IRAQ

  • Indians missing in Iraq are alive, search on: External Affairs Minister 10 hours 20 minutes ago

    New Delhi: The alleged killing of 39 Indians in Iraq by terrorists of Islamic State was taken up in the Rajya Sabha on Friday after a section of media recently reported about it. After hearing the concerns raised by several members of Rajya Sabha, Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj clarified...
  • Iraq court sentences Sunni ex-MP to death for murder 5 days ago

    Baghdad: An Iraqi court sentenced former Sunni MP Ahmed al-Alwani to death today for murder, a spokesman said, a verdict that could damage Baghdad's relationship with a powerful tribe battling jihadists. Alwani is a member of the Albu Alwan tribe, members of which are fighting against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist...
  • US plans to arm Iraq's Sunni tribesmen with AK-47s, RPGs, mortars 5 days ago

    Washington: The United States plans to buy arms for Sunni tribesmen in Iraq including AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds to help bolster the battle against Islamic State militants in Anbar province, according to a Pentagon document prepared for Congress. The plan to spend $24.1 million represents a small fraction of...
  • ISIS releases new beheading video November 16, 2014

    The Islamic State Jihadist group on Sunday released another beheading video of US aid worker Peter Kassig. ...
  • Obama defends his decision to deploy forces to Iraq to fight against ISIS November 10, 2014

    US President Barack Obama is defending his decision to deploy more forces to Iraq to fight against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. US has recently approved additional 1,500 troops. Obama said, "What hasn't changed is our troops are not engaged in combat." ...
  • Islamic State head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi wounded in airstrike: Officials November 10, 2014

    Baghdad: Iraqi officials said on Sunday that the head of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was wounded in an airstrike in western Anbar province. Pentagon officials said they had no immediate information on such an attack or on the militant leader being injured. Iraq's Defense and Interior ministries both...
  • Iraqi officials say Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi wounded in airstrike November 10, 2014

    Baghdad: Iraqi officials said on Sunday that an airstrike wounded the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Pentagon officials said they had no immediate information on such a strike or al-Baghdadi being wounded. Iraq's Defense and Interior Ministries issued statements saying al-Baghdadi had been wounded, without elaborating. An Interior...
  • US, allies hit Islamic State with 14 air strikes in Iraq, Syria November 7, 2014

    Washington: US and allied nations staged eight air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria in the past three days and also hit the insurgent group in six attacks in Iraq, the US Central Command said on Friday. Seven strikes near the Syrian border town of Kobani, a regular target for...
  • Barack Obama sent secret letter to Iran on fighting Islamic State: WSJ November 6, 2014

    Washington: US President Barack Obama sent a secret letter to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei last month stressing the two countries' shared interest in fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, a media report on Thursday said. According to the Wall Street Journal, the letter in mid-October said that...
  • Al Qaeda, IM team up to train terrorists and turn India into 'Syria and Iraq': Intelligence reports November 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Decrypted communications between Indian Mujahideen (IM) and Al Qaeda and testimony from suspects have triggered alarm among intelligence officials in New Delhi: the groups appear to be working together to launch major attacks in the region. The officials told Reuters that plots they had uncovered included the kidnapping of...
  • Turkey, Iraq mutually abolish visa requirements November 6, 2014

    Ankara: Turkey and Iraq have mutually abolished visa requirements during a visit by Iraq's new Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari to Ankara on Wednesday. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Iraq's al-Jaafari signed a protocol for lifting visa requirements in a bid to restore bilateral relations between the two countries following the...
  • 40 Indians remain captives in Iraq; government assures families November 4, 2014

    New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday met the families of 40 Indians, still held captives in Iraq, and assured them that the "earnest" efforts continued to secure the release of the nationals who remain "unharmed". Meeting the families for the fifth time since the Indians were taken hostage...
  • Punjab: Endless wait for families of youngsters suspected to be in ISIS custody November 3, 2014

    Chandigarh: It continues to be an endless wait for families of 40 Punjabi youth suspected to be in ISIS custody in Iraq. 10-month-old Arshpeet has never seen his father Gurdeep who went to work in Iraq two months before he was born. Things were alright for the family until June...
  • Islamic State executed over 200 Iraq tribesmen in recent days November 2, 2014

    Baghdad: The Islamic State jihadist group has in recent days executed more than 200 members of an Iraqi tribe that fought against it, officials and a tribal leader said on Sunday. Accounts varied as to the exact period in which the Sunni Albu Nimr tribesmen were killed in various areas of...
  • Hyderabad Police keeps tab on people getting drawn towards ISIS via social media November 2, 2014

    Hyderabad: While India may not have joined the US-led coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) but security agencies were keeping a close track of Indians who may be getting drawn towards the group via social media. The situation was alarming as more educated young people seem...
  • Islamic State kills 85 more members of Iraqi tribe November 1, 2014

