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Barzani Salutes Peshmerga on Anniversary of “Epic Prde Battle”

BAS News - 2018-10-20 16:37
ERBIL — Prominent Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani has hailed the Peshmerga forces on the first anniversary of the Prde Battle. “Today marks the one year anniversary of the epic battle of Pirde. My salutes to the souls of the martyred heroes of that day and ...

Double Bomb Blasts Target Peshmerga House in Khanaqin

BAS News - 2018-10-16 06:23
ERBIL - A double bomb explosions targeted the house of a Kurdish Peshmerga fighter in the disputed Kurdish city of Khanaqin on Monday evening. According to local sources, two bombs which were planted near the home of the Kurdish fighter, went off, result ...

A Kurdish Citizen Killed by the IRGC Forces in Paveh

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2018-10-15 02:41
A Kurdish citizen was killed during the conflict between the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) forces and Peshmerga of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (PDKI) near the city of Paveh. Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has been informed th ...

Iranian Kurdish Opposition Party Refutes Evacuation from Koya

BAS News - 2018-10-11 19:45
ERBIL - The Iranian Communist Party, which is based in the Kurdistan Region's Koya district, refuted the reports claiming that the party's Peshmerga fighters have evacuated the area due to Iran's repeated threatenings. Talking to BasNews, Farhad Shaabani ...

Coalition Airstrike Kills 5 IS Militants near Mosul

BAS News - 2018-10-06 17:20
ERBIL — US-led Coalition fighter jets carried out an airstrike against a group of IS insurgents on Saturday near Kushaf village in Nineveh province of northern Iraq, killing at least five jihadists. Kurdish Peshmerga commander, Sirwan Barzani, confirmed ...

Iranian Drones Bombard Kurdistan Border: PDKI

BAS News - 2018-09-30 13:41
ERBIL — Iranian military drones heavily pounded Kurdistan Region border areas on Sunday, wounding one Kurdish Peshmerga fighter, said Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (PDKI). The Iranian Kurdish opposition party said that the airstrike was carried out ...

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. ...

PM Barzani Hails Kurdish Forces for Stabilizing Kurdistan

BAS News - 2018-09-27 17:49
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani has thanked the Peshmerga and other Kurdish security forces for the stability they have provided for Kurdistan through their sacrifices in the front lines and service inside the region. The Kurdis ...

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 ...

Trump: Kurds are Great People, We Have to Help Them

BAS News - 2018-09-27 09:25
ERBIL — US President Donald Trump has once again applauded Kurd’s contribution to the war against terror in the Middle East, saying they are “great people”. During a press conference on Wednesday, Trump highlighted the sacrifices the Kurdish Peshmerga fo ...

Two Kurdish Pilots Participate in International Free Flight Festival

BAS News - 2018-09-20 18:35
ERBIL - A couple of Kurdish pilots, representing the Kurdistan Region and its Ministry of Peshmerga, participated in the 45th Coupe Icare international free flight festival in France. Talking to BasNews, one of the pilots, Kurdawan Naqishbandi, said that ...

Italy to Continue on Military Assistance for Peshmerga: Commander

BAS News - 2018-09-19 19:20
ERBIL - Italy will continue its military assistance for the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, said the head of the Italian command center in Iraq during a meeting with the Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council, Masrour Barzani in Erbil on Wednesday. Du ...

Peshmerga Unit Arrives in Khanaqin

BAS News - 2018-09-16 21:45
ERBIL — A unit of Kurdish Peshmerga forces arrived on Sunday in the Kurdish disputed town of Khanaqin at the request of local authorities. Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) representative, Jafaar Mustafa, confirmed the report to BasNews, saying the deploy ...

German Defence Minister Arrives in Erbil

BAS News - 2018-09-16 21:05
ERBIL — German Defense Minister von der Leyen arrived in Kurdistan Region’s capital in the evening on Sunday. Von Der Leyen is expected to meet with top Kurdish officials to discuss bilateral ties, cooperations with Peshmerga forces, as well as the lates ...

Bodies of Three Peshmerga Captives Discovered in Mass Grave

BAS News - 2018-09-13 10:30
ERBIL — The bodies of three Kurdish Peshmerga forces, whom were taken captive by the Islamic State (IS) in a battle, were found in a mass grave near Hawija (some 55 kilometres southwest of Kirkuk), a source said. They were identified based on the IDs ret ...

US reiterates condemnation of Iranian missile strike

Kurdistan24 - 2018-09-12 11:15
Iranian Kurdish Peshmerga members of the Iranian Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDPI) inspect the damage caused by a rocket attack at their headquarters in Koya, 100 kilometres east of Erbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdistan Region, on Sep. 8, 2018. ( ...

