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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 ...

Sinjar Calling for Peshmerga Protection

BAS News - 2018-04-03 21:47
ERBIL — The legitimate administration of Sinjar has appealed for the deployment of Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces in the area in hopes of helping the return of Yezidi IDPs, said Sinjar Mayor Mahma Khalil. “We have also asked for the withdrawal of [I ...

PKK’s Sinjar Withdrawal Ordered by Abdullah Ocalan: Report

BAS News - 2018-04-03 21:47
ERBIL — A media source claimed on Tuesday that the withdrawal of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) from Sinjar was ordered by the party’s jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan. London-based Al-Hayat said in a report that Ocalan’s decision was to prevent any Turkish ...

Outraged by the Attacks on Yazidis? It Is Time to Help.

Nadia Murad - 2018-04-03 03:05
We are very grateful to President Emmanuel Macron of France, who pledged to help demine the Sinjar region. And together with the French government, we are working on starting the Sinjar Action Fund, a trust fund to rebuild Sinjar. But we need more help. I ...

Erdogan: We don't Need Anyone's Permission to Enter Sinjar

BAS News - 2018-04-02 21:16
ERBIL - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has again threatened on Monday to attack the Kurditan Workers' Party (PKK) in the Kurdish region of Sinjar in south of Iraq if Baghdad does not address the issue. "The escape, we will follow them, what happe ...

Iraqi Parliament Speaker Rejects Session on Sinjar: MP

BAS News - 2018-04-02 13:04
ERBIL — Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri is the one to be blamed for rejecting any session on Sinjar and Turkish threats against the Yezidi population, said a Kurdish lawmaker. “We collected signatures to demand a parliamentary session about the ...

Baghdad Bureaucracy Blocks De-mining in Sinjar

Nadia Murad - 2018-04-02 07:28
Baghdad Blocks De-mining in Sinjar This week in Paris I met with President Macron’s advisors to the Middle East, the French Foreign Ministry, the French Crisis and Support Center. The French government re-affirmed President Macron’s commitment to assistin ...

Iraqi Forces Bring Down PKK Flags in Sinjar: Mayor

BAS News - 2018-04-02 00:17
ERBIL — Iraqi forces on Sunday brought down the remaining flags and symbols belonging to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) as the Kurdish guerrillas are leaving the Yezidi town of Sinjar, Mayor Mahma Khalil said. The move comes after the PKK, seemingly ...

Watch: PKK Withdraws from Sinjar

BAS News - 2018-04-01 22:48
ERBIL - A footage has been published on social media on Saturday showing the Kurdistan Workers' Party's (PKK) withdrawal from Sinjar, a Kurdish city in northern Iraq. It comes after the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened several times ...

Two More Yezidis Freed from IS: Official

BAS News - 2018-03-29 15:07
ERBIL - Two abducted Kurdish Yezidis were freed on Thursday after over three years in the Islamic State (IS) captivity, said an official. The two rescued Yezidis belong to Sinjar, the Kurdish Yezidi majority populated city in northern Iraq, Kurdistan 24 ...

PKK Leaves Sinjar Border to Iraqi Forces: Report

BAS News - 2018-03-28 13:39
ERBIL - The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has handed over the administration of Khanasor border crossing in the Yezidi majority populated city of Sinjar in Iraq to the federal government, said a military official. After the withdrawal of the party from ...

Erdogan: Turkey to do ‘what is necessary’ if Iraq fails in Sinjar

The New Mail - 2018-03-28 02:49
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said his country’s intelligence chief is set to meet an Iraqi official to discuss an Iraqi military operation in the northern Sinjar region, where… The post Erdogan: Turkey to do ‘what is necessary’ if Iraq fail ...

Yezidis Under Threat of Another Genocide: Leader

BAS News - 2018-03-27 21:25
ERBIL — The Kurdish Yezidi community in Iraq’s Sinjar and Syria’s Afrin are now under a serious threat of another genocide as the Turkish military incursion in these regions continues, said a Yezidi leader. “Yezidi Religious Council is holding a meeting ...

Erdogan: Iraqi official to visit Ankara over Shingar discuss

Waar Media - 2018-03-26 20:46
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday said an Iraqi official would visit Turkey to discuss “terrorist activities” in the Kurdish-Ezidi city of Sinjar (Shingal) in Nineveh Province. Erdogan’s speech came during a press conference be ...

Sinjar at Great Risk, to Face Smae Destiny of Afrin: Mayor

BAS News - 2018-03-26 15:14
ERBIL - The Yezidis majority populated city of Sinjar is going to have the of Afrin as the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has not withdrawn yet from the city and Turkey continuously threatens to attack it, an official said. "The PKK is still in the city. ...

UN Concerned about Sinjar

BAS News - 2018-03-26 13:04
ERBIL — The United Nations has expressed concern over the current situation of Kurdish Yezidis in Sinjar and around the region, urging immediate actions to help thousands of the religious minority, said UN Special Representative to the Secretary-General ...

PKK Vows to Respond to Turkish Attacks on Sinjar

BAS News - 2018-03-26 13:04
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has vowed to stand against any Turkish military offensive on the Yezidi town of Sinjar in northern Iraq. Speaking to Sputnik, PKK commander Kawa Sheikh Mous dismissed the reports claiming that Turkey has already ...
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