Development In Iraq

January 5, 2014

A family gathers to pray over the body of one of their relatives who was killed this weekend in clashes in Fallujah (AFP)
07:17 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gave verbal support to the Iraqi government's crackdown on Al Qaeda militants this weekend, but said that the U.S. was not considering sending troops back to Iraq.

January 4, 2014

Armed men roam a street in the western, mainly Sunni Muslim city of Ramadi, the capital of the Anbar province, on January 4, 2014, as parts of Ramadi and the city of Fallujah. [Getty Images]
16:40 GMT

Al-Qaeda-linked militants took control of the central areas of the city of Fallujah in Iraq, an Al Arabiya correspondent reported on Saturday.

January 3, 2014

Fighting began in the Ramadi area on December 30, 2013, when security forces removed the main anti-government protest camp set up after demonstrations broke out in late 2012 against what Sunni Arabs say is the marginalisation and targeting of their community. [AFP]
16:03 GMT

Al-Qaeda leader in the Iraqi city of Ramadi Abu Abelrahman al-Baghdadi was killed on Friday, Al Arabiya correspondent reported, as tribesmen and government forces battled militants in the Sunni province of Anbar.

Men gather for the funeral of a person killed in fighting with Iraqi forces in the Anbar provincial capital of Ramadi, west of Baghdad, on December 31, 2013. [AFP]
13:14 GMT

Iraqi police, together with armed tribesman, Friday succeeded in reclaiming control of a police station in the Sunni area of one of Anbar’s largest cities, Fallujah, as clashes renewed with al-Qaeda militants, Al Arabiya’s correspondent reported.

January 2, 2014

Armed tribesmen and Iraqi police sit in a car as clashes rage on in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, west of Baghdad, on January 2, 2014. [AFP]
15:54 GMT

After fighting which began Monday, two Iraqi cities are under the hold of Al Qaeda linked militants.

At least 13 people have been killed over the past few days since Iraq's leadership deployed troops to Anbar to dismantle the Sunni Arab protest camp (AFP)
10:20 GMT

Half of Iraq's city of Fallujah is now controlled by Al-Qaeda linked militants, according to reports Thursday, and the country's annual 2013 death toll represents the the highest rate in the past 5 years.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki  [Getty Images]
04:00 GMT

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Wednesday reversed a decision to withdraw troops from tense cities in Anbar province, hours after militants attacked police stations and freed prisoners.

December 31, 2013

Military officers carry the coffin of a comrade during his funeral in the city of Nasiriyah, on December 31, 2013, after he was killed in fighting in the western Anbar province. (AFP)
13:05 GMT

Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Al Malaki on Tuesday told the army to leave cities in the Anbar province in a bid to defuse tensions in the area after security forces launched a crackdown on a major Sunni anti-government camp.

An Iraqi troop stationed in Anbar to crackdown on Al Qaeda activity (File Archive/AFP)
07:49 GMT

At least 10 people were killed Monday in Iraq's Anbar province while government authorities "dismantled" the Sunni Arab protest camp that Iraqi President Nour Al Maliki had previously described as a headquarter for Al Qaeda.

December 30, 2013

Sunni protestors gather in Anbar province earlier this year (File Archive/AFP)
09:29 GMT

Iraqi police were directed by authorities Monday to "dismantle" Iraq's main anti-government protest site in Anbar province that Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki has called the headquarters for Al Qaeda leadership.

December 29, 2013

Gunmen attacked the Sahwa at a checkpoint Sunday (File Archive/AFP)
11:42 GMT

At least four anti-Qaeda fighters died Sunday after gunmen attacked the soldiers at a milita checkpoint in Iraq's Abu Ghraib area.

Iraq has been hit by growing levels of sectarian violence in 2013. According to the ex VP, al-Maliki (pictured) is using the violence against Sunnis to get the Shiite vote. (AFP/File)
09:26 GMT

Former Iraqi Vice President Tariq Al Hashimi accused Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of trying to get the Shiite vote by "killing Sunni Muslims".

December 28, 2013

The arrest of the MP by security forces sparked clashes that resulted in six dead and 18 injured. [AFP]
13:35 GMT

The home of a Sunni MP was raided by security forces on Saturday, igniting clashes that killed his brother and five guards and arresting him, an Al Arabiya correspondent reported, citing police sources.

December 27, 2013

US soldier walks around an inert Hellfire missile as he perform a pre-flight check on an MQ-1B Predator unmanned aircraft system. [AFP]
14:39 GMT

The United States sent Iraq dozens of missiles and surveillance drones to help it combat a recent surge in al-Qaeda-backed violence, officials and media reports said on Thursday.

December 25, 2013

Iraqi Christians take part in Christmas celebrations during mass at the Chaldean Sacred Heart Cathedral in the northern city of Kirkuk, 240 kms (150 miles) from Baghdad on December 24, 2013. (AFP)
10:07 GMT

At least 14 people were killed on Wednesday morning after a car bomb targeted a church in southern Baghdad.