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Tag: Iraq

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US To End Combat Mission In Iraq By End Of Year

The US troops withdrew from Iraq in 2011, eight years after the US-led invasion. US troops returned to the country in 2014 to support the Iraqi forces in the fight against the Islamic State militants.

Blast in Iraqi Market
At Least 30 Killed In Bomb Explosion In Iraqi Capital

Deadly bombings have been rare in Baghdad, as the security situation has improved in Iraq since the Iraqi security forces fully defeated IS militants across the country late in 2017.

Over 40 Killed In Covid Hospital Fire In Iraq

Iraq has recorded 1.4 million infections and reported more than 17,000 deaths from coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

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5 Militiamen Killed In US Airstrikes In Iraq, Syria

At least five members of paramilitary group were killed in US airstrikes on the border region between Iraq and Syria, a war monitor said on Monday.

Iraq Oil Well Blown Up By Suspected IS Terrorists
Iraq Oil Well Blown Up By Suspected IS Terrorists

Baghdad: Suspected Islamic State (IS) terrorists on Saturday blew up an oil well in Iraq’s northern province of Kirkuk, police said. The targeted well is part of the Bai Hassan…

Italy Records 368 Coronavirus Deaths on Sunday, Highest So Far

Rome: Coronavirus-battered Italy reported 368 more coronavirus (Covid19) deaths on Sunday, a new one-day “record”. The northern region of Lombardy – the country’s worst-affected – accounted for 252 of the fatalities, which have taken the total toll across the nation to over 1,800, the BBC reported. Also Read: Trump Declares State Of Emergency As Coronavirus […]

536 killed in Iraq anti-govt protests

Baghdad: Iraq’s Independent High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR) said on Monday that the death toll from four months of nationwide anti-government protests has reached 536, with 23,545 injured. A statement by the commission affiliated with the Iraqi Parliament said the death of 519 protesters and 17 security members and the injury of 20,026 protesters […]

7 Rockets Hit Army Base In Iraq's Salahudin

Baghdad: Seven Katyusha rockets on Sunday hit Balad airbase, which previously housed US troops, in Iraq’s Salahudin province, informed sources said. The attack took place in the evening when the rockets landed on the airbase, located around 90 km from the Iraqi capital Baghdad, wounding two soldiers and causing damages to nearby buildings, a security […]

Ukraine Prez Demands Compensation, Apologies From Iran For Crash

Kiev: Following Iran’s admission that it brought down the Kiev-bound airliner earlier this week unintentionally, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Saturday laid down several demands from Tehran, including compensation for the victim’s families and official apologies for its mistake. In a Facebook post, Zelensky said: “This morning was not good, but it brought the truth. […]

Israeli PM Warns Of 'Crushing Blow' If Iran Attacks

Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanayhu on Wednesday warned arch-enemy Iran that his country would inflict a “crushing blow” on Tehran if it is attacked following the US killing a top Iranian general. Netanyahu’s statement came as Iran launched over a dozen ballistic missiles targeting at least two bases in Iraq where the US military […]

India Asks Citizens To Avoid Travel To Iraq

New Delhi: India on Wednesday issued an advisory for Indian nationals asking them to avoid travelling to Iraq for now. The advisory came soon after Iran claimed to have attacked two US military bases in Iraq, in retaliation to the killing of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps commander Qasem Soleimani in an American drone attack on […]

DGCA Asks Airlines To Be Vigilant In Airspace Over Iran, Iraq, Gulf Of Oman, Waters Of Persian Gulf

New Delhi: The DGCA on Wednesday asked Indian airline companies to remain vigilant and take all precautions in the airspace over Iran, Iraq, Gulf of Oman and waters of Persian Gulf, hours after Ukrainian International airlines carrying 170 passengers crashed near Tehran in Iran. “We had held meetings with the concerned Airlines and have sensitised […]

US Prohibits Flights Over Iraq, Iran And The Gulf

Washington: The US aviation authority has prohibited its civil flight operators from using the airspace over Iraq, Iran and the Gulf, hours after Iran fired over a dozen ballistic missiles targeting at least two American bases in response to the killing of its General Qasem Soleimani in a drone strike. Iran has launched over a […]

Iran Launches Missile Strike Against US In Iraq

Washington: Iran has launched over a dozen ballistic missiles targeting at least two bases where US military and coalition forces’ are stationed in Iraq, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. According to Iranian state TV, the attacks were in revenge for the killing of the commander of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards, General Qasem Soleimani, in a […]

