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A file photo shows U.S. photojournalist James Foley in Syria prior to being kidnapped, November 5, 2012 (File/AFP)
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U.S. photojournalist James Foley, was beheaded by a British national fighting for ISIS, the UK's foreign secretary confirmed Wednesday.
We can't bracket the Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS in the same category (Image: The Independent)
13:47 GMT
Western governments freely branded Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, the same category as radical Sunni group ISIS. They're definitely not the same.
The Kurdish ministers have decided to rejoin the government after Maliki stepped down from his position. (AFP/File)
11:30 GMT
Kurdish ministers who had previously suspended their participation in outgoing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government have rejoined the administration.
The UN will begin airlifting aid on Wednesday. (AFP/File)
10:19 GMT
The United Nations refugee agency plans to start a major humanitarian aid operation Wednesday to help displaced people in Iraq.
Iraqi forces are currently battling ISIS for control of Tikrit. (AFP/File)
08:48 GMT
Fighters from the Islamic State are pushing back against a new government assault on Tikrit.
A file photo shows journalist James Foley resting in Sirte, Libya, September 29, 2011 (File/AFP)
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Missing American photojournalist James Foley, was allegedly beheaded by ISIS militants in a video clip released on YouTube.

August 19, 2014

Militants from the Islamic State have been terrorizing Iraqi citizens and taking control of major Iraqi cities since June. (AFP/File)
17:07 GMT
Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh has strongly condemned ISIS in recent statements.
Iraqi forces are attempting to retake control from Islamic State militants. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
Iraqi government forces have launched a major operation to retake Tikrit from ISIS militants.
Kurdish forces are providing Yazidis with food, aid, uniforms, and weapons. (AFP/File)
13:24 GMT
Hundreds of Yazidis are in training with Kurdish forces to fight the Islamic State militants.
Thousands of Iraqi Christians have fled ISIS violence in recent weeks (File/AFP)
12:25 GMT
A group of international scholars called for more protection of Iraqi Christians following the advance of ISIS militants in the country's north, causing thousands to flee.
We need to take a different approach to ISIS. Fighter jets will not make them go away (File/AFP)
07:44 GMT
When Vice News released a recent documentary of rare access to ISIS members, it was more than just European men abandoning their happy families back home to fight their extremist jihad.
US President Barack Obama applauds retiring ABC reporter Ann Compton as he speaks about the US involvement in Iraq. [AFP]
06:58 GMT
Barack Obama has insisted that the US has made a “major step forward” after American air strikes assisted Kurdish and Iraqi forces in driving back the Islamic State from one of Iraq’s key dams.
Pope Francis has stated military intervention in Iraq is justified to prevent extremists' 'unjust aggression'. [AFP]
06:46 GMT
Using force against Iraq extremists is justified says Pope: Francis backs military action to stop persecution of Christians by Islamist fanatics.
“This is urgent: ISIS is now selling its oil, but the Kurds are not allowed to sell their oil,” an unnamed Turkish official told the Financial Times.
00:51 GMT
Turkey has requested that the United States remove barriers regarding the purchase of oil coming from Iraqi Kurdistan

August 18, 2014

Baghdad remained adamant in opposing any independent arrangements to ship oil from Kurdistan away from its control.
21:00 GMT
Two oil tankers Minerva Joy and the United Kalavrvta seem to symbolize the future of Iraq and whether it will remain a unified entity or will break up.
Militants from the Islamic State are threatening the stability of Iraqi Kurdistan. (AFP/File)
11:26 GMT
As the Islamic State spreads across Iraq and threatens the region, prejudice against Arabs is on the rise in Kurdistan.
Michael Fallon, pictured meeting British forces at the RAF base in Akrotiri, Cyprus this weekend, said the mission had escalated beyond a humanitarian one and could last for months. [RAF]
07:43 GMT
Britain dragged deeper into Iraq conflict: 150 more special forces on way as minister says mission will take months.

