Iraq

  • US: Anti-war activist, author Jonathan Schell dies at 70 27-03-2014 07:09 AM

    New York: Jonathan Schell, the author, journalist and anti-war activist who condemned conflicts from Vietnam to Iraq and warned of a nuclear holocaust in terrifying detail in his prize-winning book, "The Fate of the Earth," has died at age 70. Schell's companion, Irena Gross, said that Schell died on Tuesday...
  • Saudi Arabia designates Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist group 08-03-2014 10:41 AM

    Saudi Arabia has formally designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group, official Saudi television reported citing a statement by the Interior Ministry. The kingdom has also designated Nusra Front and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, whose fighters are battling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, as terrorist organisations....
  • Baghdad motorbike blast, other attacks kill 52 in Iraq 28-02-2014 12:13 PM

    At least 52 people were killed Wednesday as a motorcycle rigged with explosives detonated in Baghdad's Sadr City and terrorists targeted mostly Shi'ite neighbourhoods around the country. The motorcycle was parked in a second-hand bike market in the Shi'ite Muslim neighbourhood that was filled with people, mostly young men, when...
  • 48 killed, 119 injured in violent attacks across Iraq 06-02-2014 09:02 AM

    Baghdad: At least 48 people were killed and 119 others wounded in violent attacks across Iraq on Wednesday, mostly in the capital city of Baghdad, authorities said. A series of bomb explosions rocked the Iraqi capital from morning to evening on Wednesday, killing at least 37 people and wounding 91...
  • Iraq: 7 car bombs kill over 75 people, PM seeks world's support 16-01-2014 10:11 AM

    Baghdad: Bomb attacks and shootings killed at least 75 people in Iraq on Wednesday, police and hospital sources said, making it one of the bloodiest days in months. In the deadliest incident, a bomb blew up in a funeral tent where mourners were marking the death two days ago of...
  • US steps up assistance to Iraq to combat terrorist groups 10-01-2014 12:17 PM

    The US has stepped up assistance to Iraq to combat al-Qaeda-linked global terrorist groups who have seized the oil-rich country's two major cities in the western province of Al-Anbar, the White House has said. "The administration is deeply engaged in efforts to consult with the Iraqi government and also to...
  • US fears grow about Iraq, but response remains limited 08-01-2014 12:21 PM

    The Obama administration is considering expanding its support to Iraqi forces as they fight off a renewed al Qaeda threat, but Washington's ability to significantly increase security assistance to Baghdad will remain limited. US officials say they are in discussions with the Iraqi government about training its elite forces in...
  • Iraq army, tribes join forces against al Qaeda 04-01-2014 12:18 PM

    Dressed in black and waving al Qaeda flags, Islamist insurgents battled tribesmen for control of the Iraqi city of Ramadi on Friday, while in Fallujah they grabbed loudspeakers after weekly prayers to call for support. The militants, who have been tightening their grip on the Anbar region near war-torn Syria...
  • Christmas day blasts kills 37 in Baghdad 26-12-2013 12:21 PM

    Terrorists in Iraq targeted Christians in three separate Christmas Day bombings in Baghdad, killing at least 37 people, officials said on Wednesday. In one attack, a car bomb went off near a church in the capital's southern Dora neighborhood, killing at least 26 people and wounding 38, a police officer...
  • Iraq: 36 Shi'ite pilgrims killed in suicide bombing 20-12-2013 11:46 AM

    Suicide bombings in Iraq killed at least 36 people on Thursday in attacks targeting Shi'ite pilgrims ahead of a major holy day next week, police said. Two years after US troops withdrew from Iraq, violence is at its highest level since 2006-7, when strife between Sunnis and Shi'ites killed tens...
  • Serial bomb blasts in Baghdad, at least 35 killed 21-11-2013 10:38 AM

    Baghdad: A wave of bombings hit mainly Shiite commercial areas in and outside Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least 35 people, Iraqi officials said. The attacks, many of which were car bombs, were part of a surge in violence that has rocked Iraq over the past months as insurgents seek...
  • Syria meets deadline to destroy chemical production facilities 01-11-2013 11:22 AM

    Syria has destroyed or rendered inoperable all of its declared chemical weapons production and mixing facilities, meeting a major deadline in an ambitious disarmament programme, the international chemical weapons watchdog said Thursday. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which won the Nobel Peace prize this month, said...
  • Bomb attack in Iraq claims 21 lives, 46 injured 30-10-2013 03:23 PM

    At least 21 people, including senior army officers, were killed and some 46 wounded in two overnight suicide bomb attacks in central and northern Iraq, police said Wednesday. The deadlier attack occurred Tuesday evening when two suicide bombers disguised in army uniforms blew up their explosive vests at the house...
  • Series of car bombings in Baghdad, death toll rises to 66 28-10-2013 11:09 AM

    A series of attacks including car bombings in Baghdad, an explosion at a market and a suicide assault in a northern city killed at least 66 people Sunday across Iraq, officials said, the latest in a wave of violence washing over the country. Coordinated bombings hit Iraq multiple times each...
  • As Iraq seeks US arms, bombs kill another 55 27-10-2013 10:25 PM

