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White House confirms Trump still wants to meet with Putin

Waar Media - 2018-04-20 23:36
WAAR-DUHOK: US President Donald Trump still wants to hold a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a well-informed official at the National Security Council told TASS on Friday. The will to hold the meeting is still there, since President Trump i ...

Iraqi Troops Kill IS Leader's Right-Hand Man

BAS News - 2018-04-20 21:42
ERBIL - Iraqi security forces have killed the right-hand man of group’s first-in-command Abu Bakir al-Baghdadi in Diyala, said a report. "The airstrike targeted a rest house by Islamic State members in al-Zor basin, northeast of Baquba, which left two Is ...

Iraqi Officers Confiscate IS Suspects’ Homes: HRW

BAS News - 2018-04-19 22:57
ERBIL — Officers from the Iraqi forces have reportedly confiscated the houses of suspected Islamic State (IS) militants in the northern city of Mosul and surroundings, said the Human Rights Watch. “Iraqi security officers are denying immediate relatives ...

Coalition Commander Discusses Security Coordination with Masrour Barzani

BAS News - 2018-04-19 13:28
ERBIL — Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Masrour Barzani received on Thursday General Commander of the US-led Coalition in Iraq Maj. Gen. Walter Piatt, discussing the latest political and security developments in the region and ties ...

Six IS Members Killed in Salahaddin

BAS News - 2018-04-19 10:31
ERBIL - Six Islamic State (IS) members were killed on Wednesday by the Iraqi security forces, said the Security Press Center. A Spokesperson for the center, Brigadier General Yahiya Rasul said that the militants were killed during a cooperative operation ...

Iranian defense minister in Baghdad for security cooperation

Waar Media - 2018-04-18 16:54
WAAR-DUHOK: Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami arrived in Baghdad on Wednesday and is expected to meet with Iraqi military officials, as reported by Iranian news outlets. Hatami was received by Secretary General of the Iraqi Ministry ...

Chemical Weapons Inspectors Shot in Syria: Report

BAS News - 2018-04-18 14:45
ERBIL - The UN's security team was shot at on Wednesday after they tried to conduct an investigation on the suspected chemical attack in Douma, claimed the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Syrian government has been accused of gas ...

Iraqi Forces Kill Senior IS Leader in Iraqi-Syrian Border: Report

BAS News - 2018-04-18 13:51
ERBIL - A senior Islamic State (IS) leader was killed on Wednesday by the Iraqi security forces at the Iraqi-Syrian border areas, a military source said. According to AlSumaria, the IS leader is identified as Abu Huzaida al-Iraqi, responsible for carryin ...

Brett McGurk in Erbil, Encouraging Extended Talks with Baghdad

BAS News - 2018-04-17 23:40
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani on Tuesday received a US high-level delegation headed by Brett McGurk, the special US presidential envoy to the anti-Islamic State (IS) coalition, discussing the latest political and security deve ...

Turkey’s security council advises to extend state of emergency

Waar Media - 2018-04-17 18:46
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkey’s National Security Council advised to extend the state of emergency introduced in the wake of failed putsch in 2016 for another three more months, the council said on Tuesday. The extension will likely be approved by parliament. The s ...

Warrant Issued for SWAT Commander's Arrest in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-04-17 17:41
ERBIL - A warrant has been issued to arrest a commander of elite Iraqi SWAT forces in Kirkuk, including a number of his fellow colleagues, a security source told Kurdistan 24 on Tuesday. The warrant comes after some other members of the unit were previou ...

Kurdish Court Sentences IS Member to Fifteen Years in Jail

BAS News - 2018-04-17 15:15
ERBIL - A criminal court in Kirkuk province has sentenced a member of the Islamic State (IS) to 15 years in jail, said a report. According to a statement released by the Directorate of Security in Garmiyan, the convict was captured on November 3, 2016 by ...

