Development In Iraq

June 18, 2014

Volunteer militias are organizing throughout Iraq to fight the ISIL, according to several reports (Haidar Hamdani/AFP)
20:00 GMT

Iraq has appealed to the United States to conduct air strikes on the Sunni militants' strongholds who are responsible for seizing the country's main oil refinery.

Some 100 people were kidnapped by ISIS militants, including nationals from Turkey, Pakistan and Nepal (File/AFP)
18:00 GMT

ISIL militants abducted at least 100 people, including 40 Indian citizens working at a Turkish construction company near Mosul.

David Cameron also warned of British citizens traveling to Iraq and Syria and becoming radicalized (File/AFP)
17:00 GMT

British Prime Minister David Cameron said ISIS terrorism could touch UK soil if the extremist group continued to advance in Iraq and Syria.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said the country should unite against terrorism (File/AFP)
12:22 GMT

Iraq's political leaders called for national unity against ISIS extremists during a closed-door meeting on Tuesday.

ISIS is believed to be advancing towards Iraq's capital Baghdad (File/AFP)
11:17 GMT

ISIS militants attacked Iraq's largest oil refinery in Baiji, reportedly capturing 75 percent of the plant and killing five soldiers.

ISIL recently captured the Iraqi city of Mosul. (AFP/File)
08:50 GMT

ISIL militants kidnapped nearly 60 people, including a group of Turkish construction workers, near the town of Dor.

The Iraqi army is battling militant group ISIL for control of Iraq. (AFP/File)
06:58 GMT

A series of bombings in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad killed at least 17 people and left dozens injured.

June 17, 2014

Iraqi PM Maliki dismissed the top officials saying that they abandoned their "professional and military duties" (Iraqi Prime Minister's Office/AFP)
21:00 GMT

Iraq's Prime Minister fired the country's top security forces Tuesday as bombs and violence enveloped the country for another day.

Jihadist group ISIL took over control of Iraq's city of Mosul last week (File Archive)
20:00 GMT

Iraq's government blamed Saudi Arabia this week for the escalation of violence and bloodshed within its borders.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced the evacuation Tuesday via Twitter (Adem Altan/AFP)
17:09 GMT

that Turkey has officially evacuated its consulate in Iraq's southern city of Basra Tuesday due to the deteriorating security situation in the country.

Thousands of Iraqis fled Mosul, after the ISIS takeover (File/AFP)
13:37 GMT

ISIS militants tried to woo the residents of Mosul with cheap gas and water along with other popular initiatives, despite reports that only Sunni Iraqis returned to the city.

Iraqi security forces were able to repel the militants. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT

Iraqi security forces successfully fended off ISIL militants who attacked Baquoba early Tuesday.

Many Americans are weary of sending troops to Iraq again after the long and unsuccessful U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. (AFP/File)
07:25 GMT

The U.S. is deploying several hundred troops in and around Iraq.

U.K Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said Britain may provide "passive assistance." (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

England's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said Monday that the U.K. will not stand in the way if the U.S. decides to take military action in Iraq.

June 16, 2014

Iraqi forces have been battling ISIL militants for control of Iraq. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

The prime minister of Iraqi Kurdistan has arrived in Tehran for talks about the Iraq crisis.