Iraq cuts Kurdistan air links with outside world

The Iraqi government cut autonomous Kurdistan's direct air links with the outside world indefinitely on Friday, partially isolating the northern region after it voted a massive "yes" in an independence referendum.

Sep 30, 2017, 11:06 AM IST
Massive 'yes' vote in Iraqi Kurd independence referendum

Massive 'yes' vote in Iraqi Kurd independence referendum

The non-Arab ethnic group of between 25 and 35 million is spread across Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Syria.

Sep 27, 2017, 23:27 PM IST

Up to 900 jihadists killed in Mosul battle, says US

The United States said Thursday that up to 900 Islamic State group jihadists have been killed in the offensive to retake Iraq`s Mosul, as camps around the city filled with fleeing civilians.

Oct 27, 2016, 21:45 PM IST

Iraq's Maliki slams report on Mosul fall

 Iraq`s former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Tuesday slammed as having "no value" a parliamentary report which held him and dozens others of security and political officials responsible for the fall of Iraq`s northern city of Mosul to the Islamic State (IS) militant group last year.

Aug 18, 2015, 22:25 PM IST

'Kurdish forces attacked with chemical weapons in Iraq'

Kurdish forces in northern Iraq who are fighting Islamic State militants were attacked with chemical weapons a few days ago, the German defence ministry said on Thursday.

Aug 13, 2015, 16:17 PM IST

Islamic State fighters destroy priceless Iraq antiquities

Hardline Islamist militants in northern Iraq have destroyed a collection of priceless statues and sculptures dating to the ancient Assyrian era, according to a video published online.

Feb 26, 2015, 21:51 PM IST

Kurdish forces fire into Islamic State-controlled Mosul

Kurdish forces have fired rockets into Mosul for the first time since Islamic State militants overran the northern Iraqi city last summer, Kurdish military sources said on Saturday.

Jan 24, 2015, 18:45 PM IST

IS kills 26 in surprise attack on Iraqi Kurdish forces

Militants from the Islamic State jihadist group launched a surprise attack on Kurdish forces in the Gwer area of north Iraq, killing 26, security officials said Saturday.

Jan 11, 2015, 00:52 AM IST

Pope says Christians 'being driven from Mideast'

Pope Francis said Christians are being "driven from the Middle East" in a message to Iraqi Christians forced to flee by Islamic State group jihadists.

Dec 07, 2014, 00:12 AM IST

Car bomb explodes in centre of Iraqi Kurdish capital Arbil: Report

A car bomb exploded in the centre of the Iraqi Kurdish capital Arbil on Wednesday, killing several people, local television reported.

Nov 19, 2014, 15:33 PM IST

UN hails `important` step in Baghdad-Kurd row

An initial deal between Iraq`s autonomous Kurdish region and Baghdad aimed at resolving long-standing budget and oil disputes is "a very important first step," the United Nations said on Friday.

Nov 14, 2014, 13:24 PM IST
Kurds' battle for Kobane unites a people divided by borders

Kurds' battle for Kobane unites a people divided by borders

Cloaked in Kurdish flags, thousands of people lined the roads to cheer on a military convoy headed for what was -- until recently -- an obscure Syrian border town, now the focus of a global war against the militants of Islamic State.

Oct 31, 2014, 13:47 PM IST

Kurd troops attack Iraq jihadists on three fronts: Officers

Kurdish troops launched offensives against the Islamic State jihadist group on three fronts in northern Iraq on Tuesday, senior officers told AFP.

Sep 30, 2014, 13:42 PM IST

After rush to flee, displaced Iraqis lack crucial drugs

Milad was an operating theatre nurse in Qaraqosh before jihadists seized Iraq`s largest Christian town. Now he compiles long lists of medicines that his fellow displaced Iraqis sorely lack.

Sep 17, 2014, 09:54 AM IST

Kurds retake Christian villages from Iraq jihadists

Kurdish peshmerga forces on Tuesday recaptured seven Christian villages in northern Iraq in clashes with Islamic State (IS) jihadists, an officer and a cleric said.

Sep 16, 2014, 23:20 PM IST

France`s Hollande in Iraq to support new government

 French President Francois Hollande arrived in Iraq on Friday to support the new government, in the first visit by a head of state since jihadists overran large parts of the country three months ago.

Sep 12, 2014, 11:21 AM IST

US warplanes to fly from Iraqi base: Pentagon

US combat aircraft will soon start flying out of a base in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq as part of an expanded air campaign against Islamic State jihadists, the Pentagon said Thursday.

Sep 12, 2014, 00:15 AM IST

US strikes targets in northern Iraq near Arbil, Mosul dam

The United States on Sunday used aircraft and drones to strike targets in northern Iraq to try to rein in Islamic State militants, who have seized a large swath of territory in the region.

Aug 25, 2014, 06:32 AM IST

Germany sends first plane carrying aid to northern Iraq

Germany`s armed forces began sending aid supplies to northern Iraq where thousands of people have fled Islamic State militants, and the defence minister said Germany was looking into whether it would also deliver military equipment.

Aug 15, 2014, 14:41 PM IST

US evacuates some consulate staff from Iraqi city of Arbil

The United States has evacuated some of its staff members from the Iraqi Kurdish city of Arbil, the State Department said, amid an offensive by Islamist militants.

Aug 11, 2014, 03:20 AM IST