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German Girl Could Face Death Penalty After Joining IS

German Girl Could Face Death Penalty After Joining IS

BAS News - 2017-09-05 23:33
ERBIL — A sixteen-year-old German teenager who joined the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq could face death penalty, according to German diplomats. The German authorities are currently trying to get Lina Wenzel back to her home country, where she could spend a ...
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Western officials are trying to avert the next war in Iraq

The Economist - 2017-10-02 04:44
AS THE jihadists of the so-called Islamic State (IS) retreat, the Arab and Kurdish forces allied against it in Iraq are turning their arms towards each other. Rather than celebrate victory, Masoud Barzani, the president of Iraqi Kurdistan, called a refer ...

The World May Be Disappointed the Day After the German Election

Foreign Policy Research Institute - 2017-09-12 00:52
After last year’s victories for Brexit and Donald Trump, liberals looked to Angela Merkel in Germany for hope. The conservative chancellor was suddenly—and unwillingly—promoted to “leader of the free world.” She is unlikely to live up to expectations. Me ...

SDF Vows No Clash with Syrian Regime in Deir ez-Zor

BAS News - 2017-09-12 00:42
ERBIL — The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has promised not to clash with the Syrian Regime forces while both are advancing against Islamic State (IS) in Deir ez-Zor. "We have clear instructions that after Daesh is eliminated, we should not a ...

Turkey cautions citizens about travel to ‘anti-Turkey’ Germany

Waar Media - 2017-09-10 16:02
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkey cautioned its citizens on Saturday to take care when traveling to Germany, citing what it said was an upswing in anti-Turkish sentiment ahead of a German national election later this month. The advisory is likely to further exacerbate ...

Iraq begins criminal proceedings against German ISIS schoolgirl

Waar Media - 2017-09-06 14:09
WAAR-DUHOK: Iraqi authorities have started criminal proceedings against a German teenager who was captures after joining the Islamic State group in Iraq. Linda Wenzel, 16, was formally charged along with three other German women following their capture d ...

US Urges Iran to Reverse Death Sentence of Religious Prisoner

BAS News - 2017-09-01 23:48
ERBIL — US Department of State called on Iran to reverse the death sentence of Mohammad Ali Taheri, founder of an Iranian spiritual movement and further urged the country to respect the international laws. According to a statement by Heather Nauert, the ...

UK Sends Additional Troops to Fight against IS in Iraq

BAS News - 2017-09-01 11:59
ERBIL— As the battle against the Islamic State (IS) enters its final push, the UK has decided to send additional troops to Iraq, raising the number of British personnel in the country to around 600, according to media reports. The UK Defense Secretary Mi ...

MP Urges UN to Protect Christians in Iraq

BAS News - 2017-08-26 16:22
ERBIL— The Christians in Iraq are endangered and need urgent support from the UN, warned a Christian MP to the Iraqi House of Representatives. Yundam Yusif Kanna, at the head of Rafidayin Faction, made the comments to the Iraqi Radio Sawa on Saturday. He ...

Iraq seeks international help to investigate Islamic State crimes

Nadia Murad - 2017-08-17 19:12
Britain, international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and Nadia Murad, a woman from the Yazidi religious minority who was enslaved and raped by Islamic State fighters in Mosul, have been pushing Iraq to allow a U.N. inquiry. Read more on Reuters. ...

Massoud Barzani says Turkmens of Iraq’s Tal Afar loyal to Islamic State

E-Kurd - 2017-08-11 22:46
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Massoud Barzani has said that most of Sunni Turkmen citizens in Nineveh’s Tal Afar in northwest Iraqi are loyal to the self-proclaimed Islamic State. Barzani’s remarks on Wednesday to Saudi Arabic newspaper Al Haya ...