Development In Iraq
January 9, 2014
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.
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
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.
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 forces have been instructed to delay their attack on the Al Qaeda-held city of Fallujah fearing civilian casualties will grow.
January 7, 2014
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.
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
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.
An Iranian military official told reporters Sunday that Tehran is ready to help Iraq "battle [its] Al Qaeda 'terrorists'" in its western Anbar province.
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
Iraq officials told reporters Sunday that they are planning a "major attack" on Fallujah to retake the city from Al Qaeda control.
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
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
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.
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.