Development In Iraq

August 26, 2014

The Yazidis are one of many groups targeted by ISIS. (AFP/File)
18:53 GMT

The UN high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay says ISIS has committed crimes against humanity by killing hundreds of Shia Iraqis.

In a new string of Baghdad violence, Shiite targets have been bombed over the last week, most recently involving a car bomb detonating during morning rush hour Tuesday. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
13:34 GMT

Amid a week full of sectarian violence across Iraq, a parked car exploded during morning rush hour Tuesday in Baghdad's commercial district of New Baghdad.

Kurdish forces have been battling ISIS militants for control of key Iraqi cities since June. (AFP/File)
12:58 GMT

An Iranian official says Iran has supplied Iraq's Kurdish forces with weapons to aid them in their fight against ISIS militants.

Iraq´s premier-designate Haidar al-Abadi says that "weapons must remain in the hand of the state" (Sabah Arar / AFP).
05:00 GMT

Following the kidnapping of 70 Sunnis by suspected Shiite militants, Iraq´s premier-designate Haidar al-Abadi said there was not place for armed groups outside of state control.

August 25, 2014

Iraqis inspect the damage at an husseiniya, a Shiite place of worship, after a suicide bomber attacked worshipers during prayers on August 25, 2014. [AFP]
13:37 GMT

At least 12 people have been killed after a bomb attack targeted Shia worshippers in Iraq’s capital city, Baghdad.

Militants with the Islamic State swiftly took control of multiple cities in Iraq in June. (AFP/File)
08:55 GMT

The Iraqi government has called for international support to fight ISIS militants in Iraq.

The Baiji refinery has been the site of several battles between government forces and militants over the past few months. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Iraqi government forces have countered a massive attack by ISIS on the country's largest oil refinery.

August 24, 2014

James Foley was an American journalist who was beheaded by an Islamic State militant. (AFP/File)
17:36 GMT

The British ambassador to the United States said the identity of the militant who beheaded James Foley is close to being known.

ISIS has taken over multiple cities in Iraq in recent months. (AFP/File)
14:21 GMT

The UN warned that ISIS militants could perpetrate another ethnic slaughter in the town of Amerli, Iraq.

The SAS team tasked with hunting down the ISIS terrorists will use hand-launched surveillance drones. [AFP]
12:21 GMT

SAS in high-tech hunt for Jihadi John: 'Significant force' of elite UK troops on the ground as MI5 identify James Foley's sickening killer

A Kurdish peshmerga fighter flashes the sign for victory as they head to the front line near Mosul Dam on the outskirts of the northern city of Mosul on August 18, 2014 as fighting continued with Islamic State militants for control of the strategic site. [AFP]
07:54 GMT

Iraqi troops and Kurdish Peshmerga forces backed by US airstrikes have managed to secure the area near Iraq’s largest dam after retaking complete control of the strategic structure from ISIL militants, Press TV reports.

August 23, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden says the U.S. would help Iraq form a new federal system. (AFP/File)
11:11 GMT

Amid new sectarian violence, Vice President Joe Biden says the U.S. is prepared to help Iraq decentralize with a federal system.

Tensions boiled over Friday when Shiite militiamen opened fire on a Sunni mosque in Baghdad. (AFP/File)
10:21 GMT

New government talks are strained after Shiite militiamen opened fire on a Sunni mosque in Baghdad.

Fresh violence erupted in Baghdad when Shiites militants opened fire on a Sunni mosque. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT

Amid international qualms over how to handle ISIS in Iraq and Syria, Iraqi Shiite militants opened fire on a Sunni mosque in Baghdad Friday, killing more than 70 people.

August 22, 2014

An image grab from Hezbollah's al-Manar TV shows Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Lebanon's militant Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah. [AFP]
13:39 GMT

Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah has deplored as a “savage crime” the beheading of American journalist James Foley by an ISIL terrorist in a recently released video.