Iraq

July 9, 2014

Former Iranian president and influential spiritual leader Hashemi Rafsanjani said that "we share problems (concerning Iraq) with the United States. There is no obstacle for our cooperation" (AFP/File).
12:43 GMT

Former Iranian president Hashemi Rafsanjani, has claimed that the U.S and Iran could cooperate in countering Iraq's current militant offensive, despite a history of strained relations.

Sunni and Kurdish leaders have demanded current Prime Minister Maliki step aside. (AFP/File)
09:58 GMT

Iraq's parliament has changed its decision to postpone a key session until August and will now convene on Sunday.

Security forces discovered the bodies in an orchard. (AFP/File)
09:40 GMT

Iraqi security forces found the bodies of 53 men Wednesday.

ISIL rapidly seized control of several major Iraqi cities and has vowed to capture Baghdad. (AFP/File)
07:04 GMT

ISIL militants have reportedly taken control of a former chemical weapons facility northwest of Baghdad.

July 8, 2014

ISIS took over control of Mosul in early June this year (File Archive/AFP)
20:00 GMT

At least 25 ex-military leaders of Saddam Hussein's banned Baath party have been kidnapped by ISIS militants in Iraq this week,.

Bomb attacks in Iraq's capital have left civilians wounded or dead almost daily over the past year (File Archvie/AFP)
13:51 GMT

At least eight people were killed north of Iraq's capital Tuesday as Baghdad officials attempt to counter the jihadist offensive sweeping the country.

The Iraqi army has been battling ISIL and other Sunni militants for control of multiple Iraqi cities. (AFP/File)
11:42 GMT

The Iraqi military is building fortifications near Baghdad in preparation for an ISIL advance.

British citizens were recently pictured in a propaganda video by terrorist group ISIL (File/AFP)
11:00 GMT

Muslim leaders in the UK called for unity and urged British citizens not to travel to Iraq and Syria and join terrorist groups such as ISIL.

Saudi Arabia deployed over 30,000 troops to the border with Iraq as a precaution against ISIL militants (File/AFP)
09:57 GMT

A number of shells landed in the Saudi Arabian region of Arar as the kingdom stepped up security along the border with Iraq.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has imposed strict regulations on the people of Raqqa and Mosul. (AFP/File)
09:44 GMT

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, is enforcing a strict and extreme Sharia law on the people forced to live under his rule.

July 7, 2014

The session is set to focus on the government formation process. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT

Iraq's new parliament delayed a key session scheduled for Tuesday.

Thousands of Iraqis have fled the ongoing violence. (AFP/File)
16:19 GMT

A suicide bomb exploded at a checkpoint in northern Baghdad Monday.

Earlier this week, a leaked report said ISIS planned to attack Lebanon (File/AFP)
13:02 GMT

A military judge on Monday charged 28 suspects with belonging to the radical Sunni group, the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said during his statement on Sunday, militant group ISIL planned to "take over Egypt" (File/AFP)
09:06 GMT

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said a Kurdish referendum for independence would be a "catastrophic division of Iraq".

July 6, 2014



Maliki last week vowed to "never give up" on serving an unprecedented third term as the country's premier, despite growing criticism from both opposition and allies of his leadership (File Archive/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Iranian leadership told the media Sunday that while it backs Iraq Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki's bid to continue as the country's premier, Tehran is also ready to support "any candidate chosen by the Iraqi parliament."