Iraq`s top Kurdish leader warned visiting Secretary of State John Kerry today that a rapid Sunni insurgent advance has already created "a new reality and a new Iraq," signaling that the US faces major difficulties in its efforts to promote unity among the country`s divided factions.
An offensive by insurgents that threatens to dismember Iraq seemed to slow on Saturday after days of lightning advances as government forces regained some territory in counter-attacks, easing pressure on the Shi`ite-led government in Baghdad.
The death toll from an earthquake in southwestern Pakistan has reached 515, a provincial official said Friday, as insurgent attacks threaten relief efforts and survivors complain of lack of shelter from the scorching sun.
Nigeria`s military said on Wednesday it had killed 150 insurgents, including a commander named Abba Goroma, in an operation against Islamist group Boko Haram in which 16 of its own forces were also killed.
Islamist insurgents dressed as soldiers opened fire on worshippers leaving a mosque in Nigeria`s far northeast this week, killing at least 35 in the second such attack this month, officials said on Friday.
Insurgents of three outfits, who have come over-ground for holding peace talks with the government, have proposed setting up of an "ideal village" for their stay instead of designated camp as suggested by the state government.
Soldiers in northeast Nigeria shelled suspected camps of Islamic extremists in the first military action of a new offensive against the insurgents, killing at least 21 people, a security official said on Friday.