Iraq

October 20, 2014

Iraqis gather outside a Shiite mosque where a suicide bomber detonated explosives, killing at least 11 people, on October 20, 2014 in central Baghdad (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP).
20:00 GMT

Around 18 civilians were killed in a suicide bomb attack in Harisiyye district, while another bomb attack left seven soldiers dead in Zeydan

Kurdish forces have been battling Islamic State militants since they began taking over large areas of Iraq and Syria in June. (AFP/File)
13:28 GMT

Turkey announced Monday that it is now helping Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross its border with Syria.

IS has gained tremendous wealth from smuggling oil. (AFP/File)
08:58 GMT

Iraq's illegal oil business is booming and allowing IS to flourish.

A Kurdish boy and his father watch the fighting in Kobani from across the Turkish border on Oct. 19. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
08:31 GMT

In a tactical shift, the United States has started dropping small arms and supplies to Kobani's besieged defenders.

Israeli lawmaker Haneen Zoabi. (AFP/File)
07:53 GMT

An Israeli lawmaker says there is no difference between Israeli soldiers and militants of the IS and that both are “armies of murderers with no boundaries and red lines.”

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called Prime Minister Abadi to congratulate him on his new government. (AFP/File)
06:52 GMT

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will visit Iran Monday after lawmakers approved his choices for the critically important Defense and Interior portfolios.

October 19, 2014

Bombings have become common place in Baghdad. (AFP/File)
18:52 GMT

At least 19 Iraqis were killed and another 28 injured as a suicide bomber attacked a Shiite house of religious mourning in a neighborhood in western Baghdad on Sunday.

An alleged IS fighter totes an RPG in Kobani in a screen grab taken from a video by Aamaq News Agency, a Youtube channel that posts videos from areas under IS control (AFP).
11:11 GMT

Professor Peter Neumann said that people returning from Syria broadly fell into one of three categories: the dangerous, the disturbed and the disillusioned.

Malala Yousafzai, the world’s most recognized schoolgirl, won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize (shared with an Indian activist who battled child labor). The survivor of a Taliban assassination attempt, Malala advocates for education. She is the second Pakistani to be awarded the prize, and - at 17-years-old - the youngest.
11:00 GMT

Take that Maher! Malala's Nobel Peace Prize helps to prove how wrong Bill Maher's comments about Islam were. Here are more Muslim Nobel Laureates that prove him wrong!

A US Air Force B1-B bomber flies over Kobani on Oct. 18. (AFP/Aris Messinis)
09:35 GMT

Observers said seven civilians were killed at a Konoco gas factory in Der-Ezzor province, and three were killed in similar strikes on oil fields in the countryside around Shadadi.

Haditha, home to a strategic dam, has been under assault for months, Iraqi forces say.
08:28 GMT

By controlling Hīt, ISIS has effectively severed the main road linking Haditha to Ramadi. Supplies have been cut off completely from Haditha, with local officials warning foodstuffs could run out soon.

Newly appointed Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled Al-Obeidi (left) is a Sunni from Mosul and Interior Minister Mohamed Al-Ghabban (right) is a Shi'ite and member of Prime Minister Abadi's own State of Law coalition (AFP/ File Archive).
08:02 GMT

Iraqi lawmakers appointed a Sunni MP Khaled al-Obeidi as defence minister and Shi'ite MP Mohamed al-Ghabban as interior minister, ending a political stalemate in the Iraqi government.

This still from the movie trailer is courtesy of Ahram Online.
06:39 GMT

After premiering in Toronto in September this film based in Iraqi Kurdistan, "Mardan" has made its way into the Oscars race.

October 18, 2014

British aid worker Alan Henning was beheaded by IS militants while volunteering to help Syrian refugees (File/AFP)
12:26 GMT

The families of two British aid workers beheaded by the Islamic State have called for "unity" from people of all faiths against the militant group.

Officials said the bombs went off in three crowded areas of the Iraqi capital on Friday (AFP/File)
07:33 GMT

Over 20 people have been killed in separate car bombings in the Iraqi capital Baghdad as the army gained major advances against IS terrorists across the country.