Development In Iraq

June 16, 2014

The U.S. embassy will remain open despite the deteriorating security situation in Iraq. (AFP/File)
07:40 GMT

The U.S. State Department has announced that the U.S. embassy in Baghdad will remain open.

According to local officials, thousands of tribal fighters have joined the battle against ISIL. (AFP/File)
07:06 GMT

Conflicting reports reveal it is unclear who is currently in control of Nineveh province's strategic city of Tal Afar.

June 15, 2014

ISIL militants recently began a dramatic and ambitious siege of Iraqi cities. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

The Syrian and Iraqi governments have begun joint airstrikes against ISIL militants.

Secretary Kerry said the U.S. was ready to help but urged Iraqi leaders to first resolve their differences. (AFP/File)
13:48 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States is committed to helping Iraq defeat ISIL.

Iraqi forces are battling jihadist militants who are attempting to take over Baghdad. (AFP/File)
13:09 GMT

A bombing in central Baghdad has left 9 dead and 23 injured.

Kurdish forces, also known as Peshmerga, have been successful in defending their territory against ISIL jihadists. (AFP/File)
10:02 GMT

An airstrike on Kurdish forces has killed 6 and left over 20 injured.

One of Iraq's most influential Shia clerics recently called upon all capable Iraqis to pick up arms and fight ISIL militants. (AFP/File)
08:27 GMT

Iraqi military forces have reportedly killed roughly 300 militants in their effort to stop ISIL from taking over more territory in Iraq.

Lebanese security forces are ramping up security in border towns like Arsal. (AFP/File)
07:24 GMT

Lebanese authorities are increasing security in border regions and adopting preventive measures to avoid spillover violence from Iraq and Syria.

The ships arrived in the Gulf late Saturday. (AFP/File)
06:59 GMT

The U.S. has sent three warships to the Gulf in response to recent chaos in Iraq.

Iraqi volunteers stand in trucks, ready to fight ISIL militants (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Iraq's army prepared for an offensive against ISIL militant as the terrorist group advanced towards the country's capital, Baghdad.

June 14, 2014

The Iraqi Ministry of Communications also said internet access would be unavailable due maintenance reasons (File/AFP)
13:09 GMT

Social media sites Facebook and Twitter have allegedly been blocked in Iraq by the communication ministry to try and prevent ISIS militants using them.

At least 500,000 Iraqis fled Mosul, after it was overrun by ISIS militants (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

The UN's top human rights official, Navi Pillay, warned of grave human rights abuses in Iraq, as ISIS militants advance towards Baghdad.

June 13, 2014

Nato has so far ruled out any military action in Iraq (File/AFP)
14:09 GMT

Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said there would be no role of the 28-nation alliance in Iraq's detrimental violence.

ISIL terrorists vowed to overthrow Iraq's capital Baghdad in the coming days (File/AFP)
11:05 GMT

ISIL militants took control of two towns in the Diyala Province late on Thursday, two days after capturing Nineveh.

Extremists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant are believed to be advancing towards Baghdad, late on Thursday (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Hundreds of Iraqis have reportedly rushed to join the country's forces against ISIL militants who have advanced towards Baghdad.