Development In Iraq

August 14, 2014

David Cameron said plans are being devised to rescue Yazidi civilians trapped by ISIS militants in northern Iraq (File/AFP)
08:47 GMT

Prime Minister David Cameron said "detailed plans" are underway to deliver aid and assistance to Iraq's Yazidis who fled ISIS violence.

Kurdish forces helped escort thousands of Yazidis to safety. (AFP/File)
08:28 GMT

According to reports from U.S. military personnel, only a few thousand Yazidis remain trapped on Mt. Sinjar.

Militants are in control of government silos in five of Iraq's most fertile provinces. (AFP/File)
07:04 GMT

Militants from the Islamic State are now in control of seven oil fields in Iraq and large amounts of the country's wheat supplies.

Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community cross the Syrian-Iraqi border along the Fishkhabur bridge over the Tigris River at the Fishkhabur crossing, in northern Iraq, on August 13, 2014. [AFP]
06:59 GMT

Britain will help rescue up to 30,000 starving refugees trapped by jihadist maniacs in northern Iraq, David Cameron said yesterday.

August 13, 2014

Incumbent Prime Minister Maliki has threatened to sue, coup and fight Iraqi President Fuad Masum's decision to choose a new Prime Minister. (AFP/File)
20:13 GMT

Incumbent Prime Minister Maliki asserts he will remain in power until a court ruling is reached by Iraq's federal courts.

A helicopter crashed Wednesday in northern Iraq while trying to deliver aid to stranded Yazidis on Mt. Sinjar. Thousands more Yazidis have fled for the Syrian border. (AFP/File)
19:53 GMT

An aid helicopter crashed Wednesday while delivering aid packages to besieged Yazidis stranded on Mt. Sinjar when several refugees tried to jump aboard. The crash killed the pilot and injured a Yazidi Parliamentary member, a New York Times journalist, and several children.

The Kurds will now receive weapons directly from U.S. sources, which will bypass Iraqi government officials in Baghdad. (AFP/Karim Sahib)
16:03 GMT

The U.S. confirmed Monday its intention to redirect weapons supply directly to Kurdish forces, bypassing central governments in Baghdad.

French President Francois Hollande says France will play an integral role in backing Kurdish forces in keeping Islamic extremists from advancing further into Iraq. (AFP/File)
13:39 GMT

President Francois Hollande announced France's decision Wednesday to arm Iraq's Kurdish forces in northern Iraq.

Haidar Al-Abadi is widely expected to unify Iraq's Kurds, Shia and Sunni groups (File/AFP)
10:47 GMT

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah congratulated Haider Al-Abadi on becoming the next prime minister of Iraq, expressing hope that Sunnis, Shia and Kurds would be unified.

Abadi was picked by Iraq's Shia bloc on Monday. (AFP/File)
09:24 GMT

A bomb exploded near the house of Iraq's Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi.

US Air Force Capts. step to their aircraft for an in-air refueling mission over Iraq, Aug. 11, 2014. The aircrew is scheduled to offload more than 40,000 gallons of fuel to Fighter Aircraft completing missions in Iraq. [AFP]
07:08 GMT

Despite the presence of thousands of American troops in Iraq, US President Barack Obama has approved the deployment of 130 more “military advisers” to northern Iraq.

Maliki has yet to step down despite calls for his resignation. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Iraq's Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi says current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will continue to play a role in Iraq's newly formed government.

August 12, 2014

Thousands of Yazidis remain stranded in the Sinjar mountains after fleeing militants. (AFP/File)
19:38 GMT

A helicopter delivering aid crashed Tuesday in Iraq's Sinjar mountains.

Abadi was nominated for the position of Prime Minister, but current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has yet to step down. (AFP/File)
18:13 GMT

Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Haidar al-Abadi received the approval and support of both the U.S. and Iran after his nomination.

Maliki has so far refused to step down from his position as Prime Minister although many officials have called for his resignation as they form a new government. (AFP/File)
16:55 GMT

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki urged security forces to stay out of politics Tuesday as the U.S. continues air strikes against militants in northern Iraq.