Baghdad

  • Suicide bomber at Interior Ministry building in Baghdad kill 11 people 5 days ago

    Baghdad: Iraqi officials say a suicide bombing against an Interior Ministry building in central Baghdad has killed at least 11 people. A police officer says the suicide bomber drove an explosives-laden car into the gate of the intelligence headquarters in Karrada district on Saturday afternoon, killing six civilians and five security...
  • Backed by US strikes, Iraq Kurds retake strategic dam: Officials August 19, 2014

    Baghdad: Iraqi and Kurdish forces recaptured Iraq's biggest dam from Islamist militants with the help of US air strikes to secure a vital strategic objective in fighting that threatens to break up the country, Kurdish and US officials said on Monday. US fighter, bomber and drone aircraft took part in the...
  • Power struggle on Baghdad streets as Maliki replaced but refuses to go August 12, 2014

    Baghdad: Iraq's president named a new prime minister to end Nuri al-Maliki's eight-year rule on Monday, but the veteran leader refused to go after deploying militias and special forces on the streets, creating a dangerous political showdown in Baghdad. Washington, which helped install Maliki following its 2003 invasion that toppled Saddam...
  • Maliki defiant as his special forces deploy in Baghdad August 11, 2014

    Baghdad: Special forces loyal to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki were deployed in strategic areas of Baghdad on Sunday night after he delivered a tough speech indicating he would not cave in to pressure to drop a bid for a third term, police sources said. Pro-Maliki Shi'ite militias stepped up patrols...
  • Islamic State group claims Baghdad bombings July 20, 2014

    Baghdad: The Islamic State extremist group has claimed responsibility for four bombings in Baghdad which were among a string of attacks that left at least 27 people dead. The jihadi group has spearheaded the Sunni militant blitz over the past five weeks that has overrun much of northern and western Iraq....
  • Bodies found north of Baghdad as Sunni insurgents turn on each other July 14, 2014

    Baghdad: Residents of a town north of Baghdad found 12 corpses with execution-style bullet wounds on Monday, after fighting between rival Sunni insurgent groups that could eventually unravel the coalition that seized much of the north and west of the country. The incident points to an intensification of infighting between the...
  • Mumbai Police quizzes families of 4 men believed to have joined ISIL July 14, 2014

    Mumbai: The Mumbai Police is on high alert after four men from the city are believed to have joined the Iraqi extremist group - the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The police have questioned families of the missing youth. A report has been submitted to the...
  • Kurds seize Iraq oilfields, ministers pull out of government July 12, 2014

    Baghdad / Kirkuk: Kurdish forces seized two oilfields in northern Iraq and took over operations from a state-run oil company on Friday, while Kurdish politicians formally suspended their participation in Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's government. The moves escalated a feud between the Shi'ite-led central government and the autonomous Kurdish region driven...
  • Iraq: Orphanage providing a ray of hope amidst violence July 8, 2014

    An orphanage in Baghdad is giving a glimpse of hope in the midst of violence. Children of dead militants or suicide attackers and those of victims are peacefully living together after their lives were torn apart. ...
  • West Baghdad suicide bomb kills four July 7, 2014

    Baghdad: A suicide bomber detonated explosives inside a cafe in a predominantly-Shiite neighbourhood in west Baghdad on Monday, killing at least four people, security and medical officials said. The Sunday evening attack struck inside the cafe in the Washash neighbourhood, a police officer and a medical source said, leaving at...
  • Iraq: Mass evacuation of Indians on, 600 more to return home on Sunday July 5, 2014

    New Delhi: In more relief for the families whose loved ones are stuck in war-torn Iraq, 600 more Indians are set to return from the strife-hit country on Sunday. As many as 200 people from Najaf and 400 Indian nationals from South Baghdad will head for their homeland on Sunday. The...
  • Iraq army retakes Saddam Hussein's home village from Islamist rebels July 4, 2014

    Baghdad: The Iraqi army drove Sunni insurgents out of late dictator Saddam Hussein's home village, state media and police said, part of a campaign to retake wide areas of northern and western Iraq overrun by the rebels. The al Qaida splinter group leading the insurgency has declared a medieval-style Islamic caliphate...
  • Sunnis, Kurds abandon Iraq parliament after no replacement for Maliki named July 1, 2014

    Baghdad: Newly elected Iraqi lawmakers convene on Tuesday, under pressure to name a unity government to keep the country from splitting apart after an onslaught by Sunni Islamists who have declared a 'caliphate' to rule over all the world's Muslims. The meeting of the new legislature in Baghdad's fortified 'green zone'...
  • Iraqi troops push to retake Tikrit from rebels, parties pursue talks June 29, 2014

    Baghdad: Iraqi government forces backed by helicopter gunships began an offensive on Saturday to retake the northern city of Tikrit from Sunni Islamist militants while party leaders pursued talks that could end Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's divisive rule. Politicians in Baghdad and world powers warn that unless security forces recover cities...
  • Clashes kill 21 Iraqi troops south of Baghdad June 28, 2014

    Baghdad: Iraqi officials say heavy clashes between security forces and Sunni insurgents have killed at least 21 troops south of Baghdad. Police officials say the fighting raged for hours on Saturday near the town of Jurf al-Sakhar, some 50 kilometres south of the capital. The town is part of a predominantly...
  • Iraq launches push for militant-held northern city June 28, 2014

