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  • Wary Iraq forces tighten noose on Islamic State in Tikrit March 13, 2015

    Albu Ajil (Iraq): Thousands of Iraqi troops and militiamen laid siege to jihadist fighters holed up in Tikrit on Thursday, wary of rushing into streets littered with bombs and infested with snipers. After making major gains in and around the city on Wednesday, commanders were confident that Baghdad's biggest victory yet...
  • Islamic State militants bulldoze ancient Nimrud city March 6, 2015

    Baghdad: Islamic State fighters have looted and bulldozed the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud, the Iraqi government said, in their latest assault on some of the world's greatest archaeological and cultural treasures. A tribal source from the nearby city of Mosul told Reuters the ultra-radical Sunni Islamists, who dismiss Iraq's pre-Islamic...
  • Bombs in Iraq, including twin blasts in busy street, kill 40 February 24, 2015

    Baghdad: A series of bombings in Iraq, including twin blasts in a busy street in a Baghdad suburb, killed at least 40 people and wounded dozens on Tuesday, Iraqi officials said. The deadliest of the day's attacks came shortly before sunset, when a bomb exploded in Baghdad's southeastern suburb of Jisr...
  • Baghdad's first female mayor set to take the reins February 21, 2015

    Baghdad: A woman has been named as mayor of Baghdad for the first time, a government spokesman said on Saturday, amid widespread corruption and rampant violence. Zekra Alwach, a civil engineer and director general of the ministry of higher education, becomes the first female to be given such a post in...
  • UN says violence in Iraq kills at least 1,375 in January February 1, 2015

    Baghdad: The United Nations mission to Iraq said on Sunday that violence in the country amid the war against the extremist Islamic State group killed at least 1,375 people in January. The UN Assistance Mission in Iraq, known as UNAMI, put the number of civilians killed at 790, while identifying...
  • Suicide bomber kills 33 people south of Baghdad December 24, 2014

    Baghdad: A suicide bomber killed 33 people and wounded 55 others in Madaen, about 25 km (15 miles) south of Baghdad, on Wednesday, Iraqi police and medical officials said. The bomber blew himself up near a line of Sunni pro-government fighters waiting for their salaries, the officials said, adding they expected...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • John Kerry in Iraq backs government, says Baghdad a partner against Islamic State September 10, 2014

    Baghdad: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday endorsed Iraqi Prime Minister Haider alAbadi's plans to mend Baghdad's relations with Sunnis and Kurds, and said Iraq was a partner in the fight against Islamic State militants. Kerry, on a tour of the Middle East to build military, political and financial...
  • Barack Obama sends 350 troops to protect US Embassy in Baghdad September 3, 2014

    Washington: The US is adding 350 more troops to help protect the American Embassy in Baghdad and its support facilities in the capital, raising the number of US forces in the country to over 1,000, officials said Tuesday. President Barack Obama approved the additional troops for protection of American personnel following...
  • Suicide bomber at Interior Ministry building in Baghdad kill 11 people August 23, 2014

    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 explosivesladen 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 alMaliki's eightyear 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 alMaliki 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. ProMaliki 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 executionstyle 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 staterun oil company on Friday, while Kurdish politicians formally suspended their participation in Prime Minister Nuri alMaliki's government. The moves escalated a feud between the Shi'iteled 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 predominantlyShiite 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 wartorn Iraq, 600 more Indians are set to return from the strifehit 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 medievalstyle 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 alMaliki'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 alSakhar, some 50 kilometres south of the capital. The town is part of a predominantly...
  • Iraq launches push for militantheld 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 alMaliki'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 militantheld city of Tikrit. Iraq's top Shiite cleric urged the country's leaders to unite, after Prime Minister Nuri alMaliki 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...