...

CNN responds to Trump tweet

Waar Media - 2017-07-02 20:10
WAAR-DUHOK: A network spokesperson says Sunday: “It is a sad day when the president of the United States encourages violence against reporters. Clearly, Sarah Huckabee Sanders lied when she said the president had never done so.” On Sunday Trump tweeted a ...

US-led Coalition Continues Striking IS in Mosul's Old City

BAS News - 2017-07-02 02:20
SOFIA — US-led coalition continues conducting artillery and air strikes against the remaining Islamic State (IS) pockets in Mosul's Old City, coalition spokesperson said on Friday. Ryan Dillon, spokesperson for the US-led coalition spoke to Kurdistan24, ...

SDF appeals: people keep away from IS

ANHA - 2017-06-22 21:25
The Syrian Democratic Forces spokesperson General Talal Silo assured that al-Raqqa liberation campaign is successfully advancing, Silo added that they prioritize civilians’ safety, simultaneously, he appealed to al-Raqqa people to keep away from IS headqu ...

Iraqi Forces Retake Fifth Bridge of Mosul

BAS News - 2017-06-20 19:56
ERBIL— The last and firth bridge of Mosul on the Tigris was controlled by the Iraqi forces on Tuesday, adding to the current direct routes between the eastern and western banks of the city, the spokesperson for the major operation to liberate Mosul annou ...

Iraqi Forces Evacuate Thousands of Civilians From Mosul's Old City

BAS News - 2017-06-19 19:25
MOSUL — About 2,300 civilians were evacuated by the Iraqi troops from the battlefields in western Mosul, an official from the Joint Operations Command said. According to Brigadier General Yehia Rasool, spokesperson of the Joint Operations Command, who sp ...

Gen. Silo: we would use self-defense right against regime’s attacks

ANHA - 2017-06-19 17:24
The spokesperson of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) the Gen. Talal Silo said that their forces would use their right of lawful defense in responding to the regime's attacks, Silo assured that the regime is striving for aborting the operation of al-Raqq ...

Kurdish Diaspora Can Vote in Independence Referendum: Electoral Commission

BAS News - 2017-06-18 22:05
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Region's Independent High Commission of Elections and Referendum has confirmed that the Kurdish diaspora will be given the chance to vote on September 25 during Kurdistan’s independence referendum. Commission’s Spokesperson Sherwan ...
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