Development In Iraq

January 19, 2014

Is Iraq coming close to an all-out sectarian war? (AFP/File)
07:20 GMT

A wave of violence struck Baghdad on Saturday as seven attacks - including six car bombs - killed 20 people amid the government's standoff in Anbar province with Al Qaeda-affiliates.

January 17, 2014

Iraqi soldiers monitor a checkpoint East of Baghdad on January 10, 2014. [AFP]
22:27 GMT

The United States is planning to use U.S. troops to train Iraqi counter terrorism units in a third country, a defense official said on Friday

January 16, 2014

The Iraqi army is struggling to get large swathes of the restive Anbar province back under governmental control. Al Qaeda-affiliated militants have overrun major cities, such as Fallujah and Ramadi. (AFP)
06:52 GMT

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki on Wednesday said that although the war against Al Qaeda and its affiliated groups will be long, "the battle will end in victory".

January 15, 2014

An Iraqi man walks past the site of a car bomb in central Baghdad, on January 15, 2014. [AFP]
10:53 GMT

Over a dozen bombs have exploded in the Baquba and Baghdad areas Wednesday killing over 50 people.

January 14, 2014

A bomb-laden bus exploded in Baghdad Tuesday killing three and wounding 12 others (File Archive/AFP)
16:19 GMT

Violence throughout Iraq Tuesday left at least 12 people dead mostly near the country's capital.

Iraq's leader Al Maliki rejected Ban's calls for dialogue, saying: "We do not hold dialogue with Al Qaeda". (AFP)
08:05 GMT

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki to use dialogue to resolve the ongoing conflict in Anbar province, where Al Qaeda-affiliated militias overran the major cities last week.

January 13, 2014

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari (R) greets United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at Baghdad airport on January 13, 2014, upon the latter's arrival for a two-day visit to Iraq. (AFP)
18:32 GMT

The U.N. security council has called on Iraqi tribes and local communities in the restive Anbar province to help the government in the fight against Al Qaeda.

January 12, 2014

Car bombs have targeted Kurds in Syria as part of the country's ongoing civil war (Courtesy of Press TV)
12:30 GMT

A bomb targeted a Kurdish general in the usual peaceful northern Iraq territory.

The president of Iraq’s autonomous region of Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani. [majalla]
09:54 GMT

President Massoud Barzani raises concerns about intervention in the violence in the Anbar province.

The roof of vehicle is partially destroyed following of a suicide car bomb that detonated outside a central police station in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk earlier this month. [AFP]
09:15 GMT

Police officers reported a blast on Sunday morning and have confirmed nine dead and 16 wounded.

January 11, 2014

South Africa boycotts products labeled 'Made in Israel' [Press Tv]
15:53 GMT

An international campaign to boycott Israeli products is taking a heavy toll on illegal settlers in the Jordan Valley region of the occupied West Bank.

Iraqi policemen march during a ceremony marking police forces 92nd anniversary in the capital Baghdad on January 9, 2014. [AFP]
12:36 GMT

The U.N. Security Council on Friday backed an Iraqi government campaign to recapture provincial strongholds from al-Qaeda-linked militants.

January 10, 2014

Will the U.S. train elite Iraqi forces in Jordan? (AFP/File)
06:42 GMT

According to U.S. defense officials, Washington is mulling over the idea of training elite Iraqi forces in Jordan to help quell Al Qaeda in the restive country.

January 9, 2014

Iraqi soldiers monitor a checkpoint east of Baghdad on January 6, 2014. On Thursday, 13 Iraqi army recruits were killed by a suicide bomber in the capital city. (AFP)
10:30 GMT

A suicide bomber killed 13 Iraqi army recruits and wounded more than 30 near Baghdad on Thursday in an attack on men who were responding to the government's appeal for more fighters to help battle Al Qaeda in Anbar province.

Several parts of Anbar province have been outside government control - and under the command of Al Qaeda-linked militants - for several days. (AFP)
09:09 GMT

Iraqi tribesmen have recaptured the majority of Anbar province, restoring tentative calm to the cities of Ramadi and Fallujah after they were controlled by Al Qaeda-affiliated gunmen for several days.