Iraq

August 12, 2014

Iraqi President Fuad Masum (2nd L) shakes hands with deputy parliamentary speaker, and newly nominated Iraqi Prime Minister, Haidar al-Abadi (R) on 11 August 2014 (Iraqi President Office / AFP).
08:12 GMT

Outgoing Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki rejected the naming of his successor as premier on Monday, charging that it amounted to a violation of Iraq's constitution.

August 11, 2014

“The market has become more complacent about supply again. But complacency is dangerous. Given the geopolitical tensions, a spike in oil prices cannot and should not be ruled out.”
23:35 GMT

“There’s talk of changes in Baghdad. The oil market is sort of waiting to see what happens,” Wardell said.

U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House defending U.S. air strikes on ISIS, explaining that `there is no timetable on operations in Iraq´ (Mandel Ngan /AFP).
18:00 GMT

President Barack Obama came under fire from his opponents in Washington on Sunday as the U.S. launched further air strikes against militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Iraq.

 Kurdish fighters say they have liberated the Iraqi border towns of Gwer and Makhmur (Ahmad al-Rubaye / AFP).
15:21 GMT

Supported by a third day of US air strikes against Sunni militants in Iraq, Kurdish forces have carried out counterattacks claiming to have retaken two border towns.

The Yazidi might practice the world's oldest religion. Derived from ancient Persian Zoroastrianism (think Freddy Mecury) this Sufi-like esoteric faith predates Judaism, Christianity & Islam, taking elements from each (think baptism, circumcision, & 5 daily prayers).  It’s a closed sect that forbids interfaith marriage & doesn’t accept converts.
14:21 GMT

From black books to peacock angels, there´s something about the Yazidis: 14 facts about the people the ISIS killing machine wants dead.

Kurdish troops have been engaged in fierce battles with Islamic State militants. (AFP/File)
12:48 GMT

The U.S. has decided to directly provide weapons to Kurdish forces in Iraq.

Maliki has ignored calls for his resignation. (AFP/File)
10:03 GMT

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says he will file a legal complaint against the newly elected president for committing "a clear constitutional violation."

A medic carries an injured Palestinian child into al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City, August 8, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:19 GMT

Hospitals in Gaza are lacking supplies and struggling to cope with the high number of Palestinian casualties injured by Israeli air strikes, according to Press TV.

The decision came after an increase in violence following U.S. air strikes. (AFP/File)
07:12 GMT

The U.S. State Department has relocated some of its staff members from the Kurdish city of Irbil and Baghdad.

President Obama says ‘problem’ will not be solved in weeks. So how long will it take, asks Robert Fisk.
06:40 GMT

Iraq crisis: West’s ‘mandate’ is limited by national borders – and don’t dare mention oil.

August 10, 2014

Demonstrators take part in a pro-Yazidi rally on August 9, 2014 in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany. [AFP]
17:25 GMT

Militants in north-western Iraq have buried women and children alive during their offensive against the Yazidi ethnic minority, according to Iraq’s minister for human rights.

Thousands more remain trapped atop the mountain. (AFP/File)
14:35 GMT

Kurdish forces aided thousands of Yazidis in fleeing Mount Sinjar Sunday.

Roughly 300 Yazidi women were kidnapped as slaves. (AFP/File)
12:52 GMT

Militants of the Islamic State have killed at least 500 Yazidis and buried them in mass graves.

U.S. President Barack Obama delivered a speech where he outlined a plan for military action, August 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:07 GMT

Barack Obama said U.S. air strikes against ISIS in Iraq would be a "long-term project" following the aftermath of thousands of ethnic Yazidis fleeing violence in the north-western Sinjar mountain range.

David Cameron ruled out any military action but announced an £8 million package of aid instead (File/AFP)
08:38 GMT

British Prime Minister David Cameron joined Barack Obama in calling for an end to ISIS violence in Iraq following the displacement of ethnic Yazidis.