Iraq

October 23, 2014

Former Blackwater employee Dustin Heard (center) leaves the US district court in Washington, January 6, 2014 (File/AFP)
06:37 GMT

Four former employees of the US Blackwater security firm were found guilty of crimes related to the shootings of over 30 Iraqis in 2007 where 14 people were killed.

October 22, 2014

Iraqis gather at the site of a bomb attack on Oct. 21 in the Talbiyah area of Baghdad, where two blasts hit the parking lot of a restaurant. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)
13:34 GMT

The most recent attacks killed at least 18.

Over 500 British nationals have joined IS in Iraq and Syria, according to the UK's top police chief, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe (File/AFP)
12:47 GMT

The UK's Metropolitan Police Service released shocking figures, which state five British citizens are leaving to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria every week.

The Islamic State now controls major areas in Iraq including Mosul and Anbar (File/AFP)
11:28 GMT

Iraq's new Defense Minister Khalid Al-Obeidi promised to retake Islamic State controlled areas of the country including the city of Mosul.

The strategic town of al-Sab, which is situated to the west of Baghdad and also borders Baghdad Intentional Airport, is now fully under the control of the Iraqi army. (AFP/File)
07:17 GMT

Iraqi soldiers have pushed IS militants out of al-Sab, a strategic town near Baghdad.

October 21, 2014

Kurds have a tangled, shifting web of alliances and enemies, from the Americans and Assad, to IS and Turkey. Last week, Turkey attacked PKK positions in the southeast for the first time since a 2013 peace deal ended a 30-year conflict between the Turkish government and PKK rebels. Could the winds change again?
11:04 GMT

10 things to know about the Kurds, the PKK, and the struggle that's bigger than Kobani.

Chomsky believes an alternative to U.S. airstrikes against IS in Iraq and Syria would be appealing to the UN Security Council. (AFP/File)
10:35 GMT

Noam Chomsky shares his thoughts on the rise of the Islamic State, the most recent Gaza offensive, and US policy in the region.

Drones were moved from Afghanistan to target Islamic State operations in Iraq and Syria (File/AFP)
09:51 GMT

British drones have been moved from Afghanistan to hit Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria following 10 air strikes carried out by UK forces in the region.

A handout picture released by the official website of the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shows him greeting Lebanese Defense Minister Samir Moqbel (L) at the presidential office in Tehran on October 19, 2014. (Iranian Presidency Website/ AFP).
05:00 GMT

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reaffirmed his country's support against terrorism while receiving Lebanese deputy-prime minister and Defense Minister Samir Moqbel on Sunday in Tehran.

October 20, 2014

Iraqis gather outside a Shiite mosque where a suicide bomber detonated explosives, killing at least 11 people, on October 20, 2014 in central Baghdad (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP).
20:00 GMT

Around 18 civilians were killed in a suicide bomb attack in Harisiyye district, while another bomb attack left seven soldiers dead in Zeydan

Kurdish forces have been battling Islamic State militants since they began taking over large areas of Iraq and Syria in June. (AFP/File)
13:28 GMT

Turkey announced Monday that it is now helping Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross its border with Syria.

IS has gained tremendous wealth from smuggling oil. (AFP/File)
08:58 GMT

Iraq's illegal oil business is booming and allowing IS to flourish.

A Kurdish boy and his father watch the fighting in Kobani from across the Turkish border on Oct. 19. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
08:31 GMT

In a tactical shift, the United States has started dropping small arms and supplies to Kobani's besieged defenders.

Israeli lawmaker Haneen Zoabi. (AFP/File)
07:53 GMT

An Israeli lawmaker says there is no difference between Israeli soldiers and militants of the IS and that both are “armies of murderers with no boundaries and red lines.”

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called Prime Minister Abadi to congratulate him on his new government. (AFP/File)
06:52 GMT

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will visit Iran Monday after lawmakers approved his choices for the critically important Defense and Interior portfolios.