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IS Besieged by Pshmerga in Hamrin Basin: Commander

IS Besieged by Pshmerga in Hamrin Basin: Commander

BAS News - 2017-09-05 17:24
He says Peshmerga forces killed over 400 IS militants recently ERBIL— The Islamic State (IS) militants can no longer launch offensives and their death toll is increasing, said a Peshmerga commander in Kirkuk. Speaking to BasNews on Tuesday, Hussein Yazda ...
IS Besieged by Pshmerga in Hamrin Basin: Commander - BAS News

Iraqi Forces Kill 11 IS Members Including a Commander in Anbar

BAS News - 2017-09-26 21:15
ANBAR — Iraqi commando forces from the Army’s 7th Division killed eleven members of the Islamic State (IS), including a high-ranking leader of the group at the outskirts of Rawa in western Anbar Province. According to the Iraqi Alghad news agency, the Ir ...

IS Seeking to Attack Peshmerga in Name of Shi'ite Militias

BAS News - 2017-09-13 15:57
ERBIL— The Islamic State (IS) militants are trying to turn Peshmerga and Shi'ite paramilitaries in the town of Hawija against each other, warned a Peshmerga commander on Wednesday. Speaking to BasNews, Kamal Kirkuki who commands Peshmerga forces in weste ...

1,400 Foreign Wives, Children of IS Suspects Held by Iraqi Authorities

BAS News - 2017-09-11 13:56
ERBIL — As the Islamic State (IS) is nearing its end in Iraq, Baghdad authorities revealed that they are holding 1,400 foreign wives and children of IS suspects. Cited by al-Arabia, unnamed Iraqi intelligence officers said that most of the women and chil ...

Peshmerga Forces Ambush a Group of IS Militants, Kill 6

BAS News - 2017-09-08 20:10
ERBIL — A number of Islamic State (IS) militants were killed on Friday after they were ambushed by Peshmerga in northern Tel Afar, some 65 kilometres west of Mosul. Peshmerga commander Badirkhan Zebari confirmed to BasNews that six jihadists were gunned ...

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 ...

1,200 IS Militants Killed in Tel Afar Operation

BAS News - 2017-08-31 19:21
ERBIL— Some 1,200 Islamic State (IS) extremists were eliminated in the battle to liberate Tel Afar, stated Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of the US-led anti-IS coalition in Iraq and Syria. Townsend noted over 100,000 square kilometers have been cle ...

Kurdistan Again Hit by Earthquake

BAS News - 2017-08-31 19:03
ERBIL — For the third time in less than a month, Kurdistan Region is hit by another earthquake, causing no casualties or serious damages. Kurdistan Region's Weather Forecast and Seismology Directorate said that Thursday’s quake was measured at 3.4 on the ...

No One Authorized to Decide for Turkmens in Kirkuk: Turkmen Leader

BAS News - 2017-08-31 17:43
ERBIL—The Turkmen people back the Kurdistan Region in its pursuit for independence by all means and have submitted their conditions for partnership in the would-be "State of Kurdistan," stated a Turkmen leader. Speaking to BasNews on Thursday, Turkmen De ...

IS Intends to Strike "Big Blow" before Last Breath: Peshmerga Commander

BAS News - 2017-08-31 17:03
ERBIL— The Islamic State (IS) militants are planning to strike a "big blow" from their last stronghold in Iraq, Hawija, before their authority in the country fades away completely, said a Peshmerga commander. Speaking to BasNews on Thursday, Lt. Col. Him ...

Five Yezidi Abductees Freed from IS in Iraq, Syria

BAS News - 2017-08-31 12:08
ERBIL — A fourteen-year-old Kurdish Yezidi girl was freed from the grip of the Islamic State (IS) militants on Thursday in Syria, KRG’s office for Yezidi Abductees announced. Hussein Qaidi, Head of Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Office for Yezidi ...

Dozens of IS Militants in Tel Afar Surrender to Peshmerga

BAS News - 2017-08-29 18:12
ERBIL— Fleeing with their families, tens of Islamic State (IS) members gave themselves in to the Peshmerga forces on Tuesday, according to a report. Iraqi al-Sumaria news cited an informed source from Kurdistan Peshmerga forces as saying the IS members a ...

Over 150 IS Militants Killed by Peshmerga near Tel Afar: Official

BAS News - 2017-08-29 16:37
ERBIL—In the past two weeks, the Islamic State (IS) militants lost over 150 members in Tel Afar while confronting Kurdistan Peshmerga forces, said the deputy for Peshmerga Chief of Staff. Speaking to BasNews on Tuesday, Salar Mohammad Jabari said the Isl ...

9 IS Leaders, Including a Russian National, Killed in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-08-26 14:07
KIRKUK — Nine leaders of the Islamic State (IS) organization, including a Russian national, were killed during an air raid of the US-led Global Coalition in south-west of Kirkuk Province. Local sources confirmed on Saturday the death of nine IS leaders, ...

[IN PICTURES]: IS Member Arrested in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-08-17 10:34
KIRKUK — Security forces in Kirkuk arrested a member of the Islamic State (IS) in the city on Wednesday. According to a statement of Kirkuk Security Directorate, security forces arrested a man who was issued an arrest warrant by the city’s prosecutor bas ...

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 ...