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8 Killed, 16 Injured in Explosion West of Mosul

BAS News - 2017-09-17 17:04
MOSUL — Eight people were killed and sixteen others were injured after an explosion at a school-based training camp for local militia near the city of Mosul, a local source said on Sunday. According to the source, who spoke to Sputnik on condition of ano ...

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 ...

No One Authorized to Decide for Turkmens in Kirkuk: Turkmen Leader

BAS News - 2017-08-31 17:43
ERBIL—The Turkmen people back the Kurdistan Region in its pursuit for independence by all means and have submitted their conditions for partnership in the would-be "State of Kurdistan," stated a Turkmen leader. Speaking to BasNews on Thursday, Turkmen De ...

Iraqi PM Declares Complete Victory over IS in Tel Afar

BAS News - 2017-08-31 15:32
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, released an official statement on Thursday to announce the conclusion of the battle against Islamic State (IS) in Tel Afar district, northwest of Mosul. "I declare to you that resilient Tel Afar joined libera ...

Components of Nineveh Plains Seeking to Join Kurdistan Region

BAS News - 2017-08-28 14:40
ERBIL — The residents of Nineveh Plains are seeking to join Kurdistan Region after their region becomes a province. Yarwant Niasn Marcos, head of Armans Bloc in the Kurdistan Region Parliament, told BasNews that all the components of Nineveh Plains are w ...

Barzani: People of Kurdistan Need Independence to Live in Peace

BAS News - 2017-08-26 18:37
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani called on the Kurdistani diaspora to vote "yes" in the independence referendum of the Kurdistan Region, which will take place on September 25 this year. A large festival to back the independence vote was l ...

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 ...

Barzani Suggests Separate Province Status for Mosul Plains: Official

BAS News - 2017-08-26 14:07
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has suggesting the formation of a separate provincial administration to include the areas of Mosul Plains, an official said. The region, located in Iraq’s northern province of Nineveh, is home to mainly r ...

SDF fighters recapture a symbol of Kobani resistance

ANHA - 2017-08-23 17:01
During the liberation campaign, the fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces managed to restore one of the signs of the resistance of Kobanî, a digger machinery used by the fighters in fighting against mercenaries during the resistance of Kobanî, hat the ...

Iraqi Troops Storm Third Neighbourhood of Tal Afar

BAS News - 2017-08-23 12:21
TAL AFAR — The Iraqi counter-terrorism forces stormed on Wednesday the al-Tanak neighbourhood in central Tal Afar district, 70 km northwest of Mosul, where the fighting is ongoing to clear the district from the Islamic State (IS). "The anti-terrorism for ...

Iraqi Army Recaptures Al-Kask Oil Refinery West of Mosul

BAS News - 2017-08-22 13:38
MOSUL — the Iraqi military announced on Tuesday the liberation of al-Kask Oil Refinery in west of Mosul during the operation to retake the city of Tal Afar. Brigadier General Mohammed al-Jabouri told BasNews "the 16th Infantry Division managed to liberat ...

Islamic State still a threat as Mosul residents return to city in ruins

E-Kurd - 2017-08-11 22:46
MOSUL,— Abu Ghazi stood smoking a cigarette outside what used to be his home in Mosul’s Old City, where only the sound of the footsteps of a few soldiers on patrol and twisted pieces of metal and fabric flapping in the wind disturb the eery silence. “The ...

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 ...