Month: August 2017

Liam Payne celebrated his 24th birthday on Tuesday (August 29) by posting a photo that’s too precious for this world. Last March, the “Strip That Down” singer welcomed a baby boy, Bear Payne, with Cheryl Cole. They rarely share pics of their bundle of joy, so this Instagram post is especially adorable. “Best birthday ever,” Payne wrote in the […]

Referendum update: The Kirkuk Provincial Council (KPC) held a special session on Tuesday and with a majority vote, has chosen to participate in the upcoming referendum on independence for Kurdistan scheduled for Sep. 25. Out of 41 members in total, 26 of them attended the session. Two members abstained, and 24 voted in favor of […]

Tragedy in Baghdad as a car bomb went off near the busy Jamila wholesale market in Baghdad’s Shiite district of Sadr City Monday morning killing 12 people and wounding at least 28 others. ISIS claimed responsibility for the bombing in an online statement. A medical official confirmed the casualties, saying the death toll was expected […]

A Turkish football fan went wild as he attacked Kurdish footballer Deniz Naki during a game Saturday night. In the first half of the match played in Mersin, as Naki was preparing to shoot a free kick, a fan made his way from the stands onto the pitch and assaulted the Kurdish midfielder from behind. […]

Some of you might have heard or felt the blast last night as an explosion occurred at a Peshmerga weapons depot in Erbil. Officials confirmed the explosion was not terror related and that there were no casualties in the blast. The fire, which was quite large, was quickly put out. Meanwhile, ISIS is on the […]

The Turkish foreign minister who met with President Masoud Barzani on Wednesday ruled out that Turkey intends to impose blockade on Kurdistan Region in response to the referendum. He was also quoted as saying Turkey is prepared to take part in international efforts to resolve outstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad. The Kurdistan Referendum Council also […]

Iraqi forces have entered the al Jazeera neighborhood in southeast Tal Afar on Tuesday, according to video footage released by Hashd al-Shaabi, claiming clashes are fierce and progress is ongoing. On the other hand, counter-terrorism units have entered the south-western Kifah district, the Iraqi military added. Meanwhile in Erbil, security forces reportedly shut down a […]

Hundreds of ISIS militants killed as a Russian air strike hit a convoy near the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zour. Russia’s defence ministry said at least 200 jihadists had died after its air force targeted a convoy of about 20 4x4s, armoured vehicles and tanks. It did not say when the strike took place, […]

The Iraqi Higher Judicial Council said a criminal court in Nineveh has sentenced four militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) to death. The council’s spokesman on Sunday said they were sentenced for carrying out “terror acts.” One of the militants was responsible for recruiting fighters for the group before capturing Mosul and The other three […]

The battle for Tal Afar has begun. In a televised speech announcing the offensive overnight, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the jihadists had the choice between “surrender or die.” Iraqi ground forces have begun the operation to retake Tal Afar today. The Turkmen city is the last major city in northwestern Iraq controlled by ISIS. […]


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