Fifty-three blindfolded bodies found in Iraq as political leaders bicker

Iraqi security forces found 53 corpses, blindfolded and handcuffed, south of Baghdad on Wednesday as Shi`ite and Kurdish leaders traded accusations over an Islamist insurgency raging in the country`s Sunni provinces.

Joe Biden calls Iraqi Kurdish leader

US Vice President Joe Biden called Kurdish leader Massud Barzani on Wednesday, on a day when the autonomous region was accused by Iraq`s leader of harbouring jihadists.

Saudi jails Shiites over flag insult

A court in Saudi Arabia sentenced five young Shiites on Sunday to jail terms ranging from three to six years for insulting the kingdom`s flag during protests, an official source said.

Jihadists must be expelled from Iraq now: Top Shiite cleric

Iraq`s top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said Friday that Sunni jihadists who have overrun swathes of territory must be expelled from the country before it is too late.

India should side with Shiites in Shia-Sunni war in Iraq: Subramanian Swamy

As New Delhi continues to work hard to secure the release of 40 Indians kidnapped by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Thursday opined that the India should take side with the Shiite community in the ongoing Shia-Sunni war in Iraq.

Thousands of Iraqi men answer urgent call to arms

Thousands of Shiites from Baghdad and across southern Iraq answered an urgent call to arms on Saturday, joining security forces to fight the Islamic militants.

Baghdad blasts targeting Shiites kill 12

Nine bombings mainly targeting Shiite-majority areas of Baghdad killed at least 12 people on Wednesday, officials said, as Iraq suffers its worst violence in years.

Suicide bomber hits Shiites as Iraq unrest kills 22

A suicide bomber detonated an explosives belt among Shiite pilgrims in Iraq on Thursday, killing at least 17 people, while militants shot dead a family of five, officials said.

Wave of attacks kill 70 people in Iraq

Baghdad: A double car bombing and a shooting killed 34 Shiite Muslims on pilgrimage in Iraq on Monday, the deadliest in a wave of attacks across the country that left at least 70 dead. It was the bloodiest day of violence in nearly two months.

Triple bombs kill 8 Shiites during Ashoura ritual in Iraq’s Baqouba

Ashura is an annual mourning period during which Shia Muslims commemorate the martyrdo of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad at the Battle of Karbala, Iraq.

Wave of car, suicide blasts kill at least 51 in Iraq

A barrage of car bomb and suicide bomb blasts rocked Baghdad and two northern communities on Thursday, killing at least 51 people during a major holiday period and extending a relentless wave of bloodshed gripping the country.

Bahrain jails 18 Shiites for police station attack

A Bahraini court on Thursday sentenced 18 Shiites to between five and seven years in prison after they were convicted of attacking a police station, a judicial source said.

Wave of bombings, attacks in Iraq kill at least 67

A series of coordinated evening blasts in Baghdad and other violence killed at least 67 people in Iraq today, officials said, the latest in a months-long surge of bloodshed that Iraqi security forces are struggling to contain.

Iraq bombings, shooting kill at least 70 people

Car bomb blasts and other explosions tore through Shiite districts around Baghdad during morning rush hour on Wednesday in a day of violence that killed at least 70 people.

Evening attacks on Shiites kill 24: Iraq officials

Evening attacks against Shiites in Iraq killed at least 24 people and wounded 49, Iraqi officials said on Friday, in the latest attempt by insurgents to exacerbate the country`s renewed sectarian tensions.

Iraq attacks on Shiites kill 33: Officials

Bombings targeting Shiite Muslims, including a suicide bombing against the funeral of an Iraqi soldier, killed at least 33 people today, officials said, updating an earlier toll.

Suicide bombers attack Baghdad Shiites, kill 31

Twin suicide bombings killed 31 people after midday prayers at a Shiite Muslim religious centre in Baghdad on Tuesday, the latest in violence sparking fears of a revival of full-blown sectarian bloodshed.

60 Shiites killed in Syria as West seeks solution

At least 60 Shiite villagers died in clashes with rebels in eastern Syria while twin suicide bombings hit Damascus as the West moved to support the opposition following battlefield losses against pro-regime forces.

Bomb blasts at mosque, funeral procession rock Iraq; 49 dead, 82 injured

At least 49 people were killed and many others injured when two bombs went off near a Sunni mosque and another blast ripped through a Sunni funeral procession here on Friday, security officials said.

Wave of bombings kill at least 32 in Iraq

The attacks come amid growing tensions between the Shiite-led government and minority Sunnis.