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ISIL targets were hit near Mosul, Irbil and also in Syria's Kobani. (AFP/File)
08:39 GMT
US air strikes pounded ISIL targets in Iraq and Syria over the past three days, according to a statement.

December 17, 2014

Peshmergas have so far forced ISIL militants to retreat from the villages close to the northern city of Mosul. (AFP/File)
16:53 GMT
Iraq’s Kurdish fighters have retaken three villages near the militant-held Kurdish town of Sinjar in the northern Iraqi Nineveh Province.
Dozens, including pregnant women were executed by the extremist group for refusing to marry militants. (AFP/File)
07:28 GMT
Some 150 women in Anbar province were killed by ISIL for refusing to marry militants, according to Iraq’s Ministry of Human Rights.

December 16, 2014

Iraq has been plagued with violence since ISIL militants began taking over Iraqi cities in June. (AFP/File)
15:08 GMT
At least 19 people, including 11 security personnel were killed in clashes with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists Monday across Iraq.
The photos were circulated by a jihadist forum but have not yet been independently verified. (Image: Press TV)
07:48 GMT
Photos have emerged showing the massacre of 13 Iraqi tribesmen, wearing orange jumpsuits in the eastern city of Tikrit.
ISIL militants have terrorized and killed people of all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Iraq’s Kurdish fighters, known as Peshmerga forces, have made significant gains in their fight against the ISIL terrorist group.

December 15, 2014

Since mid-June, fighting in Iraq has pitted the Iraqi army and Kurdish Peshmerga forces against ISIL militants. (AFP/File)
18:16 GMT
At least five people were killed and 13 others were wounded in three different attacks in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Monday, authorities said.
British troops will return to Iraq next month. They will help train Iraqi and Kurdish forces to fight ISIL. (AFP/File)
04:58 GMT
Beginning next month, hundreds of British soldiers will help train anti-ISIL forces in Iraq.

December 14, 2014

A Turkish Kurd waves a Kurdish flag at Iraqi peshmerga forces as they enter Turkey on the way to join the fight against ISIL in Syria's Kobani. (AFP/FIle)
08:20 GMT
Two prominent Kurdish parties, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, have been removed from the US terror blacklist by the US Congress.
Kurdish peshmerga fighters scan the horizon at a checkpoint in northern Iraq, the group took back the north-east city of Jaloula from ISIL militants last month. (AFP/File)
07:47 GMT
An Iraqi Peshmerga commander said while the two groups have had trouble in the past, Shiite fighters are helping the peshmerga fight ISIL militants after liberating the north-east Iraqi town of Jaloula from the extremist group last month.
More than a million claimants have been paid and nearly all the $52.4-billion reparations bill has been met.
05:55 GMT
Iraq is seeking to postpone a final $4.6 billion installment of reparations for its 1990-91 occupation of Kuwait,

December 13, 2014

Iraqi military and Kurdish militias have been battling ISIL for months. (AFP/File)
20:09 GMT
Islamic State militants shot down an Iraqi military helicopter in Samarra.
ISIL fighters have recaptured several villages near Anbar governorate. (AFP/File)
19:24 GMT
ISIL militants have recaptured several villages by the Anbar governorate, local officials and tribal figures reported.
Thousands of Iraqi Christians have been forced out of their homes in the city of Mosul. (AFP/File)
12:33 GMT
A Iraqi Christian lawmaker claimed that at least 160,00 Iraqi Christians have been forced out of Mosul after ISIL seized the city in June.

December 12, 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry has argued that the president must be free to adapt to future developments in the conflict against jihadists, although, under the US Constitution, it is Congress that has ultimate power on whether to declare war. (AFP/File)
15:38 GMT
Democrats on a US Senate panel on Thursday unanimously supported a new Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group without US ground troops.
Millions of Shia pilgrims flocked to the city of Karbala to mark the Arbaeen religious festival, December 9, 2014. (AFP/File)
10:15 GMT
A series of mortar shell attacks targeting Shia pilgrims near Karbala killed one, according to Iraqi medical sources.

