IRAQ

  • Baghdad restaurant bombs kill 21 1 hour 11 minutes ago

    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 2 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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 6 days ago

    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 1 week ago

    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...
  • Islamic State seeks to justify enslaving Yazidi women and girls in Iraq 1 week ago

    Arbil: The Islamic State group said it enslaved families from the minority Yazidi sect after overrunning their villages in northwestern Iraq, in what it praised as the revival of an ancient custom of using women and children as spoils of war. In an article in its English-language online magazine Dabiq, the...
  • Crude oil prices at four-year low after Iraq cuts down prices October 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Crude oil prices have fallen down to a four-year low after Iraq cut down prices over the weekend. Iraq's State Oil Marketing Company has cut oil prices to Asian and European buyers. The fall is expected to continue as output expands. Kuwait has indicated that OPEC is...
  • Donors pledge $5.4 billion for Gaza reconstruction October 13, 2014

    Cairo: India has promised USD four million in the total USD 5.4 billion aid that the global donors have pledged at a donor conference here aimed at raising funds for rebuilding Gaza Strip that was destroyed by its 50-day conflict with Israel. Norwegian foreign minister, Boerge Brende said that donors from...
  • Australia launches first airstrike in Iraq October 9, 2014

    Canberra: An Australian jet fighter has made the country's first airstrike against an Islamic State target in Iraq since the Australian government committed its air force to combat missions, defense officials said on Thursday. The Australian Defense Force did not say what type of facility had been attacked or where in...
  • ISIS document disclose plans to seize Iran's nuclear secrets October 5, 2014

    London: The Islamic State (ISIS) terror group plans to seize Iran's nuclear secrets, unleash a vicious campaign of ethnic cleansing and Nazi-style eugenics to consolidate and expand its self-declared caliphate, according to a seized policy manifesto of the dreaded outfit. The group urged its members to plan for war with Iran...
  • Pakistani Taliban declare allegiance to Islamic State and global jihad October 5, 2014

    Islamabad: The Pakistani Taliban declared allegiance to Islamic State on Saturday and ordered militants across the region to help the Middle Eastern jihadist group in its campaign to set up a global Islamic caliphate. Islamic State, which controls swathes of land in Syria and Iraq, has been making inroads into South...
  • Islamic State beheads another British hostage, releases video October 4, 2014

    Cairo: An Internet video released on Friday purports to show an Islamic State group fighter beheading British hostage Alan Henning, the fourth such killing carried out by the extremist group now targeted in US-led airstrikes. The video mirrored other beheading videos shot by the Islamic State group, which now holds territory...
  • Islamic State group shoots down Iraqi chopper, pilot dead October 3, 2014

    Bagdad: Officials in Iraq say an Iraqi military attack helicopter has been shot down by Islamic State group militants in the country's north. An official with the Iraqi Defense Ministry says the Mi-35 helicopter was brought down Friday by a rocket launcher between the towns of Beiji and al-Senniyah in northern...
  • Turkey vows to fight Islamic State, coalition strikes near border October 2, 2014

    Mursitpinar: Turkey signalled it may send troops into Syria or Iraq and let allies use Turkish bases to fight Islamic State, as coalition jets launched air strikes on Wednesday on insurgents besieging a town on its southern border with Syria. The government sent a proposal to parliament late on Tuesday which...
  • Asian Games: Iraqi archers ignore dangers in pursuit of gold September 29, 2014

    Incheon: Speeding cars tear past just metres away, kicking up dust and sand and noise, while the sun beats down remorselessly on the archers standing by the side of the road. Iraqi archery team captain Mohammed Ali Fayyadh describes the training 'facilities' back home then takes a long, wistful look at...
  • David Cameron asks Parliament to back fight against Islamic State September 26, 2014

    London: Prime Minister David Cameron recalled Parliament on Friday and made a case for the UK to join US-led air strikes against Islamic State (IS) terror network in Iraq which he warned could "not just take months but years". Cameron told MPs that IS poses a "clear and proven" threat to...
  • Iraqi woman activist killed by Islamic State September 25, 2014

