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IS Leader al-Baghdadi Believed to Be Alive and Hiding

IS Leader al-Baghdadi Believed to Be Alive and Hiding

BAS News - 2017-08-31 22:40
ERBIL — The leader of the so-called Islamic State (IS) Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is believed to be alive and hiding in the Middle Euphrates River Valley, between Iraq and Syria, a Pentagon official said on Thursday. According to General Stephen Townsend, Chie ...
IS Leader al-Baghdadi Believed to Be Alive and Hiding - BAS News

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 ...

U.S. commander says Islamic State chief Baghdadi probably still alive

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
WASHINGTON,— Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appears to be still alive, a top US military commander said on Friday, contradicting Russia’s claims that it probably killed the top counter terror target months ago. “Do I believe he’s alive? ...

US, Iraq sanction Mosul finance emir believed to be in Turkey

Rûdaw - 2017-09-04 18:45
Mansur is an Iraqi national born in 1959 ...

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi probably still alive: US commander

Waar Media - 2017-09-02 01:07
WAAR-DUHOK: Islamic State (ISIS) group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appears to be still alive, a top US military commander said on Friday, contradicting Russia’s claims that it probably killed the top counterterror target months ago. “Do I believe he’s al ...

As Islamic State withers, the alliance against it is fraying

The Economist - 2017-09-01 22:08
DOWN the Euphrates river, halfway between Deir ez-Zor and Syria’s border with Iraq, lies Dura Europos, an ancient metropolis where the Parthians of Persia sparred with the Roman Empire for control of the Middle East. History, it seems, is repeating itsel ...

Coalition Conducts 30 Airstrikes Against IS in Syria and Iraq

BAS News - 2017-09-01 21:39
ERBIL — US-led coalition carried out 30 airstrikes against the so-called Islamic State (IS), consisting of 52 engagements in both Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Forces- Operation Inherent Resolve officials said on Friday. According to the officials, ...

Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council | Is an independent Kurdistan finally about to be born? And if so, what does it mean for Israel?

Aijac - 2017-09-01 13:59

Jihan Sheikh Ahmad: Old Al-Raqqa and al-Diriya liberation is present to our martyrs

ANHA - 2017-09-01 13:57
The spokesperson in the name of Wrath of Euphrates operation room Jihan Sheikh Ahmad stated in a statement that al-Diriya and Old Al-Raqqa neighborhood were liberated from IS mercenaries, and they present this victory to the martyrs and their families on ...

US commander: ISIS leader al-Baghdadi probably still alive

Rûdaw - 2017-09-01 08:43
"Do I believe he's alive? Yes. ...

IS Arms Depot Set on Fire in Hawija

BAS News - 2017-08-31 22:40
ERBIL — Islamic State's (IS) arms depot caught on fire in the group's stronghold town of Hawija, a local source said on Thursday. According to the source, who spoke to Almaalomah news website, unknown perpetrators set fire to the IS-held facility in cent ...

Bussing IS Terrorists from Lebanon Border to Iraq’s “Suspicious”: KRP

BAS News - 2017-08-30 10:53
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Presidency (KRP) said on Wednesday that transferring a large number of Islamic State (IS) militants from Lebanon borders to eastern Syrian border with Iraq, is a “suspicious” move for which Kurdistan Region will remain alarmed. H ...

Turkey-Backed FSA Attacks US Forces in Syria

BAS News - 2017-08-29 23:10
ERBIL — the US forces fighting against the so-called Islamic State (IS) came under direct attack near the positions of the Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the Syrian city of Manbij, a Pentagon official said on Tuesday. The US forces reportedly re ...

Kurdistan’s Referendum Delegation to Meet With Ethnic, Religious Minorities

BAS News - 2017-08-29 15:57
ERBIL — A delegation from Kurdistan's High Council of Independence Referendum will soon meet with Turkmen, Christian, and Arab groups living in the Kurdistan Region, a Kurdish official said on Monday. According to the Kurdistan Region Presidency's (KRP) ...

Syria-Lebanon border battle against IS paused as body parts found

BBC - 2017-08-28 00:03
The remains of eight people believed to be soldiers kidnapped by IS in 2014 are found, the army says. ...

Turkey Arrests IS Leader Who Planned to Kill Maliki: Reports

BAS News - 2017-08-26 21:19
ERBIL— In a search campaign against the Islamic State (IS) members in Turkey, an IS leader who was convicted of setting assassination plot against former Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki was arrested, Turkish media reported on Saturday. The 41- year- ...

Florida inmate Mark Asay executed by experimental injection

BBC - 2017-08-25 01:04
Mark Asay, 53, is the first white man to be executed in Florida for killing a black victim. ...

U.S. soldiers in Iraq were killed by artillery 'mishap': Pentagon

Reuters - 2017-08-14 23:57
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Army artillery "mishap" was responsible for the deaths of two U.S. service members in northern Iraq over the weekend, a Pentagon official said on Monday. ...

Around 12 IS Children Held by Iraqi Authorities in Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-08-10 23:06
BAGHDAD — More than 12 children affiliated to the so-called Islamic State were taken by the Iraqi authorities and are held in social care, according to a government minister. Mohamed Shayya al-Sudani, Iraq’s Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, told Al ...

Coalition Conducts 18 Airstrikes Against IS in Syria, Iraq

BAS News - 2017-08-10 23:06
ERBIL — The US-led coalition announced on Thursday it conducted 18 airstrikes against the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria, destroying fighting positions and equipment belonging to the group. Near the Syrian city of Raqqa, the coalition war ...

Yezidi Genocide Would not Have Happened If Kurdistan was Independent: Commander

BAS News - 2017-08-04 23:51
ERBIL — The Yezidi genocide committed by the so-called Islamic State (IS) would have not taken place if the Kurdistan Region was an independent state, a Yezidi commander said on Thursday. According to Haider Shasho, commander of Ezidkhan unit in Sinjar, ...