Iraq

November 5, 2014

Iraqi Christians displaced by the violence in their country wait in line for aid. [AFP]
08:13 GMT

Speaking at a meeting to announce the formation of the committee, Wael Suleiman, executive director of Catholic relief organisation Caritas in Jordan, noted that around 100 to 150 new Iraqi refugees arrive in Jordan every day from Erbil after leaving their homes in Mosul and Nineveh.

A total of 24 Jordanians have been referred to the State Security Court for alleged ISIL ties over the past two months.
08:04 GMT

The four men, whose ages range between 18 and 24, are said to be members of the hard-line Jihadi Salafist movement.

November 4, 2014

These two young Austrian girls flew to Syria to join the Islamic State after being recruited online. (AFP/File)
10:22 GMT

The internet is a major recruiting tool for terrorist organizations like ISIL. Should the West or online giants like Google and Twitter do more to stop their propaganda?

To commemorate Hazrat Ali-Asghar, the newborn son of Imam Hussein, Iranian women gather with their newborns at the Imam Khomeini Mosalla and the Mahdieh Mosque in Tehran. The tiny boys are dressed in their finest; these beautiful babies belie the gruesome backstory to the day.
09:23 GMT

Ashura for Shia’s - 10 incredible images of the 10th day of the Islamic new year

The members of the closed-door session discussed military partnerships and addressing urgent humanitarian needs, among other topics. (AFP/File)
08:59 GMT

The US State Department announced late Monday that it held an Inaugural Plenary Meeting with 35 Washington-based ambassadors from partner countries to counter ISIL.

British lawmakers voted 524 - 43 for air strikes on ISIL targets in Iraq on September 26. (AFP/File)
06:58 GMT

The UK has hit more Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant targets through airstrikes in Iraq.

November 3, 2014

Iraqi government bolsters security measures against feared ISIL attacks as thousands of Shiites flock to the Iraqi province of Anbar for Ashura worship.(AFP/File)
16:46 GMT

ISIL threats in Iraq are on the rise as Shiite pilgrims flock to the shine city of Karbala for Ashura.

Canada carried out its first series of air strikes against ISIL positions in Iraq (File/AFP)
13:10 GMT

Canada carried out air raids across Fallujah and the west of Baghdad as part of the US-led coalition against ISIL militants.

An explosion rocks Kobani on Nov. 2. (AFP)
09:02 GMT

Severe clashes broke out in Kobani after Iraqi peshmerga forces joined the battle against ISIL, Reuters reported.

Iraqi security forces inspect the damage caused by a car bomb beside a tent offering Shia pilgrims refreshments in Baghdad, November 2, 2014 (File/AFP)
06:26 GMT

A series of bombs killed at least 34 Shia pilgrims in Iraq's capital, Baghdad Sunday as people prepared to commemorate Ashura.

November 2, 2014

Bomber aircraft conducted seven air strikes in Syria and two in Iraq. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

US military forces continued to bomb ISIL targets in Iraq and Syria on Saturday and Sunday.

The Shia pilgrims were on their way to Karbala to commemorate Ashura. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

Iraqi police and medical authorities say more than a dozen people have been killed and tens of others injured in a car bomb attack that targeted a group of Shia pilgrims in the capital, Baghdad.

The curving clays and sand soils of Iran’s salt desert,  Dasht-e Kavir, appear like swirls in fine lumber. Satellites can directly identify different minerals and recognize large geological structures and mineral deposits that are undetectable by ground-based surveys. Iran is one of the world’s most important mineral producers.
12:01 GMT

Middle East deserts as you've never seen them before - from orbit

Islamic State extremists executed over 200 men, women and children from Anbar province, according to local tribesmen (File/AFP)
11:02 GMT

The Islamic State executed hundreds of people including women and children in Iraq's Anbar province, a senior Sunni tribesman said.

While the Islamic State commits genocide against Iraqis and Syrians, the international community needs to harshen its tone towards the group (File/AFP)
09:22 GMT

While international organizations use diplomatic language such as "sustainable political solutions", this tone won't help us defeat the Islamic State. Less words, more action?