Iraq

June 12, 2014

Nearly 500,000 people have fled the recent violence in Iraq. (AFP/File)
06:54 GMT

The ISIL continues to advance in Iraq, recently taking the city of Tikrit. A spokesman for the organization has instructed the militants to march towards Baghdad.

June 11, 2014

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has held an emergency meeting with the Undersecretary of Turkey's National Intelligence Agency (MIT) and Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay to discuss the situation (AFP/ File).
19:00 GMT

Militants have seized the Turkish consulate in Mosul, taking 48 people to a militant base.

Muqtada al-Sadr said in a statement that he was ready to create "peace units" to defend holy sites (File/AFP)
17:00 GMT

Prominent Shia cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, called for a formation of a new force to help defend religious sites from militants in Iraq, Wednesday.

Iraq's prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, declared a state of emergency on Tuesday as militants captured Mosul (File/AFP)
12:27 GMT

Iraqi forces backed by tribal residents retook parts of Kirkuk in a battle with militant group, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Violence in Iraq has caused hundreds of thousands to flee. (AFP/FIle)
09:39 GMT

Hundreds of thousands flee Mosul after jihadist militants seize city.

Al-Baghdadi heads the deadly ISIS, an al-Qaeda linked group that recently took over the city of Mosul in Iraq. (AFP/File)
08:28 GMT

Little is known about the terrifying leader of The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

ISIL has carried out numerous bombings and shootings inside Iraq. (AFP/File)
06:52 GMT

Militants of the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have seized the Iraqi city of Mosul and parts of the northern province of Kirkuk.

June 10, 2014

Iraqi premier Nouri al-Maliki called for a state of emergency after terrorists took control of Nineveh province, Tuesday (File/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Two bombs exploded close to a funeral in the Iraqi city of Baquba, killing 20 and injuring several others, security officials say.

People fleeing Nineveh province wait to enter the Kurdish controlled parts of northern Iraq (File/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Nouri al-Maliki has asked Iraq's parliament to declare a state of emergency after militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levent took control of Nineveh province.

Mosul's governor Atheel Nujaifi, was trapped inside the building but managed to escape (File/AFP)
11:06 GMT

Militants from the Al-Qaeda affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant stormed government headquarters in Mosul in a fourth day of fighting.

June 8, 2014

Violence in Iraq killed nearly 800 people in May alone. (AFP/File)
11:37 GMT

At least 19 people have died in bombings that targeted a Kurdish political office.

Shatha exclusively launched her single on Rotana's YouTube channel, which received plenty of positive comments from her listeners and loyal fans. (Image: Facebook)
08:32 GMT

Shatha Hassoun is grateful for Rashed al Majed's connection with her latest single "Henianah."

June 7, 2014

The fighting brought the death toll up to 59 in Mosul, making it another bloody day in Iraq (File/AFP)
19:26 GMT

Over 59 people were killed in clashes between militants and Iraqi security forces Saturday.

Dozens of students are believed to have been held hostage by the ISIL militant group (File/AFP)
15:34 GMT

Iraqi security forces attacked militants in a university after the gunmen stormed the campus, holding staff and students hostage.

The UN estimates that 480,000 Iraqis have been made homeless by ongoing violence in Anbar (File/AFP)
13:10 GMT

The UN has voiced concern over 480,000 people, forced to leave their homes in Iraq's Anbar province where clashes between tribesmen and militants have displaced thousands.