Iraq

  • Iraq crisis: Families of abducted Indians meet Punjab CM, MEA says all safe 11-07-2014 09:32 PM

    The families of 39 Indians who are in still in ISIS captivity on Friday met Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in Chandigarh. Frustrated over the lack of information from both the Punjab government and the Centre, the families said that they last heard from their relatives in Iraq who...
  • News 360: Government brings TRAI Bill to appoint of PM's principal secretary 11-07-2014 09:07 PM

    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday slammed the opposition parties for their remarks over the appointment of Nripendra Mishra saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi has the right to choose his staff. The BJP and the Congress are set for a face-off over the appointment of the Prime Minister's Principal Secretary...
  • Iraq crisis: 39 Indians in Mosul are safe, says MEA 11-07-2014 07:23 PM

    Ministry of External Affair spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Friday said, "I can confirm that we have had through interlocutors a contact with Indians in captivity Information we have got and they are unharmed but remain in captivity." ...
  • Punjab: Familes of 39 Indians protest to bring back relatives from Iraq 11-07-2014 01:25 PM

    Chandigarh: Tense families of the 39 youth from Punjab who are in ISIS captivity in Iraq are more are holding a protest in Chandigarh. The relatives of the stranded Indians met Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday. They have claimed that the government is not doing enough to bring...
  • Iraq says 'terrorists' seize chemical weapons site 09-07-2014 07:23 AM

    United Nations: Iraq has informed the United Nations that the Islamic State extremist group has taken control of a vast former chemical weapons facility northwest of Baghdad where 2,500 chemical rockets filled with the deadly nerve agent sarin or their remnants were stored along with other chemical warfare agents. Iraq's...
  • 200 Indians to return from Iraq on Wednesday: MEA 08-07-2014 10:20 PM

    New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday said that plane carrying 200 Indian nationals will arrive in the nation capital from Najaf on Wednesday. The Indian nationals are currently housed in accommodation provided by the Indian embassy. MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said, "Evacuation of Indians from non-conflict zones...
  • Iraq crisis led to rupee depreciation: Government 08-07-2014 04:16 PM

    New Delhi: The recent Iraq crisis has led to marginal depreciation of the rupee and government is calibrating "appropriate policy responses" to cope with the situation, Parliament was informed on Tuesday. "Since the escalation of the Iraq crisis in the second week of June 2014, the exchange rate of the...
  • Iraq: Orphanage providing a ray of hope amidst violence 08-07-2014 03:38 PM

    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. ...
  • Punjabis trapped in Iraq: Badal to meet Sushma again 07-07-2014 04:43 PM

    Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday said he would again meet External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to ask her to expedite the process of bringing back 39 people from the State "trapped" in Mosul region of strife-torn Iraq. An assurance in this regard was given by Badal...
  • Iraq chaos fuels Kurds' independence dream, but hurdles remain 07-07-2014 03:17 PM

    Iraq: A grave, freshly dug and adorned with pebbles, is the modest tribute to one more sacrifice in the long history of struggle for an independent Kurdish state. Hogir Fathi was looking forward to home leave in his village in autonomous Kurdistan when the 24-year-old, a fighter in the Iraqi...
  • 117 Indians to return from Iraq today, 2,200 more wish to come back 07-07-2014 12:54 PM

    New Delhi: Nearly 2,200 Indians in Iraq's non-conflict areas wish to return home, with 117 of them set to reach the capital after midnight on Sunday, it was announced on Sunday. The external affairs ministry said the government was buying tickets for some 1,600 of the 2,200 while the air...
  • ISIS renames itself as the Islamic State 07-07-2014 09:19 AM

    Baghdad: As violence continues unabated in conflict torn Iraq, the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has now renamed itself as simply the Islamic State. The militant organisation that has swept vast swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria are now waging a bitter propaganda war. In a recent video...
  • Nurses face financial crisis after returning from Iraq 07-07-2014 08:36 AM

    Thiruvananthapuram: After the relief of escaping Iraq's conflict zone, the Kerala nurses abducted by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant militants, now face a grim financial reality. Having been forced to return to India without receiving their salaries, they are now looking to the government for support. Smitha Surendran,...
  • Iraq crisis: Tickets provided to 1600 Indians to return, says MEA 06-07-2014 05:35 PM

    New Delhi: A day after the return of 46 Indian nurses from Iraq, The Ministry of External Affairs said on Sunday that MEA has provided ticket to 1600 Indian nationals stuck in the war-torn country to facilitate their return. Two special flights will be operated to New Delhi from Najaf...
  • ISIS chief Baghdadi urges people to join him in the jihad 06-07-2014 12:45 PM

    In a rare public appearance, ISIS chief Abu Bakr al- Baghdadi addressed supporters at a mosque in Mosul urging them to obey him and join him in the jihad for a separate caliphate. ...
  • Each sound reminds us of gunshots, nurses back from Iraq recall horror 06-07-2014 07:50 AM