August 17, 2014

An Iraqi Yazidi woman, who fled her home when Islamic State (IS) militants attacked the town of Sinjar, looks at her baby as they rest inside a building under construction where they found refuge on the outskirts of the Kurdish city of Dohuk, in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region, on August 16, 2014. [AFP]
17:31 GMT
Up to 3,000 women and girls kidnapped by Islamic State jihadis in Iraq in just a fortnight - and hundreds of men who refuse to convert have been shot dead.
Fuad Masoum made the comments in his first major interview since becoming Iraq's head of state on July 24 (File/AFP)
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Iraq's President Fuad Masoum said his government would make a "series of communications and initiatives" with Saudi Arabia to ensure strong ties with the kingdom.
David Cameron promised to “support the building blocks of democracy” a part of a long-term solution for Iraq (File/AFP)
12:50 GMT
Prime Minister David Cameron said militant group ISIS could "reach the streets of Britain" and promised swifter action against the extremist group in Iraq.
Countries with tense relations, like the U.S. and Iran, are recognizing the need to work together in combatting the Islamic State. (AFP/File)
12:21 GMT
The rise of the Islamic State and their terrifying ideology is bringing together enemies from all sides of the spectrum.
Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take position to monitor the region from Bashiqa, close to Mosul, August 16, 2014 (File/AFP)
11:04 GMT
Kurdish Peshmergas backed by U.S. air strikes launched a major operation to retake control of Iraq's largest dam in Mosul from Islamic State militants.
Many of the victims were beheaded by ISIS, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (File/AFP)
07:09 GMT
ISIS extremists in Syria executed 700 members of the al-Sheitaat tribe, while 1,800 people remain missing, according to a British-based monitoring group.

August 16, 2014

ISIL militants have killed at least 500 members of the Izadi ethnic minority of Iraq over the past days. (AFP)
07:47 GMT
Iraq’s Kurdish officials say ISIL Takfiri militants have massacred around 100 members of the Izadi (Yazidi) minority in a village in the north of the country.

August 15, 2014

Amid international pressure, Maliki agreed to step down as PM of Iraq. (AFP/File)
08:41 GMT
In a nationally televised address, Maliki agreed to step down as Iraq's PM, and welcomes the newly-nominated Abadi,
The violent clearing of Rabaa Al-Adawiya and Nahda squares is one of the bloodiest incidents in Egypt's modern history. (AFP)
05:00 GMT
At least six were killed Thursday and tens arrested as police suppressed demonstrations organized by Islamists across Egyptian cities to mark the anniversary of last year's mass killings of protesters.

August 14, 2014

US President Barack Obama vowed Saturday to help rescue thousands of civilians besieged by jihadists on an Iraqi mountain, as an MP warned they would not survive much longer. (AFP)
18:33 GMT
Thousands of Izadi Kurds have been killed or displaced since the ISIL terrorists attacked the mountainous Sinjar region in northern Iraq.
The Dawa Party called on different political parties to endorse Abadi as well. (AFP/File)
13:01 GMT
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's Dawa Party has announced its commitment to Haider al-Abadi
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's Islamic State has changed the course of the Middle East for many years to come (File/AFP)
11:05 GMT
Abu Bakr al-Baghdad has given Saudi Arabia, Iran and the Kurds reason to unite against ISIS attacks. Nevertheless, Obama has to take al-Baghdadi seriously.
Iraqis walks past debris in the aftermath of an explosion in Baghdad's commercial district of New Baghdad on August 14, 2014. [AFP]
09:17 GMT
At least eight people have been killed in four car bomb explosions in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source says.
David Cameron said plans are being devised to rescue Yazidi civilians trapped by ISIS militants in northern Iraq (File/AFP)
08:47 GMT
Prime Minister David Cameron said "detailed plans" are underway to deliver aid and assistance to Iraq's Yazidis who fled ISIS violence.
Kurdish forces helped escort thousands of Yazidis to safety. (AFP/File)
08:28 GMT
According to reports from U.S. military personnel, only a few thousand Yazidis remain trapped on Mt. Sinjar.
Militants are in control of government silos in five of Iraq's most fertile provinces. (AFP/File)
07:04 GMT
Militants from the Islamic State are now in control of seven oil fields in Iraq and large amounts of the country's wheat supplies.
Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community cross the Syrian-Iraqi border along the Fishkhabur bridge over the Tigris River at the Fishkhabur crossing, in northern Iraq, on August 13, 2014. [AFP]
06:59 GMT
Britain will help rescue up to 30,000 starving refugees trapped by jihadist maniacs in northern Iraq, David Cameron said yesterday.

