Iraq

September 1, 2014

IS´s directive prohibits the unauthorized publication of “images of slaughter”, just weeks after IS released a video in which journalist James Foley was beheaded (AFP/ File Archive).
19:00 GMT

The Al-Qaeda splinter group ISIS has issued a directive banning the unauthorized publication of “images of slaughter” conducted by the group’s “soldiers” on various fronts, according to a copy of the orders circulating on social media.

Shi´ite militia (pictured below) supported the Iraqi security forces to retake the town of Amerli (Haidar Hamdani/ AFP).
17:00 GMT

Iraqi security forces backed by Shi’ite militias entered the northern town of Amerli on Sunday and broke the Islamic State´s two-month siege of the town.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. The Foreign Ministry has denied that Zarif suggested that sanctions be lifted in return for Iran supporting anti-IS efforts (Yuri Kadobnov/ AFP).
16:14 GMT

Iran has dismissed reports that Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif demanded that: “all the sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear activities should be lifted in return for its help in Iraq” in countering the Islamic State.

The laptop reportedly belonged to an extremist from Tunisia. (AFP/File)
11:22 GMT

A laptop formerly owned by Islamic State militants reveals the group's plans to develop and use chemical weapons including the bubonic plague.

Iraqi militia fighters from Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's Saraya al-Salam , prepare to fire a mortar during heavy clashes with Islamic State  fighters in Tuz Khurmatu in Salaheddin province about 88 kilometres south of Kirkuk on August 31, 2014. [AFP]
08:53 GMT

Jordan handed NATO secret security reports showing expansion of extremists in Iraq, ideas to counter group’s advance towards its territory.

A newly trained Iraqi army could help the region defeat Islamic State militants. (AFP/File)
08:29 GMT

Sunni muslims must lead the fight against the militants in the Islamic State.

Rogers said several US citizens have at least once traveled, participated and trained with the ISIL terrorists. [AFP]
07:29 GMT

A US lawmaker has revealed that there are hundreds of Americans, who have links with ISIL militants and can return to the US with their American passports.

Twenty-two security forces were among the victims. (AFP/File)
07:05 GMT

An explosion in Iraq's western city of Ramadi has killed at least 37 people.

Home Secretary Theresa May recently said an attack on the UK is "highly likely." (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Muslim leaders have issued a fatwa condemning Islamic State militants.

August 31, 2014

The women were reportedly sold for $1,000 each. (AFP/File)
16:54 GMT

Islamic State militants have abducted several dozen female Yazidis and sold them to fellow militants in Syria.

The U.S. and other Western governments delivered aid to Amerli this week. (AFP/File)
15:01 GMT

Iraqi forces have broken the siege on the town of Amerli where thousands of civilians have been trapped by Islamic State militants.

Kurdish Peshmerga forces stand at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Mosul (File/AFP)
12:10 GMT

America doesn't fully understand what is going on in Iraq. If Vice President Joe Biden did, he would not be advocating for three federal states - Sunni, Shi’ite and Kurdish in the country.

Cameron spoke after the country's terror threat risk level was raised to "severe" due to fears over the situation in Iraq and Syria. [AFP]
09:16 GMT

PM sets out tough new anti-terror measures in response to heightened threat

Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters guard a post as they participate in an intensive security deployment against Islamic State. [AFP]
08:58 GMT

The strikes are meant to thwart Islamic State attacks on the 15,000 residents of the besieged town of Amerli

US President Barack Obama and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. [AFP]
08:20 GMT

Saudi Arabia’s monarch King Abdullah has warned that the West will be the next target of the ISIL Takfiri terrorists sweeping across Syria and Iraq, unless there is "rapid" action.