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U.S. Colonel: U.S. troops to stay in Iraq ‘as long as needed’

Waar Media - 2018-08-20 12:20
WAAR-DUHOK: The US will keep its troops in Iraq “as long as [it] thinks they’re needed,” Colonel Sean Ryan, the spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, said. “The main reason, after Islamic State ISIS is defeated militarily, ...

IS Attacks Syrian Government, SDF Forces in Deir Ezzor

BAS News - 2018-08-19 23:33
ERBIL - Islamic State (IS) extremists attacked on Sunday the Syrian regime headquarters as well as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in eastern Deir Ezzor, a report said. According to Enab Baladi News, as cited by Iraqi News, the militants have targeted ...

Baghdad Sentences 14 IS Members to Death over Speicher Killing

BAS News - 2018-08-19 21:43
ERBIL - Iraqi authorities have sentenced 14 insurgents of the Islamic State (IS) to death over the involvement in the killing of hundreds of Iraqi cadets in the country's air force in 2014 in northern city of Tikrit. "The Iraqi judiciary sentenced 14 mai ...

German prosecutors probe Yazidi woman’s claim about IS man

Seattle Times - 2018-08-19 15:12
BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors said Saturday they are taking seriously a Yazidi refugee’s claim that she ran into her former Islamic State captor twice in Germany, but say they need more information to identify him. The case of 19-year-old Ashwaq Haji ...

German prosecutorial makes new probe to Yezidi survivor girl

Waar Media - 2018-08-19 14:57
WAAR-DUHOK: German prosecutors on Saturday said they are taking seriously a Yezidi (Ezidi) refugee’s claim that she ran into her former Islamic State (IS) captor twice in Germany, and that more information was needed to identify him. Ashwaq Haji, a 19-ye ...

IS-planted Bomb Kills Young Kurdish Yezidi Man in Sinjar

BAS News - 2018-08-19 14:55
ERBIL — A young Kurdish Yezidi man was killed on Sunday after an Islamic State (IS)-planted IED went off at his home in Sinjar. Yezidi activist, Qasim Khudeda, identified the victim as Haji Abdullah Ilyas. He revealed that Ilyas was returning to his home ...

Iraqi Jets Kill 28 IS Insurgents at Border With Syria: Statement

BAS News - 2018-08-18 21:25
ERBIL - Iraqi air force has killed 28 Islamic State (Is) insurgents in two airstrikes on eastern Syria, the army said in a statement. Talking to the Associated Press (AP) on Friday, security officials said that the F-16 fighter jets targeted a meeting of ...

US, Iran, and Hezbollah Try to Help Baghdad to Build New Government

BAS News - 2018-08-18 20:41
ERBIL - Apart from Iran's Revolutionary Guards Quds Force General Qasem Soleimani, the special US presidential envoy to the anti-Islamic State (IS) coalition, Brett McGurk, and a Hezbollah politburo member, are in Baghdad to help the formation of a new g ...

Syria: IS Attacks US Forces

BAS News - 2018-08-18 20:41
ERBIL - Islamic State (IS) insurgents attacked on Saturday a housing facility of the US soldiers in the province of Deir ez-Zor in eastern Syria, a report said. Turkish Anadolu Agency cited local sources as saying that the IS militants had attempted to d ...

BasNews Takes Case of Kurdish Yezidi Victim to International Media

BAS News - 2018-08-18 15:32
Ashwaq Haji escaped IS to Germany, where she encountered her captor ERBIL — Following a detailed report by BasNews on a Kurdish Yezidi girl who fled her Islamic State (IS) captor in Germany, the major international news agencies are now following up her ...

FBI Arrests Iraqi Refugee for IS Membership

BAS News - 2018-08-16 15:55
ERBIL — An Iraqi refugee in the United States was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly taking part in the killing of an Iraqi officer as part of an Islamic State (IS) attack. Omar Abdulsattar Ameen, 45, alongside several other jihadists, killed the Iraqi ...

Refugee accused of killing cop in Iraq was part of ISIS: US officials

New York Post - 2018-08-16 10:03
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A refugee from Iraq was arrested Wednesday in Northern California on a warrant alleging that he killed an Iraqi policeman while fighting for the Islamic State organization. Omar Abdulsattar Ameen, 45, and other members of ISIS killed ...

