Iraq

June 16, 2014

The al-Qaeda inspired ISIL continues its siege of Iraqi cities. (AFP/File)
10:34 GMT

The ISIL captured Tal Afar Monday.

The U.S. embassy will remain open despite the deteriorating security situation in Iraq. (AFP/File)
07:40 GMT

The U.S. State Department has announced that the U.S. embassy in Baghdad will remain open.

According to local officials, thousands of tribal fighters have joined the battle against ISIL. (AFP/File)
07:06 GMT

Conflicting reports reveal it is unclear who is currently in control of Nineveh province's strategic city of Tal Afar.

Escalating violence in Iraq drove crude oil and the dollar higher on Friday while damping the appetite for global equity markets, even as bullish news from the US tech sector lifted stocks on Wall Street.
03:55 GMT

Brent crude edged above $113 a barrel, up more than $4 this week, on concerns that an insurgency in Iraq could trigger civil war and eventually crimp oil exports.

June 15, 2014

ISIL militants recently began a dramatic and ambitious siege of Iraqi cities. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

The Syrian and Iraqi governments have begun joint airstrikes against ISIL militants.

Iraqi forces are battling jihadist militants who are attempting to take over Baghdad. (AFP/File)
13:09 GMT

A bombing in central Baghdad has left 9 dead and 23 injured.

Many members of the Iraqi army fled when confronted by ISIL. (AFP/File)
12:47 GMT

The corrupt nature of the Iraqi army and the revenge politics of Maliki's administration enabled the ISIL's takeover.

Kurdish forces, also known as Peshmerga, have been successful in defending their territory against ISIL jihadists. (AFP/File)
10:02 GMT

An airstrike on Kurdish forces has killed 6 and left over 20 injured.

One of Iraq's most influential Shia clerics recently called upon all capable Iraqis to pick up arms and fight ISIL militants. (AFP/File)
08:27 GMT

Iraqi military forces have reportedly killed roughly 300 militants in their effort to stop ISIL from taking over more territory in Iraq.

Lebanese security forces are ramping up security in border towns like Arsal. (AFP/File)
07:24 GMT

Lebanese authorities are increasing security in border regions and adopting preventive measures to avoid spillover violence from Iraq and Syria.

The ships arrived in the Gulf late Saturday. (AFP/File)
06:59 GMT

The U.S. has sent three warships to the Gulf in response to recent chaos in Iraq.

Iraqi volunteers stand in trucks, ready to fight ISIL militants (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Iraq's army prepared for an offensive against ISIL militant as the terrorist group advanced towards the country's capital, Baghdad.

June 14, 2014

The Iraqi Ministry of Communications also said internet access would be unavailable due maintenance reasons (File/AFP)
13:09 GMT

Social media sites Facebook and Twitter have allegedly been blocked in Iraq by the communication ministry to try and prevent ISIS militants using them.

Iran also denied media rumors that three battalions had been dispatched to Iraq (File/AFP)
09:57 GMT

Washington on Friday dismissed media reports about the possibility of talks between the U.S. and Iran over the ongoing violence in Iraq.

At least 500,000 Iraqis fled Mosul, after it was overrun by ISIS militants (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

The UN's top human rights official, Navi Pillay, warned of grave human rights abuses in Iraq, as ISIS militants advance towards Baghdad.