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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Iraqi Counter Terrorism Rejects Return of Peshmerga to Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-04-26 18:52
ERBIL — An Iraqi commander from the counter-terrorism forces in Kirkuk on Thursday rejected the reports about a possible return of the Peshmerga forces to the Kurdish province. Speaking to reporters, Ma’an Sa’di, commander of law-enforcement units within ...

Drug Crimes in Kirkuk on the Rise in Peshmerga’s Absence: Official

BAS News - 2018-04-17 21:46
ERBIL — Since the Iraqi army and Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi have taken over the Kurdish province of Kirkuk, the rate of drug-related crimes has significantly increased, said a Kurdish official. Adnan Kirkuki, a Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) repres ...

Coalition Delegation Discusses Collaboration with Peshmerga Ministry

BAS News - 2018-04-16 16:15
ERBIL - Kurdish Minister of Peshmarga Jabar Yawar received on Monday a delegation from the US-led International Coalition in Erbil to discuss the latest political and security developments across Iraq, said an official. "We talked about the collaboration ...

Iraqi PM phones Barzani for delivering his condolences

Waar Media - 2018-04-07 14:40
WAAR-DUHOK: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani to extend his condolences on the death of Dilovan Barzani. This is the first communication between the two since deadly clashes between the Peshmerga and Iraqi forces i ...

Peshmerga Command Refutes Report of Deployment to Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-04-04 21:45
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga command refuted on Wednesday the reports claiming that the Kurdish forces had been deployed to Kirkuk and other disputed Kurdish areas. “We also reject any agreement with Peshmerga ministry’s signature, and we are not ...

6 Turkish women sentenced to death for ISIS membership in Iraq

The Defense Post - 2018-04-03 00:48
A Iraqi court sentenced six Turkish women to death and a seventh to life in prison for ISIS membership after they surrendered to Kurdish Peshmerga after fleeing Tal Afar The post 6 Turkish women sentenced to death for ISIS membership in Iraq appeared fir ...

Kurdish, Iraqi Forces Considering Joint Control in Disputed Areas

BAS News - 2018-03-30 00:19
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has agreed with a US proposal to jointly secure the disputed Kurdish territories with the Iraqi forces, said a Peshmerga official. Iraqi forces and Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi attacked the Ku ...

Germany to Continue Training Peshmerga: Official

BAS News - 2018-03-07 19:19
ERBIL - The German Defence Ministry declared on Wednesday that they would carry on training the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the Kurdistan Region, said Kurdistan 24. "The training of Peshmerga will continue just as it had been before. It will cover the ar ...

The 1991 Uprising: You May Kill Kurds, But You Can't Defeat Them

BAS News - 2018-03-05 07:51
The 1991 major uprising was led by the Kurdish population across Kurdistan Region against the Baath regime, including the Kurdish Peshmerga which left the mountains to join the people in the cities.The 1991 Kurdish uprising brought major changes to the r ...

French Ex-president: Peshmerga Role in Anti-IS Battle Unforgettable

BAS News - 2018-03-04 00:31
ERBIL — The former president of France, François Hollande, said on Saturday that the decisive role of Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the global efforts to defeat the Islamic State (IS) is unforgettable. In a statement made to Kurdistan 24, Hollande highligh ...

UPDATE: Bombing in Erbil Injures KDPI Peshmerga Forces

BAS News - 2018-03-02 00:12
ERBIL — Two members of the Iranian Kurdish opposition of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) on Thursday were injured after a remote-controlled bomb placed on their vehicle went off. The attack took place in Binaslawa district of Erbil, resu ...

Famous ‘Black BMW’ Burned

BAS News - 2018-02-25 23:31
ERBIL — The famous armoured BMW car which saved the lives of dozens during an Islamic State (IS) attack on Kirkuk in 2016, caught fire on Sunday. Ako Abdulrahman, a Kurdish Peshmerga fighter who is the owner of the car, confirmed the report to BasNews, s ...

Baath Era Landmine Kills a Peshmerga

BAS News - 2018-02-11 21:01
ERBIL — One Kurdish Peshmerga was killed on Sunday after a landmine exploded under his feet, an official confirmed. Introduced by his first initials only, the victim, 41, was reportedly on duty in mountainous areas of Koya district when he stepped on a l ...

Peshmerga Ministry Clarifies over Trainings by NATO Allies

BAS News - 2018-02-10 19:48
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga ministry issued a statement on Saturday to provide clarification pertaining to the military trainings provided by the international partners to the Kurdish forces. Ministry Spokesperson Halgord Hikmat said in an offic ...

