Development In Iraq

October 3, 2014

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said total victory over IS would be difficult to achieve, echoing Barack Obama's comments (File/AFP)
13:45 GMT

Australia is due to send fighter jets to bomb Islamic State targets in northern Iraq within days after the country's government approved military action alongside the U.S.-led coalition.

October 2, 2014

Jordan Matson says he has gained acceptance among the YPG. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)
19:00 GMT

A former Marine has traveled to Syria and is now fighting alongside Kurdish forces to defeat IS.

The government bill calls for authorizing the Turkish army to launch operations against all threats, including IS terrorists, Kurdish Peshmerga forces and even Syrian troops. (AFP/File)
18:07 GMT

Turkey's parliament has begun discussing a motion that would authorize the government to launch a military strategy against the Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.

Militants attacked a major army base in Ramadi and police headquarters in Heet. (AFP/File)
13:33 GMT

Islamic State militants launched attacks in the towns of Ramadi and Heet Thursday.

IS has carried out brutal acts against, Christians, Muslims and Yazidis (pictured), who were forced to flee militant violence (File/AFP)
12:20 GMT

More than 1,119 Iraqis were killed including 854 civilians during the month of September according to a report by the UN Wednesday.

Experts believe IS has resorted to attacking civilians as a result of U.S.-led air strikes (File/AFP)
11:18 GMT

Civilian deaths are on the rise in Iraq since IS intensified car bomb and mortar attacks across the country, despite U.S. air strikes.

Islamic State opens 1st consulate in Turkish capital. [AFP]
04:52 GMT

The ISIL terrorists have purportedly opened a consulate in Turkey and use it to issue visas for those who want to join the fight against the Syrian and Iraqi governments.

October 1, 2014

A combo of handout pictures received from Britain's Ministry of Defence on September 30, 2014 shows screen shots of a strike on an Islamic State armed pick-up truck, using a Brimstone missile (circled in red by MoD before impact), at an undisclosed location in Iraq during an armed mission in support of Op Shader.[AFP]
15:44 GMT

RAF Tornados launch second wave of attacks on targets in Iraq

An image grab taken from a video released by Islamic State group's official Al-Raqqa site via YouTube on September 23, 2014. [AFP]
14:22 GMT

Iraqi tribesmen have found a depot of Jordan-made weapons belonging to ISIL Takfiri militants in northern part of the country.

The Islamic State militants began an assault on Kobani in mid-September. (AFP/File)
12:32 GMT

Islamic State militants have beheaded nine Kurdish fighters who were captured during clashes near Kobani.

The Kurdish victory is one of the biggest successes since U.S. forces began bombing IS fighters. (AFP/File)
07:59 GMT

Iraqi Kurdish troops drove IS fighters from a strategic border crossing with Syria Tuesday.

The air strikes are an effort to assist Kurdish troops in northwest Iraq. (AFP/File)
07:30 GMT

The British Royal Air Force has begun air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq.

September 30, 2014

Kurdish forces have been battling Islamic State militants since June. (AFP/File)
12:57 GMT

Kurdish Peshmerga forces are carrying out military operations against Islamic State militants on three different fronts in northern Iraq.

This is the third such propaganda video released by the Islamic State featuring Mr. Cantlie. (AFP/File)
07:51 GMT

Islamic State militants have released a new video featuring British hostage John Cantlie criticizing Obama's military strategy.

The army also diffused explosive devices planted by militants. (AFP/File)
07:18 GMT

Iraqi soldiers have recaptured over a dozen villages in Diyala province from IS militants.