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IS Kills Senior Police Officer in Salahadin: Sources

BAS News - 2018-05-26 16:04
ERBIL - A senior police officer was killed on Saturday during an operation against the terrorist group of Islamic State (IS) in Salahaddin province, revealed some reports. According to Iraqi media outlets, Head of Police Directorate of Al-Alam, Brigadier ...

Iraqi Troops, IS Insurgents Clash in Salahaddin: Report

BAS News - 2018-05-26 12:05
ERBIL - Clashes erupted between Iraqi forces and Islamic State ( IS) insurgents on Saturday in Salahaddin province, said report. Iraqi News cited a statement made by the Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi media service, saying that the two sides ...

IS Executes Two Kurds in Brutal Video Tape

BAS News - 2018-05-25 22:48
ERBIL — The Islamic State (IS) released a graphic footage on Friday which purportedly shows two men being shot in the head by the jihadists, both of whom are said to be of Kurdish origin. Kurdistan Region’s counter terror, identified the victims as Arkan ...

Kirkuk: Eight IS Suicide Bombers Attack Hashd al-Shaabi

BAS News - 2018-05-24 23:32
ERBIL — Eight Islamic State (IS) suicide bombers detonated their explosive vests after being encircled by Hashd al-Shaabi in southern Kirkuk, wounding at least six militiamen. A police source said that the suicide bombers’ attack came after Hashd al-Shaa ...

America’s strategy against Islamic State is storing up trouble

The Economist - 2018-05-24 20:26
AS THE territory held by Islamic State (IS) shrivelled in Syria, American generals spoke of “stabilisation” and “consolidation”. But seven months after an American-led coalition drove the jihadists from Raqqa, their putative capital, “stable” is not how ...

IS Threatens to Target Certain Districts in Baghdad: Sources

BAS News - 2018-05-24 12:43
ERBIL - Islamic State (IS) jihadists have threatened to enter some certain neighborhoods and districts in the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad, said security sources on Thursday. According to the information obtained by the Iraqi security forces, the milita ...

Four Civilians Killed IS Attack near Khanaqin

BAS News - 2018-05-24 00:21
ERBIL — Islamic State (IS) militants overnight Wednesday attacked a village near Khanaqin district in Diyala province, reportedly killing four civilians. According to the official Facebook page of Kurdistan Region’s counter-terror, the assault was carrie ...

IS Kills Thirty Syrian Troops, Hashd al-Shaabi Militiamen: Monitor

BAS News - 2018-05-23 18:10
ERBIL - Islamic State (IS) jihadists overnight on Tuesday killed 30 Syrian army troops and Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi when they raided on a military outspot in eastern Syria, said a monitoring group on Wednesday. The militant group has us ...

IS Kills Mayor of Village in Kirkuk: Source

BAS News - 2018-05-23 09:32
ERBIL - Islamic State (IS) militants have killed the mayor of a village in eastern Kirkuk, said a security source in the province on Wednesday. According to the source, the jihadists overnight on Tuesday raided on Zirban village in Riyadh town and killed ...

Belgian IS member sentenced to death by Iraqi court

Kurdistan24 - 2018-05-22 15:36
Last year, Iraqi forces arrested tens of thousands of those accused of being Islamic State (IS) members and affiliates, most of whom await sentencing. (Photo: Archive) ...

Iraq: Belgian Man Sentenced to Death over Links with IS

BAS News - 2018-05-22 13:18
ERBIL - An Iraqi court sentenced on Tuesday an Belgian man over links with Islamic State (IS) and involvement with the group's attacks in Europe, said a report. The Central Criminal Court implemented the charge of Tarek Jadoun, aka Abu Hamza al-Baljiki, ...

Senior IS Commander Arrested in Kirkuk: Reports

BAS News - 2018-05-22 12:02
ERBIL - Iraqi security forces arrested overnight on Monday an Islamic State (IS) commander in Kirkuk province who was in charge of executing people, said reports. According to Iraqi media outlets, Abu Wahab Iraqi with four of his fellows were captured in ...

