Iraq

September 7, 2014

Iraqi Peshmerga fighters take position at a post near the jihadist-held city of Zumar in Mosul province on September 4, 2014. [AFP]
06:51 GMT

Kurdish Peshmerga forces have strengthened their hold on the town of Makhmour in northern Iraq as they manage to gain more ground in the battle against Takfiri ISIL militants, Press TV reports.

The recent flare-up of violence in Iraq is past its worst and Kuwait Energy is keen to invest more in the country because of its potential, Chief Executive Sara Akbar said.
04:55 GMT

Several oil companies in Iraq's Kurdistan region withdrew staff last month after Islamic State militants approached Erbil, the region's capital, threatening its vast oil infrastructure.

September 6, 2014

An image grab from a video released by the Islamic State shows footage of a masked militant with David Haines (Image: Screenshot)
13:39 GMT

The aid agency David Haines was working for when abducted by Islamic State militants has called for his immediate release.

Relatives of the kidnapped soldiers protest for their release (File/AFP)
08:14 GMT

A Qatari delegation intervened in negotiations to help release Lebanese soldiers and policemen being held by Islamic State and Nusra Front militants.

Deputy Islamic State leader Abu Hajar al-Souri was believed to be killed following an air strike in Mosul Friday (File/AFP)
07:37 GMT

Iraqi forces killed the Islamic State's second in command, Abu Hajar al-Souri, following an air strike in the city of Mosul Friday.

Over 130 Canadians are believed to have joined IS in Iraq and Syria according to Western intelligence (File/AFP)
07:13 GMT

Canada's prime minister, Stephen Harper on Friday said that his country would send up to 100 military advisors to assist Iraqi troops, amid increasing threats from the Islamic State.

September 5, 2014

Roadside and car bomb attacks in Baghdad killed 17 Friday. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT

Amid a fresh wave of sectarian violence and while IS militants continued a bloody offensive in the north, two bombs exploded Friday around Baghdad, leaving 17 dead.

September 4, 2014

Obama called on NATO leaders to work on building relationships and to promote stability in the region. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama and U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron called for NATO action against the Islamic State militants at a NATO summit in Wales.

The victims were allegedly truck drivers who were kidnapped five months ago. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT

A mass grave containing at least two dozen people killed by IS militants was discovered in northern Iraq.

The Sotloff family said Steven wanted to give a voice to those who had none. (AFP/File)
13:53 GMT

The family of Steven Sotloff, the American journalist killed by Islamic State militants, called their son "a hero."

Reports had originally stated that Iranian forces had entered Iraq to fight Islamic State militants last month (File/AFP)
13:23 GMT

Iraq's Foreign Minister, Hoshyar Zebari denied reports that Iranian forces are fighting Islamic State militants in the country.

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron
07:23 GMT

British Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed that the ISIL terrorist group will "be squeezed out of existence," as the militants threaten to kill a British hostage.

US President Barack Obama. [AFP]
07:07 GMT

With a coherent response to the crises in Iraq, Syria and Eastern Europe still conspicuous by its absence, the leader of the free world is starting to look alarmingly impotent. Can he rise to the challenge?

US President Barack Obama [AFP]
06:30 GMT

Kerry says killers of journalists James Foley and Steve Sotloff will be held accountable ‘no matter how long it takes.’

Supporters of al-Fadila party (aka Islamic Virtue Party) perform the simulation of an execution during a protest to ask for justice for members of the Iraqi forces who were executed by the Islamic State. [AFP]
06:10 GMT

A number of Jordanian lawmakers have called on the government to stay out of any war against ISIL Takfiri militants, who have taken parts of neighboring Iraq and Syria.