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Hashd al-Shaabi Withdraws from Western Nineveh

Hashd al-Shaabi Withdraws from Western Nineveh

BAS News - 2019-05-13 01:45
ERBIL - Iraqi officials said on Sunday that the pro-Iranian Hashd al-Shaabi militias have already started to withdraw from the western parts of Nineveh province. Talking to Alarabia al-Jadid Newspaper, officials revealed that the national army and federa ...
Hashd al-Shaabi Withdraws from Western Nineveh - BAS News

Turkey Confident to Buy S-400: Minister

BAS News - 2019-05-27 00:35
ERBIL - Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Sunday that Ankara has "self-confidence" to purchase Russia's S-400 missile defense system. "Should we not purchase the S-400s? We didn't have the means in the past," Soylu was quoted as saying, ac ...

Diyala: Bomb Attack Kills Seven Hashd al-Shaabi Militiamen

BAS News - 2019-05-19 21:23
ERBIL - A roadside bomb targeted on Sunday the pro-Iranian Hashd al-Shaabi militias in the Iraqi province of Diyala, resulting in the killing of seven, while several more were injured in the attack. According to a report by City News, the incident occurr ...

Parliament released five names of candidates for Iraqi Kurdistan presidency

E-Kurd - 2019-05-19 18:50
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Iraqi Kurdistan Parliament on Sunday announced the official names of the presidential candidates. The Kurdish parliament released five names including current Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nech ...

Two Hashd al-Shaabi Militiamen Arrested over Taxing People in Tuz Khurmatu

BAS News - 2019-05-15 00:17
ERBIL - A couple of Hashd al-Shaabi militiamen were arrested on Tuesday over taxing people in the disputed town of Tuz Khurmatu. According to the information BasNews has learned, Haji Shakir Abudi, a leader of the Asaib Ahl al-Haq, an Iranian-sponsored S ...

Nineveh governor election splits Sunnis in Baghdad

Rûdaw - 2019-05-14 14:27
Speaker al-Halbousi kicked from National Axis Alliance ...

Mansour al-Mareed elected as new governor of Iraq’s Nineveh province

E-Kurd - 2019-05-13 21:31
MOSUL,— The Provincial Council of Nineveh on Monday elected Mansour al-Mareed as the new governor of the province, after the former head was sacked over the deadly ferry sinking in the provincial capital Mosul, the official television reported. Up to 28 ...

Three IS Suicide Bombers Killed in West of Mosul

BAS News - 2019-05-13 21:00
ERBIL - At least three Islamic State (IS) suicide bombers were killed on Monday in western parts of Iraqi city of Mosul. The trio were killed in the town of Qairawan, western Mosul, by the Iraqi forces and pro-Iranian Hashd al-Shaabi militias, according ...

Nearly 3,000 Yazidis abducted by Islamic State still missing: KRG official

E-Kurd - 2019-05-13 17:01
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Coordinator for International Advocacy Dindar Zebari said on Sunday that 2,913 out of the 6,284 Yazidis who were abducted by Islamic State (IS/ISIS) militants remain missin ...

KRG Reveals Latest Figures on Yezidi Victims of IS

BAS News - 2019-05-12 21:38
ERBIL - The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said on Sunday that it had liberated a total of 3,371 Yezidi abductees from the Islamic State (IS) until the 4th of March, this year. KRG’s Coordinator for lnternational Advocacy, Dindar Zebari, said in a s ...

Islamic State could exploit simmering ethno-sectarian tensions to forge a comeback, experts say, once U.S. withdraws from Syria - Los Angeles Times

Latimes - 2019-05-11 18:40

Syrian regime advances in Idlib

ANF - 2019-05-10 12:52
The Syrian regime has taken over 11 towns to the west of Idlib while reports say Al Nusra-HTS (Hayat Tahrir Al Sham) withdrew from most of these villages without resistance. ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Threatens to Declare Anti-US War If It Targets Iran

BAS News - 2019-05-08 20:40
ERBIL - Pro-Iranian Hashd al-Shaabi has threatened to declare war against the United States if the western country targets Iran as Washington has recently deployed reinforcements to the Middle East. The threatenings were made by Jabar al-Ma'mouri, a Hash ...

Arab protests against Syrian Kurds reportedly ‘grow’ in Deir al-Zor: residents, locals

E-Kurd - 2019-05-08 12:52
AMMAN,— Arab inhabitants of Syria’s Deir al-Zor began a third week of protests against Kurdish rule, the largest wave of unrest to sweep the oil-rich region since the U.S.-backed forces took over the territory from Islamic State nearly 18 months ago, res ...

Anti-Kurdish protests grow in Syria's Deir al-Zor: residents, locals

Reuters - 2019-05-08 06:04
Arab inhabitants of Syria's Deir al-Zor began a third week of protests against Kurdish rule, the largest wave of unrest to sweep the oil-rich region since the U.S.-backed forces took over the territory from Islamic State nearly 18 months ago, residents, w ...

Arabs in Syria’s Deir al-Zor protest against ruling Kurdish militia: residents

E-Kurd - 2019-04-29 15:54
AMMAN,— Arabs in Syria’s Deir al-Zor have stepped up protests against the U.S.-allied Kurdish militia that controls the oil-rich province after seizing it from Islamic State, residents, protesters and tribal chiefs said on Sunday. Starting five days ago, ...

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 ...

Iran May Consider Retreating from Nuclear Treaty: FM

BAS News - 2019-04-28 15:44
ERBIL — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif said on Sunday that Tehran could consider withdrawing from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as US is pressuring Iran with sanctions. “The Islamic Republic’s choices are numerous, and the cou ...

Iraqi Militiamen Deployed to Iranian Kurdistan

BAS News - 2019-04-23 20:14
ERBIL - Pro-Iranian Hashd al-Shaabi militias have been deployed to the Iranian Kurdish areas of northwest Iran, reportedly making preparations for an operation against the Kurdish opposition forces, a monitoring group said. Hangaw Organization for Human ...

Officials in Iraq’s Nineveh province stole $60 million: commission

E-Kurd - 2019-04-23 14:03
MOSUL,— The Iraqi Commission of Integrity has revealed that nearly $60 million of public money was stolen by officials in Nineveh province who were close to former governor Nawfal Hammadi al-Sultan. The Commission said in a statement on Monday that offic ...