Imprisonment for a Telegram Channel Admin in Orumiyeh

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2018-05-22 02:00
A Kurdish cyberspace activists of telegram channel in Orumiyeh was sentenced to three years of imprisonment by the Revolutionary Court of Orumiyeh (Branch 2) on charges of “propaganda against the state” and “insulting the leader of the Islamic Republic”. ...

Iraq Sentences Another Two Men to Death for IS Links

BAS News - 2018-05-21 13:24
ERBIL — An Iraqi court has sentenced another two men to death by hanging after trials found them guilty of Islamic State (IS) membership. Abdul-Sattar al-Birqdar, the spokesman for the Supreme Judicial Council, told Alghad Press on Monday that the Wasit ...

Weaponry Aid to SDF “Limited, Mission-Specific”: Coalition

BAS News - 2018-05-21 13:24
ERBIL — The US-led Coalition for the anti-Islamic State (IS) battle has made it clear that the arms is provided to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are limited in number and mission-specific. “The weapons provided to the SDF, to include its ...

KRG office rescues four Ezidi teenagers kidnapped and trained by IS

Kurdistan24 - 2018-05-20 19:37
Children from the minority Ezidi sect, fleeing violence from Islamic State (IS) militants in Sinjar (Shingal), make their way toward the town of Elierbeh of Al-Hasakah Governorate, near the Syrian border, Aug. 10, 2014. (Photo: Reuters) ...

Four Yezidi Teens Freed from IS

BAS News - 2018-05-20 13:51
ERBIL — Four Kurdish Yezidi teenagers who were kidnapped by the Islamic State (IS) have been freed after years of captivity. Head of Kurdistan Region’s Office for Yezidi Abductees, Hussein Qa’edi confirmed the report to Kurdistan 24 and said that the chi ...

Bomb Explosion Kill Kurdish Citizen in Southern Kirkuk: Official

BAS News - 2018-05-18 13:46
ERBIL - A Kurdish Kakayi on Friday was killed in southern Kirkuk province in a bomb attack reportedly carried out by Islamic State (IS), said an official. Hiwa Rasheed, head of a Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) branch in Daquq, confirmed to BasNews that ...

Several IS Positions Recently Destroyed in Iraq by Coalition: Statement

BAS News - 2018-05-18 10:07
ERBIL - The US Consulate in Erbil revealed on Friday that the international coalition has lately carried out multiple airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) positions across Iraq. "Recently the Coalition military forces conducted air strikes against D ...

IS Abducts Kurdish Man in Southern Kirkuk: Official

BAS News - 2018-05-17 20:08
ERBIL — The Islamic State (IS) jihadists abducted on Thursday a Kurdish young man in southern Kirkuk province, said an official. Hiwa Rasheed, head of a Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) branch in Daquq town told BasNews that the militants have kidnapped ...

IS Wounds Three Iraqi Troops at Borders with Syria: Report

BAS News - 2018-05-17 14:01
ERBIL - At least three Iraqi troops were injured on the Iraqi-Syrian border areas on Thursday while repelling an attack by the Islamic State (IS) insurgents, said a report. "An attack by Daesh (IS) from Syria on border guards on the borderline with Syria ...

Iraqi Forces Capture Three IS Insurgents in Mosul: Report

BAS News - 2018-05-15 15:07
ERBIL - Iraqi security forces said on Tuesday that they have arrested three Islamic State (IS) insurgents in Mosul, said a police chief. "Nineveh police arrested the three militants upon accurate intelligence data in Mosul city," Nineveh Police Chief Bri ...

Shiite preacher Moqtada Sadr ahead in Iraq’s parliamentary elections

Waar Media - 2018-05-15 11:45
WAAR-DUHOK: An alliance spearheaded by nationalist cleric Moqtada Sadr looked on course Monday for a surprise triumph at Iraq’s first nationwide election since the defeat of the Islamic State group. In a further political upset, the rival Conquest Allian ...

PM Barzani, Brett McGurk Discuss Post-Election Iraq

BAS News - 2018-05-14 23:56
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani on Monday received a US delegation headed by the special presidential envoy to the anti-Islamic State (IS) coalition, Brett McGurk, discussing the political process in Iraq after the parliamentary ...

