Iraq PM visits Basra after week of violence

:: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived Monday in Basra, the oil-rich southern city where protests over government neglect had escalated into deadly violence, his office said. After 12 protesters were killed More »

KSA’s Eastern Province governor to inaugurate Oxford Aviation Academy on Wednesday

:: Eastern Province Gov. Prince Saud bin Naif will inaugurate the Oxford Aviation Academy (OAA) on Wednesday. The prince will also sign agreements with OAA to graduate male and female pilots and More »

Yemen FM: We don’t trust what the Houthis tell the UN behind closed doors

:: Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani on Saturday launched a scathing attack on a Houthi delegation that failed to attend UN-backed peace talks in Geneva this week. Following an announcement that the More »

Griffiths to issue statement on Geneva talks amid Houthi absence

:: In the latest development related to the Geneva talks sponsored by the United Nations on the Yemeni crisis, UN special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths is expected to issue a statement More »

Russia, Iran, Turkey presidents meet in Tehran on Syria’s Idlib province

:: The presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey met Friday in Tehran to discuss the war in Syria, with all eyes on a possible military offensive to retake the last rebel-held bastion More »


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Iraqis mourn death of poet who fought ISIS

Iraqis on social media mourned the death of renowned poet Ali Rashm, who was reportedly killed fighting against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) extremist group. On his official Facebook page, which has more than 10,000 likes, Rashm’s

Hiding under corpses: How Iraqi tribesmen fled ISIS

Muhammed Hilal and about 100 other members of Iraq’s Abu Nimr tribe felt safe hiding from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants in tall grass — until the headlights of dozens of cars exposed them. “We know

Militant group claims Baghdad bombings

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility for two bombings on Shiite pilgrims that left 23 people dead in Baghdad a day earlier, as violence continued on Monday. In a statement posted online late Sunday, the group

Iraq says over 300 tribe members killed by ISIS

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants have killed 322 members of an Iraqi tribe in western Anbar province, including dozens of women and children whose bodies were dumped in a well, the government said in the first official

Iraq blast targeting Shiites kills at least 10

A car bomb blast targeting Shiites in Baghdad ahead of the major Ashura religious commemorations killed at least 10 people on Sunday, security and medical officials said. The blast struck near a tent from which they were distributing tea and

ISIS kills 85 more members of Iraqi tribe

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants have executed 85 more members of the Albu Nimr tribe in Iraq in a mass killing campaign launched last week in retaliation for resistance to the group’s territorial advances, a tribal leader and

Iraq’s Sistani calls on Baghdad to help Sunni tribes after ISIS killings

Iraq’s most senior Shiite cleric called on the government on Friday to rush to the aid of Sunni tribes battling Islamic State, after the militant group executed at least 220 tribesmen west of Baghdad this week. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani’s

Iraqi Kurdish forces retake town from ISIS

Iraqi Kurdish forces on Saturday retook the northern town of Zumar from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) extremists after weeks of fighting, a senior officer said. Meanwhile, Iraqi security forces have retaken most of the town of Jurf

Iraqi army starts to ‘act like one’: U.S.

Iraq’s fractured army began to reform and stage local attacks on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants, but was still shy of hurling a major offensive, senior U.S. military officials said on Thursday. The officials, who were not

Top Iraq Shiite cleric backs PM’s fight against ISIS

Iraq’s top Shiite cleric on Monday gave his support to the new government battling the Islamic State group as militants unleashed a wave of deadly attacks on the country’s majority Shiite community, killing at least 43 people. The blitz by

U.S. says Baghdad is not under ‘imminent threat’ from ISIS

The Iraqi capital Baghdad is not facing immediate danger from ISIS jihadists despite battlefield gains by the group in the country’s west and recent car bombings in the city, the US military said Thursday. Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby

ISIS rallies ‘10,000 militants’ at gates of Baghdad

An Iraqi senior government official claimed that up to 10,000 Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters are on the outskirts of Baghdad ready to attack the capital, the Telegraph newspaper reported on Saturday. As Iraqi officials continue to

Around 45 killed in Baghdad bombings

At least 45 people were killed in bombings in Baghdad and its rural outskirts on Saturday as the government continued to defend the capital against extremists who four months ago seized major cities in northern Iraq. Islamic State of Iraq

Iraq’s top Shiite cleric sends subtle message to Maliki to step aside

Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki

Iraq’s most influential Shiite cleric urged political leaders on Friday to refrain from clinging to their posts – an apparent reference to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who has defied demands that he step aside. Speaking through an aide who delivered

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