Iraq

  • IS uses chemical weapons against army in Iraq 15 hours 28 minutes ago

    Baghdad: The Islamic State (IS) terrorist group has reportedly launched a chemical attack on Iraqi forces in Saladin province, media reports claimed on Friday. The attack took place Wednesday and Thursday in the town of Dhuluiya, and left around a dozen people and army personnal affected, Press TV reported citing local...
  • US advisers may take forward positions in Iraq fighting 2 days ago

    Washington: Some US military advisers could end up in front-line positions in the fight against Islamic State militants, the White House said on Wednesday, although President Barack Obama vowed that America would not fight another ground war in Iraq. The House of Representatives gave a green light to a key plank...
  • US warplanes carry out first air strike on IS near Baghdad 3 days ago

    Paris: US warplanes carried out their first air strike on the Islamic State near Baghdad, as world diplomats pledged to support Iraq in its fight against the militants. The United States early last month began air strikes against IS positions in northern Iraq, but Monday's announcement that the campaign had...
  • After beheading, Cameron says, 'They are not Muslims, they are monsters' 4 days ago

    London:The beheading of a British aid worker by the dreaded Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was described Sunday by Prime Minister David Cameron as an act of "pure evil" even as Britain confirmed that the video showing the gruesome killing was genuine. The 44-year-old aid worker David Haines was...
  • UNSC strongly condemns 'heinous' murder of Briton by ISIL 4 days ago

    United Nations: The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the "heinous and cowardly" murder of British humanitarian aid worker David Haines by the Islamic State terror group, saying the outfit must be defeated and violence it adopts "stamped out." "This crime is a tragic reminder of the increasing dangers humanitarian personnel...
  • For traumatised Iraqi refugees, psychological aid first 5 days ago

    Zakho: Fourteen-year-old Yusra wipes away a tear before laying her head on the shoulder of aid worker Parzhin, after facing up to her fears and telling her story. Yusra and her Yazidi family were forced to seek refuge in Zakho, a town in northern Iraq's Kurdish autonomous region, after fleeing a...
  • Britain's Cameron to chair emergency meeting after hostage killed 5 days ago

    London: Prime Minister David Cameron is to chair a meeting of the government's emergency response committee on Sunday to discuss an Islamic State (IS) video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines. IS militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released the video on Saturday. Reuters could not immediately verify...
  • Iraq PM says he will protect civilians after US-Iraq air strikes against Islamic State 6 days ago

    Baghdad: Iraq's Shiite Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Saturday that he had ordered his air force to halt strikes on civilian areas, following attacks by both Iraqi and US jets in large areas of the country held by Islamic State fighters. The announcement, which comes as the United States tries...
  • Islamic State video purports to show beheading of UK hostage David Haines 6 days ago

    Baghdad: Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video on Saturday which purported to show the beheading of British aid worker David Haines. David Haines, a 44-year-old father of two from Perth in Scotland, was kidnapped in 2013 while working for the French agency ACTED. The video entitled, "A...
  • Iraq PM says will protect civilians after US-Iraq air strikes against Islamic States 6 days ago

    Baghdad/Cairo: Iraq's Shi'ite Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Saturday that he had ordered his air force to halt strikes on civilians, following attacks by both Iraqi and US jets in large areas of the country held by Islamic State fighters. The announcement, which comes as the United States tries to...
  • Combatting Islamic State not US fight alone: Obama 6 days ago

    Washington: President Barack Obama is distinguishing the military campaign against Islamic State militants from the decade-long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He says the fight must avoid what he calls mistakes of the past. Obama says under US leadership more nations are joining a coalition against the extremists, who control up...
  • Iraq PM orders halt to shelling of civilian areas 6 days ago

    Baghdad: Iraq's prime minister said on Saturday that he has ordered the army to stop shelling populated areas held by militants in order to spare the lives of "innocent victims" as the armed forces struggle to retake cities and towns seized by the Islamic State extremist group this summer. "I issued...
  • China unlikely to join Obama's anti-ISIS coalition: Report 1 week ago

    Beijing: Though facing militancy in its restive Xinjiang province, China is unlikely to join the US- led campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria but will provide moral support, the state media reported on Friday. China may not directly join the anti-ISIS coalition being cobbled by US President Barack...
  • US wins Arab support for Syria/Iraq military campaign September 12, 2014

    Jeddah: The United States signed up Arab allies on Thursday to a "coordinated military campaign" against Islamic State fighters, a major step in building regional support for President Barack Obama's plan to strike both sides of the Syrian-Iraqi frontier. After talks in Saudi Arabia's summer capital Jeddah, Secretary of State John...
  • Respect sovereignty in fight against terrorism: China September 11, 2014

