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Twin Blasts Hit IS-held Hawija

Twin Blasts Hit IS-held Hawija

BAS News - 2017-09-03 20:10
ERBIL — Two successive blasts hit on Sunday the northern Iraqi town of Hawija which is the last pocket held by Islamic State (IS). According to local sources from Kirkuk, one of the explosions targeted an IS convoy and has reportedly left dozens of jihad ...
Twin Blasts Hit IS-held Hawija - BAS News

A Yezidi Girl Held by IS in Hawija Rescued

BAS News - 2017-09-30 13:01
ERBIL — A Yezidi girl, who was held by Islamic State (IS) in Hawija, the last-IS stronghold in Kirkuk Province, was rescued and arrived at the Peshmerga positions in southern Kirkuk. Kamal Kirkuki, Commander of the Peshmerga forces for southern Kirkuk fr ...

Barzani Upset about Intl Community's Position over Kurdistan Referendum

BAS News - 2017-09-24 19:54
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President criticized on Sunday the international community's position with regards to the independence vote of the Kurdistan Region, saying he expected the world to support the vote, in return for the sacrifices the Peshmerga forc ...

Yezidi Official Calls for Liberation of Yezidis in Hawija

BAS News - 2017-09-21 15:56
ERBIL — KRG’s office for Yezidi Abductees' Affairs, called on the Iraqi forces participating in Hawija assault to consider the rescue of Yezidi abductees held by Islamic State (IS) in the city. Hussein Qaidi, the head of the office, told BasNews that a l ...

Kurdistan Referendum Will Not Delay Hawija Operation: MP

BAS News - 2017-09-10 17:50
ERBIL— The operation to retake the control of the Islamic State (IS)-held town of Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk, will launch before the end of September, said an Arab MP from Kirkuk on Sunday. Khaled al-Mafraj was cited by some Iraqi media reports as sayin ...

Coalition, Iraqi Jets Step up Airstrikes on IS-held Hawija

BAS News - 2017-09-10 00:41
ERBIL — The Iraqi Air Forces (IAF) and the US-led coalition against the so-called Islamic State (IS) have increased the airstrikes on IS positions in the town of Hawija, according to Iraq's minister of defense. According to the Iraqi Defense Minister, Er ...

SDF Announces Operation in IS-held Deir al-Zor

BAS News - 2017-09-09 12:42
ERBIL — The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced on Saturday a major military operation against Islamic State (IS) in the province of Deir al-Zor, an official said. The SDF, backed by the US-led coalition, has been in fierce fighting with ...

IS Oil Stocks near Hawija Destroyed

BAS News - 2017-09-08 10:29
ERBILL— The oil stocks of the Islamic State (IS) organization in the vicinity of Hawija (55 km southwest of Kirkuk) were destroyed in an air strike on Thursday night. Iraqi al-Sumaria news, citing an informed source, reported on Friday that the internati ...

"IS Princess" Killed near Hawija

BAS News - 2017-09-07 18:39
ERBIL— The chief of Women Battalion in the Islamic State (IS) organization has been killed with her husband and their two sons around Hawija (60 km southwest Kirkuk). An informed source from Kirkuk told Iraqi al-Sumaria news that the woman, who is known ...

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 ...

Fares Shemmo: federalism considers all peoples’ cultures

ANHA - 2017-08-30 12:53
The administrative in the Yazidi House in Tirbê Sipîyê district Fares Shemmo stated that federalism is the only system that would consider all the peoples' cultures noting that the communes that is held by democratic nation's principle transmitted the soc ...

350 Yezidi Abductees Believed to Be in Tel Afar: Official

BAS News - 2017-08-20 12:49
ERBIL Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has estimated 350 Kurdish Yezidi abductees to be held by Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq’s northern town of Tel Afar. In a statement to BasNews, Eidan Kalo, head of KRG’s office for Yezidi Abductees' Affairs ...

Islamic State militants die booby-trapping donkey in Kirkuk

Waar Media - 2017-08-17 15:11
WAAR-DUHOK: Eight Islamic State militants were killed and wounded when explosives they were fitting to a donkey exploded in Kirkuk, a security source was quoted saying. The source told Alsumaria News that eight militants were putting an explosives vest o ...

Story of Yezidi Child Survivors of the IS Hell - Part 6

BAS News - 2017-08-17 13:46
Sinjar, a predominantly Kurdish Yezidi town in the Kurdistan Region, has now become a symbol for the huge damage an extremist ideology and its inhuman crimes could bring to humanity. The city was overrun by Islamic State (also referred to as IS, ISIS or ...

Story of Yezidi Child Survivors of the IS Hell - Part 5

BAS News - 2017-08-10 14:47
Sinjar, a predominantly Kurdish Yezidi town in the Kurdistan Region, has now become a symbol for the huge damage an extremist ideology and its inhuman crimes could bring to humanity. The city was overrun by Islamic State (also referred to as IS, ISIS or ...

The shelling of the Canton of Shahbah in western Kurdistan by the Turkish Army

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-08-10 13:18
According to the Kurdistan Human Rights Association, and according to local sources in Canton Shahba, the Turkish military and terrorist groups affiliated with this government, another village of the Ayn Daqna has been targeted by artillery attacks and co ...

Tel Affar: IS Militants Digging Trenches, Preparing to Resist

BAS News - 2017-08-05 23:30
ERBIL — Islamic State (IS) militants have started digging trenches inside and around the northern Iraqi town of Tel Affar as the Iraqi government forces a preparing for a major assault on the extremist group there. The IS leadership has also put its jiha ...