IRAQ

  • Trapped in Iraq: How many Indians yet to return 2 days ago

    It's been almost a year since 39 Punjab construction workers were abducted by the Islamic State militants in Iraq. They are yet to return despite the assurances from the Indian government ans specifically from External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. But, the government so far has failed to secure their release. ...
  • Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead, claims Radio Iran 5 days ago

    One of the most wanted and dreaded terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who heads the brutal Islamic State, is reportedly dead, according to Radio Iran. All India Radio tweeted on Monday that Baghdadi was dead quoting Radio Iran. Al-Baghdadi had suffered serious injuries in March during an attack by the US-led coalition....
  • Car bombs, suicide attack kill at least 22 in Iraq 6 days ago

    Baghdad: At least 22 people were killed in explosions across Iraq on Sunday, including a suicide car bomb attack on a military post in western Anbar province, police and medical sources said. The deadliest attack came when a car packed with explosives was detonated at an army checkpoint near the town...
  • ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi injured in air strike April 21, 2015

    New Delhi: Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been seriously injured in an air strike in Iraq, according to a report in The Guardian. The report revealed that Baghdadi suffered serious injuries in March during an attack by by the US-led coalition. The leader suffered near-fatal injuries initially and...
  • Iraqi officials believe Saddam Hussein's top deputy Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri killed April 18, 2015

    Baghdad: He was the last member of Saddam Hussein's inner circle still on the run, depicted with his distinctive red moustache as the "king of clubs" on the US military's deck of cards of most-wanted Iraqi regime fugitives. Now, officials say they believe government forces killed Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri near Tikrit,...
  • Australian model killed in Iraq fighting for IS April 17, 2015

    In a shocking trend worldover, young men and women are leaving their homes to join terror group Islamic State. An Australian model has been killed in Iraq fighting for IS. His parents said that he left home in 2014 telling them that he was going camping while he traveled to...
  • 31 killed in airstrikes and attacks across Iraq April 12, 2015

    Baghdad: At least 31 people were killed in airstrikes against positions of the Islamic State (IS) militants and violent attacks across Iraq on Sunday, security sources said. In Iraq's western province of Anbar, the international warplanes foiled an attack by the IS militants when they pounded three boats carrying extremist militants...
  • Japan journalist's new passport bans travel to Iraq, Syria April 10, 2015

    Tokyo: An experienced war photographer has vowed to fight the Japanese government after being issued a passport that specifically bars him from going to violence-wracked Iraq and Syria. Yuichi Sugimoto, who has been reporting from conflict zones for 20 years, had his passport confiscated in February after he refused government requests...
  • Don't ignore killing of Christians: Pope to world April 7, 2015

    Vatican City: Pope Francis on Monday again pressed the international community to do something about the killing of Christians in several parts of the world and not "look the other way." He has been increasingly vocal about the fate of Christians being targeted by Islamic extremists in parts of the Middle...
  • More than 25,000 foreign fighters joining Islamists: UN April 3, 2015

    United Nations: Record numbers of foreign fighters from more than half of the world's countries are joining Islamist and al-Qaeda groups, mostly in Syria, Iraq and increasingly in Libya, according to a UN report. More than 25,000 foreign fighters are involved in armed conflicts from over 100 countries, the report by...
  • Iraq's interior minister says most of Tikrit is liberated, fight goes on April 1, 2015

    Tikrit: Iraqi troops and Shi'ite paramilitary fighters were battling Islamic State on Wednesday in northern Tikrit, which officials described as the Sunni Muslim militant group's last stronghold in the city. With officials touting victory in a month-long battle, state television said Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi was visiting the city, which the...
  • India supports Russian resolution opposing benefits for same-sex partners of UN staff March 26, 2015

    United Nations: At a time when there is a raging debate calling for decriminalising gay sex back home, India has supported a Russian-drafted resolution that opposed benefits for same-sex partners of UN staff but it failed to pass in the General Assembly committee. The Fifth Committee of the General Assembly, that...
  • Barack Obama to host Iraq PM on April 14, discuss ISIL campaign: White House March 23, 2015

    Washington: US President Barack Obama will host Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi next month and discuss political and security issues, including the campaign against militant group ISIL in the violence-torn country. Obama and Abadi's meeting would take place on April 14, the White House said. "The Prime Minister's visit underscores the...
  • 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...
  • Islamic State aims to eradicate Iraq minorities: Rights groups February 27, 2015

