Iraq

August 8, 2014

US President Barack Obama said, "We support our allies when they're in danger." (AFP/Mandel Ngan)
07:27 GMT

US President Obama announced the use of airstrikes to protect humanitarian aid to religious minorities who had moved to and become trapped on mountaintops.

August 7, 2014

Most of those who fled Sinjar are from the minority Yazidi sect. (AFP/File)
17:57 GMT

President Obama is considering either airstrikes or airdrops to help Iraqis trapped on a mountaintop.

ISIS militants captured the town when Kurdish Peshmerga troops withdrew from the area. (AFP/File)
13:10 GMT

Militants from the Islamic State have taken control of the Christian town of Qaraqosh.

Humanitarian agencies have estimated that between 10,000 and 40,000 civilians remain trapped on Mount Sinjar since being driven out of surrounding villages and the town of Sinjar on Sunday. [AFP]
07:14 GMT

Thousands of minority Yazidi Iraqis marooned on Mount Sinjar face the choice of dying of thirst or surrendering to the Isis fighters.

August 6, 2014

Sectarian violence in Iraq has forced thousands to flee. (AFP/File)
19:30 GMT

Car bombs in Shiite neighborhoods killed 27 people Wednesday as fighting between government forces and Islamic State militants kills 50 people.

Thousands of Iraqis have fled because of ongoing violence. (AFP/File)
17:16 GMT

ISIL continues their assault on Christians in northern Iraq.

ISIS fighters are closer than ever to the Kurdish semi-autonomous region. (AFP/File)
14:17 GMT

Kurdish forces continue to battle militants from the Islamic State in northern Iraq.

Thousands of Iraqi Christians have been displaced by ISIS violence across the country (File/AFP)
07:52 GMT

Iran's ambassador to Baghdad said on Tuesday the Persian state was prepared to help Iraqi Christians fleeing ISIS violence.

An Iraqi Yazidi woman from Sinjar cries as she stands among others in a school being used for refuge after fleeing ISIS violence (File/AFP)
07:12 GMT

The UN criticized ISIS attacks in Iraq and Syria and was "deeply concerned" following the latest offensive in Sinjar where 200,000 civilians from the Yazidi community are believed to have fled.

A general view shows the Mosul dam. (AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Widespread media reports that a dam in Mosul was captured by ISIS are now known to be false. Kurdish forces repelled the attack.

August 5, 2014

ISIL militants continues to seize control of some areas in northern Iraq (File/AFP)
14:26 GMT

Iraqi authorities intend to track how ISIL militants receive foreign support, Justice Minister Hassan al-Shammari announced on Monday.

Hassan Nasrallah also backed his ally Michel Aoun for the Lebanese presidency (File/AFP)
10:10 GMT

Leader of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, said he expected the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria to fail and that the extremist organization would not advance in Lebanon.

Displaced Iraqis from the northern town of Sinjar head towards the autonomous Kurdistan region on August 4, 2014, as they seek refuge after Islamic State  Sunni militants took control of their hometown. The Islamic State  raised its black flag in Sinjar on August 3, 2014 after ousting the peshmerga troops of Iraq's Kurdish government, forcing thousands of people from their homes. [AFP]
09:22 GMT

The United Nations (UN) says that tens of thousands of Iraqis who have been forced to flee ISIL terror in the northern town of Sinjar are currently surrounded by the members of the terrorist group.

August 4, 2014

Kurdish forces have been battling extremists from the Islamic State since June. (AFP/File)
14:30 GMT

The Iraqi Prime Minister has requested the air force provide support to Iraq's Kurdish forces.

Officials worry that the militants could blow up the dam, causing major Iraqi cities to flood. (AFP/File)
13:20 GMT

Militants from the extremist group the Islamic State have taken control of the Mosul Dam.