Iraq

Islamic State onslaught on Yazidis may be attempted genocide - U.N.

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UNITED NATIONS - The campaign of Islamic State militants against Iraq's Yazidi minority may be attempted genocide, U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for human rights Ivan Simonovic said on Tuesday.

Iran supreme leader blames West for Islamic State rise, wants regional solution

DUBAI - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed Western powers on Tuesday for the rise of Islamic State (IS) insurgents in Iraq and Syria and said they had no business tampering with the region's geopolitics.

World, Syria, 1:23am IST

Islamic State advances against Yazidis on Iraq's Sinjar mountain

ARBIL/BAGHDAD - Islamic State militants advanced on Iraq's Sinjar mountain on Tuesday, tightening a siege of thousands of stranded Yazidis, who called on the United States and its allies to act to avert more bloodshed.

World, 21 Oct 2014

Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds reinforce Kobani as U.S. drops arms to defenders

ANKARA/BEIRUT - Turkey said on Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian town of Kobani on Turkey's border, and the United States air-dropped arms to help the Kurds there resist an Islamic State assault.

World, Syria, Top News 21 Oct 2014

Islamic State insurgents advance into Iraqi town of Qara Tappa

BAGHDAD - Islamic State militants advanced on the Iraqi town of Qara Tappa on Monday disguised as Kurdish peshmerga fighters, Kurdish security sources said.

World, 20 Oct 2014

Bombings hits Baghdad Shi'te mosque, military convoy in northern Iraq

BAGHDAD - A suicide bomber killed 19 at a funeral in Baghdad on Sunday as an ambush halted Iraqi forces' advance on a key northern city controlled by Islamic State fighters.

World, 20 Oct 2014

Death penalty fuels violence in Iraq, says U.N. report

GENEVA - Iraq should stop its widespread use of the death penalty, which is unjust, flawed and only fuels the violence it purports to deter, the United Nations said in a report on Sunday.

World, 20 Oct 2014

Iraqi push to retake refinery city hit by suicide attack

BAGHDAD - The Islamic State staged a suicide attack on Iraqi soldiers on Sunday to halt their advance on a key northern city, using a military vehicle to lull the government troops into a false sense of security, officers said.

World, 19 Oct 2014

U.N. Security Council urges stronger campaign against Islamic State

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations Security Council on Friday pushed for a bombing campaign in Iraq against Islamic State militants and associated extremist groups to be strengthened and expanded.

World, 18 Oct 2014

U.S. general says Iraq retaking some ground from Islamic State

WASHINGTON - The head of U.S. troops in the Middle East said on Friday Iraqi forces are "incrementally" recapturing ground from Islamic State militants who seized much of the country's northwest this year, but he added that major Iraq advances will take time.

World, 17 Oct 2014