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No Plans to Halt Military Training in Iraq: France

No Plans to Halt Military Training in Iraq: France

BAS News - 2019-05-15 22:00
ERBIL - The French government has made it clear that it has no plans to halt its military trainings in Iraq, a source close to country's Defense Ministry was quoted as saying. "There is no change regarding the French engagement at this time," the source ...
No Plans to Halt Military Training in Iraq: France - BAS News

Living Through Two Genocides

Dr. Widad Akreyi - 2019-06-13 23:59
In an exclusive article in Al-Monitor, Widad was quoted as saying: “The vivid images from the horrible reality of Anfal Genocide are part of the record of my personal journey through life. They compose a narrative of tragic devastation that led to the 201 ...

Turkey to Buy S-400 Despite US' Ultimatum: Officials

BAS News - 2019-06-10 00:51
ERBIL - Despite the US' latest ultimatum for the country, Turkey has made it clear that there is no change in Ankara's plans to purchase Russia's S-400 missiles defense systems, Turkish officials have confirmed. Washington earlier said that it had given ...

Iraq’s oil exports up over 6 percent in May

Waar Media - 2019-06-02 16:17
WAAR_DUHOK Iraq exported nearly 110.74 million barrels of crude oil in May, up from 103.98 million in April, marking an increase of 6.48 percent, the country’s oil ministry announced Saturday. In a statement published on its official website, the ministr ...

ExxonMobil to Return Foreign Staff to Iraq Soon

BAS News - 2019-05-31 23:26
ERBIL - ExxonMobil has decided to return its foreign staff to Iraq's southern West Qurna 1 oilfield on upcoming Sunday as the government agreed to provide additional security, senior Iraqi oil officials were quoted as saying. Earlier the month, the oil c ...

Syria: Rocket Attacks by Militants Kill, Wound 17 Civilians

BAS News - 2019-05-27 01:28
ERBIL - At least 17 civilians were either killed or wounded on Sunday in rocket attacks carried out by militant groups on the Idlib de-escalation zone on Syria's al-Suqaylabiyah, a commander was quoted as saying. Major General Viktor Kupchishin, the comm ...

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 ...

US to Continue Supporting Religious Minorities in Iraq, Kurdistan

BAS News - 2019-05-20 22:24
ERBIL - The US has reiterated its coordination with all distinct religious minority groups in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region as well, urging its local partners to implement and monitor "current and new US-funded programs throughout the country." US Consul ...

Germany to Resume Military Trainings in Iraq: Ministry

BAS News - 2019-05-17 20:15
ERBIL - German Ministry of Defense said on Friday that it has decided to resume its military trainings in Iraq, pointing out that the threat level has lessened now. The ministry explained that the decision came after a joint re-assessment by the coalitio ...

German, Netherlands suspend military training in Iraq including Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2019-05-15 22:32
BERLIN,— Germany and the Netherlands said on Wednesday they were suspending military training operations in Iraq and Kurdistan region as the United States warned of increased threats from Iran-backed forces amid an escalation of tensions between Washingt ...

Following US, Germany Footsteps, Netherlands Halts Mission in Iraq

BAS News - 2019-05-15 16:17
ERBIL — The Dutch government announced on Wednesday that it has decided to suspend its military mission in Iraq due to security concerns, ANP reported. The decision came soon after Germany made a similar announcement, saying that it was at the result of ...

Germany Suspends Military Trainings in Iraq as Tensions Rise

BAS News - 2019-05-15 13:32
ERBIL — Germany is suspending its military trainings for Iraqi armed forces due to heightened tensions in the region, DPA cited a military source on Wednesday. Details to Follow… ...

Iran poses no threat to US, foreign representatives in Iraq: PM

Rûdaw - 2019-05-15 11:46
"As of now we haven't recorded serious movements that could constitute a threat to anyone ...

Pompeo’s Visit to Baghdad: US Warned Iraq over Iranian-backed Militias

BAS News - 2019-05-15 11:41
ERBIL — US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to Iraq earlier in May came after security alarms about Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias posing a serious threat to the US forces in Iraq, two security sources said. Pompeo reportedly warned the Iraqi lead ...

US Puts Forces on High Alert in Iraq

BAS News - 2019-05-15 10:50
ERBIL — The United States has put its forces in Iraq on high level of alert, saying that imminent threats from Iran and its proxy militias in Iraq were noticed. “(The US mission) is now at a high level of alert as we continue to closely monitor credible ...

[WATCH]: Remnants of 2,500-Year-Old City Discovered in Iraq Accidentally

BAS News - 2019-05-13 11:34
ERBIL — People in an area north to Mosul in Iraq have accidentally found the remnants of a city from more than 2,500 years ago. Media activists and archeologists shared a video on Facebook purportedly showing a wall with carved figures near Faida distric ...

Peshmerga Commander Dies After Being Injured in Military Training

BAS News - 2019-05-12 18:38
ERBIL - A Peshmerga commander passed away on Sunday, only three days after he was injured in an accident during a military training exercise. Earlier on Thursday, Commander Askandar Gardi and two other Peshmerga fighters were wounded after a mortar round ...

Instability Forces IDPs to Return to Camps in Kurdistan: Official

BAS News - 2019-05-06 23:44
ERBIL - Hundreds of IDPs have again returned to the camps in Kurdistan Region since January due to instability in their places of origin, an official was quoted as saying on Monday. "Over 530 IDP families have come back to the camps [in the Kurdistan Reg ...

Italy to expel 54 Ajax fans ahead of Juventus match

Waar Media - 2019-04-16 12:23
WAAR_DUHOK Italy will expel 54 Dutch Ajax fans after they were found to be in possession of weapons a day before the team’s Champions League clash against Juventus, the country’s Interior Ministry said Monday. Police stopped two buses of Ajax supporters ...