Development In Iraq

January 2, 2015

2014 was one of the deadliest and most destructive years in recent Syrian and Iraqi history. (AFP/File)
05:22 GMT

The death toll in Syria passed 76,000 in 2014, while Iraq's was over 15,000. These figures are double those of 2013.

December 31, 2014

During the launch ceremony of the consulate mission, Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani called on China to bolster support for the Kurdish region in the fight against Daesh. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

In a bid to strengthen ties with the largely autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq, China opened a consulate-general in the capital city of Erbil on Tuesday.

December 30, 2014

Iraqi forces initially liberated the Tigris River town in October, but it was retaken weeks later by Daesh militants.
16:09 GMT

After a bloody Sunday offensive, Iraq's volunteer army forces retook the northern town of Dhuluiya, located 70 km north of capital Baghdad along the Tigris River, from Daesh militants on Monday.

December 29, 2014

Shiite pilgrims are prime targets for Daesh, although sources have not identified who is responsible for the attacks. (AFP/File)
13:30 GMT

A suicide attack against Shiite pilgrims in the Taji area of Iraq killed at least 17 and wounded upwards of 35.

Doctors and nurses working in Mosul's hospitals who refused to treat wounded Daesh soldiers were threatened. (AFP/Getty Images/KARIM SAHIB)
09:11 GMT

Two doctors who were arrested for refusing to join hospitals under Daesh control were executed by a firing squad in Mosul.

December 28, 2014

Iran is providing military advice to Iraqi troops and allied Shiite militias in the battle against Daesh. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT

An Iranian military general was killed in the Iraqi city of Samarra on Sunday while advising Iraqi troops in their fight against Daesh.

December 27, 2014

Daesh recruits children and teenagers to carry out their atrocities. (AFP/Philippe Desmazes)
13:58 GMT

A teenager recruited by Daesh surrendered himself and his explosive belt to Iraqi authorities after refusing to carry out his mission to bomb a Shia mosque.

A Peshmerga fighter stands with weaponry at a Kurdish checkpoint in northern Iraq, August 14, 2014. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Eight Kurdish fighters along with 20 Daesh militants were killed during clashes Friday in Iraq's Sinjar region, a source from the Peshmerga forces said.

December 25, 2014

The Iraqi city of Hit has been under siege by Daesh militants, according to local sources. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

Daesh militants allegedly attacked the city of Hit in Iraq's Anbar province with chlorine gas strikes, according to an Iraqi security source.

December 24, 2014

Daesh fighters are believed to have gathered in the south of Baghdad to receive salaries when the attack took place. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT

A suicide bomber targeting Daesh militants killed at least 33 people and wounded 55 others in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad Wednesday.

Some 500,000 people fled Iraq's Mosul after it was seized by Daesh in June, 2014. (AFP/File)
07:29 GMT

At least two million Iraqis have been internally displaced because of Daesh violence across 2,049 districts in the country throughout 2014.

December 23, 2014

Bassem Youssef was named one of "100 most influential people in the world" by Time magazine in 2013. (AFP/File)
18:31 GMT

Bassem Youssef and his company Q-Soft were fined millions of dollars by The Cairo Regional Center for International Commercial Arbitration for poking fun at Egypt's military leaders.

Daesh has collected 23 million pounds from the sale of pilfered artifacts from churches in Nabaq, according to a report by The Christian Post. (AFP/File)
14:59 GMT

Sources claim Daesh converted churches into torture chambers and sold stolen holy artifacts on the black market.

Twenty-two airstrikes hit Daesh targets across Iraq and Syria, according to the US military. (AFP/File)
08:31 GMT

US-led forces launched a series of airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, hitting Daesh targets, the American military said.

December 22, 2014

Peshmerga and Iraqi forces have been battling Daesh militants since June. (AFP/File)
16:21 GMT

Kurdish fighters have pushed deeper into the flashpoint northwestern Iraqi town of Sinjar in their battle with the ISIL, or Daesh, militants, who have held sway over the area for months.