Suicide car bomb attack kills 17 in Iraq: Police, doctor

 A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden armoured vehicle into houses used by Shiite militiamen north of the Iraqi city of Samarra, killing at least 17 people, police and medical sources said Tuesday.

Iraq insurgents destroy key bridge

Islamic State fighters on Tuesday destroyed a key bridge on the highway leading north from Baghdad, a move that could further hamper Iraqi government efforts to battle jihadists.

Iranian pilot killed fighting in Iraq: State media

Iranian pilot has been killed while fighting in Iraq, state media reported today, in what is thought to be Tehran`s first military casualty during battles against Islamic State jihadists.

Mortar fire wounds 14 near major Shi`ite shrine in Iraq`s Samarra

At least 14 people were wounded by mortar fire near an important Shi`ite shrine in the Iraqi city of Samarra, officials and security sources said on Tuesday, as the Shi`ite-led government fights a major Sunni insurgency.

Over 1,200 Chinese workers evacuated in Iraq

More than 1,200 employees of a Chinese company have been safely evacuated from the war-torn northern Iraqi city of Samarra and moved to Baghdad, the Foreign Ministry said today.

Iraq forces preparing for counter-offensive: officer

Iraqi security forces readied a counter-offensive against militants north of Baghdad today, an army colonel said, after the prime minister announced the cabinet granted him "unlimited powers."

Iraq militants move nearer to Baghdad in lightning offensive

Militants seized the Iraqi city of Tikrit on Wednesday but security forces thwarted an assault on Samarra as a lightning jihadist offensive launched in second city Mosul swept closer to Baghdad.

Security forces battle militants near Iraq`s Samarra: Police

Iraqi security forces battled militants at a northern entrance to the city of Samarra on Wednesday, police and witnesses said, as jihadists pushed south towards Baghdad in a lightning offensive.

Gunmen storm government complex in Iraq`s Samarra

Gunmen in military uniform broke into the city council and court house complex in Samarra in northern Iraq on Tuesday, police and witnesses said.

Gunmen kill 7 police in attack on Iraq checkpoint

Gunmen attacked a police checkpoint north of the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, killing seven including a captain, a police officer and a doctor said.

Shootings kill 4 in north-central Iraq: Officials

Authorities in Iraq say shootings have killed four security members, including two anti-al Qaeda militiamen, in north-central Iraq.

Iraq Sunni mosque blasts kill 18

Two bombs tore through worshippers gathering for prayers at a Sunni mosque in Iraq on Friday, killing 18 people, while seven died in other attacks, officials said.

Iraq Sunni mosque blasts kill 16: Police

Two bombs exploded in a Sunni mosque in Iraq as worshippers entered for prayers on Friday, killing 16 people, police and a doctor said.

Al Qaeda group claims wave of Baghdad attacks

An Al Qaeda front group claimed a wave of bombings across Baghdad in a statement on Friday, part of a surge in violence sparking worries of a return to all-out bloodshed.

Car bomb at market north of Baghdad kills 11

A car bomb ripped through a fruit and vegetable market north of Baghdad on Thursday evening killing at least 11 people, as shoppers searched for reduced goods, officials said.