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Iraq

Killings in the desert and the mirage of caliphate

THE name is now all too familiar, so are the violence and brutality associated with it. A caliphate, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, has been proclaimed.  A caliph, with a suitable name borrowed from the first caliph of Islam, has proclaimed himself as head of the Islamic State.  The evocative name of Baghdad of the glorious days of Islam has been duly affixed to the title. The caliphate has not been coy about its own...

Car bombings in Baghdad kill 14

Car bombings in Baghdad kill 14

A pair of car bombs targeted busy commercial areas in the Iraqi capital on Monday, killing at least 14 people and wounding 31, officials said. In the first attack, a car detonated on a commercial street in the Meshtal neighborhood in eastern Baghdad, killing at least eight people and wounding 15, police officials said. The...

Yazidi girls seized by IS speak out after escape

Yazidi girls seized by IS speak out after escape

The 15-year-old girl, crying and terrified, refused to release her grip on her sister’s hand. Days earlier, Islamic State fighters had torn the girls from their family, and now were trying to split them up and distribute them as spoils of war, New York Time reports. The jihadist who had selected the 15-year-old as...

'Jihadi John' reportedly wounded in airstrike

'Jihadi John' reportedly wounded in airstrike

One of the world's most wanted men "Jihadi John" has reportedly been wounded in an airstrike, reports a UK-based daily. “Jihadi John”, the man accused of executing British hostages David Haines and Alan Henning and two Americans held by Isil, may have been injured in an airstrike on an Iraqi town close to the...

Iraq forces retake Baiji

Iraq forces retake Baiji

Iraqi forces yesterday recaptured the strategic oil town of Baiji in a significant victory over the Islamic State group, as the UN accused the jihadists of crimes against humanity in neighbouring Syria. Baiji is the largest town to be retaken by government troops since ISIS-led militants overran much of Iraq's Sunni Arab heartland in...

16 Bangladeshis still in 'confinement'

16 Bangladeshis still in 'confinement'

The 16 Bangladeshi migrant workers who claim to have been abducted by some locals are still passing their days in misery inside an old building in Najaf city of Iraq. The Bangladeshis were “forcibly” taken to the building on Tuesday from a camp in the same city where they had been languishing with another...

IS leader urges attacks in Saudi Arabia

IS leader urges attacks in Saudi Arabia

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called for attacks against the rulers of Saudi Arabia in a speech purported to be in his name on Thursday, saying his self-declared caliphate was expanding there and in four other Arab countries. Baghdadi also said a US-led military campaign against his group in Syria and Iraq was...

Iraqi Shi’a militias grow brutal in anti-IS fight

Iraqi Shi’a militias grow brutal in anti-IS fight

The vengeance that Iraq's Shi’a militias mete out as they fight the Islamic State group can be just as brutal as that of their sworn sectarian enemies. In a grisly video recently posted online, a Shi’a fighter shouts the name of a revered imam in victory as he poses beside decapitated bodies. Another militiaman...

War On ISIS

Obama signals 'new phase'

Obama signals 'new phase'

US President Barack Obama yesterday said that deploying additional troops to Iraq signals a "new phase" in the fight against the Islamic State group, as Baghdad investigated whether strikes killed the jihadists' leader. After earlier unveiling plans to send up to 1,500 more US troops to Iraq to advise and train the country's forces, Obama told CBS News the US-led effort to defeat IS was moving to a new stage. "Phase one was getting an Iraqi government that was inclusive and credible -- and we now have done that," Obama told CBS News on Sunday. "Rather than just try to halt (IS's) momentum, we're now in a position to start going on...

Iraqi military reach Baiji

Iraqi military reach Baiji

Iraqi military forces reached the centre of the northern city of Baiji on Sunday in an effort to break an Islamic State siege of the country's biggest refinery, triggering fierce clashes with the militants, according to an army colonel and a witness. Separately, contradictory reports emerged over the fate of Islamic State leader Abu...

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