    A dozen bombings in Iraq killed 55 people on Sunday as the prime minister prepares to travel to Washington to seek President Barack Obama's help in confronting a wave of sectarian violence fuelled by Syria's civil war. Killings, mostly blamed by the Shi'ite-led government on Sunni Islamists from al Qaeda,...
  • Iraq mosque bombing kills 12 Sunnis 16-10-2013 08:56 AM

    Baghdad: A bomb ripped through a crowd of Sunni worshippers coming out of a mosque in northern Iraq after prayers at the start of a major Muslim holiday on Tuesday, killing 12 people and wounding 24, Iraqi officials said. The attack took place in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, 290...
  • Attacks across Iraq kill at least 31, says officials 13-10-2013 09:37 PM

    A string of bombings in mostly Shiite-majority cities across Iraq, on Sunday, killed at least 31 people and wounded dozens, officials said, a grim reminder of the government's failure to stem the uptick in violence that is feeding sectarian tensions in the country. There was no immediate claim of responsibility...
  • Removal of Syrian chemical weapons begins 07-10-2013 01:21 PM

    International experts began overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal on Sunday, said an official from the mission that has averted a US strike but could rob President Bashar al-Assad of his most feared weapon. The process is being conducted amid a civil war in which 120,000 people have...
  • Series of attacks kill 78 in Iraq 06-10-2013 09:56 AM

    Baghdad:At least 78 people were killed and 166 others wounded in a wave of violent attacks across Iraq on Saturday, including a deadly suicide bombing targeting Shiite pilgrims here, police and media said. At least 51 people were killed and 107 others wounded Saturday evening when a suicide bomber detonated...
  • Five killed, five wounded in Iraq suicide bombings 04-10-2013 04:50 PM

    Baghdad: At least five people were killed and five others wounded in two suicide bomb attacks in Iraq Friday, police said. Three soldiers were killed and five others wounded when a suicide car bomb went off at a checkpoint manned by the Iraqi army in the area of Heat, some...
  • Iraq: 8 dead after deadly bomb blast hits soccer field 04-10-2013 07:48 AM

    A bomb exploded near a soccer field while teenagers were playing south of Baghdad, the deadliest of three attacks that left eight dead in Iraq on Thursday, according to authorities. The blast struck in Madain, a mixed town of Sunni and Shiite Muslims about 25 kilometers (15 miles) southeast of...
  • 16 killed, 15 hurt in Iraq mosque attack 20-09-2013 05:25 PM

    At least 16 people were killed and 15 wounded in two explosions at a Sunni mosque in Iraq on Friday, police said. The two bombs exploded in the Musab bin Omair Mosque near the city of Samarra, 120 km north of the capital Baghdad, a police source told Xinhua on...
  • Series of bombings and shootings across Iraq claim at least 36 lives: Police 16-09-2013 08:42 AM

    A wave of car bombs and shootings across Iraq killed at least 36 people on Sunday, police sources said. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, which appeared coordinated, but Sunni Islamist insurgents, including an al Qaeda affiliate, have been regaining momentum in recent months. The civil war in...
  • 33 killed, 45 injured in Iraq attacks 15-09-2013 07:43 AM

    At least 33 people were killed and 45 others wounded in multiple attacks across Iraq on Saturday, police said. In the northern province of Nineveh, 27 people were killed and 36 wounded in a suicide bombing near provincial capital Mosul, Xinhua reported citing a police source. The attack occurred in...
  • Suicide bomber attacks Iraq funeral, killing 11 14-09-2013 11:27 PM

    Baghdad: Officials in Iraq say a suicide bomber has attacked a funeral for members of an ethnic minority in the country, killing 11 people. Police say a suicide bomber set off an explosive belt inside a funeral held by members of Shabak minority near the northern city of Mosul on...
  • Three soldiers killed in Iraq suicide bombing 12-09-2013 06:49 PM

    Baghdad: Three soldiers were killed and 31 trainee soldiers wounded in a suicide attack on an Iraq Army recruitment centre Thursday, a police source said. A suicide bomber drove his explosives-laden truck into the entrance of the centre at a military base northwest of Kirkuk, 250 km north of the...
  • Syria won't be another Iraq or Afghanistan, says Obama 07-09-2013 08:59 PM

    Finding few takers at home and abroad for punitive military strikes against Syria, President Barack Obama on Saturday sought to assure war weary Americans that an intervention would not be like Iraq and Afghanistan. "What we're talking about is not an open-ended intervention. This would not be another Iraq or...
  • UN investigative team visits Iran exile camp hit by killings 02-09-2013 07:28 PM

    A United Nations investigative team, on Monday, visited a contentious Iranian dissident camp in Iraq where multiple residents were killed on Sunday in unclear circumstances, as the Iraqi government pledged to launch its own probe into the bloodshed. The facts of what happened at Camp Ashraf are in dispute, including...
  • US decision to attack Syria an act of aggression: CP(M) 02-09-2013 06:30 PM

    The US decision to militarily attack Syria "is a fragrant imperialist act of aggression", the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) said on Monday. "This latest intent of US aggression against a sovereign country is on the pretext that the Syrian government used a chemical weapon against the rebel forces," the...
  • Over 800 people killed due to violence in Iraq in August, says UN 01-09-2013 05:49 PM

    The UN mission in Iraq says over 800 people have died in violence throughout August down somewhat from the month before, but still one of the highest monthly tolls in recent years. The United Nations said, on Sunday, it recorded 807 people killed in August, including members of Iraq's security...