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Islamic State expands reach in Afghanistan, threatening West

Islamic State expands reach in Afghanistan, threatening West

E-Kurd - 2019-06-10 11:34
JALALABAD, Afghanistan,— The Islamic State group has lost its caliphate in Syria and Iraq, but in the forbidding mountains of northeastern Afghanistan the group is expanding its footprint, recruiting new fighters and plotting attacks on the United States ...
Islamic State expands reach in Afghanistan, threatening West - E-Kurd

US Hails Barzani's Role in Improving Erbil-Baghdad Relations

BAS News - 2019-06-15 20:22
ERBIL - The United States has hailed the role of the prominent Kurdish leader and former President of the Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, in improving the relations between Erbil and Baghdad. The message was conveyed by the new US Ambassador to Iraq Ma ...

UK Holds Iran Responsible for Tankers Attack in Gulf of Oman

BAS News - 2019-06-15 12:00
ERBIL — Alike the United States, the UK on Friday laid the blame for the attacks on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman on the Islamic Republic of Iran. British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt condemned the attack and said that London believes no other state o ...

6 orphans from Islamic State families handed over by Syrian Kurds to Belgium

E-Kurd - 2019-06-14 10:07
BEIRUT,— Kurdish authorities in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava), in north northeast Syria, on Thursday handed to their Belgian counterparts six orphans born to families belonging to the Islamic State group, officials said. “Six Belgian orphan children were han ...

US Blames Iran for Attacks on Oil Tankers in Oman Gulf

BAS News - 2019-06-13 21:37
ERBIL - The United States has blamed Iran for attacks on the oil tankers in the Oman Gulf, which is a significant route for the world's oil trade. The comments were made by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday where he also pointed out that the int ...

Fire at Sinjar Farms Risk Evidences on IS Crimes: Nadia Murad

BAS News - 2019-06-13 11:52
ERBIL — Kurdish Yezidi human rights activist and Nobel Prize-winner Nadia Murad has warned that frequent fire at the farms around Sinjar are threatening the evidences proving the Islamic State (IS) crimes in the area. In the past few weeks, hundreds of f ...

Iraq denies deal to commute French Islamic State jihadist death sentences

E-Kurd - 2019-06-12 12:30
BAGHDAD,— Iraq’s judiciary on Tuesday denied it had struck a deal with Paris to commute the death sentences of French nationals convicted in Baghdad for belonging to the Islamic State group. A Baghdad court issued death sentences in recent weeks for 11 F ...

Deputy Minister of Peshmerga and KRG Representative in USA attend Board of Reform meeting

Ministry of Peshmerga - 2019-06-11 09:40
Media Center, Ministry of Peshmerga On June 9, 2019, Sabast Lazgin (Deputy Minister of Peshmerga) received Bayan Sami Abdulrahman (KRG Representative in the United States) at the Ministry of Peshmerga’s Main Hall. During the visit, the parties discussed ...

Syrian Kurds hand over French, Dutch Islamic State orphans

Seattle Times - 2019-06-11 06:18
BEIRUT (AP) — Authorities in northeastern Syria have handed 12 French and two Dutch orphans whose fathers were killed fighting for the Islamic State group back to their countries, according to Kurdish and European officials. Abdulkarim Omar, a senior off ...

Syrian Kurds refused to try Islamic State members out of Syria

E-Kurd - 2019-06-10 11:34
QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— Syrian Kurdish parties refused any proposal or decision to try Islamic State group ISIS members out of Syria and called to try them in Syria in the areas of the Kurdish autonomous administration in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava). ...

IS Resurgence Serious in Certain Iraqi Parts: Source

BAS News - 2019-06-10 00:06
ERBIL - An official source has warned of serious Islamic State (IS) resurgence in certain parts of Iraq, stressing on further intelligence efforts. The source was quoted by an Arab newspaper as saying that terrorist activities by the extremist group's sl ...

Iraqi Forces Kill IS Militant in Diyala, Capture Another in Anbar

BAS News - 2019-06-09 01:49
ERBIL - The Iraqi security forces killed during clashes an Islamic State (IS) insurgent in the province of Diyala on Saturday while apprehending another one in Anbar province, a security source said. The forces clashed with the extremists on the outskirt ...

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 ...

Syria Kurds hand over five Islamic State orphans to Norway

E-Kurd - 2019-06-03 18:50
Al-Hol Camp, Syria,— The Kurdish administration in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) in northeast Syria on Monday handed over five orphans from families of the Islamic State group to Norwegian authorities, a spokesman said. “Following a request made by the Kingd ...

Two more French Islamic State members sentenced to death in Iraq

E-Kurd - 2019-06-03 18:50
BAGHDAD,— A Baghdad court on Monday, June 3 sentenced to death two more French nationals for belonging to the Islamic State group, bringing the total number of French jihadis condemned to death to 11. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in ...

IS fight: US-led coalition says it killed 1,300 civilians in Syria and Iraq

BBC - 2019-06-01 00:02
The coalition's figure on deaths in Syria and Iraq may actually be much higher, activists say. ...

There would not be an independent Kurdish state in Syria: U.S. Envoy

E-Kurd - 2019-05-23 13:55
WASHINGTON,— The United States is reminding its Syrian Kurdish allies not to get overly ambitious while at the same time trying to allay concerns Washington will abandon them to Turkey or a possibly resurgent Islamic State terror group. Kurdish fighters, ...

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 ...

US Embassy Issues Security Alert on "Highlighted Tensions" in Iraq

BAS News - 2019-05-12 23:31
ERBIL - The United States embassy in Baghdad has issued a security alert for its citizens on "highlighted tensions" in the country as ties between Washington and Tehran have drastically escalated lately. "The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad advises all U.S. citi ...

Islamic State claims ‘province’ in India called ‘Wilayah of Hind’

E-Kurd - 2019-05-11 17:38
NEW DELHI,— Islamic State (IS) claimed for the first time that it has established a “province” in India, after a clash between militants and security forces in the contested Kashmir region killed a militant with alleged ties to the group. IS’s Amaq News ...