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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 ...

IS Assigns Syrian Commander as Kirkuk Governor

BAS News - 2017-06-18 20:57
ERBIL— Islamic State (IS) organization has assigned one of its "wildest" Syrian commanders as the governor for its self-proclaimed wilayat of Kirkuk in Iraq, said a spokesperson for the Iraqi Hashd al-Shaabi forces. On Sunday the Iraqi Sumaria news cited ...

Over 40 IS Militants Killed in Airstrikes SE Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-06-17 19:51
ERBIL— More than 40 Islamic State (IS) members, mostly leaders from the organization, were killed in Saturday airstrikes southwest of Kirkuk province. Ali Hashim al-Hussaini, the official spokesperson for the Shi'ite paramilitaries of Hashd al-Shaabi, to ...

Notorious Shi’ite Commander Abu Izrael Issued Arrest Warrant

BAS News - 2017-06-16 02:56
BAGHDAD — The pro-government Iraqi Shi’ite militia group, know as Hashd al-Shaabi, has issued an arrest warrant for one of its commenders over war crimes, including burning corpses of Islamic State (IS) militants. Ahmed Asadi, a spokesperson for Hashd al ...

Iran on Kurdistan’s Referendum: Tehran Supports Iraq's Integrity

BAS News - 2017-06-10 18:57
ERBIL — The Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Bahram Qassemi said on Saturday, that supporting Iraq's territorial integrity is among the Islamic Republic of Iran's principles and clear positions. The Iranian official further stressed that the Kurdist ...

Kurds Should Not Decide on Referendum Unilaterally: Iraqi Govt

BAS News - 2017-06-09 13:02
Government spokesperson calls for national consensus over the process ERBIL— The decision over running the independence referendum in the Kurdistan Region should not be made unilaterally, said Iraqi government spokesperson, while he called for observing ...

Coalition to Continue Backing SDF in Raqqa Assault: Spokesperson

BAS News - 2017-06-08 23:25
ERBIL — The US-led coalition will continue backing the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in its large-scale operation aiming at the liberation of Raqqa from the Islamic State (IS), said the Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR). "We expect to have the coalition ...

Blast hits US embassy in Ukraine capital Kiev, no casualties reported

Waar Media - 2017-06-08 11:16
WAAR-DUHOK: A blast has struck the premises of the United States embassy in the Ukrainian capital, a spokesperson for Kiev’s police, Oksana Blischik, said on Thursday. “The explosion on the territory of the US embassy in Kiev is treated as an act of terr ...

Iraqi Authorities Discover Artifacts from Mosul Museum in IS House

BAS News - 2017-06-06 21:54
LEEDS — The Interior Ministry of Iraq discovered a number of artifacts inside a house belonging to an Islamic State (IS) member who fled eastern Mosul when the area was liberated earlier this year. Brigadier General Saad Maan, spokesperson for the Minist ...

SDF Launches Operation to Retake Central Raqqa

BAS News - 2017-06-06 11:03
ERBIL — The spokesperson for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced on Tuesday the start of the major operation to retake the Islamic State (IS) stronghold of Raqqa in northern Syria. The US-backed SDF military alliance launched on Tuesday the majo ...

Suicide Attack Hits Checkpoint in Diyala

BAS News - 2017-06-06 01:59
LEEDS — A suicide attack on a checkpoint in Balad Ruz District, east of Baqubah, injured two security members, Diyala Police Command announced, on Monday. Colonel Ghalib Attiyah, spokesperson for the Diyala Police said in a statement that the checkpoint ...

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, ...

Sheikh Ahmad: decisive stage to be initiated soon

ANHA - 2017-06-03 11:52
The spokesperson of the Wrath of Euphrates campaign Jihan Sheikh Ahmad said that all rumours media outlets circulated about IS gangs from al-Raqqa city are groundless, assuring that the city liberation is imminent. ...

120 IS Militants Killed During Liberation of Sahha District in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-06-03 10:38
MOSUL — The Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) announced the death of 120 Islamic State (IS) militants in al-Sahha district in west Mosul which was recaptured by the Iraqi forces on Friday. The CTS spokesperson Sabah al-Nu'man said that 120 IS extremi ...

Osman Baydemir briefly detained in Diyarbakir

KurdPress - 2017-06-03 01:16
Turkey police on June 2 briefly detained Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) spokesperson Osman Baydemir in Turkey Kurdish southeastern province of Diyarbakir as part of an ongoing case in which he is accused of “insulting public servants,” Dogan News Agency ...

HDP Spokesperson Released Shortly After Arrest by Turkish Authorities

BAS News - 2017-06-02 19:29
ISTANBUL — The spokesperson of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Osman Baydemir, was taken into custody and released after being interrogated by the Turkish authorities on Friday. Baydemir was arrested by the police and taken to a court in ...

Turkish police detain HDP spokesperson Baydemir

Waar Media - 2017-06-02 15:43
WAAR-DUHOK: Pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Şanlıurfa deputy and spokesperson Osman Baydemir was detained in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır on Friday. A detention warrant was issued for Baydemir on May 30 by the Diyarbakır 4th Penal ...

