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IS Extremists Execute Ten Civilians in Syria: Monitor

BAS News - 2018-10-14 23:54
ERBIL - The extremist members of the Islamic State (IS) have executed ten civilians in eastern Syria, a monitoring group said on Sunday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the innocent ordinary individuals have been held in the militant gr ...

Iraqi Court Sentences Man to Death over Links to IS

BAS News - 2018-10-14 23:13
ERBIL - Iraqi judicial authorities have sentenced a man to death over supplying explosive materials to the militant group of Islamic State (IS). The media Center of the Supreme Judicial Council said in a statement that the man had been captured, while dr ...

IS Militants' Attack Encountered by Iraqi Forces on Border with Syria

BAS News - 2018-10-14 22:46
ERBIL - The Iraqi border guards were able to repel an attack by the extremist group of Islamic State (IS) militants in the border areas with the neighboring country of Syria. The insurgents had seized the bad weather condition as an opportunity to carry ...

Kirkuk: 50 Families Escape Again as IS Threat Persists

BAS News - 2018-10-14 11:46
ERBIL — At least 50 civilian families have once again escaped their homes as the Iraqi security forces failed to protect them against the Islamic State (IS) in southern Kirkuk province. According to the information obtained by BasNews, the civilians have ...

Iraq Sends Back Three Children of IS Parents to Georgia

BAS News - 2018-10-14 11:05
ERBIL — The Iraqi government has decided to send back to Georgia three children whose parents were members of the Islamic State (IS). The children, aged between 2 and 6, will be sent back to Tbilisi where their grandparents will receive them. According t ...

Mosul: New Mass Grave Discovered

BAS News - 2018-10-14 00:45
ERBIL - The Iraqi toops discovered another civilian mass grave who had been killed by the extremist group of Islamic State (IS) in the group's previously stronghold city of Mosul, a security official said. Captain Ali Hassan Marwan from Ninevah police to ...

In Pictures: Art Exhibition Opened in Kobani

BAS News - 2018-10-13 20:32
ERBIL - An art exhibition has been opened in Kobani, in which 12 Kurdish women from the city presented a number of their portraits representing the difficulties that the residents suffered from the Islamic State (IS) in 2014. The exhibition was opened on ...

Five IS Suspects Arrested in Turkey

BAS News - 2018-10-13 15:35
ERBIL — Turkish judicial authorities announced that five people were arrested over suspected links with the Islamic State (IS). The arrests were made on Saturday during an anti-terror operation by the Turkish police in the southern province of Mersin, An ...

Iraq Boosts Military Presence on Border with Syria

BAS News - 2018-10-12 15:20
ERBIL — The Iraqi army has taken every measure possible to strengthen its control over the border strip with Syria so as to block the infiltration path of escaping Islamic State (IS) insurgents, the Iraqi security forces said. "Presence [of the Iraqi for ...

Kurdish, Iraqi forces arrest Islamic State financiers: coalition

E-Kurd - 2018-10-12 10:59
WASHINGTON,— Ten members of a key financial network for the Islamic State network have been arrested in Iraq, the US-led coalition fighting the jihadists announced Thursday. Iraqi commandos and Kurdish counter-terrorism forces arrested the members of the ...

Syrian Kurdish forces say they hold 900 foreign Islamic State fighters

E-Kurd - 2018-10-12 10:59
QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— Kurdish forces of Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) battling the Islamic State group hold around 900 of the organisation’s foreign jihadists, a spokesman said on Thursday, a sharp increase from a previous figure. In lengthy battles a ...

Coalition Confirms Capture of IS Financing Group in Erbil

BAS News - 2018-10-11 16:25
ERBIL — The US-led Coalition has confirmed the arrest of an Islamic State (IS) “financial facilitation group” in Kurdistan Region’s capital earlier this week. In a statement, the Coalition said the arrests were made during a three-day operation. It revea ...

Syria: Large Mass Grave of IS Victims Discovered

BAS News - 2018-10-11 00:18
ERBIL - The bodies of over 1,400 people, killed by the Islamic State (IS) insurgents in the past few years, have been discovered in a mass grave in Raqa city in Syria. "The biggest mass grave with 1,400 bodies has been found in Panaroma area in Raqqa. Da ...

