Development In Iraq

September 6, 2014

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.

September 5, 2014

Roadside and car bomb attacks in Baghdad killed 17 Friday. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT

Amid a fresh wave of sectarian violence and while IS militants continued a bloody offensive in the north, two bombs exploded Friday around Baghdad, leaving 17 dead.

September 4, 2014

Obama called on NATO leaders to work on building relationships and to promote stability in the region. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama and U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron called for NATO action against the Islamic State militants at a NATO summit in Wales.

The victims were allegedly truck drivers who were kidnapped five months ago. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT

A mass grave containing at least two dozen people killed by IS militants was discovered in northern Iraq.

Lebanese mourners carry the coffin of Lebanese soldier Ali Sayyed draped in his national flag in the village of Qalamun south of the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli during his funeral procession on September 3, 2014. [AFP]
08:38 GMT

Lebanon bid farewell Wednesday to a slain soldier who was beheaded by militants in a massive, emotional funeral brimming with anguish over his killing.

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.