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PUK Forces Withdrawal from Some Kirkuk Positions “Military Plan”: Commander

PUK Forces Withdrawal from Some Kirkuk Positions “Military Plan”: Commander - BAS News

Iranian-backed Shi’ite Militias Attack Christian Areas North of Mosul

BAS News - 2017-10-24 18:11
ERBIL — Baghdad-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi, with support from Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), carried out a major military assault on Tuesday on the Christian areas of northern Mosul, military sources confirmed. The atta ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Kidnap Kurdish Clergymen in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-19 19:24
KIRKUK — The Iran-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi have kidnapped a number of Kurdish clergymen since the overrun of Kirkuk on Monday. According to The Baghdad Post, one of the abductees is the preacher of Sahaba Mosque in Kurdish neighbourhood ...

Kurdistan VP accuses certain PUK leaders of fall of Kirkuk

Waar Media - 2017-10-18 22:53
WAARmedia The vice president of Kurdistan and deputy leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) denounced those among the PUK who ordered the withdrawal of the Peshmerga forces in Kirkuk, which eventually led to the city’s takeover by Iraqi and Ira ...

Kurdish Mayor of Qara Tappa Sacked by Baghdad-backed Shi’ite Militias

BAS News - 2017-10-18 21:14
ERBIL — Head of local administration of Qara Tappa subdistrict in northern Diyala province has confirmed that Baghdad assigned on Wednesday a member of the Hashd al-Shaabi militias to his position as part of the actions against Kurds. “Today, October 18, ...

Peshmerga in Full Control of Makhmour: Commander

BAS News - 2017-10-18 00:28
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces have rejected the reports claiming that the Kurdish forces retreated from their positions in Makhmour district, southwest of Kirkuk, a commander said. “I am speaking from central Makhmour and I ensure that the ...

PKK Makes Deal with Baghdad-backed Shi’ite Militias on Sinjar

BAS News - 2017-10-18 00:28
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has reportedly reached an agreement with the Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi, backed by Baghdad and Tehran, to both station armed forces in the predominantly Kurdish Yezidi city of Sinjar. Earlier on Monday ...

Iraqi forces retake Kirkuk from Kurdish control

Washington Times - 2017-10-17 06:35
Long-simmering tensions between Baghdad and Iraqi Kurdistan broke out into open warfare Monday as Iraqi troops and Shiite paramilitaries recaptured the oil-rich northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk from Kurdish control. Iraqi military and militia forces began t ...

Kurds Escaping Kirkuk as Hashd al-Shaabi Militias Enter

BAS News - 2017-10-16 21:04
KIRKUK — Following the overrun of Kirkuk on Monday by the Baghdad-backed Shi’ite militias, the people of the city have now started escaping to Erbil as the Hashd al-Shaabi militias are posing threat to the Kurdish civilians. The Shi’ite militias found th ...

Iraqi forces seize oil city Kirkuk from Kurds in bold advance

Reuters - 2017-10-16 20:47
BAGHDAD/KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi government forces captured the major Kurdish-held oil city of Kirkuk on Monday, responding to a Kurdish referendum on independence with a bold lightning strike that transforms the balance of power in the country. ...

Baghdad-backed Shi’ite Militias Praise PUK Faction for Withdrawal

BAS News - 2017-10-16 16:50
KIRKUK — The extremist Asaib Ahl al-Haq brigade, which operates under the command of Baghdad-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi, has commended the faction within Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) which ordered withdrawal of Peshmerga forces from ...

Kirkuk Governor Calls on People to Take Arms Against Hashd al-Shaabi

BAS News - 2017-10-16 01:47
KIRKUK — Kirkuk Governor Najmaddin Karim has called on people in the city to take arms against military advancing by Baghdad-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi against Kurdish Peshmerga forces. Speaking from the crowded streets of central Kirkuk, ...

Baghdad-backed Shi’ite Militias Set PUK Office in Tuz Khurmatu on Fire

BAS News - 2017-10-15 17:11
TUZ KHURMATU — The Shi’ite Arab militias of Hashd al-Shaabi, which are backed by the Iraqi central government, set fire on Sunday to a branch bureau of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in Tuz Khurmatu. Mohammed Fayiq, an official from Tuz Khurmatu ...

KDP and PUK to Discuss Situation of Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-15 11:11
ERBIL — The politburos of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) will meet today, October 15, to discuss the security issues of Kirkuk and the Shi’ite militia’s threats against Kurdistan. The meeting will be attended ...

VIDEO: A PUK Wing Hands Over Some Areas of Kirkuk to Hashd Al-Shaabi

BAS News - 2017-10-13 12:05
ERBIL — A wing within the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) has secretly arranged an agreement with Hashd al-Shaabi to hand over some areas in southern Kirkuk to the Shi’ite militias. According to the information obtained by BasNews, the agreement has b ...

IS Militants Attack Peshmerga South-West Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-09 12:19
Fierce clashes are ongoing between Peshmerga and IS KIRKUK — Islamic State (IS) extremists launched early on Monday an offensive against the Peshmerga forces on south-western Kirkuk front. Kamal Kirkuki, a Peshmerga commander of the front, told BasNews t ...