IS Extremists Kill Serviceman in Anbar

BAS News - 2018-10-10 23:44
ERBIL - An Iraqi serviceman was killed in an offensive by the militants of the Islamic State (IS), while two more have gone missing in the Iraqi province of Anbar, a security source said on Wednesday. The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told ...

At Least Three Iraqi Policemen Found Dead in Mosul

BAS News - 2018-10-09 23:28
ERBIL - At least three Iraqi policemen were found dead on Tuesday in Mosul, the Islamic State’s(IS) previous stronghold, a security official said. Captain Ali Hassan confirmed to BasNews that the bodies of the three were discovered near an under-construc ...

Turkey: At Least Seven People Arrested over Suspected Links to IS

BAS News - 2018-10-09 23:08
ERBIL - At least seven people were arrested by the Turkish security forces in Elazig province on Tuesday over suspected ties with the Islamic State (IS). Talking to Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity, a police source said that four Syrian and three ...

France’s Macron to Visit Sinjar

BAS News - 2018-10-09 10:18
ERBIL — French President Emmanuel Macron will be visiting the Kurdish Yezidi town of Sinjar in the near future to observe the current situation of its people, said UN Goodwill Ambassador Nadia Murad. After four years since the Islamic State (IS) massacre ...

IS Militants Kill Two Iraqi Policemen in Mosul

BAS News - 2018-10-08 23:39
ERBIL - The Islamic State (IS) militants killed on Monday two Iraqi policemen in the group's former stronghold city of Mosul. A security source explained to BasNews that the extremists opened fire at the two policemen while they were at a security checkp ...

IS Destroys Three Water Pipelines in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-10-08 20:05
ERBIL - The Islamic State (IS) militants have destroyed a number of water pipelines in the disputed Kurdish province of Kirkuk, an official said on Monday. Talking to Turkish media outlet Anadolu Agency, Majid Ahmed, a commander from the federal police i ...

Peshmerga Ministry, Coalition Discuss Joint Efforts Against IS

BAS News - 2018-10-08 15:49
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Peshmerga hosted on Monday the commanders from the US-led Coalition in Erbil to discuss the latest developments in the war against the Islamic State (IS). The meeting emphasized the importance of continued coordinat ...

Iraqi Army Launches Mop-up Operation Against IS Remnants near Mosul

BAS News - 2018-10-07 15:43
ERBIL — They Iraqi army on Sunday launched a fresh operation around the northern city of Tel Afar, west of Mosul, to hunt down the remaining Islamic State (IS) militants. The operation is being carried out jointly with the Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Sh ...

US Envoys Meet with Barzani

BAS News - 2018-10-07 14:07
ERBIL — US special presidential envoy to the coalition against the Islamic State (IS), Brett McGurk, met with Kurdish prominent leader and president of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Masoud Barzani, on Sunday. The officials discussed, among other topi ...

At least Nine IS Extremists Captured in Mosul

BAS News - 2018-10-06 21:50
ERBIL - At least nine members of the Islamic State (IS) were captured on Saturday in western Mosul, a security official said. "Information collected by the intelligence enabled Nineveh police to arrest nine militants in regions of Sumar, Adan, al-Zahraa ...

Four Dead in Latest IS Attacks in North of Iraq

BAS News - 2018-10-06 17:20
ERBIL — At least four people were killed in two separate Islamic State (IS) attacks in northern Iraq, while several others were injured. The first attack took place in al-Asadiyah town, south of Mosul, where the IS insurgents killed three civilians, Firs ...

Yezidis Hold Jamayi Eid after Four Years Since Sinjar Massacre

BAS News - 2018-10-06 10:19
ERBIL — Thousands of Kurdish Yezidis have gathered in the religious temple of Lalish to celebrate the Jamayi Eid after four years since the Islamic State (IS) attack on Sinjar. Over 150,000 Yezidis are expected to visit Lalish and take part in religious ...