Iraqi Warplanes Destroy IS Commanding Center in Syria

BAS News - 2018-05-14 15:34
ERBIL - Iraqi warplanes carried out on Monday strikes on an Islamic State (IS) position in Syria, a military commander told reporters. "Acting on intelligence reports, the Iraqi F-16 warplanes destroyed a building used by the IS group as a command and lo ...

Iran Sentences 8 Men to Death over IS Attack in Tehran

BAS News - 2018-05-13 11:59
ERBIL — An Iranian court on Sunday sentenced eight men to death over a terrorist attack in Tehran last June which was claimed by the Islamic State (IS). Head of the Tehran Revolutionary Courts, Mousa Ghazanfarabadi, told the state TV that the men were fo ...

IS Kills Six Iraqi Police Offices in Northern Kirkuk: Report

BAS News - 2018-05-12 12:56
ERBIL - At lest six Iraqi police officers were killed on Saturday by Islamic State (IS) insurgents near the northern province of Kirkuk, said a report. The militant group had earlier the month threatened to carry out terrorist attacks on the day of the I ...

U.S.-backed troops in Syria attacked by unknown force

Washington Times - 2018-05-12 12:37
American-backed paramilitaries battling the Islamic State terror group in Syria came under attack by an "unknown aggressor" Friday, a day after Israeli forces launched a massive attack against pro-regime forces in the country. Elements of the Syrian Demo ...

Iraq: Polling Stations Opened for Parliamentary Election

BAS News - 2018-05-12 10:56
ERBIL - People across Iraq, including Kurdistan Region are heading to polling stations on Saturday for the first time since the defeat of the Islamic State (IS). The polls were open at 7:00 am (local time) and they will be closed at 6:00 pm. In the fourt ...

Al-Abadi defeated IS. Why won’t he sweep Iraq’s elections?

Washington Post - 2018-05-12 03:00
During four years in office, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has racked up a list of achievements that would make most politicians envious. He prevailed over an Islamic State insurgency that at its peak controlled one-third of the country. He steered ...

Iraqi voters are fed up with the old guard

The Economist - 2018-05-11 09:38
HAIDER AL-ABADI, the prime minister of Iraq (pictured), has a strong case for re-election. He has overseen the defeat of Islamic State (IS), which once held vast portions of the country. He denied a Kurdish push for independence last year. Oil production ...

Trump Confirms Capturing of “Five Most Wanted” IS Commanders

BAS News - 2018-05-10 22:05
ERBIL — US President Donald Trump on Thursday confirmed an earlier report about five Islamic State (IS) commanders who were captured reportedly by the Iraqi forces. "Five Most Wanted leaders of ISIS just captured!” Trump said on his Twitter account, prov ...

Trump says five ‘Most Wanted’ ISIS leaders captured

Waar Media - 2018-05-10 20:58
WAAR-DUHOK: U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that five “most wanted” leaders of the Islamic State had been captured, an apparent reference to the capture of five commanders of the militant group by Iraq. “Five Most Wanted leaders of ISIS just ...

Five “Most Wanted” IS Commanders Captured: Iraq

BAS News - 2018-05-10 01:32
ERBIL — Iraqi forces on Wednesday captured five Islamic State (IS) commanders after they were lured into crossing from Syria into Iraq by Baghdad Intelligence Service. Showing them in prisoner uniforms, the Iraqi state TV named the captured IS commanders ...

Iraq’s Pre-election Optimism Includes a New Partnership with Saudi Arabia

International Crisis Group - 2018-05-09 18:14
After the defeat of the Islamic State in 2017, normality is returning to Iraq ahead of the 12 May parliamentary elections. In thisA, Crisis Group's Senior Analyst for the Arabian Peninsula Elizabeth Dickinson says the country’s cautious optimism includes ...

IS Snipers Kill Hashd al-Shaabi Commander in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-05-09 10:32
ERBIL - A commander of the Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi has been killed by the Islamic State (IS) in Kirkuk province, said a report. Accordingto the information obtained by Kurdistan 24, Yassin Hamdani was shot to death by an IS sniper duri ...

