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Iraqi Defense Ministry: Preparations to liberate Hawija city from ISIS are underway

Iraqi Defense Ministry: Preparations to liberate Hawija city from ISIS are underway - Waar Media

Israel’s Netanyahu: Statehood “Legitimate” Right of Kurds

BAS News - 2017-09-13 02:07
ERBIL — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has showing his country’s support to a future independent state of Kurdistan. In an official statement on Tuesday, Netanyahu said that Israel supports the establishment of an independent state for Kurds i ...

IS Militants Attempting to Flee Hawija Ahead of the Assault

BAS News - 2017-09-10 10:48
KIKRUK — The Islamic State (IS) militants in Hawija, southern Kirkuk, are attempting to flee ahead of the imminent battle on the city. A large number of IS militants along with their families have managed to escape Hawija district as they are certain of ...

US Troops Preparing for Hawija Battle: Reports

BAS News - 2017-09-09 17:18
ERBIL— US forces are setting the stage for the offensive to liberate Hawija (45 km southwest of Kirkuk) from the Islamic State (IS) militants, Iraqi media reported on Saturday. The troops have been deployed to Qaraj sub-district of Makhmur (50 km east of ...

Army, allies to retake Hawijah from IS terrorists soon: Iraqi PM

KurdPress - 2017-09-07 10:34
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has stated that army troops, backed by allied Kurdish forces of Peshmerga, will soon launch a multi-pronged operation to liberate the city of Hawijah in the oil-rich northern province of Kirkuk from Islamic State (IS) ...

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 ...

Turkey Imposes Curfew over 27 Kurdish Districts

BAS News - 2017-09-06 15:33
ERBIL — Turkish local authorities in the eastern province of Bingöl has declared curfew in 27 districts as military operations are ongoing against Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Bingöl governor’s office said in an official statement that the curfew star ...

Independence Referendum Campaigning Starts this Week

BAS News - 2017-09-03 20:10
ERBIL — Kurdistan’s Independent High Election and Referendum Commission (KIHERC) has set the beginning of the referendum campaign for the upcoming Tuesday. In an official statement released on Sunday, the Electoral Commission said that campaigning starts ...

Shi'ite Militias Preparing for Hawija Operation: Spokesperson

BAS News - 2017-09-01 12:41
ERBIL— The Shi'ite Hashd al-Shaabi forces will participate in the battle to liberate Hawija (60 km southwest of Kirkuk) and have already launched coordination with the Iraqi Army for the imminent offensive, said a spokesperson for the paramilitary forces ...

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 ...

Martyrs Cemetery of al- Raqqa hosts 4 SDF martyrs

ANHA - 2017-08-30 16:09
Hundreds of residents of the Ain Issa district bid farewell 4 martyrs of the Syrian Democratic Forces who martyred during their participation in the campaign to liberate the city of al- Raqqa from IS mercenaries to their last resting place in the Martyrs ...

Iraq-Jordan Main Border Crossing to Be Re-Opened

BAS News - 2017-08-30 11:58
ERBIL — The main border crossing between Iraq and Jordan will be opened on Wednesday for the first time since 2015. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the reopening of the Tureibil crossing in an official statement, saying that the decision w ...

Thousands of Iraqi IDPs Return Home in Nineveh Plains

BAS News - 2017-08-19 19:09
ERBIL — Around 17,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) return to their homes in the Nineveh Plains, the Iraqi Ministry of Migration and Displacement said on Saturday. According to an official statement released by the ministry, its office in the Ninev ...

Iraqi Forces Impose Curfew in Mosul's Old City

BAS News - 2017-08-08 23:36
ERBIL — Curfew has been imposed in Mosul's Old City following reports of an armed group of men hiding in tunnels and houses in the area, Iraqi Federal Police announced on Tuesday. According to a statement released by the Iraqi Federal Police, the claims ...

Iraq Races To Fill The Gap Left By The Saudis

Waar Media - 2017-08-07 13:24
WAAR-DUHOK: Iraqi oil exports topped 100 million barrels in July, but that’s still lower than the 3.93 million barrels per day rate Baghdad boasted back in May. The latest figures from the Iraqi Oil Ministry do not include exports from Kurdistan, which r ...