Tag Archives | Peshmerga

Iraqi Forces Begin Battle for Mosul

Iraqi forces launched their counterattack yesterday to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, according to a statement released by Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials. “The United States and the rest of the international coalition stand ready to support Iraqi security forces, peshmerga fighters and the people of […]

Germany Resumes Weapons Exports to Kurds

By Simon Kent. Germany have resumed arms shipments to the Kurdish Peshmerga after they were suspended following allegations that some of the arms had been seen on the black market. The latest shipment comes after the Kurdish Regional Government completed an investigation into the allegations and pledged that it would not happen again. Germany has […]

NOC Allows Kirkuk Oil to Enter Kurdish Pipeline

By Simon Kent. Heightening speculation that  a new, comprehensive deal may be reached between the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) and Baghdad over oil exports and revenues, news has emerged that the federal North Oil Company (NOC) is allowing exports of Kirkuk crude via the Kurdish pipeline through Turkey. This could add up to 150,000 bpd […]

Peshmerga Capture Villages Near Mosul

By Simon Kent. Kurdish Peshmerga forces have captured several villages from the self declared Islamic State, near the city of Mosul, the group’s last urban stronghold in Iraq. Around 5000 Kurdish fighters participated in the operation, which was backed by Coalition air strikes. IS responded by launching suicide vehicle attacks, but these were not successful. […]

Video: Aid Shortage Leaves IDPs Suffering

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The Iraqi army and Kurdish Peshmerga forces are intensifying their battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) in the south of the city of Mosul. […]

Canada Plans Field Hospital for Mosul Battle

By John Lee. Canadian Minister of Defence Harjit Sajjan has announced that Canada will establish and staff a field hospital (or military hospital) as a part of its contribution to the forthcoming battle for Mosul, expected some time over the coming winter. Sajjan noted, “As part of our ongoing commitment, Canada will soon deploy up […]

Concern over Post ISIS Iraq Landscape

By Mustafa Sadoon for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The military protocol agreement signed July 12 between the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government and the United States might create controversy in Iraq’s public and political circles, especially those that do not have good relations with the […]

UK sends More Troops to Iraq

Britain will increase its training support to Iraqi forces taking the fight to Daesh, the Defence Secretary has announced today. Expanding the significant capacity building mission already underway, the UK will send around 50 additional trainers to the Al Asad Airbase in Western Iraq to provide instruction on countering improvised explosive devices (c-IED), infantry skills […]

Finland Boosts Training Mission

By Simon Kent. Finland is set to increase its training and assistance mission to Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces, sending an extra 50 commandos to help the Kurds  counter improvised explosive devices and other ISIS tactics. The move came amid some debate in the Finnish parliament, but MPs’ concerns were assuaged by the fact that the […]

KRG rejects Amnesty International Report

By John Lee. The head of the KRG Committee to Respond to International Reports, Dindar Zebari (pictured), has said that the KRG rejects all accusations made about Peshmerga forces by Amnesty International. He told K24: “The Peshmerga have liberated large swaths of territory from Daesh [IS] and have helped civilians regardless of their ethnic and […]

Amnesty claims Kurds Uprooting Arabs

By John Lee. A report this morning from Amnesty International claims that Peshmerga forces of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Kurdish militias in northern Iraq have bulldozed, blown up and burned down thousands of homes in Arab villages. It says that although KRG officials have tended to justify the displacement of Arab communities on […]