US to Sell Five Armed Bell 407GX Helicopters to Iraq

BAS News - 2018-10-05 19:46
ERBIL - The US State Department has approved to sell five armed Bell 407GX light attack helicopters to the Iraqi security forces as part of the country's fight against the Islamic State (IS), the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement. T ...

Baghdad: Former Iraqi Soldier Sentenced to Death over Links to IS

BAS News - 2018-10-05 00:54
ERBIL - A court in Baghdad has sentenced a former Iraqi soldier to death over involvement in the training of the Islamic State (IS) militants during the three-year battle in the country. "The Central Criminal Court in Baghdad sentenced to death a convict ...

Iraq Kurds far from independence despite referendum

Washington Times - 2018-10-04 05:00
President Trump caused a stir across the Middle East last week with his lavish praise for the Kurds' role in defeating Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, but just over a year after Iraqi Kurdistan's ill-fated independence referendum, the Kurds remain even f ...

At Least 13 IS Insurgents Captured in Western Mosul

BAS News - 2018-10-03 22:37
ERBIL - A group of 13 Islamic State (IS) extremists has been captured in western Mosul, a security spokesperson said on Wednesday. "Troops of the Nineveh police managed to arrest a terrorist cell of the Islamic State, composed of thirteen militants," the ...

IS Assassinates Village Chief near Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-10-03 17:04
ERBIL — The Islamic State (IS) militants kidnapped the chief of Zabra village near Kirkuk’s Riyadh subdistrict overnight on Tuesday, said an official. The victim’s body, identified as Ahmed Hamid Ubeid, was later found outside the village, according Moha ...

Brothers Arrested in Tuz Khurmatu over IS Membership

BAS News - 2018-10-03 16:14
ERBIL — Two brothers were arrested in Tuz Khurmatu on Wednesday by security forces over their engagement in Islamic State (IS) acts of terror. The siblings, identified as Basim Nouri and Jasim Nouri, had involved in several terrorist attacks in the city, ...

IS Leader Baghdadi’s Sun Killed

BAS News - 2018-10-03 16:03
ERBIL — Another son of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the supreme leader of the Islamic State (IS), has been killed in a Russian airstrike, an Iraqi military source said. According to Jabbar al-Ma’mori, a commander in Hashd al-Shaabi, Russian jets killed Baghdadi ...

Germany Prolongs Military Training Mission in Iraq

BAS News - 2018-10-03 10:56
ERBIL — The German government has decided to extend its forces’ training mission in Iraq to help the country with the war against the Islamic State (IS), a government official said. “The Bundeswehr’s [the German Federal Defense Forces] mission continues ...

At Least 14 Villages Cleared from IS Remnants in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-10-03 00:20
ERBIL - At least 14 villages in the district of Hawija in Kirkuk province were cleared from the Islamic State (IS) remnants on Tuesday, a report said. Federal police chief Raed Shawkat said that the 14 villages were "completely" rescued from the extremis ...

At Least Seven IS Insurgents Captured in Mosul

BAS News - 2018-10-02 18:47
ERBIL - At least seven members of the Islamic State (IS) were captured in Mosul, one of whom admitted to the assassination of security forces, the Iraqi interior ministry’s spokesman said. "Karama security forces, acting upon intelligence reports, arrest ...

IS Insurgents Kill Two Fishermen in Ninevah

BAS News - 2018-09-30 01:10
ERBIL - Islamic State (IS) militants have killed two fishermen in southern Mosul, a security source from the Nineveh police said on Saturday. Talking to BasNews, Cap. Ziyad Iyad, said that the extremists had committed the crime near the region of Hammam ...

Peshmerga, Coalition discuss Islamic State movements in Kirkuk, Nineveh

The Kurdish Project - 2018-09-29 10:44
The global coalition will continue the training program for the Peshmerga forces to enable them further to confront terror. The post Peshmerga, Coalition discuss Islamic State movements in Kirkuk, Nineveh appeared first on The Kurdish Project. ...

