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Baghdad Prevents Kurdish Education Programme in Sinjar

BAS News - 2018-09-18 13:36
ERBIL — The Iraqi government, which is now in control of Sinjar, is preventing the schools in the predominantly Yezidi town from running Kurdish-language education programme, a local official said. “The Iraqi government prevents the re-opening of Kurdish ...

“I Survived IS, Now I’m a Child with No Fear” - Part 10

BAS News - 2018-09-15 11:51
Sinjar, a predominantly Kurdish Yezidi town in the Kurdistan Region, has now become a symbol for the huge damage an extremist ideology and its inhumane crimes could bring to humanity. The city was overrun by the Islamic State (also referred to as IS, ISI ...

YBS Clashes with Iraqi Forces near Sinjar

BAS News - 2018-09-03 10:37
ERBIL — The armed forces for the Sinjar Resistance Units (YBS), which is an affiliated group for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), reportedly clashed with the Iraqi army in west of the Yezidi town of Sinjar on Sunday. According to Qasim Shasho, the com ...

Baghdad Retakes Control of Sinjar-Rojava Border from PKK

BAS News - 2018-08-31 17:13
ERBIL — The Iraqi government has reportedly retaken control of the border between Sinjar and Syrian Kurdistan to limit Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) from movements and business, a source said. “The PKK and its affiliated forces [in Sinjar] shall no long ...

Baghdad Helps the Return of Those who Welcomed IS to Sinjar: Mayor

BAS News - 2018-08-29 12:55
ERBIL — The Iraqi central government is helping the return of those who welcomed the Islamic State (IS) in 2014 to Sinjar, said the mayor of the Kurdish Yezidi town. “Hundreds of families have been brought back to the village of Gulat and other areas in ...

Commander Rejects Hashd al-Shaabi’s Withdrawal from Sinjar

BAS News - 2018-08-27 13:22
ERBIL — A commander for the Yezidi unit of Hashd al-Shaabi has rejected the recent reports which claimed the Iranian-backed militias had retreated from Sinjar. Khal Ali, commander of the Yezidi unit which operates under the command of Imam Ali Brigade of ...

Only 10% of Yezidis so far Returned to Sinjar: MP

BAS News - 2018-08-25 11:34
ERBIL — A Kurdish lawmaker has revealed that only 10% of Yezidis have so far retuned to their homes in Sinjar, and they are leading a difficult life with minimum services and maximum life threatening conditions. MP Shamo Shekho, a Yezidi member of Kurdis ...

Yezidi Leader Refutes Accusations of Involvement in Killing a PKK Leader

BAS News - 2018-08-25 00:37
ERBIL - Head of the Ezidkhan Democratic Party in Sinjar has refuted the accusations of any involvement in the killing of a Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) leader who was targeted by the Turkish army last week. Zeki Shingali, a PKK leader was killed in a T ...

Iraqi Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad gets married in Germany

E-Kurd - 2018-08-20 18:58
BERLIN, Germany,— Yazidi human rights activist, UN Goodwill Ambassador and Islamic State group IS survivor, Nadia Murad Basee Taha, on Sunday got married to a Yazidi man, Abid Shamdin in Germany. Both are from the Sinjar (Shingal) region in northwest Ira ...

El Consejo de Sinjar condena la actitud del gobierno iraquí

Anf Spanish - 2018-08-20 05:51
El Consejo de Sinjar se reunió con el gobierno iraquí para negociar un permiso para que un convoy de Norte de Siria pudiera asistir al funeral de Zeki Şengali, asesinado por el estado turco. El gobierno iraquí se ha negado conceder el permiso. ...

IS-planted Bomb Kills Young Kurdish Yezidi Man in Sinjar

BAS News - 2018-08-19 14:55
ERBIL — A young Kurdish Yezidi man was killed on Sunday after an Islamic State (IS)-planted IED went off at his home in Sinjar. Yezidi activist, Qasim Khudeda, identified the victim as Haji Abdullah Ilyas. He revealed that Ilyas was returning to his home ...

Baghdad Denies Coordination in Turkish Airstrike on PKK in Sinjar

BAS News - 2018-08-18 10:00
ERBIL — Iraq’s Foreign Ministry has decried the Turkish airstrike targeting Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Sinjar, saying there had been no coordination between Baghdad and Ankara for the raid. In a statement on Friday, ministry spokesperson Ahmed Mah ...

