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Documents Prove Iraqi Forces’ Withdrawal from Positions in Kirkuk: MP

BAS News - 2018-02-25 02:04
ERBIL — A Kurdish lawmaker claims there are photographs and other documents showing that the Iraqi forces and pro-government militias have pulled out of several positions in Kirkuk province. MP Shakhawan Abdullah said that the withdrawal of the Iraqi fed ...

IS Attacks Oilfield in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-02-24 23:09
ERBIL — The Islamic State (IS) jihadists overnight on Saturday carried out an attack on Khabaza oilfield in Kirkuk province, a security source said. At least two guards of the facility were killed and another was wounded, the source confirmed, noting tha ...

200 Bodies of IS Militants Found in Iraq: Official

BAS News - 2018-02-24 19:32
ERBIL — Mosul Civil Defense Corps found 200 bodies of the Islamic State (IS) militants under the rubbles in the northern province of Nineveh. Samr Majid, deputy head of Mosul Civil Defense Corps in a press conference said that 200 bodies of IS members we ...

Iraqi Army's Withdrawal from Kirkuk Puts Nineveh at Great Risk

BAS News - 2018-02-24 11:41
ERBIL - If the Iraqi forces withdraw from Kirkuk province, there is a great possibility for Nineveh to be invaded again by the extremist group of Islamic State (IS), said a Kurdish lawmaker of the Iraqi parliament.Shakhawan Abdullah, a Kurdish MP of the ...

Unknown Armed Men Kidnap Kurdish Shepherd in Tuz Khurmatu: Official

BAS News - 2018-02-24 09:51
ERBIL - A couple of unknown armed men kidnapped a Kurdish shepherd on Friday evening in a village around Tuz Khurmatu Province."A Kurdish Shepherd has been abducted by two unknown armed men on Friday evening in Khdir Wali village in Tuz Khurmatu and thei ...

Baghdad Rejects Reports of Withdrawal from Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-02-24 00:45
ERBIL — Iraq’s War Media Cell has refuted reports about sudden withdrawal of some Iraqi army units from areas in Kirkuk province in fear of possible Islamic State (IS) attacks. It said in a statement that the reports claiming Iraqi federal forces and oth ...

Kirkuk: IS Again Ambushes Hashd al-Shaabi Militiamen

BAS News - 2018-02-23 23:52
KIRKUK — Jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) on Friday ambushed a group of Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi militiamen in Kirkuk province, killing and wounding several fighters. A security source confirmed to BasNews that the Hashd militiamen fell into the ...

IS Re-Emerges in Kirkuk: Official

BAS News - 2018-02-22 22:57
ERBIL — A military official in Kirkuk province stated that the extremist group of Islamic State (IS) has reorganized itself and even attempted to enter the city. Deputy head of a Peshmerga unit in Western Kirkuk Hama Regir on Thursday told BasNews that t ...

Violations Against Women Become Phenomenal in Kirkuk: Official

BAS News - 2018-02-22 13:50
ERBIL - Kidnapping females has reached a phenomenal rate in Kirkuk province since last October 16th invasion, according to an official from the security forces in the city.Farhad Fazil, head of a local security unit in Kirkuk told BasNews that at least t ...

Intensive movements of Turkish ambulances between Kills, Afrin

ANHA - 2018-02-22 08:06
Intensive movements of the Turkish ambulances are witnessed on the border line between Deir Swan village in Shera district in Afrin canton and the Turkish province of Kills, in addition to turning off the light by the Turkish authorities in the areas loca ...

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 ...

Iraqi Parliament Candidate Issued Arrest Warrant Ahead of Elections

BAS News - 2018-02-21 23:20
ERBIL — An Iraqi court has issued an arrest warrant for a candidate who was supposed to run for parliament in the upcoming elections. Omar Humeri, the former governor of Diyala province, was issued an arrest warrant for corruption when he was in the offi ...

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 ...

Iraqi Security Forces Cannot Secure Kirkuk: Official

BAS News - 2018-02-21 12:30
ERBIL - The Iraqi security forces in Kirkuk province are unable to secure the area, therefore the people themselves have started to protect their homes."Since the October 16th events, violations have drastically increased in Kirkuk. We cannot stay out af ...

Unknown Armed Men Open Fire at Security Directorate in Sulaymaniyah

BAS News - 2018-02-21 11:43
ERBIL - A group of an unknown armed men overnight on Tuesday opened fire at the Directorate of Security in western Sulaymaniyah province.The Mayor of Chamchamal, Ramk Ramazan, told BasNews that the armed men overnight on Tuesday were in a car when they s ...

