Iraq

September 23, 2014

Iraqi men inspect the site of a car bomb explosion that killed over 7 people and wounded dozens in the neighbourhood of Ur in eastern Baghdad, late on September 22, 2014. [Press TV]
10:06 GMT

A car bomb blast has killed at least a dozen people and wounded 25 others in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. [AFP]
06:57 GMT

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has opposed any deployment of foreign ground forces in the country as part of efforts against the ISIL terrorists.

September 22, 2014

Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu kisses the daughter of a hostage who was freed by IS (File/AFP)
13:51 GMT

A PKK leader accused Turkey's government of collaborating with Islamic State militants after the extremist group released 49 Turkish hostages.

Islamic State and Nusra Front militants battled with Lebanon's army in the border town of Arsal last month (File/AFP)
13:17 GMT

Lebanon's army and political factions are mobilizing to fight the security threat posed by extremist groups such as Islamic state and Nusra Front.

Egyptian security forces. [AFP]
12:22 GMT

IS spokesman praises Sinai terrorists for carrying out "blessed operations against the guards of the Jews, the soldiers of Sisi, the new Pharaoh of Egypt."

Robert Gates says Obama's IS plan is not realistic. [AFP]
08:18 GMT

Former US secretary of defense Robert Gates says President Barack Obama’s plan to fight and defeat ISIL militants is not realistic and the US military cannot achieve its goals against the group without the help of the “boots on the ground”.

US S Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. [AFP]
07:58 GMT

US Secretary of State John Kerry met his Iranian counterpart for more than an hour on Sunday and stressed the need to make progress in nuclear negotiations this week on the sidelines of UN meetings.

Turkish presidential press office shows Turkish President Recep Tayyio Erdogan  and his wife Ermine receiving freed Turkish consulate hostages at the Cankaya presidential Palace in Ankara. [AFP]
07:28 GMT

With President Erdogan refusing to explain why Isis decided to release 49 of the country’s diplomats, suspicions are growing about Ankara’s murky relationship with the self-styled caliphate.

September 21, 2014

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announces his new cabinet in Ankara, August 29, 2014. [AFP]
11:00 GMT

Diplomats, soldiers, children taken in Iraq are now in the southeastern city of Sanliurfa.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. [AFP]
09:09 GMT

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi heads to the US for the first time as leader to attend the 69th session of the UN General Assembly

Deputy foreign minister of Iran Seyed Abbas Araghchi  addresses to the United Nations Security Council next to Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari. [AFP]
08:40 GMT

According to a recent interview, Iran is ready to work with the United States and its allies to stop Islamic State militants, but would like to see more flexibility on Iran's uranium enrichment program, senior Iranian officials told Reuters.

"Sherko Omer" is a pseudonym. His real identity has been kept secret for security reasons. The views expressed are his own. [Aran News]
07:03 GMT

Islamic State (IS) member "Sherko Omer" would now be a dead jihadist hadn’t he surrendered to the pro-Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in northeast Syria earlier this year. Journalist Rozh Ahmad met him to learn more about the experience.

September 19, 2014

France announced Thursday its plan to join U.S-led airstrikes in Iraq, but will stop short of intervening in Syria. (AFP/FIle)
09:46 GMT

France agreed Thursday to support to the U.S.-led airstrike campaign in Iraq, but stopped short of Syria, saying they only agreed to activity in Iraq after requests from Baghdad. Meanwhile, the U.S. eyes operations to arm moderate Syrian rebels.

September 18, 2014

The journalist says he will show the truth about the Islamic State in an upcoming video. (AFP/File)
17:03 GMT

The Islamic State has released a new video featuring a captured British journalist.

French Foreign Affairs minister Laurent Fabius  and his Iraq's counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari. [AFP]
14:00 GMT

French foreign minister said he would call the militant Islamic group the ‘Daesh cutthroats’