Iraq

June 21, 2014

At least 17 militants were killed from infighting in Iraq's city of Kirkuk over the weekend (Karim Sahib/AFP)
13:20 GMT

At least 17 militants were killing in infighting in Iraq's Kirkuk province, and ISIS has captured a key Iraq-Syria border crossing.

Over 500,000 Iraqis were displaced when ISIL overthrew the city of Mosul (File/AFP)
09:38 GMT

Around one million Iraqis have been uprooted from their homes ever since ISIL militants launched attacks in the country, according to UNHCR.

Vladimir Putin spoke with his Iraqi counterpart Nouri al-Maliki via telephone to discuss the security situation (File/AFP)
06:00 GMT

Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, threw his weight behind the Iraqi government's fight against ISIL militants.

June 20, 2014

Newly-recruited Shiite volunteer militiamen receive training from Iraqi forces in the city of Basra (Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP)
20:00 GMT

At least 30 Shiite militiamen were killed in clashes northeast of Baghdad Friday.

Iraqi soldiers were stationed at one of the border crossings earlier this year, but violence has forced many troops to withdraw from their posts (File Archive)
16:02 GMT

At least 34 Iraqi security forces were killed in the border town of Al Qaim Friday.

Obama announced Thursday that the U.S. is ready for "targeted" and "precise" action in Iraq to combat the growing violence in the MENA country (Mandel Ngan/AFP)
15:00 GMT

Tehran said Friday that U.S. President Barack Obama lacks a serious will to combat terrorism, and will inevitably as a result, heighten sectarian tensions in Iraq.

Israeli refineries have taken Kurdish crude oil before but in small volumes, which were shipped to Turkish ports by truck.
14:01 GMT

"We do not comment on the origin of crude oil being imported by the private refineries in Israel," an Israeli energy ministry spokeswoman said.

Iraq's leader Nouri al-Maliki blamed Saudi Arabia for funding terrorism while the kingdom denied all allegations (File/AFP)
11:17 GMT

Iraq's army in Baiji, north of Tikrit, reportedly killed Abu Khabib al-Jazaeeri, a Saudi national and top commander of ISIL.

June 19, 2014

U.S. President Obama said that Washington is ready for "targeted" and "precise" action in combating the ISIL in Iraq (Jim Watson/AFP)
19:16 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama announced Thursday that Washington was ready to take "targeted" and "precise" military action in Iraq.

Eyewitnesses in the oil refinery claim ISIS waved their notorious black flag throughout the plant (File/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Iraq's government said it regained control of the Baiji oil refinery while ISIS militants maintained they were in charge of the complex.

Hundreds of Iraqis volunteered to join the army in recent days and received military training (File/AFP)
15:56 GMT

Iraq's armed forces reportedly made fresh gains in the country's Nineveh Province and Abu Tayban region.

Ultimatum: U.S. officials said Nouri al-Maliki must resign if America is to intervene in the conflict militarily (File/AFP)
14:07 GMT

Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki refused to resign as his Shia-led government continues to battle ISIS militants in the country's largest oil refinery.

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with lawmakers regarding the situation in Iraq (Mandel Ngan/AFP)
13:51 GMT

Washington is interested in sharing information with Iran over Sunni militants in Iraq, says U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Female Kurdish soldiers stand ready to fight in the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain (File/AFP)
13:17 GMT

Syria's biggest Kurdish group, the Democratic Union Party, was accused of employing child soldiers and committing other abuses, according to a Human Rights Watch report.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki said he held Saudi Arabia "responsible" for ISIS attacks (File/AFP)
12:45 GMT

Saudi officials denied any involvement in ISIS activities across Iraq and that the kingdom didn't provide any "moral or financial support" to the terrorist network.