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IS Imposes Serious Threat to Civilians in Makhmour: Official

IS Imposes Serious Threat to Civilians in Makhmour: Official

BAS News - 2019-04-08 22:19
ERBIL - Although it has lost all its territories in both Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group's sleeper cells have lately intensified their violations against civilians in the disputed Kurdish town of Makhmour, an official said on Monday ...
IS Imposes Serious Threat to Civilians in Makhmour: Official - BAS News

Makhmour: Iraqi Forces Wound a Kurdish Citizen, Arrest Several

BAS News - 2019-04-29 00:36
ERBIL - Iraqi security forces on Sunday evening wounded a Kurdish citizen while arresting several more in the disputed Kurdish town of Makhmour, a local source said. Explaining to BasNews on condition of anonymity, the source pointed out that the Iraqi t ...

Over a Dozen IS Insurgents Killed in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2019-04-26 21:10
ERBIL - Over a dozen insurgents of the Islamic State (IS) were killed on Thursday in the disputed Kurdish province of Kirkuk, Iraqi police said on Friday. The Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service carried out on Thursday a military operation against the jihadi ...

Newborn Found on Street in Diyala

BAS News - 2019-04-22 22:06
ERBIL - A newborn infant, who is apparently only one day old, was found in the Iraqi province of Diyala on Monday. The infant was discovered in the disputed Kurdish town of Mandali, in Diyala province, a source from the local police told BasNews. "The ch ...

IS Ambushes Hashd al-Shaabi in Khanaqin

BAS News - 2019-04-13 11:56
ERBIL - The jihadist group of Islamic State (IS) ambushed overnight on Friday the pro-Iranian Hashd al-Shaabi militias in the disputed Kurdish town of Khanaqin. Talking to BasNews, Abu Montarz, a Hashd al-Shaabi commander, confirmed that the militants ra ...

Ankara-backed Rebels Continue to Harass Civilians in Afrin: Monitor

BAS News - 2019-04-11 23:24
ERBIL - The Ankara-backed Syrian rebels continue to commit violence against civilians in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northern Syria, while they have also arrested many residents, a human rights center said on Thursday. "The Syrian rebels and groups o ...

Iranian MPs Go to Parliament in IRGC Uniform to Condemn US Decision

BAS News - 2019-04-09 10:52
ERBIL — A group of Iranian lawmakers and the speaker went to the legislative on Monday in Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) uniforms after the US designated the forces as a “foreign terrorist organization”. The lawmakers entered the assembly chan ...

US to Cut Diplomatic Staff in Baghdad, Erbil: Report

BAS News - 2019-04-07 11:09
ERBIL — The United States is planning to reduce the number of its diplomatic personnel stationed in Baghdad and Erbil, a report claimed. Washington is considering a similar plan also in Afghanistan, according to US officials cited by Foreign Policy magaz ...

Occupation forces abducted many civilians in Afrin

ANF - 2019-04-06 19:24
The persecution of civilians in the occupied Afrin territory continues. ...

BCF to Participate in Cleaning Up Mosul

BAS News - 2019-04-05 20:51
ERBIL - The Kurdish Barzani Charity Foundation (BCF) is expected to join other organizations to clean up the Iraqi province of Mosul. The campaign will be kicked off on Saturday where the BCF, including over 100 members and 17 vehicles, will participate ...

Syrian Regime Bombardments Kill 12 Civilians in Idlib

BAS News - 2019-04-04 23:30
ERBIL - Bombardments by the Syrian regime killed on Thursday 12 civilians in the rebel-held city of Idlib, rescue workers reported. The attack targeted the town of Kafr Nabel where, apart from killing of the dozen, 12 others were also wounded in the shel ...

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 ...

“Am I able to live in this destroyed city?” The exiled teacher who returned to Raqqa determined to protect the city’s youth from Daesh — meet Mona Freij

The Global Coalition - 2019-04-03 11:25
“Daesh raided our house,” says Mona Freij, 43, an activist, social worker and English teacher from the Syrian city of Raqqa. “God didn’t will that I die yet. I was able to get away and reached Turkey.” Article “Am I able to live in this destroyed city?” ...

Ilam: Flood Blocks Road to 170 Villages

BAS News - 2019-04-02 22:48
ERBIL - The recent flash floods have caused serious damages to many main roads in the Iranian Kurdish city of Ilam, resulting in the trapping of residents in 170 villages in the region. According to reports, people in the rural area are not able to evacu ...

HDP objects to results in Akdeniz, Dargecit and Bitlis

ANF - 2019-04-02 17:08
HDP filed objections to the election results in the Akdeniz and Dargecit districts and the Bitlis province. ...

Netanyahu and Putin to Meet in Moscow

BAS News - 2019-04-02 14:35
ERBIL — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin are set to meet on Thursday in Moscow. Netanyahu’s office confirmed the scheduled meeting but did not elaborate on the possible agenda. However, the crisis in Syria is ...

IS May Reorganize Itself in Iraq, Syria: NATO

BAS News - 2019-04-01 21:11
ERBIL - Although the Islamic State (IS) has lost all its territories in both Iraq and neighboring Syria, the jihadist group could reorganize itself once again, the Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Jens Stoltenberg, stat ...

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 ...

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 ...

Iraq Denies Conducting Airstrikes Against IS in Kirkuk Recently

BAS News - 2019-03-16 19:34
ERBIL - Iraq has denied the reports claiming that the Ministry of Defense's warplanes carried out airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) positions in the disputed Kurdish province of Kirkuk. Certain reports claimed that the Iraqi F16 warplanes targete ...

SDF Kills "Dozens" of IS Militants in Eastern Syria: Spokesperson

BAS News - 2019-03-11 19:09
ERBIL - The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Monday that it had killed "dozens" of Islamic State (IS) insurgents as the Kurdish fighters have resumed their operation against the militant group’s last enclave in eastern Syria. SFD spokes ...