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Former Blackwater employee Dustin Heard (center) leaves the US district court in Washington, January 6, 2014 (File/AFP)
06:37 GMT
Four former employees of the US Blackwater security firm were found guilty of crimes related to the shootings of over 30 Iraqis in 2007 where 14 people were killed.

October 22, 2014

Iraqis gather at the site of a bomb attack on Oct. 21 in the Talbiyah area of Baghdad, where two blasts hit the parking lot of a restaurant. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)
13:34 GMT
The most recent attacks killed at least 18.
Over 500 British nationals have joined IS in Iraq and Syria, according to the UK's top police chief, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe (File/AFP)
12:47 GMT
The UK's Metropolitan Police Service released shocking figures, which state five British citizens are leaving to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria every week.
The Islamic State now controls major areas in Iraq including Mosul and Anbar (File/AFP)
11:28 GMT
Iraq's new Defense Minister Khalid Al-Obeidi promised to retake Islamic State controlled areas of the country including the city of Mosul.
The strategic town of al-Sab, which is situated to the west of Baghdad and also borders Baghdad Intentional Airport, is now fully under the control of the Iraqi army. (AFP/File)
07:17 GMT
Iraqi soldiers have pushed IS militants out of al-Sab, a strategic town near Baghdad.

October 21, 2014

Kurds have a tangled, shifting web of alliances and enemies, from the Americans and Assad, to IS and Turkey. Last week, Turkey attacked PKK positions in the southeast for the first time since a 2013 peace deal ended a 30-year conflict between the Turkish government and PKK rebels. Could the winds change again?
11:04 GMT
10 things to know about the Kurds, the PKK, and the struggle that's bigger than Kobani.
Chomsky believes an alternative to U.S. airstrikes against IS in Iraq and Syria would be appealing to the UN Security Council. (AFP/File)
10:35 GMT
Noam Chomsky shares his thoughts on the rise of the Islamic State, the most recent Gaza offensive, and US policy in the region.
Drones were moved from Afghanistan to target Islamic State operations in Iraq and Syria (File/AFP)
09:51 GMT
British drones have been moved from Afghanistan to hit Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria following 10 air strikes carried out by UK forces in the region.
A handout picture released by the official website of the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shows him greeting Lebanese Defense Minister Samir Moqbel (L) at the presidential office in Tehran on October 19, 2014. (Iranian Presidency Website/ AFP).
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reaffirmed his country's support against terrorism while receiving Lebanese deputy-prime minister and Defense Minister Samir Moqbel on Sunday in Tehran.

October 20, 2014

Iraqis gather outside a Shiite mosque where a suicide bomber detonated explosives, killing at least 11 people, on October 20, 2014 in central Baghdad (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP).
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Around 18 civilians were killed in a suicide bomb attack in Harisiyye district, while another bomb attack left seven soldiers dead in Zeydan
Kurdish forces have been battling Islamic State militants since they began taking over large areas of Iraq and Syria in June. (AFP/File)
13:28 GMT
Turkey announced Monday that it is now helping Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross its border with Syria.
IS has gained tremendous wealth from smuggling oil. (AFP/File)
08:58 GMT
Iraq's illegal oil business is booming and allowing IS to flourish.
A Kurdish boy and his father watch the fighting in Kobani from across the Turkish border on Oct. 19. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
08:31 GMT
In a tactical shift, the United States has started dropping small arms and supplies to Kobani's besieged defenders.
Israeli lawmaker Haneen Zoabi. (AFP/File)
07:53 GMT
An Israeli lawmaker says there is no difference between Israeli soldiers and militants of the IS and that both are “armies of murderers with no boundaries and red lines.”
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called Prime Minister Abadi to congratulate him on his new government. (AFP/File)
06:52 GMT
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will visit Iran Monday after lawmakers approved his choices for the critically important Defense and Interior portfolios.

