Iraq

November 17, 2014

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.

November 14, 2014

The border town of Arsal has been the site of fierce clashes between militants and the Lebanese army in recent months, sparking high tensions between Syrians refugees and Lebanese host communities. (AFP/File)
09:37 GMT

A bomb hit a Lebanese military vehicle Friday in the outskirts of Arsal's northeast region, according to a security source, wounding two soldiers.

November 13, 2014

Military advisors from over 30 nations will discuss developments against ISIL militants. (AFP/File)
05:38 GMT

America's military will hold a planning conference with 30 other nations Thursday to discuss defeating ISIL militants.

November 12, 2014

Smoke rises after an airstrike from US-led coalition in the city of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab on November 9, 2014. [AFP]
17:29 GMT

US-led coalition forces conducted 16 air strikes in Syria and 7 in in Iraq since Monday, the US Central Command said.

 Masum is in Saudi Arabia for the highest-level talksbetween the two neighbours in years, as relations thaw in the face of the jihadist threat. [AFP]
14:10 GMT

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz met with Iraqi President Fuad Masoum at the Royal Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday evening, to discuss regional developments and steps to improve the relationship between the two countries.

Rumors continue to grow over the fate of the ISIL leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. (AFP/File)
10:40 GMT

Speculation continues to grow after a US air strike allegedly killed ISIL's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. If rumors are true, what will happen to the notorious jihadi group?

Descon Engineering is a major Abu Dhabi firm. (File)
07:30 GMT

Leading Abu-Dhabi-based firm, Descon Engineering, will expand in the GCC and Iraq with $250 million worth of projects.

November 11, 2014

11 people, including three soldiers, have been killed and 38 injured in five car bomb blasts in and around Iraq's capital Baghdad.
23:22 GMT

More than eleven Iraqis die and 38 others are injured in five bomb blasts in and around Iraq's capital Baghdad.

People walk through debris in an area recently hit by an alleged air strike by Syrian government forces in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on November 11, 2014. [AFP]
21:50 GMT

The United Nations refugee agency says the conflicts in Syria and Iraq have roughly displaced 13.6 million people, bemoaning poor humanitarian assistance on the part of some countries.