August 13, 2014

Incumbent Prime Minister Maliki has threatened to sue, coup and fight Iraqi President Fuad Masum's decision to choose a new Prime Minister. (AFP/File)
20:13 GMT
Incumbent Prime Minister Maliki asserts he will remain in power until a court ruling is reached by Iraq's federal courts.
A helicopter crashed Wednesday in northern Iraq while trying to deliver aid to stranded Yazidis on Mt. Sinjar. Thousands more Yazidis have fled for the Syrian border. (AFP/File)
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An aid helicopter crashed Wednesday while delivering aid packages to besieged Yazidis stranded on Mt. Sinjar when several refugees tried to jump aboard. The crash killed the pilot and injured a Yazidi Parliamentary member, a New York Times journalist, and several children.
The Kurds will now receive weapons directly from U.S. sources, which will bypass Iraqi government officials in Baghdad. (AFP/Karim Sahib)
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The U.S. confirmed Monday its intention to redirect weapons supply directly to Kurdish forces, bypassing central governments in Baghdad.
French President Francois Hollande says France will play an integral role in backing Kurdish forces in keeping Islamic extremists from advancing further into Iraq. (AFP/File)
13:39 GMT
President Francois Hollande announced France's decision Wednesday to arm Iraq's Kurdish forces in northern Iraq.
Haidar Al-Abadi is widely expected to unify Iraq's Kurds, Shia and Sunni groups (File/AFP)
10:47 GMT
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah congratulated Haider Al-Abadi on becoming the next prime minister of Iraq, expressing hope that Sunnis, Shia and Kurds would be unified.
The low-key but high-brow Abadi was born of a respected Shiite family but lived in exile in the UK for decades. He was a vehement critic of Saddam Hussein, who executed 2 of his brothers and cancelled Abadi’s Iraqi passport. In exile Abadi got a doctorate in 'rapid transit' (Baghdad to Basra bullet train anyone?) and ran a cafe and design firm.
09:42 GMT
Haider Al-abadi new Prime Minister for Iraq
Abadi was picked by Iraq's Shia bloc on Monday. (AFP/File)
09:24 GMT
A bomb exploded near the house of Iraq's Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi.
US Air Force Capts. step to their aircraft for an in-air refueling mission over Iraq, Aug. 11, 2014. The aircrew is scheduled to offload more than 40,000 gallons of fuel to Fighter Aircraft completing missions in Iraq. [AFP]
07:08 GMT
Despite the presence of thousands of American troops in Iraq, US President Barack Obama has approved the deployment of 130 more “military advisers” to northern Iraq.
Maliki has yet to step down despite calls for his resignation. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Iraq's Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi says current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will continue to play a role in Iraq's newly formed government.

August 12, 2014

Thousands of Yazidis remain stranded in the Sinjar mountains after fleeing militants. (AFP/File)
19:38 GMT
A helicopter delivering aid crashed Tuesday in Iraq's Sinjar mountains.
Abadi was nominated for the position of Prime Minister, but current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has yet to step down. (AFP/File)
18:13 GMT
Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Haidar al-Abadi received the approval and support of both the U.S. and Iran after his nomination.
Maliki has so far refused to step down from his position as Prime Minister although many officials have called for his resignation as they form a new government. (AFP/File)
16:55 GMT
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki urged security forces to stay out of politics Tuesday as the U.S. continues air strikes against militants in northern Iraq.
Water and solar lamps were distributed via the air drops. (AFP/File)
13:50 GMT
The British government completed a second air drop of aid to Iraqis Tuesday.
The British exile is expected to improve relations with Iraq's Sunnis and Kurds (File/AFP)
09:47 GMT
The potential successor to Nouri al-Maliki has created an even bigger political turmoil for Iraq's future, seeing as the current leader won't resign. For better or worse, who is Haider al-Abadi?
Kazem is thrilled to be a granddad again. (Image: Albawaba edit)
09:14 GMT
Kazem el Saher has become a granddad again!
Kurdish forces hand out water bottles to displaced Yazidi families in the Iraq-Syria border, August 11, 2014 (File/AFP)
08:30 GMT
Peshmerga forces in Iraq made significant gains against terrorist group ISIS after several days of fighting, according to Press TV.
Iraqi President Fuad Masum (2nd L) shakes hands with deputy parliamentary speaker, and newly nominated Iraqi Prime Minister, Haidar al-Abadi (R) on 11 August 2014 (Iraqi President Office / AFP).
08:12 GMT
Outgoing Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki rejected the naming of his successor as premier on Monday, charging that it amounted to a violation of Iraq's constitution.

