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The ISIS flag flying above norther Iraq. (Photo: AFP)
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Beddawi, particularly the neighborhood of Mankoubine, has a reputation in the last three years for being a wellspring of Lebanese jihadists.

July 10, 2014

Thousands of residents left Mosul last month before ISIS claimed full control of the city (File Archive/AFP)
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Sunni militants seized a military base in Iraq's Diyala province Thursday after intense fighting with forces from Baghdad.
Barzani said earlier this month that measures are being taken for holding a referendum on Kurdistan's future. (AFP/File)
14:07 GMT
Iraqi Kurds say they will withdraw their ministers from the cabinet and cease participation in the government of Prime Minister Maliki in protest over his remarks.
The UN atomic agency said the materials obtained by insurgents were "low grade" despite Iraq's security concerns (File/AFP)
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Terrorist groups seized nuclear materials used for scientific research from Iraq's Mosul University according to a document issued to the UN.
Iraqi militants continue to terrorize civilians and aim to capture Baghdad. (AFP/File)
09:20 GMT
The U.N. announced Thursday that the nuclear materials recently seized by militants in Iraq are low grade and do not pose a significant threat.
The U.S. government has placed a $10 million bounty on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIL (File/AFP)
09:13 GMT
The U.S. is contemplating attacking ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, with drones according to a recent report by Pentagon officials.
Saudi authorities deployed some 30,000 troops earlier this month along the border with Iraq (File/AFP)
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Saudi's Border Guards said said the country's southern divide was secure from smugglers and infiltrators despite security concerns with Iraq in the north.

July 9, 2014

Kurdistan's peshmerga forces were in some cases the only force fighting ISIS during the past month's offensive (File Archive/AFP)
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Iraq's Prime Minister blamed the northern autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq for hosting jihadists within its territory to launch their offensive on other parts of Iraq.
Former Iranian president and influential spiritual leader Hashemi Rafsanjani said that "we share problems (concerning Iraq) with the United States. There is no obstacle for our cooperation" (AFP/File).
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Former Iranian president Hashemi Rafsanjani, has claimed that the U.S and Iran could cooperate in countering Iraq's current militant offensive, despite a history of strained relations.
Sunni and Kurdish leaders have demanded current Prime Minister Maliki step aside. (AFP/File)
09:58 GMT
Iraq's parliament has changed its decision to postpone a key session until August and will now convene on Sunday.
Security forces discovered the bodies in an orchard. (AFP/File)
09:40 GMT
Iraqi security forces found the bodies of 53 men Wednesday.
ISIL rapidly seized control of several major Iraqi cities and has vowed to capture Baghdad. (AFP/File)
07:04 GMT
ISIL militants have reportedly taken control of a former chemical weapons facility northwest of Baghdad.

July 8, 2014

ISIS took over control of Mosul in early June this year (File Archive/AFP)
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At least 25 ex-military leaders of Saddam Hussein's banned Baath party have been kidnapped by ISIS militants in Iraq this week,.
Bomb attacks in Iraq's capital have left civilians wounded or dead almost daily over the past year (File Archvie/AFP)
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At least eight people were killed north of Iraq's capital Tuesday as Baghdad officials attempt to counter the jihadist offensive sweeping the country.
The Iraqi army has been battling ISIL and other Sunni militants for control of multiple Iraqi cities. (AFP/File)
11:42 GMT
The Iraqi military is building fortifications near Baghdad in preparation for an ISIL advance.
British citizens were recently pictured in a propaganda video by terrorist group ISIL (File/AFP)
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Muslim leaders in the UK called for unity and urged British citizens not to travel to Iraq and Syria and join terrorist groups such as ISIL.
Saudi Arabia deployed over 30,000 troops to the border with Iraq as a precaution against ISIL militants (File/AFP)
09:57 GMT
A number of shells landed in the Saudi Arabian region of Arar as the kingdom stepped up security along the border with Iraq.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has imposed strict regulations on the people of Raqqa and Mosul. (AFP/File)
09:44 GMT
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, is enforcing a strict and extreme Sharia law on the people forced to live under his rule.

July 7, 2014

The session is set to focus on the government formation process. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT
Iraq's new parliament delayed a key session scheduled for Tuesday.
Thousands of Iraqis have fled the ongoing violence. (AFP/File)
16:19 GMT
A suicide bomb exploded at a checkpoint in northern Baghdad Monday.
Earlier this week, a leaked report said ISIS planned to attack Lebanon (File/AFP)
13:02 GMT
A military judge on Monday charged 28 suspects with belonging to the radical Sunni group, the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said during his statement on Sunday, militant group ISIL planned to "take over Egypt" (File/AFP)
09:06 GMT
Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said a Kurdish referendum for independence would be a "catastrophic division of Iraq".

