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The international coalition campaign is now in its ninth month. (AFP/File)
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US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken said more than 10,000 Daesh militants since the international coalition began its campaign nine months ago.
Iraqi pro-government militiamen hold a position on a road after liberating a town from Daesh north of Baghdad on June 2, 2015. (AFP/Mohammed Sawaf)
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With Iraq's various ethnic groups fighting for their own interests, Iraq stands no chance in the battle against Daesh.
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond made the announcement during an anti-Daesh summit in Paris, June 2, 2015. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the UK would send $3.1 million to a special UN fund to combat Daesh.
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 a cross-sectarian drive, take part in their first training session in Habaniyah, west of Baghdad on May 27, 2015. (AFP/Azhar Shallal)
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The Iraqi airforce hit Daesh targets west of the provincial capital, Ramadi, as well as in the regions of Anah and Rawah.
A pro-government militiaman holds position after battling Daesh, 70 kilometres north of Baghdad, June 2, 2015. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
The White House confirmed Tuesday sending anti-tank missiles to Iraqi forces fighting Daesh militants across the country.

June 2, 2015

The Haditha Dam overlooking the Euphatres River. (AFP/Jaime Razuri)
15:00 GMT
Water cuts could cause more Iraqis to flee the city of Ramadi, increasing the number if internally displaced people.
US-led coaltion airstrikes targeted Daesh positions in Iraq and Syria (AFP/File)
14:55 GMT
The United States and its allies carried out ten strikes in Syria and five in Iraq since Monday.
Iraqi Shia fighters from the Popular Mobilization units reposition on the Tharthar front line on the edge of Anbar province, on June 1, 2015. (AFP/File)
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The Iranian ambassador to Baghdad denied reports that 15 military advisers from Iran were killed in a Daesh attack in Iraq's Anbar province on Monday.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Iraq needed the "support of the world", to combat Daesh. (AFP/File)
10:20 GMT
Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi Tuesday blamed the international community for not providing enough support against the rise of Daesh across the country.
The Daesh-affiliated group operating in Gaza said top Hamas commander Saber Siam was killed after militants placed a bomb in his car. (AFP/File)
10:04 GMT
The Daesh-affiliated group operating in Gaza said top Hamas commander Saber Siam was killed after militants placed a bomb in his car.
Defenders of democracy must work out a better way to combat growing instability in the Middle East. (AFP/File)
09:54 GMT
Why are so many young Westerners opting to wage a violent jihad by joining Daesh? Could democracy be the way forward to stop this ideology?
Iraqi mourners remembered policemen in the city of Najaf after 45 officers were killed in an attack by Daesh. (AFP/File)
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Iraqi mourners remembered policemen in the city of Najaf after 45 officers were killed in an attack by Daesh.
Human Rights Watch warned in February about crimes being committed by Shia militias in Sunni areas. (AFP/File)
07:20 GMT
The Kataeb Imam Ali militia denied setting fire to the body of an Iraqi civilian after a video of the incident was leaked online.

June 1, 2015

A Yazidi woman searches for clues that might lead her to missing relatives in the wake of Daesh's recent attacks on members of the minority. (AFP/Safin Hamed)
18:57 GMT
The Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights said the discovery of a mass grave of 80 Yazidis in a village west of Nineveh province.
The incident was reportedly caused by a tank rigged with explosives. (AFP/File)
13:44 GMT
An explosion at an arms depot in Salahuddin has killed 45 Iraqi soldiers and injured numerous others.
“Iraqi army war planes dropped five barrel bombs on Fallujah city on homes of civilians and local markets, leaving 12 people dead and 28 others injured, including children and women,” the tribal chief stated. (AFP/Ali al-Saadi)
11:42 GMT
An Iraqi tribal chief told media channels that after heaving shelling, the Iraqi army dropped five barrel bombs on Fallujah city, destroying homes, mosques, and shops.
Colonel Gulmurod Khalimov was trained on US soil by Blackwater. (AFP/File)
10:50 GMT
The US State Department has confirmed that a Daesh member who recently appeared in a YouTube video was trained by Blackwater in the United States.
A displaced Iraqi child who fled Anbar province due to the ongoing conflict between pro-government forces and Daesh militants, carries jerrycans at a makeshift camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) in Ameriyat al-Fallujah, 30 km south of Fallujah, on May 25, 2015. (AFP/Haidar Hamdani)
09:15 GMT
The recent increase in displaced people is due to the ongoing fighting in Ramadi.
Up to 800 British soldiers are currently stationed across the Middle East for training missions. (AFP/File)
08:58 GMT
Additional British soldiers will join 800 troops across the Middle East to train forces against Daesh in the region.
A picture taken from the Fakhr-al-Din al-Ma'ani Castle (or Palmyra cytadel) on top of a hill overlooking the ancient city on April 12, 2006 shows a general view of the Palmyra, a 2,000-year-old metropolis and an Unesco world heritage site located 215 kilometres northeast of Damascus. (AFP/Jonathan Klein)
08:32 GMT
Robert Fisk discusses the method of Daesh's madness when it comes to destroying ancient culture and history.
The Kurdish regional administration may sell oil independently and sign free trade deals. (Shutterstock)
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Erbil asserts that they have the legal right to export oil without consent from Baghdad, if remuneration agreement is not upheld.

May 31, 2015

Iraqi army shelling in Fallujah killed at least 19 people in the last three days.  Meanwhile, Iraqi forces fight alongside Shiite militiamen to retake Anbar province's capital city Ramadi from Daesh. (AFP/File)
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As Iraqi forces engage in a military operation to retake Ramadi from Daesh, army shelling in nearby Fallujah kills 19 civilians, wounds 76.
At least 103 Daesh militants were killed in three of Iraq's provinces in operations staged by Iraqi forces and coalition warplanes. Image used for illustrative purposes. (AFP/File)
15:23 GMT
At least 103 Daesh militants were killed in three of Iraq's provinces in operations staged by Iraqi forces and coalition warplanes.
The video, which appeared on YouTube Saturday, went viral across Arabic social media Sunday with more than 200 tweets per minute.  (YouTube)
10:30 GMT
A video is circulating Arabic social media purporting to show a horrific scene with the Iraqi army inside the Iraqi governorate.
Iraq's "Acrassicauda" say it's difficult being a heavy metal band in the US. (Facebook)
08:22 GMT
US-base Iraqi metal band let their voices be heard through their music and lyrics.

May 30, 2015

There are concerns the militant group is using children for terrorist attacks. (AFP/File)
18:04 GMT
Daesh has reportedly abducted around 500 children in Iraq, in the provinces of Anbar and Diyala.
During the past 48 hours Iraqi forces have manage to free two areas west of Ramadi. (AFP)
13:32 GMT
The Iraqi military is pushing its way towards the city of Ramadi in the west of Iraq with the aim of driving out Daesh militants in the city.

May 29, 2015

Damage to Baghdad's Babylon hotel after twin car bomb attacks Thursday night.  Daesh claimed responsibility for the attacks in a statement released Friday.  (AFP/Ali al-Saadi)
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The car bomb attacks on two upscale Baghdad hotels Thursday night left 15 people dead.
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)
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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)
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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)
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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.