Iraq

October 16, 2014

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.

October 15, 2014

Iraqi Shia cities have been witnessing deadly bombings over the past few days. (AFP/File)
07:07 GMT

At least 21 people have been killed in a bomb attack in a Shia neighborhood in Baghdad.

October 14, 2014

Around 180,000 people are believed to have fled the city of Hit due to IS violence (File/AFP)
16:21 GMT

Islamic State has advanced in Iraq's Anbar province despite setbacks elsewhere after militants seized a military camp in the city of Hit Monday.

British journalist John Cantlie was kidnapped by militants while freelancing in Syria (Image: Screenshot)
16:03 GMT

The sister of kidnapped British hostage John Cantlie has made a heartfelt plea to Islamic State militants to "restart dialogue" with her family in order to secure his release.

Turkish soldiers sit in their tank overlooking Kobani on Oct. 11. AFP/Aris Messinis
10:50 GMT

Turkey's attacks on the PKK are the first since a peace process began last year.

At least 22 IS militants were allegedly killed according to security sources (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Shelling killed 22 Islamic State militants and wounded at least 40 others, near Baquba.

October 13, 2014

Islamic State militants in desert camouflaged vehicles (AFP/ File Archive).
20:00 GMT

Islamic State jihadists have seized an army base in the town of Hit in al-Anbar province.

Islamic State militants have allegedly used chemical weapons in the border Syrian town of Kobani more than once (File/AFP)
12:02 GMT

Photographs have emerged of IS militants allegedly using chemical weapons against Kurdish fighters in the Syrian border town of Kobani, where fighting rages on.

At least 115 militants were reportedly killed in the fighting. (AFP/File)
08:17 GMT

Intense clashes erupted in Iraq's Anbar Province after IS militants attacked three military bases.

The Turkish government has been criticized for not doing enough to help the citizens of Kobani. (AFP/File)
07:02 GMT

Turkey will let a U.S.-led coalition use its bases to battle IS militants in Syria and Iraq.

October 12, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama has ruled out the use of U.S. forces on the ground. (AFP/File)
15:08 GMT

Officials in Iraq's Anbar province are calling for the U.S. to send ground troops into Iraq to help battle Islamic State militants.

Kurdish forces fighting IS militants since June. (AFP/File)
13:16 GMT

A series of bomb attacks has left at least 26 people dead in Iraq, amid the deadly violence that rages on across the country.

Pro-kurdish demonstrators holding a giant flag as they gather on October 11, 2014 in Duesseldorf, north-western Germany, during a rally in solidarity with Kurds trapped in the northern Syrian city of Kobane. [AFP]
09:13 GMT

Thousands of Kurds in Britain and across Europe protest against the ISIS attack on Kobane as Turkey stubbornly refuses to help the besieged town.

Raad al-Azzawi's TV station was also attacked last year, when a militia group raided and detonated two suicide bombs, killing several journalists and the station's chief news editor. (AFP/File)
09:06 GMT

The Islamic State reportedly publicly executed a local Iraqi cameraman in northern Iraq on Friday, highlighting the dangers faced by both international and local media workers in Syria and Iraq.

American-led air attacks are failing. President Obama's plan to "degrade and destroy" Islamic State has not even begun to achieve success. [AFP]
08:19 GMT

America's plans to fight Islamic State are in ruins as the militant group's fighters come close to capturing Kobani and have inflicted a heavy defeat on the Iraqi army west of Baghdad.