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Sinjar Council Urges Baghdad to Withdraw Its Militias

BAS News - 2018-02-21 23:52
ERBIL — The Sinjar administrative council has handed a written request to the Iraqi government and Nineveh province officials to immediately pull Hashd al-Shaabi militias out of the Yezidi town. Waysi Nayif, head of the council, told BasNews that they ar ...

Shi’ite Militias Threaten to “Clean Iraq from US Forces”

BAS News - 2018-02-21 22:40
ERBIL — Head of Iraqi Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba, a paramilitary group operating under the umbrella of Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi, has once again threatened to attack the US military personnel present in Iraq. “We reiterate that we are sparing no ef ...

WATCH: IS Publishes Video of Ambushing Hashd al-Shaabi

BAS News - 2018-02-21 21:50
ERBIL — The Islamic State (IS) has published a footage claiming it to show an ambush in which the jihadists killed 27 Hashd al-Shaabi militias earlier this week in southwest Kirkuk province. The footage is published by IS news agency known as Amaq. Earli ...

Kirkuk: Hashd al-Shaabi Comes Under Attack

BAS News - 2018-02-21 21:50
KIRKUK — Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi once again came under armed attack in central Kirkuk where they overrun and took control back in October last year. “Hashd al-Shaabi militias were tonight attacked in Chiman district, and we still don’t ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Fails Attempt to Kidnap Brother of Kurdish MP in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-02-20 20:33
ERBIL — The Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi tried to kidnap the brother of a Kurdish MP in Kirkuk province. Amira Zangana, a Kurdish lawmaker in the Iraqi parliament, told BasNews that the militias of Hashd al-Shaabi on Tuesday took her brothe ...

Syrian Regime Vows to Enter Afrin in Blow to Wider Kurdish Aspirations

The Wall Street Journal - 2018-02-20 08:04
The Syrian regime said it would send allied militias into the contested canton of Afrin, part of a deal that will help defend the Kurdish enclave from Turkey but would be a major blow to Kurdish aspirations for an autonomous region. ...

Hawija: Hashd al-Shaabi bulldozing Civilian Houses to Ground

BAS News - 2018-02-19 23:07
The action is in retaliation for 27 Shi’ite militias IS killed a day earlier there KIRKUK — Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi have started bulldozing houses belonging to Sunni Arab civilians near Hawija, reportedly retaliating for 27 militias of ...

IS Kills Hashd al-Shaabi Abductees

BAS News - 2018-02-19 12:22
ERBIL - The Islamic State (IS) militants on Monday killed the abducted militias of the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi who were kidnaped by the extremist group a day earlier.An official of Hashd al-Shaabi said on Monday that they had failed to find and re ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Tries to Build Local Government in Iraq

BAS News - 2018-02-19 11:12
ERBIL - Conflicts between the Iraqi Special Operations Forces and the militias of the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi have arisen since the Hashd al-Shaabi tries to build a local government in Iraq and intervene in the political process.According to Al-Ar ...

IS Kidnaps 25 Hashd al-Shaabi Militias in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-02-19 00:06
ERBIL — Islamic State (IS) militants on Sunday abducted dozens of militias of the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi near Hawija district of southwest Kirkuk province. According to several Iraqi media, the convoy of Hashd al-Shaabi intelligence body was caug ...

Turkey hits Kurds with toxic gas, 6 civilians injured – reports

The New Mail - 2018-02-18 00:47
Turkish forces engaged in Operation Olive Branch against Kurdish militias in the northwest of Syria have used gas, Syrian state media SANA reports. At least six civilians have been hospitalized.… The post Turkey hits Kurds with toxic gas, 6 civilians inj ...

Reports: Turkey used gas in attacking village of Aranda in Afrin

Waar Media - 2018-02-17 10:57
WAAR-DUHOK: Reports have surfaced that a Turkish chemical weapon attack in the Northern Syrian (Rojava) city of Afrin has hospitalized six civilians. The Turkish military is doing battle with US-backed Syrian Kurdish militias over control of the border c ...

Hashd al-Shabbi Attempts to Apply More Arabization in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-02-14 14:10
ERBIL - The militias of the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi is trying new methods to apply more Arabization in Kirkuk by giving land ownership to Shi'ite Arabs in the province."The militias of Hashd al-Shaabi have once again started their process of Arabi ...

