Iraq

June 17, 2014

Iraqi PM Maliki dismissed the top officials saying that they abandoned their "professional and military duties" (Iraqi Prime Minister's Office/AFP)
21:00 GMT

Iraq's Prime Minister fired the country's top security forces Tuesday as bombs and violence enveloped the country for another day.

Jihadist group ISIL took over control of Iraq's city of Mosul last week (File Archive)
20:00 GMT

Iraq's government blamed Saudi Arabia this week for the escalation of violence and bloodshed within its borders.

Al Qaeda-linked Al Nusra Front already controlled the Syrian side of the Al Qaim border crossing (File Archive)
17:39 GMT

Syrian rebels took control of the Al Qaim Iraqi-Syria border crossing Tuesday.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced the evacuation Tuesday via Twitter (Adem Altan/AFP)
17:09 GMT

that Turkey has officially evacuated its consulate in Iraq's southern city of Basra Tuesday due to the deteriorating security situation in the country.

ISIS is set on capturing Baghdad. (AFP/File)
13:39 GMT

Now one of the biggest jihadi threats, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an al-Qaeda inspired group, is proving to be startling efficient at taking over large swathes of territory in the Middle East.

Thousands of Iraqis fled Mosul, after the ISIS takeover (File/AFP)
13:37 GMT

ISIS militants tried to woo the residents of Mosul with cheap gas and water along with other popular initiatives, despite reports that only Sunni Iraqis returned to the city.

Iraqi security forces were able to repel the militants. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT

Iraqi security forces successfully fended off ISIL militants who attacked Baquoba early Tuesday.

Violence in Iraq is quickly becoming a crisis as ISIL militants continue to take over Iraqi cities. (AFP/File)
07:37 GMT

Britain has proposed a ban on ISIL under the British Terrorism Act.

Many Americans are weary of sending troops to Iraq again after the long and unsuccessful U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. (AFP/File)
07:25 GMT

The U.S. is deploying several hundred troops in and around Iraq.

U.K Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said Britain may provide "passive assistance." (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

England's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said Monday that the U.K. will not stand in the way if the U.S. decides to take military action in Iraq.

June 16, 2014

Iraqi forces have been battling ISIL militants for control of Iraq. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

The prime minister of Iraqi Kurdistan has arrived in Tehran for talks about the Iraq crisis.

ISIL claims to have massacred over 1,000 Iraqi Shias in Tikrit on Sunday. (AFP/File)
14:28 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in an interview that the U.S. is considering air strikes in Iraq.

The al-Qaeda inspired ISIL continues its siege of Iraqi cities. (AFP/File)
10:34 GMT

The ISIL captured Tal Afar Monday.

The U.S. embassy will remain open despite the deteriorating security situation in Iraq. (AFP/File)
07:40 GMT

The U.S. State Department has announced that the U.S. embassy in Baghdad will remain open.

According to local officials, thousands of tribal fighters have joined the battle against ISIL. (AFP/File)
07:06 GMT

Conflicting reports reveal it is unclear who is currently in control of Nineveh province's strategic city of Tal Afar.