Hawija: Local Tribes Take up Arms to Encounter IS

BAS News - 2018-09-28 11:37
ERBIL — As the Iraqi security forces have failed to fully secure the area from Islamic State (IS) attacks, local tribes in Hawija have decided to take up the arms to fight back the jihadists. Member of local administrative council fo Hawija, Ahmed Khorsh ...

Watch: Iraqi Airpower Hunting IS Militants

BAS News - 2018-09-28 11:05
ERBIL — Iraq’s airpower is now backing the ground forces in a mop-up operation in Diyala province to clear the area from the remaining Islamic State (IS) insurgents. Country’s War Media Cell released a short footage showing attack helicopters targeting I ...

Federal Police: At Least 18 IS Militants Killed in Eastern Ninevah

BAS News - 2018-09-27 23:52
ERBIL - At least 18 militants of the Islamic State (IS) have been killed in an military operation in eastern Ninevah, the federal police said on Thursday. The campaign was conducted in Qurret Goukh mountains in search for the remnants of the extremist gr ...

Barzani: Nothing More Painful than Sinjar Tragedy

BAS News - 2018-09-27 15:55
ERBIL — Kurdish prominent leader and former president of Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, said on Thursday that nothing had hurt him more than the massacre of Yezidis in Sinjar at the hand of the Islamic State (IS). “No tragedy hurt me more than what ha ...

Coalition Jets Strike IS Positions near Makhmour

BAS News - 2018-09-27 14:51
ERBIL — Fighter jets belonging to the US-led international coalition against the Islamic State (IS) on Thursday heavily bombarded insurgents’ positions on Qara Chokh Mountain near Makhmour, southwest of Erbil. Commander of Peshmerga forces on the Makhmou ...

BCF Donates School Materials to Children of Fallen Peshmerga

BAS News - 2018-09-27 13:39
ERBIL — Barzani Charity Foundation (BCF) on Thursday distributed school materials to the children of Kurdish Peshmerga martyrs who were killed during the war against the Islamic State (IS). A total of 167 students benefited from the initiative. The donat ...

Diyala: Two IS Militants Killed, Injured While Planting Bombs

BAS News - 2018-09-26 22:37
ERBIL - At least two Islamic State militants were killed or wounded in a bomb explosion in the Iraqi province of Diyala on Wednesday, a security official said. Talking to BasNews, Simko Ali, the head of Kolajo's Asayesh [security], said that the extremis ...

IS Threatens to Conduct More Attacks in Iran: Report

BAS News - 2018-09-26 20:55
ERBIL - Islamic State (IS) has threatened to conduct more attacks against the Iranian forces in the country, a report said on Wednesday evening. Sputnik cited the AFP as saying that the extremist group's spokesperson, Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, has warned in ...

IS Sleeper Cells Hiding in Baghdad: Iraqi MP

BAS News - 2018-09-26 13:26
ERBIL — An Iraqi Shi’ite lawmaker has warned of further deterioration of Baghdad’s security as Islamic State (IS) sleeper cells are hiding in the capital city of Iraq. Sabah al-Agili, a member of the Iraqi parliament from Sadr’s Sairoon bloc called on th ...

IS Attacks Village in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-09-26 10:28
ERBIL — Islamic State (IS) militants carried out an armed attack in southwest Kirkuk province overnight on Tuesday. According to the information obtained by BasNews, the attack took place in Abbassi subdistrict where the Iraqi federal police forces encou ...

Turkey Arrests IS Leading Member

BAS News - 2018-09-25 10:10
ERBIL — Turkish police announced the arrest of an Islamic State (IS) suspect allegedly communicating orders coming from Syria to the group members in Turkey. Eyup. B, 47, was captured in a police hunt outside a private hospital in the southern province o ...

Iraqi Airstrike Kills 6 IS Militants in Diyala

BAS News - 2018-09-24 14:58
ERBIL — Iraq’s air-force carried out airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) positions in the eastern province of Diyala, killing at least six insurgents. The air raids were carried out “based on intelligence information regarding the location of sever ...

Villagers near Khanaqin Encounter IS Attackers

BAS News - 2018-09-24 10:15
ERBIL — A group of Islamic State (IS) insurgents overnight on Sunday attacked Qaya village near Khanaqin (Diyala province) for the second time in two weeks, said a source. The militants were soon faced by the locals, and their attack was repelled, the so ...

