Development In Iraq

October 22, 2014

The Islamic State now controls major areas in Iraq including Mosul and Anbar (File/AFP)
11:28 GMT

Iraq's new Defense Minister Khalid Al-Obeidi promised to retake Islamic State controlled areas of the country including the city of Mosul.

The strategic town of al-Sab, which is situated to the west of Baghdad and also borders Baghdad Intentional Airport, is now fully under the control of the Iraqi army. (AFP/File)
07:17 GMT

Iraqi soldiers have pushed IS militants out of al-Sab, a strategic town near Baghdad.

October 21, 2014

Drones were moved from Afghanistan to target Islamic State operations in Iraq and Syria (File/AFP)
09:51 GMT

British drones have been moved from Afghanistan to hit Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria following 10 air strikes carried out by UK forces in the region.

A handout picture released by the official website of the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shows him greeting Lebanese Defense Minister Samir Moqbel (L) at the presidential office in Tehran on October 19, 2014. (Iranian Presidency Website/ AFP).
05:00 GMT

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reaffirmed his country's support against terrorism while receiving Lebanese deputy-prime minister and Defense Minister Samir Moqbel on Sunday in Tehran.

October 20, 2014

Iraqis gather outside a Shiite mosque where a suicide bomber detonated explosives, killing at least 11 people, on October 20, 2014 in central Baghdad (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP).
20:00 GMT

Around 18 civilians were killed in a suicide bomb attack in Harisiyye district, while another bomb attack left seven soldiers dead in Zeydan

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called Prime Minister Abadi to congratulate him on his new government. (AFP/File)
06:52 GMT

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will visit Iran Monday after lawmakers approved his choices for the critically important Defense and Interior portfolios.

October 19, 2014

Bombings have become common place in Baghdad. (AFP/File)
18:52 GMT

At least 19 Iraqis were killed and another 28 injured as a suicide bomber attacked a Shiite house of religious mourning in a neighborhood in western Baghdad on Sunday.

Newly appointed Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled Al-Obeidi (left) is a Sunni from Mosul and Interior Minister Mohamed Al-Ghabban (right) is a Shi'ite and member of Prime Minister Abadi's own State of Law coalition (AFP/ File Archive).
08:02 GMT

Iraqi lawmakers appointed a Sunni MP Khaled al-Obeidi as defence minister and Shi'ite MP Mohamed al-Ghabban as interior minister, ending a political stalemate in the Iraqi government.

October 18, 2014

Officials said the bombs went off in three crowded areas of the Iraqi capital on Friday (AFP/File)
07:33 GMT

Over 20 people have been killed in separate car bombings in the Iraqi capital Baghdad as the army gained major advances against IS terrorists across the country.

October 17, 2014

ISIS executes two of their own (File/AFP)
06:15 GMT

ISIS may have beheaded two of their own

October 16, 2014

Iraq has faced brutal violence by Islamic State militants in recent months (File/AFP)
18:17 GMT

A UK-based international rights group has warned that minorities in Iraq face ethnic cleansing by Islamic State terrorists.

Medical officials confirmed the deaths of at least 38 people in the attacks (AFP/File)
17:42 GMT

Terrorist attacks killed at least 38 people and wound dozens others across Iraq's capital, Baghdad, Thursday.

The British parliament voted last month to approve air strikes against ISIS in Iraq in September. (AFP/File)
13:36 GMT

The UK mobilizes Reaper drones against IS in Iraq.

Haider Al-Abadi's comments came on the same day the U.S. Defense Department named its anti-IS operation "Inherent Resolve" (File/AFP)
10:27 GMT

Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi said Baghdad was "safe" from Islamic State militants, calling the claims "false rumors".

Members of the US military were reportedly ordered not to report finding several mustard shells, some of which burned unprepared soldiers upon their finding. (AFP/FIle)
04:00 GMT

The US military reportedly concealed the discovery of huge caches of chemical weapons during the operations in the 2003 invasion in Iraq. Now they could be in the hands of Islamic State militants.