Fighting between Iraqi troops, al-Qaida militants kills 34

World Jan 6, 2014

Fighting between Iraqi troops, al-Qaida militants kills 34

The Iraqi military tried to dislodge al-Qaida militants in Sunni-dominated Anbar province Sunday, unleashing airstrikes and besieging the regional capital in fighting that killed at least 34 people, officials said. A series of bombs in Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad, meanwhile, killed at least 20 ...

Wave of bombings kill 20 in Baghdad

World Jan 5, 2014

Wave of bombings kill 20 in Baghdad

A new wave of bombings hit Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 20 people, officials said, the latest assault by militants who have been fighting Iraqi security forces and allied tribes in country's west. The deadliest attack took place in Baghdad's Shiite northern Shaab neighborhood, ...

Iraq city falls fully into hands of al-Qaida group

World Jan 5, 2014

Iraq city falls fully into hands of al-Qaida group

The city center of Iraq's Fallujah has fallen completely into the hands of fighters from the al-Qaida-linked Islamic State in Iraq and Levant, police said Saturday, yet another victory for the hard-line group, which has made waves across the region in recent days. ISIL is ...

Al-Qaida fighters repel Iraq Army, take control of Fallujah

World Jan 4, 2014

Al-Qaida fighters repel Iraq Army, take control of Fallujah

Al-Qaida-linked militants maintained control of much of the Iraqi city of Fallujah and other nearby towns Friday, fighting off efforts by troops with air support to regain control, according to a witness. The fighters have seized military equipment provided by the U.S. Marines to Fallujah ...

Iraqi forces battle militant uprising in two Sunni cities

World / Politics Jan 3, 2014

Iraqi forces battle militant uprising in two Sunni cities

Iraqi security forces and allied tribesmen battled on Thursday to put down al-Qaida-linked gunmen who, in a coordinated surge, ran rampant in two of the country's main Sunni cities, overrunning police stations and sweeping through the streets, emboldened by mounting sectarian tensions between minority ...

World Dec 31, 2013

Iraqi police dismantle Sunni protest in west

Iraqi police took down tents and cleared a Sunni sit-in in a flash point western city after protesters there agreed to end their months-long demonstration following talks with the Shiite-led government, an official said Monday. Clashes nearby that reportedly left 10 dead, however, were a ...

Al-Qaida chief said to target U.N. workers

World Dec 26, 2013

Al-Qaida chief said to target U.N. workers

The shadowy leader of a powerful al-Qaida group fighting in Syria sought to kidnap United Nations workers and wrote out plans for his aides to take over in the event of his death, according to excerpts of letters obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press. Iraqi ...

Prominent Shiite cleric backs jihadists fighting in Syria

World Dec 16, 2013

Prominent Shiite cleric backs jihadists fighting in Syria

A leading Shiite Muslim cleric widely followed by Iraqi militants has issued the first public religious edict permitting Shiites to fight in Syria's civil war alongside President Bashar Assad's forces. The fatwa by Iran-based Grand Ayatollah Kazim al-Haeri, one of the mentors of radical Shiite ...

Sunnis close Iraqi capital mosques in protest

World Nov 24, 2013

Sunnis close Iraqi capital mosques in protest

Iraqi Sunni religious leaders said Saturday they closed the sect's mosques in Baghdad indefinitely to protest attacks targeting clerics and worshippers, highlighting the country's deepening sectarian rift. The closures came as violence across the country killed 12 people Saturday. Sheik Mustafa al-Bayati, a member of ...

Brazil's intelligence service spied on embassy personnel, offices: paper

World Nov 5, 2013

Brazil's intelligence service spied on embassy personnel, offices: paper

The Brazilian government confirmed Monday that its intelligence service targeted U.S., Russian, Iranian and Iraqi diplomats and property during spy activities carried out about a decade ago in the capital Brasilia. The relatively low-key surveillance was reported by the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper, based ...