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  • Iraq: Curfew imposed in Basra city after violent protests leave 1 dead and 35 injured

    Basra: Three mortar shells were fired into Baghdad’s green zone early Friday as a curfew was imposed in the southern Iraqi city of Basra after a fresh outbreak of violent protests over poor public services left one person dead and 35 injured. The rare assault by unidentified attackers on the heavily-fortified green zone, which houses Iraqi government officials and the US Embassy, came “without any victims or causing damage,” the head of

  • Suicide car bomber kills 11 in Iraq

    Ramadi : A suicide bomber blew up a vehicle in the town of Al-Qaim in western Iraq on Wednesday, killing at least 11 people, five of them security personnel, police said.

  • India under-16 to play  against Iraq, Japan in the 5th West Asian Football Federation

    New Delhi : The Indian U-16 football team will be locking horns with defending AFC U-16 champions Iraq, Asian powerhouse Japan, hosts Jordan and Yemen in the 5th West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) U-16 Boys Championship slated to be held at the King Abdullah II International Stadium from August 1.

  • Protests continue in Iraq over lack of jobs, basic services

    Baghdad: Hundreds of Iraqi demonstrators took to the streets on Sunday in protest over lack of jobs and basic service, police said. In Dhi Qar province, dozens of protestors gathered around the provincial council building and others attacked offices of al-Hikma, Badr and Fadhiela political parties in the city of Nasriyah, some 375 km south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, Xinhua reported.

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    Delhi High Court junks PIL for probe into killing of 39 Indians in Iraq

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today dismissed a PIL by a lawyer seeking “detailed investigation” into alleged lapses by the Centre in saving 39 Indians, who were killed by terror outfit ISIS in Iraq in 2014, saying there was “no public interest” in the matter.

  • Iraq carries out more air strikes against IS in Syria

    Baghdad: Iraq today announced it had carried out air strikes against the Islamic State group in Syria, the third cross border aerial operation inside a month in its war-torn neighbour. “Iraqi F-16 planes carried out (Thursday) morning raids against the headquarters of IS terrorist gang leaders and an explosives depot occupied by terrorists in Syria’s Hajin region,” a statement by Iraq’s operations command said.

  • Iraq orders probe after voting machines fail hacking test

    Baghdad: Iraqi authorities have launched an inquiry into this month’s parliamentary elections after intelligence services found that the voting machines used were vulnerable to hacking. The May 12 poll delivered a shock win for populist cleric Moqtada Sadr, who faces a huge task to form a governing coalition despite winning the most seats in parliament.

  • Iraqis vote in first election since IS defeat

    Baghdad: Millions of Iraqis across the country headed to vote on Saturday for their representatives in Parliament, for the first time after the full territorial defeat of Islamic State (IS) terror group in Iraq. The polls kicked off at 7 a.m. and will continue till 6 p.m. Iraqi Vice President Nuri al-Maliki was the first top official to vote at a polling centre in the heavily fortified Green Zone in central Baghdad.

  • Haider al-Abadi Iraq's Prime Minister

    Iraq to vote in first nationwide poll since IS war   

    Baghdad: Iraq today holds its first parliamentary election since declaring victory over the Islamic State group, with the country hoping to shore up a fragile peace as it looks to rebuild. The vote comes as tensions surge between key players Iran and the United States over the nuclear deal, sparking fears of a destabilising power struggle over Iraq.

  • 16 people killed, 4 injured after gunmen attacked houses in Iraq

    Baghdad: At least 16 people have been killed and four injured after unknown gunmen attacked houses at a town in Iraq’s Salahudin province, an official said. The attack took place on Tuesday evening. Gunmen armed with machine guns attacked three houses in a village, south of Dujail town, around 60 km from capital Baghdad, Lieutenant Colonel Mohammed al-Jubouri from Salahudin’s provincial police told Xinhua news agency.

  • Mortal remains of 38 of 39 Indians killed in Iraq brought back

    Amritsar : The mortal remains of 38 of the 39 Indians killed in war-torn Iraq were brought back on Monday in a special aircraft and handed over to their relatives or local authorities in Amritsar, Kolkata and Patna.

  • Taking care of the human cargo

    The Don Pacifico affair is history’s best-known instance of a government flexing its muscles to protect its citizens abroad. It comes to mind as a sharp contrast to Sushma Swaraj’s callous handling of the death of 39 Indian workers, whom terrorists of the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant kidnapped and murdered in Iraq. I am sure both she and her boss, the prime minister, would have shown far greater concern

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