Iraq

December 13, 2014

Iraqi military and Kurdish militias have been battling ISIL for months. (AFP/File)
20:09 GMT

Islamic State militants shot down an Iraqi military helicopter in Samarra.

ISIL fighters have recaptured several villages near Anbar governorate. (AFP/File)
19:24 GMT

ISIL militants have recaptured several villages by the Anbar governorate, local officials and tribal figures reported.

Thousands of Iraqi Christians have been forced out of their homes in the city of Mosul. (AFP/File)
12:33 GMT

A Iraqi Christian lawmaker claimed that at least 160,00 Iraqi Christians have been forced out of Mosul after ISIL seized the city in June.

December 12, 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry has argued that the president must be free to adapt to future developments in the conflict against jihadists, although, under the US Constitution, it is Congress that has ultimate power on whether to declare war. (AFP/File)
15:38 GMT

Democrats on a US Senate panel on Thursday unanimously supported a new Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group without US ground troops.

Millions of Shia pilgrims flocked to the city of Karbala to mark the Arbaeen religious festival, December 9, 2014. (AFP/File)
10:15 GMT

A series of mortar shell attacks targeting Shia pilgrims near Karbala killed one, according to Iraqi medical sources.

December 11, 2014

Defense Ministry spokesman Jens Flosdorff said about 100 soldiers would take part in the planned mission. (AFP/File)
17:03 GMT

Germany has announced it is considering sending around 100 soldiers to northern Iraq to train peshmerga forces who are fighting the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.

The U.S. is leading an international coalition which has carried out numerous airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria since the militant group overran Mosul, in northern Iraq, in June. (AFP/File)
15:01 GMT

Iraqi armed forces started a military operation against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in the western province of Anbar on Thursday.

Assi and his buddy Kazem will be bringing in the New Year together in Beirut. (Image: Facebook)
11:28 GMT

Get ready to celebrate the New Year with Assi Helani and Kazem el Saher in Beirut this December!

In its World Economic Outlook report in October, the IMF estimated Iraq's gross domestic product would shrink 2.7 percent this year.
04:55 GMT

The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday said Iraq's oil-dependent economy was expected to contract much less than previously thought this year due to rising oil production.

December 10, 2014

The explosions occurred during the anniversary of Arba'een. (AFP/File)
15:09 GMT

Four people, including an Iraqi soldier, were killed and 12 other people were injured in two explosions in Baghdad Wednesday, a police source said.

Peshmerga fighters have been battling ISIL militants since June. (AFP/File)
14:36 GMT

At least 727 Iraqi Peshmerga fighters have been killed since June in battles against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists, Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish Regional Government said Wednesday.

Saja al-Dulaimi was formally arrested with Palestinian husband Kamal Khalaf on Tuesday in Lebanon. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT

Lebanon has announced the formal arrest of ISIL chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi over terrorism-related charges, after conflicting reports of the release of 25 Lebanese hostages being held by militants.

At a press conference Tuesday, Zarif underlined the necessity for regional cooperation with Iraq and Syria to succeed in countering terrorism and extremism. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

Foreign ministers from Iraq, Iran and Syria met Tuesday in Tehran on the sidelines of the World Against Violence and Extremism conference.

December 9, 2014

Iraqi Prime Minister Abadi requests more airstrikes to combat ISIL. (AFP/File)
14:34 GMT

With the recent success of the anti-ISIL campaign, Iraq presses the US to increase support and escalate their attacks.

US Defense Secretary Hagel plans to visit US troops and meet with Iraqi leaders. (AFP/File)
10:21 GMT

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made an unannounced trip to Baghdad Tuesday in order to discuss security and ISIL.