Iraq PM urges forces to spare civilians in Tikrit battle

 Iraq`s prime minister on Sunday announced the launch of a military operation to retake Tikrit from the Islamic State jihadist group, urging his troops to spare civilians in the battle.

Mar 02, 2015, 02:22 AM IST

Attacks kill 37 people in and north of Baghdad

A series of attacks targeting public places and Shiite militia checkpoints in and north of Iraq's capital killed 37 people today, authorities said.

Mar 01, 2015, 02:32 AM IST

Islamic State fighters attack Samarra ahead of army offensive

Islamic State suicide bombers and fighters struck targets on Saturday in the northern Iraqi city of Samarra, where security forces and their Shi`ite militia allies have been gathering for an offensive against the radical Sunni militants.

Feb 28, 2015, 21:07 PM IST

Iraqi forces retake Dhuluiya town of Baghdad from Islamic State militants

Iraqi government forces and allied Shia militia have retaken the Dhuluiya town of Baghdad, which was captured by the Islamic State (IS) militants in June, said sources.

Dec 31, 2014, 12:19 PM IST

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.

Oct 07, 2014, 13:59 PM IST

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.

Jul 29, 2014, 22:55 PM IST

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.

Jul 05, 2014, 16:48 PM IST

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.

Jul 01, 2014, 13:44 PM IST

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.

Jun 28, 2014, 11:26 AM IST

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."

Jun 14, 2014, 21:22 PM IST

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.

Jun 12, 2014, 03:38 AM IST

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.

Jun 11, 2014, 22:17 PM IST

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.

Mar 04, 2014, 19:21 PM IST

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.

Jan 08, 2014, 01:19 AM IST

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.

Nov 02, 2013, 20:58 PM IST

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.

Sep 21, 2013, 10:13 AM IST

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.

Sep 20, 2013, 17:15 PM IST

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.

Aug 30, 2013, 13:42 PM IST

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.

Aug 29, 2013, 23:31 PM IST