Pentagon Denies Reports On US Pullback From Iraq

Washington: The Pentagon has said that that there was no policy change regarding the presence of US troops in Iraq after media reports said that American personnel were preparing to withdraw from the war-torn country. “There has been no change in US policy with regard to our force presence in Iraq. We continue to consult […]

Trump Threatens Harsh Sanctions Against Iraq After Parliament Vote

Washington: US President Donald Trump has threatened to impose harsh sanctions on Iraq after the war-torn country’s Parliament passed a resolution urging the government to expel American and other foreign troops. “If they do ask us to leave, if we don’t do it in a very friendly basis, we will charge them sanctions like they’ve never […]

#worldwar3 Trending, Twitterati Post Memes, Funny Comments

Washington: As the killing of Qasem Soleimani — head of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force — by the US armed forces trended on Twitter, thousands of social media platform users even posted funny comments and memes on the development. After Pentagon confirmed that following an airstrike on the directions from President Donald Trump, Iranian General […]

13 Killed, 70 Hurt In Fresh Wave Of Protests In Iraq

Baghdad: As many as 13 people were killed and 70 others injured in firing in Iraq amid a fresh wave of protests in the southern city of Nasiriya on Thursday. Security forces opened fire and used tear gas to clear two bridges blocked by protesters. The agitating Iraqis have been demanding more jobs, end to […]

US Conducts Operation Against IS' Al-Baghdadi: Reports

Washington: The US military has conducted an operation against Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the elusive leader of the Islamic State (IS) terror group, the BBC said on Sunday citing American media reports as saying. Earlier in the day, CNN, citing a senior US defence official and an informed source, reported that al-Baghdadi was killed in a […]

10 Islamic State militants killed in Iraq

Baghdad: A total of 10 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in an airstrike by the US-led coalition aircraft in Iraq’s northern province of Nineveh, the Iraqi military said. Acting on intelligence reports, the coalition aircraft on Friday attacked an IS hideout at a desert in al-Baaj area near the border with Syria, the […]

Iran row: US denies evacution of personnel from Iraq

Baghdad: The US Air Force denied on Saturday that it was evacuating contractors or personnel — Lockheed Martin and Sallyport Global personnel as per the reports — from a base in Iraq amid tensions between Washington and Tehran. In a statement, the US Central Command categorically termed it “false”. “The Balad Air Base operations continue […]

US-led coalition 'killed 1,300 civilians in Syria, Iraq'

Washington: The US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) group said on Friday that it has unintentionally killed more than 1,300 civilians in Iraq and Syria since 2014. In a statement, the coalition said it had carried out 34,502 strikes since its air campaign against the IS began there nearly five years ago after the […]

IS claims responsibility for Iraq blast that killed 8

Baghdad: The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a Baghdad market the previous day that killed 8 people. The extremist group released a statement early on Friday saying the bomber detonated his explosives vest at the Jamila marketplace in Baghdad’s sprawling Shiite neighbourhood of Sadr City on Thursday evening. Fifteen […]

US deployment triggered after inputs of Iranian attack plans

Washington: Following intelligence showing Iran made plans to target US forces in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East, decision to reinforce the American military presence in the region was taken in an effort to deter any possible moves by Tehran, Dow Jones Newswires reported. The escalation in tensions came as European diplomats said Monday […]

Adel Abdul Mahdi sworn in as Iraq's PM

Baghdad: Adel Abdul Mahdi on Wednesday sworn in as new prime minister of Iraq after the parliament passed 14 out of his 22 cabinet members. Mahdi and his 14 cabinet members sworn in after long parliament session that continued after midnight as the parliament passed the government program, which was submitted by Abdul Mahdi, and then […]

Barham Salih elected new president of Iraq

Baghdad: Iraqi lawmakers have elected Barham Salih as the new president of Iraq after a protracted political wrangling, marking a crucial step in forming the government in the next four years. Salih gained 219 votes out of a total of 272 lawmakers who cast their votes on Tuesday in the second round of voting, advancing […]

Baghdad 'astonished' by report of Iran moving missiles to Iraq

Baghdad: Iraq’s Foreign Ministry has said it was “astonished” by a report that Iran had moved ballistic missiles to armed groups in Iraq. The Ministry confirmed on Sunday that all Iraqi state institutions were committed to the Constitution that states that its territory should not be used as a base or passage for any operation […]

A dummy acting as a motorcycle suicide bomber is blown up next to a vehicle during a course on blast scene investigation near Hua Hin
14 killed in Baghdad explosion

