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IS Shifts Back to Insurgency Fight: Former Chief of Staff

IS Shifts Back to Insurgency Fight: Former Chief of Staff

BAS News - 2019-03-28 13:08
ERBIL — Since it has been defeated on the frontlines in both Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State (IS) militants have now begun an insurgency fight on both sides of the border, said Babakir Zebari, the former Chief of Staff of the Iraqi army. IS was defeate ...
IS Shifts Back to Insurgency Fight: Former Chief of Staff - BAS News

Iraqi court sentences four to death for joining Islamic State

E-Kurd - 2019-04-21 20:59
BAGHDAD,— An Iraqi court has sentenced four people to death by hanging for belonging to the Islamic State militant group and committing terrorist crimes in Iraq and Syria, a judiciary statement said on Sunday. The four men, wanted by Iraqi authorities, w ...

France’s Macron meets Syrian Kurds, vows to support in fight against Islamic State

E-Kurd - 2019-04-19 19:50
PARIS,— French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday hosted representatives of the Kurdish-led force that defeated Islamic State (IS) extremists in Syria, assuring them of France’s support in the fight against remaining jihadists. The US-backed Syrian Demo ...

French Forces to Withdraw from Iraq and Syria: Spokesperson

BAS News - 2019-04-04 22:59
ERBIL - The French forces, who alongside the other US-led coalition forces, were combatting the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria, will withdraw from the region, French army spokesperson Patrick Steiger revealed on Thursday. Talking to reporters, Stei ...

Former US Diplomat Discuss the Future of Middle East at AUK

The American University of Kurdistan - 2019-04-04 02:00
Duhok, Kurdistan Region of Iraq – April 2nd, 2019- President of the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN) and former US diplomat, Ambassador Alberto Fernandez paid a visit to The American University of Kurdistan to present a lecture titled, ‘’Back to fu ...

The castle and its kiln bringing tourism back to Raqqa

The Global Coalition - 2019-04-03 11:25
Under Daesh, archaeological sites were looted and destroyed. Raqqa’s Hercules Castle was one of those to suffer. Article The castle and its kiln bringing tourism back to Raqqa Appeared first on The Global Coalition Against Daesh. ...

People of Cizre sent the trustee back to Ankara

ANF - 2019-03-31 23:05
People reclaimed the Municipality of Cizre, sending the State-appointed trustee back to Ankara. ...

Ex-Chief of Staff Suggests Erbil-Baghdad Summit on PKK-Turkey Conflict

BAS News - 2019-03-31 17:09
ERBIL — Iraqi army’s former chief of staff has suggested a high summit to be held between Erbil and Baghdad to discuss the ongoing conflict between Turkey and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on Iraq and Kurdistan territories. For decades, the PKK has set ...

Ex-spy linked to Congo assassination plot found dead

BBC - 2019-03-29 00:26
The man is linked to a plot to kill the former head of Congo's presidential guard Ferdinand Mbaou. ...

A Turkish Photojournalist Stands Trial for Terrorism in a Case That Is Drawing Attention to the Country’s Restriction of Press Freedoms

Artnet - 2019-03-27 20:35

Where is the Islamic State group still active around the world?

BBC - 2019-03-27 01:34
Iraq and Syria continue to see the most IS attacks, but the group is active in many other countries. ...

Diyala: Iraqi Soldier Killed by IS

BAS News - 2019-03-26 20:35
ERBIL - An Iraqi soldier was killed by the jihadist group of Islamic State (IS) in Diyala province on Tuesday while the militant group has, over a year ago in Iraq and recently in Syria, been announced as fully defeated. The Iraqi army soldier was on dut ...

Iraq: IS Member Sentenced to Life in Jail

BAS News - 2019-03-25 20:13
ERBIL - A court in Iraq has given an Islamic State (IS) member a life imprisonment after finding the militant guilty of being involved in terrorist activities in the country. The court found the jihadist guilty of making bombs for the IS group in the Ira ...

Iraqi army sends reinforcement to Yazidi Sinjar district after YBS clashes

E-Kurd - 2019-03-22 21:01
SINJAR, northwest Iraq, The Iraqi army dispatched more than 50 armoured vehicle to the Yazidi Sinjar city and its outskirts on Friday. More than 50 military vehicles belonging to the Iraqi army’s infantry Brigade 9 have been deployed to the area, NRT TV ...

Iraqi Army Sends Reinforcement to Sinjar

BAS News - 2019-03-22 14:29
ERBIL — The Iraqi army on Friday sent a massive reinforcement to Snune area of Sinjar to control the border crossing with Syria. The deployment of additional troops and heavy arms to the border area comes days after deadly clashes erupted in the region b ...

Venezuela crisis: Guaidó condemns ‘vile’ arrest of aide

BBC - 2019-03-22 01:18
Intelligence agents raided the house of the opposition leader's chief of staff, legislators say. ...

Barzani Sends Condolences to Mosul Victims after Sinking Ferry

BAS News - 2019-03-21 22:13
ERBIL — Former president of Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani has sent condolences to the people of Mosul and families of the victims who lost their lives on Thursday in Mosul. Earlier the day, a tourist ferry capsized in Tigris river in the northern city ...

Kirkuk to Resist and Survive: Ex-Governor

BAS News - 2019-03-21 16:00
ERBIL — Well-know Kurdish politician and former governor of Kirkuk, Najmaddin Karim, said in his Nawroz message that the Kurdish province will survive the current situation of instability through its spirit of resistance. Karim, who is still accepted by ...

Border Crossing Between Iraq and Syria to be Opened Soon: Commander

BAS News - 2019-03-18 19:15
ERBIL - In hopes of improving the trade exchange between Iraq and Syria, the border crossing between the two neighbors will be opened soon, an Iraqi commander revealed on Monday. "The coming days will witness the opening of the border crossing between Sy ...

Barzani on Kurdistan Uprising Anniversary: Unity Key to Success

BAS News - 2019-03-05 14:23
ERBIL — Kurdish prominent leader and former president of Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, reiterated that unity among Kurds is the key to succeed over suppressive regimes as it has been proven throughout the modern history. Barzani released on Tuesday a ...

Operation against ISIS by Iraq and the Coalition

ANF - 2019-02-28 12:31
The Iraqi army and the International Coalition carried out an operation against ISIS in and around Kirkuk with air strikes. 4 ISIS members were killed in the operation. ...