Iraq

August 6, 2014

Sectarian violence in Iraq has forced thousands to flee. (AFP/File)
19:30 GMT

Car bombs in Shiite neighborhoods killed 27 people Wednesday as fighting between government forces and Islamic State militants kills 50 people.

Thousands of Iraqis have fled because of ongoing violence. (AFP/File)
17:16 GMT

ISIL continues their assault on Christians in northern Iraq.

ISIS fighters are closer than ever to the Kurdish semi-autonomous region. (AFP/File)
14:17 GMT

Kurdish forces continue to battle militants from the Islamic State in northern Iraq.

Thousands of Iraqi Christians have been displaced by ISIS violence across the country (File/AFP)
07:52 GMT

Iran's ambassador to Baghdad said on Tuesday the Persian state was prepared to help Iraqi Christians fleeing ISIS violence.

An Iraqi Yazidi woman from Sinjar cries as she stands among others in a school being used for refuge after fleeing ISIS violence (File/AFP)
07:12 GMT

The UN criticized ISIS attacks in Iraq and Syria and was "deeply concerned" following the latest offensive in Sinjar where 200,000 civilians from the Yazidi community are believed to have fled.

A general view shows the Mosul dam. (AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Widespread media reports that a dam in Mosul was captured by ISIS are now known to be false. Kurdish forces repelled the attack.

August 5, 2014

ISIL militants continues to seize control of some areas in northern Iraq (File/AFP)
14:26 GMT

Iraqi authorities intend to track how ISIL militants receive foreign support, Justice Minister Hassan al-Shammari announced on Monday.

Hassan Nasrallah also backed his ally Michel Aoun for the Lebanese presidency (File/AFP)
10:10 GMT

Leader of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, said he expected the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria to fail and that the extremist organization would not advance in Lebanon.

Displaced Iraqis from the northern town of Sinjar head towards the autonomous Kurdistan region on August 4, 2014, as they seek refuge after Islamic State  Sunni militants took control of their hometown. The Islamic State  raised its black flag in Sinjar on August 3, 2014 after ousting the peshmerga troops of Iraq's Kurdish government, forcing thousands of people from their homes. [AFP]
09:22 GMT

The United Nations (UN) says that tens of thousands of Iraqis who have been forced to flee ISIL terror in the northern town of Sinjar are currently surrounded by the members of the terrorist group.

August 4, 2014

Kurdish forces have been battling extremists from the Islamic State since June. (AFP/File)
14:30 GMT

The Iraqi Prime Minister has requested the air force provide support to Iraq's Kurdish forces.

Officials worry that the militants could blow up the dam, causing major Iraqi cities to flood. (AFP/File)
13:20 GMT

Militants from the extremist group the Islamic State have taken control of the Mosul Dam.

August 3, 2014

State of Iraq and the Levant's al-Furqan Media allegedly shows ISIS fighters driving on a street in the northern Syrian City of Homs. (AFP Photo)
16:44 GMT

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has captured two northern Iraqi towns, Zumar and Sinjar, and a nearby oil field after a battle with Kurdish forces

Iraqi military successfully thwarted a militant attack on the Baiji oil refinery, located 180 kilometers  north of the capital, Baghdad, following heavy clashes with ISIL terrorists near the facility.
09:06 GMT

Iraqi army forces backed by thousands of volunteers have pushed ahead with their campaign against Takfiri ISIL militants in several areas of the country, inflicting losses on the terrorists.

August 1, 2014

While Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki currently controls Iraq in a 'caretaker capacity,' he did not win the Kurdish and Sunni votes needed for new Cabinet. (AFP/File)
18:50 GMT

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari says Maliki is mainly to blame for the country's struggle with ISIS militant invasion.

The northern Iraqi city of Mosul has been under ISIS control since early July, the group has since driven out Christians and terrorized the city's remaining residents.
16:47 GMT

Local source reports ISIS has ordered gendered classrooms in universities in Mosul, declaring morning and early afternoon hours for female students, and afternoon and evening hours for male.