Development In Iraq

September 16, 2014

The majority of Iraqi parliament nominees were confirmed last week. (AFP/File)
15:24 GMT

Iraqi lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Abadi's nominees for defense minister and interior minister Tuesday.

Young Turks are believed to be attracted to the Islamic State for financial reasons, according to the report (File/AFP)
11:44 GMT

Up to a thousand Turks have joined Islamic State militants inside Iraq and Syria, according to government officials and media reports.

The conference was co-chaired by French President Francois Hollande and Iraqi President Fouad Massoum. (Photo courtesy of UPI)
05:00 GMT

World leaders from over 30 countries pledged to use "all means necessary" to defeat the Islamic State.

September 15, 2014

Khamenei denounced U.S. claims of targeted airstrikes against IS militants as "lies." (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

Iran's Supreme Leader said Monday that Iran will not join an international coalition led by the U.S. to counter Islamic State militants.

The civilians killed were displaced Iraqis who had fled IS fighters. (AFP/File)
14:20 GMT

A new report by Human Rights Watch says at least 31 Iraqi civilians were killed in an airstrike that hit a school in Tikrit earlier this month.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is on a week-long trip to consolidate international support for the campaign against IS. (AFP/File)
13:26 GMT

Several Arab states have pledged military support, including air strikes, to assist in the international campaign against the Islamic State.

French President Francois Hollande and his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Masum  meet at the Elysee palace ahead of an international conference to be held at the French Foreign ministry in Paris on September 15, 2014. [AFP]
09:16 GMT

France has joined Britain in carrying out reconnaissance flights over Iraq in support of the US campaign against the Takfiri ISIL group.

US President Barack Obama speaks at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, September 11, 2014. [AFP]
08:48 GMT

US President Barack Obama has threatened to wipe out Syria’s air defense system and topple the Syrian government if President Bashar al-Assad ordered his forces to shoot American planes entering Syrian airspace.

French President Francois Hollande and President of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region Massoud Barzani  review the troops upon Hollande's arrival September 12, 2014 in Erbil.
07:57 GMT

Senior figures from a US-led coalition formed to battle Islamic State (IS) militants will meet in Paris Monday to discuss how to defeat the extremist group that has seized vast areas of Iraq and Syria since launching a June offensive.

Members of Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces pose in front of an Islamic State (IS) flag which they took from IS fighters at a military post. [AFP]
07:41 GMT

In Iraq the Iranian controlled Shia militias, which used to specialise in killing American troops, have relieved the Shia town of Amerli, long besieged by Isis

Valerie Amos warned of a "very serious" humanitarian crisis while the battle with Islamic State continues (File/AFP)
06:49 GMT

The UNHCR's coordinator Valerie Amos warned that up to one million people fleeing Islamic State violence lacked proper shelter as the humanitarian situation in Iraq worsens.

September 14, 2014

The prime minister called an emergency meeting late on Saturday night, following the video of Haines being released (AFP/ File Archive).
18:00 GMT

British Prime Minister David Cameron released a statement condemning the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, as an “act of pure evil”.

The figures also include 230 French citizens who intend on joining the Islamic State (File/HO/AFP)
13:04 GMT

Up to 930 French citizens are believed to have ties to the Islamic State according to the French Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott made the announcement Sunday (File/AFP)
11:17 GMT

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott confirmed that 600 soldiers would be sent to Iraq via the UAE to fight Islamic State militants alongside the U.S.-led coalition.

Saudi Foreign Ministry spokesman Osama Nugali [AFP]
09:27 GMT

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry says the kingdom plans to reopen its embassy in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad once the situation improves in Iraq.