    Beijing: China on Thursday called for respecting sovereignty and territorial integrity of countries in the fight against terrorism, as US President Barack Obama vowed to expand airstrikes in Iraq and Syria to contain the Islamic State militants. "We hold that in the international struggle against terrorism, the international law should be...
  • 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 al-Abadi'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 says he has authority to act against IS September 10, 2014

    Washington: US President Barack Obama told top lawmakers on Tuesday that he has the authority if he needs to take action against Islamic State (IS) militants. Obama, US Vice President Joe Biden and Congressional leaders had a "productive" discussion and the leaders expressed their support for efforts to degrade and ultimately...
  • Obama to address nation, spell out policy to tackle ISIS September 10, 2014

    Washington: US President Barack Obama will address the nation on Wednesday night to spell out America's policy on ISIS terror group which has gained control over large parts of Iraq and Syria, threatening peace in the entire Middle East region. "What the President will talk about in the speech is...
  • Islamic State advances in Iraq force Syria to cancel wheat deal September 9, 2014

    Abu Dhabi: Syria has canceled a deal to sell 200,000 tonnes of wheat from its 2013 local crop to Iraqi private traders as conflict raging in both countries has paralysed transport of the grain, a source at Syria's state grain agency said on Tuesday. The deal was agreed in a June...
  • US Iraq air raids help Kurds and Shiites at expense of Sunnis September 9, 2014

    Suleiman Bega (Iraq): A small group of people pick through putrefying human remains laid out on plastic sheets by the side of a road in northern Iraq, searching for any trace of missing friends and relatives. Some had brought spades to help dig up the mass grave near Suleiman Beg after...
  • Obama to broaden US effort to combat terrorists September 9, 2014

    Washington: President Barack Obama will go on the offensive against the Islamic State group with a broader counter terror mission than he previously has been willing to embrace, US officials said Monday. The new plan, however, still won't commit US troops to a ground war against the brutal insurgency and...
  • Obama reaches out to Australian PM on Iraq September 9, 2014

    Washington: As part of his effort to build a global coalition against Islamic State militants in Iraq, US President Barack Obama has reached out to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to discuss the current situation in the war-torn country. Obama telephoned Abbott and thanked him for his contributions to humanitarian air...
  • UN chief hails new government in Iraq September 9, 2014

    United Nations: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Monday welcomed the formation of a new government in Iraq, saying that it "is a positive step towards political stability and peace in the country". "The Secretary-General welcomes the announcement of the formation of a new inclusive government in Iraq and congratulates Haider...
  • John Kerry to travel to Middle East to build coalition against ISIS September 9, 2014

    Washington: US Secretary of State John Kerry would travel to the Middle East on Wednesday to discuss with leaders of the region the current situation in Iraq and build an international coalition against the Islamic State. "On September 9th, Kerry will depart for travel to Amman, Jordan, and Jeddah, Saudi...
  • Obama, Iraq's Abadi discuss Islamic State threat in call: White House September 9, 2014

    Washington: President Barack Obama phoned Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday to discuss Washington's commitment to help Baghdad's new government fight Islamic State militants, the White House said. "The president and the prime minister agreed on the importance of having the new government quickly take concrete steps to address the...
  • Jihadists want to create 'house of blood': new UN human rights chief September 8, 2014

    Geneva: The jihadist militants who have seized large swathes of Iraq and Syria are intent upon creating 'a house of blood', the UN's new human rights chief said Monday. In his maiden address to the UN Human Rights Council, Zeid al-Hussein lashed out at the Islamic State militant group, which has...
  • New UN rights chief: Syria, Iraq is first priority September 8, 2014

    Geneva: The Jordanian prince taking the helm of the UN's human rights office urged the world on Monday to set as its first priority bringing a halt to the gruesome and conjoined conflicts in Iraq and Syria. Newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid al-Hussein, in his first speech...
  • Obama to reveal strategy to tackle ISIS threat on Wednesday September 8, 2014

    Washington: President Barack Obama will on Wednesday announce the US' strategy to tackle the threat posed by ISIS, the terrorist outfit which has gained control over a large part of Iraq and Syria, and has brutally killed two American journalists in recent past. "On Wednesday I'll make a speech and describe...
  • US air strikes target insurgents near Iraq's Haditha Dam September 8, 2014

    Baghdad: US warplanes carried out five strikes on Islamic State insurgents menacing Iraq's Haditha Dam on Sunday, witnesses and officials said, widening what President Barack Obama called a campaign to curb and ultimately defeat the jihadist movement. Obama has branded Islamic State an acute threat to the West as well as...
  • After Syria and Iraq, Islamic State makes inroads in South Asia September 7, 2014

    Peshawar/Dera: Islamic State pamphlets and flags have appeared in parts of Pakistan and India, alongside signs that the ultra-radical group is inspiring militants even in the strongholds of the Taliban and al Qaeda. A splinter group of Pakistan's Taliban insurgents, Jamat-ul Ahrar, has already declared its support for the well-funded and...