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Iraqi firemen work at four-star Capitol Hotel in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on February 5, 2016. (AFP/Safin Hamed)
07:00 GMT
"Until now, 17 people died, among them 14 foreign nationals, the majority from the Philippines," a spokesman said.

February 5, 2016

A US official says Daesh is on the rise in Libya. (AFP/Tauseef Mustafa)
05:00 GMT
A US official claims the number of Daesh militants in Iraq and Syria are falling, but rising in Libya.

February 4, 2016

The wall will shut down some 50 checkpoints scattered throughout the city. (AFP/File)
15:38 GMT
Iraq is currently constructing a wall around Baghdad in an effort to improve security.
A recently arrived F-16 sits on the tarmac in Iraq on July 20, 2015. (AFP/File)
05:20 GMT
The arrival of the warplanes brings the total number of F-16s in Iraq's air force to six.

February 3, 2016

Iraqi soldiers patrol the suburbs of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province, 120 kilometers west of Baghdad, on February 2, 2016. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
16:00 GMT
The operation Wednesday marks a small step towards the ultimate goal of recapturing Mosul.
The US will spend some $1.8 billion for smart weaponry in the war against Daesh. (File photo)
14:30 GMT
The Pentagon has announced that it is increasing funding for the war against Daesh by more than 50 percent.
Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani declared in a press conference in Erbil, on Feb. 3, 2016, that the "time has come" to hold a referendum on Kurdish statehood. (AFP/Safin Hamed)
12:30 GMT
The referendum will raise tensions between Baghdad and the Kurdish autonomous region, both of which are suffering from plummeting oil prices.
Libya is facing a new wave of devastation with Daesh looming. (AFP/File)
09:26 GMT
With Daesh spreading into Libya, how will the West's strategy change?
The Mosul dam could potentially collapse if repairs to it are not done soon. (AFP/Safin Hamed)
08:31 GMT
Italy's Trevi group contracted to handle essential repairs to Mosul dam.
Slovenian soldiers at the border with Croatia. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT
Slovenia is making moves against Daesh.

February 2, 2016

Bullet casings litter the streets of Ramadi. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT
The corpses of Daesh militants in Ramadi are potentially contaminated with plague and other diseases.
Iraqi police patrolling in Baghdad. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
Two car bombs and an IED exploded in Baghdad today.
Shia fighters from Hashid Shaabi units supporting Iraqi government forces gather on the outskirts of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, to prepare an attack on Isis positions in the city. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Fallujah residents are suffering from food shortages and insufficient medical supplies as a result of the siege. Civilians are also being used as human shields by Daesh militants.
US soldiers chat as they train Iraq's 72nd Brigade in a live-fire exercise in Basmaya base, southeast of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on January 27, 2016. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
05:52 GMT
Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland said the battle against the militant group in Syria would be much more complex.

January 31, 2016

Iraqi refugees arriving in Erbil from Mosul. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
The Iraqi government announced that it could only fund up to 43 percent of the humanitarian needs from its budget.

January 30, 2016

An Iraqi soldier stands on an armored vehicle prior to start of an exercise under the surveillance of US-led coalition forces at Basmaya base, southeast of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on Jan. 27, 2016.  (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
20:00 GMT
The US military says it targeted Daesh positions near Raqqa and Mosul.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets participants prior to a meeting of members of the German cabinet with the leaders of the country's federal states at the chancellery in Berlin on January 28, 2016. (AFP/John MacDougall)
15:00 GMT
Germany's Chancellor stressed that although ongoing efforts at integration were important, refugees have only been given permission to stay in Germany until the wars finish in their home countries.
An Iraqi solider walks by a sign pointing toward Mosul. (AFP/File)
07:20 GMT
The US hopes to train up to 3,000 Iraqi soldiers for a special mission to recapture the Iraqi city of Mosul.

January 28, 2016

A year-long compilation in Syria and Iraq shows those who held territory, made gains and some did a little of both. (AFP/File)
12:52 GMT
A year-long compilation in Syria and Iraq shows those who held territory, made gains and some did a little of both.

January 27, 2016

The Iraqi air force. (AFP/File)
13:55 GMT
A series of suicide bomb attacks killed at least four and wounded ten others in western Iraq.

January 26, 2016

Iraqi forces fly the national flag as they drive through the streets of Ramadi. (Twitter)
10:30 GMT
Iraqi police discovered a mass grave of at least 50 civilians and soldiers in Ramadi.

January 25, 2016

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and his British counterpart David Cameron attend their joint press conference after their meeting on January 22, 2016 in Prague. (AFP/Michal Cizek)
15:30 GMT
Prague has approved a plan to send 6,500 assault rifles and 7 million rounds of ammunition to forces fighting Daesh.
Iraqi peshmerga fighters hold position near Sinjar. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT
Anwar Haji Osman, the KRG’s deputy minister for Peshmerga affairs, said Germany has been training peshmerga fighters in addition to supplying them with arms.

January 24, 2016

Daesh members driving through the streets of Mosul. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT
Daesh executed three commanders for allegedly plotting to escape.