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Iraq launches Tikrit operation

Iraq launches Tikrit operation

Iraq has launched a military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit from Islamic State (IS), Iraqi TV says. Local media reported that forces were attacking the city, backed by airstrikes from Iraqi fighter jets. Tikrit lies 150km (95 miles) north of the capital Baghdad and was seized by IS militants in June 2014. Prime...

Iraqi father avenges son’s death by killing 7 IS militants

Iraqi father avenges son’s death by killing 7 IS militants

An Iraqi man has shot and killed seven Islamic State militants in an act of revenge for his son who was executed by the terrorist group, Daily Mail reports quoting local media. Basil Ramadan, said to be in his 60s, used an AK-47 to gun down a group of militants at a checkpoint in...

Indian nurses trapped in Tikrit moved

Indian nurses trapped in Tikrit moved

Indian nurses trapped in a hospital in the Iraqi city of Tikrit have been moved to another location, a ministry of external affairs spokesman said. Syed Akbaruddin said the nurses were "safe and unharmed" and added that they agreed to move for their own safety. For the past few days, 46 Indian nurses have been...

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...

Bangladeshis in Troubled Tikrit, Iraq

No steps taken for their protection

The ongoing political turmoil in Iraq's Tikrit has put the lives of 27 Bangladeshi migrants, who took refuge in an under construction hospital building, at risk of harm. The Bangladesh embassy in Baghdad and the Iraqi employer are yet to provide them with meaningful assistance to end their misery of living in constant fear of death for the last 16 days. "We are in grave danger right now. We have been passing our days amid shortages of food and water," said...

Iran 'ready to help Iraq'

Iran 'ready to help Iraq'

Iran is ready to assist the Iraqi government in its battle against extremist Sunni Islamists, President Hassan Rouhani has said. But he denied Iran had sent troops into Iraq to help bolster Iraqi government forces' defences. The insurgents - from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) - have seized the cities of...

UN condemns Iraqi militant attacks

UN condemns Iraqi militant attacks

The UN Security Council has condemned attacks in Iraq by Islamist militants who have overrun two major cities, Mosul and Tikrit. The UN also said the humanitarian situation around Mosul, where up to 500,000 people have fled, was "dire and is worsening by the moment". UN Security Council condemns takeover of Iraq's #Mosul city http://t.co/NTK6N7WGF4...

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