IS Insurgents Kill Mayor in Southern Mosul

BAS News - 2018-09-24 00:23
ERBIL - The Islamic State (IS) militants have killed the mayor of a village in southern Mosul, police said on Sunday. Captain Amir Wathiq from the Ninevah police confirmed to BasNews that the extremists had raided the house of the mayor of al-Athba villa ...

Watch: IS Claims Responsibility for Iranian Military Parade Offensive

BAS News - 2018-09-23 23:44
ERBIL - Islamic State's Amaq News Agency has published a footage in which three of its militants seem to prepare for the Saturday's attack on an Iranian military parade in southwest of the country. At least 25 people were killed while over 60 more were w ...

ISIS news agency releases video to show Ahwaz attackers pre-operation

Waar Media - 2018-09-23 23:27
WAAR-DUHOK: Islamic State’s Amaq agency has posted a video of three men in a vehicle who it said were on their way to carry out an attack on an Iranian military parade, which killed at least 25 and wounded 60 others. A man wearing a baseball cap emblazon ...

At Least 18 IS Militants Killed, Captured in Iraqi Deserts

BAS News - 2018-09-23 20:41
ERBIL - At least nine Islamic State (IS) insurgents were killed, while another nine were captured, during Saturday's military operations conducted in the Iraqi desert areas, military sources said on Sunday. "A joint force carried out a wide-ranging milit ...

IS Attacks Hashd al-Shaabi in Hawija

BAS News - 2018-09-23 10:35
ERBIL — The Islamic State (IS) militants attacked Hashd al-Shaabi militias in Hawija (some 55 kilometers southwest Kirkuk) on Saturday, the paramilitary forces said. It was swiftly repelled by the Iranian-backed militias who killed at least two IS jihadi ...

Corruption is Biggest Threat to Iraq: UK Envoy

BAS News - 2018-09-22 15:10
ERBIL — After the defeat of Islamic State (IS), Iraq is now challenged by corruption as the biggest threat to its future, said Britain’s ambassador to Iraq, Jon Wilks. The British envoy believes that the months-long deadly protests in the southern provin ...

After al-Ahwaz, IS Claims Responsibility for Iran Parade Attack

BAS News - 2018-09-22 15:10
ERBIL — Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack a group of gunmen carried out on Saturday on a military parade of Iranian forces in southwest of the country. IS’s Amaq News Agency said in an online statement that its fighters ...

Iraq Launches Mop-up Operation against IS in Three Provinces

BAS News - 2018-09-22 13:28
ERBIL — The Iraqi army on Saturday announced the launch of a massive military operation to clean up Islamic State (IS) remaining insurgents in the deserts of Anbar, Nineveh, and Salahaddin provinces. According official statements, the Jazira Operation Co ...

Syria Kurds hand over female Islamic State member to Sudan

E-Kurd - 2018-09-21 09:35
QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— Syria’s Kurds said they handed over a Sudanese woman accused of belonging to the Islamic State group and her baby to a Sudanese diplomat Thursday, while hundreds more foreigners remained in their custody. Kurdish authorities ...

Sudan takes custody of woman accused of belonging to ISIS in Syria

The Defense Post - 2018-09-20 22:16
Syria's Kurds said they handed over a Sudanese woman accused of belonging to Islamic State and her baby to a Sudanese diplomat The post Sudan takes custody of woman accused of belonging to ISIS in Syria appeared first on The Defense Post. ...

IS Relocates Thousands of Jihadists from Syria to Afghanistan: Report

BAS News - 2018-09-20 15:22
ERBIL — Thousands of Islamic State (IS) militants have already left Syria for Afghanistan after suffering from major losses on the battlefield, said the Joint Staff of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). “Over 2,500 ISIL members redeploye ...

IS Calls to Sympathizers to Use Whatever Weapons for Terror Attacks: US

BAS News - 2018-09-20 13:45
ERBIL — The US has revealed that the Islamic State is calling on its followers to use whatever arms available, including chemical weapons, to carry out terrorist attacks. The State Department said in a report on Wednesday that the terrorist group used ru ...

