Development In Iraq

July 9, 2014

Former Iranian president and influential spiritual leader Hashemi Rafsanjani said that "we share problems (concerning Iraq) with the United States. There is no obstacle for our cooperation" (AFP/File).
12:43 GMT

Former Iranian president Hashemi Rafsanjani, has claimed that the U.S and Iran could cooperate in countering Iraq's current militant offensive, despite a history of strained relations.

Sunni and Kurdish leaders have demanded current Prime Minister Maliki step aside. (AFP/File)
09:58 GMT

Iraq's parliament has changed its decision to postpone a key session until August and will now convene on Sunday.

Security forces discovered the bodies in an orchard. (AFP/File)
09:40 GMT

Iraqi security forces found the bodies of 53 men Wednesday.

ISIL rapidly seized control of several major Iraqi cities and has vowed to capture Baghdad. (AFP/File)
07:04 GMT

ISIL militants have reportedly taken control of a former chemical weapons facility northwest of Baghdad.

July 8, 2014

ISIS took over control of Mosul in early June this year (File Archive/AFP)
20:00 GMT

At least 25 ex-military leaders of Saddam Hussein's banned Baath party have been kidnapped by ISIS militants in Iraq this week,.

Bomb attacks in Iraq's capital have left civilians wounded or dead almost daily over the past year (File Archvie/AFP)
13:51 GMT

At least eight people were killed north of Iraq's capital Tuesday as Baghdad officials attempt to counter the jihadist offensive sweeping the country.

The Iraqi army has been battling ISIL and other Sunni militants for control of multiple Iraqi cities. (AFP/File)
11:42 GMT

The Iraqi military is building fortifications near Baghdad in preparation for an ISIL advance.

Saudi Arabia deployed over 30,000 troops to the border with Iraq as a precaution against ISIL militants (File/AFP)
09:57 GMT

A number of shells landed in the Saudi Arabian region of Arar as the kingdom stepped up security along the border with Iraq.

July 7, 2014

The session is set to focus on the government formation process. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT

Iraq's new parliament delayed a key session scheduled for Tuesday.

Thousands of Iraqis have fled the ongoing violence. (AFP/File)
16:19 GMT

A suicide bomb exploded at a checkpoint in northern Baghdad Monday.

July 6, 2014

Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Massoud Barzani, said Peshmerga forces will not give up Kirkuk (File/AFP)
13:21 GMT

Kurds in Iraq will press ahead with a referendum to have an independent state despite refusal from Nouri al-Maliki to accept any proposals.

ISIL militants destroyed several Shia mosques and holy shrines on Saturday, sparking widespread condemnation (File/AFP)
07:56 GMT

ISIL militants executed at least ten people in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, activists say.

July 5, 2014

(AFP)
10:00 GMT

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Takfiri group has posted a video on the web, threatening to invade and take over Spain.

July 4, 2014

Maliki at one point pledged to not run for a third term (File Archive/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Iraq's Prime Minister reiterated his staunch determination to remain in power for a third term Friday despite growing pressures to resign.

Iraqi forces also targeted the Qaim border crossing, but it is not yet clear how many people have been killed in the offensive (Karim Sahib/AFP)
14:35 GMT

At least 30 militants trying to seize control of the country's largest oil refinery were killed from Iraqi airstrikes Friday.