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National elections to be held as scheduled: Iraqi PM

Baghdad, Nov 19 (IANS) The national elections in Iraq will be held as scheduled on May 15, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said urging the people to participate in the polls to support his anti-corruption plan in the coming years. A statement issued by Abadi's office on Saturday said the Premier made his comments while visiting an electoral center in Baghdad in order to receive his own ne...

1 day ago
Iraq re-takes last IS-held town

Baghdad, Nov 17 (IANS/AKI) Iraqi forces aided by the US-led coalition on Friday re-took Rawa -- the last Islamic State foothold in Iraq, the Iraqi army and the US special presidential envoy to the coalition Brett McGurk announced. Iraqi forces with coalition support announce the liberation of #Rawa in #Anbar province, among the last populated areas in #Iraq held by #ISIS terrorists. Days...

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Islamic State has lost 95% territory in Syria, Iraq

Baghdad, Nov 17 (IANS/AKI) The so-called Islamic State has lost control of 95 percent of the land it overran in Syria and Iraq in 2014, the US Presidential envoy to the global coalition fighting the jihadist group said. IS has lost 95 percent of the territories it controlled in Iraq and Syria since the coalition was formed in 2014, Brett McGurk said in a declaration that followed a meeti...

5 days ago
Over 400 killed in Iran earthquake near Iraqi border

Tehran/Baghdad, Nov 13 (IANS) Over 400 people were killed and thousands injured when a devastating 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck Iran in a region bordering Iraq, damaging hundreds of buildings and causing massive destruction. The death toll could rise, officials warned on Monday. Iran's state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) news agency raised the death toll in the Sunday night ...

5 days ago
341 perish, thousands homeless in Iran earthquake near Iraqi border

Tehran/Baghdad, Nov 13 (IANS) At least 341 people were killed and thousands wounded when a devastating 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck Iran in a region bordering Iraq, flattening hundreds of buildings and leaving a mass of people homeless. The death toll will rise further, officials warned on Monday. The Sunday night quake occurred at a depth of 33.9 km and the tremors were felt in a wid...

5 days ago
Mumbai's clock towers: Witnesses to history

Mumbai, Nov 13 (IANS) They are not-so-mute witnesses to history, clanging away at intervals of 15 minutes, as if asking us all to grab the moment because time was slipping by. Perhaps in the daily, mad rush in Maximum City, not many Mumbaikars pay attention to the 16-odd time-keepers of the city, some of them centuries old. But they have seen dramatic changes as Mumbai evolved from a con...

5 days ago
207 killed in massive quake near Iran-Iraq border

Tehran/Baghdad, Nov 13 (IANS) At least 207 people were killed after a powerful earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale struck an area near the Iran-Iraq border, authorities confirmed on Monday. Iranian Deputy Health Minister Qasem Jan Babaie told the media that the number of casualties was likely to rise, adding that at least 1,600 people were injured, reports Efe news. Ira...

5 days ago
Mumbai's clock towers: Witnesses to history

Mumbai, Nov 13 (IANS) They are not-so-mute witnesses to history, clanging away at intervals of 15 minutes, as if asking us all to grab the moment because time was slipping by. Perhaps in the daily, mad rush in Maximum City, not many Mumbaikars pay attention to the 16-odd time-keepers of the city, some of them centuries old. But they have seen dramatic changes as Mumbai evolved from a con...

5 days ago
134 killed in powerful earthquake near Iran-Iraq border

Tehran/Baghdad, Nov 13 (IANS) At least 134 people were killed and over thousands others injured after a powerful earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale struck an area near the Iran-Iraq border, media reports said on Monday. According to Iran's state-run Press TV, 130 victims were killed in Kermanshah province. Four other people were killed in Iraq's Darbandikhan town, Sula...

6 days ago
4 killed as 7.2 magnitude quake rocks Iraq

Baghdad, Nov 13 (IANS) An earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale hit has Iraq's Sulaimaniyah province, killing four persons and injuring 50 others, the media reported. The epicentre of the earthquake on Sunday was 32 km southwest of the Halabja area near the Iranian border at the depth of 33.9 km, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS), Xinhua news agency reported. T...

