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April 24, 2015

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16:56 GMT
Iraqi forces have reportedly recaptured a key bridge from the ISIL (Daesh) group in the Iraqi western province of Anbar.
Iraqi security personnel backed by international coalition forces seized the southern part of al-Karma city from Daesh in Anbar province. (AFP/File)
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Security forces killed at least 48 Daesh (ISIS) militants in Anbar and Ninawah provinces Friday, military officials said.
Jordan’s 20-year-old Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah Thursday called on the world to prevent youth recruitment to Islamic extremist groups. (Tumblr)
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Jordan’s 20-year-old Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah Thursday called on the world to prevent youth recruitment to Islamic extremist groups.
Guards man the Iran-Iraq border, 2008.  (AFP/Ali Yussef)
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Officials from Iran and Iraq sign border security agreement, while Iraq officials pledge to beef up security along border with Syria.

April 23, 2015

Iraqi forces also recaptured three villages north of Karmah. (AFP/File)
13:30 GMT
The Iraqi army, assisted by popular mobilization units, has succeeded in retaking some areas from ISIL (Daesh) terrorists in the western province of Anbar.
There has been no claim of responsibility for the bombing. (AFP/File)
11:13 GMT
A car bomb has gone off near the Iraqi city of Balad, killing at least eight people and injuring 16 others, authorities say.
There is increasing concern about the role of Iranian influence and Shiite militias in a post-ISIL Iraq. (AFP/File)
10:57 GMT
While ISIL (Daesh) may be making gains in Syria, the tides of battle are shifting against them in Iraq.
Chlorine can suffocate its victims to death and several cases have been reported by security forces and residents. (AFP/File)
07:29 GMT
Daesh militants have reportedly used chlorine gas during attacks in Iraq's Anbar province, officials have said.

April 22, 2015

Iraqis stand at the site of an explosion at the parking across the street from the al-Yarmuk hospital in the west of Baghdad on April 14, 2015. (AFP/Ali al-Saadi)
12:03 GMT
Security officials say a car bomb exploded in Baghdad's eastern district of Talibiyah Wednesday afternoon, killing seven people and wounding at least 14.
A UN count said more than 1,000 people had been killed in a single month of violence in Iraq. (AFP/File)
11:34 GMT
A bombing at a funeral in Iraq's northern province of Kirkuk left at least five civilians dead and another 21 wounded Tuesday night, in another uptick in violence in Daesh-held areas of Iraq.
Saudi Arabia announced the end of "Operation Decisive Storm" Tuesday night, hailing the campaign as a victory despite continued clashes on the ground in Yemen. (AFP/File)
08:40 GMT
Following Saudi's announcement of the end of airstrikes in Yemen Tuesday, the US pushes for further progress toward peace talks and warns Iran against escalating the conflict with weapons supplies for the Houthis.
The Pentagon has expressed doubt about the claims, saying there's no evidence to support that Baghdadi was wounded. (AFP/File)
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The Pentagon has expressed doubt about the claims, saying there's no evidence to support that Baghdadi was wounded.

April 21, 2015

The alleged leader of Daesh, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, known as Caliph Ibrahim, addresses Muslim worshippers at a mosque in the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul, July 5, 2014 (AFP/File)
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Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been recuperating for weeks from serious injuries, The Guardian reported Tuesday.
Pro-government fighters from the Popular Mobilization units rest as they patrol west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, on April 20, 2015, where pro-government forces say they have recently made advances on areas held by extremists. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
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Daesh released photos online Tuesday claiming to have executed 11 pro-government fighters in Iraq.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) and his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop hold a press conference following a meeting in Tehran on April 18, 2015. (Image: Atta Kenare/AFP)
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Iran and Australia have agreed to share intelligence on tracking foreign fighters working with Daesh, as part of Australia's first official visit to Iran in over a decade.
U.S.-led coalition struck several Daesh positions across Iraq, the majority in the country's western Anbar province.  (AFP/File)
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U.S.-led coalition struck several Daesh positions across Iraq, the majority in the country's western Anbar province.