Over 20 IS Militants Killed in Diyala

BAS News - 2018-08-15 14:42
ERBIL - At least 22 members of the Islamic State (IS) were killed during a military campaign conducted by Iraqi forces in Diyala province on Wednesday, a military commander said. "Iraqi troops managed to kill 22 IS militants as part of a wide-scale milit ...

McGurk visits Raqqa city

Waar Media - 2018-08-15 14:38
WAAR-DUHOK: The US Presidential Envoy to the International Coalition against the Islamic State (ISIS), Brett McGurk, visited Raqqa city Syria on Wednesday and met with the Civil Council of Raqqa. A WAARTV correspondent reported that McGurk met with membe ...

Iraqi Air Force Destroys Four IS Hotbeds

BAS News - 2018-08-15 00:14
ERBIL - Iraqi Air Force conducted an air raid against the Islamic State (IS) in the province of Mosul on Tuesday where they destroyed four of the extremist group's hotbeds, Iraqi officials said. Baghdad Today quoted a statement by the country's security ...

Iraqi Forces Arrest Five Women in Mosul over Links with IS

BAS News - 2018-08-14 17:13
ERBIL — Iraqi security forces arrested five women in the northern city of Mosul whom were identified as Islamic State (IS) members, interior ministry said. According to a statement by the ministry, the five women used to work for IS’s morality police whi ...

Tehran to Send oil to Asia at Discount

BAS News - 2018-08-14 00:04
ERBIL - The Islamic Republic of Iran is selling oil and gas at a discount to Asian costumers as the country is preparing for the return of Washington sanctions, state-run media said on Monday. "The discount is part of the nature of the global markets bei ...

Mosul: Iraqi Troops Kill One IS Member, Capture Seven

BAS News - 2018-08-14 00:04
ERBIL - At least one member of the Islamic State (IS) was killed by the Nineveh police forces on Monday, while seven others were captured in Mosul, a police officer said. Captain Amir Wathiq told BasNews that the security forces had intelligence informat ...

IS Puts Baghdad's Security at Risk: Source

BAS News - 2018-08-13 23:02
ERBIL - Islamic State (IS) has lately put the security in northern Baghdad at risk, an Iraqi source warned on Monday. Kurdistan 24 cited the source who spoke on condition of anonymity to RT news agency as saying that the residents of the town of Al Tarmi ...

Yezidi Family of Five Freed from IS

BAS News - 2018-08-13 21:43
ERBIL - A Yezidi family of five was liberated on Monday from the grip of Islamic State (IS), Kurdistan Region’s office for Yezidi Abductees’ Affairs said. Hussein Qaidi, head of the office, said in a statement that identified as Ghazal Ali Ghulo with fou ...

IS Leader al-Baghdadi Targeted in Airstrike: Report

BAS News - 2018-08-13 13:10
ERBIL — The leader of extremist group of Islamic State, Abu Bakir al-Baghdadi, was targeted in an airstrike carried out by the Iraqi airpower in the border areas between Iraq and Syria, a source claimed. Baghdadi has so far several times been reported ki ...

IS Kills 14 Iraqi Soldiers, Shi’ite Militiamen

BAS News - 2018-08-12 15:50
ERBIL — The Islamic State (IS) insurgents carried out multiple attacks on Iraqi troops and Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi across the country, killing at least 14. According to the group’s Amaq News Agency, three Hashd al-Shaabi militiamen wer ...

ICRC to Coordinate Release of Yezidis in Iraq’s Prisons

BAS News - 2018-08-09 16:42
ERBIL — The International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) will be helping the release of Kurdish Yezidis whom are arrested by Iraqi forces mistakenly during country’s crackdown on the Islamic State (IS). Hussein Qa’edi, head of Kurdistan Region’s offi ...

McGurk Asserts Timing of Kurdistan's Elections Up to Kurdish Leaders

BAS News - 2018-08-08 21:00
ERBIL - The special presidential envoy to the anti-Islamic State (IS) coalition, Brett McGurk reiterated on Wednesday evening that only the Kurdistan Region and its leaders can time the parliamentary election. The remarks came after the Kurdistan Region ...

Iraqi Forces Kill 14 IS Militants in Anbar

BAS News - 2018-08-08 21:00
ERBIL - Over 14 Islamic State (IS) members were killed, while four of their armored vehicles were destroyed during a military operation by the Iraqi security forces in Anbar province, a military commander said on Wednesday. Speaking to BasNews, colonel S ...

