Iraq

June 17, 2014

Violence in Iraq is quickly becoming a crisis as ISIL militants continue to take over Iraqi cities. (AFP/File)
07:37 GMT

Britain has proposed a ban on ISIL under the British Terrorism Act.

Many Americans are weary of sending troops to Iraq again after the long and unsuccessful U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. (AFP/File)
07:25 GMT

The U.S. is deploying several hundred troops in and around Iraq.

U.K Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said Britain may provide "passive assistance." (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

England's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said Monday that the U.K. will not stand in the way if the U.S. decides to take military action in Iraq.

June 16, 2014

Iraqi forces have been battling ISIL militants for control of Iraq. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

The prime minister of Iraqi Kurdistan has arrived in Tehran for talks about the Iraq crisis.

ISIL claims to have massacred over 1,000 Iraqi Shias in Tikrit on Sunday. (AFP/File)
14:28 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in an interview that the U.S. is considering air strikes in Iraq.

The al-Qaeda inspired ISIL continues its siege of Iraqi cities. (AFP/File)
10:34 GMT

The ISIL captured Tal Afar Monday.

The U.S. embassy will remain open despite the deteriorating security situation in Iraq. (AFP/File)
07:40 GMT

The U.S. State Department has announced that the U.S. embassy in Baghdad will remain open.

According to local officials, thousands of tribal fighters have joined the battle against ISIL. (AFP/File)
07:06 GMT

Conflicting reports reveal it is unclear who is currently in control of Nineveh province's strategic city of Tal Afar.

Escalating violence in Iraq drove crude oil and the dollar higher on Friday while damping the appetite for global equity markets, even as bullish news from the US tech sector lifted stocks on Wall Street.
03:55 GMT

Brent crude edged above $113 a barrel, up more than $4 this week, on concerns that an insurgency in Iraq could trigger civil war and eventually crimp oil exports.

June 15, 2014

ISIL militants recently began a dramatic and ambitious siege of Iraqi cities. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

The Syrian and Iraqi governments have begun joint airstrikes against ISIL militants.

Iraqi forces are battling jihadist militants who are attempting to take over Baghdad. (AFP/File)
13:09 GMT

A bombing in central Baghdad has left 9 dead and 23 injured.

Many members of the Iraqi army fled when confronted by ISIL. (AFP/File)
12:47 GMT

The corrupt nature of the Iraqi army and the revenge politics of Maliki's administration enabled the ISIL's takeover.

Kurdish forces, also known as Peshmerga, have been successful in defending their territory against ISIL jihadists. (AFP/File)
10:02 GMT

An airstrike on Kurdish forces has killed 6 and left over 20 injured.

One of Iraq's most influential Shia clerics recently called upon all capable Iraqis to pick up arms and fight ISIL militants. (AFP/File)
08:27 GMT

Iraqi military forces have reportedly killed roughly 300 militants in their effort to stop ISIL from taking over more territory in Iraq.

Lebanese security forces are ramping up security in border towns like Arsal. (AFP/File)
07:24 GMT

Lebanese authorities are increasing security in border regions and adopting preventive measures to avoid spillover violence from Iraq and Syria.