Iraq

June 19, 2014

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.

Militants belonging to ISIL took control of Mosul on June 10. (AFP/File)
09:16 GMT

Iraq's armed forces are preparing to retake the city of Mosul.

Prime Minister Maliki has been criticized for not doing enough to stop ISIL militants from taking over Iraqi cities. (AFP/File)
08:05 GMT

A number of U.S. officials have openly stated that they think Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki should step down.

According to Baghdad, approximately two million Iraqis are volunteering in the fight against ISIL (Haidar Hamdani/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi volunteers are signing up to fight with Baghdad against the jihadist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

June 18, 2014

Volunteer militias are organizing throughout Iraq to fight the ISIL, according to several reports (Haidar Hamdani/AFP)
20:00 GMT

Iraq has appealed to the United States to conduct air strikes on the Sunni militants' strongholds who are responsible for seizing the country's main oil refinery.

Some 100 people were kidnapped by ISIS militants, including nationals from Turkey, Pakistan and Nepal (File/AFP)
18:00 GMT

ISIL militants abducted at least 100 people, including 40 Indian citizens working at a Turkish construction company near Mosul.

David Cameron also warned of British citizens traveling to Iraq and Syria and becoming radicalized (File/AFP)
17:00 GMT

British Prime Minister David Cameron said ISIS terrorism could touch UK soil if the extremist group continued to advance in Iraq and Syria.

A soldier part of Kurdistan's peshmerga security forces clashes with militants from the jihadist group ISIL earlier this month (Rick Findler/AFP)
16:35 GMT

Iraq's Kurds have finally formed a new government as of Wednesday following months of debate.

Ain al-Hilweh camp has been at the center of violent clashes, kidnappings and assassinations in recent months (File/AFP)
15:00 GMT

Palestinian factions in the troubled Lebanon camp of Ain al-Hilweh, tightened security ahead of Ramadan in response to developments in Iraq.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said the country should unite against terrorism (File/AFP)
12:22 GMT

Iraq's political leaders called for national unity against ISIS extremists during a closed-door meeting on Tuesday.

ISIS is believed to be advancing towards Iraq's capital Baghdad (File/AFP)
11:17 GMT

ISIS militants attacked Iraq's largest oil refinery in Baiji, reportedly capturing 75 percent of the plant and killing five soldiers.

ISIL recently captured the Iraqi city of Mosul. (AFP/File)
08:50 GMT

ISIL militants kidnapped nearly 60 people, including a group of Turkish construction workers, near the town of Dor.

Baghdad’s warnings have not deterred the Kurds so far.
08:15 GMT

“They pushed us to do this,” Hawrami said. “We’re going to create facts on the ground... Don’t ask me to surrender my rights into your hands.”