TEHRAN, June 18 (Xinhua) -- Iran will do everything to protect Muslim Shiite shrines in Iraq, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency on Wednesday.
"We announce to the superpowers, the mercenaries, the criminals and the terrorists that the great Iranian nation will do everything to protect Shiite holy shrines in the Iraqi cities of Karbala, Najaf, Kazemein and Samarra" Rouhani said in Iran's western city of Khorramabad on Wednesday.
Many Iranian volunteers have announced their readiness to go to Iraq to defend the holy shrines and to confront terrorists, he said, adding that many Iraqis are ready to sacrifice for their country.
"Terrorist groups" and their supporters will be defeated in Iraq, he said.
The Islamic republic will provide Iraq with consultations that could help Iraq's army eradicate terrorism, but Iran would never directly be involved in Iraq, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Monday.
Iran and the United States announced Tuesday that they briefly talked about the advancements of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the militant group that has taken large swathes of key Iraqi cities, on the sidelines of ongoing nuclear negotiations in Vienna.
BAGHDAD, June 17 (Xinhua) -- At least 12 people were killed and 47 others wounded in separate bomb explosions in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Thursday, a police source said.
Seven civilians were killed and 31 others injured when a car bomb exploded near a market in Shiite-predominant Sadr City district in northern Baghdad. The huge blast destroyed several shops and damaged several nearby cars, the source said on condition of anonymity. Full story
DAMASCUS, June 17 (Xinhua) -- Iraq's current crisis with the jihadist groups could play out good for Syria if the international community decides to battle terrorism in Iraq, as the powers can't fight the radical groups in Iraq and leave them active in Syria, analysts said.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), an al-Qaida breakaway group, has recently made surprising advances in Iraq, seizing considerable swathes of land in the troubled country. The ISIL has also been active in Syria, mainly in the northeastern al- Raqqa province all the way to the eastern oil-rich region of Deir al-Zour bordering Iraq. Full story
BAGHDAD, June 16 (Xinhua) -- The Iraqi security forces on Monday take back a city in western province of Anbar from militants, while the Sunni militants took full control of a city in northern part of the country, a security and an official said.
The Iraqi army, police and border guards fought sporadic clashes with gunmen in the city of Qaim, some 330 km northwest of the capital Baghdad, and took over the city, according to a police source in Anbar province. Full story
BAQUBA, Iraq, June 17 (Xinhua) -- A total of 28 Sunni militants and two policemen were killed in sporadic overnight battles across Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, provincial security sources said on Tuesday.
Hundreds of Sunni militants, including the militants linked to the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL), an al-Qaida offshoot, attacked the western suburbs of the provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, and clashed fiercely with the security forces, Major General Jamil al-Shimary, Diyala's provincial police chief told Xinhua. Full story