Sistani issues call to arms against Iraq ISIL Iraq's top Shiite religious authority Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani called Iraqis Friday to take up arms against the foreign backed militants who have overrun swathes of the country after launching a major offensive.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) – an al-Qaeda offshoot -- has been careful to reveal little about himself and his whereabouts.
Iraq’s premier said civilian backup groups are going to join the army forces to help them combat the Al-Qaeda-linked militants who have taken control of Mosul, in the Northern province of Nineveh.
Tribesmen from Iraq’s Mosul regained control of one of the Northern city’s neighborhoods following heavy clashes with Takfiri militants.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Iraqi counterpart Hoshyar Zebari in a phone talk discussed the latest developments in the region, specially the recent terrorist operations in Iraq.
Commander of Iran's basij (volunteer) Force Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi condemned the crimes committed by Takfiri and Salafi groups in different regional states, specially in Syria and Iraq, and said these groups which are supported by the US have scratched the beautiful face of Islam.
Iranˈs Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) chief Ali Shamkhani said the growing presence of the terrorists affiliated to Daesh group in Iraq is a threat to the whole region.
Iraqi Shiite Grand Ayatollah has called for unity among all of the country’s political and army factions against the terrorist DAESH.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has issued a state of emergency throughout the country, after Iraq’s oil-rich city of Mosul fell to the hands of a radical militants group.
Turkish president has received Iran’s Hassan Rouhani who is visiting the country.