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Kurdish Yezidi Journalist Liberated from IS

Kurdish Yezidi Journalist Liberated from IS

BAS News - 2019-05-21 10:51
ERBIL — After five years in Islamic State (IS) captivity, Kurdish Yezidi journalist Navin Rasho was freed on Monday. Suraya Press confirmed Rasho’s liberation. She had been kidnapped on 3rd August 2014 when IS jihadists attacked Sinjar. Before the IS att ...
Kurdish Yezidi Journalist Liberated from IS - BAS News

Belgium Repatriates Six Children of IS Parents

BAS News - 2019-06-15 12:00
ERBIL — Six Belgian children of Islamic State (IS) parents were taken back to their home country from Syria on Friday, officials confirmed. They were stranded at a camp under the control of the US-backed Kurdish fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces. “The ...

Syrian Kurds repatriate 2 women, 6 children from Islamic State families to U.S.

E-Kurd - 2019-06-05 17:14
QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— Two American women and six children from families of suspected Islamic State group members were repatriated to the United States on Wednesday in the latest transfers from a crowded camp in Syria. The move is part of an effort ...

Iraq Sentences Last Two French IS Militants to Death

BAS News - 2019-06-03 17:42
ERBIL — A court in Iraq’s capital Baghdad sentenced the last two Frenchmen to death for their membership in Islamic State (IS). Bilel Kabaoui, 32, and Mourad Delhomme, 41, are the last two French jihadists from the group of 11 whom the Syrian Democratic ...

[PICTURE]: Kurdish Yezidi Girl Liberated from IS in Syria

BAS News - 2019-06-03 15:32
ERBIL — Another Kurdish Yezidi girl has been freed from the grip of Islamic State (IS) in Syria, a member of the family confirmed. Yousra Mustafa Ammi was kidnapped by IS jihadists during the Sinjar massacre back in 2014, the source wrote on Facebook. He ...

Iraq Sentences Two More French IS Members to Death

BAS News - 2019-06-02 15:33
ERBIL — An Iraqi court has sentenced two more French nationals to death after finding them guilty for involvement in Islamic State (IS) crimes, Reuters cited a prosecutor on Sunday. Iraq previously gave death penalties tow seven other French men for memb ...

Yezidi Woman Freed from IS in Western Iraq

BAS News - 2019-05-30 15:09
ERBIL — Iraqi security forces liberated another Kurdish Yezidi woman from the grip of Islamic State (IS) in western Iraq. The woman was reportedly abducted by IS back in 2014 when the jihadist group overran Sinjar and kidnapped more than 6,000 people fro ...

Three Kurdish civil rights activists arrested in Sanandaj

Kurdpa - 2019-05-25 10:10
Kurdpa Agency: Three Kurdish civil rights activists from Sanandaj and a member of the Nozhin Socio-cultural Union were arrested by intelligence. ...

A Kurdish prisoner was released from execution

Kurdpa - 2019-05-24 12:59
Kurdpa Agency: A Kurdish prisoner from the city of Marivan was released from death with the consent of avengers of blood. ...

France Takes in Another 28 Kurdish Yezidi Families

BAS News - 2019-05-24 12:37
ERBIL — The Republic of France has taken in another group of 28 Kurdish Yezidi families who have survived the brutality of the Islamic State (IS). According to an official statement by the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Yezidis were flown fr ...

Khanaqin: IS Imposes Serious Threat to Kurdish Farmers

BAS News - 2019-05-24 12:37
ERBIL - The Islamic State (IS) insurgent group has lately become a serious threat to Kurdish farmers in the disputed town of Khanaqin, locals said on Thursday. Dozens of farms belonging to Kurdish residents were reportedly burned on Thursday in the town ...

These ‘Before and After’ pictures show that – very slowly – some parts of Iraq liberated from Daesh are rising from the ashes

The Global Coalition - 2019-05-21 06:18
Daesh inflicted devastating damage across the territory it once held in Iraq, leaving residents unable to move around because of the shattered infrastructure; without the ability to access government services or enjoy any art or culture. This was of cour ...

Sardasht Osman Remembered on the Ninth Anniversary of his Murder

Kurdistantribune - 2019-05-20 15:11
By Ismael Aziz: Journalists and human rights activists have been remembering Sardasht Osman, who was murdered nine years ago this month. On 5 May, the 23-year-old Kurdish freelance journalist and anti-corruption campaigner was commemorated across the Kurd ...

KRG Delegation Searching for Kurdish Mass Grave in Southern Iraq

BAS News - 2019-05-19 14:47
ERBIL — A delegation from Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Martyrs and Anfal Affairs is visiting Iraq’s southern province of Muthanna where they believe is home to several mass graves of the Kurdish victims of Baath genocidal attacks. The delegation has so ...

Youth from Southern Kurdistan visit Ozdemir

ANF - 2019-05-16 16:07
Two youth movements from Southern Kurdistan visited Merwan Memduh Ozdemir, who is on a death fast against the isolation imposed upon Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Ocalan in Sulaimaniyah. ...

The mine survivor supporting his family from his home

The Global Coalition - 2019-05-15 19:39
When northern Aleppo was liberated from Daesh, Issa Al- Issa was finally free to return home. But he was not free of Daesh’s brutal legacy. A mine blast near his home meant he lost both his arms. Article The mine survivor supporting his family from his h ...

BCF to Serve Iftar to 1000 Dormitory Students in Mosul

BAS News - 2019-05-15 00:17
ERBIL - The Kurdish Barzani Charity Foundation (BCF) is expected to provide iftar meals to 1,000 dormitory students in the Iraqi city of Mosul on Wednesday. According to a statement by the foundation, a copy of which was sent to BasNews, the meals will b ...

Five More Yezidis Reunite with Family in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2019-05-09 00:09
ERBIL - Another five Yezidis reunited with their family members on Wednesday in an IDP camp in Kurdistan Region. The civilians included a woman and four of her children who had been kidnapped by the Islamic State (IS) from the Yezidi majority populated r ...

Over a Dozen of IS Jihadists Killed in Anbar

BAS News - 2019-05-07 20:21
ERBIL - Over a dozen of Islamic State (IS) jihadists have been killed during an operation in the Iraqi western province of Anbar. Iraqi Ministry of Defense explained in a statement that a fighter jet was targeted with gunfire in Qaem city, in Anbar, wher ...

A Kurdish Prisoner Released after Serving Five Years in Prison

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2019-05-07 02:00
Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN): Ali Yeganeh, a Kurdish political prisoner detained at the Orumiyeh Central Prison, was released after serving four years and nine months in prison. KHRN has been informed that, this Kurdish civilian from Khoy was arr ...

[PICTURE]: IS Would-be Suicide Bomber Killed in Mosul

BAS News - 2019-04-27 13:45
ERBIL — Security forces killed an Islamic State (IS) militant wearing an explosive vest overnight on Friday in the northern city of Mosul, a security source confirmed. The would-be suicide bomber reportedly planned an attack in Intisar district of Mosul. ...