Development In Iraq

September 10, 2014

Kerry will urge Abadi to maintain a more inclusive government. (AFP/File)
09:58 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Baghdad Wednesday to hold talks with Iraq's new prime minister.

US President Barack Obama speaks at a press conference on the second day of the NATO 2014 Summit at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, South Wales, on September 5, 2014. [AFP]
06:45 GMT

The United States is reluctantly but decisively becoming engaged in the civil wars in Iraq and Syria as it seeks to combat Isis, which calls itself Islamic State.

September 9, 2014

Haider al-Abadi was officially named Iraq's new prime minister. (AFP/File)
07:51 GMT

Iraq's parliament officially named Haider al-Abadi as the country's new prime minister and approved the majority of his cabinet.

'Jihadi John' the executioner is one of four British jihadis known as the 'Beatles' holding hostages in Syria (AFP/ File Archive)
05:00 GMT

Anti-terror police are set to arrest up to 12 British associates of Islamic State executioner Jihadi John, it has been reported.

September 8, 2014

Thousands of Iraqis have been forced to flee the ongoing violence. (AFP/File)
12:34 GMT

Islamic State militants attacked a town north of Baghdad Monday.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was held under water until the point of death. [AFP]
07:26 GMT

Al-Qa'ida suspects were brought to the 'point of death' during 'real torture' by CIA.

September 7, 2014

Obama said he does not intend to send U.S. ground troops back to Iraq. (AFP/File)
16:20 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama said he will make an address Wednesday about his plan to fight Islamic State militants.

US President Barack Obama speaks at a press conference on the second day of the NATO 2014 Summit. [AFP]
10:30 GMT

Turkey denied the US access to a base to launch the rescue attempt due to concerns over its hostages still being held by Islamic State militants in Iraq, says the Wall Street Journal.

Female members of the PKK prepare for battle in the northern Iraqi city of Dohuk (File/AFP)
08:07 GMT

In a rare moment of solidarity, female fighters from the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK), joined forces with the Peshmerga to fight IS. Is it true to say, one man's terrorist is another (wo)man's freedom fighter?

Iraq's Haditha Dam
08:06 GMT

US military planes carry out airstrikes againts Islamic State near Iraq's Haditha Dam.

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron answers questions from the media at a press conference on the second day of the NATO 2014. [AFP]
07:08 GMT

David Cameron is preparing a diplomatic charm offensive to build widespread Arab support for Western military action against Islamic State (IS) in both Iraq and Syria.

Iraqi Peshmerga fighters take position at a post near the jihadist-held city of Zumar in Mosul province on September 4, 2014. [AFP]
06:51 GMT

Kurdish Peshmerga forces have strengthened their hold on the town of Makhmour in northern Iraq as they manage to gain more ground in the battle against Takfiri ISIL militants, Press TV reports.

September 6, 2014

An image grab from a video released by the Islamic State shows footage of a masked militant with David Haines (Image: Screenshot)
13:39 GMT

The aid agency David Haines was working for when abducted by Islamic State militants has called for his immediate release.

Deputy Islamic State leader Abu Hajar al-Souri was believed to be killed following an air strike in Mosul Friday (File/AFP)
07:37 GMT

Iraqi forces killed the Islamic State's second in command, Abu Hajar al-Souri, following an air strike in the city of Mosul Friday.

Over 130 Canadians are believed to have joined IS in Iraq and Syria according to Western intelligence (File/AFP)
07:13 GMT

Canada's prime minister, Stephen Harper on Friday said that his country would send up to 100 military advisors to assist Iraqi troops, amid increasing threats from the Islamic State.