Return of Peshmerga to Kirkuk Point of Disagreement between Sadr, Kurds

BAS News - 2018-08-28 23:59
ERBIL - An Iraqi lawmaker from the cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's Sa'eroun Alliance, has revealed that they have disagreements with the two major Kurdish parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) over the return o ...

CJTF-OIR: We will ‘enable Peshmerga’ through training

The Kurdish Project - 2018-08-25 10:27
“We’re going to try to make [the Peshmerga] more capable and more credible,” Renforth said. The post CJTF-OIR: We will ‘enable Peshmerga’ through training appeared first on The Kurdish Project. ...

Pictures: Barzani Celebrates Eid with Peshmerga Forces

BAS News - 2018-08-23 18:28
ERBIL — Prominent Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani visited the Peshmerga forces on the West Tigris front to celebrated Eid al-Adha with them. “Visited the Peshmerga forces in West Tigris to wish them and their families a happy and meaningful Eid,” Barzani w ...

Barzani visits Peshmerga on West Tigris front on occasion of Eid al-Adha

Waar Media - 2018-08-23 17:50
WAAR-DUHOK: Prominent Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani visited Peshmerga forces on the West Tigris front to celebrated Eid al-Adha with them. “Visited the Peshmerga forces in West Tigris to wish them and their families a happy and meaningful Eid,” Barzani w ...

Iraqi Forces Can’t Secure Sinjar Without Peshmerga: Official

BAS News - 2018-08-13 10:27
ERBIL — The Iraqi army and Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi may not be able to secure the Yezidi populated town of Sinjar and its surrounding areas without Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces, said a Kurdish official. Deputy Peshmerga Minister ...

Kurdish Opposition Kills 12 Iranian Soldiers in Fierce Clash

BAS News - 2018-08-11 15:14
ERBIL — Kurdish opposition fighters clashed with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in the early hours of Saturday, killing at least 12 Iranian soldiers, a monitoring group said. The Peshmerga command of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Ira ...

Kurdish Human Rights Groups Condemn Iran’s Torture of Two PAK Members

BAS News - 2018-08-11 11:57
ERBIL — Five Kurdish human rights monitoring groups have condemned the Iranian government’s torture of two Peshmerga fighters from the Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK) whom were arrested last week. Earlier on Tuesday, Iran’s state-affiliated Tasnim News Age ...

Pro-Iranian Hashd al-Shaabi militias withdraws from Shingal and Zummar

Waar Media - 2018-08-09 20:53
WAAR-DUHOK: A Kurdish Peshmerga commander revealed on Thursday that the pro-Iranian Hashd al-Shaabi militias have withdrawn from Zummar (some 60 kilometres north-west of Mosul), and they are planning to evacuate Shingal on Friday. Qasim Shasho, commander ...

Reopening of Erbil-Kirkuk Highway is Matter of Days: Commander

BAS News - 2018-08-09 16:02
ERBIL — A Kurdish commander of Peshmerga forces has revealed that the highway connecting Erbil with Kirkuk will be reopened in about 15 days. Mohammed Regir, a Peshmerga commander, told Kurdistan 24 that the Erbil and Baghdad authorities have reached an ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Withdraws from Sinjar and Zummar: Peshmerga Commander

BAS News - 2018-08-09 16:02
ERBIL — A Kurdish Peshmerga commander revealed on Thursday that the pro-Iranian Hashd al-Shaabi militias have withdrawn from Zummar (some 60 kilometres north west of Mosul), and they are planning to evacuate Sinjar on Friday. Qasim Shasho, commander of P ...

Italy continues to receive training and equip Peshmerga

Waar Media - 2018-08-09 14:22
WAAR-DUHOK: Sixty-five Kurdish Zeravani military policemen have graduated from a six-week training program run by the Italian military to hone their skills for repelling attacks, controlling protests, and protecting diplomatic missions. “We continue to r ...

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 ...

Barzani Receives Moroccan Activist

BAS News - 2018-07-31 13:29
She say it was her dream to visit Kurdistan and Peshmerga ERBIL - The Kurdish prominent leader and former president of the Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, welcomed on Tuesday the well-known Moroccan Amazigh activist and poet, Malika Mazan in Erbil. Maz ...

Pentagon to fund Peshmerga with $290 million

Waar Media - 2018-07-27 09:20
WAAR-DUHOK: The US House of Representatives has passed a bill in which a total of $ 290 million from the Pentagon budget, has been dedicated to supporting the Kurdish Peshmerga forces. The massive spending bill, known as the National Defense Authorizatio ...

