Iraq

August 19, 2014

Iraqi forces are attempting to retake control from Islamic State militants. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT

Iraqi government forces have launched a major operation to retake Tikrit from ISIS militants.

Kurdish forces are providing Yazidis with food, aid, uniforms, and weapons. (AFP/File)
13:24 GMT

Hundreds of Yazidis are in training with Kurdish forces to fight the Islamic State militants.

Thousands of Iraqi Christians have fled ISIS violence in recent weeks (File/AFP)
12:25 GMT

A group of international scholars called for more protection of Iraqi Christians following the advance of ISIS militants in the country's north, causing thousands to flee.

We need to take a different approach to ISIS. Fighter jets will not make them go away (File/AFP)
07:44 GMT

When Vice News released a recent documentary of rare access to ISIS members, it was more than just European men abandoning their happy families back home to fight their extremist jihad.

US President Barack Obama applauds retiring ABC reporter Ann Compton as he speaks about the US involvement in Iraq. [AFP]
06:58 GMT

Barack Obama has insisted that the US has made a “major step forward” after American air strikes assisted Kurdish and Iraqi forces in driving back the Islamic State from one of Iraq’s key dams.

Pope Francis has stated military intervention in Iraq is justified to prevent extremists' 'unjust aggression'. [AFP]
06:46 GMT

Using force against Iraq extremists is justified says Pope: Francis backs military action to stop persecution of Christians by Islamist fanatics.

“This is urgent: ISIS is now selling its oil, but the Kurds are not allowed to sell their oil,” an unnamed Turkish official told the Financial Times.
00:51 GMT

Turkey has requested that the United States remove barriers regarding the purchase of oil coming from Iraqi Kurdistan

August 18, 2014

Militants from the Islamic State are threatening the stability of Iraqi Kurdistan. (AFP/File)
11:26 GMT

As the Islamic State spreads across Iraq and threatens the region, prejudice against Arabs is on the rise in Kurdistan.

Michael Fallon, pictured meeting British forces at the RAF base in Akrotiri, Cyprus this weekend, said the mission had escalated beyond a humanitarian one and could last for months. [RAF]
07:43 GMT

Britain dragged deeper into Iraq conflict: 150 more special forces on way as minister says mission will take months.

August 17, 2014

An Iraqi Yazidi woman, who fled her home when Islamic State (IS) militants attacked the town of Sinjar, looks at her baby as they rest inside a building under construction where they found refuge on the outskirts of the Kurdish city of Dohuk, in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region, on August 16, 2014. [AFP]
17:31 GMT

Up to 3,000 women and girls kidnapped by Islamic State jihadis in Iraq in just a fortnight - and hundreds of men who refuse to convert have been shot dead.

Fuad Masoum made the comments in his first major interview since becoming Iraq's head of state on July 24 (File/AFP)
14:04 GMT

Iraq's President Fuad Masoum said his government would make a "series of communications and initiatives" with Saudi Arabia to ensure strong ties with the kingdom.

David Cameron promised to “support the building blocks of democracy” a part of a long-term solution for Iraq (File/AFP)
12:50 GMT

Prime Minister David Cameron said militant group ISIS could "reach the streets of Britain" and promised swifter action against the extremist group in Iraq.

Countries with tense relations, like the U.S. and Iran, are recognizing the need to work together in combatting the Islamic State. (AFP/File)
12:21 GMT

The rise of the Islamic State and their terrifying ideology is bringing together enemies from all sides of the spectrum.

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take position to monitor the region from Bashiqa, close to Mosul, August 16, 2014 (File/AFP)
11:04 GMT

Kurdish Peshmergas backed by U.S. air strikes launched a major operation to retake control of Iraq's largest dam in Mosul from Islamic State militants.

Many of the victims were beheaded by ISIS, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (File/AFP)
07:09 GMT

ISIS extremists in Syria executed 700 members of the al-Sheitaat tribe, while 1,800 people remain missing, according to a British-based monitoring group.