Over 100 Shi’ite Militias Poisoned in Iraqi Restaurant

BAS News - 2018-02-13 22:12
ERBIL — Up to 100 Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi were rushed to the hospital on Tuesday after being poisoned in a restaurant in Baghdad Province. Mayor of Khalis district, Udai Khidran, confirmed the report to Iraqi media and said that 140 me ...

Iraqi Sunnis Seek Withdrawal of Shi’ite Militias from Their Areas

BAS News - 2018-02-13 20:07
ERBIL — Iraqi Sunni factions are preparing an official plea to the government, asking for the withdrawal of the Iranian-backed militias of Hahshd al-Shaabi from their areas in north and west of Iraq. According to Lebanese al-Akhabr paper, the Sunnis dema ...

Makhmour: Hashd al-Shaabi Militias Disguise in Federal Police Uniform

BAS News - 2018-02-12 20:42
ERBIL — The militias of Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi in Makhkour have started to harass the citizens throughout the district, setting up checkpoints and disguising in police uniforms. According to a source from Makhmour who wished to remain anonymous, ...

Different Perpetrator; Same Destruction Process in Sinjar

BAS News - 2018-02-12 14:09
ERBIL - %85 of Sinjar, the Kurdish Yezidi majority region, has been devastated by the attacks of the Islamic State (IS) in 2014 as well as the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi militias since October of last year."Due to the attacks carried out by both the ...

Several Killed in Clashes Between IS, Hashd al-Shaabi

BAS News - 2018-02-11 21:48
ERBIL — Islamic State (IS) militants attacked the Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi on Sunday near Tuz Khurmatu, said a local official. Clashes erupted between the sides near Palkan and Gharra villages, where several from both sides were killed ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Militias Loot People's Properties in Zummar

BAS News - 2018-02-11 11:05
ERBIL - Residents of Zummar, a town in northern Nineveh province revealed that the Iranian-backed militias of Hashed al-Shaabi have started looting people's properties in most of the villages in the area."The residents of at least six villages around the ...

Syrian Kurds Retake Village from Ankara-backed Militias near Afrin

BAS News - 2018-02-08 02:50
ERBIL — The Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) said on Wednesday its fighters have recaptured Sheikh Khoruz village from Turkish-backed armed groups near Afrin in northwest of Syria. "After fierce clashes, Sheikh Khoruz hill and village are c ...

Israel, Hizbollah and Iran: Preventing Another War in Syria

International Crisis Group - 2018-02-07 19:11
Facts on the ground in Syria are defining the contours of the country’s political future and also the geography of a looming clash between Israel, Hizbollah and other Iran-allied militias. Russia should broker understandings to prevent a new front from o ...

Militias, High-level Officials Involved in Smuggling Drugs into Iraq

BAS News - 2018-02-06 22:56
BASRA — Militia groups and high-level Iraqi officials are behind the growth of drug smuggling into the country in the southern province of Basra, said the provincial council. Earlier media reports had warned about the rapid increase in drug-related crime ...

Armed Men Attack Hashd al-Shaabi in Diyala, Kill 6

BAS News - 2018-02-05 18:38
ERBIL — At least six militias of the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi were killed in clashes with an unidentified armed group in eastern Iraq. The militias, stationed at a checkpoint in Diyala province, came under heavy attack of the armed men on Monday, a ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Kidnappes Two Kurdish Civilians in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-02-03 22:48
KIRKUK — Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi overnight on Saturday kidnapped two Kurdish civilians in central Kirkuk for an unknown reason. A security source, wishing to remain anonymous, told BasNews that the two abductees were working in a cafe ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Doubles Number of Militias in Kirkuk: Source

BAS News - 2018-02-03 20:12
ERBIL — The Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi has recently begun increasing the number of its militias stationed in Kirkuk, Tuz Khurmatu and other disputed Kurdish territories, said a source. According to an official statement, Hashd al-Shaabi leaders and o ...

Afrin: 150 Civilians So Far Killed by Turkish Attacks

BAS News - 2018-02-03 20:12
ERBIL — At least 150 civilians have so far lost their lives as a result of military attacks by the Turkish army and their affiliated militias against the Kurdish canton of Afrin in northwestern Syria, according to local officials. Ancela Reşo, co-chair o ...

