At least 27 people were killed in a series of bombings across Baghdad today, including three over a span of less than 10 minutes.
Some 50 bodies have been discovered outside a city south of Baghdad, many of them blindfolded and with their hands bound.
Dozens of Indian nurses stranded in territory held by Islamic extremists in Iraq returned home to southern India today aboard a special flight, officials said.
Sunni militants have blitzed through the vast desert of western Iraq, capturing four towns and three border crossings and deepening the predicament of the Shiite-led government in Baghdad led by Nouri Maliki.
Sunni fighters led by an al-Qaeda breakaway group expanded their offensive in a volatile western province, capturing three strategic towns and the first border crossing with Syria to fall on the Iraqi side.
President Barack Obama has said the US is prepared to take targeted military action in Iraq if it would help fight a growing threat from extremist militants.
Sunni militants have captured the northern Iraqi town of Tal Afar, close to the Syrian border, the mayor and residents said today.
The United States has ordered an aircraft carrier into the Persian Gulf as it laid out specific ways for Iraq to show it is united in order to gain assistance in its fight against Islamic insurgents.
Islamic militants have vowed to march on Baghdad to settle old scores after seizing a number of cities and towns in Iraq.
Al-Qaida-inspired militants have pushed deeper into Iraq’s Sunni heartland, conquering Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit as soldiers and security forces yielded ground once controlled by US forces.
Al Qaida-inspired militants have seized control of Saddam Hussein’s home town of Tikrit.
The governor of an Iraqi province overrun with militants says authorities are determined to recapture the northern city of Mosul after large parts of it were seized by Islamist insurgents.
The United States has condemned a siege of Iraq’s second-largest city by Islamic militants “in the strongest possible terms.”
A series of car bombs exploded across Iraq’s capital tonight, killing at least 52 people in a day of violence that saw militants storm a university in the country’s restive Anbar province and take dozens hostage, authorities said.