IS Steps up Military Activity Around Tuz Khurmatu: Official

BAS News - 2018-05-08 21:46
ERBIL — Though announced defeated in Iraq, the Islamic State (IS) is reportedly regrouping in remote areas across the country. A security official has warned of increasing terrorist activities around the Kurdish town of Tuz Khurmatu. “IS terrorist activi ...

IS Leader Baghdadi Hiding in Syrian Desert

BAS News - 2018-05-07 23:18
ERBIL — The top leader of the Islamic State (IS) is believed to be hiding in a desert area of Syria’s Deir Ez-zour province, said an official from Iraq’s Interior Ministry. “The last information we have is that he is in Al-Hajin in Syria, 18 miles from t ...

Kurdish Court Sentences IS Member to Five Years in Jail

BAS News - 2018-05-07 15:10
ERBIL - A court in Kirkuk province sentenced on Sunday an Islamic State (IS) member to five years and one month in jail after he was found guilty of strong ties with the militant group, said the police. Rokan Nouri Salih, a 33-year old Arab citizen of Di ...

IS Claims Responsibility for Assassinating Iraqi Candidate

BAS News - 2018-05-07 13:36
ERBIL - Islamic State (IS) insurgents claimed in a statement on Monday responsibility for assassinating an Iraqi candidate whose death was declared earlier the day. Farouk al-Zarzour al-Jabouri, a candidate for the al-Wataneya coalition headed by Eyad Al ...

Peshmerga Continues Fighting Terror as IS not Eliminated: Official

BAS News - 2018-05-06 14:14
ERBIL — A Kurdish Peshmerga said on Sunday that the Islamic State (IS) maintains presence in hideouts across Iraq, and it continues posing threats to the Kurdistan Region and Iraq. Secretary General of the Peshmerga Ministry, Jabbar Yawar, told BasNews t ...

Iraqi Jets Target IS Position Inside Syria

BAS News - 2018-05-06 12:28
ERBIL - Iraqi aircrafts carried out on Sunday airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) position inside Syria, said PM Haider al-Abadi's office in a statement. The strikes which were launched after an order by Abadi, targeted a position used by the jihad ...

IS Attacks Iraqi Army, Kills Two Soldiers

BAS News - 2018-05-06 01:52
ERBIL — Islamic State (IS) militants on Saturday attacked a unit of Iraqi army on the border with Syria, killing at least two Iraqi troops. The clash took place near Ba’aj region (110 kilometres west of Mosul), a security source said. At least three IS j ...

IS Attacks Hahsd al-Shaabi in South Kirkuk: Source

BAS News - 2018-05-05 12:02
ERBIL - Clashes erupted between the Islamic State (IS) insurgents and Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi in south of Kirkuk, a security source said. The surprise attack of the militants against the militiamen of Hashd al-Shaabi comes after the Sh ...

KRG Prepared 2,500 Cases to Prove IS Genocide Against Yezidis

BAS News - 2018-05-04 19:11
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has collected and classified over 2,500 cases of genocide carried out against the Kurdish Yezidis by the Islamic State (IS), said an official. Speaking to BasNews on Friday, Fuad Othman, a spokesperson for ...

Airstrikes Kill, Wound Several IS Jihadists South of Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-05-04 19:11
ERBIL — Iraqi fighter jets carried out multiple air rides on Friday against the Islamic State (IS) militants in south of Kirkuk Province, killing and wounding several. Speaking to al-Sumariya News, a source said the airstrikes had taken place in Samaka a ...

IS Kills, Wounds Nine Iraqi Troops in Northwestern Diyala: Source

BAS News - 2018-05-03 11:09
ERBIL - At least nine Iraqi troops were killed or wounded after they were attacked overnight on Wednesday by the Islamic State (IS) insurgents in the town of Jalawla in northeast of Baghdad. According to a military source, the surprise attack was carried ...

