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German, Netherlands suspend military training in Iraq including Kurdistan

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 ...
German, Netherlands suspend military training in Iraq including Kurdistan - E-Kurd

The ceremony for swearing-in of Nechirvan Barzani as the new President of the Kurdistan Region

KRG-Spain - 2019-06-11 00:01
The Kurdistan Parliament today conducted a special ceremony for the swearing-in of Nechirvan Barzani as the new President of the Kurdistan Region. Nechirvan Barzani delivered a first speech to all the participants, from Iraq and abroad, as president of Ku ...

Migration from Kurdistan Region on Decline: NGO

BAS News - 2019-06-02 02:21
ERBIL — Migration of people from Kurdistan Region to the Western countries has significantly increased since last year, according to Lutka Organization for Refugees. After the emergence of Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria, millions of people escaped ...

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 ...

Iraq Can’t Survive US-Iran War: Sadr

BAS News - 2019-05-20 15:23
ERBIL — The leader of Sairoon parliamentary block in Iraq, Muqtada al-Sadr, has warned that Iraq could be severely affected by a possible war between the United States and Iran as tensions between the two are fast growing. The powerful Shi’ite cleric sai ...

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 ...

[PICTURES]: US Forces Begin Expansion of Air Base in Iraq

BAS News - 2019-05-17 00:37
ERBIL - The US forces in Iraq have reportedly begun to expand one of its air bases in the western province of Anbar, sources said on Thursday. The sources pointed out that the US forces stationed at the Al Asad Air Base in western Anbar, for the first ti ...

UK Raises ‘Threat Level’ for Personnel in Iraq

BAS News - 2019-05-16 15:36
ERBIL — The UK has raised the threat level for its forces, diplomats and citizens currently in Iraq. A source, cited by Sky News, said the decision was at the result of “a heightened security risk from Iran”. “One Whitehall source said Britain believes t ...

Kurdish forces crack down on Islamic State fighters in Syria’s Deir al Zor

E-Kurd - 2019-05-16 14:25
DEIR al-ZOR,— U.S.-backed Kurdish-led forces said on Wednesday they had begun a campaign against “terrorists” linked to Islamic State in a strategic town in the oil rich eastern province of Deir al Zor that residents and witnesses say has been at the cen ...

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 ...

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… ...

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 ...

Iraq Generated Over $7 Billion from April Oil Exports

BAS News - 2019-05-02 16:23
ERBIL — Oil exports from Iraqi oilfields in the month of April generated more than $7 billion for Baghdad, Oil Ministry said on Wednesday. Iraq exported 3.47 million barrels of oil per day (bpd) in April, which made the export just under 104 million, AP ...

No Foreign Forces Allowed to Stay in Iraq: Hadi al-Amiri

BAS News - 2019-04-25 00:06
ERBIL - No foreign forces are allowed to stay in Iraq, Head of Fatih Coalition Hadi al-Amiri said on Wednesday during a special ceremony held to remember the fallen militiamen of the pro-Iranian Hashd al-Shaabi during the war against the Islamic State (I ...

The Public Relations Office of the Syrian Democratic Forces in Tabqa

SDF Press - 2019-04-23 01:02
With a revolutionary spirit The Public Relations Office of the Syrian Democratic Forces began its work almost a year ago solving the problems of civilians, believing in the importance of social justice. The office followed some pressing issues, some of th ...

Peshmerga Commanders Say IS Re-emerged in Disputed Areas

BAS News - 2019-04-21 23:50
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region's Peshmerga commanders have warned of re-emergence of the Islamic State (IS) in the disputed areas. The jihadist group is reportedly attempting to reorganize itself in the provinces of Kirkuk, Diyala, and Mosul, Peshmerga command ...

Finnish contingent’s work in Iraq

The Global Coalition - 2019-04-17 15:29
The Finnish crisis management contingent in Iraq continues its training mission in 2019. The contingent is tasked to support the multinational operation, Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), led by the United States, to defeat the Daesh organisation. Traini ...