Iraq

November 20, 2014

Peshmerga fighters prepare to attack ISIL militants in Iraq. (AFP/File)
05:40 GMT

Peshmerga forces launched a joint operation with the Iraqi army to recapture Diyala and Kirkuk provinces from ISIL militants.

November 19, 2014

French Rafale jet fighter.
15:30 GMT

France plans to send Mirage fighter jets to Jordan to increase its operations against the ISIL cult.

The ISIL launched an offensive in June and took control of Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, before sweeping through much of the country’s Sunni Arab heartland. (AFP/File)
12:09 GMT

At least six people were killed in a car bomb in the capital of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region.

ISIL militants are one of most well equipped militant groups in the world, according to a UN report. (AFP/File)
08:12 GMT

The UN warned that ISIL militants have enough weapons to continue fighting for up to two more years, calling it one of the best armed groups in the world.

News of Barack Obama's hostage review proposal emerged after a letter was leaked by a US congressman to the press. (AFP/File)
07:49 GMT

US President Barack Obama ordered a review of the country's hostage negotiation policy following the beheading of American aid worker Peter Kassig.

November 18, 2014

The battle for Kobani has claimed over 1,000 lives. (AFP/File)
13:36 GMT

Kurdish forces battling the ISIL militants in the northern Syrian city of Kobani have advanced in the heart of the flashpoint city and expelled the terrorists from several buildings.

Iraq's largest oil refinery had been under siege from ISIL militants since June, 2014. (AFP/File)
11:46 GMT

Iraqi troops entered the country's biggest oil refinery close to the town of Baiji after five months of clashes with ISIL militants.

November 17, 2014

Kurdish chief of staff, Fuad Hussein, said he believes the number of ISIL militants is "seven or eight times bigger than" foreign estimates, especially that of the CIA. (AFP/File)
13:12 GMT

Iraqi Kurdish President Masoud Barzani's chief of staff said Sunday international numbers drastically underestimate the number of ISIL fighters in Syria and Iraq, which he believes has reached 200,000.

US President Barack Obama. [AFP]
04:00 GMT

President Barack Obama on Sunday confirmed the death of American hostage Peter Kassig, saying the aid worker was killed "in an act of pure evil" by Islamic State militants.

November 16, 2014

Jihadi John was also responsible for the murder of British aid worker Alan Henning. (AFP/File)
14:22 GMT

Jihadi John, the Briton who beheaded two British and two American hostages held by Islamic State terrorists, has been injured in a US-led air strike, according to reports received by the Foreign Office.

According to the U.N., an estimated 1.8 million citizens have been internally displaced this year throughout Iraq. (AFP/File)
13:50 GMT

Four people, out of the 40 kidnapped in the western Iraqi province of Anbar on Saturday by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants, have been killed, said a local official on Sunday.

The reports come after ISIL fighters abducted 50 people from a Sunni tribe earlier this week. (AFP/File)
11:02 GMT

ISIL militants kidnapped up to 40 truck drivers and businessmen on a highway between Iraq's Anbar province and Salahuddin, according to local sources.

Peter Kassig, in a photo released by his family.
10:17 GMT

Kassig, who had converted to Islam, is thought to be the fifth Western hostage murdered in ISIL's brutal media campaign.

The U.S. is leading an international coalition, which includes France, Germany, and Saudi Arabia, among others, that has carried out numerous airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria. (AFP/File)
07:18 GMT

U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey met with Kurdish Regional Government President Massoud Barzani in Erbil on Saturday, an official statement said.

November 15, 2014

Retaking the refinery marks a significant achievement against ISIL. (AFP/File)
14:08 GMT

Iraqi troops retook Iraq's largest oil refinery after a month long ISIL siege.