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The operation was carried out near the city of Khan al-Baghdadi. (AFP)
06:15 GMT
Iraqi armed forces have killed dozens of Daesh members during an operation in al-Anbar province.

February 28, 2015

Peshmerga forces from Iraqi Kurdistan played a pivotal role in liberating Kobani from Daesh in January, 2015 (File-AFP)
13:11 GMT
100 Iraqi Peshmerga fighters will reach strategic town by passing through Turkey
Migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Africa disembark with the help of the coastguard (File-AFP)
10:57 GMT
Coastguard gets approval to use police weapons following Daesh's threats against Italy
Footage Daesh's newest video shows men destroying ancient Assyrian statues in the Mosul Museum (File-AFP)
10:00 GMT
Security Council, UNESCO further condemn destruction of artifacts in Mosul museum
Daesh militants launching an earlier attack on Samarra, June 2014 (File-AFP)
09:25 GMT
Suicide bombings, sniper and mortar fire rock Samarra ahead of planned offensive
Turkish soldiers patrol the Syrian border (File-AFP)
07:37 GMT
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper blames Turkey for influx of foreign fighters in Syria

February 27, 2015

Head of UNESCO Irina Bokova (AFP/Fethi Belaid)
07:50 GMT
Destruction of cultural heritage is a threat to security in Iraq, says UNESCO

February 26, 2015

Daesh struck back against a planned mass operation by detaining a mass number of Iraqi tribesmen, Reuters reported Thursday. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
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Daesh struck back against a planned mass operation by detaining a mass number of Iraqi tribesmen, Reuters reported Thursday.
An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter fires at Daesh militants during clashes on the top of Mount Zardak, on the outskirts of Mosul, on September 9, 2014. (AFP/File)
12:53 GMT
Human Rights Watch recently published a report suggesting that Kurdish forces are barring Sunni Arabs from returning to disputed lands recently liberated from Daesh control.
Jihadi John executing US journalist  Steven Sotloff. (Image: Youtube)
11:25 GMT
The real identity of the Daesh militant famous for executing hostages in the terrorist group's propaganda videos has been revealed. Daesh's Jihadi John is really Mohammed Emwazi from west London.
Prominent Daesh commanders were killed, although the fate of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi remains unknown. (AFP/File)
10:30 GMT
A number of senior Daesh commanders were killed Thursday by US-led coalition airstrikes in the Iraqi town of al-Qaim, near the Syrian border.

February 25, 2015

Former Marine Eddie Ray Routh has been sentenced to life in prison over the 2013 shooting of Kyle. (Image: Hindustan Times)
14:06 GMT
Eddie Ray Routh found guilty of "American Sniper" Chris Kyle's murder.
The IDF displays some of Israel's rockets at the port of Eliat. (AFP/File)
07:36 GMT
The human rights organization Amnesty International urged the global community to halt weapon sales and shipments to countries accused of committing mass atrocities, such as Iraq, Syria, and Israel.

February 24, 2015

Iraq is less than thrilled after US officials have told media approximate dates for the Mosul campaign, sources said Tuesday. (AFP/File)
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Iraq is less than thrilled after US officials have told media approximate dates for the Mosul campaign, sources said Tuesday.
A car-bomb explosion in Iraq. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
Police and medical officials say at least 15 people have been killed and a number of others injured when bomb explosions struck areas in and around Iraq’s capital, Baghdad.
Newly-appointed US Defense Secretary Ash Carter congregated a council of about 25 US officials who told reporters about a fresh offensive led by some 800 Iraqi troops and American warplanes against Daesh positions in western Iraq. (AFP/File)
07:26 GMT
As new US Defense Secretary Ash Carter takes office, around 800 Iraqi forces, bolstered by U.S. warplanes, prepare to take on Daesh for control of the western town of al-Baghdadi.

