Iraq

October 19, 2014

An alleged IS fighter totes an RPG in Kobani in a screen grab taken from a video by Aamaq News Agency, a Youtube channel that posts videos from areas under IS control (AFP).
11:11 GMT

Professor Peter Neumann said that people returning from Syria broadly fell into one of three categories: the dangerous, the disturbed and the disillusioned.

Malala Yousafzai, the world’s most recognized schoolgirl, won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize (shared with an Indian activist who battled child labor). The survivor of a Taliban assassination attempt, Malala advocates for education. She is the second Pakistani to be awarded the prize, and - at 17-years-old - the youngest.
11:00 GMT

Take that Maher! Malala's Nobel Peace Prize helps to prove how wrong Bill Maher's comments about Islam were. Here are more Muslim Nobel Laureates that prove him wrong!

A US Air Force B1-B bomber flies over Kobani on Oct. 18. (AFP/Aris Messinis)
09:35 GMT

Observers said seven civilians were killed at a Konoco gas factory in Der-Ezzor province, and three were killed in similar strikes on oil fields in the countryside around Shadadi.

Haditha, home to a strategic dam, has been under assault for months, Iraqi forces say.
08:28 GMT

By controlling Hīt, ISIS has effectively severed the main road linking Haditha to Ramadi. Supplies have been cut off completely from Haditha, with local officials warning foodstuffs could run out soon.

Newly appointed Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled Al-Obeidi (left) is a Sunni from Mosul and Interior Minister Mohamed Al-Ghabban (right) is a Shi'ite and member of Prime Minister Abadi's own State of Law coalition (AFP/ File Archive).
08:02 GMT

Iraqi lawmakers appointed a Sunni MP Khaled al-Obeidi as defence minister and Shi'ite MP Mohamed al-Ghabban as interior minister, ending a political stalemate in the Iraqi government.

This still from the movie trailer is courtesy of Ahram Online.
06:39 GMT

After premiering in Toronto in September this film based in Iraqi Kurdistan, "Mardan" has made its way into the Oscars race.

October 18, 2014

British aid worker Alan Henning was beheaded by IS militants while volunteering to help Syrian refugees (File/AFP)
12:26 GMT

The families of two British aid workers beheaded by the Islamic State have called for "unity" from people of all faiths against the militant group.

Officials said the bombs went off in three crowded areas of the Iraqi capital on Friday (AFP/File)
07:33 GMT

Over 20 people have been killed in separate car bombings in the Iraqi capital Baghdad as the army gained major advances against IS terrorists across the country.

October 17, 2014

ISIS executes two of their own (File/AFP)
06:15 GMT

ISIS may have beheaded two of their own

October 16, 2014

Newly appointed Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein referred to IS as the  "antithesis of human rights" (File/AFP)
19:45 GMT

The new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein, warned of Islamic State atrocities across Iraq and Syria Thursday.

Iraq has faced brutal violence by Islamic State militants in recent months (File/AFP)
18:17 GMT

A UK-based international rights group has warned that minorities in Iraq face ethnic cleansing by Islamic State terrorists.

Medical officials confirmed the deaths of at least 38 people in the attacks (AFP/File)
17:42 GMT

Terrorist attacks killed at least 38 people and wound dozens others across Iraq's capital, Baghdad, Thursday.

The British parliament voted last month to approve air strikes against ISIS in Iraq in September. (AFP/File)
13:36 GMT

The UK mobilizes Reaper drones against IS in Iraq.

Haider Al-Abadi's comments came on the same day the U.S. Defense Department named its anti-IS operation "Inherent Resolve" (File/AFP)
10:27 GMT

Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi said Baghdad was "safe" from Islamic State militants, calling the claims "false rumors".

Members of the US military were reportedly ordered not to report finding several mustard shells, some of which burned unprepared soldiers upon their finding. (AFP/FIle)
04:00 GMT

The US military reportedly concealed the discovery of huge caches of chemical weapons during the operations in the 2003 invasion in Iraq. Now they could be in the hands of Islamic State militants.