    Baghdad: Militants with the Islamic State group publicly killed a rights lawyer in the Iraqi city of Mosul after finding her guilty of apostasy in a self-styled Islamic court, the United Nations said on Thursday. Samira Salih al-Nuaimi was seized from her home on September 17 after allegedly posting messages on...
  • Algerian extremists allied with ISIS behead French hostage September 24, 2014

    Rabat: Algerian extremists allied with the Islamic State group have decapitated a French hostage after France ignored their demand to stop airstrikes in Iraq, according to a video obtained on Wednesday by a US-based terrorism watchdog. A group calling itself Jund al-Khilafah, or Soldiers of the Caliphate, had said they would...
  • Islamic State releases second video of British hostage John Cantlie September 23, 2014

    London: The Islamic State militants have released a second video of British journalist John Cantlie in less than a week which shows him warning US-led coalition against carrying out military operations against his captors. In the latest five-minute video, Cantlie warns that the United States and its allies are embarking on...
  • NIA seeks MHA approval to file case against ISIS, alQaeda September 22, 2014

    New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday sought the permission of the Home Ministry to file a case against the alQaeda and Iraqi terror group ISIS under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act or UAPA. Sources say that the Ministry is likely to permit the FIR soon. CNNIBN had reported last...
  • Syria air strikes kill 42, including 16 children September 22, 2014

    Beirut: Syrian government air strikes killed at least 42 people, including 16 children, in Idlib province in the northwest, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday. The air raids on Sunday afternoon and evening killed 19 people, including six children, outside the city of Saraqeb, and another 23 people,...
  • US military struggles to preserve options in Islamic State fight September 22, 2014

    Washington: As America reengages with Iraq and deepens its involvement in the region's web of sectarian conflicts, the Pentagon has made a practical assessment of the brutal job of stabilizing Baghdad: in the future, US forces may be needed on the front lines. President Barack Obama has ruled out a combat...
  • Don't ease up on Iran for help against IS: Israeli Prime Minister September 22, 2014

    Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday warned the West against easing sanctions on Iran to win its support in the fight against jihadists in Syria and Iraq. As the Islamic republic and six world powers started a new round of talks in New York on the Iranian nuclear programme,...
  • Iran seeks give and take on militants, nuclear program September 21, 2014

    United Nations: Iran is ready to work with the United States and its allies to stop Islamic State militants, but would like to see more flexibility on Iran's uranium enrichment program, senior Iranian officials told Reuters. The comments from the officials, who asked not to be named, highlight how difficult it...
  • Turkish hostages freed, but questions linger September 21, 2014

    Ankara: Turkish authorities say they have freed 49 hostages from one of the world's most ruthless militant groups without firing a shot, paying a ransom or offering a quid pro quo. But as the welldressed men and women captured by the Islamic State group more than three months ago clasped their...
  • French jets strike in Iraq, expanding USled campaign against Islamic State September 20, 2014

    Baghdad: President Francois Hollande said Rafale jets hit "a logistics depot of the terrorists" near the city of Mosul, which has been held by Islamic State for more than three months. It promised more operations in coming days. The French military action, which follows US air strikes in northern Iraq and...
  • IS uses chemical weapons against army in Iraq September 19, 2014

    Baghdad: The Islamic State (IS) terrorist group has reportedly launched a chemical attack on Iraqi forces in Saladin province, media reports claimed on Friday. The attack took place Wednesday and Thursday in the town of Dhuluiya, and left around a dozen people and army personnal affected, Press TV reported citing local...
  • US advisers may take forward positions in Iraq fighting September 18, 2014

    Washington: Some US military advisers could end up in frontline positions in the fight against Islamic State militants, the White House said on Wednesday, although President Barack Obama vowed that America would not fight another ground war in Iraq. The House of Representatives gave a green light to a key plank...
  • US warplanes carry out first air strike on IS near Baghdad September 16, 2014

    Paris: US warplanes carried out their first air strike on the Islamic State near Baghdad, as world diplomats pledged to support Iraq in its fight against the militants. The United States early last month began air strikes against IS positions in northern Iraq, but Monday's announcement that the campaign had...