Bomb Explosion Wounds Five Iraqi Troops

BAS News - 2018-04-17 15:15
ERBIL - At least five Iraqi troops were injured on Tuesday by a bomb explosion in Diyala, said a security source. "An explosive charge planted on the side of a road in al-Naqib village, south of Baqubah, went off, leaving five soldiers wounded," Iraqi Ne ...

Armed Men Attack, Loot House of Kurdish Civilian in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-04-16 23:49
ERBIL - A group of unidentified armed men raided on Monday the house of a Kurdish engineer in Kirkuk province, looting his properties. A security official who wished to remain anonymous said that the suspects have committed the crime in Rzgari neighborho ...

Kurdish Senior Citizens Detained in Iran for Son's Political Activities

BAS News - 2018-04-16 22:27
ERBIL - Iranian security forces have detained two Kurdish senior citizens whose son is already on a death row for political activities. According to Hangaw Organisation for Human Rights, the parents of Ramin Hussein Panahi were detained in Sanandaj by Ir ...

Bomb Explosions Kills, Wounds Sixteen in Mosul

BAS News - 2018-04-16 20:15
ERBIL - At least five people were killed, and eleven more were wounded on Monday after two bombs blasted in western Mosul on Monday, said a security official. Captain Saleh Hassan, an Iraqi police officer told the Kuwaiti Al-Aan newspaper that the explos ...

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 ...

Masrour Barzani, Chief of Office Security Cooperation Meet in Erbil

BAS News - 2018-04-15 17:55
ERBIL - Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Masrour Barzani received on Sunday Chief of Office Security Cooperation – Iraq Major General Bradley Becker to discus the political and security situation in Iraq. During the meeting, the two ...

US, France, Britain launch new UN bid for Syria chemical weapons probe

Waar Media - 2018-04-15 13:10
WAAR-DUHOK: Hours after striking Syria, the United States, France and Britain on Saturday launched a new bid at the United Nations to investigate chemical weapons attacks in Syria. The three allies circulated a joint draft resolution at the Security Coun ...

UNSC: Russia’s Resolution on Syria Rejected

BAS News - 2018-04-14 23:29
ERBIL — The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) held a meeting on Saturday to discuss the Russian-drafted resolution on the current situation in Syria in the aftermath of US missile attacks against Bashar al-Assad’s regime, but failing to adopt the re ...

UNSC fails to adopt Russia-drafted resolution condemning Syria strike

Waar Media - 2018-04-14 22:12
WAAR-DUHOK: The United Nations Security Council did not approve on Saturday the Russia-drafted resolution that condemns air strikes launched by the United States and its allies against Syria. Three countries – Russia, China and Bolivia – voted in favor o ...

Departure of Bossert Reveals “Boltonization” of National Security Council

Foreign Policy Research Institute - 2018-04-13 02:11
Yesterday, Thomas P. Bossert, the President’s Homeland Security Advisor, abruptly resigned from his post. It came as a surprise to homeland security observers and to Bossert himself. Speaking at the Cipher Brief’s 2018 Threat Conference in Sea Island, Ge ...

IS Attacks Iraqi Army Near Mosul

BAS News - 2018-04-12 22:59
ERBIL — The Islamic State (IS) jihadists on Thursday carried out a surprise attack against the Iraqi Army’s 16th brigade in Ba’aj district of northwest Mosul. Speaking to Arabi Jadid website, a security source said that the Iraqi forces had no intelligen ...

Iraqi Forces Arrest Six IS Members in Mosul

BAS News - 2018-04-12 19:03
ERBIL — Iraqi security forces have arrested six Islamic State insurgents in eastern Mosul, a police officer said on Thursday. The six IS militants were captured in al-Wahda neighborhood in eastern Mosul, said spokesperson of the Interior Ministry, Saad M ...

Preventing Boko Haram Abductions of Schoolchildren in Nigeria

International Crisis Group - 2018-04-12 18:29
Four years after the abductions in Chibok, and months after more kidnappings in Dapchi, over 100 schoolgirls are still missing. Nigeria must act to make schools safe – beefing up security, learning from past mistakes and, ultimately, working to end the B ...

