Iraq Watch

September 7, 2014

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron answers questions from the media at a press conference on the second day of the NATO 2014. [AFP]
07:08 GMT
David Cameron is preparing a diplomatic charm offensive to build widespread Arab support for Western military action against Islamic State (IS) in both Iraq and Syria.
Iraqi Peshmerga fighters take position at a post near the jihadist-held city of Zumar in Mosul province on September 4, 2014. [AFP]
06:51 GMT
Kurdish Peshmerga forces have strengthened their hold on the town of Makhmour in northern Iraq as they manage to gain more ground in the battle against Takfiri ISIL militants, Press TV reports.

September 6, 2014

An image grab from a video released by the Islamic State shows footage of a masked militant with David Haines (Image: Screenshot)
13:39 GMT
The aid agency David Haines was working for when abducted by Islamic State militants has called for his immediate release.
Relatives of the kidnapped soldiers protest for their release (File/AFP)
08:14 GMT
A Qatari delegation intervened in negotiations to help release Lebanese soldiers and policemen being held by Islamic State and Nusra Front militants.
Deputy Islamic State leader Abu Hajar al-Souri was believed to be killed following an air strike in Mosul Friday (File/AFP)
07:37 GMT
Iraqi forces killed the Islamic State's second in command, Abu Hajar al-Souri, following an air strike in the city of Mosul Friday.
Over 130 Canadians are believed to have joined IS in Iraq and Syria according to Western intelligence (File/AFP)
07:13 GMT
Canada's prime minister, Stephen Harper on Friday said that his country would send up to 100 military advisors to assist Iraqi troops, amid increasing threats from the Islamic State.

September 5, 2014

Roadside and car bomb attacks in Baghdad killed 17 Friday. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT
Amid a fresh wave of sectarian violence and while IS militants continued a bloody offensive in the north, two bombs exploded Friday around Baghdad, leaving 17 dead.

September 4, 2014

Obama called on NATO leaders to work on building relationships and to promote stability in the region. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT
U.S. President Barack Obama and U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron called for NATO action against the Islamic State militants at a NATO summit in Wales.
The victims were allegedly truck drivers who were kidnapped five months ago. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
A mass grave containing at least two dozen people killed by IS militants was discovered in northern Iraq.
The Sotloff family said Steven wanted to give a voice to those who had none. (AFP/File)
13:53 GMT
The family of Steven Sotloff, the American journalist killed by Islamic State militants, called their son "a hero."
Reports had originally stated that Iranian forces had entered Iraq to fight Islamic State militants last month (File/AFP)
13:23 GMT
Iraq's Foreign Minister, Hoshyar Zebari denied reports that Iranian forces are fighting Islamic State militants in the country.
Lebanese mourners carry the coffin of Lebanese soldier Ali Sayyed draped in his national flag in the village of Qalamun south of the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli during his funeral procession on September 3, 2014. [AFP]
08:38 GMT
Lebanon bid farewell Wednesday to a slain soldier who was beheaded by militants in a massive, emotional funeral brimming with anguish over his killing.
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron
07:23 GMT
British Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed that the ISIL terrorist group will "be squeezed out of existence," as the militants threaten to kill a British hostage.
US President Barack Obama. [AFP]
07:07 GMT
With a coherent response to the crises in Iraq, Syria and Eastern Europe still conspicuous by its absence, the leader of the free world is starting to look alarmingly impotent. Can he rise to the challenge?
US President Barack Obama [AFP]
06:30 GMT
Kerry says killers of journalists James Foley and Steve Sotloff will be held accountable ‘no matter how long it takes.’