August 11, 2014

“The market has become more complacent about supply again. But complacency is dangerous. Given the geopolitical tensions, a spike in oil prices cannot and should not be ruled out.”
23:35 GMT
“There’s talk of changes in Baghdad. The oil market is sort of waiting to see what happens,” Wardell said.
U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House defending U.S. air strikes on ISIS, explaining that `there is no timetable on operations in Iraq´ (Mandel Ngan /AFP).
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President Barack Obama came under fire from his opponents in Washington on Sunday as the U.S. launched further air strikes against militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Iraq.
 Kurdish fighters say they have liberated the Iraqi border towns of Gwer and Makhmur (Ahmad al-Rubaye / AFP).
15:21 GMT
Supported by a third day of US air strikes against Sunni militants in Iraq, Kurdish forces have carried out counterattacks claiming to have retaken two border towns.
The Yazidi might practice the world's oldest religion. Derived from ancient Persian Zoroastrianism (think Freddy Mecury) this Sufi-like esoteric faith predates Judaism, Christianity & Islam, taking elements from each (think baptism, circumcision, & 5 daily prayers).  It’s a closed sect that forbids interfaith marriage & doesn’t accept converts.
14:21 GMT
From black books to peacock angels, there´s something about the Yazidis: 14 facts about the people the ISIS killing machine wants dead.
Kurdish troops have been engaged in fierce battles with Islamic State militants. (AFP/File)
12:48 GMT
The U.S. has decided to directly provide weapons to Kurdish forces in Iraq.
Maliki has ignored calls for his resignation. (AFP/File)
10:03 GMT
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says he will file a legal complaint against the newly elected president for committing "a clear constitutional violation."
A medic carries an injured Palestinian child into al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City, August 8, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:19 GMT
Hospitals in Gaza are lacking supplies and struggling to cope with the high number of Palestinian casualties injured by Israeli air strikes, according to Press TV.
The decision came after an increase in violence following U.S. air strikes. (AFP/File)
07:12 GMT
The U.S. State Department has relocated some of its staff members from the Kurdish city of Irbil and Baghdad.
President Obama says ‘problem’ will not be solved in weeks. So how long will it take, asks Robert Fisk.
06:40 GMT
Iraq crisis: West’s ‘mandate’ is limited by national borders – and don’t dare mention oil.

August 10, 2014

Demonstrators take part in a pro-Yazidi rally on August 9, 2014 in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany. [AFP]
17:25 GMT
Militants in north-western Iraq have buried women and children alive during their offensive against the Yazidi ethnic minority, according to Iraq’s minister for human rights.
Thousands more remain trapped atop the mountain. (AFP/File)
14:35 GMT
Kurdish forces aided thousands of Yazidis in fleeing Mount Sinjar Sunday.
Roughly 300 Yazidi women were kidnapped as slaves. (AFP/File)
12:52 GMT
Militants of the Islamic State have killed at least 500 Yazidis and buried them in mass graves.
U.S. President Barack Obama delivered a speech where he outlined a plan for military action, August 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:07 GMT
Barack Obama said U.S. air strikes against ISIS in Iraq would be a "long-term project" following the aftermath of thousands of ethnic Yazidis fleeing violence in the north-western Sinjar mountain range.
David Cameron ruled out any military action but announced an £8 million package of aid instead (File/AFP)
08:38 GMT
British Prime Minister David Cameron joined Barack Obama in calling for an end to ISIS violence in Iraq following the displacement of ethnic Yazidis.
Protesters against ISIS stand outside the White House during a Kurdish demonstration, Aug 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
08:06 GMT
Life in Iraq isn't good between Sunnis, Shia and the Kurds. It was already tense post American invasion but now, ISIS came and added salt to the wound.

August 9, 2014

Iraq's Yazidis flee to Syria after days of being trapped by ISIS militants. (AFP/File)
19:10 GMT
After day of being trapped and hunted by militants, thousands of Iraq's Yazidis have fled to Syria.

August 8, 2014

US President Barack Obama said, "We support our allies when they're in danger." (AFP/Mandel Ngan)
07:27 GMT
US President Obama announced the use of airstrikes to protect humanitarian aid to religious minorities who had moved to and become trapped on mountaintops.

August 7, 2014

Most of those who fled Sinjar are from the minority Yazidi sect. (AFP/File)
17:57 GMT
President Obama is considering either airstrikes or airdrops to help Iraqis trapped on a mountaintop.
ISIS militants captured the town when Kurdish Peshmerga troops withdrew from the area. (AFP/File)
13:10 GMT
Militants from the Islamic State have taken control of the Christian town of Qaraqosh.
Humanitarian agencies have estimated that between 10,000 and 40,000 civilians remain trapped on Mount Sinjar since being driven out of surrounding villages and the town of Sinjar on Sunday. [AFP]
07:14 GMT
Thousands of minority Yazidi Iraqis marooned on Mount Sinjar face the choice of dying of thirst or surrendering to the Isis fighters.

August 6, 2014

Sectarian violence in Iraq has forced thousands to flee. (AFP/File)
19:30 GMT
Car bombs in Shiite neighborhoods killed 27 people Wednesday as fighting between government forces and Islamic State militants kills 50 people.
Thousands of Iraqis have fled because of ongoing violence. (AFP/File)
17:16 GMT
ISIL continues their assault on Christians in northern Iraq.