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80,000 People to Be Displaced in Battle of Hawija: Report

80,000 People to Be Displaced in Battle of Hawija: Report

BAS News - 2017-09-04 18:49
ERBIL— The civilians in central Hawija and its surrounding areas will be used by the Islamic State (IS) militants as human shields in the battle to retake the town from the extremists, said Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights. The non-governmental organiz ...
80,000 People to Be Displaced in Battle of Hawija: Report - BAS News

Yezidis in Sinjar Seeking to Be Part of Kurdistan State: Official

BAS News - 2017-09-10 13:14
ERBIL — The Kurdish Yezidi community in Sinjar region is seeking to join the future state of Kurdistan, said a Yezidi official. Mahma Khalil, Mayor of Sinjar, said in a press conference on Sunday that the best way for Yezidis to be protected from future ...

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 ...

Homeless, displaced in al-Tabqa living under cracking roofs, rubble

ANHA - 2017-09-06 11:26
The lack of shelter has forced many displaced people into al-Tabqa to live among the rubble of buildings that are not habitable, yet they pay housing rent amid rubble, amid fears that these buildings will collapse over the heads of their inhabitants at an ...

IS Militants in Hawija Considering to Surrender

BAS News - 2017-09-05 23:33
ERBIL — Islamic State (IS) militants in Kirkuk consider surrendering to the Iraqi forces who are currently preparing to recapture the group's stronghold in the province, a local source said on Tuesday. According to the source, who spoke to Al Sumaria New ...

Leaflets Promoting Kurdistan Independence to Be Airdropped in Duhok

BAS News - 2017-09-05 17:24
ERBIL— A non-governmental organization will disseminate one million leaflets, which promote voting in favor of the independence of Kurdistan Region from Iraq, to Duhok residents. In a statement to BasNews on Tuesday, Hersh Rashid, the chairman of the Man ...

More than 2,000 Islamic State militants killed in Iraq’s Tal Afar

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
BAGHDAD,— The Iraqi forces killed over 2,000 Islamic State (IS) militants and more than 50 suicide bombers during a major offensive to free Tal Afar area in west of Mosul, the Iraqi military said on Saturday. “The IS total casualties in the blitzkrieg du ...

Diyala: Nearly 50 IS Militants Killed in Airstrikes

BAS News - 2017-09-04 17:49
ERBIL — About fifty Islamic State (IS) militants were killed in a series of airstrikes in northeastern Diyala, a local source said on Monday. According to Awwad al-Ruvai's, head of the security committee of Abu Sayda Council, Basateen al-Mekheisa, and it ...

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 ...

Kurdish-led SDF Kill Dozens of IS Militants in Raqqa

BAS News - 2017-08-31 16:39
ERBIL — The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced on Thursday that they've killed dozens of Islamic State (IS) militants, including a number of snipers, in the city of Raqqa. According to an online statement released by the SDF, 40 IS milita ...

Over 1,400 IS Militants Remain in Tel Afar

BAS News - 2017-08-20 23:30
ERBIL — More than 1,400 Islamic State (IS) militants remain in Tel Afar as the town is now under heavy attack by Iraqi government forces, according to the Joint Operations Command. Brigadier General Yehia Rasool, spokesperson of the Joint Operations Comm ...

Three IS Militants Killed in Headquarter Shelling in Western Anbar

BAS News - 2017-08-19 23:40
ERBIL — Three Islamic State (IS) militants were killed in a shelling that targeted the group’s headquarters in western Anbar, a security source said on Saturday. According to the source, who spoke to Alghad Press on condition of anonymity, the shelling t ...

At Least 17 IS Militants Killed in Coalition Airstrikes in Tel Afar

BAS News - 2017-08-15 16:19
ERBIL — US-led coalition airstrikes killed at least 17 Islamic State (IS) militants positioned in Iraq’s northwestern town of Tel Afar on Tuesday, a military officer said. According to Lieutenant Colonel Shams al-Din al-Anbari, who spoke to Anadolu Agenc ...

IS Militants Pass By Shi'ite Militias Freely in Hamrin Basin: Source

BAS News - 2017-08-09 16:38
The extremists are resorting to guerrilla warfare in the area ERBIL— The Islamic State (IS) militants move freely within the terrain of Hamrin basin in Diyala province while the Shi'ite paramilitary forces act as only bystanders, according to an informed ...