Iraq

November 4, 2014

To commemorate Hazrat Ali-Asghar, the newborn son of Imam Hussein, Iranian women gather with their newborns at the Imam Khomeini Mosalla and the Mahdieh Mosque in Tehran. The tiny boys are dressed in their finest; these beautiful babies belie the gruesome backstory to the day.
09:23 GMT

Ashura for Shia’s - 10 incredible images of the 10th day of the Islamic new year

The members of the closed-door session discussed military partnerships and addressing urgent humanitarian needs, among other topics. (AFP/File)
08:59 GMT

The US State Department announced late Monday that it held an Inaugural Plenary Meeting with 35 Washington-based ambassadors from partner countries to counter ISIL.

British lawmakers voted 524 - 43 for air strikes on ISIL targets in Iraq on September 26. (AFP/File)
06:58 GMT

The UK has hit more Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant targets through airstrikes in Iraq.

November 3, 2014

Iraqi government bolsters security measures against feared ISIL attacks as thousands of Shiites flock to the Iraqi province of Anbar for Ashura worship.(AFP/File)
16:46 GMT

ISIL threats in Iraq are on the rise as Shiite pilgrims flock to the shine city of Karbala for Ashura.

Canada carried out its first series of air strikes against ISIL positions in Iraq (File/AFP)
13:10 GMT

Canada carried out air raids across Fallujah and the west of Baghdad as part of the US-led coalition against ISIL militants.

An explosion rocks Kobani on Nov. 2. (AFP)
09:02 GMT

Severe clashes broke out in Kobani after Iraqi peshmerga forces joined the battle against ISIL, Reuters reported.

Iraqi security forces inspect the damage caused by a car bomb beside a tent offering Shia pilgrims refreshments in Baghdad, November 2, 2014 (File/AFP)
06:26 GMT

A series of bombs killed at least 34 Shia pilgrims in Iraq's capital, Baghdad Sunday as people prepared to commemorate Ashura.

November 2, 2014

Bomber aircraft conducted seven air strikes in Syria and two in Iraq. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

US military forces continued to bomb ISIL targets in Iraq and Syria on Saturday and Sunday.

The Shia pilgrims were on their way to Karbala to commemorate Ashura. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

Iraqi police and medical authorities say more than a dozen people have been killed and tens of others injured in a car bomb attack that targeted a group of Shia pilgrims in the capital, Baghdad.

The curving clays and sand soils of Iran’s salt desert,  Dasht-e Kavir, appear like swirls in fine lumber. Satellites can directly identify different minerals and recognize large geological structures and mineral deposits that are undetectable by ground-based surveys. Iran is one of the world’s most important mineral producers.
12:01 GMT

Middle East deserts as you've never seen them before - from orbit

Islamic State extremists executed over 200 men, women and children from Anbar province, according to local tribesmen (File/AFP)
11:02 GMT

The Islamic State executed hundreds of people including women and children in Iraq's Anbar province, a senior Sunni tribesman said.

While the Islamic State commits genocide against Iraqis and Syrians, the international community needs to harshen its tone towards the group (File/AFP)
09:22 GMT

While international organizations use diplomatic language such as "sustainable political solutions", this tone won't help us defeat the Islamic State. Less words, more action?

The UK and US presence in Iraq has been questioned by human rights groups since evidence of torture emerged from the notorious Abu Gharib prison (File/AFP)
06:43 GMT

Allegations have emerged of British soldiers mistreating and killing 30 Iraqi civilians, which will be sent to the International Criminal Court for investigation.

November 1, 2014

Anbar Province has been a major stronghold of the IS elements and continues to be largely controlled by the terror group. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT

IS militants execute 85 people from the Sunni Albu Nimr tribe in Iraq's western province of Anbar.

October 30, 2014

The Iraqis were taken from their villages Wednesday night. (AFP/File)
13:05 GMT

The bodies of 150 members of an Iraqi Sunni tribe who fought IS militants were found in Iraq Thursday.