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Russia to send T-90 tanks to Iraq

Russia to send T-90 tanks to Iraq

KurdPress - 2017-08-16 12:30
Russia is ready to send comprehensive support to Iraq in the form of T-90 tanks in order to boost the military potential and equipping of the Iraqi army, Russian ambassador to Iraq, Maksim Maksimov said on Monday. ...
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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 ...

Iraqi Army Preparing to Declare Conclusion of Tal Afar Battle

BAS News - 2017-08-26 15:10
The Iraqi forces have begun the mopping-up operations in the district TAL AFAR — Iraqi forces have begun the mopping-up operations in the district of Tal Afar, preparing to officially pronounce the district free. An officer in the Joint Operations Comman ...

KDP and Gorran to Meet on Monday

BAS News - 2017-08-20 11:37
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Change Movement (Gorran) are set to hold a bilateral meeting on Monday to discuss the political disagreements. Arif Roushdi, a senior advisor to KDP’s politburo, confirmed the report to BasNews and said th ...

UN special envoy to Iraq backs Baghdad, Erbil dialogue

KurdPress - 2017-08-18 18:34
On June 18, head of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Foreign Relations Department, Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir told Sputnik that Kurdistan hoped for the independence referendum, scheduled for September 25, to mark the beginning of a comprehensive ...

Iran urges dialogue between Baghdad and Erbil

KurdPress - 2017-08-16 08:50
Iran's Ambassador to Iraq Iraj Masjedi underlined dialogue between Iraqi central government and the Kurdish autonomous region to resolve bilateral disputes. ...

Russian ambassador to Iraq: ‘We Support Iraqi Territorial Integrity’

Waar Media - 2017-08-14 23:00
WAAR-DUHOK: Russia supports Iraq’s territorial integrity and calls on Baghdad and the government of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan to begin dialogue on all disputable topics and agree on mutually acceptable principles and forms of coexistence, ...

Iraqi Army Fully Ready to Attack IS in Tel Affar: Chief

BAS News - 2017-08-13 12:12
ERBIL — The Iraqi army is fully ready with a plan in its hands to attack Islamic State (IS) in the norther city of Tel Affar and recapture the strategic region, said a top army official. The army is now awaiting a command from Iraqi Prime Minister Haider ...

Tel Affar Operation Less Difficult: Iraqi Defence Ministry

BAS News - 2017-08-10 14:47
BAGHDAD — The battle for recapturing the town of Tel Afar from the Islamic State (IS) is expected to be less difficult, a commander of the Iraqi Defence Ministry's Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) said on Thursday. Lieutenant General Talib Shaghati, comma ...

Canada to Send Police Officers to Iraq’s Mosul

BAS News - 2017-08-10 10:32
ERBIL — To ensure “stability in the region”, Canada has decided to send up to 20 police officers to Iraq’s Mosul after its liberation from Islamic State (IS). According to a press release by the Canadian government, the police officers will begin arrivin ...

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 ...

HRW Urges US to Halt Military Support for Iraqi Army’s 16th Devision

BAS News - 2017-07-27 16:20
ERBIL — Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on Thursday on the US government to suspend its military support to the Iraqi army’s 16th devision, saying the army has executed several dozen of prisoners in Mosul’s Old City and committed crimes. “The US governme ...

Iraqi Army Rejects Reports on 40,000 Civilian Deaths in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-07-20 16:04
ERBIL — The Iraqi army's War Media Cell (WMC) denied on Thursday the reports claiming that 40,000 civilians have been killed during the military campaign to liberate Mosul. "The official statistics issued by the Directorate of Civil Defense showed that t ...