Development In Iraq

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.

January 8, 2014

Despite the chaos engulfing Anbar province, life must go on as normal for many residents. Here, Iraqi traders sell their goods at an open air market in the center of the city of Fallujah, west of the capital Baghdad on January 8, 2014 (AFP)
19:55 GMT

The Iraqi Red Crescent warned of a growing humanitarian situation in Fallujah and Ramadi, in Iraq's Anbar province, reporting that thousands were in need of aid and fleeing their homes across the violence-torn area.

Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki urged all Al Qaeda and other militants in the city of Fallujah to surrender. (AFP)
14:28 GMT

Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki on Wednesday promised to eradicate Al Qaeda forces from Fallujah city in Anbar province, as the army prepared to launch an attack on the Sunni Islamist militants.

Iraqi civilians flee Fallujah ahead of the government forces' planned attack (Ahmad Al Rubaye/AFP)
07:28 GMT

Iraqi forces have been instructed to delay their attack on the Al Qaeda-held city of Fallujah fearing civilian casualties will grow.

January 7, 2014

Iraqi soldiers stand along a road close to their vehicle in the area of Ein Tamer which leads west out of the central Iraqi Shiite Muslim shrine city of Karbala towards the mainly Sunni Muslim city of Fallujah. The U.S. has stepped up military aid to the restive country. (AFP)
06:31 GMT

The White House on Monday said that although fighting insurgents is not a job the U.S. can help Iraq with, it has sped up the delivery of military equipment to the violence-torn country.

Iyad Allawi asked Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to stop targeting Arab tribes in Anbar. [AFP]
04:00 GMT

Former Iraqi interim prime minister and head of Iraqya political bloc Iyad Allawi on Monday blasted current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as leading Iraq to “disaster” with “exclusionary” policies against the country’s Muslim Sunni population.

January 6, 2014

A man shows off the V-sign for victory as he stands on top of a burn out lorry on the side of the main highway leading west out of the capital Baghdad to Fallujah, on January 5, 2014. (AFP)
08:47 GMT

Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Monday called on residents and tribes in the western Anbar province to help government forces oust terrorist factions from the city of Fallujah.

Local Iraqi tribesmen in Fallujah prepare to "battle the terrorists" (Sadam El Mehmedy/AFP)
08:05 GMT

An Iranian military official told reporters Sunday that Tehran is ready to help Iraq "battle [its] Al Qaeda 'terrorists'" in its western Anbar province.

An armed Iraqi holds his rifle, as he looks towards a burnt out lorry seen at the side of the main highway leading west out of the capital Baghdad to the city of Fallujah, in Anbar province, on January 5, 2014. [AFP]
04:00 GMT

Iraqi government forces launched an air strike on a city in Anbar on Sunday, killing 25 Islamist militants in an attempt to quell an al-Qaeda offensive in the Sunni province, Reuters reported local officials as saying.

January 5, 2014

ISIL gained control of Iraq's city of Fallujah this weekend (Al Furqan Media/AFP)
13:21 GMT

Iraq officials told reporters Sunday that they are planning a "major attack" on Fallujah to retake the city from Al Qaeda control.

A family gathers to pray over the body of one of their relatives who was killed this weekend in clashes in Fallujah (AFP)
07:17 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gave verbal support to the Iraqi government's crackdown on Al Qaeda militants this weekend, but said that the U.S. was not considering sending troops back to Iraq.

January 4, 2014

Armed men roam a street in the western, mainly Sunni Muslim city of Ramadi, the capital of the Anbar province, on January 4, 2014, as parts of Ramadi and the city of Fallujah. [Getty Images]
16:40 GMT

Al-Qaeda-linked militants took control of the central areas of the city of Fallujah in Iraq, an Al Arabiya correspondent reported on Saturday.

January 3, 2014

Fighting began in the Ramadi area on December 30, 2013, when security forces removed the main anti-government protest camp set up after demonstrations broke out in late 2012 against what Sunni Arabs say is the marginalisation and targeting of their community. [AFP]
16:03 GMT

Al-Qaeda leader in the Iraqi city of Ramadi Abu Abelrahman al-Baghdadi was killed on Friday, Al Arabiya correspondent reported, as tribesmen and government forces battled militants in the Sunni province of Anbar.

Men gather for the funeral of a person killed in fighting with Iraqi forces in the Anbar provincial capital of Ramadi, west of Baghdad, on December 31, 2013. [AFP]
13:14 GMT

Iraqi police, together with armed tribesman, Friday succeeded in reclaiming control of a police station in the Sunni area of one of Anbar’s largest cities, Fallujah, as clashes renewed with al-Qaeda militants, Al Arabiya’s correspondent reported.