October 19, 2014

Bombings have become common place in Baghdad. (AFP/File)
18:52 GMT
At least 19 Iraqis were killed and another 28 injured as a suicide bomber attacked a Shiite house of religious mourning in a neighborhood in western Baghdad on Sunday.
An alleged IS fighter totes an RPG in Kobani in a screen grab taken from a video by Aamaq News Agency, a Youtube channel that posts videos from areas under IS control (AFP).
11:11 GMT
Professor Peter Neumann said that people returning from Syria broadly fell into one of three categories: the dangerous, the disturbed and the disillusioned.
Malala Yousafzai, the world’s most recognized schoolgirl, won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize (shared with an Indian activist who battled child labor). The survivor of a Taliban assassination attempt, Malala advocates for education. She is the second Pakistani to be awarded the prize, and - at 17-years-old - the youngest.
11:00 GMT
Take that Maher! Malala's Nobel Peace Prize helps to prove how wrong Bill Maher's comments about Islam were. Here are more Muslim Nobel Laureates that prove him wrong!
A US Air Force B1-B bomber flies over Kobani on Oct. 18. (AFP/Aris Messinis)
09:35 GMT
Observers said seven civilians were killed at a Konoco gas factory in Der-Ezzor province, and three were killed in similar strikes on oil fields in the countryside around Shadadi.
Haditha, home to a strategic dam, has been under assault for months, Iraqi forces say.
08:28 GMT
By controlling Hīt, ISIS has effectively severed the main road linking Haditha to Ramadi. Supplies have been cut off completely from Haditha, with local officials warning foodstuffs could run out soon.
Newly appointed Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled Al-Obeidi (left) is a Sunni from Mosul and Interior Minister Mohamed Al-Ghabban (right) is a Shi'ite and member of Prime Minister Abadi's own State of Law coalition (AFP/ File Archive).
08:02 GMT
Iraqi lawmakers appointed a Sunni MP Khaled al-Obeidi as defence minister and Shi'ite MP Mohamed al-Ghabban as interior minister, ending a political stalemate in the Iraqi government.
This still from the movie trailer is courtesy of Ahram Online.
06:39 GMT
After premiering in Toronto in September this film based in Iraqi Kurdistan, "Mardan" has made its way into the Oscars race.

October 18, 2014

British aid worker Alan Henning was beheaded by IS militants while volunteering to help Syrian refugees (File/AFP)
12:26 GMT
The families of two British aid workers beheaded by the Islamic State have called for "unity" from people of all faiths against the militant group.
Officials said the bombs went off in three crowded areas of the Iraqi capital on Friday (AFP/File)
07:33 GMT
Over 20 people have been killed in separate car bombings in the Iraqi capital Baghdad as the army gained major advances against IS terrorists across the country.

October 17, 2014

ISIS executes two of their own (File/AFP)
06:15 GMT
ISIS may have beheaded two of their own

October 16, 2014

Newly appointed Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein referred to IS as the  "antithesis of human rights" (File/AFP)
19:45 GMT
The new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein, warned of Islamic State atrocities across Iraq and Syria Thursday.
Iraq has faced brutal violence by Islamic State militants in recent months (File/AFP)
18:17 GMT
A UK-based international rights group has warned that minorities in Iraq face ethnic cleansing by Islamic State terrorists.
Medical officials confirmed the deaths of at least 38 people in the attacks (AFP/File)
17:42 GMT
Terrorist attacks killed at least 38 people and wound dozens others across Iraq's capital, Baghdad, Thursday.
The British parliament voted last month to approve air strikes against ISIS in Iraq in September. (AFP/File)
13:36 GMT
The UK mobilizes Reaper drones against IS in Iraq.
Haider Al-Abadi's comments came on the same day the U.S. Defense Department named its anti-IS operation "Inherent Resolve" (File/AFP)
10:27 GMT
Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi said Baghdad was "safe" from Islamic State militants, calling the claims "false rumors".
Members of the US military were reportedly ordered not to report finding several mustard shells, some of which burned unprepared soldiers upon their finding. (AFP/FIle)
04:00 GMT
The US military reportedly concealed the discovery of huge caches of chemical weapons during the operations in the 2003 invasion in Iraq. Now they could be in the hands of Islamic State militants.

October 15, 2014

Iraqi Shia cities have been witnessing deadly bombings over the past few days. (AFP/File)
07:07 GMT
At least 21 people have been killed in a bomb attack in a Shia neighborhood in Baghdad.

