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Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari announced Friday an agreement between Iraq and Qatar to reopen the Qatari embassy in Baghdad.  (AFP/Thomas Samson)
15:32 GMT
Qatar and Iraq have agreed to reopen Qatar's embassy in Baghdad.
People displaced by violence in Ramadi wait to cross Bzeibez bridge into Baghdad, May 20 2015.  (AFP/Sabah Arar)
14:59 GMT
85,000 people have been displaced since Daesh overtook Ramadi two weeks ago, said a UNHCR spokesman Friday.
Locals examine the damage to Imam Ali mosque in Qatif, Saudi Arabia following last Friday's suicide bomb attack that left 21 dead.  (AFP/File)
13:59 GMT
A Daesh statement on Twitter claimed responsibility for the car bomb attack on a Shiite mosque in Saudi that left four dead.
No militant group so far claimed responsibility for the attack on two high-profile hotels. (AFP/File)
09:12 GMT
Ten people were killed in two separate car bombings targeting two high-profile hotels in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. Dozens others were injured, according to security officials.

May 28, 2015

An Iraqi security expert identified the group's second-leading religious authority as Ali Attiya al-Jubouri, also known as "the blind judge." (AFP/File)
19:38 GMT
An Iraqi security expert identified the group's second-leading religious authority as Ali Attiya al-Jubouri, also known as "the blind judge."
We've been hearing a lot about the ancient city of Palmyra this week, but Arabic news reports suggest Daesh is now eyeing the southern Syrian city of Daraa, and the Jordanian border. (AFP/File)
16:05 GMT
According to Arabic media reports, Daesh militants say they're headed for the Jordanian border.
Iraqi security forces work at the site of a mass grave containing the remains of people believed to have been slain by Daesh in Tikrit, on April 12, 2015. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
11:47 GMT
The bodies come from four burial sites, the largest of which contained 400 bodies.

May 27, 2015

Among other things, the al Qaeda leader said the group would not target the Alawite community inside Syria, despite the community's ties to the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. (AFP/File)
23:22 GMT
On Wednesday, Al Jazeera Arabic aired an exclusive interview with the Syrian al-Qaeda leader inside Syria. Here's what he had to say.
Since the caliphate was established last year, Daesh has conducted numerous terrorist attacks around the world. (AFP/File)
11:57 GMT
With the one-year anniversary of Daesh's so-called caliphate approaches, experts expect an increase in attacks around the world.
Iraqi security forces accompanied by Shia militias drive through the al-Nibaie area, north-west of Baghdad, to combat Daesh, May 26, 2015. (AFP/File)
10:50 GMT
Iraqi forces backed by Shia militias retook control of two areas in southern Ramadi Wednesday, according to a government official.
Iraqi fighters battle Daesh militants in an area surrounding the village of Dujail in the Salahuddin province, north of Baghdad, on May 26, 2015. (AFP/Mohammed Sawaf)
10:13 GMT
According to an Iraqi spokesman, the multiple suicide bombing attacks occurred in the Daesh-held city of Fallujah.
Iraqi security forces and paramilitaries deploy, on May 26, 2015, in al-Nibaie area, north-west of Baghdad, during an operation aimed at cutting off Daesh in Anbar province before a major offensive to retake the city of Ramadi. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
07:09 GMT
Other Daesh targets were hit and vehicles destroyed during the clean up mission.

May 26, 2015

An Shiite militia leader appeared on Iraqi TV accusing the US Ambassador of acting as if he owned Iraq. (AFP/File)
16:36 GMT
While US and Iranian official fire back and forth over the Ramadi disaster, Iraqi Shiite militias helping fight in there have their own thoughts on how the battle's being handled.
Shia fighters take position against Daesh in the Garma district of Anbar province, May 19, 2015. (AFP/File)
11:01 GMT
Iraqi security forces announced a large military operation to drive out Daesh from Anbar and Salahuddin provinces.
Algeria has stepped up security along the country's borders to combat militancy in recent months. (AFP/File)
07:27 GMT
Algerian Minister Mohamed Issa warned against some 46,000 potential jihadi websites promoting Daesh militancy across the Middle East.

