Iraq: News

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.

29 Jun 2017


Iraq recaptures Mosul mosque, declares end of ISIS caliphate

Iraqi government forces have captured the Mosul mosque from where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared his caliphate in 2014.

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.

22 Jun 2017


ISIS blows up Mosul mosque where leader Baghdadi announced caliphate

On June 22, Iraqi forces alleged that ISIS had blown up the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, an ancient landmark where the terrorist outfit's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had declared himself a "caliph" in 2014.

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.

11 May 2017


Iraqi army says ISIS-held Mosul will be recaptured within days

Iraq's army chief said his troops are only days away from completely recapturing Mosul from ISIS.

26 Mar 2017


Airstrikes in Mosul: Reports of over 200 civilian deaths

In March, the UN raised concerns after reports that over 200 people were killed in airstrikes in Iraq's Islamic State-held Mosul.

14 Mar 2017


ISIS trapped as Iraqi forces move into Mosul

In March, Iraqi troops reportedly managed to take over one-third of western Mosul, trapping ISIS militants in the region, after cutting off all roads out of the city.

24 Feb 2017


Iraq security forces close in on ISIS

In February, the US-backed Iraqi security forces reportedly stormed Mosul's airport and a nearby military base to close in on the ISIS-held western part of Mosul.

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.

10 Feb 2017

Donald Trump

May lambasts Trump's immigration order

British Prime Minister Theresa May said she disagreed with US President Donald Trump's immigration policy, calling it "wrong". She clarified that Britain would not adopt a similar policy.