Kurdistan Left Shaken with Third Earthquake in 24 Hours

BAS News - 2018-02-20 21:33
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Sulaymaniyah Province was struck by another earthquake on Tuesday, causing no casualties or serious damages to properties. General Directorate of Meteorology and Seismology of Kurdistan said in a report that the shake was regis ...

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 ...

Kurdistan: Second Earthquake in a Day

BAS News - 2018-02-19 21:33
ERBIL — Another earthquake hit Kurdistan Region’s border areas overnight on Monday to become the second shake within less than 24 hours. The quake was reportedly felt in various districts of Sulaymaniyah province, including Raniyah, Qaladize, Dukan, and ...

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 ...

IS Plans to Return to Nineveh: Iraqi Official

BAS News - 2018-02-18 13:03
ERBIL - The extremist group of the Islamic State (IS) is planning to invade a Kurdish city in Kurdistan Region, according to Saudi media outlets."The Islamic State has been trying to attack Kirkuk province and occupy it once again so that it can have con ...

KDP boycotts Iraqi parliamentary election in Kirkuk

Waar Media - 2018-02-15 23:49
WAAR-DUHOK: The ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has confirmed that it will boycott the Iraqi parliamentary elections in the disputed Kurdish province of Kirkuk. “We won’t take part in the polls for the council of representatives of Iraq in Kirkuk ...

Iraqi Parliament Candidates Fight over Who Comes First on Ballot

BAS News - 2018-02-15 20:36
ERBIL —A number of Iraqi candidates for the upcoming parliamentary elections in Diyala province engaged on Thursday in a fight over their layout of ballots and whether their names appear prior to others. The clash took place at the headquarter of the ele ...

Kirkuk: K1 Military Base Under Heavy Rocket Attack

BAS News - 2018-02-15 20:36
KIRKUK — The strategic military base of K1 in Kirkuk Province came under fierce rocket attack Thursday evening, security sources confirmed to BasNews. The location from where the rockets are launched, and the perpetrators are not identified yet. An ammun ...

KDP Boycotts Iraqi Parliamentary Election in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-02-15 18:12
ERBIL — The ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has confirmed that it will boycott the Iraqi parliamentary elections in the disputed Kurdish province of Kirkuk. “We won’t take part in the polls for the council of representatives of Iraq in Kirkuk [pr ...

Turkey occupies new Syrian territories with Russian-Iranian agreement

ANHA - 2018-02-15 11:42
NEWS DESK – Turkey has occupied new land from Syria in the province of Adlib, in agreement with Russia and Iran, under the pretext of so-called ” reducing escalation areas ” agreed by the three parties in Syria. Turkey is taking advantage of the meetings ...

Turkey Imposes Curfew on Several Areas in Diyarbakir

BAS News - 2018-02-14 15:40
ERBIL — Turkish security forces have imposed curfews on at least 176 villages in the province of Diyarbakir, the Kurdish-majority province in Turkey. According to sources, the curfews were imposed on 71 villages and 105 hamlets in the province in the pre ...

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 ...

Turkey imposes curfews in Kurdish Diyarbakir province

E-Kurd - 2018-02-14 11:51
DIYARBAKIR-AMED, Turkey’s Kurdish region,— Turkey on Wednesday imposed curfews in dozens of villages and towns in the Kurdish Diyarbakir province in Turkish Kurdistan in anticipation of a new operation against Kurdish militants inside the country. The Di ...

Kirkuk Residents Want Kurdish Security Forces Back: Goran Official

BAS News - 2018-02-14 09:40
ERBIL - Since the October events, the residents in Kirkuk province are not comfortable with their security and they wish the Kurdish security forces would replace the Iraqi forces in the city once again.Mohammed Nasradin, head of a branch of Change Movem ...

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 ...

Unknown Group Explodes Temple in Kirkuk, Kidnaps the Owner

BAS News - 2018-02-11 11:05
ERBIL - A group of unknown armed men exploded a temple and kidnapped the onwner in Kirkuk province.According to the information obtained by BasNews, a group of unknown armed men overnight on Saturday attacked a temple in Daquq, a town in Kirkuk province ...

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 ...

Fire in Duhok IDP Camp Kills One

BAS News - 2018-02-09 23:37
DUHOK — At least one IDP was killed on Friday as fire raged a camp in Kurdistan Region’s Duhok Province. The victim is a four-month-old child who died as a result of the smoke in their tent, according to Salim Saaid, an official from Duhok. At least IDP ...