July 6, 2014



Maliki last week vowed to "never give up" on serving an unprecedented third term as the country's premier, despite growing criticism from both opposition and allies of his leadership (File Archive/AFP)
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Iranian leadership told the media Sunday that while it backs Iraq Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki's bid to continue as the country's premier, Tehran is also ready to support "any candidate chosen by the Iraqi parliament."
Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Massoud Barzani, said Peshmerga forces will not give up Kirkuk (File/AFP)
13:21 GMT
Kurds in Iraq will press ahead with a referendum to have an independent state despite refusal from Nouri al-Maliki to accept any proposals.
Lebanese soldiers stand beside the aftermath of a bombing in Bekaa Valley in December 2013 (File/AFP)
11:21 GMT
Lebanon's Internal Security Forces believe that radical Sunni militant group ISIS will strike the country with a series of attacks, according to a leaked report.
Self-proclaimed caliph of Muslims, Abu-Bakr Al-Baghdadi, called on people of the Islamic faith worldwide to obey him (File/AFP)
09:06 GMT
ISIS won't be resting anytime soon, not even for Ramadan. As its operations will no doubt increase during the holy month, the world needs to open its eyes and take this militant group seriously.
ISIL militants destroyed several Shia mosques and holy shrines on Saturday, sparking widespread condemnation (File/AFP)
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ISIL militants executed at least ten people in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, activists say.

July 5, 2014

ISIS has been in control of Syria's city of Raqqa since the beginning of this year (File Archive/AFP)
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The jihadist leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) released a statement Saturday ordering all Muslims to obey him.
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The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Takfiri group has posted a video on the web, threatening to invade and take over Spain.

July 4, 2014

Iraqi forces also targeted the Qaim border crossing, but it is not yet clear how many people have been killed in the offensive (Karim Sahib/AFP)
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At least 30 militants trying to seize control of the country's largest oil refinery were killed from Iraqi airstrikes Friday.

July 3, 2014

General Martin Dempsey also emphasized that a military campaign needs to be accompanied by willingness from Baghdad to reach out to minority groups in the country (File Archive)
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Washington's top military officer told reporters Thursday that Iraqi forces will need help to regain the territory that they have lost over the past month in the Sunni militant offensive.
Barzani blames the current crisis in Iraq as the handiwork of Iraq's PM Maliki (File Archive/AFP)
18:00 GMT
Kurdish president Massoud Barzani called on MPs Thursday to set a date for the autonomous region's independence vote despite Iraqi leadership's discouragement earlier this week.
ISIS militants seized the truck drivers in Mosul earlier this month (File Archive)
13:41 GMT
At least 30 Turkish truck drivers who were being held by jihadis in Iraq were released this week.
Tension amounts in the Middle East as 30,000 Saudi troops were deployed to the country's border with Iraq (Image: Middle East Monitor)
11:22 GMT
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah said all necessary measures were being taken against "terrorist threats" on Thursday while 30,000 soldiers were deployed to the borders with Iraq.

July 2, 2014

The Iraqi government is trying to establish a new government to handle the ongoing crisis, but failure to reach quorum earlier this week has undermined prospects that such will be achieved in the given timeline (File Archive)
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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki extended amnesty to Sunni tribes that battled government forces over the last months during a parliamentary session Wednesday.
Maliki issued a warning to Kurdish leadership Wednesday saying that holding an independence vote "will damage them a lot" (File Archive)
18:00 GMT
Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki has rejected Kurdish leadership's plan to hold an independence referendum, saying that such a vote would be "unconstitutional."
The Iraqi army launched a major offensive against ISIL militants in recent weeks after the extremist group took over Mosul (File/AFP)
11:57 GMT
Dozens of ISIL militants were killed in an air raid over the northern city of Mosul, according to the Iraqi army.
Masoud Barzani's statement comes days after Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu backed an independent Kurdish state (File/AFP)
09:26 GMT
President of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government, Masoud Barzani, said on Tuesday that a Kurdish referendum will take place "in a matter of months."
Lebanon's security forces dismantled three terror cells this week after a wave of suicide attacks (File/AFP)
07:48 GMT
Both Hezbollah and Lebanese security forces prepared to coordinate against any potential ISIS attack, a senior security source said, Tuesday.

