SHIITES

  • Saudi request for help in Yemen puts Pakistan PM Sharif in a bind April 6, 2015

    Islamabad: Pakistan's Parliament begins debating a Saudi plea for military help in Yemen on Monday, a request that pits Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's staunch Saudi allies against a war-weary Pakistani public. Since Saudi Arabia, the Gulf's main Sunni Muslim power, asked Sunni-majority Pakistan to join a Saudi-led military coalition that began...
  • Second batch of 664 Indians rescued from Yemen return home April 4, 2015

    Thiruvananthapuram/Mumbai: A second batch of 664 Indians from war-torn Yemen have safely returned home on late Friday night. While two Indian Air Force planes carrying 334 people landed in Mumbai, a special Air India flight with 330 Indians reached the Kochi airport post midnight. So far, more than 1,000 Indians...
  • 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...
  • Two killed as terrorists storm Shiite mosque in North west Pakistan February 13, 2015

    Islamabad: Unidentified terrorists attacked a Shiite mosque in Pakistan's restive northwest during Friday prayers, killing at least two worshippers and injured 20 others, police said. The mosque was targeted in Hayatabad area of Peshawar, capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. At least three explosions and gunfire was heard. The nature of explosions was not...
  • Yemen: Rebels hold President 'captive' at his house January 21, 2015

    Two Yemeni presidential advisers say the Shiite rebels who are on a power grab campaign in the capital, Sanaa, are holding the president `captive' at his home, a day after seizing the presidential palace. The advisers say President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi "cannot leave his house" after the Houthi rebels removed...
  • Yemen Shiite rebels expand southward, clash with Qaeda October 15, 2014

    Sanaa: Yemen's Shiite rebels seized more territory south of the capital on Wednesday and set off deadly clashes with al-Qaeda as they rapidly expand their area of control. Already in control of Sanaa since September 21 and the strategic port city of Hudeida since Tuesday, the rebels on Wednesday appeared to...
  • At least 42 killed in suicide bombing in Yemeni capital October 9, 2014

    Sanaa: A suicide bomber killed at least 42 people on Thursday when he detonated an explosives-laden belt in a district of the Yemeni capital where the powerful Shi'ite Muslim Houthi movement had planned to hold a rally, medics and witnesses said. A Reuters witness in Sanaa counted at least 20 bodies...
  • 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...
  • Iraq's top cleric wants deal on PM before Tuesday June 27, 2014

    Baghdad: Iraq's top Shiite cleric on Friday called on political blocs to agree on the next prime minister before the newly elected parliament sits next week, stepping up pressure on political leaders to set aside their differences and form an inclusive government in the face of Sunni militants who have...
  • Militants bomb Shiite places of worship in Iraq June 25, 2014

    Kirkuk: Sunni militants bombed two Shiite places of worship, known as husseiniyahs, in northern Iraq on Wednesday, an official and witnesses said. The two husseiniyahs in Sharikhan, north of Nineveh provincial capital Mosul, were bombed early today, damaging the structures but causing no casualties, the sources said. An offensive since...
  • Shiite fighters make show of force in Baghdad June 21, 2014

    Baghdad: Thousands of fighters loyal to powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada alSadr paraded with weapons in the Sadr City area of north Baghdad on Saturday, vowing to fight against a major militant offensive. The offensive, led by Sunni Arab militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group but...
  • Top Shiite Cleric calls for new government in Iraq June 20, 2014

    Baghdad: The spiritual leader of Iraq's Shiite majority called for a new, "effective" government Friday, increasing pressure on the country's prime minister a day after U.S. President Barack Obama challenged him to create a more inclusive leadership or risk a sectarian civil war. Grand Ayatollah Ali alSistani's comments at Friday prayers...
  • Iraq: 36 Shi'ite pilgrims killed in suicide bombing December 20, 2013

    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 20067, when strife between Sunnis and Shi'ites killed tens of...
  • Serial bomb blasts in Baghdad, at least 35 killed November 21, 2013

    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 to...
  • As Iraq seeks US arms, bombs kill another 55 October 27, 2013

    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'iteled government on Sunni Islamists from al Qaeda, are...
  • Attacks across Iraq kill at least 31, says officials October 13, 2013

    A string of bombings in mostly Shiitemajority 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 for...
  • Series of bombings and shootings across Iraq claim at least 36 lives: Police September 16, 2013

