Iraq

June 13, 2014

Extremists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant are believed to be advancing towards Baghdad, late on Thursday (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Hundreds of Iraqis have reportedly rushed to join the country's forces against ISIL militants who have advanced towards Baghdad.

June 12, 2014

Iraqi families fleeing violence in Nineveh Province wait at the northern Kurdish border (File/AFP)
18:56 GMT

President Hasan Rouhani said Thursday that Iran would not tolerate violent militant groups stemming in Iraq as over 500,000 people fled Nineveh Province.

Iraq is facing intense violence as militants attempt to take over multiple Iraqi cities. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

The U.S. is preparing to send major arm shipments to Iraq because of recent instability in the country.

Iraq edges closer to chaos as ISIL militants overtake key cities and Iraqi forces flee their posts. (AFP/File)
13:37 GMT

Iraq's parliament failed to reach a quorum needed to vote on a request for a state of emergency.

Iraqi security forces abandoned their posts and fled Mosul upon the arrival of ISIL fighters. (AFP/File)
11:41 GMT

Kurdish security forces have seized the city of Kirkuk as militants head towards Baghdad.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has failed to ensure the safety of his people. (AFP/File)
10:12 GMT

The recent takeover of Mosul by ISIL raises many questions about Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and the future of Iraq.

Ban Ki-moon said terrorism must not be allowed to succeed in undoing Iraq's democratic process. (AFP/File)
08:59 GMT

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called on the international community to support the Iraqi government in its fight against militants.

Members of the ISIL recently took over the city of Mosul in Iraq and are continuing their siege. (AFP/File)
07:19 GMT

Turkey's foreign minister says Turkey will retaliate if any Turkish national recently abducted by militants in Iraq are harmed.

Nearly 500,000 people have fled the recent violence in Iraq. (AFP/File)
06:54 GMT

The ISIL continues to advance in Iraq, recently taking the city of Tikrit. A spokesman for the organization has instructed the militants to march towards Baghdad.

June 11, 2014

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has held an emergency meeting with the Undersecretary of Turkey's National Intelligence Agency (MIT) and Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay to discuss the situation (AFP/ File).
19:00 GMT

Militants have seized the Turkish consulate in Mosul, taking 48 people to a militant base.

Muqtada al-Sadr said in a statement that he was ready to create "peace units" to defend holy sites (File/AFP)
17:00 GMT

Prominent Shia cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, called for a formation of a new force to help defend religious sites from militants in Iraq, Wednesday.

Iraq's prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, declared a state of emergency on Tuesday as militants captured Mosul (File/AFP)
12:27 GMT

Iraqi forces backed by tribal residents retook parts of Kirkuk in a battle with militant group, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Violence in Iraq has caused hundreds of thousands to flee. (AFP/FIle)
09:39 GMT

Hundreds of thousands flee Mosul after jihadist militants seize city.

Al-Baghdadi heads the deadly ISIS, an al-Qaeda linked group that recently took over the city of Mosul in Iraq. (AFP/File)
08:28 GMT

Little is known about the terrifying leader of The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

ISIL has carried out numerous bombings and shootings inside Iraq. (AFP/File)
06:52 GMT

Militants of the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have seized the Iraqi city of Mosul and parts of the northern province of Kirkuk.