February 23, 2015

Iraqi forces plan to retake the town of al-Baghdadi from Daesh militants, a key location for training local forces. (AFP/File)
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Iraqi forces plan to retake the town of al-Baghdadi from Daesh militants, a key location for training local forces.
A French Navy fighter jet is pulled across the Charles de Gaulle carrier, en route to the Gulf, February 22, 2015. (AFP/File)
11:44 GMT
France dispatched a fighter jet towards Iraq Monday to launch further airstrikes against Daesh targets as part of the US-led coalition.
US Central Command chief General Lloyd Austin. (AFP/Getty Images)
09:44 GMT
In a meeting with the Iraqi defense minister, US Central Command chief General Lloyd Austin claimed the US has killed approximately 8,500 Daesh militants throughout the ongoing airstrikes.

February 22, 2015

The kidnappings come a day after Daesh burned to death 50 civilians in Hit. (AFP/File)
20:21 GMT
Daesh has captured 23 people in the northern Iraqi province of Salahuddin
The deadliest attack was near the city of Tikrit, north of Baghdad. (AFP/File)
18:16 GMT
Multiple bombings in Iraq have killed 12 people and wounded many more, the Associated Press has reported.
Daesh militants are now prepared to sell bodies of Kurds that they have killed. (AFP)
17:00 GMT
Daesh has reportedly said it will deliver the bodies of dead Kurdish fighters in return for payment, according to a German newspaper.
Smoke billows after a US air strike near the Mosul dam. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
09:42 GMT
Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the US-led international coalition responded to a Daesh attack in Iraq, killing 27 militants.
Daesh started its campaign of terror in Iraq in early June 2014. The heavily-armed militants took control of the country’s northern city of Mosul before sweeping through parts of the country’s Sunni Arab heartland. (AFP/File)
08:35 GMT
Daesh released a new video which presumably shows 21 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in cages being paraded through packed streets in the embattled Iraqi province of Kirkuk.
Gulf countries are allegedly funding Daesh so the militant group won't carry out operations in their lands. (AFP/File)
07:33 GMT
The West has been trying to stop private donors from funding Daesh militants with little impact on the extremist group. Is there any other way the Kurds, Iraqi army and the US-led coalition can take them down?
Baghdad's former mayor was sacked and will be replaced by Zekra Al Wash. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Baghdad has named its first female mayor, a government spokesman said Saturday. AFP reported that Zekra Al Wash, a civil engineer and director general of the ministry of higher education, is the first woman to be given such a post in Iraq.

February 21, 2015

SYRIA (177/180): Daesh is in Syria, but the Syrian regime is just as deadly. While Daesh is estimated to have murdered at least 20 reporters — dozens of Arabs don’t make headlines — the regime has killed nearly as many. Warring factions in the country have made it impossible to cover the conflict without being targeted. (AFP/File)
15:15 GMT
More journalists have been targeted and killed than ever before. The deadliest region? The Middle East.
Daesh also burned to death at least 45 people in al-Baghdadi last week. (AFP)
14:15 GMT
Daesh militants have reportedly burned to death 50 civilians in Iraq’s violence-plagued western province of al-Anbar, in a brutal execution similar to the one previously carried out on a Jordanian pilot.

February 20, 2015

Mosul is the largest city under Daesh control. The militant group captured the city in June 2014. (AFP/File)
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Iraqi and Kurdish forces are preparing to take on Daesh in the city of Mosul in April-May, according to a U.S. official.
Iraqi officials said the aid offered by UN organizations isn't enough. (AFP/Younis al-Bayati)
12:00 GMT
Iraqi officials said the aid offered by UN organizations isn't enough.

February 19, 2015

Two-day meetings in Saudi's capital Thursday sought to bolster the Iraqi army against Daesh. (AFP/File)
15:25 GMT
Two-day meetings in Saudi's capital Thursday sought to bolster the Iraqi army against Daesh.
UN envoy Mohamed Alhakim claimed Daesh militants harvested organs to finance the extremist group. (AFP/File)
10:21 GMT
Daesh militants in Iraq denied harvesting organs following allegations from the country's UN ambassador Mohamed Alhakim who said bodies were being allegedly found with surgical incisions.