Baghdad: At least 14 people were killed and over 90 injured on Wednesday by a huge explosion in Iraq’s Baghdad, an official said. “The latest report said that 14 people were killed and more than 90 others were wounded by the huge explosion of an explosive cache in eastern Baghdad,” Xinhua quoted an Interior Ministry […]

39 Indians abducted by Islamic State in Mosul have died: Sushma

New Delhi: Thirty-nine Indians kidnapped by the Islamic State in Iraq’s Mosul in 2014 are dead, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Tuesday. The minister told the Rajya Sabha that their bodies were spotted using deep penetration radar. The bodies were exhumed from mass graves and their identities confirmed by DNA tests, she said. […]

Baghdadi fled Iraq in 'yellow taxi' to avoid suspicion

Baghdad: Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has reportedly fled from Iraq to Syria in a yellow taxi to avoid drawing suspicion. An intelligence source claimed the IS chief was hiding in Rawa, northwestern Iraq, when troops entered Qaim some 50 miles away near the Syrian border, the Daily Mail reported. Al-Baghdadi felt his presence […]

Iraq's Kurdish region forms new council to run ties with Baghdad

Erbil: A newly-formed council of Political Leadership of Kurdistan – Iraq on Sunday replaced the High Referendum Council for Kurdistan region after the latter ended its mission of holding referendum on independence of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan. “The High Referendum Council, headed by regional President Masoud Barzani, held its first meeting after the Sept. […]

Polls close in Iraqi Kurdistan for independence referendum

Erbil (Iraq): Polling places in the northern autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan closed on Monday following an independence referendum, election officials said. Kurdistan’s Independent High Electoral and Referendum Commission said it extended voting for one hour due to the high turnout, Efe reported. Some 76 per cent of voters, according to official figures, had cast […]

India face formidable Iraq in AFC U-16 qualifiers

Kathmandu: Having recovered from a disappointing draw against Nepal in their last match, India are expected to face an uphill task when they take on defending champions Iraq in a Group D encounter of the AFC U-16 Championship 2018 Qualifiers at the Halchowk Stadium here on Sunday. “Yes, obviously boys were feeling a bit down following […]

Over 300 IS militants killed in airstrikes in Iraq

Baghdad: The Iraqi aircraft conducted dozens of airstrikes against targets of the Islamic State (IS) militants in western Iraq, leaving many of their posts destroyed and killing some 306 militants, the Iraqi military said. The jet fighters carried out 42 airstrikes on Sunday based on intelligence reports during the period from September 11 to 16, […]

Iraq, Russia resume air services after 13 years

Baghdad: With stability returning to the war-torn West Asian nation, Iraq and Russia on Sunday restored scheduled commercial airline services for the first time since 2004, an Iraqi Airways source said. An Iraqi Airways plane left Baghdad for Moscow’s Vnukovo airport, Iraqi Airways said, Xinhua news agency reported. It is a signal on the part […]

2 killed in suicide car bombing in Iraq

Baghdad: At least two people were killed and eight others wounded in a suicide car bombing in the city of Kirkuk, a local police source said. The attack took place on Saturday evening when a suicide bomber detonated his car, loaded with explosives, after hitting a nearby vehicle in the city of Kirkuk, some 250 […]

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi addresses the media in Ankara
Iraqi forces in last stages of defeating IS in Mosul: PM

Baghdad: Iraqi forces are in the last stages of defeating the Islamic State (IS) militant group in the remaining neighbourhoods of the western side of Mosul, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has said. Abadi made the statement on Monday during a visit to the battleground in western Mosul, where he met commanders of the Iraqi security forces […]

IS Militants in Iraq
27 IS militants killed in Iraq airstrikes

Baghdad: At least 27 Islamic State militants were killed in airstrikes by international coalition against IS posts in the IS-held areas in Iraq’s western province of Anbar on Sunday, an Iraqi army source said. According to intelligence reports, the US-led coalition aircraft conducted an airstrike on an internet cafe used by IS militants as a […]

China remains world's top executioner: Amnesty

London: China remained the world’s top executioner, putting more people to death in 2016 than all other countries combined, an Amnesty International report revealed on Tuesday. At least 1,032 people were executed in 2016. In 2015, the Amnesty International recorded 1,634 executions in 25 countries worldwide – a historical spike unmatched since 1989. However, the […]

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35 killed in IS attack in Iraq's Tikrit city

Baghdad: At least 35 persons were killed and 28 injured in a series of attacks carried out by the Islamic State militant group in the Iraqi city of Tikrit, a security source said on Wednesday. Most of the victims in the Tuesday night attacks in Salahudin province were civilians, EFE news quoted the source as […]