Iraq: News

03 Feb 2024

Joe Biden

US strikes 85 Iran-linked targets in Iraq, Syria

The United States (US) on Friday carried out major airstrikes across Iraq and Syria, hitting 85 targets linked to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the militias it backs, CNN reported.

20 Jan 2024

Pakistan News

Pakistan, Iran agree to 'de-escalate' tensions days after exchanging airstrikes

Pakistan and Iran have agreed to de-escalate tensions following tit-for-tat missile strikes between the two countries this week.

16 Jan 2024


Iranian forces strike Israel's Mossad 'spy headquarters' in Iraq

Iran's Revolutionary Guards attacked the "espionage headquarters" of Israel in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region on Tuesday.

03 Jan 2024


Iran: Twin blasts near General Qasem Soleimani's memorial kill 100

Over 100 people were killed and nearly 200 others were injured during a procession commemorating the fourth anniversary of General Qasem Soleimani's assassination in Kerman, Iran, on Wednesday.

26 Dec 2023

Joe Biden

Iraq: After drone attack, US strikes Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah's facilities

The United States (US) military struck on three sites used by Iran-backed militia groups in Iraq on Monday (local time), Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said.

DGCA issues advisory to check GPS spoofing over Middle East

India's aviation authority, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), has issued a comprehensive circular addressing the growing concerns of jamming and spoofing of the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) in West Asian airspace.

29 Oct 2023


'Crossed redline': Iran warns Israel of possible action in Gaza

Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi on Sunday warned Israel about potential intervention from other countries due to its continued counterattacks against the Palestinian terror group Hamas in Gaza.

27 Sep 2023

Fire Accidents

Iraq: 114 killed, over 150 injured in wedding hall fire

A fire broke out at a wedding party in Iraq's Nineveh province, leaving at least 114 dead and over 150 injured, The Associated Press reported.

17 Mar 2023

Saddam Hussein

Saddam Hussein's capsized yacht picnic spot for sightseers in Iraq

A rusting yacht that capsized in a river in southern Iraq and once belonged to the country's former president Saddam Hussein, is now serving as a picnic destination, reported Reuters.

01 Dec 2022


Islamic State announces leader's death, appoints Abu al-Hussein as successor

The armed jihadist group Islamic State (IS) announced via an audio message on Wednesday that their leader Abu Hasan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi died "in combat with enemies of God".

17 Nov 2022


Iranian forces open fire, beat women as anti-hijab protests swell

As protests over the death of Mahsa Amini entered the third month, Iranian security forces on Tuesday opened fire on people at a metro station in Tehran, Iran.

27 Jun 2022


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Iraq witnesses 'unprecedented' surge in deadly nose-bleeding fever

Iraq is witnessing an outbreak of a deadly fever that causes people to bleed to death with cases surging at an unprecedented rate.

13 Jul 2021


Iraqi health officials: 64 dead in fire at coronavirus ward

The death toll from a catastrophic blaze that erupted at a coronavirus hospital ward in southern Iraq the previous day rose to 64 on Tuesday, Iraqi medical officials said.

16 May 2021


Prank show features fake ISIS attacks on celebrities, sparks outrage

An Iraqi prank TV show that strapped suicide vests on celebrities and even featured their fake ISIS kidnappings has been pulled off air after massive outrage.

03 Apr 2021

Saddam Hussein

Iraq judge who presided over Saddam's trial dies of COVID-19

A retired Iraqi judge who presided over the trial of Iraq's late dictator Saddam Hussein has died after battling COVID-19, the country's top judicial body said on Friday.

08 Mar 2021


After whirlwind historic visit, Pope leaves Iraq for Rome

Pope Francis on Monday wrapped up his historic whirlwind Iraq tour that sought to bring hope to the country's marginalized Christian minority with messages of coexistence, forgiveness, and peace.

08 Jan 2020


Iran fires missiles at 2 Iraqi bases housing US forces

Iran has fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles on two bases in Iraq, that houses forces from the United States, the Pentagon confirmed.

06 Jan 2020


Three rockets fall in Baghdad, two hit near US Embassy

On Sunday, three rockets fell in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, injuring six people, multiple reports said. Of them, two hit near the heavily fortified US Embassy, while one landed in the nearby Jadriya area.