At Least 15 IS Militants Killed in Western Anbar

BAS News - 2018-09-20 00:32
ERBIL - At least 15 Islamic State (IS) insurgents were killed in a joint military campaign in western Anbar province on Wednesday, a report said. "The Jazeera Operations Command, in collaboration with the U.S.-led Coalition troops, managed to kill 15 mil ...

IS’s Second-in-Command Sentenced to Death in Iraq

BAS News - 2018-09-19 15:34
ERBIL — The deputy for Islamic State (IS) chief Abubakir al-Baghdad has been given the death penalty by a court in Baghdad, judicial authorities confirmed. Ismail al-Eithawy, IS’s second man in charge, was arrested in Turkey and extradited to Iraq where ...

Turkey: Iraqi IS Senior Member, His Son Captured

BAS News - 2018-09-19 15:00
ERBIL - An Iraqi national, member of Islamic State (IS), alongside his son were captured in Turkey's Anatolian province of Kayseri on Tuesday, a report said. According to Hurriyet Daily News,Turkish police identified the suspect as the former military ch ...

Masrour Barzani receives McGurk in Erbil

Waar Media - 2018-09-19 13:29
WAAR-DUHOK: Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Masrour Barzani received on Tuesday the US special presidential envoy to the international coalition against the Islamic State (ISIS) Brett McGurk for talks on the ongoing efforts in the ...

Three Kurdish Yezidis Rescued from IS

BAS News - 2018-09-19 12:17
ERBIL — Three more Kurdish Yezidis, whom were abducted by the Islamic State (IS) four years ago, have been rescued from the group’s captivity, officials said. Head of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) office for Yezidi Abductees, Hussein Qa’edi, confir ...

Three Ezidis rescued from Islamic State captivity

Kurdistan24 - 2018-09-19 00:48
Ezidis from the Kocho village, in southern Shingal city, gather to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the Islamic State massacre against the minority group. (Photo: Kurdistan 24) ...

Iraqi Jets Kill Six IS Insurgents Near Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-09-19 00:07
ERBIL - Iraqi warplanes killed on Tuesday in an air strike six militants of the Islamic State (IS) in an area located between Kirkuk and Salahaddin provinces, a security source said. The source told Baghdad Today that Iraq conducted the air operation in ...

Masrour Barzani Receives US Delegation to Discuss Iraqi Political Process

BAS News - 2018-09-18 21:38
ERBIL - Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Masrour Barzani received on Tuesday the US special presidential envoy to the international coalition against the Islamic State (IS) Brett McGurk for talks on the ongoing efforts in the proces ...

Abducted Iraqi Journalist Found Dead in Northern Tikrit

BAS News - 2018-09-18 20:51
ERBIL - The body of an Iraqi journalist, who had been kidnapped by the Islamic State (IS) insurgents overnight on Monday, was found in a village in northern Tikrit, a security official said on Tuesday. The extremists had disguised in the national army un ...

Iraq to Make Crucial Decisions in the Coming Days: McGurk

BAS News - 2018-09-18 15:29
ERBIL — The US special presidential envoy to the international coalition against the Islamic State (IS), Brett McGurk, said on Tuesday that Iraq will make landmark decisions in the next few days as it is stepping towards forming a new government. McGurk ...

Masrour Barzani Says IS Remains Dire Threat to the Region

BAS News - 2018-09-18 14:40
ERBIL — Islamic State (IS) militants are still a main threat to the security and stability of the region, especially in the areas of Mosul, Anbar, and vicinity of Kirkuk, Masrour Barzani, top security official and Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security ...

Kirkuk: IS Kidnaps Two Civilians at Fake Checkpoint

BAS News - 2018-09-18 12:58
ERBIL — Islamic State (IS) militants overnight on Monday kidnapped two civilians near Riyadh district of Kirkuk province. BasNew has learned that the abduction was after the insurgents set up a fake checkpoint on the road connecting Kirkuk to Hawija. The ...
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