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US Says Timeline for Its Presence in Syria is Undetermined

US Says Timeline for Its Presence in Syria is Undetermined

BAS News - 2019-03-26 12:28
ERBIL — The United States has made it clear that its limited number of troops in Syria will stay there with no determined timeline for now. The US has already confirmed that 400 troops will stay in Syria to help the local Kurdish partners in clearing the ...
US Says Timeline for Its Presence in Syria is Undetermined - BAS News

KDP Won't Participate in Kirkuk Elections Unless the Province is Stabilized

BAS News - 2019-03-30 22:22
ERBIL - The ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has made it clear that it would not participate in the provincial elections in disputed Kurdish province of Kirkuk unless the security and military situation is normalized in the area. Talking to the Vo ...

US-led Coalition Says 1,257 Civilians Killed in Anti-IS Air Raids

BAS News - 2019-03-29 22:13
ERBIL - A total of 1,257 civilians have been killed in Iraq and Syria since the US-led international coalition started airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group in the two countries in 2014, the coalition said in a statement. According to ...

A Dozen Killed, Wounded in Airstrikes on Iranian Weapons Depots in Syria

BAS News - 2019-03-28 18:03
ERBIL - Airstrikes targeting Iranian arms depots in Syria took place overnight on Wednesday resulting in the killing or wounding of 12 people, a monitoring group said on Thursday. Israel was said to have carried out the air raids which targeted the Irani ...

"Turkey’s presence in Syria more dangerous than ISIS"

ANF - 2019-03-28 14:29
Emced Osman stressed that the Turkish state’s presence in Syria is more dangerous than ISIS and said, “International forces should take a clear stand against the Turkish state and their gangs’ presence in Northern and Eastern Syria.” ...

France Yet to Repatriate Dozens of Children Stranded in Syria

BAS News - 2019-03-27 22:41
ERBIL - France has so far failed to make a final decision on whether it would repatriate dozens of children stranded in Syria as the US-backed Kurdish forces have already announced the full victory over the Islamic State (IS) in the country. About 2,500 ...

9,000 foreign Islamic State relatives in Syria camp: Kurdish official

E-Kurd - 2019-03-25 15:24
AIN ISSA, Syria,— More than 9,000 foreigners, mostly children, linked to the Islamic State group are present in a camp for the displaced in northeast Syria, a Kurdish spokesman said Monday. The total number of foreigners in Al-Hol camp includes more than ...

Trump says Islamic State no longer holds any territory in Syria, but Kurds still battling ISIS

E-Kurd - 2019-03-22 21:01
WASHINGTON,— U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that the Kurdish-led forces backed US-led coalition air strikes had dislodged the Islamic State militant group from its last holdout in Syria. “Here’s ISIS on Election Day. And here’s ISIS right now ...

North Macedonia jails 7 IS fighters captured in Syria

FOX News - 2019-03-21 23:28
A court in North Macedonia has jailed seven citizens, accusing them of fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. ...

IS to be Defeated in Syria "By Tonight": Trump

BAS News - 2019-03-20 21:53
ERBIL - US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the Islamic State (IS) in Syria will be "gone by tonight", showing reporters a pair of maps demonstrating the reduction of the militant group's presence in the Middle Eastern country since his elec ...

Syria Still a Hotbed for Extremists

E-Kurd - 2019-03-20 12:32
Manish Rai | Ekurd.net ISIS has lost almost all the territory in its possession in Syria. There is a perception growing among the people that these are the end days of Islamic State and United States and allies war on terror is coming to conclusion in Sy ...

US Hails Kurdistan for Combatting Terrorism, Sheltering IDPs, Syrian Refugees

BAS News - 2019-03-19 22:18
ERBIL - The United States has praised the role of the Kurdistan Region and its people in, alongside the Peshmerga forces, combatting terrorism while sheltering nearly 2 million IDPs and Syrian refugees in the past few years. The message was conveyed by a ...

PUK: We Won't Participate in Future KRG Without True Partnership

BAS News - 2019-03-18 20:24
ERBIL - The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) has made it clear that it would not participate in the future Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) without a "true partnership," as the party is expected to resume talks with the ruling Kurdistan Democratic P ...

KDP Determined to Elect Kurdistan President Before April

BAS News - 2019-03-16 10:32
ERBIL — Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has made it clear that it will step up the efforts to elect the new president of Kurdistan Region before the end of this month to proceed with the next government later. Speaking to BasNews on Saturday, member of ...

Aid organizations appeal for funds to help Syria

Rûdaw - 2019-03-13 23:07
Aid organizations appealed on Tuesday for funds to help Syria recover from an eight-year war that has driven almost six million people out of the country, as donors from nearly 85 countries readied for a pledging conference in Brussels that starts Thursda ...

US Hails Kurdistan for Brave War Against Terrorism

BAS News - 2019-03-07 22:57
ERBIL - The United States has paid tribute to the Kurdistan Region and its Peshmerga fighters' bravery during the deadly war against the Islamic State (IS) and hosting a large number of IDPs and Syrian refugees in the past few years, according to a messa ...

US Sanctions Pro-Iran Militia Group in Iraq

BAS News - 2019-03-06 13:51
ERBIL — The United States has sanctioned Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba, a militia group active in Iraq, known for its ties with Tehran. Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba, also known as The Movement of the Noble Ones, is operating under the umbrella of Hashd al-S ...

Iraqi Army Designates Anbar Deserts as “Military Zone”

BAS News - 2019-03-04 12:31
ERBIL — The Iraqi army has warned civilians against entering the vast desert area in Anbar province after declaring it a “military zone”. The warning is reportedly given via leaflets distributed among locals. The Iraqi army made it clear that civilians s ...

SDF Delays Final Attack on IS to Spare Civilian Lives at Stake

BAS News - 2019-03-01 14:26
ERBIL — The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has made it clear that the last offensive to eradicate the Islamic State (IS) in eastern Syria will not happen until all civilians are evacuated from Baghoz. IS is still in control of the small villa ...

Iraq Unwilling to Take in Foreign IS Detainees from Syria

BAS News - 2019-02-27 12:28
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has made it clear that his country is not willing to take in non-Iraqi members of the Islamic State (IS) captured in Syria. As it is pushing to recapture the last IS enclave, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic ...

Erdogan Says Turkey Will Buy Russia's S-400s

BAS News - 2019-02-26 23:13
ERBIL - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made it clear that Ankara would not change course on purchasing the Russian S-400 air defense missile system, while it also could accept a "good offer" on US Patriot missiles. Erdogan said that any chang ...