Iran to Implement Kurdish Activist Execution

BAS News - 2018-04-12 15:13
ERBIL - Supreme Court of Iran has approved the execution sentence of the Kurdish activist Ramin Hossein Panahi who was captured in 2016 by the Iranian security forces in Sanandaj, said a report. According to Hangaw Organisation for Human Rights, the cour ...

Documentary screening: ‘The Voice of the Yazidi Women’

The American University of Kurdistan - 2018-04-12 02:01
Duhok, Iraqi Kurdistan – October 25, 2017 – The Center for Peace and Human Security at the American University of Kurdistan hosted the screening of the documentary film “The Voice of Yazidi Women”, in collaboration with YAZDA, a global Yazidi organization ...

Putin warns Netanyahu to avoid action to destabilize Syria

Waar Media - 2018-04-12 01:52
WAAR-DUHOK: Russian President Vladimir Putin urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday not to take any action that could destabilize Syria or put its security in peril, the Kremlin said. The Kremlin released word of the two leaders’ conversation ...

Mass Grave with Bodies of 60 Victims Found Near Mosul

BAS News - 2018-04-11 23:23
ERBIL — Iraqi security forces have discovered a new mass grave in southern Mosul, north of Iraq, a security source said. “Security forces found a mass grave which contained 60 bodies of civilians,” Capt. Amir Wathiq told BasNews. He stated that the victi ...

Masrour Barzani, EU Envoy Discuss Security

BAS News - 2018-04-11 20:30
ERBIL - Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Masrour Barzani received on Wednesday Head of Mission at European Union Advisory Mission in Iraq Markus Ritter for talks about security establishment throughout Iraq. During the meeting, the ...

KRG PM, US ambassador to Iraq discuss political, security issues

Waar Media - 2018-04-11 16:29
WAAR-DUHOK: The US diplomatic mission in Baghdad and Erbil, led by Ambassador Douglas Silliman, visited Erbil on Tuesday and held a meeting with Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani to discuss the latest political and security developments. ...

Russian Envoy Discusses US Threats on Syria with Iranian Top Officials

BAS News - 2018-04-11 12:12
ERBIL - Russian President Vladimir Putin's Special Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentiev have met with Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani in Tehran to discuss US threats to attack the Syrian regime, a report said. During the meeting, t ...

Documentary screening: ‘A Kurdish dream: War and peace’

The American University of Kurdistan - 2018-04-11 02:00
Duhok, Iraqi Kurdistan – January 28, 2018 – The Center for Peace and Human Security at the American University of Kurdistan hosted the screening of the documentary film “The Kurdish Dream: War or Peace” by Kae Bahar, in collaboration with the Center for R ...

US Welcomes Progress in Erbil-Baghdad Talks

BAS News - 2018-04-10 22:21
ERBIL — The US diplomatic mission in Baghdad and Erbil, led by Ambassador Douglas Silliman, visited Erbil on Tuesday and held a meeting with Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani to discuss the latest political and security developments. Sill ...

Masrour Barzani: Solution to Disputes is Constitution

BAS News - 2018-04-10 13:11
ERBIL — The Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council, Masrour Barzani, has reiterated that Erbil seeks implementation and commitment of all sides to the Iraqi constitution as the way out of crisis. “The situation in Iraq should be addressed in a w ...

Haley urges UN to ‘see justice done’ in Syria, vows US response

Waar Media - 2018-04-10 12:49
WAAR-DUHOK: US Ambassador Nikki Haley on Monday urged the United Nations Security Council to act following the latest alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria, warning the United States was ready to respond. Russia said a US military strike against Syria ...

Mass Grave Found West of Mosul

BAS News - 2018-04-09 19:40
ERBIL — Iraqi security forces have discovered another mass grave in the north of the country which contains the bodies of scores of victims killed by the Islamic State (IS). The remainings of at least 40 people were recovered from the site, located near ...

UNSC to hold emergency meeting over Syria chemical attack

Waar Media - 2018-04-09 11:53
WAAR-DUHOK: The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Monday over a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria. “The US, along with Cote d’Ivoire, France, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Sweden, and the UK, has called for an emerge ...

