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KRG Preparing to Rescue Yezidi Abductees ahead of Hawija Assault

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 ...
KRG Preparing to Rescue Yezidi Abductees ahead of Hawija Assault - BAS News

A Yezidi Girl Held by IS in Hawija Rescued

BAS News - 2017-09-30 13:01
ERBIL — A Yezidi girl, who was held by Islamic State (IS) in Hawija, the last-IS stronghold in Kirkuk Province, was rescued and arrived at the Peshmerga positions in southern Kirkuk. Kamal Kirkuki, Commander of the Peshmerga forces for southern Kirkuk fr ...

KRG refuses to relinquish border crossings to Iraq

KurdPress - 2017-09-29 22:41
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has refused to relinquish control of its border crossings to the Iraqi government as Arab-Kurd tensions simmer in light of Monday’s referendum on the independence of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region from the res ...

KRG PM: Abadi’s Threats Remind Us of Baath Punishments

BAS News - 2017-09-25 11:31
ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) prime minister voiced his regret over the recent threats made by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, describing them as “collective punishment” against the people of Kurdistan. Barzani made the remark at a pr ...

No Plan Yet to Include Peshmerga in Hawija Assault: Official

BAS News - 2017-09-20 19:19
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has said that there is no agreement yet to include the Peshmerga forces in an imminent military operation to liberate Hawija from Islamic State (IS). The Secretary General for Peshmerga Ministry, Jabbar Yaw ...

Erdogan, Turkey Chief of General Staff to pay separate visits to Iran

KurdPress - 2017-09-17 22:45
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar will pay separate visits to Iran in the coming days amid rising tension over the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) bid to hold an independence referendum on Sept ...

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 ...

KRG Planning to Open Two Hospitals for Drug Addicts

BAS News - 2017-09-11 16:01
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is now planning to establish two hospitals for those addicted to drugs. “Even though drug addiction has not reached a warning level, we have demanded the establishment of special hospitals in hopes of preve ...

Yezidis in Sinjar Seeking to Be Part of Kurdistan State: Official

BAS News - 2017-09-10 13:14
ERBIL — The Kurdish Yezidi community in Sinjar region is seeking to join the future state of Kurdistan, said a Yezidi official. Mahma Khalil, Mayor of Sinjar, said in a press conference on Sunday that the best way for Yezidis to be protected from future ...

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 ...

Al-Tabqa Women’s Council preparing to open 1st kindergarten

ANHA - 2017-09-07 14:21
Al –TABQA- The kindergartens committee of the Women’s Council of al-Tabqa is preparing to open the first kindergarten for children, this is the first kind of this project to be launched by the Women’s Council, as part of a series of kindergartens to be op ...

Abadi: Liberation of Hawija Requires Coordination with Peshmerga

BAS News - 2017-09-07 12:59
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said that the liberation of Hawija in Kirkuk Province requires coordination with the Peshmerga forces and the Syrian regime. Abadi said on Wednesday that the restoration of Hawija requires coordination with th ...

80,000 People to Be Displaced in Battle of Hawija: Report

BAS News - 2017-09-04 18:49
ERBIL— The civilians in central Hawija and its surrounding areas will be used by the Islamic State (IS) militants as human shields in the battle to retake the town from the extremists, said Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights. The non-governmental organiz ...

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 ...

16 IS Members Executed Ahead of Tal Afar Operation

BAS News - 2017-08-12 17:38
ERBIL— The Islamic State (IS) organization executed 16 IS militants on Saturday in Tal Afar, some 60km west of Mosul, Iraqi media reports indicated. A judge of the organization in the town ordered the execution of the militants and the order was enforced ...