    London: Islamic State militants have abducted, injured and killed thousands of civilians across northern Iraq and uprooted millions from their homes in a bid to eradicate the country's ethnic and religious minorities, rights groups said on Friday. Several minority communities, including Christians, Yazidis and Turkmen, have been subjected to killings, rape...
  • 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...
  • Islamic State in Syria abducts at least 90 Christians February 24, 2015

    Amman: Islamic State militants have abducted at least 90 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria, a monitoring group tracking violence in Syria said on Tuesday. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said they carried out dawn raids on rural villages inhabited by the ancient Christian minority west of...
  • No proof 39 Indians held hostage in Iraq are dead or alive, says Sushma Swaraj February 21, 2015

    New Delhi: There was no proof of 39 Indian nationals, who were taken hostage in war-torn Iraq last June, being "dead or alive", External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told their families when they met her on Saturday. However, she said the government, on the assumption that they were alive was...
  • Islamic State burns over 40 to death in Iraq February 21, 2015

    Baghdad: Islamic State (IS) militants burned up to 43 people alive in Iraq's western province of Anbar, a provincial security source said on Saturday. Earlier, IS fighters captured the 43 Iraqis from the albu-Obeid Sunni tribe in the battlefield town of al-Baghdadi, some 200 km northwest of the Iraqi capital Baghdad,...
  • Obama proposes war authorisation against Islamic State, says terror group 'poses grave threat' February 11, 2015

    Washington: US President Barack Obama is asking Congress to formally authorise war against Islamic State terrorists, offering a draft resolution that says the Islamic State 'poses a grave threat'. Obama is sending Congress a proposed three-page authorisation for military force. Obama would limit authorisation to three years, with no restriction where US...
  • Jordan launches new airstrikes after vowing harsh war on Islamic State February 5, 2015

    Amman: Jordanian fighter jets have carried out new air strikes, the military said on Thursday, a day after the country's king vowed to wage a "harsh" war against Islamic State terrorists who control parts of neighbouring Syria and Iraq. The army statement did not say which country was targeted. Jordan is...
  • 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...
  • Coalition forces need two years to expel Islamic State from Iraq: UK January 22, 2015

    The US-led coalition could take up to two years to expel Islamic State from Iraq, and Baghdad's own forces will be incapable of proper combat operations for months, Britain's foreign minister warned on Thursday. Speaking before he hosted a meeting of 21 coalition members in London, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said...
  • Islamic State threatens two Japanese captives in video January 20, 2015

    Dubai: The terrorist Islamic State group, which holds territory in Iraq and Syria, issued a video online on Tuesday purporting to show two Japanese captives and demanding $200 million from the Japanese government to save their lives. A black-clad figure with a knife, standing in a desert area along with two...
  • 1,400 from France have joined jihadis in Syria, Iraq January 12, 2015

    Paris: Some 1,400 people living in France have either joined the jihadist cause in Syria and Iraq or are planning to do so, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Monday. "There are 1,400 individuals who are involved in the departures for jihad, for terrorism, in Syria and in Iraq," Valls said. "There...
  • Iraq violence killed 15,000 in 2014, worst in 7 years: Government January 1, 2015

    Baghdad: Violence in Iraq killed more than 15,000 civilians and security personnel in 2014, government figures showed on Thursday, making it the deadliest year since sectarian bloodshed in 2007. Figures compiled by the health, interior and defence ministries put the death toll at 15,538, compared with 17,956 killed in 2007, during...
  • Father asks Islamic State to treat captured pilot son as 'guest' December 25, 2014

    Amman: The father of a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State fighters after his plane crashed in Syria said he did not consider his son a hostage and called on his captors to treat him as a "guest". Jordan is one of several Arab countries participating in the US-led military mission...
  • 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 captures Jordanian pilot after warplane comes down in Syria December 24, 2014

    Amman: Islamic State fighters took a Jordanian pilot captive after his warplane came down in northeast Syria on Wednesday, the first captive taken from the US-led coalition battling the jihadi group. Jordan's armed forces said one of its pilots had been captured after a coalition air raid over the province of...