Tag Archives: Iraq

Iran earthquake survivors plead for help as death toll rises

Iranians living outdoors in bitterly cold temperatures after an earthquake are making desperate pleas for help. About 440 people were killed and about 7,000 injured when the quake hit near the Iran-Iraq border on Sunday. The government is scrambling to get aid to the worst-hit Kermanshah province, where hundreds of homes were destroyed. President Hassan Rouhani, visiting the region, said ...

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Iraq-Iran earthquake: Over 100 killed

A 7.3-magnitude earthquake has rattled the northern border region between Iran and Iraq, killing at least 140 people and injuring hundreds more. At least 129 people died in western Iran’s Kermanshah province, officials told state media. Six more were reported dead in Iraq. The death toll is likely to rise. The earthquake sparked panic, with fears of aftershocks sending residents ...

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Mass graves discovered in Iraq

Mass graves containing at least 400 bodies have been found near Hawija, an Iraqi city that was occupied by Islamic State (IS) fighters until last month. Kirkuk province’s governor, Rakan Said, said they were found at an airbase just outside the city. Some of the victims were in civilian clothes but others were wearing the jumpsuits that IS used to ...

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Iraqi forces enter Kirkuk as Kurds flee

Iraqi government forces have entered central Kirkuk after taking key installations outside the disputed city from Kurdish fighters. Thousands of people fled the city ahead of the Iraqi advance. The Iraqi military moved into Kirkuk three weeks after the Kurdistan Region held a controversial independence referendum. They are aiming to retake areas under Kurdish control since Islamic State militants swept ...

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Erdogan warns Iraqi Kurds over vote

Turkey’s president has said Iraqi Kurds could go hungry as a result of the punitive measures it is considering after Monday’s independence referendum. Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the head of the Kurdistan Regional Government of “treachery” for pressing ahead with the vote despite international opposition. Massoud Barzani should now “give up on this adventure”, he said. Mr Erdogan has previously ...

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Battle for Mosul: Iraq forces repel IS counter-attack

Fighters of so-called Islamic State (IS) have launched counter-attacks as they come under growing pressure from Iraqi forces in Mosul. IS deployed large numbers of suicide bombers in different parts of the northern Iraqi city but the affected areas were quickly brought under control, Iraqi officials say. IS has now been squeezed into a square mile of territory in Mosul’s ...

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