Iraq condemns Turkish airstrikes on Sinjar, denies coordination

E-Kurd - 2018-08-17 20:41
BAGHDAD,— Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday denounced Turkish airstrikes on the Yazidi district of Sinjar (Shingal) in northwest Iraq, which killed the commander of PKK forces in the area. The ministry’s spokesman, Ahmed Mahjoub, denied any coo ...

KNK PRESS REALEASE: The Turkish State Attacks the Yezidis in Sinjar

Koerdisch Instituut - 2018-08-17 11:16
The Turkish state’s hostility towards the Kurdish people and the Yezidi people continues, and their campaign of violent attacks persists. Yesterday, on 15 August 2018, Turkish warplanes bombed the Sinjar region of Iraq and killed and injured many Yezidis. ...

HDP Condemns Turkey's Air Raid on Sinjar

BAS News - 2018-08-16 23:37
ERBIL - Turkey's pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has condemned an airstrike conducted by Ankara Air Force against the Yezidi populated region of Sinjar on Wednesday which was also coordinated with local intelligence and killed a senior leader ...

Footage of Turkish Airstrike on Sinjar

BAS News - 2018-08-16 23:37
ERBIL - Turkish military has released the footage of one of its air strikes on the Yezidi populated region of Sinjar conducted on Wednesday in which five members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (KDP), including a senior official known as Zeki Shingali, w ...

Baghdad Backstabs Its PKK Ally

BAS News - 2018-08-16 10:23
ERBIL — Following the Turkish multiple airstrikes on Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) positions in Sinjar, and the killing of several PKK members, including commanders, there are indications that the attack was coordinated by the Iraqi army and Iranian-bac ...

Turkish Jets Strike Sinjar

BAS News - 2018-08-15 23:50
ERBIL — Only a day after Iraqi premier Haider al-Abadi’s visit to Ankara, Turkish warplanes carried out airstrikes in Sinjar area. The strike reportedly targeted a checkpoint belonging to the armed forces affiliated with the Kurdistan Worker’s Party. A l ...

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 ...

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 ...

This is Aiman, Yezidi Teen Who Lived 8 Months in IS Captivity – Part 9

BAS News - 2018-08-06 10:03
There seems to be no end to the heart-rending stories from the people of Sinjar. Four years ago, the city came under brutal attack of Islamic State (also referred to as IS, ISIS or Daesh) militants when the extremist group crossed Syrian border into Iraq ...

Erbil to Commemorate Sinjar Massacre This Week

BAS News - 2018-08-04 16:57
ERBIL — A special event has been organised the current week in Kurdistan Region’s capital city to commemorate the anniversary of Islamic State (IS) genocide campaign against the Kurdish Yezidis in Sinjar and surrounding areas. Four years ago, on 3rd Augu ...

Germany: Two Streets Named after Two Yezidi Villages

BAS News - 2018-08-04 15:34
ERBIL - German authorities, on the fourth anniversary of the Islamic State (IS) genocide against Yezidis, have named two streets as "Shingal" and "Kuco", the former being the Kurdish name for the mostly Yezidi populated Sinjar city. The religious minorit ...

Quatre anys després del genocidi de Sinjar, un balanç esfereïdor

KurdisCat - 2018-08-03 14:57
Els terribles fets que van començar avui fa quatre anys, amb l'assalt a Sinjar i la regió de Shengal per part dels islamistes continuen deixant petjada. El fet que els propis veïns musulmans de la zona assenyalessin els seus veïns que eren d'una altra re ...

Yezidi Girl Recalls Her Story in IS Captivity: Four Times Sold

BAS News - 2018-07-29 17:53
Sinjar, a predominantly Kurdish Yezidi town in the Kurdistan Region, has now become a symbol for the huge damage an extremist ideology and its inhumane crimes could bring to humanity. The city was overrun by Islamic State (also referred to as IS, ISIS or ...

Yezidis Run Campaign to Remove IS Mottos from Sinjar Walls

BAS News - 2018-07-27 00:29
ERBIL — Dozens of Yezidi young men and women have gathered to wash away every sign on the walls which the Islamic State (IS) painted. Sahir Mirza, one of the organisers of the campaign, told BasNews that 30 Yezidi men and women are taking part in the ini ...

Koerden weren journalisten uit Sinjar

Frederike Geerdink - 2018-07-26 14:27
Short article about media denied access to Sinjar/Shengal during the military operation to re-take the area from Daesh, November 2015. Published in Dutch weekly news magazine Groene Amsterdammer. Erbil – Sinjar is weer terug in Koerdische handen. De belan ...

