Iraq

July 17, 2014

The Islamic State has experienced many successes in Iraq in recent weeks. (AFP/File)
11:25 GMT

The success of the Islamic State is due to a combination of brutal force and winning over local populations.

Israel's army conducted at least 37 raids overnight in Gaza, bringing the Palestinian death toll up to 227 (File/AFP)
11:01 GMT

Eight Palestinians were killed overnight after intensive shelling by Israeli forces across the Gaza Strip ahead of a UN brokered "humanitarian" ceasefire.

Militant group ISIL has been engaged in a deadly battle with Iraq's forces and other splinter groups (File/AFP)
08:25 GMT

A Saudi "mufti" who joined militant group ISIL has been killed by Iraq's armed forces during an air raid in Tikrit, according to a news site.

July 16, 2014

The blast took place in Baghdad's Sadr City. (AFP/File)
09:53 GMT

At least 12 people have been killed in two car bombs in Baghdad.

Iraqi forces have been battling Sunni insurgents since June. (AFP/File)
08:26 GMT

Iraqi forces withdrew from Tikrit after a failed attempt to retake the city from Islamic State militants.

Libyan officials expressed fear that militants could try to take over the country's capital, Tripoli (File/AFP)
08:16 GMT

Libyan militants in Iraq and Syria are returning back home to fight a breakaway militia group led by rogue ex-general, Khalifa Haftar, security officials say.

July 15, 2014

Thousands have fled the ongoing violence in Iraq. (AFP/File)
13:33 GMT

Iraq's parliament successful elected a new speaker of the house Tuesday.

ISIS recently established an Islamic State in parts of Iraq. (AFP/File)
09:49 GMT

The emerging threat from groups like ISIS must be stopped by Sunni Arabs with help from the international community.

July 14, 2014

Shiite fighters in Baghdad are preparing for an ISIL advance. (AFP/File)
12:25 GMT

Militants from ISIL have taken partial control of the town of Dhuluiyah, just 80 kilometers north of Baghdad.

No group has claimed responsibility for the bombing. (AFP/File)
11:55 GMT

A car bomb in Baghdad killed at least 4 civilians and wounded 12 others Monday.

July 13, 2014

The Israeli Defense Force has struck 200 targets in Gaza over the past 24 hours (AFP/ File).
13:56 GMT

The Israeli Defense Force's noon deadline for tens of thousands of residents in northern Gaza to evacuate has passed as the IDF plans to intensify air strikes on the zone Israel believes is firing more rockets.

Iraq's parliament must quickly pick a new speaker of parliament, president, and prime minister. (AFP/File)
13:52 GMT

Iraq's parliamentary session Sunday ended after 30 minutes and without progress.

Members of Iraq's security forces stand guard in Baghdad, April 29, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:49 GMT

Gunmen killed at least 33 people including 29 women in a Baghdad housing complex Saturday. Police said the motive of the shootings still remained unclear.

Efforts to reach agreement on a new government in Baghdad to confront the insurgents have been complicated by the tensions between Maliki and the Kurds.
04:55 GMT

An oil ministry spokesman in Baghdad described the takeover as dangerous and irresponsible and called for the Kurdish forces to withdraw immediately.