April 20, 2015

With fresh offensives pushing into western Iraq, Daesh still holds roughly one third of Iraq and Syria. (AFP/File)
09:30 GMT
US CENTCOM said eleven villages were reclaimed by Kurdish Peshmerga troops and coalition air support in Iraq's northern province of Kirkuk.
The Iraqi army, Shiite militias and Kurdish Peshmerge have been making slow pushes against Daesh positions in northern Iraq since the extremist group's offensive last summer. (AFP/File)
08:01 GMT
After several failed attempts to retake swaths of northern Iraq from Daesh over the last several months, Iraqi Shiite militias and Kurdish Peshmerga are forming a wary alliance to retake Kirkuk.
A power station will come up on a sprawling 50,000 sq m land at Dagharah area, while another one will be built on a 50,000 to 60,000 sq m site at Al-Suniyah area (image: on file).
05:55 GMT
Iraq's electricity ministry has invited expressions of interest from major companies for the construction of three solar power stations and a wind power plant.

April 19, 2015

Iraqi forces have taken back parts of the country's largest oil refinery from Daesh, the coalition said Sunday.
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Iraqi forces have taken back parts of the country's largest oil refinery from Daesh, the coalition said Sunday.
Security personnel observe the area after a second explosion following a suicide attack in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on April 18, 2015. (AFP/File)
20:09 GMT
A group aligned with Daesh has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed 34 people and injured another 115 on Saturday.
Iraqi women and children who have fled Fallujah wait at an army checkpoint. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
15:41 GMT
The UN says the ongoing clashes between Iraqi forces and the Daesh extremists have forced 90,000 people to leave the western province.
Daesh has released another video showing the murder of Ethiopian Christians in Libya on Sunday. (Screenshot)
15:13 GMT
Daesh has released another video showing the murder of Ethiopian Christians in Libya on Sunday.

April 18, 2015

The army has reportedly managed to secure areas around the refinery. (AFP/File)
14:13 GMT
A high-ranking Iraqi military commander says the country’s ground forces have entered the embattled oil refinery of Baiji in the northern Iraqi province of Salahuddin.
Tunisians gather in a rally against extremism outside Tunis' Bardo Museum, after a Daesh-claimed attack on the site in March left 23 people dead.  (AFP/Fethi Belaid)
08:30 GMT
Tunisia, the origin of 2,000 to 3,000 foreign militants in extremist groups, has launched a campaign against militant hopefuls.
Bombs exploded in several neighborhoods throughout the city. (Albawaba.com/File)
05:00 GMT
At least forty people were killed and nearly 60 others wounded on Fridaywhen separate bomb attacks struck public places and pro-government Sunni fighters in and around the capital, Baghdad.
Daesh reportedly killed three people in the car bombing on Friday. (Albawaba.com/File)
05:00 GMT
Daesh claimed responsibility for a car bomb that exploded near the U.S. Consulate in the northern Iraq city of Erbil, the capital of Iraq's Kurdish autonomous region.

April 17, 2015

Several news agencies have reported one or more deaths in the incident. (Photo courtesy of http://www.ifpinfo.com/)
17:54 GMT
A car bomb exploded near the U.S. Consulate in the northern Iraq city of Erbil in northern Iraq, the capital of Iraq's Kurdish autonomy zone.
Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, called the "mastermind of Islamic State in Iraq," was the King of Clubs on America's list of most-wanted Iraqis during the war. (AFP/File)
16:19 GMT
Former top aid to Saddam Hussein Izzat al-Douri was reportedly killed in Iraq while fighting for Daesh.
The two towns are located near to Iraq's largest oil refinery. (AFP/File)
14:17 GMT
Iraqi government forces have managed to take full control of two towns close to the country's largest oil refinery in the northern province of Salahuddin from ISIL (Daesh) militants.
The Iraqi prime minister said that everything "must be done through the government of Iraq." (AFP/File)
07:29 GMT
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has welcomed help from Iran in the fight against Daesh (ISIS), but has warned the country to respect Baghdad's sovereignty.

April 16, 2015

Fierce clashes continue on the outskirts of the city. (AFP/File)
16:03 GMT
Iraqi forces have seized control of the western city of Ramadi from Daesh militans.
Daesh recently made advances in Anbar province, seizing three villages on the outskirts of Ramadi, the provincial capital. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
Iraqi officials said Daesh militants beheaded roughly 300 people in Anbar province, many of whom belonged to nomadic tribes,

