July 17, 2014
The success of the Islamic State is due to a combination of brutal force and winning over local populations.
Eight Palestinians were killed overnight after intensive shelling by Israeli forces across the Gaza Strip ahead of a UN brokered "humanitarian" ceasefire.
A Saudi "mufti" who joined militant group ISIL has been killed by Iraq's armed forces during an air raid in Tikrit, according to a news site.
July 16, 2014
Ahlam Shatha Hassoun
At least 12 people have been killed in two car bombs in Baghdad.
Iraqi forces withdrew from Tikrit after a failed attempt to retake the city from Islamic State militants.
Libyan militants in Iraq and Syria are returning back home to fight a breakaway militia group led by rogue ex-general, Khalifa Haftar, security officials say.
July 15, 2014
Iraq's parliament successful elected a new speaker of the house Tuesday.
The emerging threat from groups like ISIS must be stopped by Sunni Arabs with help from the international community.
July 14, 2014
Militants from ISIL have taken partial control of the town of Dhuluiyah, just 80 kilometers north of Baghdad.
A car bomb in Baghdad killed at least 4 civilians and wounded 12 others Monday.
July 13, 2014
The Israeli Defense Force's noon deadline for tens of thousands of residents in northern Gaza to evacuate has passed as the IDF plans to intensify air strikes on the zone Israel believes is firing more rockets.
Iraq's parliamentary session Sunday ended after 30 minutes and without progress.
Gunmen killed at least 33 people including 29 women in a Baghdad housing complex Saturday. Police said the motive of the shootings still remained unclear.
An oil ministry spokesman in Baghdad described the takeover as dangerous and irresponsible and called for the Kurdish forces to withdraw immediately.