Iraq

July 1, 2014

Only 75 MPs attended the parliament session to establish new leadership to handle the ongoing crisis in Iraq (Ahmad Al Rubaye/AFP)
13:45 GMT

More than 2,400 were killed in Iraq in June in what has developed into the deadliest month in the country this year. Baghdad also failed to elect a new parliament to handle the growing crisis Tuesday over lack of quorum.

ISIS announced the creation of an Islamic caliphate this week (File/AFP)
12:56 GMT

ISIS captured a strategic Syrian border town from rebels, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Barzani said he hopes other countries will respect the Kurdish vote. (AFP/File)
12:16 GMT

Iraqi Kurds will vote on an independent Kurdish state within months.

Kurdidish regional government president Massud Barzan shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on June 24, 2014 (File/AFP)
10:46 GMT

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc on Monday said Ankara does not favor a divided Iraq.

ISIL has called upon fighters from Western countries to join their ranks. (AFP/File)
10:29 GMT

An alarming number of extremists are leaving their Western countries to fight alongside ISIL.

President Obama will deploy an additional 300 troops to Iraq in order to project U.S. interests (File/AFP)
09:28 GMT

President Barack Obama announced deploying an additional 300 U.S. troops to Iraq, bringing the total number of American personnel in the country to 750.

It is unclear whether current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will stay in power once the new government is formed. (AFP/File)
07:41 GMT

A parliamentary session to begin forming a new government will begin Tuesday.

June 30, 2014

President Assad is currently battling the opposition for control of Syria. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Monday that ISIL sells oil to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

ISIS dropped “Iraq and the Levant” from its name after announcing the establishment of a caliphate (File/AFP)
10:28 GMT

There hasn't been an Islamic caliphate since the Ottoman Empire. Radical militant group ISIS announced the "restoration of the caliphate", but what does this mean?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a cabinet meeting on June 29, 2014 (File/AFP)
10:03 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for the creation of an independent Kurdish state, winning appraisal from lawmakers in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.

Head of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was appointed as "the caliph" of "Muslims everywhere" during an audio recording (File/AFP)
08:43 GMT

Extremist militant group ISIS declared the formation of an Islamic "caliphate", citing the group's head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as the "leader of Muslims everywhere".

June 29, 2014

ISIS Takfiri Militants. (AFP)
16:23 GMT

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday that the incident happened in Deir Hafer in the east of Aleppo Province.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki rejected calls from the U.S. to form a national salvation government (File/AFP)
14:12 GMT

Candidates are due to be announced to form a new government by Iraq's National Coalition. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is widely believed to be among the chosen politicians.

Tikrit Teaching Hospital, where the 46 Indian nurses were hiding was bombed on Friday while Iraqi forces try to recapture the city (File/AFP)
12:35 GMT

Forty-six Indian nurses remained stranded in Iraq's northern city of Tikrit where ISIL militants continue to battle government forces.

Iraqi security forces stand on patrol in the southern city of Basra, June 16 (File/AFP)
11:21 GMT

American drones equipped with Hellfire missiles patroled Baghdad's air space as U.S. advisers assisted Iraqi authorities with co-ordinating a major offensive to recapture Tikrit from ISIS militants.