Iraq

July 3, 2014

ISIS militants seized the truck drivers in Mosul earlier this month (File Archive)
13:41 GMT

At least 30 Turkish truck drivers who were being held by jihadis in Iraq were released this week.

Tension amounts in the Middle East as 30,000 Saudi troops were deployed to the country's border with Iraq (Image: Middle East Monitor)
11:22 GMT

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah said all necessary measures were being taken against "terrorist threats" on Thursday while 30,000 soldiers were deployed to the borders with Iraq.

July 2, 2014

The Iraqi government is trying to establish a new government to handle the ongoing crisis, but failure to reach quorum earlier this week has undermined prospects that such will be achieved in the given timeline (File Archive)
20:00 GMT

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki extended amnesty to Sunni tribes that battled government forces over the last months during a parliamentary session Wednesday.

Maliki issued a warning to Kurdish leadership Wednesday saying that holding an independence vote "will damage them a lot" (File Archive)
18:00 GMT

Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki has rejected Kurdish leadership's plan to hold an independence referendum, saying that such a vote would be "unconstitutional."

The Iraqi army launched a major offensive against ISIL militants in recent weeks after the extremist group took over Mosul (File/AFP)
11:57 GMT

Dozens of ISIL militants were killed in an air raid over the northern city of Mosul, according to the Iraqi army.

Masoud Barzani's statement comes days after Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu backed an independent Kurdish state (File/AFP)
09:26 GMT

President of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government, Masoud Barzani, said on Tuesday that a Kurdish referendum will take place "in a matter of months."

Lebanon's security forces dismantled three terror cells this week after a wave of suicide attacks (File/AFP)
07:48 GMT

Both Hezbollah and Lebanese security forces prepared to coordinate against any potential ISIS attack, a senior security source said, Tuesday.

July 1, 2014

An alleged member of ISIS examines an abandoned border crossing on the day that the jihadist group announced their establishment of a renewed Islamic caliphate (ISIS/AFP)
18:20 GMT

Iran's deputy foreign minister said Tuesday that Tehran is ready to supply weapons to Baghdad if Iraqi leadership asks for help, while ISIS front man calls for more jihad during the holy month of Ramadan.

The aid will be distributed via the United Nations. (AFP/File)
14:01 GMT

Saudi Arabia pledged $500 million in humanitarian aid to Iraq Tuesday.

Only 75 MPs attended the parliament session to establish new leadership to handle the ongoing crisis in Iraq (Ahmad Al Rubaye/AFP)
13:45 GMT

More than 2,400 were killed in Iraq in June in what has developed into the deadliest month in the country this year. Baghdad also failed to elect a new parliament to handle the growing crisis Tuesday over lack of quorum.

ISIS announced the creation of an Islamic caliphate this week (File/AFP)
12:56 GMT

ISIS captured a strategic Syrian border town from rebels, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Barzani said he hopes other countries will respect the Kurdish vote. (AFP/File)
12:16 GMT

Iraqi Kurds will vote on an independent Kurdish state within months.

Kurdidish regional government president Massud Barzan shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on June 24, 2014 (File/AFP)
10:46 GMT

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc on Monday said Ankara does not favor a divided Iraq.

ISIL has called upon fighters from Western countries to join their ranks. (AFP/File)
10:29 GMT

An alarming number of extremists are leaving their Western countries to fight alongside ISIL.

President Obama will deploy an additional 300 troops to Iraq in order to project U.S. interests (File/AFP)
09:28 GMT

President Barack Obama announced deploying an additional 300 U.S. troops to Iraq, bringing the total number of American personnel in the country to 750.