Iraq forces uncover mass graves left by ISIS in Tikrit

2015-04-07 17:58

Iraqi security forces say since recapturing the city of Tikrit last week they have found 14 mass graves, thought to contain the bodies of the worst massacre perpetrated by the ISIS extremist group, dpa reports.

US man fined in Saddam Hussein family gun plot

2014-12-02 13:14

A man who pleaded guilty to trying to sell firearms believed to have been owned by Saddam Hussein’s family has been fined $5 000 by a federal judge.

Obama open to military action

2014-06-20 11:31

Barack Obama pledged to take "precise" military action if needed to check marauding Sunni radicals in Iraq.

Iran's Rouhani warns of Syria Talibanisation

2013-09-27 10:11

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned that Syria could become an extremist haven like Taliban-era Afghanistan as he called for co-operation to end the country's civil war.

UN impartial amid Syria 'sarin' findings

2013-09-17 09:02

Careful not to blame either side for a deadly chemical weapon attack, UN inspectors have reported that rockets loaded with the nerve agent sarin had been fired.

Lack of Assad alternatives hangs over Syria war

2013-09-12 12:08

The crisis over chemical weapons in Syria has underlined a central dilemma for the West in dealing with the country's civil war - the lack of alternatives to President Bashar Assad.

Al-Qaeda threatens "volcano of revenge"

2013-08-28 11:05

An al-Qaeda affiliate has threatened a "volcano of revenge" against Syrian government military targets in retaliation for a suspected poison attack, a monitoring group reports.

Europe helped Syria's weapons programme

2013-06-04 22:45

Syria, defeated by Israel in three wars and afraid its arch enemy had gained a nuclear arsenal, began in earnest to build a covert chemical weapons programme three decades ago.

Syria to 'respond' to any Israeli strikes

2013-05-10 10:00

Syria has threatened an immediate response to any new Israeli strike, with its militant ally Hezbollah saying Damascus will provide "game-changing" weapons.

Bush 'comfortable' with Iraq decision

2013-04-25 10:09

Former US president George W Bush says he remains "comfortable" with the decision to invade Iraq, even in the midst of a new spate of bloody violence in Baghdad.


Saddam's tomb suffers extensive damage in Iraq fighting

2015-03-16 08:17

The tomb of Iraq's late dictator Saddam Hussein has been virtually levelled in heavy clashes between militants from ISIS and Iraqi forces in a fight for control of the city of Tikrit.

Kurds seek independence vote amid Iraq 'chaos'

2014-07-04 12:09

Iraq's Kurds have set the ball rolling for a referendum on their long-held dream of independence, ignoring calls for the nation to unite against rampant jihadists or face "Syria-like chaos".

Australia bank subsidiary in Saddam link

2013-09-30 11:42

The Reserve Bank of Australia has admitted staff from a subsidiary visited Iraq after it was accused of attempting to strike an illegal deal with Saddam Hussein.

UN details 'chilling' Syria sarin attack

2013-09-17 13:02

The United Nations has revealed what it called "chilling" details of a sarin gas attack in Syria, leaving the major powers to battle over who was responsible.

Putin wins Iran, China backing for Syria plan

2013-09-13 15:02

President Vladimir Putin has won the support of Iran and China at a regional summit on Russia's initiative for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons.

Iran exiles claim Iraq killed 47 members

2013-09-01 22:45

Clashes and explosions have been reported in a camp housing Iranian exiles, with the group claiming Iraqi troops killed 47 of their members, which officials denied.

Iraq torture 'Red House' now a museum

2013-07-11 15:00

A torture centre used by former Iraq dictator, Saddam Hussein, to extract information from Kurdish rebels has been turned into a museum.

Iraq's body count continues to grow

2013-05-30 17:28

A series of bomb explosions in Iraq, including one targeting a provincial governor, has killed at least 30 people and wounded dozens in the latest eruption of violence to rattle the country.

Haunted by Iraq war, US cautious on Syria

2013-05-10 08:02

The Obama administration is treading cautiously on Syria after what it sees as Washington's past errors in the Iraq invasion and occupation, Vice President Joe Biden says.

Chemical trader to pay gas victims

2013-04-24 15:03

Dutch businessman, who sold Iraq's former regime chemicals that were used in deadly gas attacks against Kurds in Iraq and in Iran, has been ordered to pay €400 000 in compensation.

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