IRAQ

  • Austria arrests couple with machine gun in plane luggage 13 hours 51 minutes ago

    Vienna: An Austrian man and a Turkish woman were arrested on a plane about to take off from Vienna for Istanbul after a machine gun was found in their checked-in luggage, authorities said on Saturday. "The couple were already on board the aircraft by the time the machine gun and live...
  • West Asia tour operators cautious of giving visas after Kalyan youth join Islamic State December 12, 2014

    Mumbai: Ever since the arrest of Areeb Majeed, who along with three of his friends from Kalyan near Mumbai in Maharashtra allegedly joined the Islamic State in Iraq while on a pilgrimage, tour operators in Mumbai have become very cautious. Visas for Ziyarat in Baghdad has never been difficult to...
  • Iraqi man held for molesting women in Gurgaon December 9, 2014

    Gurgaon: A 42-year-old Iraqi national has been arrested here for molesting two women at a private hospital, police said on Tuesday. Mushtaq Munir Shakir Alsaf, who works as a police driver in Iraq, allegedly molested a 45-year-old woman on Monday night in the lift of a hospital in Sector 51. "The man...
  • Islamic State in Syria beheads man for blasphemy December 9, 2014

    Beirut: The terrorist Islamic State group beheaded a man in northern Syria after accusing him of blasphemy, a terrorist website and a rights group said on Tuesday. The man was killed in a public square in the town of Sulouk on Monday in front of a crowd that included children, the...
  • Sushma Swaraj meets families of 40 Indians abducted in Iraq December 6, 2014

    External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met families of 40 Indians held captive in Iraq for the last six months. She has refuted reports that the men have been executed by ISIS. She said that Indian government sources have confirmed they are alive and efforts are on to secure their release. ...
  • Sister urges Indian-origin IS terrorist to return home December 3, 2014

    London: The sister of a suspected Islamic State terrorists of Indian-origin, who posted a picture of himself recently on Twitter holding his baby son in one hand and an AK-47 assault rifle in the other, has appealed to him to return home even if it means going to prison. Abu Rumaysah,...
  • Islamic State may have developed nuclear device: British media December 2, 2014

    Baghdad: Terrorist outfit Islamic State reportedly have developed a nuclear device, according to British media reports. The reports suggest that the deadly device has been made using radioactive Uranium stolen from Iraq's Mosul University. The terrorist group had seized control of Mosul in June earlier this year. They had taken to social...
  • Islamic State may possesss nuclear material stolen from Iraq: Report December 1, 2014

    London: Islamic State terror group may have developed a nuclear device by using radioactive uranium stolen from Iraq's Mosul University after seizing control of the city last June, according to a British media report. Terrorists boasted of the device on social media, with one even commenting on the destruction such a...
  • US intelligence agencies likely to question ISIS return youth December 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Sleuths of US intelligence agencies are likely to question Arif Majeed, who returned home after being associated with ISIS in Iraq and Syria, as he is believed to have loads of information about the group running a reign of terror in the region. Official sources said the US, which...
  • Alleged ISIS man, who returned to Mumbai, says was made to clean toilets December 1, 2014

    Mumbai: Areeb Majeed, suspected member of terror outfit Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) disclosed how he was completely sidelined by the terror group as he had been asked to carry out menial tasks like cleaning toilets or providing water to those on the battlefield, instead of being pushed...
  • All 4 Mumbai boys stayed in different Islamic State training camps: Sources December 1, 2014

    Mumbai: As intelligence agencies grill Mumbai boy Areeb Majeed who returned after fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq, sources say that he is likely to have revealed that all the four youngsters from Kalyan including him were sent to separate training camps in Iraq.They however, kept in touch with...
  • Sunni tribes in Iraq, Syria pick up arms against ISIS December 1, 2014

    As ISIS continues its onslaught in Iraq and Syria, Sunni tribes have picked up arms against the terrorist organisation. ...
  • NIA probes Islamic State's 'recruit', Centre discusses banned terror outfit's influence in India November 29, 2014

    Mumbai: The 22-year-old boy from Mumbai who went to Iraq to fight for the Islamic State and returned on Friday has now been sent to the custody of the National Investigating Agency (NIA) for 8 days till December 8. Areeb Majid has been on the radar of intelligence agencies since he...
  • Will support Syria and Iraq in fight against terrorism: Vladimir Putin November 29, 2014

    Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin has assured Syria, Iraq and the other countries in the Gulf region of support in their fight against terrorism, media reported on Saturday. "The situation in Syria still raises serious concerns," said Putin in an interview with the Turkish al-Anadolu news agency, which was cited by...
  • Indians missing in Iraq are alive, search on: External Affairs Minister November 28, 2014

    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 November 23, 2014

    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 November 23, 2014

    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. ...
  • Islamic State releases Baghdadi's speech November 14, 2014

    There have been contradictory accounts out of Iraq following US air strikes on Friday about whether Baghdadi was wounded in a raid. The Islamic State released a audio recording on Thursday putting to rest all the rumours of Baghdadi's death. ...
  • 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...