Iraq Watch

November 10, 2014

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters pose for a picture during a break in fighting against Islamic State (IS) group on November 8, 2014. [AFP]
16:47 GMT
"They are our brothers. They are good people. They love life, a lot like us, really," woman tells Israel Radio.
Israeli rescue teams security forces work at the scene of a stabbing attack in Tel Aviv on November 2014. [AFP]
16:07 GMT
Palestinian stabs three people at hitchhiking post outside Alon Shvut settlement; attack comes hours after IDF soldier stabbed and critically hurt in Tel Aviv.
 King Abdullah mosque in Amman, Jordan.
14:32 GMT
In another move to crack down on ISIS supporters in the country, Jordanian authorities have ordered clerics to preach only moderate Islam
A US-led coalition has been carrying out air strikes in Iraq and Syria targeting ISIL militants. (AFP/File)
13:29 GMT
An Islamic State spokesman has confirmed that U.S. airstrikes injured IS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.
Abu Huthaifa al-Yamani (left), was one of ISIL leader Baghdadi's closest aides (Image: The Telegraph)
11:43 GMT
An aide to ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed by a US air strike according to Iraqi state television, while the fate of the militant group's chief remains unclear.
Fearing infiltration, ISIL has changed its entry requirements. (AFP/File)
04:00 GMT
ISIL now requires European recruits to undergo background checks, fearing infiltration by Western intelligence agents.

November 9, 2014

ISIS spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani confirmed Sunday that al-Baghdadi was hurt in US-led strike, but said he was not killed.
18:46 GMT
ISIS spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani confirmed Sunday that al-Baghdadi was hurt in US-led strike, but said he was not killed.
Abu Bakr al Baghdadi declared himself the leader of ISIL in June. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT
Iraqi officials say an investigation is being carried out to determine whether ISIL chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in recent airstrikes by the US-led coalition.
Iraqi soldiers inspect an ISIL vehicle, destroyed by US air strikes in Iraq (File/AFP)
11:46 GMT
No one saw ISIL coming. Over the past few months, ISIL militants have managed to seize land the size of Great Britain across Iraq and Syria. Clearly, this terrorist group needs stopped. Sending more US soldiers into Iraq isn't the answer.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is believed to have been hit in the Iraqi town of al-Qaim, close to the Syrian border (Image: Screenshot)
06:59 GMT
ISIL leader and self-proclaimed "Caliph" Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has allegedly been seriously injured by a US air strike, local witnesses and government sources reported.
Kabir Ahmed from Derby killed eight people in the Iraqi town of Beiji, according to a security expert (File/AFP)
06:45 GMT
A British national who joined ISIL blew himself up in Iraq, killing eight people. Kabir Ahmed from Derby originally appeared on a BBC program stating why he wanted to be a suicide bomber.
The report said Pakistan's Taliban offered to join the ISIL militant movement (File/AFP)
06:31 GMT
ISIL has begun luring members of the Taliban and other militant groups to join its ranks, according to a state government report from the Balochistan province.

November 7, 2014

Iraqi special forces advance in the Jurf al-Sakhr area on Oct. 30, after they retook the area from ISIL jihadists. (AFP/Haidar Hamdani)
20:43 GMT
The AP report said the president was also requesting $5 billion from Congress.
Iraq says its air force has hit a number of ISIL positions in Salahuddin and Anbar provinces.  (AFP file photo)
07:23 GMT
Iraq's Ministry of Defense said that the Iraqi air force carried out "effective strikes" in the oil-rich town of Baiji in Salahuddin Province.

November 5, 2014

British forces were withdrawn from Iraq in 2011. (AFP/File)
17:23 GMT
Britain will deploy additional troops to Iraq in the coming weeks to help train local forces in their efforts to combat the Islamic State.