    Baghdad: Islamic State has executed 85 more members of the Albu Nimr tribe in Iraq, a tribal leader and security official said on Saturday, part of a mass killing campaign launched last week to break local resistance to the group's territorial advances. Tribal chief Sheikh Naeem al-Ga'oud told Reuters Islamic State...
  • Hundreds of Iraqi tribesmen opposed to Islamic State found in mass graves October 30, 2014

    Baghdad: The bodies of 150 members of an Iraqi Sunni tribe which fought Islamic State have been found in a mass grave, security officials said on Thursday. Islamic State militants took the men from their villages to the city of Ramadi and killed them on Wednesday night and buried them, an...
  • Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria to fight Islamic State October 30, 2014

    Suruk: A first group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Thursday to help push back Islamic State militants who have defied US air strikes and threatened to massacre its Kurdish defenders. Kobani, on the border with Turkey, has been encircled by the Sunni Muslim...
  • Islamic State group lines up, kills 30 Iraqi men near Baghdad October 29, 2014

    Baghdad: An Iraqi official says Islamic State militants lined up 30 Sunni men in a town west of Baghdad and shot them dead. The slayings took place on a main street in the town of Hit on Wednesday. Anbar provincial council chairman, Sabah Karhout, says the Sunnis killed were tribal fighters allied...
  • Iraqi peshmerga fighters head for Syria to fight Islamic State October 29, 2014

    Arbil: Iraqi peshmerga fighters headed for the Syrian town of Kobani on Tuesday to help fellow Kurds repel an Islamic State advance that has defied US-led air strikes and become an important test of the coalition's ability to combat the Sunni insurgents. Kobani, nestled on the border with Turkey, has been...
  • US, allies stage 13 attacks on Islamic State targets in Syria, Iraq October 28, 2014

    Washington: US forces staged four air strikes on Islamic State militants in Syria on Tuesday and allies joined in nine strikes on the group in Iraq, the US Central Command said. In Syria, US attack and fighter aircraft went after targets near the border city of Kobani, destroying a small Islamic...
  • Barack Obama reviews ISIS strategy with national security team October 25, 2014

    Washington: US President Barack Obama has reviewed his administration's strategy against the Islamic State with his national security team, during which he discussed the status of comprehensive campaign to counter the feared militant group in Iraq and Syria. Obama held the meeting at the State Department, which among others was attended...
  • Islamic State militants now world's richest terror group: Experts October 24, 2014

    Washington: The Islamic State has become the world's wealthiest terror group, generating tens of millions of dollars a month from black market oil sales, ransoms and extortion, officials said on Thursday. It earns US dollar 1 million a day alone by selling crude oil from fields captured when the group swept...
  • Islamic State advances against Yazidis on Iraq's Sinjar mountain October 21, 2014

    Arbil/Baghdad: Islamic State militants advanced on Iraq's Sinjar mountain on Tuesday, tightening a siege of thousands of stranded Yazidis, who called on the United States and its allies to act to avert more bloodshed. The attack is the latest threat to minority Yazidis, thousands of whom have shot, buried alive or...
  • Baghdad restaurant bombs kill 21 October 21, 2014

    Baghdad: A series of bombs targeting restaurants across Baghdad killed at least 21 people on Tuesday, police and medics said. The Iraqi capital has witnessed a surge in bombings over the past month, most claimed by Islamic State militants who have overrun large parts of Iraq and neighbouring Syria. Twelve people were...
  • Spain to train Iraqi troops to fight Islamic State October 19, 2014

    Washington: Spain will begin training Iraqi forces later this year to battle Islamic State fighters but has ruled out taking part in ground operations in Syria, officials have said. Defense Minister Pedro Morenes made the announcement in Washington, where he met Friday with US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. "We could be starting...
  • Saddam Hussein planned to kidnap Israeli PM in 1981 October 18, 2014

    Jerusalem: Former Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein had planned to kidnap the then Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin in retaliation to the Jewish state's attack on Iraq's nuclear reactor in 1981, a media report said. The sensational revelation has been made in a soon to be published memoir by Saddam's attorney,...
  • Al-Qaeda urges worldwide Muslim support of Islamic State October 17, 2014

    Dubai: Al-Qaeda's deadly Yemen-based franchise on Friday urged Muslims worldwide to support Islamic State jihadists in Syria and Iraq in the face of attacks by a US-led military coalition. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, classified by the United States as the network's deadliest franchise, "prohibits taking part in the fight against"...
  • Obama, foreign military chiefs coordinate Islamic State plans October 15, 2014

    Washington: President Barack Obama on Tuesday told military leaders from more than 20 countries working with Washington to defeat Islamic State that he was deeply concerned about the radical group's advances at the north Syrian town of Kobani and in western Iraq. But Obama did not hint any changes to what...
  • Islamic State forces 180,000 to flee in Iraq October 14, 2014

    Baghdad: Fighting in Iraq's western Anbar province has forced up to 180,000 people to flee since the city of Hit fell to Islamic State earlier this month, the United Nations said on Monday. Islamic State fighters extended that advance by overrunning a military base that the Iraqi army had abandoned 8...