IS Left With Only 10 Square Kilometers in Western Mosul

BAS News - 2017-06-01 23:45
LEEDS — The Islamic State (IS) militants in western Mosul are currently in control of less than ten square kilometers of land, US-led coalition spokesperson said on Thursday. Army Colonel Ryan Dillon, Spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), said ...

Turkey issues detention warrant for Kurdish HDP spokesman Osman Baydemir

E-Kurd - 2017-05-31 11:21
ANKARA,— Turkish authorities announced they had issued an arrest warrant for Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party HDP’s spokesperson on Tuesday, according to the Turkish media. The HDP previously had announced that Osman Baydemir was to deliver a speech at ...

IED Blast Kills Hashd Al-Shaabi Deputy Commander in Qaratapa, Diyala

BAS News - 2017-05-31 11:18
DIYALA — A commander of Hashd al-Shaabi, Iraqi paramilitary militia, was killed last night by a bomb blast in Qaratapa district in Khanaqin town located in Diyala province. Spokesperson for Garmiyan police, Ali Jamal Quduri, told BasNews that a planted i ...

Court issues arrest warrant for HDP spokesman Baydemir

KurdPress - 2017-05-31 10:16
A court in Turkey southeastern province of Diyarbakir issued an arrest warrant on May 30 for Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Sanliurfa deputy and spokesperson Osman Baydemir on charges of “insulting public servants on account of their position.” ...

Turkish Authorities Issue Arrest Warrant for HDP Spokesperson

BAS News - 2017-05-31 00:15
LEEDS — The Spokesperson of the People's Democratic Party (HDP) Osman Baydemir was arrested on Tuesday after a warrant was issued by the Turkish authorities. Turkish authorities announced they have issued an arrest warrant for HDP’s spokesperson, after h ...

Turkey issues arrest warrant for pro-Kurdish HDP Spokesperson

Waar Media - 2017-05-30 16:43
WAAR-DUHOK: On Tuesday, the Turkish government issued an arrest warrant for the pro-Kurdish party of People’s Democratic Party (HDP) spokesperson Osman Baydemir. Previously, Baydemir was temporarily detained by Turkish authorities but was later released. ...

Arab Tribes Slam Calls for Peshmerga’s Withdrawal from Nineveh Plain

BAS News - 2017-05-30 00:02
ERBIL — The spokesperson for the Nineveh Arab tribes Sheikh Muzahim al-Hwet slammed the recent statements by Fawaz al-Jarba, a commander of Hashd al-Shaabi in which he called for withdrawal of the Peshmerga forces from Rabia district and the adjacent are ...

Peace Talks on Syria Ongoing Between Iran, Turkey, Russia

BAS News - 2017-05-29 23:32
LEEDS — Iran said on Monday that peace talks are still ongoing with Turkey and Russia in order to maintain the ceasefire in Syria. The Spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Bahram Qassemi, said during a press conference in Tehran that the talks ...

Unknown Armed Men Kidnap a Lawyer in Kirkuk for Huge Ransom

BAS News - 2017-05-27 22:42
KIRKUK — A group of unidentified armed men on Saturday kidnapped a lawyer and his son in Kirkuk and released them soon after a ransom was paid, local police said. Afrasyaw Kamil, a spokesperson for Kirkuk Directorate of Police, confirmed the report to Ba ...

New PYD Spokesperson Trained by Syrian Intelligence: ENKS Official

BAS News - 2017-05-27 16:16
ERBIL— Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has assigned a new spokesperson to its affiliate-party, PYD (Democratic Union Party), in Syria who has been trained by the Syrian intelligence. Ismail Hamid Badini, a member of the Kurdish National Council of Syria ( ...

Iraqi Commander Rejects Report on Civilian Abuse by Army

BAS News - 2017-05-26 01:03
LEEDS — Allegations about an elite Iraqi interior ministry unit abusing civilian detainees within the ongoing fight against the Islamic State (IS) are incorrect, country’s military spokesperson said. Abdul Amir al-Muhammadawi, spokesman for the Emergency ...

Kurdistan Tourism Seeks ATTA's Assistance for Membership with UNWTO

BAS News - 2017-05-25 21:01
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region's General Board of Tourism on Thursday asked Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) to assist the board for membership with the United Nations' special agency, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), according to the spokesperson o ...

Saudi and Iraqi Oil Ministers Discuss OPEC Output Cut in Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-05-22 18:01
ERBIL — The Saudi Oil Minister, Khaled Al-Faleh, arrived in the capital city of Iraq, Baghdad on Monday, as part of his official visit to Iraq in order to discuss the extension of the OPEC output cut. According to Asem Jihad, the Spokesperson for the Ira ...

McGurk has full support, backing, US state department spokesperson says

Waar Media - 2017-05-21 15:53
WAAR-DUHOK: The U.S. State Department spokeswoman, said in a statement that McGurk “has the full support and backing” of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the White House, and that he had done “tremendous work” so far to coordinate the coalition ...