US to Fund Peshmerga, Prevent Hashd al-Shaabi from Military Assistance

BAS News - 2018-07-26 21:30
ERBIL - The US House of Representatives has passed a bill in which a total of $ 290 million from the Pentagon budget, has been dedicated to support the Kurdish Peshmerga forces. The massive spending bill, known as the National Defense Authorization Act ( ...

Kurdish, Iraqi Delegates to Discuss Reopening Erbil-Kirkuk Highway

BAS News - 2018-07-24 14:59
ERBIL - Officials from the Kurdish and Iraqi Ministries of Interior are currently in Kirkuk province to discuss the issue of the reopening and repairing the Erbil-Kirkuk highway, an official said. Hama Regr, a Peshmerga commander in Kirkuk, told BasNews ...

In Pictures: Iraqi Forces Torture Two Peshmerga Fighters in Tuz Khurmatu

BAS News - 2018-07-21 15:18
ERBIL - Iraqi Rapid Response Forces have tortured two Peshmerga fighters in the district of Tuz Khurmatu, an official revealed on Saturday. Head of Tuz Khurmatu media office, Mohammed Fayaq, told BasNews that the two Kurdish fighters were stopped by the ...

48 Kurdish officials left Kirkuk since October 2017: council member

E-Kurd - 2018-07-19 21:35
KIRKUK, Northern Iraq,— Up to 48 Kurdish officials have left Kirkuk since Iraqi forces retook the city from the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in October 2017, a member of Kirkuk Provincial Council has said. Speaking to Voice of America/Kurdish on Wednesday, A ...

Kurdish Delegation in Italy to Discuss Support for Peshmerga

BAS News - 2018-07-19 14:50
ERBIL — A Delegation from Kurdistan’s Ministry of Peshmerga met on Thursday with officials from Italy’s Ministry of Defence in the capital city of Rome to discuss support for Peshmerga forces, a report said. "Our meeting with the Italian Ministry of Defe ...

Monday’s Anti-IS Operation Costed the Lives of Five Peshmerga Troops

BAS News - 2018-07-17 00:59
ERBIL — Five Kurdish Peshmerga troops were killed during Monday’s operation against the Islamic State (IS) near Makhmour. The Kurdish forces, together with the US-led Coalition and Iraqi security forces, conducted an operation in the early hours on Monda ...

Iranian Kurdish Peshmerga Kill, Wound Four IRGC Forces

BAS News - 2018-07-09 00:34
ERBIL — The Peshmerga forces for the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) on Sunday killed and wounded at least four member of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in the Kurdish areas of northwestern Iran. The Iranian Kurdish oppositi ...

Peshmerga, Coalition Urge New Anti-IS Plan in Disputed Kurdish Areas

BAS News - 2018-07-03 00:32
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga Ministry and representatives from the US-led Coalition met on Monday to discuss the security challenges related to the Islamic State (IS) militants in the disputed Kurdish territories. The sides called for a new milit ...

Peshmerga Not Responsible for People Abducted by IS: Official

BAS News - 2018-06-28 15:39
ERBIL - After the Turkmen unit of Hashd al-Shaabi, which operates under the umbrella of Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi claimed the Islamic State (IS) had abducted eight people in areas controlled by the Peshmerga forces, a Kurdish official, apart from re ...

Several Villages Evacuated in Kirkuk as IS Re-emerges: Peshmerga Official

BAS News - 2018-06-26 18:32
ERBIL — The Islamic State (IS) has re-emerged in the Kurdish areas outside the control of the KRG, and the threat has led to the evacuation of several villages in Kirkuk and Diyala provinces, a Peshmerga official warned. Speaking to BasNews on Thursday, ...

US Delegation in Erbil Promises Continued Military Support for Peshmerga

BAS News - 2018-06-24 21:21
ERBIL — A US delegation, including military officials and diplomats, visited Erbil on Sunday and reiterated Washington’s continued support to the Kurdish Peshmerga forces. The remarks were made during a meeting between Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechirvan ...

Barzani Visits Peshmerga Fronts

BAS News - 2018-06-17 01:29
ERBIL — Kurdish prominent leader and former President of Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani visited on Saturday, the second day of al-Fitr Eid occasion, the Peshmerga forces in Kirkuk's Pirde to celebrate Eid with them. Barzani congratulated the Peshmerga ...