Portefaix “Kolbars” du peintre kurde Nasser Ghazizadeh

Institut kurde - Paris - 2018-02-09 20:28
L’Institut kurde de Paris organise une exposition des œuvres du peintre kurde Nasser Ghazizadeh, qui, pour soutenir les victimes du tremblement de terre au Kurdistan iranien dans la province de Kermânshah, reverse une partie des bénéfices de la vente de ...

Averting Disaster in Syria’s Idlib Province

International Crisis Group - 2018-02-09 19:30
An imminent military showdown in Idlib with disastrous human costs can be avoided only if Turkey strikes a deal between Russia, on one hand, and militants, on the other, and deploys its forces along the front lines to deter an escalation. ...

Violations Reach Alarming Level in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-02-09 01:38
ERBIL — Instability in Kirkuk province has extremely arisen since ever it was over taken by the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi on October 16th last year. “The situation in Kirkuk is totally out of control due to the excessive number of violations such as ...

ISF begin offensive to liberate Tal Afar

CENTCOM - 2018-02-08 23:21
SOUTHWEST ASIA - "The Global Coalition against ISIS welcomes Iraqi Prime Minister Abadi's statement earlier this morning announcing the launch of the offensive to liberate Tal Afar and the remainder of Ninewah province and northern Iraq from the clutches ...

Iraq’s Oil Ministry Signs Agreement to Install Refinery in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-02-08 16:58
ERBIL — The Iraqi government has signed an agreement with a local company to establish an oil refinery in the Kurdish province of Kirkuk. According to al-Sumaria News, Iraq’s oil ministry intends to reconstruct an oil refinery that would be able to refin ...

United Nations is a “blind man” an eye sees, other is blind

ANHA - 2018-02-08 13:03
In an emphasis on double standards in dealing with humanitarian issues, the United Nations is trying to stop the tragedy caused by the Russian bombing and the bombing of the system on the countryside of the province of Idlib in north-west Syria as well as ...

US expands air campaign in northern Afghanistan

The Defense Post - 2018-02-07 02:28
The US expanded its air campaign in northern Afghanistan, carrying out airstrikes in Badakhshan province near the border with China and Tajikistan, amid reports that American soldiers are being redeployed from Iraq. The post US expands air campaign in no ...

YPG Uses Neither Russian Nor American Rockets in Afrin Battle

BAS News - 2018-02-07 01:34
ERBIL — Sipan Hemo, the People's Protection Units’ (YPG) General Staff told Erei Şerqul Ewset Newspaper that YPG’s army uses neither Russian nor American rockets in Afrin battle. “For the 18th day, Turkey with all its forces attacks on Kurdish province 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 ...

Erdogan: US Presence in Syria’s Manbij aimed against Turkey, Russia, Iran

Waar Media - 2018-02-06 19:45
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that the United States should leave Syria’s Manbij in Aleppo province as Ankara plans to return it “to its true owners.” He also added that Washginton had “calculations against Turkey, Iran and ma ...

Sulaimani teachers protest Iraqi PM failure to deliver salaries

Waar Media - 2018-02-06 15:31
WAAR-DUHOK: Teachers in the Province of Sulaimani on Tuesday went on strike and held demonstrations against Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi, for failing to deliver monthly salaries despite repeated promises. The demonstrators held banners written ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Kills University Professor in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-02-06 13:35
Erbil - A university lecture was assassinated in Kirkuk province."An unknown group of armed men opened fire at a university teacher identified as Ali Yilmaz while dropping off his car in the city center of Kirkuk," revealed by Iraqi media outlets on Febr ...

Turkish Unit Attacked in Syria: Turkish Army

BAS News - 2018-02-06 12:05
Erbil - Turkish army revealed that a few of their soldiers were killed and wounded in Idlib province."One of our units in Syria has been attacked and it resulted in the killing of one soldier and wounding of 5 others," reads Turkish army's statement on F ...

Iraqi Federal Supreme Court cannot rule on Kurdistan flag in Kirkuk

Waar Media - 2018-02-05 21:06
WAAR-DUHOK: The Federal Supreme Court of Iraq on Monday declared it cannot rule on the legality of the Kurdistan national flag being flown in the disputed province of Kirkuk, while a Kurdish official affirmed the ruling is in favor of the symbolic Kurdis ...

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 ...

Masrour Barzani: Kirkuk is Occupied with Current Situation

BAS News - 2018-02-05 14:30
ERBIL — Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Masrour Barzani reiterated on Monday that Erbil does not accept the current imposed governing system in Kirkuk, and that it considers the Kurdish province as occupied. Speaking to reporters o ...