Lahour Jangi Allies with Shi'ite Militias in Anti-Kurdish Operation

BAS News - 2018-02-03 17:15
Erbil — Lahour Jangi visited Tuz Khurmatu to conduct an operation in collaboration with the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi against the new born group of armed men who fight for their rights in the city after the October 16th invasion. "According to the i ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Bombards Villages In Tuz Khurmatu

BAS News - 2018-02-01 13:31
The Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi bombarded a village located in the Kurdish city of Tuz Khurmatu.According to the information obtained by BasNews, the militias of Hashd al-Shaabi bombarded a village in Tuz Khurmatu overnight on January 31st ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Deploys Additional Men to Tuz Khurmatu

BAS News - 2018-01-31 18:25
ERBIL — The Iranian-backed militias of Hashed al-Shaabi have stationed more armed men around the Kurdish town of Tuz Khurmatu. According to sources, the militias of Hashd al-Shaabi have mobilized a squad of soldiers with tens of military vehicles to a vi ...

Turkish Rockets Land in Central Afrin, Wound 12 Civilians

BAS News - 2018-01-31 15:44
ERBIL — At least 12 civilians in Afrin were wounded on Wednesday as a result of a rocket attack carried out by the Turkish army and its affiliated militias. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) press centre said that the entire 12 civilians were injured in ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Abuse Citizens in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-01-31 15:00
KIRKUK — A leading member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) revealed that the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi militias are abusing the residents of Kirkuk province. "The militias of Hashd al-Shaabi mistreat or even abuse all residents in Kirkuk, the ...

France's Macron warns Turkey over Syrian operation

Reuters - 2018-01-31 13:43
PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron warned Turkey that its operation against Kurdish militias in northern Syria should not become an excuse to invade the country and said he wanted Ankara to coordinate its action with its allies. ...

Clashes Erupt Between Civilians and Hashd al-Shaabi in Makhmour

BAS News - 2018-01-30 22:42
ERBIL — A group of Kurdish civilians clashed on Tuesday with militias from the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi in Makhmour district, southwest of Erbil. According to a source from the town, who wished to remain anonymous for security measures, the clashes ...

Some PUK Elements Assist Hashd al-Shaabi in Makhmour

BAS News - 2018-01-30 12:10
A number of cadres within the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) led the Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shabbi in federal security uniforms to arrest citizens including Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) officials in Makhmour.“A group of militias of H ...

Recep Tayyip Erdogan turns Turkey away from U.S.

Washington Times - 2018-01-30 09:13
All is not well with U.S.-Turkey relations. Earlier this month, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan bitterly criticized U.S. support for Syrian Kurdish militias, saying: "A country we call an ally is insisting on forming a terror army on our borders. ... Our ...

Hashd al-Shabbi Refuses to Leave Liberated Provinces

BAS News - 2018-01-29 11:55
According to news reports, the Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi have invaded at least 800 governmental institutions in the Iraqi provinces which were liberated from the Islamic State (IS), and they refuse to leave.A senior official told Al Jade ...

Kurds Won’t Allow Syrian Regime Into Afrin: Official

BAS News - 2018-01-28 16:06
ERBIL — Kurdish-run Afrin region’s leader stated that they will not let the Syrian regime return to the enclave once again. Bahjat Barakat, leader of Kurdish-run Afrin region told BasNews that Turkish army and its allied militias have not taken control o ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Hopes to Bring Gorran, KIG into Electoral Coalition

BAS News - 2018-01-28 00:15
ERBIL — Al-Fatih bloc, a group of powerful Iraqi Shi’ite militias led by Hadi al-Ameri, are reportedly attempting to bring the Change Movement (Gorran) and Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG) into an alliance for the upcoming elections in Iraq. According to a ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Gives Rise to Drug Abuse in Iraq: MP

BAS News - 2018-01-27 21:54
BAGHDAD — The Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi are behind the enhancement of drug abuses since they have taken control of some border crossings of Iraq, said a lawmaker. “Hashd al-Shaabi has imposed its rule over the border crossings, a ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Prevents Sunni IDPs from Returning Home

BAS News - 2018-01-27 12:08
The Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi militias prevent the Iraqi Sunnis who were displaced due to the attacks of the extremists of Islamic State (IS), from returning home.According to the statements of some political officials and a great number of members ...

