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US Troops Preparing for Hawija Battle: Reports

US Troops Preparing for Hawija Battle: Reports

BAS News - 2017-09-09 17:18
ERBIL— US forces are setting the stage for the offensive to liberate Hawija (45 km southwest of Kirkuk) from the Islamic State (IS) militants, Iraqi media reported on Saturday. The troops have been deployed to Qaraj sub-district of Makhmur (50 km east of ...
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557 IS Militants Killed in First Phase of Hawija Operation

BAS News - 2017-09-27 22:36
KIRKUK — Joint Iraqi forces have killed 557 Islamic State (IS) militants in the first phase of the operation for liberating Hawija district in southern Kirkuk Province, the Iraqi Defense Ministry’s War Media Cell said on Wednesday. According to a stateme ...

KRG Preparing to Rescue Yezidi Abductees ahead of Hawija Assault

BAS News - 2017-09-11 13:05
DUHOK — As the Iraqi armed forces are preparing for a massive operation to liberate the last Islamic State (IS)-held pocket in the country, the Kurdistan Regional Government is setting the ground to rescue the Kurdish Yezidi abductees held by the extremi ...

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 ...

Iraqi Jets Drop Leaflets over Hawija, Urging IS Militants to Surrender

BAS News - 2017-09-09 15:58
HAWIJA — The Iraqi Air Forces (IAF) dropped thousands of leaflets over the town of Hawija on Friday, calling on the Islamic State (IS) militants to surrender ahead of the upcoming military operation against the extremist group. According to Iraqi Defense ...

Peshmerga Holding Three Fronts in Northwest of Hawija

BAS News - 2017-09-07 11:48
Peshmerga alone will lead the battle from their fronts KIKRUK — Three fronts of the long-awaited Hawija battle are currently under the control of Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces in south-western Kirkuk Province. According to military sources, around ...

Coalition Targets IS Militants on Iraq-Syria Border

BAS News - 2017-09-07 00:37
ERBIL — The US-led coalition stroke 85 Islamic State (IS) militants and 40 vehicles belonging to the extremist group near a convoy stranded on the Iraq-Syria border, Joint Task Forces-Operation Inherent Resolve said on Wednesday. According to a statement ...

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 ...

New Plan for Hawija Assault Needed: Peshmerga Official

BAS News - 2017-09-03 16:26
KIRKUK — A Peshmerga official calls for a new plan for liberating Hawija district, southern Kirkuk, from the Islamic State (IS). The Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Peshmerga, Major General Qaraman Sheikh Kamal, told BasNews that different force ...

Peshmerga Defeats IS Militants on Tuz Khurmatu Front

BAS News - 2017-08-29 11:40
TUZ KHURMATU — Kurdistan Region Peshmerga forces managed to repel early on Tuesday an offensive of the Islamic State (IS) militants in Tuz Khurmatu district, south of Kirkuk Province. A Peshmerga commander said that the IS militants attacked the Peshmerg ...

Peshmerga Kills Number of IS Militants on Western Tigris Front

BAS News - 2017-08-28 12:27
NINEVEH — Peshmerga forces killed a number Islamic State (IS) militants early on Monday on the western Tigris Frontline in Hardan area, northwest of Tel Afar district. Scores of IS militants attempted to approach the Peshmerga forces on Western Tigris Fr ...

IS Sets Several oil Wells on Fire in Tel Afar

BAS News - 2017-08-22 03:18
ERBIL — Islamic State (IS) militants in Tel Afar set oil wells on fire in order to prevent fighter jets from targeting their positions in the area, according to paramilitary forces. The Shi'ite Arab militias of Hashd al-Shaabi released a statement on Mon ...

Coalition Airstrike Kills 10 IS Militants West of Anbar

BAS News - 2017-08-21 20:01
ERBIL — US-led coalition airstrikes killed ten Islamic State (IS) militants in western Anbar on Monday, according to a local security source. The source, who spoke to Al Sumaria News on condition of anonymity, said that the coalition warplanes targeted a ...

UN Increases Humanitarian Support for Returning Mosul Civilians

BAS News - 2017-08-12 19:30
ERBIL — The United Nations (UN) is increasing humanitarian aid for thousands of Iraqi civilians returning to the recently liberated parts of Mosul after the declared victory over the Islamic State (IS), an UN official said on Saturday. The spokesperson o ...