July 1, 2014

An alleged member of ISIS examines an abandoned border crossing on the day that the jihadist group announced their establishment of a renewed Islamic caliphate (ISIS/AFP)
18:20 GMT
Iran's deputy foreign minister said Tuesday that Tehran is ready to supply weapons to Baghdad if Iraqi leadership asks for help, while ISIS front man calls for more jihad during the holy month of Ramadan.
The aid will be distributed via the United Nations. (AFP/File)
14:01 GMT
Saudi Arabia pledged $500 million in humanitarian aid to Iraq Tuesday.
Only 75 MPs attended the parliament session to establish new leadership to handle the ongoing crisis in Iraq (Ahmad Al Rubaye/AFP)
13:45 GMT
More than 2,400 were killed in Iraq in June in what has developed into the deadliest month in the country this year. Baghdad also failed to elect a new parliament to handle the growing crisis Tuesday over lack of quorum.
ISIS announced the creation of an Islamic caliphate this week (File/AFP)
12:56 GMT
ISIS captured a strategic Syrian border town from rebels, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Barzani said he hopes other countries will respect the Kurdish vote. (AFP/File)
12:16 GMT
Iraqi Kurds will vote on an independent Kurdish state within months.
Kurdidish regional government president Massud Barzan shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on June 24, 2014 (File/AFP)
10:46 GMT
Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc on Monday said Ankara does not favor a divided Iraq.
ISIL has called upon fighters from Western countries to join their ranks. (AFP/File)
10:29 GMT
An alarming number of extremists are leaving their Western countries to fight alongside ISIL.
President Obama will deploy an additional 300 troops to Iraq in order to project U.S. interests (File/AFP)
09:28 GMT
President Barack Obama announced deploying an additional 300 U.S. troops to Iraq, bringing the total number of American personnel in the country to 750.
It is unclear whether current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will stay in power once the new government is formed. (AFP/File)
07:41 GMT
A parliamentary session to begin forming a new government will begin Tuesday.

June 30, 2014

President Assad is currently battling the opposition for control of Syria. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Monday that ISIL sells oil to Syrian President Bashar Assad.
ISIS dropped “Iraq and the Levant” from its name after announcing the establishment of a caliphate (File/AFP)
10:28 GMT
There hasn't been an Islamic caliphate since the Ottoman Empire. Radical militant group ISIS announced the "restoration of the caliphate", but what does this mean?
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a cabinet meeting on June 29, 2014 (File/AFP)
10:03 GMT
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for the creation of an independent Kurdish state, winning appraisal from lawmakers in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.
Head of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was appointed as "the caliph" of "Muslims everywhere" during an audio recording (File/AFP)
08:43 GMT
Extremist militant group ISIS declared the formation of an Islamic "caliphate", citing the group's head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as the "leader of Muslims everywhere".
An increase of approximately EGP 10bn ($1.4 billion) for fuel subsidies will be stipulated in the budget for the 2014/2015 fiscal year to offset the increase in global prices of oil, according to a senior petroleum ministry official.
04:55 GMT
The escalation of violence in Iraq threatens investments in one of the world’s most important oil reserves, as Iraq was expected to become the world’s largest oil exporte

June 29, 2014

ISIS Takfiri Militants. (AFP)
16:23 GMT
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday that the incident happened in Deir Hafer in the east of Aleppo Province.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki rejected calls from the U.S. to form a national salvation government (File/AFP)
14:12 GMT
Candidates are due to be announced to form a new government by Iraq's National Coalition. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is widely believed to be among the chosen politicians.
Tikrit Teaching Hospital, where the 46 Indian nurses were hiding was bombed on Friday while Iraqi forces try to recapture the city (File/AFP)
12:35 GMT
Forty-six Indian nurses remained stranded in Iraq's northern city of Tikrit where ISIL militants continue to battle government forces.
Iraqi security forces stand on patrol in the southern city of Basra, June 16 (File/AFP)
11:21 GMT
American drones equipped with Hellfire missiles patroled Baghdad's air space as U.S. advisers assisted Iraqi authorities with co-ordinating a major offensive to recapture Tikrit from ISIS militants.
Most violent attacks in Iraq are motivated by sectarianism. (AFP/File)
09:59 GMT
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant are fanning the flames of deeply rooted sectarian tensions that have existed in Iraq for years.
The current conflict could easily lead to the disintegration of the country and deepen the gaps among its communities.
01:18 GMT
With an economy worth $210 billion – the country is being torn apart before their very eyes, while its wealth is being set on fire.

June 28, 2014

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, pictured right, and President Obama on the left. (AFP)
16:47 GMT
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey says he has prepared an “option” for President Barack Obama to consider the use of US military assets against “high-value individuals” in ISIL leadership.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) talks to Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal. (Arnd Wiegmann/AFP)
07:38 GMT
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Saudi leaders in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Friday, seeking their support for an inclusive government in Iraq.

June 27, 2014

HRW said up to 190 men were executed by ISIS between 11 and 14 June (File/AFP)
18:00 GMT
Human Rights Watch claimed ISIS massacred at least 190 captives in the Iraqi city of Tikrit after an analysis of satellite images.