Sunni Muslims

  • Qaeda in Syria targets army with four suicide bombings May 25, 2014

    Syria's AlQaeda branch staged four suicide bomb attacks on army positions on Sunday, leaving dozens of casualties, in a bid to cut off Idlib province from the coast, a monitoring group said. The attacks came a day after the AlNusra Front announced the creation of an arms factory. "Four AlNusra Front fighters...
  • Explosions across Baghdad kill at least 38 people October 8, 2013

    Bombs exploded across the Iraqi capital on Monday, killing at least 38 people, police said, as suspected Sunni Islamist terrorists pursued a campaign to provoke intercommunal conflict. Eight of the 10 blasts in Baghdad were in mainly Shi'ite districts, but there was also an explosion in a mixed area and another...
  • Explosions across Baghdad, at least 22 killed October 8, 2013

    Bombs exploded across the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 22 people, police said. Five of the six blasts were in mainly Shi'ite Muslim districts, but there was also an explosion in the predominantly Sunni Muslim neighborhood of Doura. In the deadliest attack, a parked car bomb blew up in...
  • Iraq: 8 dead after deadly bomb blast hits soccer field October 4, 2013

    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 the...
  • Baghdad: Car bombs in Shi'ite districts kill at least 42 people September 30, 2013

    A series of car bombs exploded in busy areas in predominantly Shi'ite neighborhoods of Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 42 people and wounding dozens more, police and medical sources said. The deadliest attack took place in Sadr City, where a car bomb blew up near a place where workers had...
  • Bomb blasts in markets across Baghdad kill 23 people September 26, 2013

    Bombs left inside busymarketsin mainly Sunni Muslim districts of Baghdad killed at least 23 people on Thursday, police said. The deadliest attack took place in Saba'a alBour on the capital's northern outskirts, where three bombs exploded killing at least 15 people. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Bombs kill 42 outside mosques in northern Lebanese city of Tripoli August 24, 2013

    Bombs hit two mosques in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Friday, killing at least 42 people and wounding hundreds, intensifying sectarian strife that has spilled over from the civil war in neighbouring Syria. The apparently coordinated blasts - the biggest and deadliest in Tripoli since the end of Lebanon's...
  • Assad's forces battle to tighten control of central Syria July 1, 2013

    Amman: President Bashar alAssad's forces pounded Sunni Muslim rebels in the city of Homs with artillery and from the air on Sunday, the second day of an offensive to expand loyalist control over Syria's strategic centre, activists said. They said rebels defending the old centre of Homs and five adjacent Sunni...
  • Western and Arab allies try to coordinate rebel aid June 23, 2013

    Doha: Western and Arab opponents of Bashar alAssad met in Qatar on Saturday to tighten coordination of their stepped up support for rebels battling to overthrow the Syrian president. Ministers from 11 countries including the United States, European and regional Sunni Muslim powers, held talks that Washington said should commit participants...
  • More than 7,000 Syrian refugees return from Iraq June 3, 2013

    Baghdad: More than 7,000 Syrian refugees in Iraq have crossed back to the rebelheld Syrian border town of Albu Kamal in recent weeks due to better security there, an Iraqi official said on Sunday. The reverse flow coincides with a lull in battles and air raids by Syrian President Bashar alAssad's...
  • Iraq says it has captured al Qaeda chemical gas team June 2, 2013

    Baghdad: Iraq has captured a suspected al Qaeda cell that planned to produce chemical poisons such as mustard gas to attack Iraqi forces and to ship overseas for attacks on Europe and the United States, the government said on Saturday. The announcement was made as investigators look into allegations over the...
  • 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...
  • Iraq: Two blasts outside Sunni Muslim mosque kill 76 May 18, 2013

    Baghdad: Bombs struck Sunni areas in Baghdad and surrounding areas on Friday, killing at least 76 people in the deadliest day in Iraq in more than eight months, officials said, as a spike in violence has raised fears the country could be on the path to a new round of...
  • Iraq: Two blasts outside Sunni Muslim mosque kill 43 May 18, 2013

    Baquba: Two bombs exploded outside a Sunni Muslim mosque in the Iraqi city of Baquba as worshippers left Friday prayers, killing at least 43 people in one of the deadliest attacks in a monthlong surge in sectarian violence. Several other bombings claimed lives around the country with 19 killed near...
  • US panel calls Pakistan world's worst violator of religious freedom May 1, 2013

    Washington: A panel in the United States has asked the government to continue its visa ban on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. The same report has deemed Pakistan the world's worst violator of religious freedom. The report demanded that Pakistan be designated a country of particular concern. The report has also...
  • Nearly 50 killed as sectarian violence flares in Iraq April 26, 2013

    Baghdad: Nearly 50 people were killed in clashes on Thursday in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, sources said, on the third day of the most widespread violence in Iraq since US troops withdrew in December 2011. More than 100 people have been killed in fighting since Tuesday, when troops stormed...
  • Iraq blasts, shootings kill 32, wound scores August 17, 2012

    Baghdad: A dozen bombings and shooting attacks killed at least 32 people across Iraq on Thursday, underscoring the country's struggle to stamp out a stubborn insurgency more than seven months after the US military withdrew. In the worst blast, at least 11 people were killed and more than 40 wounded when...
  • Attacks across Iraq kill 107, injure hundreds July 23, 2012

    Baghdad: At least 107 people were killed in bomb and gun attacks in Iraq on Monday, a day after 20 died in explosions, in a coordinated surge of violence against mostly Shi'ite Muslim targets. The bloodshed, which coincided with an intensifying of the conflict in neighboring Syria, pointed up the deficiencies...
  • Bombs in Iraq market kill 19, wound scores November 25, 2011

    Iraq: Three bombs exploded in a busy market in Iraq's southern oil city of Basra on Thursday, killing at least 19 people and wounding 65. Basra, 420 km (240 miles) southeast of Baghdad, is the largest city in the mainly Shi'ite south and the heart of Iraq's oil industry. It hosts...
  • Bahrain declares martial law, violence flares March 21, 2011

    Manama: Bahrain's king declared martial law on Tuesday as his government struggled to quell an uprising by the island's Shi'ite Muslim majority that has drawn in troops from fellow Sunni-ruled neighbour Saudi Arabia. The three-month state of emergency will hand wholesale power to Bahrain's security forces, which are dominated by the...