Up to 1 million people could flee battle for Iraq's Mosul - ICRC


GENEVA Up to 1 million people could be driven from their homes in northern Iraq soon as fighting intensifies in a government offensive to retake Mosul from Islamic State, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Friday.

Air strikes killed 14 civilians in Iraq, Syria - U.S. military

WASHINGTON Six U.S. air strikes against al Qaeda and Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria killed 14 civilians and injured another between July 28 last year and April 29 this year, the U.S. military said on Thursday.

World, Syria, 12:55am IST

Islamic State's oil revenue dives as it loses Iraqi territory

BAGHDAD Islamic State, pushed off more than half the Iraqi territory it seized in 2014, has suffered a near collapse in revenue from oil smuggling, officials say, forcing it to cut fighters' pay, levy new taxes and raise fines for breaking its religious code.

World, Top News, 28 Jul 2016

U.S. forces help Iraqis build bridge on way to Mosul

WASHINGTON A small group of U.S. troops helped Iraqi forces build a bridge across the Tigris River last week that will support Iraq's campaign to retake Mosul from the militant group Islamic State, a U.S. military spokesman said on Wednesday.

World, 27 Jul 2016

U.S. says looking at more counter-terrorism cooperation with China

BEIJING The United States is looking at ways to increase counter-terrorism cooperation with China, including information exchanges and helping bring stability to places like Iraq, a senior U.S. administration official said on Tuesday.

World, 26 Jul 2016

U.S. lawmaker wants new budget requests for Iraq, Afghanistan troops

WASHINGTON The chairman of the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee called on the Obama administration on Monday to ask Congress for more money to fund its plans for Iraq and Afghanistan, amid expectations of a defence budget battle when lawmakers return to Washington this fall.

South Asia, World, 26 Jul 2016

Suicide bombing north of Baghdad kills 16, Islamic State claims attack

BAGHDAD A suicide car bombing claimed by Islamic State killed 16 people including a group of women and children packed into a minibus outside an Iraqi town on Monday morning, police and hospital sources said.

Top News, World, 25 Jul 2016

Trench cuts off Iraq's Falluja from the north following Islamic State defeat

BAGHDAD Iraqi forces are digging a trench on the northern outskirts of Falluja a month after taking it back from Islamic State, security officials said on Saturday, raising concerns about repopulating the deserted city.

World, 23 Jul 2016

Kerry calls for new measures to counter changing Islamic State

WASHINGTON U.S. officials on Thursday called on partners in the coalition against Islamic State to increase intelligence sharing as the militant group morphs to focus on attacks beyond its shrinking self-declared caliphate in Iraq and Syria.

World, 22 Jul 2016

Iraq's domestic security must catch up to military gains, defence minister says

BAGHDAD Less than 10 percent of Iraqi territory remains in the hands of Islamic State, but battlefield advances have not been matched by better security inside Iraq, the country's defence minister said on Thursday.

World, 22 Jul 2016