December 11, 2014

Defense Ministry spokesman Jens Flosdorff said about 100 soldiers would take part in the planned mission. (AFP/File)
17:03 GMT
Germany has announced it is considering sending around 100 soldiers to northern Iraq to train peshmerga forces who are fighting the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.
The U.S. is leading an international coalition which has carried out numerous airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria since the militant group overran Mosul, in northern Iraq, in June. (AFP/File)
15:01 GMT
Iraqi armed forces started a military operation against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in the western province of Anbar on Thursday.
Assi and his buddy Kazem will be bringing in the New Year together in Beirut. (Image: Facebook)
11:28 GMT
Get ready to celebrate the New Year with Assi Helani and Kazem el Saher in Beirut this December!
In its World Economic Outlook report in October, the IMF estimated Iraq's gross domestic product would shrink 2.7 percent this year.
04:55 GMT
The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday said Iraq's oil-dependent economy was expected to contract much less than previously thought this year due to rising oil production.

December 10, 2014

The explosions occurred during the anniversary of Arba'een. (AFP/File)
15:09 GMT
Four people, including an Iraqi soldier, were killed and 12 other people were injured in two explosions in Baghdad Wednesday, a police source said.
Peshmerga fighters have been battling ISIL militants since June. (AFP/File)
14:36 GMT
At least 727 Iraqi Peshmerga fighters have been killed since June in battles against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists, Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish Regional Government said Wednesday.
Saja al-Dulaimi was formally arrested with Palestinian husband Kamal Khalaf on Tuesday in Lebanon. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT
Lebanon has announced the formal arrest of ISIL chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi over terrorism-related charges, after conflicting reports of the release of 25 Lebanese hostages being held by militants.
At a press conference Tuesday, Zarif underlined the necessity for regional cooperation with Iraq and Syria to succeed in countering terrorism and extremism. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Foreign ministers from Iraq, Iran and Syria met Tuesday in Tehran on the sidelines of the World Against Violence and Extremism conference.

December 9, 2014

Iraqi Prime Minister Abadi requests more airstrikes to combat ISIL. (AFP/File)
14:34 GMT
With the recent success of the anti-ISIL campaign, Iraq presses the US to increase support and escalate their attacks.
US Defense Secretary Hagel plans to visit US troops and meet with Iraqi leaders. (AFP/File)
10:21 GMT
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made an unannounced trip to Baghdad Tuesday in order to discuss security and ISIL.
Approximately 460,000 Iraqis are internally displaced. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The number of internally displaced persons in Iraq has increased over the past ten days due to Iraqi military operations against ISIL, an Iraqi government official said on Monday.

December 8, 2014

Over 40 countries are involved in the coalition. (AFP/File)
19:29 GMT
U.S. allies will send 1,500 troops to Iraq to help train Iraqi and Kurdish forces battling ISIL.
The U.S. is leading an international coalition that has carried out numerous airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria. (AFP/File)
15:30 GMT
U.S.-led coalition airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant left 70 militants dead in northern Iraq, an Iraqi army commander said Monday.

December 7, 2014

Iraq has been gripped by a security vacuum since June. (AFP/File)
11:20 GMT
At least ten Iraqi officers have been taken captive by ISIL militants in Mosul.
An estimated 930 French nationals are believed to have joined ISIL, while 2,000 Brits may be fighting alongside the militant group. (AFP/File)
10:37 GMT
Turkey banned around 7,200 foreign ISIL supporters from entering the country while over 1,000 terrorists were deported since 2011, according to the foreign ministry.

December 6, 2014

On December 4, at least 40 people were killed and scores more injured in separate bomb attacks across Iraq. (AFP/File)
18:05 GMT
A series of bomb attacks in Baghdad has claimed at least ten lives.

December 5, 2014

Jordan's Zaatari camp is home to thousands of Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
07:29 GMT
Jordan is currently host to more than 1.4 million Syrian nationals, of whom 646,700 are registered refugees.

December 4, 2014

Iraqis inspect the site of a suicide car bomb attack in Baghdad. (AFP/file)
18:09 GMT
At least eighteen people have been killed in two separate car bomb attacks targeting a group of restaurants and an outdoor market in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
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AFP/file)
15:22 GMT
The Islamic State has established training camps in eastern Libya, U.S. Army Gen. David Rodriguez of U.S. Africa Command said.
The Saudi foreign minister, Saud al-Faisal. (AFP/file)
13:44 GMT
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal said that the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria cannot be waged by aerial bombing alone during a speech to representatives of the US-led anti-ISIS coalition on Wednesday.