外文标题：Govt scrambles to pull out all Indians from strife-torn Iraq
NEW DELHI: India's operation in strife-torn Iraq is fast taking the shape of a full-scale evacuation of all Indians. Evacuation is being carried out not only from Sunni-controlled troubled areas, but also from Shia-dominated areas that are relatively peaceful, indicating that New Delhi now believes that the situation in Iraq is fast spinning out of control.
This week, over 600 Indians will leave their workplaces and jobs and fly back to India, helped by the Indian government. Many of these people do not have their papers in order. The Indian embassy is quickly putting their documents in place and planning to put these Indians on commercial flights from Baghdad and other Iraqi cities from where flights are still taking off.
Already two ships have been sent to Iraq to evacuate stranded Indians. It is reliably learnt that cargo ships have also been sent to Basra to carry Indians to the nearest safe port from where IAF or Air India planes will carry them back home.
Describing the transportation of Indians back home as a "proactive approach", MEA spokesman Syed Akbaruddin told journalists that Indian diplomats are seeking out Indian nationals at their homes and places of work in Iraq to deliver the message that they should leave while the going is good and the airports are still open.
The MEA has dispatched over 25 officials to the key Iraq cities outside the conflict zone to facilitate the repatriation of Indian workers by helping them with documentation and air tickets.
With Air India, military transport aircraft and naval vessels on standby, India is, for the time being, making use of the commercial flights that are still operating from Iraq's main cities — Najaf, Kerbala, Basra and Baghdad. MEA officials are refusing to describe the exercise as an "evacuation" which evokes memories of Libya.
Officials here no longer rule out the possibility of Iraq, as the modern world has known it, disintegrating. For its part, the Iraqi government, now armed with Russian Sukhoi fighter aircraft, has started air strikes on Tirril and other ISIS positions.
Mar Thoma Achayan (Snake nest Kerala)
Many northies and Iraqs look similiar....wonder if......................Arabs invaders came and.........raped.....sperm....Indian egg.....northies born......
vijay chopra (Unknown)
Timely action taken by Sushma ji will save lot of Indians living in Iraq.
rvijay Vijaykrishnan (pimpri)
govt is sincere in it,s efforts
"Sending ships to evacuate Indians" - OMG! Is this real? Finally a government which can take bold decisions. Thats also sending strong message to other countries. *Feeling proud*
Ashok Prabhu (Location)
This is an emergency evacuation procedure leading to bringing back to India,each and every Indian Passport Holder.This is a massive task and success depends on how well our Nationals co-operate with the Authorities.
robustkumar Sharma (Delhi)
In future no Indian should be allowed to go Iraq as the Shia Sunni war here is going to last for many years it seems.
tn now (Unknown)
India should have conducted emergency evacuation at-least 2 weeks back. Now hope all Indians return safely.
Brown American (Dallas, Texas)
Let us see how Modi government performs? What happened to Sikh Hostages? Any clue? Why is Sushma not worried about them? Is it because they are Sikhs? Let some Modi Cultists respond to it.
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People must have faith in Govt .All out efforts are being made for safe return .
Suraj Iyer (Indiana(USA))
Indian Muslims committed themselves to the cause of the protection of Shia holy shrines in Iraq but none of them bothered about our brothers and sisters who were abducted and are still held in captive bonds in Iraq. This is what I say is being transnational !!
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memphismo PATEL (USA)
This is Modi at work more yet to come......Just believe in him.
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Sudipta Bhaskar (Ghaziabad)
Indian Govt will pull out everyone safely. I have full faith on my govt. :)
Syed Abdulhaq (Srinagar)
In Kashmir we call these Indian " efforts" as Tret Parella ! ( Humbug ,useless, waste of time,non sense )
SK (US) replies to Syed Abdulhaq
most of the Kashmiri muslims pedigree is from Hindus. there was no Islam in Kashmir until early 13th century. Be Indians first than anything else.