Development In Iraq

January 2, 2014

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki  [Getty Images]
04:00 GMT

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Wednesday reversed a decision to withdraw troops from tense cities in Anbar province, hours after militants attacked police stations and freed prisoners.

December 31, 2013

Military officers carry the coffin of a comrade during his funeral in the city of Nasiriyah, on December 31, 2013, after he was killed in fighting in the western Anbar province. (AFP)
13:05 GMT

Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Al Malaki on Tuesday told the army to leave cities in the Anbar province in a bid to defuse tensions in the area after security forces launched a crackdown on a major Sunni anti-government camp.

An Iraqi troop stationed in Anbar to crackdown on Al Qaeda activity (File Archive/AFP)
07:49 GMT

At least 10 people were killed Monday in Iraq's Anbar province while government authorities "dismantled" the Sunni Arab protest camp that Iraqi President Nour Al Maliki had previously described as a headquarter for Al Qaeda.

December 30, 2013

Sunni protestors gather in Anbar province earlier this year (File Archive/AFP)
09:29 GMT

Iraqi police were directed by authorities Monday to "dismantle" Iraq's main anti-government protest site in Anbar province that Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki has called the headquarters for Al Qaeda leadership.

December 29, 2013

Gunmen attacked the Sahwa at a checkpoint Sunday (File Archive/AFP)
11:42 GMT

At least four anti-Qaeda fighters died Sunday after gunmen attacked the soldiers at a milita checkpoint in Iraq's Abu Ghraib area.

Iraq has been hit by growing levels of sectarian violence in 2013. According to the ex VP, al-Maliki (pictured) is using the violence against Sunnis to get the Shiite vote. (AFP/File)
09:26 GMT

Former Iraqi Vice President Tariq Al Hashimi accused Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of trying to get the Shiite vote by "killing Sunni Muslims".

December 28, 2013

The arrest of the MP by security forces sparked clashes that resulted in six dead and 18 injured. [AFP]
13:35 GMT

The home of a Sunni MP was raided by security forces on Saturday, igniting clashes that killed his brother and five guards and arresting him, an Al Arabiya correspondent reported, citing police sources.

December 27, 2013

US soldier walks around an inert Hellfire missile as he perform a pre-flight check on an MQ-1B Predator unmanned aircraft system. [AFP]
14:39 GMT

The United States sent Iraq dozens of missiles and surveillance drones to help it combat a recent surge in al-Qaeda-backed violence, officials and media reports said on Thursday.

December 25, 2013

Iraqi Christians take part in Christmas celebrations during mass at the Chaldean Sacred Heart Cathedral in the northern city of Kirkuk, 240 kms (150 miles) from Baghdad on December 24, 2013. (AFP)
10:07 GMT

At least 14 people were killed on Wednesday morning after a car bomb targeted a church in southern Baghdad.

Iraqi men take part in the funeral of four of the five journalists killed in an attack on an Iraqi television station headquarters the day before, in the northern city of Tikrit, during their funeral, on December 24, 2013. [AFP]
07:00 GMT

Al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for killing five journalists in a suicide bombing that targeted a news channel office.

December 24, 2013

The Defense Minister of Iran Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi (L) and Defense Minister of Iraq Saadoun al-Dulaimi (R). [armyrecognition]
20:05 GMT

While riding in a convoy, Iraqi Defense Minister Saadoun al-Dulaimi was targeted in a failed bombing attempt that injured two guards and the vehicle.

Iraqi border guards stand at the Iraq-Syria border. (AFP/File)
16:05 GMT

Iraq on Tuesday ordered the closure of its border with ally Syria in a bid to speed up Baghdad's massive military hunt for Al Qaeda operatives. The defence minister's convoy was also targeted by militants - he remained uninjured, but two of his guards were wounded.

Iraq has been plagued by the worst sectarian violence since 2006-2007 this year. Thousands have been killed (AFP/File)
09:02 GMT

A wave of violence swept Iraq on Monday, with six soldiers left dead after an attack on a military base near Baghdad. A satellite TV station in Tikrit was also the scene of clashes, and was set fire to after gunmen left the building.

December 23, 2013

Other TV channels have been targeted by bombers in the past, such as Al Arabiya headquarters in 2010 (File Archive/AFP)
14:03 GMT

Militants attacked an Iraqi television station north of Baghdad Monday.

Officials held a funeral procession on Sunday for Mohammed Al Karoui, one of the soldiers who was killed in the Anbar operation Saturday (STR/AFP)
10:59 GMT

Four officers and two soldiers were killed west of Baghdad Monday after mortar rounds hit an Iraqi army base.