Development In Iraq

August 12, 2014

Kurdish forces hand out water bottles to displaced Yazidi families in the Iraq-Syria border, August 11, 2014 (File/AFP)
08:30 GMT

Peshmerga forces in Iraq made significant gains against terrorist group ISIS after several days of fighting, according to Press TV.

Iraqi President Fuad Masum (2nd L) shakes hands with deputy parliamentary speaker, and newly nominated Iraqi Prime Minister, Haidar al-Abadi (R) on 11 August 2014 (Iraqi President Office / AFP).
08:12 GMT

Outgoing Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki rejected the naming of his successor as premier on Monday, charging that it amounted to a violation of Iraq's constitution.

August 11, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House defending U.S. air strikes on ISIS, explaining that `there is no timetable on operations in Iraq´ (Mandel Ngan /AFP).
18:00 GMT

President Barack Obama came under fire from his opponents in Washington on Sunday as the U.S. launched further air strikes against militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Iraq.

Kurdish troops have been engaged in fierce battles with Islamic State militants. (AFP/File)
12:48 GMT

The U.S. has decided to directly provide weapons to Kurdish forces in Iraq.

Maliki has ignored calls for his resignation. (AFP/File)
10:03 GMT

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says he will file a legal complaint against the newly elected president for committing "a clear constitutional violation."

The decision came after an increase in violence following U.S. air strikes. (AFP/File)
07:12 GMT

The U.S. State Department has relocated some of its staff members from the Kurdish city of Irbil and Baghdad.

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06:40 GMT

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August 10, 2014

Demonstrators take part in a pro-Yazidi rally on August 9, 2014 in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany. [AFP]
17:25 GMT

Militants in north-western Iraq have buried women and children alive during their offensive against the Yazidi ethnic minority, according to Iraq’s minister for human rights.

Thousands more remain trapped atop the mountain. (AFP/File)
14:35 GMT

Kurdish forces aided thousands of Yazidis in fleeing Mount Sinjar Sunday.

Roughly 300 Yazidi women were kidnapped as slaves. (AFP/File)
12:52 GMT

Militants of the Islamic State have killed at least 500 Yazidis and buried them in mass graves.

U.S. President Barack Obama delivered a speech where he outlined a plan for military action, August 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:07 GMT

Barack Obama said U.S. air strikes against ISIS in Iraq would be a "long-term project" following the aftermath of thousands of ethnic Yazidis fleeing violence in the north-western Sinjar mountain range.

David Cameron ruled out any military action but announced an £8 million package of aid instead (File/AFP)
08:38 GMT

British Prime Minister David Cameron joined Barack Obama in calling for an end to ISIS violence in Iraq following the displacement of ethnic Yazidis.

August 9, 2014

Iraq's Yazidis flee to Syria after days of being trapped by ISIS militants. (AFP/File)
19:10 GMT

After day of being trapped and hunted by militants, thousands of Iraq's Yazidis have fled to Syria.

In addition to the airstrikes, U.S. planes have dropped food and water supplies to the Iraqi minority sect marooned by militants.
10:18 GMT

Friday marked the first time since 2011 that U.S. airstrikes took place in Iraq. Two rounds of strikes were executed on ISIS artillery targets while U.S. humanitarian air support dropped food and water to trapped Yazidis.

August 8, 2014

US President Barack Obama said, "We support our allies when they're in danger." (AFP/Mandel Ngan)
07:27 GMT

US President Obama announced the use of airstrikes to protect humanitarian aid to religious minorities who had moved to and become trapped on mountaintops.