    Baghdad: Iraqi troops backed by helicopter gunships launched an operation on Saturday aimed at dislodging Sunni militants from the northern city of Tikrit, one of two major urban centers they seized in recent weeks in a dramatic blitz across the country. After watching much of Iraq slip out of government hands,...
  • Iraqi parties pursue talks that could oust Maliki over insurgency June 28, 2014

    Baghdad: Iraqi party leaders planned delicate talks that could end Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's divisive rule after a top Shi'ite cleric called for a new premier to be chosen without delay to tackle Islamist rebels threatening to tear apart the country. Major powers are pushing for a new inclusive government, rather...
  • US drones over Baghdad as Iraq battles for Tikrit June 28, 2014

    Bahgdad: The US military has started flying armed drones over Baghdad to defend American troops and diplomats as Iraqi forces took their fight against Sunni insurgents to the strategic militant-held city of Tikrit. Iraq's top Shiite cleric urged the country's leaders to unite, after Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki conceded political measures...
  • Iraq's top cleric wants deal on PM before Tuesday June 27, 2014

    Baghdad: Iraq's top Shiite cleric on Friday called on political blocs to agree on the next prime minister before the newly elected parliament sits next week, stepping up pressure on political leaders to set aside their differences and form an inclusive government in the face of Sunni militants who have...
  • Indian workers in Iraq face wrath of locals June 27, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Forty seven Indian workers in Kurdistan in strife-torn Iraq are facing attacks from local workers as the Iraqis feel they are taking away their jobs, a Kerala worker said, adding they wanted to return to India. "Locals' attacks on us have increased ever since the strife in Iraq has increased....
  • 19 killed in bomb attack in Baghdad June 27, 2014

    Baghdad: At least 19 people were killed and 41 were wounded in a bomb explosion in the Iraqi capital on Thusday, a police source said. A suicide bomber blew himself at a popular market in a Shiite-majority of Kadhimiyah area, north of Baghdad, leaving 19 people dead and 41 others injured,...
  • Thousands of Indian Muslims sign up to defend Iraq's shrines June 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Thousands of Muslims in India have signed up to defend Iraq's holy shrines and, if need be, fight Sunni Islamist militants in the country where the civilian death toll from the Sunni insurgents' advance is estimated at least 1,300. Denouncing the militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and...
  • British foreign secretary in Baghdad for talks June 26, 2014

    Baghdad: British Foreign Secretary William Hague arrived in Iraq's capital Baghdad in a surprise visit on Thursday for talks with Iraqi leaders, media reported. Hague is expected to meet top Iraqi officials, including Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, to discuss bilateral ties and the political and security developments in the country, Xinhua...
  • ISIS poses 'legitimate threat' to Baghdad: Pentagon June 25, 2014

    Washington: Al-Qaeda splinter group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which has carved out a large fiefdom along the Iraqi-Syrian border, poses a "legitimate threat" to the capital city of Baghdad, a top Pentagon official has said. "We certainly have enough visibility to see that they continue to press...
  • John Kerry urges Kurds to save Iraq from collapse June 24, 2014

    Arbil: US Secretary of State John Kerry held crisis talks with leaders of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region on Tuesday urging them to stand with Baghdad in the face of a Sunni insurgent onslaught that threatens to dismember the country. Security forces fought Sunni armed factions for control of the country's biggest...
  • Iraq at risk again: How did we get there so fast? June 23, 2014

    Washington: It's crumbling so quickly: Just 2 1/2 years after American troops came home, Iraq is back in crisis. And chaos in Iraq, a diverse nation that stands as a buffer zone between the mostly Sunni Mideast and mostly Shiite Iran, is troubling around the world. There were plenty of warnings, of...
  • Kerry promises 'intense and sustained' support for Iraq June 23, 2014

    Baghdad: Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday promised "intense and sustained" US support for Iraq, but said the divided country would only survive if its leaders took urgent steps to bring it together. Hours before Kerry arrived in Baghdad, Sunni tribes who have joined a militant takeover of northern Iraq...
  • Kerry presses Maliki as Iraq loses control of Syrian, Jordanian borders June 23, 2014

    Baghdad: US Secretary of State John Kerry met Iraq's prime minister in Baghdad on Monday to push for a more inclusive government, even as Baghdad's forces abandoned the border with Jordan, leaving the entire Western frontier outside government control. Sunni tribes took the Turaibil border crossing, the only legal crossing point...
  • 71 prisoners killed in attack in Iraq June 23, 2014

    Baghdad: At least 71 prisoners were killed on Monday when militants attacked a bus convoy transferring them to another jail in Iraq's Babil province, a police source said. The gunmen attacked a convoy of buses carrying dozens of inmates from a prison which were escorted by the army unit of al-Aqrab...
  • Baghdad lives in fear as ISIS militants push east June 23, 2014

    Baghdad: Allah, please make our army victorious," rang out the despairing voice of a worshipper making his way through a crowd to reach the ornate enclosure of the Baghdad tomb of a revered Shiite imam. Others in the crystal and marble mosque somberly read from the Quran or tearfully recited...