Development In Iraq

September 4, 2014

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron
07:23 GMT

British Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed that the ISIL terrorist group will "be squeezed out of existence," as the militants threaten to kill a British hostage.

US President Barack Obama. [AFP]
07:07 GMT

With a coherent response to the crises in Iraq, Syria and Eastern Europe still conspicuous by its absence, the leader of the free world is starting to look alarmingly impotent. Can he rise to the challenge?

US President Barack Obama [AFP]
06:30 GMT

Kerry says killers of journalists James Foley and Steve Sotloff will be held accountable ‘no matter how long it takes.’

Supporters of al-Fadila party (aka Islamic Virtue Party) perform the simulation of an execution during a protest to ask for justice for members of the Iraqi forces who were executed by the Islamic State. [AFP]
06:10 GMT

A number of Jordanian lawmakers have called on the government to stay out of any war against ISIL Takfiri militants, who have taken parts of neighboring Iraq and Syria.

September 3, 2014

Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti's announcement of arming Kurds follows that of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's earlier this week. (AFP/File)
19:54 GMT

Amid ongoing negotiations between Kurdish forces and Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti, Italy could be arming Kurdish peshmerga troops by Sept. 10.

File photo dated June 02, 2011 courtesy Etienne de Malglaive shows American journalist Steven Sotloff (center with dark helmet) talking to Libyan rebels on Al Dafniya front line, 25 km west of Misrata. [AFP]
13:32 GMT

Sotloff worked in the past for 'The Jerusalem Report,' filing his last dispatch from Syria about a year ago, shortly before he was taken hostage; he lived in Israel for a short period.

An image grab taken from a video released by the Islamic State  and identified by private terrorism monitor SITE Intelligence Group on September 2, 2014, purportedly shows 31-year-old US freelance writer Steven Sotloff. [AFP]
09:50 GMT

Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) released a video claiming to show the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff and threatening a British hostage with a similar fate if the US continues air strikes against its forces.

US President Barack Obama. [AFP]
07:01 GMT

Despite the presence of thousands of American troops in Iraq, President Barack Obama has ordered the deployment of 350 more US troops to the country.

The UN also said around 2,166 Iraqis were injured in August (File/AFP)
06:53 GMT

Up to 1,688 Iraqis were killed in August according to the UN, with the highest number of fatalities in the country's capital, Baghdad.

September 2, 2014

The video of the alleged beheading was released Tuesday (Image: Screenshot)
19:01 GMT

ISIS release video that claims to show the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff

Who do ISIS and the Nusra Front want from Roumieh?
18:51 GMT

As negotiations with radical Syrian rebel groups intensify in the hope of freeing at least 24 security personnel kidnapped from Arsal last month, Roumieh prison’s notorious Islamist inmates have been thrust into the spotlight. But who are the people that ISIS and the Nusra Front want to be released, and what is the likelihood that it will happen?

Iraqi soldiers wave to a humanitarian aid convoy en route to Amerli on September 1, 2014 after Iraqi forces broke through to the jihadist-besieged Shiite town the previous day. [AFP]
14:20 GMT

Latest reports say Iraqi forces have regained control of part of a key highway linking the capital city of Baghdad to the country’s north.

Roughly 1,000 people entered the building during an outdoor protest. (AFP/File)
13:54 GMT

Families of Iraqi military personnel involved in a June attack by the Islamic State stormed Baghdad's parliament building in protest Tuesday.

September 1, 2014

IS´s directive prohibits the unauthorized publication of “images of slaughter”, just weeks after IS released a video in which journalist James Foley was beheaded (AFP/ File Archive).
19:00 GMT

The Al-Qaeda splinter group ISIS has issued a directive banning the unauthorized publication of “images of slaughter” conducted by the group’s “soldiers” on various fronts, according to a copy of the orders circulating on social media.

Shi´ite militia (pictured below) supported the Iraqi security forces to retake the town of Amerli (Haidar Hamdani/ AFP).
17:00 GMT

Iraqi security forces backed by Shi’ite militias entered the northern town of Amerli on Sunday and broke the Islamic State´s two-month siege of the town.