Iraq

December 23, 2014

A Yazidi woman sits in Kurdistan's Bajid Kandala camp, after fleeing Daesh violence. (AFP/File)
12:59 GMT

Yazidi girls continue to be tortured and sold as sex slaves by their Daesh captors, but now more details have emerged from the victims; women and girls are killing themselves to escape rape.

Twenty-two airstrikes hit Daesh targets across Iraq and Syria, according to the US military. (AFP/File)
08:31 GMT

US-led forces launched a series of airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, hitting Daesh targets, the American military said.

December 22, 2014

Peshmerga and Iraqi forces have been battling Daesh militants since June. (AFP/File)
16:21 GMT

Kurdish fighters have pushed deeper into the flashpoint northwestern Iraqi town of Sinjar in their battle with the ISIL, or Daesh, militants, who have held sway over the area for months.

Dozens of Daesh militants were killed during the operation to retake the town of Al Wafa, according to the Iraqi army. (AFP/File)
11:43 GMT

Iraq's security forces retook the town of Al Wafa from Daesh militants in the country's western Anbar province Sunday.

Kurdish Peshmerga forces inspect the remains of a vehicle bearing the symbol of Daesh after it was hit by a US airstrike, north of Mosul. (AFP/File)
09:33 GMT

Forty Daesh militants were killed by US-led airstrikes in Iraq's Anbar province while at least five people died in two separate car bomb attacks in the country's capital, Baghdad.

December 21, 2014

Jürgen Todenhöfer, who interviewed Assad in July 2012, will publish a piece on his "10 days in the Islamic State" tomorrow. (AFP/File)
18:38 GMT

Jürgen Todenhöfer spent ten days on-the-ground in Daesh territory and was the first Western journalist to get such close access.

Barzani praised Peshmerga forces for their success in Sinjar. The advancement freed hundreds of Ezidi Kurds who had been trapped there by Daesh. (AFP/File)
17:13 GMT

Iraqi Kurdish leader Barzani held a press conference on Mount Sinjar, the site of the recent Kurdish victory against Daesh. Barzani called the advancement "historic."

Daesh militants have been in control of Tikrit for six months, while many civilians fled. (AFP/File)
07:32 GMT

Daesh militants have reportedly executed as many as 17 people in the Iraqi city of Tikrit, according to an online newspaper.

Peshmerga forces took control of Sinjar from Daesh. Hundreds of Yazidis had been trapped there since August. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Peshmerga forces advanced on Daesh and seized Sinjar, a key town near Mosul in northern Iraq.

December 19, 2014

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks so far. However, Iraqi officials blame the recent spike in such terrorist attacks on the Daesh, or ISIL, militants. (AFP/File)
19:09 GMT

At least 11 people have been killed and 24 others wounded in several bombings in the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad.

The US-led coalition began targeting positions held by the ISIL terrorists in Iraq in August. (AFP/File)
14:56 GMT

Iraqi officials have confirmed the death of a key aide to the Daesh, or ISIL, group leader and one of his military chiefs in the US-led coalition airstrikes in northern Iraq.

The U.S. is carrying out air strikes against ISIL militants in Iraq and Syria. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

It will take at least three years for the U.S.-led coalition to reach a turning point against ISIL militants in Iraq and Syria, the general in charge of the combined task force said Thursday.

December 18, 2014

ISIL militants currently control large areas of Iraq and Syria. (AFP/File)
19:55 GMT

Iraqi Kurdish forces have succeeded in gaining a large area in the northern part of the country as they continue the battle against the ISIL militants.

ISIL targets were hit near Mosul, Irbil and also in Syria's Kobani. (AFP/File)
08:39 GMT

US air strikes pounded ISIL targets in Iraq and Syria over the past three days, according to a statement.

December 17, 2014

Peshmergas have so far forced ISIL militants to retreat from the villages close to the northern city of Mosul. (AFP/File)
16:53 GMT

Iraq’s Kurdish fighters have retaken three villages near the militant-held Kurdish town of Sinjar in the northern Iraqi Nineveh Province.