SDF Releases Figure of Casualties in Clash with Turkish Army

BAS News - 2018-01-26 17:58
ERBIL — The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces has released a statement in which it confirms that 43 of its fighters have lost their lives while clashing with the Turkish army and Ankara-backed militias in northern Syria. The SDF, in which the Syrian Kur ...

Lebanon Issues Arrest Warrant for Hashd al-Shaabi Top Leader

BAS News - 2018-01-23 19:10
ERBIL — Lebanese public prosecutor has issued an arrest warrant for Qais Khazali, the leader of Asayib Ahl al-Haq, a major component of the Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi in Iraq. According to Lebanese al-Akhabr paper, the warrant was issued earlier ...

Militarisation Continues in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-01-20 18:01
Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi militias mobilize additional fighters to Kirkuk ERBIL — According to a spokesperson from Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) Leadership Council in Kirkuk and Garmiyan, the Kurdish Province of Kirkuk continues to be militarised ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Appoints New Mayor in Tuz Khurmatu

BAS News - 2018-01-18 17:03
“The Arabic faction representatives have voted under the threat of the Iranian-backed militias Hashd al-Shaabi” ERBIL — A Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) representative to Tuz Khurmatu said that a Shi’ite Turkman figure from Tuz Khurmatu has been appoin ...

Kirkuk is “Occupied” by Iraqi Army: Ousted Governor

BAS News - 2018-01-11 23:10
ERBIL — The ousted Kurdish governor of Kirkuk, Najmaddin Karim said on Thursday during his latest interview that Kirkuk province is indeed “occupied” by the Iraqi army and Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi. Speaking to Kurdistan 24, Karim said h ...

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 ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Struggling to Clear Hawija from IS

BAS News - 2018-01-10 19:14
ERBIL — The Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi, after three months since the liberation of Hawija district in southwest Kirkuk province, is still struggling to completely clear the town from the remaining Islamic State (IS) jihadists and war remnants. T ...

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 ...

Pictures: Hashd al-Shaabi Blows up House of Another Kurdish Civilian

BAS News - 2018-01-06 21:38
ERBIL — Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi on Saturday destroyed another residential building in Tuz Khurmatu which reportedly belongs to a Kurdish resident. According to the information obtained by BasNews, the bombing took place in the Kurdish- ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Hands Over a Yezidi District to PKK

BAS News - 2018-01-06 15:35
ERBIL — The Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi on Saturday have reportedly withdrawn from the Yezidi town of Sinune near Sinjar in northern Iraq to be replaced by Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) forces. Head of Sinune local administration, Naif Saido, co ...

Reuters: Abadi plans taking back PMF’s heavy weapons

Waar Media - 2018-01-05 19:44
WAAR-DUHOK: Under pressure from allies in the West, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is staking his career on reining in the Shi‘ite militias that helped him defeat Islamic State. The task will not be easy. The paramilitaries, or Popular Mobilization ...

France’s Macron Calls on Iraq to Disarm Hashd al-Shaabi

BAS News - 2018-01-05 01:58
ERBIL — French President Emanuel Macron has called on Baghdad to disarm the Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi, who are closely linked to the Islamic Republic of Iran. Marking the New Year during a speech to diplomats of his country on Thursday, Macron ...

Iran Takes in Iraqi Hashd al-Shaabi Militias to Suppress Protests

BAS News - 2018-01-05 01:58
ERBIL — The Islamic Republic of Iran has reportedly resorted to Iraqi Shi’ite militias to suppress ongoing Iranians’ protests, deploying the militia groups to encounter angry demonstrators. Citing local sources form Iran’s Ahwaz province, al-Arabiya said ...

[Watch]: Hashd al-Shaabi Militias Paint Out Giant Kurdish Flag in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-01-04 21:30
KIRKUK — The Iranian-backed militia of Hashd al-Shaabi on Thursday painted out a famous Kurdish flag from a wall in Kirkuk. Footages circulating on social media, shows a group of militias applying a white layer of paint to the Kurdistan flag on the road ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Forces Yezidis to Speak Arabic Only: Sinjar Mayor

BAS News - 2018-01-04 04:02
SINJAR — Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi have recently began another campaign targeting Yezidi Kurdish population of Sinjar in north of Iraq: imposing Arabic language on the locals, said mayor of the city. “The militias affiliated to the Hashd ...