May 25, 2015

According to Britian-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the Syrian air force on Monday conducted airstrikes against a number of targets in Daesh-held UNESCO World Heritage site Palmyra.  (AFP/Joseph Eid)
09:45 GMT
Monitor says Syrian air force conducted at least 15 airstrikes targeting Daesh positions in and around Palmyra Monday.
A Shia fighter from Asaib Ahl al-Haq stands outside the group's headquarters in Basra while other militias gather to retake Ramadi from Daesh, May 18, 2015. (AFP/File)
09:23 GMT
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi vowed to retake control of Ramadi from Daesh militants after the city was overrun by the terrorist group.
Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, fell to Daesh a week ago.(AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
US Pentagon chief, Ashton Carter, has said that the Iraqi military lacked the will to defend themselves in the battle for the Iraqi city of Ramadi.

May 24, 2015

Twitter users around the world have come up with some priceless Daesh puns. (AFP/File)
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Twitter users around the world have come up with some priceless Daesh puns.
Iraqi traders sell their goods at an open air market in the center of the city of Fallujah, west of the capital Baghdad on Jan. 8, 2014, following days of fighting between Iraqi security forces and militants. (AFP/Saddam al-Mahmedy)
18:09 GMT
Daesh executed the merchants who were transporting food from Daesh-seized Baiji to government-controlled Haditha on Sunday.
An Iraqi official said Saturday that the US was planning to partially withdraw from Iraq should Daesh take control of an air base in Ramadi. (AFP/File)
16:20 GMT
An Iraqi official said Saturday that the US was planning to partially withdraw from Iraq should Daesh take control of an air base in Ramadi.
Iranian Army's special forces march past during the Army Day parade in Tehran on April 18, 2013. (AFP/File)
15:23 GMT
Iran said its army will need more funding to address the growing threat of Daesh on its borders.
At least 319 Baghdad residents have been killed due to "acts of terrorism" since April. (AFP/File)
11:38 GMT
Separate bombing attacks targeted two residential areas in Iraq's capital city of Baghdad.
Daesh militants waving the trademark Jihadits flag as vehicles drive on a newly cut road through the Syrian-Iraqi border between the Iraqi Nineveh province and the Syrian town of Al-Hasakah. (AFP/File)
09:02 GMT
After taking the Syrian side three days prior, Daesh is now in full control of both sides of the border crossing.
More than 600 oil wells in Kuwait were set alight by Iraqi forces, causing massive environmental damage. (WIkimedia Commons)
09:00 GMT
$2.97 billion was deposited into the 'Kuwait Fund' as compensation for environmental damages caused during the 1990 invasion by Iraq.
The pipeline is expected to be operational in 2017. (Shutterstock)
07:00 GMT
Iraq is determined to complete the oil and gas pipeline linking Basra to Aqaba despite 'challenges on the ground' according to the Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister.
Iraqi soldiers were backed by Shia and Sunni fighters in the offensive. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Iraqi government forces have managed to take back the town of Husaybeh from Daesh in Anbar province,Iraq.

May 23, 2015

Daesh took full control of Ramadi last week. (AFP/File)
12:20 GMT
Iraqi armed forces have retaken a police station in a western town in the country’s Anbar Province from ISIL militants after they started a military operation to liberate the provincial capital, Ramadi.
Daesh hostage John Cantlie is regularly used in the group's propaganda videos and articles. Image used for illustrative purposes. (Al Bawaba/File)
11:12 GMT
Daesh's propaganda magazine Dabiq featured an article suggesting the group is expanding so rapidly it could buy its first nuclear weapon within a year.

May 22, 2015

Sunni volunteers in the mainly Shiite Popular Mobilization forces take part in training exercises on May 8, 2015.  (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
20:02 GMT
A spokesman for Popular Mobilization, a Shiite militia, announced Iraqi forces plan to launch Ramadi offensive in upcoming days to retake the city from Daesh.
An American soldier stands guard at the Taji base complex, which hosts Iraqi and US troops. (AFP/Ali al-Saadi)
06:00 GMT
A British national was convicted on Thursday of killing a US soldier in a roadside bombing in September 2007.
An image made available by the extremist Twitter account al-Baraka news, showing Daesh militants on a newly cut road through the Syrian-Iraqi border between the Iraqi Nineveh province and the Syrian town of al-Hasakah. (AFP/File)
00:25 GMT
Several officials confirmed Daesh has taken control of the border crossing in the Homs province.

