Options of either dying or accepting radical islam are now laid out in stark religious terms by Islamic State who are trying to carve out their own state in Syria and Iraq.
A string of car bombs tore through busy shopping streets in several Baghdad neighbourhoods on Wednesday night.
That area in southern Lebanon is a stronghold of the Shiite militant group Hezbollah, which has battled Israel numerous times. However, past fire from Lebanon has been blamed on radical Palestinian factions in the area and Hezbollah has not been involved in the ongoing offensive.
Iraq is at a delicate stage. Left on its own, it can fragment and breakdown into fiefdoms of anarchy and violence with spill-over effects.
as Iraq's other immediate neighbors — Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Turkey — bolster their defenses, the new fighting threatens to unravel a byzantine balance of Mideast alliances and enmities that the United States long has sought to manage.
Syrian warplanes bombed Sunni militants' positions in Iraq. John Kerry warned against the threat and said other nations should stay out.
The MEA also said that India and Iraq would set up a Joint Committee, which would handle issues immigration issues and facilitate evacuation.
Chaos in Iraq, a diverse nation that stands as a buffer zone between the mostly Sunni Mideast and mostly Shiite Iran, is troubling around the world.
Here is a timeline of all the key events in the ongoing crisis in Iraq.
As ISIL militants advanced on the ground, they also did so on microblogging site Twitter, where users posted a near-constant stream of updates and photos.
The ISIS' brisk onslought in Iraq comes two years after the United States withdrew troops from Iraq and left the war-torn nation in the hands of a Shi'ite government led by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
MEA spokesman also said that some Indian nationals are not in the conflict zones but there are issues with their documents, visa or contracts.
Obama has offered to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq, but has so far not backed air strikes as requested by Baghdad.
The militants, led by the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), seized the towns of Rawa and Ana after taking the Al-Qaim border crossing on Saturday
The militants, led by the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), seized the towns of Rawa and Ana after taking the Al-Qaim border crossing on Saturday, residents said.
Militants killed 21 leaders in the western Iraq towns of Rawa and Ana during two days of violence, officers and doctors said.
Sunni militants have blitzed through the desert of western Iraq, capturing four towns and three border crossings.
Iraq's Shiite clerical leadership Friday called on all Iraqis to defend their country from Sunni militants who have seized large swaths of territory, and a UN official expressed "extreme alarm" at reprisal killings in the offensive, citing reports of hundreds of dead and wounded.
The once-bustling Shiite suburb's streets are quiet and its residents on high alert after a series of six blasts, the first of which was in July, killed at least 57 people.