Iraq

October 2, 2014

Turkey can now deploy its troops in Iraq and Syria. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

Turkey's parliament passed a motion Thursday approving a military response to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Jordan Matson says he has gained acceptance among the YPG. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)
19:00 GMT

A former Marine has traveled to Syria and is now fighting alongside Kurdish forces to defeat IS.

The government bill calls for authorizing the Turkish army to launch operations against all threats, including IS terrorists, Kurdish Peshmerga forces and even Syrian troops. (AFP/File)
18:07 GMT

Turkey's parliament has begun discussing a motion that would authorize the government to launch a military strategy against the Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.

Militants attacked a major army base in Ramadi and police headquarters in Heet. (AFP/File)
13:33 GMT

Islamic State militants launched attacks in the towns of Ramadi and Heet Thursday.

IS has carried out brutal acts against, Christians, Muslims and Yazidis (pictured), who were forced to flee militant violence (File/AFP)
12:20 GMT

More than 1,119 Iraqis were killed including 854 civilians during the month of September according to a report by the UN Wednesday.

Experts believe IS has resorted to attacking civilians as a result of U.S.-led air strikes (File/AFP)
11:18 GMT

Civilian deaths are on the rise in Iraq since IS intensified car bomb and mortar attacks across the country, despite U.S. air strikes.

A Lebanese army convoy patrols the outskirts of Arsal, close to the border with Syria, August 2, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:58 GMT

The Islamic State intends on seizing parts of northern Lebanon, according to Western diplomatic sources.

More than 5,000 Yazidi women have been captured by the Islamic State (File/AFP)
08:49 GMT

Two teenagers who escaped from Islamic State militants described their ordeal while in captivity. While 5,000 Yazidi women remain missing, what happens to them when they're kidnapped?

Shatha Hassoun has brought us the magic again. (Image: Facebook)
08:35 GMT

Twelve songs sung by Iraqi singer Shatha Hassoun is ours for the listening after Rotana announced its launch.

Islamic State opens 1st consulate in Turkish capital. [AFP]
04:52 GMT

The ISIL terrorists have purportedly opened a consulate in Turkey and use it to issue visas for those who want to join the fight against the Syrian and Iraqi governments.

October 1, 2014

A combo of handout pictures received from Britain's Ministry of Defence on September 30, 2014 shows screen shots of a strike on an Islamic State armed pick-up truck, using a Brimstone missile (circled in red by MoD before impact), at an undisclosed location in Iraq during an armed mission in support of Op Shader.[AFP]
15:44 GMT

RAF Tornados launch second wave of attacks on targets in Iraq

An image grab taken from a video released by Islamic State group's official Al-Raqqa site via YouTube on September 23, 2014. [AFP]
14:22 GMT

Iraqi tribesmen have found a depot of Jordan-made weapons belonging to ISIL Takfiri militants in northern part of the country.

The Islamic State militants began an assault on Kobani in mid-September. (AFP/File)
12:32 GMT

Islamic State militants have beheaded nine Kurdish fighters who were captured during clashes near Kobani.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called the Islamic State allegations "dirty plots" (File/AFP)
12:01 GMT

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu denied allegations that his country supported the Islamic State after 49 hostages were freed from the city of Mosul.

Issawi served as minister of finance under Maliki between 2010 and 2013 before being charged with corruption (file photo).
10:42 GMT

“Serious steps” are being taken to clear an exiled Iraqi politician of terror charges as a prelude to his nomination as minister of defense, say sources close to Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi.