Iraq

June 23, 2014

Sunni militants led by ISIL continue to capture Iraqi towns. (AFP/File)
10:25 GMT

Sunni militants are advancing west and have seized the towns of Rawa and Ana.

Kerry will urge Prime Minister Maliki to form a government that represents the interests of all Iraqis. (AFP/File)
08:51 GMT

Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced trip to Baghdad Sunday as Iraqi forces continue to battle ISIL militants.

June 22, 2014

What can he say? Kazem Al Saher loves "The Most Beautiful Women"! (Image: Facebook)
23:24 GMT

True to his romantic, poetic best form, Kazem Al Saher is singing his heart out about "The Most Beautiful Women".

Kerry called on Iraqis to rise above sectarianism Sunday (Brendan Smialowski/AFP)
18:00 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters Sunday that Washington is not responsible for the current crisis in Iraq.

The Iraqi military is battling ISIL for control of Iraq. (AFP/File)
11:31 GMT

An air strike carried out by the Iraqi military has killed at least 40 ISIL militants in Tikrit.

Thousands of Iraqis have fled the violence in Anbar province. (AFP/File)
10:04 GMT

Militants with the ISIL have seized the town of Rutba in Iraq's Anbar province.

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.