Iraq

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ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi outlined his vision for a caliphate, a form of Islamic state, in July. (AFP/File)
04:00 GMT

The "Islamic State" group has blocked all cell phone service in Iraqi's largest city, Mosul, today. ISIS leadership is claiming that there are those functioning as 'informants' to the coalition forces via their mobile phones.

November 26, 2014

Beauty and brains: Melinda Tuma won the title of Miss Iraq-USA in Michigan this week. (Image: Albawaba edit)
12:51 GMT

Michigan, USA, crowned Melinda Tuma as Miss Iraq-USA 2014 this week.

A Kurdish Peshmerga sniper's scope aims towards the horizon near Erbil in northern Iraq on Sept. 15. (AFP/JM Lopez)
08:41 GMT

Over the past few days Peshmerga forces have captured a strategic road near Sinjar that ISIL used as a key supply route from Syria.

Iraq's army broke ISIL's siege of Baiji oil refinery last week after months of clashes. (AFP/File)
07:20 GMT

Iraqi troops pushed back ISIL militants in fresh clashes surrounding the Baiji oil refinery Tuesday, local residents said.

November 25, 2014

American photo journalist James Foley was beheaded by ISIL in August 2014. The US government does not pay ransoms for American hostages. (AFP/File)
10:54 GMT

ISIL militants received some $45 million in ransoms over the past year by kidnapping Western nationals, according to a UN expert.

November 24, 2014

At least 10 people have been killed and 30 others were wounded in a bomb explosion in Baghdad. (AFP/File)
17:30 GMT

Ten people have been killed, and 30 others were wounded in a bomb explosion in Baghdad.

Iraqi pro-government forces take part in a major operation against Islamic State (IS) group fighters to retake the town and areas around Saadiyah northeast of Baghdad in Diyala province on November 23, 2014. (AFP)
04:00 GMT

The US plans to buy arms for Sunni tribesmen in Iraq including AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds.

November 23, 2014

After almost four years of war in Syria, many cities are left besieged and over 9 million Syrian people have been displaced.
16:46 GMT

Refugee children bring color to grim situations with Paint Outside the Lines, a series of public spaces art projects aimed at bringing together communities of displaced people left without creative outlets. Armed with paintbrushes, these refugees are revising the aesthetics of the camp boundaries; reshaping the boundaries of camp life with public art projects.

Pakistani pedestrians walk past wall graffiti (bottom) which reads Daesh, the arabic acronym for Islamic State (IS), in Peshawar on November 22, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/A MAJEED)
15:37 GMT

Iraqi forces said on Sunday that they had retaken two towns north of Baghdad from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIL) fighters, driving them from strongholds they had held for months and clearing a main road from the capital to Iran.

Four houses of Iraqi civilians were also attacked in the strikes. (AFP/File)
12:04 GMT

A US-led air strike killed 25 ISIL militants Saturday in the city of Heet along with five civilians including two children, Iraqi authorities have confirmed.

Iraqi authorities have blamed ISIL militants in the past for terror attacks, however, no group claimed responsibility for the blast. (AFP/File)
11:11 GMT

A car bomb killed seven and injured 16 people at an outdoor market close to Baghdad Sunday, police officials said.

Iraqi Christians pray during mass in an Erbil church, July 20, 2014. (AFP/File)
07:48 GMT

Christians have lived in the Middle East for centuries. When the Islamic State was announced however, persecution, forced conversions and mass murder resulted in thousands fleeing Iraq and Syria. Will this be the end of a holy minority in the region?

ISIL militants continue to advance in Anbar province, despite resistance from the Iraqi army. (AFP/File)
05:18 GMT

At least 25 Sunni tribesmen from Iraq's Anbar province were killed by ISIL militants. The bodies of the men were found by the country's army.

November 21, 2014

Iraqi federal troops and members of Kurdish and Shiite militias hold a post in the Diyala province. (AFP/Younis Al-Bayati)
18:00 GMT

The troops will help volunteers from Iraq’s Sunni tribes who have been joining training centers at army bases.

Neighborhoods around Ramadi have been under ISIL control, though the government has been holding the city center. (File photo)
15:38 GMT

Local officials say attacks and mortar fire have been ongoing since the early morning hours.