October 14, 2014

Around 180,000 people are believed to have fled the city of Hit due to IS violence (File/AFP)
16:21 GMT
Islamic State has advanced in Iraq's Anbar province despite setbacks elsewhere after militants seized a military camp in the city of Hit Monday.
British journalist John Cantlie was kidnapped by militants while freelancing in Syria (Image: Screenshot)
16:03 GMT
The sister of kidnapped British hostage John Cantlie has made a heartfelt plea to Islamic State militants to "restart dialogue" with her family in order to secure his release.
Turkish soldiers sit in their tank overlooking Kobani on Oct. 11. AFP/Aris Messinis
10:50 GMT
Turkey's attacks on the PKK are the first since a peace process began last year.
At least 22 IS militants were allegedly killed according to security sources (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Shelling killed 22 Islamic State militants and wounded at least 40 others, near Baquba.

October 13, 2014

Islamic State militants in desert camouflaged vehicles (AFP/ File Archive).
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Islamic State jihadists have seized an army base in the town of Hit in al-Anbar province.
Islamic State militants have allegedly used chemical weapons in the border Syrian town of Kobani more than once (File/AFP)
12:02 GMT
Photographs have emerged of IS militants allegedly using chemical weapons against Kurdish fighters in the Syrian border town of Kobani, where fighting rages on.
At least 115 militants were reportedly killed in the fighting. (AFP/File)
08:17 GMT
Intense clashes erupted in Iraq's Anbar Province after IS militants attacked three military bases.
The Turkish government has been criticized for not doing enough to help the citizens of Kobani. (AFP/File)
07:02 GMT
Turkey will let a U.S.-led coalition use its bases to battle IS militants in Syria and Iraq.

October 12, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama has ruled out the use of U.S. forces on the ground. (AFP/File)
15:08 GMT
Officials in Iraq's Anbar province are calling for the U.S. to send ground troops into Iraq to help battle Islamic State militants.
Kurdish forces fighting IS militants since June. (AFP/File)
13:16 GMT
A series of bomb attacks has left at least 26 people dead in Iraq, amid the deadly violence that rages on across the country.
Pro-kurdish demonstrators holding a giant flag as they gather on October 11, 2014 in Duesseldorf, north-western Germany, during a rally in solidarity with Kurds trapped in the northern Syrian city of Kobane. [AFP]
09:13 GMT
Thousands of Kurds in Britain and across Europe protest against the ISIS attack on Kobane as Turkey stubbornly refuses to help the besieged town.
Raad al-Azzawi's TV station was also attacked last year, when a militia group raided and detonated two suicide bombs, killing several journalists and the station's chief news editor. (AFP/File)
09:06 GMT
The Islamic State reportedly publicly executed a local Iraqi cameraman in northern Iraq on Friday, highlighting the dangers faced by both international and local media workers in Syria and Iraq.
American-led air attacks are failing. President Obama's plan to "degrade and destroy" Islamic State has not even begun to achieve success. [AFP]
08:19 GMT
America's plans to fight Islamic State are in ruins as the militant group's fighters come close to capturing Kobani and have inflicted a heavy defeat on the Iraqi army west of Baghdad.
Most of the property belongs to locals who have fled and had their property confiscated by the IS group as a result or those who have been forced out.
04:55 GMT
The Sunni Muslim extremist group that has taken over the northern city of Mosul has a new source of income: real estate.

October 11, 2014

At least 38 people were killed Saturday night in Shi'a areas of Baghdad. (Image: Shutterstock)
20:40 GMT
Media reports said that the blasts occurred within minutes of one another.
Mourners in Suruc, Turkey bury Kurdish fighters killed battling IS jihadists for control of Kobani on Oct. 11. 
(AFP/Aris Messinis)
17:12 GMT
Outgunned by the more heavily armed IS attackers, Kurdish defenders were facing IS advances from two directions.
Iraqi Shi'a fighters from Tal Afar, loyal to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, take part in a parade in the Shi'a shrine city of Karbala in central Iraq on October 2, 2014. (AFP/Mohammed Sawaf)
11:00 GMT
Armed militias have increased their presence across Iraq as part of local and national attempts to combat advancing ISIS fighters.
Nine Islamic State militants were killed in the northern Saladin province (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Iraq's army killed nine militants from the Islamic State and destroyed an IS base in the northern Saladin province, according to security officials.