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US plans to arm Iraq's Sunni tribesmen

US plans to arm Iraq's Sunni tribesmen

The United States plans to buy arms for Sunni tribesmen in Iraq including AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds to help bolster the battle against Islamic State militants in Anbar province, according to a Pentagon document prepared for Congress. The plan to spend $24.1 million represents a small fraction of the larger, $1.6 billion...

5 killed in Saudi shootout during Ashura

5 killed in Saudi shootout during Ashura

Gunmen shot dead at least five people in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province on Tuesday in an attack on Shia Muslims during one of their most important religious festivals, the state news agency SPA reported. Nine people were wounded by the unidentified attackers late on Monday night in al-Dalwah village in al-Ahsa district, a police...

Shia militias 'killing Iraqi Sunnis': AI

Shia militias 'killing Iraqi Sunnis': AI

Shia militias in Iraq have kidnapped and killed scores of Sunni civilians in recent months, a report by campaign group Amnesty International has said. The killings were in apparent revenge for attacks by Islamic State (IS). Amnesty said the militias had been supported and armed by the Iraqi government and operated with impunity. (function(d, s, id)...

Gunmen kill '29' in Iraq

Gunmen kill '29' in Iraq

Gunmen have stormed two buildings in the Iraqi capital, killing at least 29 people, officials say. At least 20 of those killed were said to be women. The attack took place late on Saturday in the neighbourhood of Zayouna in east Baghdad, police said. One officer said he "found bodies everywhere". The motive for the killings...

Iraq forces 'killed 255 Sunni prisoners': HRW

Iraq forces 'killed 255 Sunni prisoners': HRW

Iraqi security forces and government-affiliated militias appear to have executed at least 255 prisoners since 9 June, a human rights group says. The killings appeared to be retaliation for attacks by the jihadist Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis), Human Rights Watch said in a statement. The prisoners were all Sunni Muslims, while...

Top Shia cleric calls for new govt in Iraq

Top Shia cleric calls for new govt in Iraq

The spiritual leader of Iraq's Shia majority called for a new, "effective" government Friday, increasing pressure on the country's prime minister as an offensive by Sunni militants rages on. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani's comments at Friday prayers contained thinly veiled criticism that Shia Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, in office since 2006, was to blame...

Baghdad car bombs kill 60

Baghdad car bombs kill 60

A wave of car bombs exploded across Baghdad on Saturday, killing more than 60 people, and militants stormed a university campus in western Iraq, security and medical sources said. In total, there were a dozen blasts in mainly Shia districts of the capital, the deadliest of which occurred in Bayaa, where a car bomb...

Iraq goes to polls amid violence

Iraq goes to polls amid violence

Iraqis are voting in the country's first parliamentary elections since the withdrawal of US troops three years ago. Polling began at 07:00 local time (04:00 GMT) and closes at 19:00. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is hoping to win a third term in office amid a growing insurgency in the west of the country. Iraq is experiencing...

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