Barzani visits Peshmerga on occasion Eid

Waar Media - 2018-06-17 00:05
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdish prominent leader and former President of Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani visited on Saturday, the second day of al-Fitr Eid occasion, the Peshmerga forces in Kirkuk’s Pirde to celebrate Eid with them. Barzani congratulated the Peshme ...

Iraqi President to BasNews: Peshmerga Votes Can’t Be Canceled

BAS News - 2018-06-14 18:35
ERBIL — Iraqi President Fuad Masum said on Thursday that the votes casted by the Kurdish Peshmerga, police and security forces in the recent parliamentary election cannot be annulled. In a statement to BasNews, Masum revealed that his office is working o ...

Assassin of Peshmerga Officer Captured in Erbil

BAS News - 2018-06-13 23:57
ERBIL — Kurdish security forces have captured one individual who has admitted assassination of the Kurdish Peshmerga officer overnight Tuesday. Chief of Erbil Police, confirmed the report and said the suspect was arrested only hours after the assassinati ...

Barzani: Annulling Peshmerga Vote Not Acceptable, Dangerous Indication

BAS News - 2018-06-11 19:04
ERBIL - While the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) welcomes any legal procedures, including a repeated election to address the issue of recent parliamentary election results, it "strongly" rejects annulment of Peshmerga votes, said Kurdish prominent lead ...

Canada says no longer aiding Iraqi Kurds

The New Mail - 2018-06-10 10:17
Canadian special forces have ended their training support for Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters, the defense department confirmed on Friday, after Ottawa suspended the assistance in October. Canada is part of… The post Canada says no longer aiding Iraqi K ...

Kurdistan Parliament: Annulling Peshmerga Votes “Unacceptable”

BAS News - 2018-06-09 23:38
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Parliament on Saturday slammed a decision in Baghdad which has ordered the cancellation of votes casted by the Kurdish Peshmerga, police and security forces during the recent Iraqi parliamentary election. On 6th June, the Iraqi p ...

KDP, PUK Against Annulment of Peshmerga Votes

BAS News - 2018-06-07 22:43
ERBIL — The politburos of two major Kurdish political parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), met on Thursday to discuss the recent parliamentary decision on manual recounting of election votes as well as the a ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Warns Yezidi Force to Lay Down Arms

BAS News - 2018-06-06 00:25
ERBIL — The Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi militia has warned the Kurdish Yezidi forces of Yezidkhan to lay down the arms and leave Sinjar, a Peshmerga commander said. The Hashd al-Shaabi is now in control of most of the territories in the Yezidi-populat ...

Landmine Kills Peshmerga in Erbil's Soran

BAS News - 2018-06-05 14:25
ERBIL - A Kurdish Peshmerga was killed by a landmine on the mountain areas in Soran district of Erbil governorate, police said. Imad Rekani, head of local Police Department, told BasNews that they were informed overnight on Monday of missing a civilian o ...

The Assault on Kirkuk: A Firsthand Account

The Kurdish Project - 2018-05-29 19:33
This article originally appeared in French in La Règle du Jeu, by Rebin Rozhbayane Here is the firsthand testimony of Rebin Rozhbayane, a young Kurdish peshmerga officer, who on October 16, 2017, the day of the assault against Kirkuk by the Iraqi militar ...

US House approves $290M for Peshmerga in Pentagon budget

Jewish Coalition for Kurdistan - 2018-05-26 05:16
The US House of Representatives approved the Defense Department budget for Fiscal Year 2019 which includes $290 million in support for the Kurdish Peshmerga Forces. ...

Kurdistan: 38 Kg of Drug Shipment Seized

BAS News - 2018-05-21 00:19
ERBIL - Kurdish Security forces in coordination with the Peshmerga Intelligence agency captured on Sunday 38 kg of drug attempted to be shipped from Turkey into the Kurdistan Region, said a police official. Sadiq Khorki, head of Police Directorate in Sor ...

Nearly Six Decades as Peshmerga, Barzani Proud Since Day One

BAS News - 2018-05-20 16:26
ERBIL - The prominent Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani on his 56th anniversary of the day of his duty as a Peshmerga, said in a statement that to him "nothing in life has been as valuable as his noble duty". "Today marks the 56th anniversary of the day I be ...

Tablet Magazine: The Assault on Kirkuk: A Firsthand Account

Justice for Kurds - 2018-05-11 13:37
Here is the firsthand testimony of Rebin Rozhbayane, a young Kurdish peshmerga officer, who on October 16, 2017, the day of the assault against Kirkuk by the Iraqi military and General Qassem Suleimani’s Iranian Shiite militias, was responsible for the de ...
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