    Kochi: After about 25 nights of sleeplessness, distress and fear of not making it alive out of war-torn Iraq, 46 Indian nurses returned home on Saturday. Smiles, joy filled tears and hugs filled the Cochin International airport as they reunited with their families. While they are back in the safe...
  • Iraq says footage purporting to show Islamic State leader is false 06-07-2014 12:04 AM

    Baghdad: The Iraqi government said on Saturday that a video posted online purporting to show the reclusive leader of the militant group Islamic State praying in the northern city of Mosul was falsified. Interior Ministry spokesman Brigadier General Saad Maan said that the footage posted on the Internet on Saturday...
  • Chief Secretary receives 19 Punjabis returning from Iraq at IGI Airport 05-07-2014 11:13 PM

    New Delhi: Punjab Chief Secretary Sarvesh Kaushal, along with several other state officials, on Saturday received 19 Punjabis arriving from strife-torn Iraq at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport. The Chief Secretary was deputed by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to receive the Punjabis returning from Iraq in special...
  • Rajasthan government provides assistance to persons who returned from Iraq 05-07-2014 10:27 PM

    Rajasthan government on Saturday provided assistance to four persons of the state, who were stranded in conflict-hit Iraq and safely arrived in the country last night. "As per direction of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, special arrangements were made for their stay in Delhi when they arrived there last night and...
  • BJP lauds government efforts in bringing back Indians from Iraq 05-07-2014 05:44 PM

    New Delhi: BJP on Saturday lauded the government for its efforts in ensuring safe return of Indians from strife- torn Iraq and expressed hope that the remaining stranded countrymen would also be brought back safely to their motherland. "We are grateful to the Narendra Modi-led Indian government for the way...
  • Iraq: Mass evacuation of Indians on, 600 more to return home on Sunday 05-07-2014 04:56 PM

    New Delhi: In more relief for the families whose loved ones are stuck in war-torn Iraq, 600 more Indians are set to return from the strife-hit country on Sunday. As many as 200 people from Najaf and 400 Indian nationals from South Baghdad will head for their homeland on Sunday....
  • Nurses vow not to go back to Iraq 05-07-2014 04:13 PM

    Kochi: After about a month's long ordeal in the strife torn Iraq, 46 Indian nurses returned to their homeland on Saturday with most of them vowing not to go back risking their lives. "We will not go back. There is no question of going back. We are not prepared to...
  • Watch: Indian nurses on board the flight on their way back from Iraq 05-07-2014 02:10 PM

    46 Indian nurses who were abducted by ISIS militants in Iraq returned to their homes safely in Kochi on Saturday. Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy welcomed the nurses at the airport and thanked the Narendra Modi government for their cooperation in bring the nurses back from the war-torn country. ...
  • Kerala CM Oomen Chandy thanks Centre for return of nurses 05-07-2014 12:26 PM

    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Saturday thanked the Narendra Modi Government for ensuring the return of the Indian nurses from strife-hit Iraq with their safe evacuation capping days of anxiety for the state as it waited for a resolution to the crisis. A visibly relieved Chandy expressed his...
  • Indian nurses freed from Iraq return to Kochi, welcomed by Kerala CM 05-07-2014 12:05 PM

    Kochi: Bringing an end to the ordeal, 46 Indian nurses have returned to Kochi after being held in captivity by ISIS militants in the war torn Iraq. Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy was present at the airport to receive the Indians returning from Iraq. Relieved to have the nurses back...
  • Special flight with 46 Indian nurses freed from Iraq takes off from Mumbai, to land in Kochi 05-07-2014 09:30 AM

    Mumbai: The special Air India flight carrying 46 Indian nurses freed from Iraq has taken off for Kochi after making a halt in Mumbai for refueling and catering supplies. From Kochi the flight will go to Hyderabad and then to Delhi. 46 Indians nurses and 130 other Indians are on...
  • 12 soldiers killed in suicide attack in Iraq 05-07-2014 09:29 AM

    Baghdad: A suicide car bomber killed at least 12 Iraqi soldiers and wounded some 30 others in Salahudin province on Friday, police said. The attack occurred near Dijla town south of the provincial capital city of Tikrit, some 170 km north of Baghdad, when a suicide bomber drove his explosive-laden...
  • Special flight carrying 46 nurses, 130 other Indians from Iraq to reach Mumbai today 05-07-2014 08:02 AM

    New Delhi: The ordeal ends for the 46 Indians nurses and 130 other Indians as they finally return home from Iraq after being held in captivity by ISIS militants the war torn country. The special Air India flight carrying the nurses and 137 others would first land in Mumbai around...
  • Iraq crisis: Nurses to reunite with their families on Saturday 05-07-2014 12:00 AM

    All the 46 nurses who have been in captivity in Tikrit since June 11 were released by ISIS in Mosul. A special Indian plane will now take the nurses from Erbil, Iraq to Kochi, Kerala to reunite with their families. ...