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IS Executes Six Iraqi Abductees on Borders with Saudi Arabia

IS Executes Six Iraqi Abductees on Borders with Saudi Arabia

BAS News - 2019-02-19 21:29
ERBIL - The Islamic State (IS) militants have executed six Iraqi abductees at the border areas with Saudi Arabia, police reported on Tuesday. According to a statement by Ahmed Dilemi, a police officer from Anbar province, the six individuals were kidnapp ...
IS Executes Six Iraqi Abductees on Borders with Saudi Arabia - BAS News

Islamic State group calls on followers to avenge Syria siege

Seattle Times - 2019-03-12 11:38
BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — Besieged by U.S.-backed forces in their last foothold in eastern Syria, Islamic State militants are calling on supporters across the world to stage attacks in their defense, according to a newly released audio recording. The recordi ...

Eight IS Militants Killed in Anbar by Coalition

BAS News - 2019-03-04 23:11
ERBIL - At least eight insurgents of the Islamic State (IS) were killed on Monday in an airstrike conducted by the international coalition in the Iraqi province of Anbar. According to a statement by the Security Media Center, the air raid was carried out ...

IS Executes 5 Fishermen in Iraq’s Anbar Province

BAS News - 2019-02-23 14:44
ERBIL — Islamic State (IS) militants have executed five fishermen in the western province of Iraq, near Fallujah, a security source confirmed. They were shot dead near Lake Tharthar north of Fallujah, Anadolu Agency cited police captain Ahmed al-Duleimi. ...

High Noon over Humanitarian Aid at Venezuela’s Border

International Crisis Group - 2019-02-22 19:00
Venezuela’s constitutional crisis continues to unfold, with the opposition amassing food and medicine on the borders with the stated intent of turning the military against President Nicolás Maduro, who is refusing the aid. In thisA, our Senior Analyst fo ...

Syrian Democratic Forces turn over 150 captured IS fighters to Iraq

The New Mail - 2019-02-22 06:18
The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces turned over 150 captured Islamic State fighters to the Iraqi Army on Thursday. The Iraqi army received the 150 Islamic State militants “north of the… The post Syrian Democratic Forces turn over 150 captured IS fig ...

[PICTURES]: IS Militants Attack Iraqi Militias in Diyala

BAS News - 2019-02-19 11:54
ERBIL — A unit of Iraqi Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi came under attack by the Islamic State (IS) militants overnight on Monday in Diyala province. The attack led to a fierce fire exchange between the insurgents and the Shi’ite militias, according ...

Iraqi Parliament Warns of Increasing Civilian Abductions

BAS News - 2019-02-19 11:54
ERBIL — Deputy speaker of the Iraqi parliament on Tuesday warned about the increasing cases of civilian abductions across the country. Hassan Kaabi said in a statement that the Islamic State (IS) militants continue targeting civilians or kidnapping them. ...

US Official: Over 1,000 IS Militants Possibly Fled Syria to Iraq in Six Months

BAS News - 2019-02-18 22:07
ERBIL - Over 1,000 insurgents of the Islamic State (IS) may have fled from Syria to the neighboring Iraq to hide in the mountains and deserts in western Iraq in the past six months, a US official was cited as saying. According to a report by CNN, citing ...

Two Iraqi Nationals Arrested in Turkey over Ties with IS

BAS News - 2019-02-17 18:21
ERBIL - A couple of Iraqi people have been arrested in Turkey for alleged links to the Islamic State (IS), state-run media said on Sunday. Anadolu Agency said in a report that two Iraqi men holding Dutch citizenships were arrested by the Turkish police i ...

IS Kills Five Iraqi Troops West of Kirkuk

BAS News - 2019-02-17 12:35
ERBIL — Islamic State (IS) jihadists on Sunday morning killed at least five Iraqi soldiers in an area west of Kirkuk province. According to media reports, the militants attacked a military base of the Iraqi army near Hawija (some 55 kilometers southwest ...

Anbar: 13 More Civilians Abducted by IS

BAS News - 2019-02-16 22:39
ERBIL - At least 13 more civilians were abducted by the insurgents of the Islamic State (IS) in the Iraqi province of Anbar on Saturday, a security source was quoted as saying. Talking to Iraqi media Dijlah TV channel on condition of anonymity, the sourc ...

Kurdish Security Chief Meets with Iranian FM in Munich

BAS News - 2019-02-16 11:06
ERBIL — Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC), Masrour Barzani, is in meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday. The meeting is taking place in Germany on the sideline of the Munich Security Conference 2019. ...

Saudi Arabia ‘Regrets’ its Inclusion on EU Blacklist

Waar Media - 2019-02-14 13:35
WAAR_DUHOK Saudi Arabia on Thursday voiced its “regret” over its inclusion on the EU’s revised list of countries considered to be “high risk” in terms of terrorism financing and money laundering. “Saudi Arabia notes with regret the European Commission’s ...

EU Adds Saudi Arabia to ‘Dirty Money’ Blacklist

Waar Media - 2019-02-13 14:02
WAAR_DUHOK The European Commission on Wednesday added Saudi Arabia to a blacklist of countries that pose a threat due to failing to crack down on money-laundering and terrorist financing. “The aim of this list is to protect the EU financial system by bet ...

Despite Hard Life, IDPs in Kurdistan Unwilling to Return to Mosul: Report

BAS News - 2019-02-09 21:45
ERBIL - Despite the hard life the IDPs from Iraqi city of Mosul, who are based in the Kurdistan Region's Khazir Camp in Erbil province, go through, the civilians are not willing to return home, a report said on Saturday. According to a report by Kurdista ...

IS Executes Three Brothers in Iraq

BAS News - 2019-02-09 10:37
ERBIL — The Islamic State (IS) militants have executed three men in the Iraqi province of Salahaddin. The men, who were brothers, were abducted by the IS jihadists last week, another man was later freed, but the three brothers were executed, a tribal lea ...

Turkish troops shoot, wound three civilians in northern Iraq

CNN - 2019-01-31 01:43
Turkish troops shot and wounded three Iraqi civilians after hundreds of protesters attacked a Turkish military base in northern Iraq on Saturday, according to a senior security official in Duhuk province. ...

Egypt, Bahrain conclude joint naval, air drills in Gulf

Waar Media - 2019-01-28 12:56
WAAR_DUHOK Joint Egypt-Bahrain military drills wrapped up in the Persian Gulf on Monday, according to a statement released by the Egyptian army. Air and naval forces from both countries took part in the drills, dubbed the “Hamad 3” military exercises. Th ...

Turkish troops shoot 3 civilians in Iraq

CNN - 2019-01-27 00:50
Turkish troops shot and wounded three Iraqi civilians after hundreds of protesters attacked a Turkish military base in northern Iraq on Saturday, according to a senior security official in Duhuk province. ...

Police Officer Detained after Prisoner Escapes in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2019-01-26 22:34
ERBIL - A police officer has been detained after a prisoner, who had been jailed on murder charges, escaped the prison in the disputed Kurdish province of Kirkuk, the Iraqi Ministry of Interior said in a statement on Saturday. According to a statement by ...