Three IS Suspects Arrested in Mosul

BAS News - 2018-05-02 22:48
ERBIL — Iraqi police forces on Wednesday arrested three people in the northern city of Mosul over alleged membership in Islamic State (IS). The arrests were made in Mosul’s western district of Matahen, Anadolu Agency quoted Nineveh Police Chief Hamad al- ...

Bomb Blast Kills One in Northwest Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-05-02 22:09
ERBIL — At least one civilian was killed in a bomb explosion on Wednesday in northwest of Kirkuk Province, a source said. Speaking to Baghdad Today, the unnamed security source said that the explosion was from an Islamic State (IS) war remnant. The blast ...

IS Landmine Kills, Wounds Ten Children in Syria's Hasaka: Report

BAS News - 2018-05-02 16:41
ERBIL - At least three children were killed on Wednesday, and seven more were wounded after a bomb exploded in south of al-Hasaka city, said a report. According to state-run media, Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), a landmine planted by the Islamic State ( ...

US-backed SDF Resumes Anti-IS Operations

BAS News - 2018-05-02 06:02
ERBIL — The Syrian Democratic Forces, which is backed by the US-led Coalition, said on Tuesday that its military operations against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria were resumed. According to Lilwa al-Abdallah, a spokesperson for the offensive in Deir al- ...

Coalition’s Land Force Ends Mission in Iraq

BAS News - 2018-04-30 20:58
ERBIL — During a ceremony held in the Iraqi capital on Monday, the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command (CJFLCC) announced the deactivation of its headquarters to signify the end of the combat operations against the Islamic State (IS) in the coun ...

The Two Deaths of Crazy Fakhir

WarIsBoring - 2018-04-30 19:20
This story originally appeared on Nov. 18, 2014. Many Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have died fighting Islamic State militants. But the news of Col. Fakhir Barwary’s death on Nov. 11, 2014 held special significance. That’s because Barwary’s death has been re ...

Last well IS Ignited at Iraq's Ajil oilfield extinguished: Oil Minister

BAS News - 2018-04-30 17:53
ERBIL - The last well on fire at Ajil, an oilfield which was ignited by Islamic State (IS) since 2015, has been extinguished, Iraqi Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi said on Monday. "Technical and engineering teams in the North Oil Company was able to put out ...

Scandalous IS Leader Killed in Mosul: Official

BAS News - 2018-04-29 17:02
ERBIL - Iraqi pro-government forces killed on Sunday an Islamic State (IS) leader in northern Nineveh province who was well-known for major crimes, a security official said. "The 90th brigade of al-Hashd al-Shaabi killed Ibrahim el-Yassin, a prominent IS ...

Iraq Sentences Nineteen Russian Women to Life in Jail

BAS News - 2018-04-29 17:02
ERBIL - Iraq sentenced on Sunday 19 Russian women to life in jail over links with the Islamic State (IS) group, said a report. According to a statement by the Central Criminal Court, the convicts were found guilty of "joining and supporting IS", as repor ...

Iraqi Central Court Sentences Ten Foreign Women to Death, Life in Jail

BAS News - 2018-04-26 22:09
ERBIL - Iraqi Central Criminal Court has sentenced ten foreign women to death and life in jail for links with the Islamic State (IS), said an official. "The Central Criminal Court issued death sentences against five female militants, two of whom are Azer ...

US to Expand Anti-IS Efforts in Syria: Mattis

BAS News - 2018-04-26 18:12
ERBIL — The United States has announced its plan of expanding its anti-Islamic State (IS) efforts in Syria in coordination with regional partners. "Right now we are not withdrawing [US troops from Syria]," Mattis told the Senate Armed Services Committee, ...

Abadi vows to continue air raids against IS targets in Syria

Kurdistan24 - 2018-04-25 23:22
According to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the complexity of the Syrian crisis and the escalation of fighting in the country has allowed the Islamic State to regroup and launch attacks. (Photo: Archive) ...

Iraqi Court Sentences Four IS Members: Report

BAS News - 2018-04-25 15:26
ERBIL - A court in Iraq has sentenced four Islamic State (IS) members over terrorism crimes against the Iraqi forces, said a report. The four IS insurgents received their death penalties by the Anbar Criminal Court after they found guilty of terrorist ac ...
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