Iraqi Jets Strike PKK Positions near Sinjar

BAS News - 2018-07-23 22:17
ERBIL — The positions belonging to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) were pounded by Iraqi fighter jets on Monday, a source from the party said. Eight Iraqi warplanes were hoovering over Gali Karse area of Sinjar region around 16:15 local time (+3 GMT) b ...

IS-Planted Landmine Kills Yezidi IDP Inside his Home

BAS News - 2018-07-23 15:37
ERBIL - A Yezidi IDP was killed on Monday in a landmine explosion while returning to his abandoned house after three years, an official said. Khairi Ziban, a member of Sinjar mayoral council, told BasNews that they identified the victim as Ibrahim Qolw, ...

More Help Needed for Yezidis to Rebuild Sinjar: IOM

BAS News - 2018-07-19 23:26
HARDAN (IOM) — As millions of Iraqi returnees grapple with post-conflict realities in areas devastated by war, the UN Migration Agency (IOM) has provided more than 600 Yazidi families with non-food items in villages around the town of Sinjar, about 120 k ...

Rudaw: Yezidi village school to become genocide museum

Justice for Kurds - 2018-07-18 00:25
DUHOK, Kurdistan Region – Yezidi activists have successfully lobbied the Iraqi government to convert a school in the village of Kocho near Sinjar – known to Kurds as Shingal – into a museum dedicated to the ISIS genocide. The Iraqi government gave the pro ...

Sinjar: Over 400 Civilian Properties Cleared from IS-planted Mines

BAS News - 2018-07-15 22:50
ERBIL — A total of 412 civilian properties in the Yezidi town of Sinjar have so far been cleared from mines and explosives planted by the Islamic State (IS) once the extremist group had control over the region. Masoud Shafiq, head of Mine Action Agency i ...

Sinjar: Iraq-Syria Border Handed over to PKK, Hashd al-Shaabi

BAS News - 2018-07-10 21:57
ERBIL — The border areas between Iraq and Syria near the predominantly Yezidi town of Sinjar has been handed over to pro-Iranian militias of Hashd al-Shaabi and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an official said. Sinjar Mayor Mahma Khalil told reporter ...

PYD Intensifies Oil Smuggling from Syria to Iran: Source

BAS News - 2018-06-30 16:32
ERBIL - As the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party's (PYD) role and the administration has begun to approach its end in Syria, it has therefore started to "intensify the smuggling of oil to Iran through Sinjar in hopes of getting as much money as possi ...

Meeting with UAE officials in Brussels.

Nadia Murad - 2018-06-28 19:37
Grateful to meet with Excellency Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh and Ambassador Mohamed Issa Abushahab in Brussels to discuss UAE support for reconstruction and security in the Yazidi homeland of Sinjar Iraq. @Zakinus @UAEEmbassyBXL ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Might Withdraw from Sinjar: Official

BAS News - 2018-06-25 10:14
ERBIL - The number of Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi has lately decreased in the Yezidi region of Sinjar, the US might have started pressuring them to withdraw from the area, said a Kurdish official on Monday. Speaking to BasNews, Qasim Shash ...

Young Yezidi Girl Freed from IS Captivity

BAS News - 2018-06-21 16:02
ERBIL - A Kurdish Yezidi man on Thursday re-united after four years with one of his daughters who was abducted by the Islamic State (IS) jihadists since mid-2014 when their hometown Sinjar was attacked by the militants. The United Nations Goodwill Ambass ...

Yezidi Family Go Missing after Returning to Hometown Sinjar

BAS News - 2018-06-19 11:47
ERBIL — A Yezidi family have gone mossing after returning to their hometown Sinjar last week to renew their national ID document. The family, a couple and their 3-year-old son went from Shekhan district of Duhok to Sinjar on 14 June, a family member told ...

Offensive - Erdoğan beginnt neuen Krieg im Irak

Der Standard - 2018-06-11 17:23
Der türkische Staatschef gibt bei einem Wahlkampfauftritt den Start einer Offensive gegen die PKK mit Luftangriffen in der nordirakischen Provinz Sinjar bekannt ...

Erdogan declares Qandil operation against PKK

Waar Media - 2018-06-11 17:01
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday said an operation against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has begun in the Qandil mountains on the Iraq-Iran border and the Yezidi-Kurdish homeland of Shingal (Sinjar), which is under the c ...