Barzani Thanks Germany for Standing with Kurdistan During Anti-IS War

BAS News - 2018-08-08 16:36
ERBIL — Prominent Kurdish leader and former president of Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, has thanked Berlin for supporting Erbil and Peshmerga forces in the years-long war against the Islamic State (IS). Barzani made the remarks in a meeting to welcome ...

IS Kills Three Hashd al-Shaabi Militiamen

BAS News - 2018-08-08 09:31
ERBIL — The Islamic State (IS) militants attacked a unit of Hashd al-Shaabi militia in Kirkuk province in the early hours of Wednesday, killing three men from the Shi’ite fighters. According to the information obtained by BasNews, armed conflicts between ...

Iraq Sentences Five to Death over Links with IS

BAS News - 2018-08-07 22:54
ERBIL - An Iraqi court has sentenced five people to death over ties with the Islamic State (IS), a spokesperson of the judicial authorities said on Tuesday. Abdul-Sattar al-Bayraqdar, a spokesperson of the Iraqi judicial council, said in a statement that ...

Iraq to hang five more 'Islamic State members'

Kurdistan24 - 2018-08-07 20:59
The IHJC regularly issues statements after they hand sentences to individuals who have been convicted and are awaiting the court’s final verdict. (Photo: Archive) ...

UN investigator into IS crimes arrives in Iraq

Kurdistan24 - 2018-08-07 15:13
The United Nations Security Council meets to discuss adopting a resolution to help preserve evidence of Islamic State crimes in Iraq at UN Headquarters in New York, September 21, 2017. (Photo: Reuters) ...

YPG Ready to Assist Syrian Regime in Sweida Offensive: Commander

BAS News - 2018-08-06 21:50
ERBIL - The Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) has shown its readiness to assist the country's government forces in their "Sweida anti-Daesh campaign", a report said on Monday. The Syrian army has been set to oust the Islamic State (IS) insur ...

Iraqi Forces Kill Two IS Militants Who Assassinated a Mayor in Mosul

BAS News - 2018-08-06 20:36
ERBIL - A couple of Islamic State (IS), who were behind the killing of a mayor in western Mosul, were killed by the Iraqi forces, the Interior Ministry said on Monday. Iraqi reports said on Sunday that an official was killed when a bomb went off in al-Qu ...

This is Aiman, Yezidi Teen Who Lived 8 Months in IS Captivity – Part 9

BAS News - 2018-08-06 10:03
There seems to be no end to the heart-rending stories from the people of Sinjar. Four years ago, the city came under brutal attack of Islamic State (also referred to as IS, ISIS or Daesh) militants when the extremist group crossed Syrian border into Iraq ...

IS Ambushes Iraqi Federal Police Near Makhkour

BAS News - 2018-08-05 22:17
ERBIL - Clashes erupted on Sunday between the Iraqi Federal Police and Islamic State (IS) insurgents in a village near Makhkour, said an official. Kirmanj Abdullah, a Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) official in the area, told his party official media ou ...

Iraqi Official Warns of Fall of Mosul again Due to IS Re-emergence

BAS News - 2018-08-05 18:47
ERBIL - The Islamic State (IS) insurgents have lately intensified their activities in the border areas between Iraq and Syria, an Iraqi official said on Sunday. Talking to BasNews, Atheel al-Nujaifi, the former Governor of Nineveh province, said that the ...

Three Iraqi Policemen Killed in Bombing

BAS News - 2018-08-04 20:37
ERBIL — A roadside bomb went off on Saturday in Iraq’s northern Salahaddin province, leaving three policemen dead, a source said. The incident took place near Tikrit when the police forces were busy clearing the area from possible Islamic State (IS) pres ...

Erbil to Commemorate Sinjar Massacre This Week

BAS News - 2018-08-04 16:57
ERBIL — A special event has been organised the current week in Kurdistan Region’s capital city to commemorate the anniversary of Islamic State (IS) genocide campaign against the Kurdish Yezidis in Sinjar and surrounding areas. Four years ago, on 3rd Augu ...

Germany: Two Streets Named after Two Yezidi Villages

BAS News - 2018-08-04 15:34
ERBIL - German authorities, on the fourth anniversary of the Islamic State (IS) genocide against Yezidis, have named two streets as "Shingal" and "Kuco", the former being the Kurdish name for the mostly Yezidi populated Sinjar city. The religious minorit ...

Barzani: Yezidis Source of “Immense Pride” for Every Kurd

BAS News - 2018-08-03 22:44
ERBIL — Prominent Kurdish leader and former president of Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, said on Friday that the Yezidis are the source of pride for every Kurd. In a message to mark the fourth anniversary of the Islamic State (IS) massacre against Yezi ...

