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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...

1,075 killed in Iraq in June: UN

1,075 killed in Iraq in June: UN

  At least 1,075 people, the vast majority of them civilians, have been killed in Iraq during June as a Sunni insurgency overtakes key areas of the country, the United Nations said Tuesday. According to the UN human rights team in Iraq, there were at least 757 civilians killed and 599 injured in Nineveh, Diyala...

Kerry visits Baghdad as Isis continues seizure

Kerry visits Baghdad as Isis continues seizure

US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Iraq's capital, Baghdad as Sunni insurgents expand their control of towns across north-western Iraq. In Egypt on Sunday, Kerry warned that Sunni militants Isis' "ideology of violence and repression is a threat not only to Iraq but to the entire region". On Sunday rebels - spearheaded...

1,075 killed in Iraq in June: UN

1,075 killed in Iraq in June: UN

At least 1,075 people, the vast majority of them civilians, have been killed in Iraq during June as a Sunni insurgency overtakes key areas of the country, the United Nations said Tuesday. According to the UN human rights team in Iraq, there were at least 757 civilians killed and 599 injured in Nineveh, Diyala...

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...

Fear, sectarianism behind Iraq army collapse

Fear, sectarianism behind Iraq army collapse

The video, set to sweetly lilting religious hymns, is chilling. Islamic militants are shown knocking on the door of a Sunni police major in the dead of night in an Iraqi city. When he answers, they blindfold and cuff him. Then they carve off his head with a knife in his own bedroom. The...

IRAQ CONFLICT

Shia cleric issues call to arms against militants

Shia cleric issues call to arms against militants

Iraq's most senior Shia cleric has issued a call to arms as Sunni-led insurgents sweep across towns. The call by a representative of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani came during Friday prayers, as the militants widened their grip in the north and east and threatened to march south. The UN says hundreds have been killed -...

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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