27 Jul 2019


Why Tulsi Gabbard, US Presidential candidate, sued Google for $50mn

United States Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard has sued tech giant Google for discriminating against her 2020 election campaign.

02 Jul 2019


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22 Mar 2019

Boat Capsizes

Iraq ferry sinks, almost 100 dead on spring holiday trip

Almost 100 people, mostly women, and children, died as a ferry packed with families celebrating Kurdish New Year sank in a swollen river in the former jihadist stronghold of Mosul.

03 Mar 2019


Wondering where Abhinandan Varthaman got indomitable strength from? His mother

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman returned to his motherland on Friday after spending almost three days in Pakistan's captivity.

27 Dec 2018

Donald Trump

America cannot be the world's policeman: US President Trump

America cannot be the policeman of the world, US President Donald Trump said during his first visit to Iraq as he urged other countries to share responsibilities.

27 Dec 2018

Donald Trump

'No plans at all' to remove US-troops from Iraq: Trump

US President Donald Trump, who's visiting Iraq, says he has "no plans at all" to remove US troops from the country.

09 Nov 2018

Pakistan News

US 'war on terror' has killed over 500,000 people: Report

About half a million people have died violently in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan due to the US "war on terror" that was launched after 9/11 attack in 2001, according to a study released yesterday.

25 Oct 2018


Islamic authority in Iraq issues fatwa against PUBG

An Islamic religious authority in Iraq has issued a fatwa against online multiplayer game, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG), because it is a 'waste of time'.

23 Aug 2018


ISIS releases audio message of its leader Baghdadi presumed dead

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the elusive chief of the Islamic State terror group has asked his followers to "patiently persevere" despite the losses they suffered in Iraq and Syria.

07 Aug 2018


Iraq sentences French man, German woman to life for IS-membership

An Iraqi court yesterday sentenced a French man and a German woman to life in prison in the latest punishments handed down for belonging to Islamic State jihadist group.

27 Jul 2018


Agent, who trafficked 39 people to Iraq, still working: Swaraj

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today said the agent responsible for trafficking 39 Indians to Iraq, who were abducted and later killed, was still operating his business and urged state women commissions to crackdown against such illegal agents.

03 Apr 2018


Illegal immigration of Indians killed in Iraq hampered rescue: Singh

Hours after bringing back the mortal remains of 38 Indians killed by IS in Iraq, MoS External Affairs VK Singh said they were illegal immigrants.

01 Apr 2018


VK Singh to bring back bodies of 39-Indians from Iraq

Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh today left for Iraq to bring back the mortal remains of the 39 Indians killed in the war-torn country, officials said.

22 Mar 2018


39 kidnapped Indians shot dead over a year ago: Iraq

Revealing details about the deaths of 39 Indians killed in Mosul, Iraqi officials have confirmed they were shot in the head over a year ago.

21 Mar 2018


ISIS killed 39 Indians: Why was government quiet for 4years?

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday informed the Parliament that 39 Indians, abducted by ISIS terrorists in Iraq, were dead.

20 Mar 2018


'Will believe my brother is dead when MEA contacts me'

Gurpinder Kaur, the sister of one of the 39 Indians killed in Iraq, today said she finds it difficult to believe her brother is no more because External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had assured her for years that he is alive.

20 Mar 2018


All 39 Indian hostages in Iraq dead: Sushma Swaraj

After years of uncertainty about the fate of 39 Indians abducted by the Islamic State in Iraq in 2014, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj has confirmed they are dead.

10 Dec 2017


Iraq declares war with ISIS is concluded

After re-taking the very last ISIS strongholds from fighters recently, Iraq has announced that the war against the group is concluded.

13 Nov 2017


Powerful earthquake strikes Iran-Iraq border, 130 die in Iran

The middle east was rocked by a 7.3-magnitude earthquake which originated in the Iraqi city of Halabja near the Iran-Iraq border.

13 Nov 2017


Iraq moves to recapture Rawa, the last ISIS-controlled town

ISIS took a bad hit recently after they lost the towns of Deir al-Zour and Al-Qaim to Syrian and Iraqi forces respectively.

03 Nov 2017


Syrian army liberates Deir al-Zour city, ISIS' last stronghold

The Syrian army has "completely liberated" the city of Deir al-Zour from ISIS, according to state TV.

18 Oct 2017


Iraq's military action in Kurdistan: Where does the US stand?