Watch: KRSC Announces Capturing Terrorist Group Linked to Erbil Attack

BAS News - 2018-08-02 22:00
Mulla Ismail Susayi confessed to have had links with Islamic State (IS) since 2014. ERBIL - Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) announced on Thursday evening in a statement that it has captured a group of five terrorists who confessed to have been i ...

Latest Figures on Yezidi Victims of IS

BAS News - 2018-08-01 17:08
ERBIL - The general directorate of Yezidis Affairs at Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Endowment and Religious Affairs updated on Wednesday the latest figures for the Yezidi victims of the Islamic State (IS) in an official report. The report said that a to ...

McGurk hails meeting between KRG PM Barzani, Iraqi PM Abadi

Waar Media - 2018-07-31 13:50
WAAR-DUHOK: The special US presidential envoy to the anti-Islamic State (ISIS) coalition, Brett McGurk has welcomed the Monday’s meeting between the Kurdistan Region PM Nechirvan Barzani and his Iraqi counterpart Haider al-Abadi where they exchanged view ...

Brett McGurk Welcomes Kurdish, Iraqi Premiers' Meeting

BAS News - 2018-07-31 09:13
ERBIL - The special US presidential envoy to the anti-Islamic State (IS) coalition, Brett McGurk has welcomed the Monday's meeting between the Kurdistan Region PM Nechirvan Barzani and his Iraqi counterpart Haider al-Abadi where they exchanged views on d ...

Over 17 IS Insurgents Killed in Diyala

BAS News - 2018-07-30 13:47
ERBIL - At least 17 Islamic State (IS) militants were killed in a military campaign conducted by the Iraqi forces to eliminate the extremist group's hotgeds in the province of Diyala on Sunday, an army commander said. "The military operation, which was l ...

Barzani: IS Genocide against Yezidis Shall Not Be Forgotten

BAS News - 2018-07-30 12:54
ERBIL — The prominent Kurdish leader and former president of the Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, said on Monday that the Islamic State (IS) genocide against Kurdish Yezidis will not ever be forgotten. Barzani made the statement in a message he issued t ...

ISIS attacks electricity plant stations in Kirkuk

Waar Media - 2018-07-30 12:18
WAAR-DUHOK: Islamic State (ISIS) extremists continue to target Iraq’s electricity plant stations and power transmission lines as the country suffers from a power shortage. In a statement on Sunday, the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity said “terrorist groups ...

Two Yezidis Rescued from IS, Brought Back Home: Official

BAS News - 2018-07-29 21:52
ERBIL — Two more Kurdish Yezidis have been rescued from the grip of Islamic State (IS), and brought back to the Kurdistan Region safely, said an official. The two survivors of IS brutality, a boy and a girl, are both around 18 years old, said Hussein Qa’ ...

IS Insurgents Blow up Power Plant North of Iraq

BAS News - 2018-07-29 20:08
ERBIL — An electricity power plant in Kirkuk province was exploded by the Islamic State (IS) insurgents on Sunday. The station was supplying electricity to villages near Hawija, some 55 kilometres southwest of Kirkuk, according to a report by al-Sumariya ...

Yezidi Girl Recalls Her Story in IS Captivity: Four Times Sold

BAS News - 2018-07-29 17:53
Sinjar, a predominantly Kurdish Yezidi town in the Kurdistan Region, has now become a symbol for the huge damage an extremist ideology and its inhumane crimes could bring to humanity. The city was overrun by Islamic State (also referred to as IS, ISIS or ...

Iraqi Troops Kill Four IS Militants in Salahaddin

BAS News - 2018-07-29 14:51
ERBIL - At least four Islamic State (IS) militants were killed in a military operation by the Iraqi forces in the province of Salahaddin, a security spokesperson said on Sunday, adding that three of the extremists were suicide bombers. "Troops from the S ...

Peshmerga Commander: Fight Against IS Hasn't Ended

BAS News - 2018-07-29 12:45
ERBIL - We can't say that the fight against the Islamic State (IS) has ended, we actually have to say that it is the beginning of the war against the extremist group, a Peshmerga commander said on Sunday. "Daesh, as an extremist terrorist organization, i ...

Help is on the way, at last, for religious minorities in Iraq.

