Iraq

September 18, 2014

Australia's largest ever counter-terrorism raids on September 18 detained 15 people and foiled a plot by Islamic State jihadists to conduct "demonstration killings", reportedly including beheading a member of the public on camera. [AFP]
12:13 GMT

Fifteen people were detained following dawn raids at a number of properties in Sydney, Brisbane and Logan last night after intelligence discovered an alleged plan by the Islamic State to publicly execute a random person

Peshmerga troops stand guard in the Kurdish capital of Erbil (File/AFP)
09:47 GMT

Islamic State militants pose no threat to the Kurdish capital of Erbil, according to a Peshmerga official.

Iraqi army vehicles are seen on September 10, 2014 in Barwanah in the Anbar provinc. [AFP]
07:27 GMT

Soldiers of the Iraqi army have managed to push the ISIL Takfiri terrorists back from the Bouhayat region in the western province of Anbar.

Obama spoke to U.S. troops in Tampa, Florida. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama spoke Wednesday saying he will not deploy U.S. ground troops to Iraq.

September 17, 2014

Obama's administration recently stated they were considering putting troops on the ground in Iraq. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

A new video released by the Islamic State directly threatens U.S. President Barack Obama and the U.S. with impending war.

Prime Minister Abadi wants the international community to extend the fight to Syria. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT

Iraq's new prime minister said in an interview Wednesday that foreign ground troops are neither necessary or welcome in Iraq.

Islamic State terrorists have taken control of parts of Iraq and Syria since June (File/AFP)
11:10 GMT

Iraqi forces battled Islamic State militants north of the capital Baghdad, which has been under siege for over two months.

Australia's prime minister-elect Tony Abbott. [AFP]
09:45 GMT

Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Australian troops in Iraq will not engage in combat operations in the crisis-hit country.

Mufid Elfgeeh is charged with trying to provide material support to ISIS.
08:09 GMT

Rochester, New York, man has been indicted on charges of trying to provide material support to the Islamic State militant group and attempting to murder US soldiers, the US Justice Department said on Tuesday.

An image grab taken from a propaganda video uploaded on June 11, 2014 by jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
07:56 GMT

Islamic State militants are better resourced than any other terrorist group, according to intelligence officials.

September 16, 2014

The Iraqi army has been battling IS militants since June. (AFP/File)
20:02 GMT

Iraqi troops have launched a major offensive near the town of Jurf al-Sakhar to flush out Islamic State militants.

The United States has been conducting air strikes against IS militants in Iraq. (AFP/File)
18:47 GMT

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel testified Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee concerning the military strategy to combat the Islamic State.

The U.S. has said it will not work with Assad. (AFP/File)
17:53 GMT

A top Iraqi official met with Syrian President Bashar Assad Tuesday to discuss terrorism in the region.

The majority of Iraqi parliament nominees were confirmed last week. (AFP/File)
15:24 GMT

Iraqi lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Abadi's nominees for defense minister and interior minister Tuesday.

Young Turks are believed to be attracted to the Islamic State for financial reasons, according to the report (File/AFP)
11:44 GMT

Up to a thousand Turks have joined Islamic State militants inside Iraq and Syria, according to government officials and media reports.