Iraqi forces have reportedly seized several key installations in Kirkuk from Kurdish control.

16 Oct 2017


Iraq: Security forces advance into Kurdish-held territories following referendum

According to news reports, Iraqi forces are advancing into Kurdish-held territories in the Kirkuk province.

11 Oct 2017

Russia News

Russia accuses US of "pretending" to fight ISIS in Iraq/Syria

Russia has accused the US-led coalition of "pretending" to fight ISIS and of deliberately cutting down on its airstrikes in Iraq to allow the outfit's fighters to cross into Syria to push back the advancing Russian-backed Syrian army.

28 Sep 2017


Kurdistan referendum: Iraqi Kurds overwhelmingly back independence

The Kurdish community in Northern Iraq signaled its overwhelming desire for an independent Kurdistan, in a controversial referendum held this week.

17 Sep 2017


Fate of 39 Indians captured in Iraq still unknown

The Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi revealed that the whereabouts of the 39 Indian construction workers captured in 2014 by the Islamic State group still remains unknown.

15 Sep 2017


ISIS shifts to guerrilla tactics in Iraq, attacks kills 60

At least 60 people were killed and 100 injured in two attacks in southern Iraq.

21 Aug 2017


Operation Free Tal Afar: Iraq attacks final Islamic State stronghold

Iraq has now launched an offensive to push IS out of its last stronghold, in the city of Tal Afar.

26 Jul 2017

Sushma Swaraj

Parliament Day 8: House rocked by Kovind's speech, missing Indians

The eight day of parliament was rocked by debates on Indians missing in Iraq, President Ram Nath Kovind's oath-taking speech and more.

22 Jul 2017


Iraqis celebrate ISIS defeat by re-opening bar

Iraq retook its northern town of Qaraqosh from ISIS nine months ago. It is still stumbling back to normalcy.

18 Jul 2017


Kashmir: ISIS supporters gaining ground, propagating Jihadi attack manuals

Iraq recently celebrated the defeat of ISIS in Mosul but violence has been raging in the Kashmir Valley, creating a real 'situation' for Government of India.

10 Jul 2017


Iraqi PM visits Mosul to celebrate "victory" over ISIS

Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi arrived in Mosul to congratulate Iraqi security forces over their "victory" against ISIS militants.

04 Jul 2017


Mosul Battle: Iraqi troops face wave of suicide bombers

Iraqi troops attempting to recapture the last ISIS-held quarter of Mosul, the Old City, have been met by fierce clashes and a series of suicide-bombings.

28 Jun 2017


As ISIS faces defeat, Iraq faces uncertain future

The Iraqi city of Mosul celebrated its first Eid free of ISIS control after security forces pushed the militants out of their de-facto capital city.

04 Jun 2017


Yazidi activist held as ISIS sex slave returns to Iraq

24-year-old Nadia Murad, a Yazidi activist who was held as a sex slave by ISIS militants, returned to her village Kocho in northwest Iraq.

18 May 2017


Iraq surpasses Saudi to top Indian oil supplies

Iraq has surpassed Saudi Arabia, to become the top supplier of Oil to India, according to Reuters.

16 May 2017


Pro-Assad forces make inroads into area where rebels evicted ISIS

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's army and Iranian-backed Shiite militias have reportedly been deploying soldiers towards a desert region located strategically along Syria's border with Iraq and Jordan.

The Islamic State's "business model" is doomed to fail

According to a new analysis released by accounting firm Ernst & Young and the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence (ICSR), the "business model" of the Islamic State is on the path to failure.

27 Nov 2016

Hassan Rouhani

Iran: 44 dead, 103 injured in a deadly train collision

At least 44 people were killed in a deadly train collision in northern Iraq in one of the worst rail disasters in the country.

07 Oct 2016


World Bank study of ISIS militant group has surprising conclusions

The World Bank conducted a study (WB Study) into the backgrounds, education levels and other socio-economic factors of Islamic militant recruits.

02 Sep 2016


Three potential ISIS militants detained by Malaysian Police

Three suspected militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) were arrested in Malaysia for allegedly planning attacks across the country on the eve of Malaysia's Independence Day, 31st August.

14 Aug 2016


Hundreds of civilians abducted by ISIS freed

Hundreds of civilians held captive by Islamic State while fleeing Manbij in North Syria to use them as human shields have been released.