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  1. News - World

    Al-Qaeda's Iraq head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, defiant over Syria bid

    Posted Jun 17th 2013, 12:00am by AP

    ... to stop claiming control over the organisation's Syria affiliate, according to a message purportedly from him that was posted online. The statement by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who heads ... with Syria's Jabhat al-Nusra rebel group to create a cross-border movement known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant would go on. Al-Nusra is an al-Qaeda affiliate that has emerged as one ...

  2. News - World - SYRIA/IRAQ

    Syrian soldiers ambushed after crossing into Iraq, 49 dead

    Posted Mar 05th 2013, 12:04am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Fallujah Unidentified armed men on Monday ambushed a convoy carrying Syrian soldiers who had crossed into Iraq from the site of weekend fighting, killing 42 Syrians and seven Iraqis, security officers said. The soldiers crossed int ...

  3. News - World - SYRIA

    Iraqi militants join in battle for Syria on both sides

    Posted Oct 29th 2012, 12:00am by The New York Times in Baghdad

    ... Sunnis from Iraq have been going to Syria to fight against President Bashar al-Assad for months. Now Iraqi Shiites are joining the battle in increasing numbers, but on the government's side, ... Syria's chief regional ally, is flying them to Damascus, Syria's capital. Others take tour buses from the Shiite holy city of Najaf, Iraq, on the pretext of making a pilgrimage to a Shiite ...

  4. News - World - SYRIA

    Russia, Iraq forming common stance to outside pressure on Syria

    Posted Oct 10th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Moscow Russia, Iraq in rare unity on arms deal and Syria Russia is eyeing a record arms deal and rare agreement over Syria as it hosts Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri ... and it is opposed to violence... for solving the crisis," Maliki said in a recent television interview. "Iraq has not intervened in Syria on behalf of the regime's interests, ...

  5. News - World

    Briefs, November 7, 2012

    Posted Nov 07th 2012, 12:00am by AGENCIES

    ... Brother of parliament speaker assassinated BEIRUT- Gunmen shot and killed the brother of Syria's parliament speaker as he drove to work in the capital, Damascus, the state-run news agency reported on Tuesday. The Sana news agency said Mohammed Osama Laham, brother of Parliament Speaker Jihad Laham was killed. AP   Funeral held for shot Northern Ireland jailor COOKSTOWN, ...

  6. News - World - IRAQ

    Bombs and battles hit northern Iraq, more than 70 dead

    Posted Jun 11th 2013, 09:09am by Reuters

    ... community, who believe they have been marginalised since the fall of Saddam Hussein after the 2003 US-led invasion. But war in neighbouring Syria, where Shiite Iran and the region’s Sunni Gulf states ... the extent to which Islamist insurgents are regrouping. Invigorated by Syria’s mostly Sunni revolt and tapping into bitter Iraqi Sunni discontent with the Shiite-led government, al-Qaeda’s local wing ...

  7. News - World - IRAQ

    Gunmen kill 14 travellers in ambush at fake checkpoint in Iraq

    Posted Jun 06th 2013, 12:00am by AP

    ... Shiite pilgrims heading to the Sayida Zeinab shrine in Syria. They told the women and children to stay aboard while 22 men were marched out and shot dead. ...

  8. News - World - IRAQ WAR

    Try Blair and Bush over lies to start Iraq war, Desmond Tutu urges

    Posted Sep 03rd 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... the backdrop for civil war in Syria, and a potential wider Middle East crisis involving Iran. "The then-leaders of the US and UK fabricated the grounds to behave like playground bullies and drive us further apart," he wrote. "They have driven us to the edge of a precipice where we now stand- with the spectre of Syria and Iran before us." ...

  9. News - World - IRAQ

    24 dead in Iraq mosque suicide bombing

    Posted Jun 23rd 2013, 02:00pm by Agence France-Presse in Baghdad

    ... Iraq’s eastern border with Iran to its western frontier with Syria. Diplomats and officials say the unresolved row is one of the biggest threats to Iraq’s long-term stability. And in the mostly ...

  10. News - World - IRAQ

    Baghdad holds funerals for 28 killed in park suicide bomb

    Posted Aug 24th 2013, 08:52pm by Agence France-Presse in Baghdad

    ... on violence in Lebanon and Syria but made no mention of the unrest plaguing Iraq. The violence came as authorities announced the latest in a series of operations launched following brazen assaults ...




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