    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 neighbouring Syria...
  • Suicide bomber attacks Iraq funeral, killing 11 September 14, 2013

    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 Sunday...
  • 60 people killed as series of car bombs strike Iraqi capital September 4, 2013

    A series of car bombs exploded across the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, killing nearly 60 people in predominantly Shi'ite districts, police and medics said. It was not immediately clear who had carried out the attacks, which appeared coordinated, but Sunni Islamist militants, including an al Qaeda affiliate, have been striking with...
  • Bomb attacks kill at least 58 people in Iraq, informs official August 28, 2013

    A coordinated wave of bombings tore through Shiite Muslim areas in and around the Iraqi capital early on Wednesday, killing at least 58 and wounding many more, officials said. The blasts, which came in quick succession, targeted residents out shopping and on their way to work. The attacks are the latest in...
  • 11 killed in sectarian clash in Pakistan's Punjab province August 24, 2013

    At least 11 people were killed on Friday in a sectarian clash between members of a radical Sunni Muslim group and minority Shiites in Pakistan's Punjab province. The clashes took place between Ahle Sunnat Waljamaat (ASWJ) members and the Shias. Things had heated between the rival groups following the death of...
  • Thousands protest against government in Bahrain August 23, 2013

    Manama: Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Bahrain to demonstrate against the government in a permitted protest in the Gulf kingdom. The demonstrators marched west of Bahrain's capital, Manama, on Friday to protest new strict new laws designed to curb dissent. Opposition parties called for the protest and it...
  • Car bomb kills 20, injures 120 in Hezbollah's Beirut stronghold August 16, 2013

    A powerful car bomb struck the southern Beirut stronghold of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group on Thursday, killing 20 people, wounding 120 and trapping many others inside damaged buildings, witnesses and emergency officials said. The blast, a month after another car bomb wounded more than 50 people in the same district of...
  • Wave of car bombings targets Iraqi Shi'ites, killing 44 July 29, 2013

    12 bombs exploded across Iraq early on Monday, killing at least 44 people in predominantly Shi'ite areas, police and medical sources said. At least 10 people were killed when two car bombs blew up near a bus station in the city of Kut, 150 kilometres (95 miles) southeast of the capital,...
  • Suicide bombers on motorcycles kill 39 near Shi'ite mosques in Pakistan July 27, 2013

    Suicide bombers on motorcycles blew themselves up within a minute of each other outside Shi'ite mosques in a volatile Pakistani town near the Afghan border on Friday, killing at least 39 people, officials said. Sectarian violence has been on the rise in nucleararmed Pakistan, where hardline Sunni militant groups have been...
  • Syria war widens rift between Shi'ite clergy in Iraq, Iran July 21, 2013

    Najaf: The civil war in Syria is widening a rift between top Shi'ite Muslim clergy in Iraq and Iran who have taken opposing stands on whether or not to send followers into combat on President Bashar alAssad's side. Competition for leadership of the Shi'ite community has intensified since the USled invasion...
  • Bombs, clashes kill at least 60 in Iraq: Officials July 3, 2013

    Baghdad: Insurgents unleashed a new wave of attacks on Tuesday in Iraq, killing at least 53 people, officials said, the latest in a surge in violence across the country that has raised concerns over a return to sectarian bloodshed. Also, seven militants were killed. There was no claim of responsibility for...
  • Bomb blasts in Iraq kill at least 43 people July 2, 2013

    Baghdad: At least 43 people were killed in bomb attacks across Iraq on Tuesday, with nine explosions in busy markets and commercial areas of the capital Baghdad, police and medics said. The deadliest attack was in the mainly Shi'ite Muslim Shaab district of northern Baghdad, where twin car bombs killed eight...
  • Gunmen storm Pakistan hotel, shoot nine foreign tourists, their guide dead June 23, 2013

    Islamabad: Gunmen stormed a hotel in a remote part of northern Pakistan on Sunday and killed nine foreign tourists and their guide, police and security officials said. "Unknown people entered a hotel where foreign tourists were staying last night and opened fire," Ali Sher, a senior police officer in the northern...
  • Iraq violence: Baghdad bomb attacks leave 25 dead May 31, 2013

    Baghdad: A series of bombs battered Shi'ite and Sunni Muslim neighborhoods across Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 25 people in the worst wave of sectarian violence since civil war five years ago. The bloodletting reflects increasing conflict between Iraq's majority Shi'ite leadership and the Sunni minority, many of whom feel...