May 21, 2015

Daesh has stepped up its campaign in Ramadi since last Sunday. (AFP)
19:41 GMT
Reports indicate that over 40,000 people have escaped Daesh in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province in Iraq.
No, Hollywood star turned anti-Daesh fighter Michael Enright was not arrested by the YPG in Syria. (AFP/File)
18:35 GMT
Watch a Reddit news "exclusive" go delightfully wrong.
Foreign involvement and internal turmoil has sent many of these MENA countries into a corruption black hole. (AFP/File)
17:56 GMT
Here are the MENA countries that made it to the top ten list no one wants to be on.
Islamic laws haven't stopped this group of atheists from producing their own secular programming. (YouTube)
14:26 GMT
Islamic laws haven't stopped this group of atheists from producing their own secular programming.
A screenshot shows a Daesh militant holding up a black flag in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, May 18, 2015. (AFP/File)
08:35 GMT
French authorities confirmed Wednesday they would hold a meeting with the international community on how to stop Daesh militants in Iraq and Syria.
An image grab taken from a video allegedly shows Daesh fighters in a street of Ramadi, the Iraqi capital of Anbar province. (AFP/AAMAQ NEWS AGENCY)
08:08 GMT
Major General Hadi al-Rzayej will replace Kadhim al-Fahdawi after his security forces failed to rid Ramadi of Daesh.

May 20, 2015

The former US secretary of state admitted she made a mistake in voting for the American invasion of Iraq. (AFP/File)
11:20 GMT
Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton admitted she made a mistake by voting in favor of the 2003 invasion of Iraq by American forces.

May 19, 2015

Iraqi fighters from the Shiite Muslim Al-Abbas Popular Mobilization unit hold up their weapons in the area surrounding the village of Nukhayb in the embattled Anbar province west of the capital Baghdad, on May 19, 2015. (AFP/Mohammed Sawaf)
19:00 GMT
The president of Anbar Provincial Council, Sabah Karhoot, announced that the Popular Mobilization brigades and Iraqi forces control the areas od al-Sajariyah, al-Sufiyah, and areas near al-Mallab,
Muath Kasasbeh's execution video shocked Jordan in February and prompted the kingdom to intensify bombing efforts against Daesh in Syria. (AFP/File)
13:09 GMT
Remember Abu Sayyaf? The key Daesh figure the Pentagon killed in a special forces raid on Saturday? Turns out, he may have also been a key figure in the execution of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh in January.
An image grab taken from a video uploaded on May 18, 2015 allegedly shows a Daesh fighter hanging a flag of the group in a street of Ramadi, the Iraqi capital of Anbar province, a day after the city was captured. (AFP/Aamaq News Agency)
11:13 GMT
Iraqi forces have repelled an attack by Daesh on a town between two militant-controlled cities in the Anbar province, a tribal leader said Tuesday.
A screenshot from a YouTube video shows Daesh militants in the Iraqi city of Anbar after the militant group seized the area, May 18, 2015. (AFP/File)
09:15 GMT
The fall of Ramadi to Daesh militants is probably the biggest loss for the Iraqi government since the terrorist group took over Mosul in June 2014. What will Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and the international community do next?
An Iraqi boy carries a jerrycan of water in a housing camp for displaced families from Ramadi, May 18, 2015. (AFP/File)
09:01 GMT
The UN warned of a looming humanitarian crisis as thousands of families fled the Iraqi city of Ramadi after Daesh militants raided and seized Ramadi's capital.
Residents from the city of Ramadi flee their homes on May 16, 2015 as Daesh tightened their siege on the last government positions in the capital of Anbar province, a day after they seized the city's government headquarters. (AFP/Sabah Arar)
08:27 GMT
A group of 64 Iraqis were welcomed by Turkish troops after traveling through Syria for more than two weeks.
A screenshot from a Daesh propaganda video shows a militant raising the black flag of the terrorist group in a Ramadi street, May 18, 2015. (AFP/File)
07:52 GMT
Thousands of Iraqis belonging to Shia militias arrived in Anbar Province for an assault against Daesh in Ramadi after the group seized hold of the province's capital.
A young Iraqi girl stands with her family in Bzeibez after fleeing Daesh violence in Ramadi, May 18, 2015. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
Hundreds of civilians have been killed by Daesh militants in the Iraqi city of Ramadi while 8,000 others were forced to flee their homes amid ongoing violence.
An Israeli NGO said Monday that 94 percent of Israel's investigations into attacks on Palestinians by Jewish settlers ended without indictments. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
An Israeli NGO said Monday that 94 percent of Israel's investigations into attacks on Palestinians by Jewish settlers ended without indictments.

