Development In Iraq

September 4, 2014

Supporters of al-Fadila party (aka Islamic Virtue Party) perform the simulation of an execution during a protest to ask for justice for members of the Iraqi forces who were executed by the Islamic State. [AFP]
06:10 GMT

A number of Jordanian lawmakers have called on the government to stay out of any war against ISIL Takfiri militants, who have taken parts of neighboring Iraq and Syria.

September 3, 2014

Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti's announcement of arming Kurds follows that of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's earlier this week. (AFP/File)
19:54 GMT

Amid ongoing negotiations between Kurdish forces and Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti, Italy could be arming Kurdish peshmerga troops by Sept. 10.

File photo dated June 02, 2011 courtesy Etienne de Malglaive shows American journalist Steven Sotloff (center with dark helmet) talking to Libyan rebels on Al Dafniya front line, 25 km west of Misrata. [AFP]
13:32 GMT

Sotloff worked in the past for 'The Jerusalem Report,' filing his last dispatch from Syria about a year ago, shortly before he was taken hostage; he lived in Israel for a short period.

An image grab taken from a video released by the Islamic State  and identified by private terrorism monitor SITE Intelligence Group on September 2, 2014, purportedly shows 31-year-old US freelance writer Steven Sotloff. [AFP]
09:50 GMT

Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) released a video claiming to show the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff and threatening a British hostage with a similar fate if the US continues air strikes against its forces.

US President Barack Obama. [AFP]
07:01 GMT

Despite the presence of thousands of American troops in Iraq, President Barack Obama has ordered the deployment of 350 more US troops to the country.

The UN also said around 2,166 Iraqis were injured in August (File/AFP)
06:53 GMT

Up to 1,688 Iraqis were killed in August according to the UN, with the highest number of fatalities in the country's capital, Baghdad.

September 2, 2014

The video of the alleged beheading was released Tuesday (Image: Screenshot)
19:01 GMT

ISIS release video that claims to show the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff

Who do ISIS and the Nusra Front want from Roumieh?
18:51 GMT

As negotiations with radical Syrian rebel groups intensify in the hope of freeing at least 24 security personnel kidnapped from Arsal last month, Roumieh prison’s notorious Islamist inmates have been thrust into the spotlight. But who are the people that ISIS and the Nusra Front want to be released, and what is the likelihood that it will happen?

Iraqi soldiers wave to a humanitarian aid convoy en route to Amerli on September 1, 2014 after Iraqi forces broke through to the jihadist-besieged Shiite town the previous day. [AFP]
14:20 GMT

Latest reports say Iraqi forces have regained control of part of a key highway linking the capital city of Baghdad to the country’s north.

Roughly 1,000 people entered the building during an outdoor protest. (AFP/File)
13:54 GMT

Families of Iraqi military personnel involved in a June attack by the Islamic State stormed Baghdad's parliament building in protest Tuesday.

September 1, 2014

IS´s directive prohibits the unauthorized publication of “images of slaughter”, just weeks after IS released a video in which journalist James Foley was beheaded (AFP/ File Archive).
19:00 GMT

The Al-Qaeda splinter group ISIS has issued a directive banning the unauthorized publication of “images of slaughter” conducted by the group’s “soldiers” on various fronts, according to a copy of the orders circulating on social media.

Shi´ite militia (pictured below) supported the Iraqi security forces to retake the town of Amerli (Haidar Hamdani/ AFP).
17:00 GMT

Iraqi security forces backed by Shi’ite militias entered the northern town of Amerli on Sunday and broke the Islamic State´s two-month siege of the town.

The laptop reportedly belonged to an extremist from Tunisia. (AFP/File)
11:22 GMT

A laptop formerly owned by Islamic State militants reveals the group's plans to develop and use chemical weapons including the bubonic plague.

Iraqi militia fighters from Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's Saraya al-Salam , prepare to fire a mortar during heavy clashes with Islamic State  fighters in Tuz Khurmatu in Salaheddin province about 88 kilometres south of Kirkuk on August 31, 2014. [AFP]
08:53 GMT

Jordan handed NATO secret security reports showing expansion of extremists in Iraq, ideas to counter group’s advance towards its territory.

Rogers said several US citizens have at least once traveled, participated and trained with the ISIL terrorists. [AFP]
07:29 GMT

A US lawmaker has revealed that there are hundreds of Americans, who have links with ISIL militants and can return to the US with their American passports.