Development In Iraq

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.

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel  and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey hold a press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, August 21, 2014. [AFP]
09:15 GMT

The Islamic State (Isis) presents a greater threat to the US than al-Qa’ida and must be defeated, the Pentagon has said.

August 21, 2014

Eric Holden announced Thursday the U.S. will launch a criminal investigation into the death of James Foley. (AFP/File)
19:16 GMT

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday the U.S. will launch a criminal investigation in the death of James Foley, and will continue to conduct military action in Iraq.

One million people have been displaced by ISIS violence in Iraq since June, 2014 (File/AFP)
13:15 GMT

Thousands of refugees are in need of food, water and emergency supplies in Iraq's northern Kurdistan region, officials said.

Patriarch Beshara Rai said Iraq's Christians should stick to their roots and remain in Iraq, despite ISIS violence (File/AFP)
09:52 GMT

Lebanon's Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai urged the international community to help protect Iraq's Christians, during a visit to the Kurdish capital of Irbil.

Militants from the Islamic State took control of multiple cities in Iraq in June. (AFP/File)
09:21 GMT

Interpol is urging the international community to conduct a coordinated effort against the stream of foreign fighters joining extremists in the Middle East.

EU worried over rising terrorism in Mideast. [AFP]
08:18 GMT

A Romanian official says threats emanating from terrorism and extremism in the Middle East are a source of concern for the European Union (EU), of which his country is a member.

US President Barack Obama makes a statement to the press on the death of American journalist James Foley at Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts August 20, 2014. [AFP]
06:56 GMT

President Obama says US will continue to fight Islamic State, following murder of American journalist

August 20, 2014

U.S. President Obama vowed to step up air strikes against ISIS militants (File/AFP)
20:00 GMT

American air strikes continued to hit ISIS targets in northern Iraq Wednesday, an unnamed U.S. official confirmed to AFP.

Hoshyar Zebari said ISIS militants are a threat globally, not only in Iraq (File/AFP)
17:11 GMT

Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari urged the international community to back and support Iraq's ongoing offensive with militant group ISIS.

A file photo shows U.S. photojournalist James Foley in Syria prior to being kidnapped, November 5, 2012 (File/AFP)
15:03 GMT

U.S. photojournalist James Foley, was beheaded by a British national fighting for ISIS, the UK's foreign secretary confirmed Wednesday.

The Kurdish ministers have decided to rejoin the government after Maliki stepped down from his position. (AFP/File)
11:30 GMT

Kurdish ministers who had previously suspended their participation in outgoing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government have rejoined the administration.