Development In Iraq

July 8, 2014

The Iraqi army has been battling ISIL and other Sunni militants for control of multiple Iraqi cities. (AFP/File)
11:42 GMT

The Iraqi military is building fortifications near Baghdad in preparation for an ISIL advance.

Saudi Arabia deployed over 30,000 troops to the border with Iraq as a precaution against ISIL militants (File/AFP)
09:57 GMT

A number of shells landed in the Saudi Arabian region of Arar as the kingdom stepped up security along the border with Iraq.

July 7, 2014

The session is set to focus on the government formation process. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT

Iraq's new parliament delayed a key session scheduled for Tuesday.

Thousands of Iraqis have fled the ongoing violence. (AFP/File)
16:19 GMT

A suicide bomb exploded at a checkpoint in northern Baghdad Monday.

July 6, 2014

Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Massoud Barzani, said Peshmerga forces will not give up Kirkuk (File/AFP)
13:21 GMT

Kurds in Iraq will press ahead with a referendum to have an independent state despite refusal from Nouri al-Maliki to accept any proposals.

ISIL militants destroyed several Shia mosques and holy shrines on Saturday, sparking widespread condemnation (File/AFP)
07:56 GMT

ISIL militants executed at least ten people in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, activists say.

July 5, 2014

(AFP)
10:00 GMT

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Takfiri group has posted a video on the web, threatening to invade and take over Spain.

July 4, 2014

Maliki at one point pledged to not run for a third term (File Archive/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Iraq's Prime Minister reiterated his staunch determination to remain in power for a third term Friday despite growing pressures to resign.

Iraqi forces also targeted the Qaim border crossing, but it is not yet clear how many people have been killed in the offensive (Karim Sahib/AFP)
14:35 GMT

At least 30 militants trying to seize control of the country's largest oil refinery were killed from Iraqi airstrikes Friday.

July 3, 2014

General Martin Dempsey also emphasized that a military campaign needs to be accompanied by willingness from Baghdad to reach out to minority groups in the country (File Archive)
20:00 GMT

Washington's top military officer told reporters Thursday that Iraqi forces will need help to regain the territory that they have lost over the past month in the Sunni militant offensive.

Barzani blames the current crisis in Iraq as the handiwork of Iraq's PM Maliki (File Archive/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Kurdish president Massoud Barzani called on MPs Thursday to set a date for the autonomous region's independence vote despite Iraqi leadership's discouragement earlier this week.

Tension amounts in the Middle East as 30,000 Saudi troops were deployed to the country's border with Iraq (Image: Middle East Monitor)
11:22 GMT

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah said all necessary measures were being taken against "terrorist threats" on Thursday while 30,000 soldiers were deployed to the borders with Iraq.

July 2, 2014

The Iraqi government is trying to establish a new government to handle the ongoing crisis, but failure to reach quorum earlier this week has undermined prospects that such will be achieved in the given timeline (File Archive)
20:00 GMT

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki extended amnesty to Sunni tribes that battled government forces over the last months during a parliamentary session Wednesday.

Maliki issued a warning to Kurdish leadership Wednesday saying that holding an independence vote "will damage them a lot" (File Archive)
18:00 GMT

Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki has rejected Kurdish leadership's plan to hold an independence referendum, saying that such a vote would be "unconstitutional."

The Iraqi army launched a major offensive against ISIL militants in recent weeks after the extremist group took over Mosul (File/AFP)
11:57 GMT

Dozens of ISIL militants were killed in an air raid over the northern city of Mosul, according to the Iraqi army.