Development In Iraq

September 17, 2014

Prime Minister Abadi wants the international community to extend the fight to Syria. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT

Iraq's new prime minister said in an interview Wednesday that foreign ground troops are neither necessary or welcome in Iraq.

Islamic State terrorists have taken control of parts of Iraq and Syria since June (File/AFP)
11:10 GMT

Iraqi forces battled Islamic State militants north of the capital Baghdad, which has been under siege for over two months.

An Iranian Kurdish female member of the Freedom Party of Kurdistan (PAK) keeps a position in Dibis, some 50 kms northwest of Kirkuk, on September 15, 2014. [AFP]
10:55 GMT

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has highlighted Iran’s status in the Middle East, saying the Islamic Republic plays an important role in the establishment of regional peace.

Australia's prime minister-elect Tony Abbott. [AFP]
09:45 GMT

Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Australian troops in Iraq will not engage in combat operations in the crisis-hit country.

Mufid Elfgeeh is charged with trying to provide material support to ISIS.
08:09 GMT

Rochester, New York, man has been indicted on charges of trying to provide material support to the Islamic State militant group and attempting to murder US soldiers, the US Justice Department said on Tuesday.

An image grab taken from a propaganda video uploaded on June 11, 2014 by jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
07:56 GMT

Islamic State militants are better resourced than any other terrorist group, according to intelligence officials.

September 16, 2014

The Iraqi army has been battling IS militants since June. (AFP/File)
20:02 GMT

Iraqi troops have launched a major offensive near the town of Jurf al-Sakhar to flush out Islamic State militants.

The United States has been conducting air strikes against IS militants in Iraq. (AFP/File)
18:47 GMT

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel testified Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee concerning the military strategy to combat the Islamic State.

The U.S. has said it will not work with Assad. (AFP/File)
17:53 GMT

A top Iraqi official met with Syrian President Bashar Assad Tuesday to discuss terrorism in the region.

The majority of Iraqi parliament nominees were confirmed last week. (AFP/File)
15:24 GMT

Iraqi lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Abadi's nominees for defense minister and interior minister Tuesday.

Young Turks are believed to be attracted to the Islamic State for financial reasons, according to the report (File/AFP)
11:44 GMT

Up to a thousand Turks have joined Islamic State militants inside Iraq and Syria, according to government officials and media reports.

The conference was co-chaired by French President Francois Hollande and Iraqi President Fouad Massoum. (Photo courtesy of UPI)
05:00 GMT

World leaders from over 30 countries pledged to use "all means necessary" to defeat the Islamic State.

September 15, 2014

Khamenei denounced U.S. claims of targeted airstrikes against IS militants as "lies." (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

Iran's Supreme Leader said Monday that Iran will not join an international coalition led by the U.S. to counter Islamic State militants.

The civilians killed were displaced Iraqis who had fled IS fighters. (AFP/File)
14:20 GMT

A new report by Human Rights Watch says at least 31 Iraqi civilians were killed in an airstrike that hit a school in Tikrit earlier this month.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is on a week-long trip to consolidate international support for the campaign against IS. (AFP/File)
13:26 GMT

Several Arab states have pledged military support, including air strikes, to assist in the international campaign against the Islamic State.