Development In Iraq

August 28, 2014

The Iraqi forces took control of al-Hamra from ISIS militants. (AFP/File)
07:35 GMT

Iraqi army officials say the military has regained control of al-Hamra village.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel [AFP]
04:00 GMT

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has estimated that at least 400 German citizens are fighting alongside the ISIL militants in Syria and Iraq.

August 27, 2014

This undated file image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria. [AP]
18:21 GMT

New pictures posted on social media show the ISIL Takfiri terrorists summarily executing several Syrian government soldiers in the country’s troubled northeast.

Picture distributed by the Islamic State, showing militants including a commander known as Abu Waheeb. [Mashable]
16:57 GMT

ISIL militants have reportedly threatened to attack Saudi Arabia during Eid-Adha (the Feast of Sacrifice) that marks the culmination of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, a report says.

ISIS militants are targeting Shia Turkmen in Amerli. (AFP/File)
14:04 GMT

Iraqi fighter jets have targeted several hideouts of ISIS terrorists besieging the town of Amerli.

Western countries are deeply concerned about the growing number of westerners traveling to Iraq and Syria to fight. (AFP/File)
10:43 GMT

At least fifteen Australian citizens were killed fighting alongside terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq.

Lebanon also hosts over 1 million refugees from Syria. (AFP/File)
09:12 GMT

There are more than 8,000 Iraqi refugees in Lebanon, according to a new report by Lebanese officials.

Ongoing violence in Anbar province has forced thousands of Iraqis to flee. (AFP/File)
06:54 GMT

Militants with the Islamic State executed roughly 80 people in Fallujah.

Kurdish forces have been fiercely battling Islamic State militants since June. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Seven governments have pledged to provide weapons to Kurdish forces battling ISIS in Iraq.

August 26, 2014

The Yazidis are one of many groups targeted by ISIS. (AFP/File)
18:53 GMT

The UN high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay says ISIS has committed crimes against humanity by killing hundreds of Shia Iraqis.

In a new string of Baghdad violence, Shiite targets have been bombed over the last week, most recently involving a car bomb detonating during morning rush hour Tuesday. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
13:34 GMT

Amid a week full of sectarian violence across Iraq, a parked car exploded during morning rush hour Tuesday in Baghdad's commercial district of New Baghdad.

Kurdish forces have been battling ISIS militants for control of key Iraqi cities since June. (AFP/File)
12:58 GMT

An Iranian official says Iran has supplied Iraq's Kurdish forces with weapons to aid them in their fight against ISIS militants.

Iraq´s premier-designate Haidar al-Abadi says that "weapons must remain in the hand of the state" (Sabah Arar / AFP).
05:00 GMT

Following the kidnapping of 70 Sunnis by suspected Shiite militants, Iraq´s premier-designate Haidar al-Abadi said there was not place for armed groups outside of state control.

August 25, 2014

Iraqis inspect the damage at an husseiniya, a Shiite place of worship, after a suicide bomber attacked worshipers during prayers on August 25, 2014. [AFP]
13:37 GMT

At least 12 people have been killed after a bomb attack targeted Shia worshippers in Iraq’s capital city, Baghdad.

Militants with the Islamic State swiftly took control of multiple cities in Iraq in June. (AFP/File)
08:55 GMT

The Iraqi government has called for international support to fight ISIS militants in Iraq.