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

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? ...
U.S. commander says Islamic State chief Baghdadi probably still alive - E-Kurd

IS Releases Audio Message from Leader Baghdadi

BAS News - 2017-09-29 01:50
ERBIL — The Islamic State (IS) released an audio message on Thursday, of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, exhorting the group’s members to keep fighting despite major losses in both Syria and Iraq. The audio reportedly includes religious scriptures, and ...

Iraqi PM declares Nineveh province fully liberated from Islamic State

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
BAGHDAD,— Iraq’s prime minister on Thursday declared the town of Tal Afar “fully liberated” from the Islamic State group after a nearly two-week operation, the latest blow to the extremist group which ran nearly a third of the country three years ago. Ir ...

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 ...

Iran says warns off U.S. U2 spy plane, drone

Waar Media - 2017-09-03 17:00
WAAR-DUHOK: Iran’s air defenses have forced an approaching U.S. spy plane and a reconnaissance drone to change course near its air space over the past six months, a military official was quoted as saying on Sunday . Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, comm ...

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 ...

Planned Kurdish Referendum on Independence Unsettles Iraqis, U.S.

The Wall Street Journal - 2017-08-30 18:13
A referendum on Kurdistan’s independence, set for Sept. 25, has Baghdad and Washington concerned over political consequences, and Arabs displaced in fight against Islamic State worried they won’t be allowed to go home. ...

Iraqi Troops Ready to Storm Tel Afar: US

BAS News - 2017-08-18 23:55
ERBIL — Iraqi armed forces are prepared for their next major campaign against the so-called Islamic State (IS) in the town of Tel Afar, according to top US commanders. Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, a top US commander, said on Friday, the Iraqi for ...

Establishing Kurdish state would serve U.S. interests: analyst

KurdPress - 2017-08-12 12:04
According to Turkish political analyst Mahmut Bozarslan, U.S. Special envoy to the anti-IS coalition Brett McGurk’s statement that Washington was against the referendum of Kurdistan Region and its independence from iarq was of a temporary nature and did n ...