Iraqi Turkmen working on making Kirkuk ‘a separate region’

E-Kurd - 2017-05-19 14:58
KIRKUK,— The spokesperson for Turkmen political parties in Kirkuk says that his people don’t want to be part of Kurdistan, that they do want a semi-independent region and they hope Turkey will help them with that. As one of Iraq’s smaller ethnic groups, ...

Mattis Confers With Turkish Counterpart at White House

US-Defense Gov - 2017-05-17 09:57
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Işık met at the White House and firmly agreed on concerns regarding the PKK, a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization, said the Pentagon's chief spokesperson. ...

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 ...

Kurdistan Health Ministry to Regulate Herbal Pharmacies

BAS News - 2017-05-13 16:05
ERBIL— The herbal pharmacies in the Kurdistan Region should observe a number of regulations which the Ministry of Health will issue in a near future, said the ministry's spokesperson. In a statement to BasNews on Saturday, Khalis Qadr said currently ther ...

SDF Awaiting US Weapons to Launch Raqqa Assault: Spokesperson

BAS News - 2017-05-12 22:24
ERBIL — The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are currently awaiting the supplies provided by the US, including armored vehicles, as the forces are preparing to storm the city of Raqqa. Abdul Qader Hevdeli, commander of the SDF, said in a statem ...

Hashd Officials Banned from Running for Elections: Spokesperson

BAS News - 2017-05-12 19:15
ERBIL— Officials from the Shi'ite Popular Mobilization Forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) cannot stand for the general elections in Iraq under regulations by the ministries of interior and defense, said the spokesperson for the forces. On Friday Ahmad al-Asadi tol ...

Redur Khalil: arming our units, though late, a sound decision

ANHA - 2017-05-10 15:29
The official spokesperson of People Protection Units appreciated the White House decision on arming People Protection Units describing it as” a sound decision though late” and based on this, their units will be able to coordinate with the global coalition ...

HDP Looking Forward to Forming New Alliances in Turkey

BAS News - 2017-05-09 00:43
LEEDS — The pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) is looking forward to "forge new alliances" in Turkey, after the country changed its system from a parliamentary one to an executive presidency after a referendum in April. The spokesperson of the H ...

KRG's Ministry of Higher Education Forms Board of Scientific Research

BAS News - 2017-05-07 19:13
ERBIL— Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)'s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research announced on Sunday that it has formed the Board of Scientific Research (BoSR), the ministry's official page reported. Abbas Akram, ministry's spokesperson ...

Dorrian: More than 4,000 ISIS militants still fighting in Raqqa

Waar Media - 2017-05-05 16:55
WAAR-DUHOK: Colonel John Dorrian, a spokesperson for the US-led coalition, said on Thursday that there are nearly 4,000 Islamic State (ISIS) militants fighting for Raqqa–the ISIS’ de facto capital in Syria. “We believe there are 3,000 to 4,000 ISIS fight ...

Ministry of Interior to Investigate Assassinations in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-05-04 16:43
ERBIL— Iraqi Minister of Interior Qasim al-A'araji has ordered to form a committee to summon the security officials in Kirkuk and investigate a number assassinations committed in the province, said the spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior. Addressin ...

Less Than 1000 IS Militants Left in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-04 02:11
LEEDS — Less than 1,000 Islamic State (IS) militants remain in western Mosul as the Iraqi troops, backed by the US-led coalition, continue pushing deeper into the areas held by the group, said the spokesperson of the Operation Inherent Resolve. John Dorr ...

KRG responses Iran over Independent Referendum, It’s Internal Issue

Waar Media - 2017-05-03 16:31
WAAR-DUHOK: The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Department of Foreign Relations responded to comments made by the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson on the Kurdistan Region’s intent to hold an independence referendum. On Tuesday, the KRG’s Depar ...

Iran officially opposes Kurdistan Independence Referendum

Waar Media - 2017-05-02 15:19
WAAR-DUHOK: The Islamic Republic of Iran officially opposed any referendum on Kurdistan Region’s independence from Iraq, saying the unity of the country must be preserved. Speaking to reporters on Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Bahram Qase ...

US-led coalition disagrees with Turkey over YPG-PKK ties

KurdPress - 2017-04-30 12:11
A US-led coalition spokesperson on Saturday told ARA News that for the United States there is a difference between the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the People’s Protection Units (YPG). The US-led coalition recognizes the PKK as a threat to Turkey. ...

US Service Man Killed near Mosul

BAS News - 2017-04-29 22:06
MOSUL — A US service member on Saturday was killed by an explosive device in the vicinity of Mosul, north of Iraq. "A US service member died from wounds sustained in an explosive device blast outside of Mosul, Iraq, on Saturday,” a spokesperson for the U ...

Trump Authorizes Pentagon Chief to Decide Troop Limits in Iraq, Syria

BAS News - 2017-04-27 22:09
ERBIL — US President Donald Trump has given Defense Secretary Jim Mattis broad authority to set the troop levels in Iraq and Syria, according to Pentagon spokesperson Dana White. The president has delegated authority to the Secretary of Defense to determ ...
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