Iraq

January 27, 2015

Unconfirmed reports on Arabic media perport Daesh militants have threatened to kill both Jordanian pilot Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh and Japanese hostage Kenji Goto if Jordan fails to release Sajida al-Rishawi within 24 hours.(Image:YouTube)
15:44 GMT

Unconfirmed reports on Arabic media perport Daesh militants have threatened to kill both Jordanian pilot Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh and Japanese hostage Kenji Goto if Jordan fails to release Sajida al-Rishawi within 24 hours.

UAE airlines have suspended flights to Baghdad after a passenger airline from UAE was fired at while landing at Baghdad airport on Monday.
15:14 GMT

“With immediate effect, we have suspended all flights to Baghdad. The safety of our customers and employees is always our first priority,” Etihad Airways said in a statement.

Located west of the capital Baghdad, Iraq's international airport is outside the restive Anbar province, prompting several Western airlines to pull back from Iraqi airspace in recent months.
14:27 GMT

Lebanese carrier Middle East Airlines suspended all flights to and from Baghdad, joining a growing list of airlines who have cancelled service to the Iraqi capital following a gunfire incident Monday night on a flydubai passenger aircraft landing at the Baghdad International Airport.

Muath Kasasbeh has been held by Daesh since his plane went down more than a month ago. (File photo)
11:31 GMT

The head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Jordan's parliament said Tuesday that the country would "likely" accept a deal to release a prisoner on death row in exchange for a Japanese hostage if the swap also included Jordan's captured fighter pilot.

The airline spokesperson said the plane sustained light damage from a slew of bullets as it landed at the Baghdad International Airport last night. (AFP/File)
10:06 GMT

A spokesperson for flydubai confirmed gunfire on one of its carriers upon landing at the Baghdad airport Monday night, but the attack has so far gone unclaimed.

The key capture of the embattled Syrian city of Kobane by Kurdish forces has instilled more confidence in ground troops' ability to regain control in Daesh-held areas, but US-led airstrikes are still considered to be largely ineffective against the military group. (AFP/File)
08:50 GMT

As Iraqi troops hailed success in retaking eastern Iraq's Diyala Monday, Kurdish militia announced the complete drive-out of Daesh militants from the key Syrian border city of Kobane, whose bloody plight has been a focus point in the Kurdish struggle to stave off militants.

The video comes just days after protests on the fourth anniversary of Egypt's 2011 revolution left at least 18 mainly-peaceful demonstrators dead across the country when security forces fired into the crowd. (AFP/File)
06:59 GMT

Sinai-based militant group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, who recently pledged allegiance to Daesh and renamed itself "Sinai Province," released a video on Monday depicting what they said were images of Egyptian security forces mistreating Muslim female protesters, followed by footage of captured police captain Ayman El-Desouki's kidnapping and execution at the hands of the group.

January 26, 2015

Eight shots were fired at a Fly Dubai passenger jet as it landed in Baghdad Monday evening. (Shutterstock)
20:45 GMT

A Fly Dubai plane was shot as it landed in Baghdad. Two passengers were injured and rushed to the hospital for treatment.

Iraqi soldiers and pro-government militiamen check a machine gun mounted on an armored vehicle stationed near the town of Muqtadiyah in Diyala province, north of the capital Baghdad, during a military operation against Daesh. (AFP/Younis Al-Bayati)
13:24 GMT

Iraq's Armed Forces have allegedly purged the Daesh militants from the eastern Province of Diyala.

Earlier today it was announced that the Kurdish forces have reclaimed much of the contested city of Kobani. (AFP/US Air Force/Senior Airman Matthew Bruch)
13:08 GMT

Of the 34 air-strikes, 21 were launched in Syria and 13 in Iraq, focusing on the cities of Kobani, Mosul, Tal Afar, and Falluja.

Angelina Jolie speaks of the refugee crisis in Iraq and Syria on behalf of the UNHCR. (Image: AFP)
10:02 GMT

She's been in Iraq five times over the past eight years, and UN refugee agency envoy Angelina Jolie says this is the worst she's ever seen in the refugee camps.

January 25, 2015

One of the Japanese hostages is reportedly still alive.
20:10 GMT

Daesh radio confirmed on Sunday that its terrorists have executed Japanese security contractor Haruna Yukawa, following the release of a video announcing the hostage's death, according to AFP.

Similar attacks are a nearly daily occurrence in Iraq. (AFP/File)
11:22 GMT

Two bombings in Baghdad have left eight civilians dead and at least 22 wounded.

The US-led air campaign, which Washington claims aims to degrade Daesh's military capability, remains the subject of debate, with critics pointing to Daesh’s advances and battlefield successes despite the raids.(AFP/DOD /Jonathan Synder)
08:39 GMT

Since the start of the US-led airstrikes against Daesh, only one percent of the supposed "caliphate" has been reclaimed.

January 24, 2015

A lighting offensive by Daesh militants last summer in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul that took the country by surprise and sparked a massive Christian exodus to neighboring countries. (AFP/File)
15:30 GMT

US military's Central Command General Lloyd Austin said US and Iraqi forces are organizing plans to launch a counter-attack in the Daesh-held, northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.