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3,000 Christians Families Return to Liberated Areas of Mosul

3,000 Christians Families Return to Liberated Areas of Mosul

BAS News - 2017-09-10 23:48
MOSUL — Nearly 3,000 Iraqi Christian families have been repatriated since the liberation of the Nineveh Province from the so-called Islamic State (IS), a local official said on Sunday. According to Dureid Hekmat, advisor for the governor of Nineveh in re ...
3,000 Christians Families Return to Liberated Areas of Mosul  - BAS News

Half of IS Families Detained in Mosul are Turkish: Iraqi PM

BAS News - 2017-09-17 23:06
ERBIL — Around a half of the hundreds of families held in a camp near Mosul for suspected links to the so-called Islamic State (IS) are Turkish nationals, said the Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi. According to a statement made by the Iraqi PM, ma ...

8 Killed, 16 Injured in Explosion West of Mosul

BAS News - 2017-09-17 17:04
MOSUL — Eight people were killed and sixteen others were injured after an explosion at a school-based training camp for local militia near the city of Mosul, a local source said on Sunday. According to the source, who spoke to Sputnik on condition of ano ...

Iranian authorities refuse revealing 3 kurds’ fate

ANHA - 2017-09-11 15:46
NEWS DESK- The Iranian authorities refused to disclose the fate of 3 Kurdish citizens from Kamyaran in Sunna governorate in Rojhilat Kurdistan. According to a statement of Human Rights Association in Eastern of Kurdistan, “the Iranian intelligence (Atlaat ...

Week in brief: Baneh protests

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-09-11 02:03
Around 5,000 Kurds protest in Iran’s Kurdish Baneh Some 5,000 Kurdish protesters took to the streets of Iran’s Kurdish cities to protest the recent killing of two civilian unarmed Kurdish Kolbar (porter) workers. Iranian security forces cracked down on t ...

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 ...

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 ...

3,500 electoral cards distributed in Afrin, underway in districts

ANHA - 2017-09-05 18:49
Preparatory subcommittees related to the Elections High Commission distributed 3,500 electoral cards to the residents of Ashrafieh and Zaidiyah neighborhoods in Afrin city of Afrin region while the cards will be distributed today in all district of the ca ...

French magazine must pay 190,000 euros over Kate topless snaps

Waar Media - 2017-09-05 17:54
WAAR-DUHOK: A French court ruled Tuesday that a French celebrity magazine must pay 100,000 euros in damages to Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate over topless photos of the duchess published in 2012. The court also ordered Closer magazine’s edito ...

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 ...

Arab IDPs Return to Peshmerga-held Areas in Zummar

BAS News - 2017-09-04 15:00
ERBIL — A number of displaced Arab families returned to their areas on western Tigris River in northwest of Mosul after Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani ordered the Peshmerga forces to facilitate their return. Arab families who were dislodged fr ...

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 ...

IS Arms Depot Set on Fire in Hawija

BAS News - 2017-08-31 22:40
ERBIL — Islamic State's (IS) arms depot caught on fire in the group's stronghold town of Hawija, a local source said on Thursday. According to the source, who spoke to Almaalomah news website, unknown perpetrators set fire to the IS-held facility in cent ...

Seven Yezidi Abductees Freed from IS Since Launch of Tel Afar Assault

BAS News - 2017-08-24 14:10
DUHOK — Since the beginning of the operation to liberate Tel Afar on 20th August, a total of seven Kurdish Yezidi abductees have been rescued from the grip of Islamic State (IS), a Kurdish official said. A woman, 23, with three of her children are among ...

IS Militants Killed Amid Booby-trapping a Car

BAS News - 2017-08-19 19:28
ERBIL — Several Islamic State (IS) militants were killed or wounded while booby-trapping a vehicle in the town of Tel Afar, a local source said on Saturday. According to the source, who spoke to al-Sumaria News on condition of anonymity, several IS membe ...

IS Suspect Stabs Turkish Officer to Death in Istanbul

BAS News - 2017-08-14 14:29
ISTANBUL — A suspected member of the so-called Islamic State (IS) stabbed to death a Turkish police officer in the city of Istanbul on Sunday. The IS suspect, who was detained earlier for planning a suicide attack in Turkey, stabbed the officer at around ...

Four Detainees Dead After Fire Caught IS Prison

BAS News - 2017-08-14 00:10
ERBIL — Four civilians detained by the so-called Islamic State (IS) died and another was severely injured after fire caught the prison they were held in, a local source said on Sunday. According to the sources, who spoke to al-Sumaria News on condition o ...

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 ...