Nadia Murad - 2018-07-28 19:44
The United States will soon begin its first directly funded rebuilding projects for Iraqi Christian and Yazidi communities devastated by Islamic State militants, a U.S. official said Thursday.utm_term=.cc0aa6ce4010 ...

PM Barzani, Brett McGurk Discuss Iraqi Political Process

BAS News - 2018-07-28 10:54
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received a US delegation headed by the special presidential envoy to the anti-Islamic State (IS) Coalition, Brett McGurk for talks on the latest political process in Iraq. According to a statement ...

On the Lonely Iraq-Syria Border, Snipers Battle for a Strategic Road

WarIsBoring - 2018-07-27 16:11
This story originally appeared on Oct. 1, 2014. I don my helmet and scoot onto the rooftop with the Kurdish fighters, all of us keeping low to avoid forming silhouettes. Because silhouettes are targets—and there are Islamic State snipers out there, somewh ...

SDF Hands Over Two IS Members to US

BAS News - 2018-07-27 00:29
ERBIL — The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have handed over two American members of the Islamic State they had previously captured, to the US. “At the request of US citizens to go home and request the FBI, the Public Relations Office of the W ...

Nineveh Council Warns about IS Movements on Iraq-Syria Border

BAS News - 2018-07-27 00:29
ERBIL — The provincial council in the northern Nineveh province of Iraq has warned about alarming increase in the movement of Islamic State (IS) insurgents between the borders of Iraq and Syria. Khalaf al-Hadidi, a member of the council, urged on Thursda ...

Yezidis Run Campaign to Remove IS Mottos from Sinjar Walls

BAS News - 2018-07-27 00:29
ERBIL — Dozens of Yezidi young men and women have gathered to wash away every sign on the walls which the Islamic State (IS) painted. Sahir Mirza, one of the organisers of the campaign, told BasNews that 30 Yezidi men and women are taking part in the ini ...

High-ranking IS Member Captured in Mosul

BAS News - 2018-07-26 00:58
ERBIL — Iraqi security forces on Wednesday captured a high-ranking Islamic State (IS) member in the northern city of Mosul where was once the group’s stronghold in Iraq. According to a statement by Iraqi Security Media Center, cited by Iraqi News, the in ...

Iraq executes Islamic State member who partook in Shingal massacre

Kurdistan24 - 2018-07-25 22:27
Near the end of June, Iraq carried out the execution of 12 convicted terrorists in response to the Islamic State’s abduction, murder, and mutilation, and later dumping of Iraqi self-described security forces. (Photo: Archive) ...

US woman whose husband fought for IS charged with lying

Seattle Times - 2018-07-25 20:08
HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana woman who says she was held in a Kurdish detention camp with her four children after her husband died fighting for the Islamic State group has appeared in federal court to face a charge of lying to the FBI. Ryan Holmes, a ...

Suicide bomber kills 29 as Pakistanis vote in cliffhanger election

Waar Media - 2018-07-25 12:56
WAAR-DUHOK: A suicide bomber killed at least 29 people near a polling center as Pakistanis voted on Wednesday in a knife-edge general election pitting cricket hero Imran Khan against the party of jailed ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The Islamic State m ...

Kurdish Village in Khanaqin Evacuated Amid IS Re-emergence

BAS News - 2018-07-25 11:45
ERBIL - As the Islamic State (IS) has lately regrouped itself in most liberated areas in Iraq, especially in the Kurdish disputed territories where the Iraqi forces have been stationed, a Kurdish village has been fully evacuated in Khanaqin city. Accordi ...

Coalition Kills IS Leaders Planning to Attack US, Sweden, Saudi Arabia

BAS News - 2018-07-24 23:44
ERBIL — The US-led Coalition battling the Islamic State (IS) has announced the killing of three insurgents who were planning terrorist attacks against the US, Sweden and Saudi Arabia. According to a statement on Tuesday, the Coalition warplanes killed IS ...

IS Commander Captured Before Entering Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-07-24 22:57
ERBIL — Iraqi security forces arrested on Tuesday an Islamic State (IS) commander while trying to enter Kirkuk province from Diyala. Commander Mazhar al-Azzawi for Diyala Operations Command confirmed the report to al-Ghad Press, noting that the intellige ...

Nearly 870,000 IDPs Returned to Mosul: UN

BAS News - 2018-07-24 22:57
ERBIL — Roughly 870,000 individuals, previously displaced by the Islamic State (IS), have now returned to their homes in Mosul after the city was liberated a year ago, an official for the United Nations said. “The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habit ...
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