Iraq Launches New Anti-IS Operation Months After Declaring Victory

BAS News - 2018-02-03 23:53
ERBIL — The Iraqi army on Saturday launched a massive military operation against the remaining Islamic State (IS) militants in the western province of Anbar, official said. Ground troops will be backed by Iraq’s airforces during the operation which will ...

Syria rebels shoot down Russian jet, capture pilot

Waar Media - 2018-02-03 20:59
WAAR-DUHOK: Syrian rebels have shot down a Russian jet over Idlib province and captured its pilot, according to a monitor. Syrian troops, backed by Russian air support, launched an offensive on rebel-held Idlib back in December. Syrian opposition fighter ...

Second in a Week: Fire Rages IDP Camp in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2018-02-03 20:12
DUHOK — A fire broke out in an IDP camp of Kurdistan Region’s Duhok province on Saturday, causing huge damage to people’s properties. A spokesperson for Kurdistan Civil Defense Corps confirmed the report to BasNews and said that the fire had erupted in a ...

3rd Winter Games Festival in Kurdistan to Start Next Week

BAS News - 2018-02-02 00:10
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Region is holding 3rd annual winter games in the mountainous areas of easter Erbil province. Speaking to BasNews, Hunar Ahmed, a speaker for directorate of tourism in Choman, said the event will be kicked off on Saturday, 3rd Februa ...

Turkey Deploys Additional Armoured Vehicles to Afrin Border

BAS News - 2018-01-31 22:53
ERBIL — The Turkish military has sent additional armoured vehicles to the southern province of Kilis, bordering Syria, as Ankara proceeds with its military incursion into Afrin. According to Kurdistan 24, at least 15 military vehicles were stationed on W ...

Turkish Army, PKK Clash in Agri Province

BAS News - 2018-01-31 21:38
ERBIL — Fierce armed clashes erupted on Wednesday between the Turkish army and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Turkey’s eastern Kurdish province of Agri. At least two Turkish soldiers were killed during the confrontations, according to Kurdistan 24. No ...

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 ...

IS Emerges in Southern Nineveh Province

BAS News - 2018-01-30 20:28
MOSUL — US-led anti-IS Coalition jets carried out airstrikes on some newly-opened units of the Islamic State (IS) in south Nineveh. According to Iraqi media outlets, the US-led anti IS coalition warplanes on Tuesday, January 30th carried out a number of ...

Turkey Imposes Curfew on 15 Kurdish Villages

BAS News - 2018-01-29 22:07
ERBIL — The Turkish authorities imposed curfew on 15 villages and 4 districts of the Kurdish province of Elazığ on Monday. Elazığ governor’s office said in a statement that the residents of the area are required to stay indoors during the limited hours, ...

Another Faction Leaves Abadi’s Electoral Alliance

BAS News - 2018-01-29 19:28
BAGHDAD — An Iraqi Sunni faction announced on Monday that it has withdrawn from Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s electoral alliance to enter another coalition. MP Abdulrahman Luaizi, head of a Sunni bloc from northern Nineveh Province, said it has ...

Diyala: Armed Men Assassinate Iraqi Lawyer in Broad Daylight

BAS News - 2018-01-29 00:26
ERBIL — A group of armed men opened fire at the vehicle of an Iraqi lawyer on Sunday in the central province of Diyala, killing him immediately. According to security sources, the lawyer was accompanied by his brother at the time of the attack, whom was ...

IS Kidnaps Two People in Diyala

BAS News - 2018-01-28 19:10
ERBIL — Head of council of Uzeim, a town in the southern Diyala province, confirmed on Sunday that the Islamic State (IS) militants have kidnaped two shepherds with at least 500 livestock. “The IS militants kidnapped two shepherds in a village located be ...

Can Syria’s Kurds keep control of their territory?

The Economist - 2018-01-28 18:04
ABU JABR waited more than three years to exact his revenge. In 2014 the jihadists of Islamic State (IS) murdered hundreds of his fellow tribesmen in the province of Deir ez-Zor. Mr Jabr returned to his village in December, leading a group of tribal fight ...

Iran Arrests 15 Kurds for Links to Kurdish Oppositions

BAS News - 2018-01-28 16:53
ERBIL — Iranian security forces arrested at least 15 Kurdish citizens within two days in the villages around Shno (Oshnaviyeh) district of Western Azerbaijan Province. Local sources, cited by Iranian Kurdish human rights monitoring group of Hangaw, said ...

New Governor Steps Up Arabisation Campaign in Kirkuk

Jewish Coalition for Kurdistan - 2018-01-28 13:37
The new governor of Kirkuk who was appointed by the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi, Rakan Saeed, helps the Arabisation campaign against the indigenous Kurdish population of the province. ...
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