Obama urges Iraqis to unite because `the wolf``s at the door`

US President Barack Obama urged Iraqis on Monday to quickly form an inclusive government to unite against Islamic militants, warning "the wolf`s at the door" and that US airstrikes can only accomplish so much.

US forces headed for Iraq mountain: Kurdish spokesman

US military advisors were headed for Iraq`s Mount Sinjar to study means of evacuating thousands of civilians trapped by jihadists with little food or water, a Kurdish spokesman said Wednesday.

Hillary Clinton blames Islamic militants rise on Obama policies

Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton blamed the rise of Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria on failures of US policy under President Barack Obama, in an interview published on Sunday.

Somalia executes three Shebab militants

Three suspected Shebab Islamic militants were executed by firing squad in Mogadishu on Sunday, Somali police said.

Suicide blast rocks college campus in Nigeria`s Kano: Witnesses

A suicide bomber targeted students at a technical college in Nigeria`s second city of Kano on Wednesday as the campus reopened following a Muslim holiday, witnesses said. 

US congratulates Iraqi people on election of new President

The US on Thursday congratulated people of Iraq on the election of a new president Fuad Masum and asked the Iraqi leaders to form a "cohesive government" to help fight Islamic militants.

Jihadis destroy ancient mosque in Mosul, say Iraqis

Islamic extremist militants blew up a revered Muslim shrine traditionally said to be the burial place of the Prophet Jonah in Iraq`s second-largest city, Mosul, on Thursday, residents of the city said.

US, not co-ordinating any military mission for Iraq: Hagel

The US is not co-ordinating military exercises or missions with Iran or Russia to help Iraq in its fight against Islamic militants, but it is assisting the Iraqi security forces in the combat, a top American diplomat has said.

Syrian opposition to elect new president

The Western-backed Syrian opposition group will begin a three-day meeting in Istanbul later on Sunday to elect a new president.

Four Islamic militants captured in Philippines

Security forces have captured four members of the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group in the southern Philippines, including one accused of the 2002 kidnapping of Christian missionaries who were later beheaded, police said today.

Ready to bear all expenses for safe return of kidnapped Punjabi workers: Badal

Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and said his state is ready to bear all expenses for the safe return of Punjabis kidnapped presumably in Iraq.

United States steps up embassy security in Iraq

The US said Sunday that it was boosting security for its embassy in Baghdad amid worsening situation in Iraq as Islamic militants were sweeping across the northern part of the country.

US to boost security at embassy in Iraq: Official

The US embassy in Baghdad is increasing its security staff and vowed to remain open after militants captured vast swathes of territory and headed for the capital, officials said.

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.

Loss of Mosul threatens Iraqi PM`s hold on power

The disastrous loss of a large swath of the north to Islamic militants is threatening to cost Iraq`s prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, his job.

US President Barack Obama meets national security team on Iraq

US President Barack Obama has discussed with his national security team the current situation in Iraq, where Islamic militants have gained control of the country`s second largest city Mosul.

Jet bombs Islamists` base in Libya`s Benghazi

A Libyan air force jet bombed positions held by Islamic militants on Sunday in the eastern city of Benghazi, a senior military official said, apparently as part of a renegade general`s ongoing offensive.

China to crack down on Islamic militants in Xinjiang

Bracing for a long battle against Islamist militants in Xinjiang, China on Monday said it will harshly crack down on terror attacks and maintain lasting stability in the troubled province bordering Afghanistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Xinjiang militants influenced by foreign terror groups: China

Stepping up security in Beijing and other major cities after suffering its bloodiest terror strike in Xinjiang, China said the Islamic militants who carried out the attack were influenced by terrorists from outside the country.

Twin Nigeria blasts claim 162 lives: Report

As many as 162 people were killed in the twin blasts that hit a market in Nigeria`s central city of Jos, security agencies said.