Iraq

September 16, 2014

The U.S. has said it will not work with Assad. (AFP/File)
17:53 GMT

A top Iraqi official met with Syrian President Bashar Assad Tuesday to discuss terrorism in the region.

The majority of Iraqi parliament nominees were confirmed last week. (AFP/File)
15:24 GMT

Iraqi lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Abadi's nominees for defense minister and interior minister Tuesday.

Young Turks are believed to be attracted to the Islamic State for financial reasons, according to the report (File/AFP)
11:44 GMT

Up to a thousand Turks have joined Islamic State militants inside Iraq and Syria, according to government officials and media reports.

Alan Henning has been held by IS militants since he was captured in December 2013 while delivering aid in Syria (File/AFP)
06:53 GMT

Al-Qaeda allegedly appealed for Islamic State militants to release British aid worker Alan Henning because "he was an innocent aid worker," it has been revealed.

A wounded Syrian child awaits treatment at a makeshift hospital after all of her family was killed in Douma, September 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
06:35 GMT

The UNHCR has urged the international community to recognize the rights of millions of undocumented and stateless people.

The conference was co-chaired by French President Francois Hollande and Iraqi President Fouad Massoum. (Photo courtesy of UPI)
05:00 GMT

World leaders from over 30 countries pledged to use "all means necessary" to defeat the Islamic State.

September 15, 2014

Khamenei denounced U.S. claims of targeted airstrikes against IS militants as "lies." (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

Iran's Supreme Leader said Monday that Iran will not join an international coalition led by the U.S. to counter Islamic State militants.

The civilians killed were displaced Iraqis who had fled IS fighters. (AFP/File)
14:20 GMT

A new report by Human Rights Watch says at least 31 Iraqi civilians were killed in an airstrike that hit a school in Tikrit earlier this month.

Kazem and Omar enjoying the Spanish sunshine together! (Image: Facebook)
14:08 GMT

If in doubt, go on holiday! Kazem el Saher has done just that with his youngest son Omar.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is on a week-long trip to consolidate international support for the campaign against IS. (AFP/File)
13:26 GMT

Several Arab states have pledged military support, including air strikes, to assist in the international campaign against the Islamic State.

The so-called "Jihadi John" has been featured in Islamic State propaganda videos of beheadings (Image: Screenshot)
12:03 GMT

British security services have reportedly identified the Islamic State militant "Jihadi John", who beheaded James Foley, Steven Sotloff and David Haines.

French President Francois Hollande and his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Masum  meet at the Elysee palace ahead of an international conference to be held at the French Foreign ministry in Paris on September 15, 2014. [AFP]
09:16 GMT

France has joined Britain in carrying out reconnaissance flights over Iraq in support of the US campaign against the Takfiri ISIL group.

French President Francois Hollande and President of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region Massoud Barzani  review the troops upon Hollande's arrival September 12, 2014 in Erbil.
07:57 GMT

Senior figures from a US-led coalition formed to battle Islamic State (IS) militants will meet in Paris Monday to discuss how to defeat the extremist group that has seized vast areas of Iraq and Syria since launching a June offensive.

Members of Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces pose in front of an Islamic State (IS) flag which they took from IS fighters at a military post. [AFP]
07:41 GMT

In Iraq the Iranian controlled Shia militias, which used to specialise in killing American troops, have relieved the Shia town of Amerli, long besieged by Isis

Alan Henning (pictured), is being held by the same Islamic State militants who beheaded David Haines (Image: Screenshot)
07:20 GMT

Concern is mounting for the safety of a second British hostage being held by the same Islamic State militants who beheaded aid worker, David Haines.