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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...

Germany ready to train Sunnis, Kurds to fight IS

Germany ready to train Sunnis, Kurds to fight IS

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that Germany was ready to help train Sunni Muslim soldiers in Iraq to fight Islamic State insurgents in addition to aid it is already giving to Iraqi Kurdish fighters. Merkel praised Baghdad for appointing a Sunni defence minister alongside Shias and Kurds as part of Prime Minister Haider...

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)...

Govt resumes sending workers to violence-torn Iraq

Govt resumes sending workers to violence-torn Iraq

After about two and a half months interval, the government today resumed sending Bangladeshi workers to violence-torn Iraq with thirteen job seekers to the country’s Hanwha Engineering and Construction Company. “More than 1,400 workers are expecting to go to Iraq by next week. The company has assured us of ensuring the protection of the...

Plan for destruction of Mohamed’s tomb

Plan for destruction of Mohamed’s tomb

One of Islam’s most revered holy sites – the tomb of the Prophet Mohamed – could be destroyed and his body removed to an anonymous grave under plans which threaten to spark discord across the Muslim world. 'Saudis mull destroying Prophet's tomb' http://t.co/wWdrtLb7LG — Press TV (@PressTV) September 2, 2014 The controversial proposals are part of...

Iran 'sent soldiers to fight in Iraq'

Iran 'sent soldiers to fight in Iraq'

Hundreds of Iranian soldiers have taken part in a joint operation inside Iraq with Kurdish forces to retake a town held by the Islamic State group, Al Jazeera reports quoting security sources. It is believed to be the first time that Iranian troops have been directly involved in the fighting against the Sunni rebel...

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...

Iraq 'receives first Russian jets'

Iraq 'receives first Russian jets'

Iraq says it has received the first batch of fighter jets it ordered from Russia to help it as it fights an offensive by Sunni rebels. Iraqi security officials said five second-hand Sukhoi attack aircraft would enter service within a few days, and that more were on their way. The insurgents control large swathes of...

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