6 days ago
Seven killed in Iraq helicopter crash

Baghdad, Nov 12 (IANS) An Iraqi helicopter crashed on Sunday in Wasit province, killing seven crew members, the military said. The Mi-17 helicopter was in a training mission when it crashed. All of its seven crew members were killed, Xinhua news agency reported. The accident occurred as Iraqi security forces were carrying out a major offensive to drive out the Islamic State milit...

6 days ago
Graves of civilians executed by IS found in Iraq

Baghdad, Nov 12 (IANS) Mass graves containing the remains of civilians executed by the Islamic State (IS) terror group have been found in the Iraqi province of Kirkuk, the media reported. The mass graves were discovered in the al-Bakara area, about 3 km north of the city of Hawija, reports CNN. The area was an American base prior to 2011, Kirkuk Governor Rakan Saeed said on Satu...

11 days ago
Iraqi PM warns Europe, regional countries of terrorist threat

Baghdad, Nov 8 (IANS) Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday warned Europe and regional countries of a serious terrorist threat, asserting that the Iraqi forces will continue fighting the Islamic State even if they attack from neighbouring Syria. I warn of a serious terrorist threat, Europe and the countries of the region are not safe from it, Abadi said in a televised press con...

12 days ago
Baghdadi fled Iraq in 'yellow taxi' to avoid suspicion

Baghdad, Nov 6 (IANS) Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has reportedly fled from Iraq to Syria in a yellow taxi to avoid drawing suspicion. An intelligence source claimed the IS chief was hiding in Rawa, northwestern Iraq, when troops entered Qaim some 50 miles away near the Syrian border, the Daily Mail reported. Al-Baghdadi felt his presence in Rawa threatened his life, ...

13 days ago
5 killed in 2 suicide bomb attacks in Iraq's Kirkuk

Kirkuk (Iraq), Nov 5 (IANS) At least five people were killed and 15 injured on Sunday in two suicide bomb attacks targeting a paramilitary Hashd Shaabi base in the ethnically-mixed city of Kirkuk, a local police source said. The attacks occurred in the afternoon when a suicide bomber detonated his explosive belt at the entrance of the headquarters of a Hashd Shaabi group, known as Saraya...

15 days ago
Iraq PM announces re-capture of al-Qaim from IS

Baghdad/Erbil, Nov 4 (IANS) Iraqi armed forces have re-captured the district of al-Qaim on the border with Syria, driving out the Islamic State, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said. Haider al-Abadi congratulated the army on Friday for seizing the district in such a short time, Efe news reported. al-Qaim's liberation from the IS was part of a larger offensive which began on Octobe...

16 days ago
New York terror suspect charged in US federal court

New York, Nov 2 (IANS) President Donald Trump has called the Uzbek immigrant arrested in Tuesday's terror attack that killed eight persons an enemy combatant. However, prosecutors filed terrorism charges against him in a civilian federal court here. Acting federal prosecutor Joon Kim announced the filing of the charges in the civilian federal court on Wednesday, hours after Trump said th...

18 days ago
Iraq to hold parliamentary elections in May 2018

Baghdad, Nov 1 (IANS) The Iraqi government has decided to hold the parliamentary elections on May 15, 2018, with a condition that parties which have armed wings will not participate in the polls. A statement by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's office said on Tuesday the cabinet voted in favor of a decision of holding the parliamentary elections on May 15, 2018, and the federal government...

20 days ago
Barzani steps down as president of Iraq's Kurdish region

Baghdad, Oct 30 (IANS) Masoud Barzani, the President of the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan has told a closed-door session of Parliament that he will step down from his post on November 1, the media reported. I refuse to continue the position of President of the Kurdish region after November 1, Xinhua reported citing Rudaw Kurdish media which quoted a letter sent by Barzani on ...

20 days ago
Kurdish President Barzani says he will step down

Erbil, Oct 29 (IANS) The Iraqi Kurdistan regional President announced on Sunday that he will not extend his term in office, amid a serious crisis with the central government in Baghdad over the region's recent independence referendum. Omid Khoshnaw, head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, said President Masoud Barzani's decision, which does not imply automatic resignation from the post, ...

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