KRG refutes HRW accusations against Peshmerga

Waar Media - 2018-02-10 13:07
WAAR-DUHOK: The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on Friday refuted accusations the Human Rights Watch (HRW) recently made against the Kurdish Peshmerga and security forces. Dindar Zebari, head of KRG’s committee for monitoring and responding internati ...

KRG Refutes HRW Allegations Against Peshmerga

BAS News - 2018-02-10 01:09
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on Friday refuted accusations the Human Rights Watch (HRW) recently made against the Kurdish Peshmerga and security forces. Dindar Zebari, head of KRG’s committee for monitoring and responding international ...

Iraqi Kurdistan accused of carrying out ‘mass executions’

E-Kurd - 2018-02-09 22:31
BAGHDAD,— Human Rights Watch on Friday accused Iraqi Kurdish security forces of carrying out mass executions of detainees alleged to be members of the Islamic State jihadist group. The watchdog said the Kurdish peshmerga fighters detained Iraqis and fore ...

NATO, Coalition to Help Peshmerga Ministry Reforms

BAS News - 2018-02-07 22:44
ERBIL — The US-led coalition and NATO will be helping the Kurdistan Region in reforms it has designed to be introduced at the ministry of Peshmerga Affairs, a Kurdish official said. Ministry Spokesperson Halgord Hikmat told Kurdistan 24 on Wednesday that ...

KDP MP Obtains New Information on Peshmerga Captives in IS Jails

BAS News - 2018-02-05 14:30
Erbil - A Kurdish MP in the Iraqi parliament obtained new information about the Peshmerga captives who were captured by the Islamic State (IS). "I've recently been working on the issue of the Peshmerga captives who were captured by IS, and for this reaso ...

Yezidis Call on Peshmerga to Return to Sinjar

BAS News - 2018-02-01 23:51
ERBIL — Kurdish Yezidi population of Sinjar demand Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces to return to their town as security situation there continues to deteriorate, a local official said. “The Yezidi families who have returned to their homes in Sinjar ar ...

Kurdish Peshmerga nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Jewish Coalition for Kurdistan - 2018-02-01 21:22
Norwegian lawmaker Himanshu Gulati has nominated the forces of the Kurdish Peshmerga for the Nobel Peace Prize for their contributions in the fight against "the greatest enemy of humanity." ...

Peshmerga Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

BAS News - 2018-01-31 19:31
LODZ — A Norwegian lawmaker has nominated Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, saying that the Kurdish fighters played a decisive role fighting terror. "The Peshmerga have been crucial to the fact that we have been able ...

Peshmerga Captives of IS Being Sentenced by Baghdad

BAS News - 2018-01-18 23:22
ERBIL — A number of missing Kurdish Peshmerga troops whom had been once captured by the Islamic State (IS) during war, are now at the hand of Iraqi forces in Baghdad, facing unjust trials, said a Kurdish lawmaker. A total of 62 Peshmerga fighters went mi ...

In Pictures: Families of Peshmerga Captives Appeal to UN

BAS News - 2018-01-16 18:36
ERBIL — Family members of the Kurdish Peshmerga troops whom were captured by the Islamic State (IS), staged on Tuesday a demonstration at the United Nation’s office in Erbil. During the fight against IS, 62 Peshmerga were captured by the terrorists group ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Kidnaps Off-Duty Peshmerga

BAS News - 2018-01-11 21:39
ERBIL — Iraqi Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi on Thursday kidnapped an off-duty Kurdish Peshmerga while travelling between Kirkuk and Tuz Khurmatu in northern Iraq. The abducted Peshmerga is identified as Farhad Nihad Qader, from the 3rd Brigade of K ...

IS Not Completely Eliminated from Iraq: Peshmerga Commander

BAS News - 2018-01-08 23:23
ERBIL — Contradictory to Baghdad’s announcement of fully defeating the Islamic State (IS), a Kurdish Peshmerga commander says that the extremist group still maintains presence in the country. Mardan Chawshin, commander of Peshmerga forces on Qaratapa-Ham ...

Sunni Arabs Ask for Coalition Forces in Nineveh Plains

BAS News - 2018-01-07 20:16
ERBIL — The Sunni Arab tribes of Nineveh Plains in northern Iraq have renewed a call on the US-led coalition forces and the Kurdish Peshmerga to protect them against the Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi. Calling the Shi’ite militias “mercenarie ...

Security Vacuum in the Absence of Peshmerga in Disputed Kurdish Areas

BAS News - 2017-12-30 19:53
ERBIL — The Kurdish territories disputed between Erbil and Baghdad are now under serious threat since the Iraqi army and Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi pushed the Peshmerga forces back from the areas, said a Kurdish lawmaker. “In the absence of the ...
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