February 18, 2015

A checkpoint in Samarra, Iraq. (AFP/Getty Images/Mahmud Saleh)
13:57 GMT
A car bomb exploded at a checkpoint in Samarra, north of Baghdad, killing six and injuring 16 others.
Members of Kurdish Peshmerga forces stand atop a hill during clashes with Daesh. (AFP/Rick Findler)
13:30 GMT
A peshmerga commander described an attack by Daesh on two towns southwest of Erbil. Daesh did not make any advances as the peshmerga were able to push them back.
An Iraqi soldier shakes hands with a man returning to the village of Al-Mansuriya, 65 kilometres north-east of Diyala province, north of Baghdad, from which he and many others were displaced due to fighting between government forces and militants from Daesh. (AFP/File)
10:10 GMT
More than 1,500 displaced Iraqi families have returned to their homes in a district of Diyala Province after the Iraqi army cleared Daesh from the area.
Iraq's UN Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim. (Photo: Iraq Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
06:00 GMT
Iraq's UN Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim accused Daesh of genocide.
Thousands of people have been killed and displaced across Iraq due to Daesh violence. (AFP/File)
05:55 GMT
Evidence was found of possible organ trafficking by Daesh militants in Iraq, according to the country's ambassador to the UN.
The identities of the victims have not yet been released, but it is likely they were security forces. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
At least 45 people have been burned to death in Iraq's western Anbar province.

February 17, 2015

A Daesh militant stays standing as a fireball engulfs the hilltop following the airstrike. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
19:30 GMT
Of the 14 airstrikes, six were conducted in Syria and eight in Iraq,
The most recent, highly-produced execution video saw 21 Egyptian Christians beheaded on a beach, pulling Egypt's Sisi into the thick of the US-led coalition. (AFP/File)
14:04 GMT
The West has been worried about Arab support for the US-led coalition against Daesh. But on the heels of the group's most recent publicity stunt in Libya, in which 21 Coptic Egyptians were beheaded in a slickly produced video, it's looking more and more like Arab countries aren't needing much of a push to go to war.
A UAE F16 jet takes off from an airbase in Jordan, February 16, 2015. (AFP/WAM)
05:49 GMT
UAE warplanes struck oil refineries captured by Daesh militants in unknown locations, according to state media reports.
In return, Baghdad would reinstate budget payments to the Kurds, which it had cut early in 2014 as punishment for the region's moves to export oil independently.
04:55 GMT
Talks aimed at permanently resolving a dispute between Baghdad and Kurdish regional authorities over oil exports hit a snag over the weekend with Kurds.

February 16, 2015

Cuts follow Saudi Arabia reduced pricing to Asia last week to the lowest in at least 14 years
08:36 GMT
Iraq and Iran cut their prices for March crude oil deliveries to Asia to the lowest in more than a decade, signalling the battle for a share of Opec’s largest market is intensifying.

February 15, 2015

Hadid's presence lends itself to the argument that Miami is being transformed into a world class metropolis, including new museums and art spaces, adding new layers of sophistication to its sun-kissed appeal.Zaha Hadid brings her creative touch to Miami skyline
MIAMI, 22 hours, 18 minutes ago
For renowned international architect Zaha Hadid, something in Miami never added up: the architecture didn't match the city.

The city lacked residences to back up its diverse, international population and burgeoning reputation for high-end culture, including Art Basel, a large, annual contemporary fair.

With that in mind, she recently broke ground on her luxury tower on Miami's downtown
17:10 GMT
The Iraqi-born "starchitect" is better known for her innovative cultural works - museums and opera houses - as well as sports stadiums, dotted around the globe from Michigan to Beijing.
Iraqi armed forces hold off Daesh militants Sunday morning. (AFP/Ali Al-Saadi)
15:22 GMT
Iraqi armed forces hold off Daesh militants Sunday morning.