Iraq Watch

September 16, 2014

The majority of Iraqi parliament nominees were confirmed last week. (AFP/File)
15:24 GMT
Iraqi lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Abadi's nominees for defense minister and interior minister Tuesday.
Young Turks are believed to be attracted to the Islamic State for financial reasons, according to the report (File/AFP)
11:44 GMT
Up to a thousand Turks have joined Islamic State militants inside Iraq and Syria, according to government officials and media reports.
Alan Henning has been held by IS militants since he was captured in December 2013 while delivering aid in Syria (File/AFP)
06:53 GMT
Al-Qaeda allegedly appealed for Islamic State militants to release British aid worker Alan Henning because "he was an innocent aid worker," it has been revealed.
A wounded Syrian child awaits treatment at a makeshift hospital after all of her family was killed in Douma, September 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
06:35 GMT
The UNHCR has urged the international community to recognize the rights of millions of undocumented and stateless people.
The conference was co-chaired by French President Francois Hollande and Iraqi President Fouad Massoum. (Photo courtesy of UPI)
05:00 GMT
World leaders from over 30 countries pledged to use "all means necessary" to defeat the Islamic State.

September 15, 2014

Khamenei denounced U.S. claims of targeted airstrikes against IS militants as "lies." (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT
Iran's Supreme Leader said Monday that Iran will not join an international coalition led by the U.S. to counter Islamic State militants.
The civilians killed were displaced Iraqis who had fled IS fighters. (AFP/File)
14:20 GMT
A new report by Human Rights Watch says at least 31 Iraqi civilians were killed in an airstrike that hit a school in Tikrit earlier this month.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is on a week-long trip to consolidate international support for the campaign against IS. (AFP/File)
13:26 GMT
Several Arab states have pledged military support, including air strikes, to assist in the international campaign against the Islamic State.
The so-called "Jihadi John" has been featured in Islamic State propaganda videos of beheadings (Image: Screenshot)
12:03 GMT
British security services have reportedly identified the Islamic State militant "Jihadi John", who beheaded James Foley, Steven Sotloff and David Haines.
French President Francois Hollande and his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Masum  meet at the Elysee palace ahead of an international conference to be held at the French Foreign ministry in Paris on September 15, 2014. [AFP]
09:16 GMT
France has joined Britain in carrying out reconnaissance flights over Iraq in support of the US campaign against the Takfiri ISIL group.
US President Barack Obama speaks at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, September 11, 2014. [AFP]
08:48 GMT
US President Barack Obama has threatened to wipe out Syria’s air defense system and topple the Syrian government if President Bashar al-Assad ordered his forces to shoot American planes entering Syrian airspace.
French President Francois Hollande and President of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region Massoud Barzani  review the troops upon Hollande's arrival September 12, 2014 in Erbil.
07:57 GMT
Senior figures from a US-led coalition formed to battle Islamic State (IS) militants will meet in Paris Monday to discuss how to defeat the extremist group that has seized vast areas of Iraq and Syria since launching a June offensive.
Members of Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces pose in front of an Islamic State (IS) flag which they took from IS fighters at a military post. [AFP]
07:41 GMT
In Iraq the Iranian controlled Shia militias, which used to specialise in killing American troops, have relieved the Shia town of Amerli, long besieged by Isis
Alan Henning (pictured), is being held by the same Islamic State militants who beheaded David Haines (Image: Screenshot)
07:20 GMT
Concern is mounting for the safety of a second British hostage being held by the same Islamic State militants who beheaded aid worker, David Haines.
Valerie Amos warned of a "very serious" humanitarian crisis while the battle with Islamic State continues (File/AFP)
06:49 GMT
The UNHCR's coordinator Valerie Amos warned that up to one million people fleeing Islamic State violence lacked proper shelter as the humanitarian situation in Iraq worsens.