Iraq

July 6, 2014

Lebanese soldiers stand beside the aftermath of a bombing in Bekaa Valley in December 2013 (File/AFP)
11:21 GMT

Lebanon's Internal Security Forces believe that radical Sunni militant group ISIS will strike the country with a series of attacks, according to a leaked report.

Self-proclaimed caliph of Muslims, Abu-Bakr Al-Baghdadi, called on people of the Islamic faith worldwide to obey him (File/AFP)
09:06 GMT

ISIS won't be resting anytime soon, not even for Ramadan. As its operations will no doubt increase during the holy month, the world needs to open its eyes and take this militant group seriously.

ISIL militants destroyed several Shia mosques and holy shrines on Saturday, sparking widespread condemnation (File/AFP)
07:56 GMT

ISIL militants executed at least ten people in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, activists say.

July 5, 2014

ISIS has been in control of Syria's city of Raqqa since the beginning of this year (File Archive/AFP)
18:00 GMT

The jihadist leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) released a statement Saturday ordering all Muslims to obey him.

(AFP)
10:00 GMT

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Takfiri group has posted a video on the web, threatening to invade and take over Spain.

July 4, 2014

Iraqi forces also targeted the Qaim border crossing, but it is not yet clear how many people have been killed in the offensive (Karim Sahib/AFP)
14:35 GMT

At least 30 militants trying to seize control of the country's largest oil refinery were killed from Iraqi airstrikes Friday.

July 3, 2014

General Martin Dempsey also emphasized that a military campaign needs to be accompanied by willingness from Baghdad to reach out to minority groups in the country (File Archive)
20:00 GMT

Washington's top military officer told reporters Thursday that Iraqi forces will need help to regain the territory that they have lost over the past month in the Sunni militant offensive.

Barzani blames the current crisis in Iraq as the handiwork of Iraq's PM Maliki (File Archive/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Kurdish president Massoud Barzani called on MPs Thursday to set a date for the autonomous region's independence vote despite Iraqi leadership's discouragement earlier this week.

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.