Erdogan: Turkey Has Launched Anti-PKK Operation in Qandil, Sinjar

BAS News - 2018-06-11 16:43
ERBIL - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed on Monday that his country has started an anti-PKK military operation in Qandil region and the Kurdish city of Sinjar, state-run media said. Ankara views the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) as "a terr ...

More Iraqi Troops Deployed to Sinjar: Commander

BAS News - 2018-06-06 13:38
ERBIL - More Iraqi forces have been deployed to Sinjar without any clear reasons, said a Peshmerga commander on Wednesday. Peshmerga commander Qasim Shasho told BasNews that the new troops have started constructing a siege around the city "so that they c ...

Turkish Army to Go to Sinjar If Needed: Erdogan

BAS News - 2018-06-06 00:25
ERBIL — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened again that his country’s army would attack Sinjar in northern Iraq “if needed”. “If needed we will go to Sinjar and do what is necessary,” Erdogan said on Tuesday at a campaign rally for the r ...

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 ...

US Deployment to Sinjar will Ease Yezidis' Return: Mayor

BAS News - 2018-06-02 14:25
ERBIL - The Yezidis can return to their homes in Sinjar easier than before as the US troops have been deployed to the region's mount and stability may be brought to it, said an official on Saturday, adding that the city will no longer stay as a "an Irani ...

US Forces Setting up Military Base on Mount Sinjar

BAS News - 2018-06-02 01:08
ERBIL — A number of US armed personnel on Friday arrived on the top of the strategic mount of Sinjar, reportedly starting to set up a military base, said an official. “Today, 15 military vehicles of US troops arrived on top of Mount Shingal and stationed ...

KRG office rescues four Ezidi teenagers kidnapped and trained by IS

Kurdistan24 - 2018-05-20 19:37
Children from the minority Ezidi sect, fleeing violence from Islamic State (IS) militants in Sinjar (Shingal), make their way toward the town of Elierbeh of Al-Hasakah Governorate, near the Syrian border, Aug. 10, 2014. (Photo: Reuters) ...

Mayor: Yezidis Elected KDP, Refused Hashd al-Shaabi's Presence in Sinjar

BAS News - 2018-05-16 14:16
ERBIL - The success of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has achieved in the Iraqi parliamentary election in Sinjar shows that the Yezidis do not want the Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi to stay in their town, said an official. Mayor of Sin ...

Thousands of Yezidis Fail to Vote in Sinjar: Official

BAS News - 2018-05-12 12:56
ERBIL - Although approximately 120,000 Kurdish Yezidis are eligible to vote in Sinjar, most of them cannot participate in the process due to identification issues, said a senior official on Saturday. Mayor of Sinjar, Mahma Khalil, told BasNews that many ...

Yezidi Young Boy Commits Suicide in IDP Camp

BAS News - 2018-04-30 17:53
ERBIL - An 11 year old Yezidi boy committed suicide on Sunday evening by hanging in an IDP camp for Yezidis in Zakho district of the Kurdistan Region, said a source. "Ribwar Hajem, from Sinjar committed suicide by a rope in a room his parents had recentl ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Attempts to Exploit Yezidi IDPs' Votes for its Candidates

BAS News - 2018-04-29 19:44
ERBIL - The Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi in Sinjar are trying to exploit the biometric cards of the Yezidis who have fled abroad to ensure more votes for their candidates, said a Kurdish official. Thousands of Kurdish Yezidis escaped Sinjar ...

The Lethal Legacy of Landmines in Iraq

Nadia Murad - 2018-04-19 09:30
According to the United Nations, Iraq is the fifth most mined country in the world, with 59 landmines per square mile. One organisation, Nadia's Initiative, is pushing for the removal of the explosives and booby traps in Sinjar province, a region located ...

Abadi Says PKK Should Fully Withdraw from Sinjar

BAS News - 2018-04-11 17:22
ERBIL - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said that the Kurdistan Workers' Party' (PKK) should withdraw all its fighters from Sinjar, adding that "no foreign armed groups are allowed to be present in the country except the national army". In his weekl ...

Turkish Operation in Sinjar not Allowed: Iraqi President

BAS News - 2018-04-04 17:50
ERBIL - Iraqi President Fuad Masum reiterated that Turkey 'cannot' conduct any military operation in Iraq as long as the Kurdistan Workers' Party' (PKK) has declared its withdrawal from the area, said a report. The statement comes after the Turkish Presi ...
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