May 18, 2015

The extremists love sharing their meals with the social media world. (Twitter)
16:10 GMT
Sometimes they're only as fierce as a bunch of Instagramming teenagers.
Iraqi security forces inspect the scene of a car bomb blast which killed on May 9, 2015 at least seven people and wounded 20. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
13:06 GMT
A series of bombs ripped through several residential neighborhoods in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.
Iraqi families flee the violence in Ramadi. (AFP/Sabah Arar)
11:25 GMT
The US-led coalition fulfilled requests to increase support to Iraqi military forces in Ramadi.
US forces killed key Daesh commander Abu Sayyaf during a raid in Syria. (AFP/File)
10:13 GMT
The killing of a top Daesh commander by US forces in Syria could have a severe impact on the country's oil industry, experts have said.
As the provincial capital of Iraq's Anbar, Ramadi was a milestone capture for Daesh militants. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
By Sunday night, the Iraqi city of Ramadi fell completely to Daesh militants, here's a video purporting to be the moment Iraqi security forces decided to flee.
A member of the Iraqi interior ministry's anti-terrorism forces stands guard on a vehicle outside the Habaniyah military base, near Anbar province's capital Ramadi, on May 8, 2015. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
07:27 GMT
Shiite volunteer forces will fight with Iraqi military troops to rid Ramadi of Daesh after the militants seized the city last night.

May 17, 2015

Shiite militiamen train in Iraq.  Iraq's Shiite Popular Mobilization force has been instrumental in combatting Daesh.  (AFP/File)
23:30 GMT
"Ramadi has fallen," says Anbar government spokesman.
A Shiite fighter in Iraq's Popular Mobilization force, which has played a substantial role in combatting Daesh, seen on the outskirts of Tikrit, March 8 2015.  (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
19:59 GMT
Iraqi government announced Sunday its plans to send Shiite Popular Mobilization fighters to combat Daesh in Ramadi.
Iraqi police and security forces in Ramadi.  (AFP/Azhar Shallal)
17:12 GMT
Military officers say Daesh militants overtook a military base outside Ramadi, seized more neighborhoods from Iraqi government forces.
Displaced people from Ramadi arrive in Baghdad.  (AFP/File)
15:17 GMT
Nearly 8,000 Iraqis have fled the ongoing violence in Ramadi, as Daesh militants fight to wrest control of Anbar province's capital from Iraqi government forces.
US officials say Abu Sayyaf's wife Umm Sayyaf is now in custody after being captured during the raid. (AFP/FIle)
14:41 GMT
The Pentagon killed a high-level Daesh commander on Saturday, now the news is trying to figure out who he was.
Residents from the city of Ramadi flee their homes on May 16, 2015 as Daesh militants tighten their siege on the last government positions in the capital of Anbar province. (AFP/Sabah Arar)
14:23 GMT
A series of suicide car bombs have killed ten Iraqi troops in the Daesh stronghold days after the militants took over the city.

May 16, 2015

A member of Iraq's anti-terrorism unit flashes a victory sign at a military base near Anbar province's capital, Ramadi, May 8, 2015. (AFP/File)
18:56 GMT
Daesh militants were pushed out of the government's headquarters in the Iraqi city of Ramadi Saturday, a day after raising their black flag on the building.
Iraqi Sunni volunteers from the Anbar province, who joined Iraq's Popular Mobilization force as part of government efforts to make the fight against Daesh, take part in their first training session at a training base in Amriyat al-Fallujah, on May 8, 2015. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
07:57 GMT
US pledges weapons shipment to Iraq following Daesh seizure of main government compound in Ramadi, capital of Anbar province.
Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri was a senior official under Saddam Hussein. (Albawaba/File)
06:00 GMT
The TV channel of Iraq's former ruling Baath party on Friday released an audio recording purportedly of Saddam Hussein’s deputy some officials said had been killed last month, AFP reported.