How do civilians live under mad shelling

ANHA - 2018-01-03 15:31
AFRIN – The regime forces and its militias have shelled the eastern villages of Hama in a mad manner, following the policy of the scorched earth, while Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s mercenaries (al-Nusra formerly) are responding similarly. What is the civilians’ ...

Hashd Al-Shaabi Detonates Building of Kurdish Civilian in Tuz Khurmatu

BAS News - 2017-12-31 11:13
ERBIL — The Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi last night detonated another building belonging to a Kurdish civilian in Tuz Khurmatu city, south of Kirkuk Province. “At 9:15 pm last night, a building of a Kurdish citizen named Shakhawan Haji Hashim in O ...

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 ...

Hashd Al-Shaabi Continues to Shell Kurdish Villages in Tuz Khurmatu

BAS News - 2017-12-30 11:39
ERBIL — The Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi once again shelled the areas on the outskirt of Hanjira mountain near Tuz Khurmatu city, where dozens of Kurdish villages are located. Artillery forces of the Hashd al-Shaabi militias shelled last night the ...

Shi’ite Militias Shell Kurdish Villages Near Tuz Khurmatu

BAS News - 2017-12-28 11:11
ERBIL — The Turkmen Shi’ite militias within Hashd al-Shaabi shelled the Hanjira mountain range, which includes Kurdish villages near Tuz Khomatu district, south of Kirkuk Province, Kurdish activists and witnesses said on Thursday. At least three artiller ...

Kurdish MP Criticises UNAMI Report on Tuz Khurmatu Crisis

BAS News - 2017-12-28 00:45
ERBIL — Kurdish lawmaker Ashwaq Jaff has criticised a recent report by the United Nations Assistance Mission to Iraq (UNAMI) about the humanitarian crisis faced by Kurds in Tuz Khurmatu at the hand of Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi. Jaff told BasNew ...

Iraqi Forces Demand Peshmerga to Hand Over Areas in Garmyan

BAS News - 2017-12-26 10:23
Peshmerga forces have been deployed to frontline ERBIL — The Iraqi army and the Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi have warned the Peshmerga forces to withdraw from some areas in Garmyan region in northern Diyala Province, said an official. Lieutenant S ...

Tuz Khurmatu: Armed Clash Erupts Between Hashd al-Shaabi Groups

BAS News - 2017-12-25 20:56
ERBIL — As tensions escalate between different armed factions of Hashd al-Shaabi across Iraq, Turkmen militias and other fighters again clashed in Tuz Khurmatu on Monday. The fire exchange begun after the Turkmen Shi’ite militias were prevented from ente ...

Barzani wishes Kurdistanian Christians a Merry Christmas

Waar Media - 2017-12-25 17:31
WAAR-DUHOK: Former Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Monday wished Christians a Merry Christmas and said it was unfortunate they were forcibly displaced once again after October’s offensive by the Iranian-backed Shia Hashd al-Shaabi militias i ...

Kurdish Population Targeted by Armed Groups in Mandali, Diyala: Official

BAS News - 2017-12-25 16:03
ERBIL — The security situation in the Kurdish town of Mandali in southern Khanaqin city is unstable under the Hashd al-Shaabi militias, an official said. Hakim Shaho, Mayor of Mandali, told BasNews “the situation of Mandali town is unstable under the mil ...

Syrian and Iranian-backed forces push deeper Into border area with Israel

Waar Media - 2017-12-25 11:50
WAAR-DUHOK: Syrian army forces backed by Iranian-backed militias, including Lebanon’s Hezbollah, pushed deeper into the last rebel-held enclave near a strategic border area with Israel and Lebanon in a new expansion of Tehran’s influence in the war-torn ...

UNAMI’s Report on Violations in Tuz Khurmatu

BAS News - 2017-12-23 23:26
TUZ KHURMATU — The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has recently conducted an investigation into the reported violations by Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi in Tuz Khurmatu, saying their observation proved destruction of homes ...
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