April 15, 2015

Iraq's Baiji oil refinery in December 1999. (AFP/Karim Sahib)
21:18 GMT
Daesh militants have broken into Iraq's Baiji oil refinery, seizing some of its facilities, officials said Wednesday.
A series of bomb attacks around the Baghdad area have killed 11 people and wounded several others Wednesday. Image used for illustrative purposes. (AFP/File)
20:06 GMT
A series of bomb attacks around the Baghdad area have killed 11 people and wounded several others Wednesday.
Iraqi mourners react during the funeral of a man who died in Tikrit in fighting alongside government forces against Daesh in the southern city of Basra. (AFP/Haidar Mohammed Ali)
14:30 GMT
Hundreds of families are being held in villages around Ramadi, after Iraqi forces and armed Shiite militia withdrew from the areas following fierce clashes with Daesh.
US President Barack Obama (R) speaks during a bilateral meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in the Oval Office of the White House on April 14, 2015 in Washington, DC. (AFP/Mandel Ngan)
11:35 GMT
Following a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, US President Barak Obama pledged $200 million in humanitarian aid.
Daesh recently lost control of Tikrit following a major offensive by Iraqi forces and Shiite fighters. (AFP/File)
10:38 GMT
In ongoing clashes, Daesh has seized three villages in Iraq's Anbar province near Ramadi.

April 14, 2015

Some 200 kilometers north of Baghdad, the Baiji refinery has not been in use since last year, when fierce fighting halted operations. (AFP/File)
13:03 GMT
The extremist group made advances into the country's Baiji refinery, some 200 kilometers north of Baghdad, seizing crude oil tanks and killing the complex's commander in charge.
Some 330 Australian troops are headed to Iraq's Taji base to begin a 2-year training program for Iraqi soldiers. (AFP/File)
12:12 GMT
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Prime announced approximately 330 troops will join a New Zealand contingent in training Iraqi military at base north of Baghdad.
Iraqi troops inspect the scene of a car bomb explosion in Baghdad. (AFP/File)
09:56 GMT
Two separate bombings in the areas around Baghdad killed a total of eleven civilians and injuring 23 others on Tuesday morning.
Diesel will be filming scenes from his new film "Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk" in Iraq. (Image: Facebook)
09:05 GMT
Vin Diesel will be filming scenes from his new film "Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk" in Iraq.
Iraqi forces will next take on Daesh in Anbar. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
The US Department of Defense announced Daesh lost up to 25 percent of the territory it had previously claimed in Iraq.

April 13, 2015

Nicholas Slatten, center, was sentenced to life for his role in the 2007 slaughter in Baghdad. (AFP/File)
22:30 GMT
Former Blackwater security guard Nicholas Slatten was sentenced to life in prison. The other three guards will serve 30 years.
Daesh released a video of militants destroying the ancient city of Nimrud on Saturday. (Albawaba.com/File)
19:53 GMT
The UN's cultural agency issued a fresh condemnation Monday of jihadists' destruction of Iraq's Nimrud, once the jewel of Assyria and home to a treasure considered one of the 20th century's main archaeological finds.
Four Blackwater security guards are awaiting sentences after being convicted on charges from the deaths of at least 14 unarmed Iraqis. (AFP/Spencer Platt)
19:40 GMT
Four Blackwater security guards are awaiting sentences after being convicted on charges from the deaths of at least 14 unarmed Iraqis.
A suspected burial site for Speicher massacre victims. (AFP/File)
17:32 GMT
Iraq has so far exhumed the remains of 164 victims believed to have been killed by extremists in mass graves in Tikrit.
An Iraqi soldier marches in the city of Tikrit. On March 31, government forces, supported by Shia and Sunni volunteer fighters, had wrested control of Tikrit, located 140 kilometers from Baghdad. (Image: AFP/Ahmad al Rubaye)
06:44 GMT
Abu Maria, Daesh's self-declared governor of al-Hajaj and Albu-Tema areas, was killed near the area of Ajil oilfield in the northeastern part of Tikrit on Sunday.

April 12, 2015

FlyBaghdad, owned by Iraqi investors, is expected to start flights to neighbouring countries by July, complementing state- backed Iraqi Airways,
15:24 GMT
In addition to national operator Iraqi Airways with its fleet of about 30 aircraft, the country’s six airports are being targeted by four other small privately-owned carriers
The whereabouts of the victims remains unknown. (AFP/File)
10:02 GMT
Daesh stormed a number of schools in the southern and western districts of Mosul, kidnapping almost 120 children.
The insurgency of the Taliban and the US war in Afghanistan have created years of instability that’s difficult to track. In times when interest in sex dipped down, there also tended to be casualties in NATO forces. Maybe most of those with Internet access in the country were also foreign troops.
08:31 GMT
Sex is a universal interest. But when revolutions begin, priorities change.
Ned Parker has left Iraq due to threats he received on Facebook. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
The chief of Reuters' Baghdad bureau has fleed Iraq after he was threatened on social media following a Reuters report on lynching and looting in the city of Tikrit, the news agency has reported.