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Anti-ISIS Hawija offensive expected to begin within days

Anti-ISIS Hawija offensive expected to begin within days - Rûdaw

95% of People Expected to Vote "Yes" to Independence: Kurdish Official

BAS News - 2017-09-17 17:04
ERBIL — An estimation of 95% of people in Kurdistan Region are expected to vote in favour of independence on the referendum day, said a Kurdish politician. Kurdistan Region is scheduled to hold an independence vote on 25th September, which also allows th ...

Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Commander to Lead Hawija Operations

BAS News - 2017-09-06 16:06
ERBIL — Lieutenant-general Abdul Wahab al-Saadi, a Commander of the Iraqi counter-terrorism Forces, has been nominated as the commander of the imminent Hawija operation, according to Iraqi media outlets. The Iraqi military along with the Peshmerga forces ...

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 ...

Hawija Operation After Kurdistan’s Referendum

BAS News - 2017-08-28 19:30
ERBIL — The military operation for liberating the Iraqi city of Hawija is expected to be launched after the upcoming independence referendum in Kurdistan Region, senior Peshmerga Commander Kamal Kirkuki said on Monday. Hawija is located in the southweste ...

Over 50,000 Tourists Expected to Visit Duhok on Eid al-Adha

BAS News - 2017-08-28 13:21
ERBIL — More than 50,000 people are expected to visit Kurdistan Region’s Duhok Province during the week of Eid al-Adha holidays, an official said. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has developed a comprehensive plan to receive a huge number of tour ...

Kurdistan Referendum Delegations to Visit Foreign Countries Soon

BAS News - 2017-08-26 17:48
ERBIL— Delegations from the Kurdistan Region will soon visit the neighboring countries for holding talks over the independence referendum of Kurdistan and are expected to conclude their visits to all major international and regional players by September ...

Deir al-Zor Operation to Begin “Very Soon”: SDF

BAS News - 2017-08-26 13:30
ERBIL — The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is backed by the US-led coalition, are preparing to storm Islamic State’s (IS) last stronghold of Deir al-Zor province in Syria, an official said. The SDF, the majority of which are made up of the Syrian ...

French Defense, Foreign Ministers to Visit Erbil

BAS News - 2017-08-26 12:43
ERBIL — After they arrived in Baghdad earlier today, the French defense and foreign ministers are expected to visit Erbil to meet with Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Defense Minister Florence Par ...

Over 100,000 Tourists Expected to Visit Erbil on Eid al-Adha

BAS News - 2017-08-23 14:34
ERBIL — Thousands of tourists from central and southern provinces of Iraq are expected to visit Kurdistan Region’s capital Erbil during the upcoming Eid al-Adha. Erbil acting mayor, Nabaz Abdulwahid, estimates nearly 105,000 people to visit touristic att ...

UN Warns about Thousands of People Expected to Flee Tal Afar

BAS News - 2017-08-21 11:36
ERBIL — Over 30,000 people have thus far fled Tal Afar district and thousands more are expected to be dislodged by the fighting in the district. Iraqi forces launched an operation to liberate Tal Afar city, in west of Mosul, from the Islamic State (IS) o ...

Iran can start oil supplies to Russia within month

KurdPress - 2017-08-19 12:35
Iran can start deliveries to Russia under the “oil-for-goods” program within the next month, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told reporters on Friday. ...