Daesh has a field day in Iraq

Updated 01 September 2015

Daesh has a field day in Iraq

BAGHDAD: A series of suicide attacks by Daesh outside a town in Anbar province west of Baghdad on Tuesday killed 12 soldiers and allied Sunni militiamen, military and hospital officials said.
They said the attack began when IS militants shelled army and militia positions outside the town of Haditha with mortars. They followed up with two suicide bombers who blew themselves up near the troops and later with three suicide car bombings. Five soldiers and three Sunni tribesmen were wounded in the attacks.
Airstrikes by the US-led alliance destroyed six Daesh vehicles and killed 13 militants as they approached the site, where heavy clashes ensued between the militants and the government forces, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.


Iraq’s top Shiite cleric says new PM must be chosen without foreign interference

Updated 11 min 8 sec ago

Iraq’s top Shiite cleric says new PM must be chosen without foreign interference

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s top Shiite Muslim cleric said on Friday that a new prime minister must be chosen without foreign interference after Adel Abdul Mahdi announced his resignation a week ago.
Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani urged political leaders to abandon partisan politics in choosing a new head of government and said he would have no involvement in efforts to replace Abdul Mahdi.