Iraq

September 15, 2014

Members of Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces pose in front of an Islamic State (IS) flag which they took from IS fighters at a military post. [AFP]
07:41 GMT

In Iraq the Iranian controlled Shia militias, which used to specialise in killing American troops, have relieved the Shia town of Amerli, long besieged by Isis

Alan Henning (pictured), is being held by the same Islamic State militants who beheaded David Haines (Image: Screenshot)
07:20 GMT

Concern is mounting for the safety of a second British hostage being held by the same Islamic State militants who beheaded aid worker, David Haines.

Valerie Amos warned of a "very serious" humanitarian crisis while the battle with Islamic State continues (File/AFP)
06:49 GMT

The UNHCR's coordinator Valerie Amos warned that up to one million people fleeing Islamic State violence lacked proper shelter as the humanitarian situation in Iraq worsens.

September 14, 2014

The prime minister called an emergency meeting late on Saturday night, following the video of Haines being released (AFP/ File Archive).
18:00 GMT

British Prime Minister David Cameron released a statement condemning the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, as an “act of pure evil”.

The figures also include 230 French citizens who intend on joining the Islamic State (File/HO/AFP)
13:04 GMT

Up to 930 French citizens are believed to have ties to the Islamic State according to the French Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve.

U.S. Secretary John Kerry meets with Sisi in the presidential palace, September 13, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:43 GMT

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said the international coalition needs to combat all terrorist groups, not only IS, during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Up to 500 Britons are believed to be fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Image: Screenshot)
12:06 GMT

Leading groups have called on David Cameron to rename the Islamic State in order to halt the radicalisation of British Muslims. Does the "un-Islamic State" sound better?

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott made the announcement Sunday (File/AFP)
11:17 GMT

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott confirmed that 600 soldiers would be sent to Iraq via the UAE to fight Islamic State militants alongside the U.S.-led coalition.

Saudi Foreign Ministry spokesman Osama Nugali [AFP]
09:27 GMT

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry says the kingdom plans to reopen its embassy in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad once the situation improves in Iraq.

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at Queen Alia Airport on September 10, 2014 in Amman. [AFP]
08:00 GMT

Several opposition groups in Jordan have warned the government against participating in a US-led international coalition aimed at defeating the ISIL Takfiri militants.

Tactics are outlined before the Raqqa attack. [Channel 4]
06:29 GMT

The Jordan Armed Forces (JAF) have strengthened their presence along the Iraqi border on Sunday as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) reportedly inched towards Jordanian territory.

Mr Haines had been working with an NGO in Syria when abducted in March 2013 (File/AFP)
06:20 GMT

IS released a video showing the alleged beheading of captured aid worker David Haines. British Prime Minister David Cameron described the murder as "pure evil".

September 11, 2014

Kurdish troops are on the front lines of the battle against IS. (AFP/File)
18:04 GMT

Islamic State militants have kidnapped 20 people from a town in Kirkuk.

Turkey is reluctant to take a stronger role in the coalition against IS militants in fear of aggravating a hostage situation. (AFP/File)
15:12 GMT

The Turkish government said Thursday that it will not allow a U.S.-led coalition to use its air bases to launch attacks on Islamic State militants in Iraq.

The announcement was made hours before U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver a speech about his strategy in Iraq. (AFP/File)
13:04 GMT

The French government announced Wednesday that it is prepared to join a U.S.-led coalition to launch air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq.