Lebanon forces kill `militants`, arrest cleric: Report

 Lebanese security forces killed two suspected Islamist militants and arrested an extremist cleric during a shootout in the north of the country, a security official said Friday.

Islamic State group kills 50 Iraqis

Islamic State group extremists lined up and shot dead at least 50 Iraqi men, women and children from the same tribe on Monday, officials said, in the latest targeting of the group by militants.

Kurds retake key Iraq dam, Sunnis hit jihadists

Iraqi Kurdish fighters backed by US warplanes retook the country`s largest dam from jihadists on Sunday, as Sunni Arab tribesmen and security forces fought the militants west of Baghdad.

India rescues 58 more nurses from troubled Iraq

India has rescued 58 Indian nurses from violence-hit Iraq in an "extremely difficult" operation, days after rescuing 46 Indian nurses who were in the control of the Sunni jihadists in Tikrit.

Iraq`s Sunnis pick parliament speaker as battles rage

Iraq`s Sunni Arab politicians picked a candidate for the post of parliamentary speaker on Saturday, an achievement that could revive stalled efforts to form a new government after April polls.

Iraq`s Sunnis pick parliament speaker as battles rage

Iraq`s Sunni Arab politicians picked a candidate for the post of parliamentary speaker on Saturday, an achievement that could revive stalled efforts to form a new government after April polls.

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.

Sunnis, Kurds abandon Iraq parliament after no replacement for Maliki named

Sunnis, Kurds abandon Iraq parliament after no replacement for Maliki named

Saudi king tells Kerry he will press Sunnis to join Iraq government

Saudi King Abdullah pledged in talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry to use his influence to encourage Sunni Muslims to join a new, more inclusive Iraqi government to better combat an Islamist insurgency, a senior US official said on Saturday.

Lucknow calm after sectarian clashes

The Uttar Pradesh capital was calm on Saturday, two days after sectarian clashes took place after a prayer meeting over Iraq, officials 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.

Iraq crisis: 50 families contact control room in Punjab

Over 50 families from across Punjab have contacted a control room set up by the state government to collect details about those stranded in trouble-torn Iraq.

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.

Sunnis feel victimised as Iraq goes to polls

Since soldiers arrested and beat Abu Noor, his son and nephew at their modest house in Baghdad`s Adhamiyah neighbourhood, he and his wife have been too scared to leave home.

13,000 families flee Fallujah amid Iraq standoff

More than 13,000 families have fled Fallujah, NGOs said, warning of a "critical" humanitarian situation.

Pakistan`s Shias, Sunnis frame code of conduct

Close on the heels of communal clashes that claimed at least a dozen lives, leaders of the Shia and Sunni sects in Pakistan have framed a code of conduct to avert sectarian confrontations.

13 dead in Iraq violence against Sunnis

Violence mostly targeting Sunnis in Baghdad and west Iraq left 13 people dead today, including five worshippers killed by gunmen at a mosque, the latest in spiralling violence.

Bombs targeting Sunnis kill at least 76 in Iraq

Bombs struck Sunni areas in Baghdad and surrounding areas, killing at least 76 people in the deadliest day in Iraq in more than eight months, officials said.

Iraq bombs against Sunnis kill 12

Bombs against Sunni Muslim worshippers in Baghdad and north of the capital killed 12 people on Friday, officials said, the latest in an uptick in violence ahead of provincial elections next week.