Iraq Watch

December 24, 2014

Daesh fighters are believed to have gathered in the south of Baghdad to receive salaries when the attack took place. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
A suicide bomber targeting Daesh militants killed at least 33 people and wounded 55 others in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad Wednesday.
Some 500,000 people fled Iraq's Mosul after it was seized by Daesh in June, 2014. (AFP/File)
07:29 GMT
At least two million Iraqis have been internally displaced because of Daesh violence across 2,049 districts in the country throughout 2014.

December 23, 2014

Bassem Youssef was named one of "100 most influential people in the world" by Time magazine in 2013. (AFP/File)
18:31 GMT
Bassem Youssef and his company Q-Soft were fined millions of dollars by The Cairo Regional Center for International Commercial Arbitration for poking fun at Egypt's military leaders.
Daesh has collected 23 million pounds from the sale of pilfered artifacts from churches in Nabaq, according to a report by The Christian Post. (AFP/File)
14:59 GMT
Sources claim Daesh converted churches into torture chambers and sold stolen holy artifacts on the black market.
A Yazidi woman sits in Kurdistan's Bajid Kandala camp, after fleeing Daesh violence. (AFP/File)
12:59 GMT
Yazidi girls continue to be tortured and sold as sex slaves by their Daesh captors, but now more details have emerged from the victims; women and girls are killing themselves to escape rape.
Twenty-two airstrikes hit Daesh targets across Iraq and Syria, according to the US military. (AFP/File)
08:31 GMT
US-led forces launched a series of airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, hitting Daesh targets, the American military said.

December 22, 2014

Peshmerga and Iraqi forces have been battling Daesh militants since June. (AFP/File)
16:21 GMT
Kurdish fighters have pushed deeper into the flashpoint northwestern Iraqi town of Sinjar in their battle with the ISIL, or Daesh, militants, who have held sway over the area for months.
Dozens of Daesh militants were killed during the operation to retake the town of Al Wafa, according to the Iraqi army. (AFP/File)
11:43 GMT
Iraq's security forces retook the town of Al Wafa from Daesh militants in the country's western Anbar province Sunday.
Kurdish Peshmerga forces inspect the remains of a vehicle bearing the symbol of Daesh after it was hit by a US airstrike, north of Mosul. (AFP/File)
09:33 GMT
Forty Daesh militants were killed by US-led airstrikes in Iraq's Anbar province while at least five people died in two separate car bomb attacks in the country's capital, Baghdad.

December 21, 2014

Jürgen Todenhöfer, who interviewed Assad in July 2012, will publish a piece on his "10 days in the Islamic State" tomorrow. (AFP/File)
18:38 GMT
Jürgen Todenhöfer spent ten days on-the-ground in Daesh territory and was the first Western journalist to get such close access.
Barzani praised Peshmerga forces for their success in Sinjar. The advancement freed hundreds of Ezidi Kurds who had been trapped there by Daesh. (AFP/File)
17:13 GMT
Iraqi Kurdish leader Barzani held a press conference on Mount Sinjar, the site of the recent Kurdish victory against Daesh. Barzani called the advancement "historic."
Daesh militants have been in control of Tikrit for six months, while many civilians fled. (AFP/File)
07:32 GMT
Daesh militants have reportedly executed as many as 17 people in the Iraqi city of Tikrit, according to an online newspaper.
Peshmerga forces took control of Sinjar from Daesh. Hundreds of Yazidis had been trapped there since August. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Peshmerga forces advanced on Daesh and seized Sinjar, a key town near Mosul in northern Iraq.

December 19, 2014

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks so far. However, Iraqi officials blame the recent spike in such terrorist attacks on the Daesh, or ISIL, militants. (AFP/File)
19:09 GMT
At least 11 people have been killed and 24 others wounded in several bombings in the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad.
The US-led coalition began targeting positions held by the ISIL terrorists in Iraq in August. (AFP/File)
14:56 GMT
Iraqi officials have confirmed the death of a key aide to the Daesh, or ISIL, group leader and one of his military chiefs in the US-led coalition airstrikes in northern Iraq.