Nine Iraqi Troops Killed, Wounded by IS Suicide Bomb Attack in Anbar

BAS News - 2018-04-09 10:38
ERBIL - Four IS jihadists have carried out a suicide attack on the Iraqi forces on Monday morning, leaving at least nine troops killed or wounded in western Iraq. "They attacked al-Askari district in the town of Haditha," a security source confirmed to K ...

UNSC to Meet on Monday, Discuss Syria Chemical Attack

BAS News - 2018-04-08 22:50
ERBIL — The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will hold an urgent meeting on Monday on the reports about chemical attacks in Syria against civilians. Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) and the civil defense service said that a Saturday bombardme ...

Unknown Armed Group Kill Three Civilians South Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-04-07 22:34
ERBIL — At least three civilians were killed on Saturday in an attack carried out by an armed group in southern Kirkuk province, a source said. Speaking to Iraqi media, a security source revealed that the attack had taken place near Kief village of Dubiz ...

Iran Arrests Four Kurdish Porters

BAS News - 2018-04-07 10:50
ERBIL - Iranian border security forces have arrested four Kurdish Porters in the Kurdish province of Piranshahr on Thursday, a human rights group said. According to the Iranian Kurdish human rights monitoring group, Hangaw, the detainees are identified a ...

Three Civilians Injured in Bombing North of Baghdad

BAS News - 2018-04-05 22:04
ERBIL — At least three civilians were wounded in a bombing on Thursday in a town north of Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, security sources said. Cited by Iraqi media, unknown security sources said the blast had rocked the centre of Tarmiyah town, located s ...

Terrorism and its impact on Security in the region

Roji Kurd - 2018-04-05 00:02
By: Faisal Fulad- @faisalfulad1956 Political and security tension between the Arabs States, mainly the Arabian Gulf Nations and Iran has caused to spread violence throughout the region. The majority of the Arabian Gulf Nations pointed out that Iran suppo ...

Trump Agrees to Keep US Troops in Syria for "Little Longer"

BAS News - 2018-04-04 18:20
ERBIL - US President Donald Trump has approved in a National Security Council meeting on Tuesday to keep his country's troops in Syria for a longer time, insisting on pulling them out soon, a report said on Wednesday. “We’re not going to immediately with ...

Security in Kirkuk at Great Risk Without Peshmerga: Official

BAS News - 2018-04-04 17:50
ERBIL - Security and economic situation in Kirkuk province is at great risk since the Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi have taken over the city, said a local official. "The militiamen of Hashd al-Shaabi are pretty new to Kirkuk, thus they canno ...

Turkey to Deport Nine Iraqis Arrested over IS Links

BAS News - 2018-04-03 21:21
ERBIL ― The Turkish authorities have decided to deport nine Iraqi nationals whom were arrested over their suspected links to the Islamic State (IS), according to country’s security sources. The suspects, alongside 12 others were arrested during an anti-t ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Cannot Secure Kirkuk, Peshmerga Should Return: Official

BAS News - 2018-04-03 12:07
ERBIL - The security situation in Kirkuk province has not been stable ever since the Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi have taken over the city, said a local official. Talking to BasNews, Sheikh Masrour Naji, head of al-Jabouri tribes in Kirkuk ...

Iraqi Security Forces Kill 65 IS Militants in Anbar: Report

BAS News - 2018-04-03 09:38
ERBIL - Iraqi security forces on Monday killed 65 Islamic State (IS) militants in a well-planned ambush in the province of Anbar, according to Iraqi sources. IKH News quoted a military source who wished to remain anonymous, saying that the security force ...

CNN: Who stands to gain if Trump pulls the US out of Syria?

Justice for Kurds - 2018-04-01 17:28
Washington (CNN) – President Donald Trump’s unexpected announcement on Thursday that the US would “be coming out of Syria like very soon” is raising concerns among some national security officials who warn that withdrawing now would not only undermine Ame ...
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