Iraq

December 3, 2014

Up to 140 Norwegian nationals joined ISIL, double the estimated number, according to the police. (AFP/File)
07:22 GMT

Up to 140 Norwegian nationals left the country to join ISIL in Syria, according to police officials.

December 2, 2014

An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter fires at Islamic-State (IS) militant positions, from his position on the top of Mount Zardak, a strategic point taken 3 days ago, about 25 kilometres east of Mosul on September 9,2014. (AFP/file)
15:04 GMT

A US official has confirmed that Iran is taking part in attacks against the ISIS terror group, amid speculation of military cooperation.

An offensive by ISIL militants in June has forced hundreds of thousands of Iraqis to flee. (AFP/File)
14:29 GMT

The ongoing conflict in Iraq has pushed the number of internally displaced people nationwide to over 2 million in 2014, according to the International Organization for Migration, or IOM.

A final agreement was made Tuesday after Iraqi and Kurdish officials held three days of talks in Baghdad. (AFP/File)
10:06 GMT

The Central Iraqi Government and Kurdish Regional Government have reached a final agreement over the share of oil and budget Tuesday, according to Kurdish officials.

Lebanese authorities have arrested one of ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s wives, according to media reports. (File photo)
07:42 GMT

Media reports say one of Baghdadi's wives was arrested with her son at Lebanon's border with Syria.

December 1, 2014

Iraqi forces launched a security operation in Anbar's Ramadi since it was seized by ISIL. (AFP/File)
12:20 GMT

Ten ISIL militants and two Iraqi troops were killed during clashes in Anbar's Ramadi district, according to security officials.

Ghost employees in the form of fictitious names were revealed to be on the Iraqi army payroll. (AFP/File)
07:55 GMT

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said 50,000 "ghost soldiers" were on the army payroll in one of the biggest corruption scandals the country has faced.

Some Islamist website are claiming Gill Rosenberg was captured by ISIS. (Facebook)
07:52 GMT

An American who is fighting in the ranks of the Kurds told Voice of Israel that Rosenberg was not in the Kobane region.

Called "Operation Inherent Resolve," the campaign to destroy IS includes operations in both Iraq and Syria. (AFP/File)
07:06 GMT

Kurdish peshmerga fighters over the weekend claimed they took several villages from Islamic State forces in northern Iraq, while coalition airstrikes in a contested Syrian town reportedly killed dozens of Islamic State militants.

November 30, 2014

Iraqi children inspect the aftermath of a car bomb explosion in the Sadr City district of Baghdad, on November 9, 2014. (AFP/Fiie)
15:35 GMT

Security sources in Iraq say at least seven people have been killed in two separate bomb explosions that ripped through the country’s capital city of Baghdad.

ISIL began taking over multiple cities in Iraq in June. (AFP/File)
10:54 GMT

The reality has shown that national unity is the only option in confronting ISIS and that the national armed forces represent the living embodiment of social unity.

November 28, 2014

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi outlined his vision for a caliphate, a form of Islamic state, in July. (AFP/File)
04:00 GMT

The "Islamic State" group has blocked all cell phone service in Iraqi's largest city, Mosul, today. ISIS leadership is claiming that there are those functioning as 'informants' to the coalition forces via their mobile phones.

November 26, 2014

Beauty and brains: Melinda Tuma won the title of Miss Iraq-USA in Michigan this week. (Image: Albawaba edit)
12:51 GMT

Michigan, USA, crowned Melinda Tuma as Miss Iraq-USA 2014 this week.

A Kurdish Peshmerga sniper's scope aims towards the horizon near Erbil in northern Iraq on Sept. 15. (AFP/JM Lopez)
08:41 GMT

Over the past few days Peshmerga forces have captured a strategic road near Sinjar that ISIL used as a key supply route from Syria.