Development In Iraq

August 21, 2014

EU worried over rising terrorism in Mideast. [AFP]
08:18 GMT

A Romanian official says threats emanating from terrorism and extremism in the Middle East are a source of concern for the European Union (EU), of which his country is a member.

US President Barack Obama makes a statement to the press on the death of American journalist James Foley at Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts August 20, 2014. [AFP]
06:56 GMT

President Obama says US will continue to fight Islamic State, following murder of American journalist

August 20, 2014

U.S. President Obama vowed to step up air strikes against ISIS militants (File/AFP)
20:00 GMT

American air strikes continued to hit ISIS targets in northern Iraq Wednesday, an unnamed U.S. official confirmed to AFP.

Hoshyar Zebari said ISIS militants are a threat globally, not only in Iraq (File/AFP)
17:11 GMT

Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari urged the international community to back and support Iraq's ongoing offensive with militant group ISIS.

A file photo shows U.S. photojournalist James Foley in Syria prior to being kidnapped, November 5, 2012 (File/AFP)
15:03 GMT

U.S. photojournalist James Foley, was beheaded by a British national fighting for ISIS, the UK's foreign secretary confirmed Wednesday.

The Kurdish ministers have decided to rejoin the government after Maliki stepped down from his position. (AFP/File)
11:30 GMT

Kurdish ministers who had previously suspended their participation in outgoing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government have rejoined the administration.

The UN will begin airlifting aid on Wednesday. (AFP/File)
10:19 GMT

The United Nations refugee agency plans to start a major humanitarian aid operation Wednesday to help displaced people in Iraq.

Iraqi forces are currently battling ISIS for control of Tikrit. (AFP/File)
08:48 GMT

Fighters from the Islamic State are pushing back against a new government assault on Tikrit.

August 19, 2014

Militants from the Islamic State have been terrorizing Iraqi citizens and taking control of major Iraqi cities since June. (AFP/File)
17:07 GMT

Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh has strongly condemned ISIS in recent statements.

Iraqi forces are attempting to retake control from Islamic State militants. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT

Iraqi government forces have launched a major operation to retake Tikrit from ISIS militants.

Kurdish forces are providing Yazidis with food, aid, uniforms, and weapons. (AFP/File)
13:24 GMT

Hundreds of Yazidis are in training with Kurdish forces to fight the Islamic State militants.

Thousands of Iraqi Christians have fled ISIS violence in recent weeks (File/AFP)
12:25 GMT

A group of international scholars called for more protection of Iraqi Christians following the advance of ISIS militants in the country's north, causing thousands to flee.

US President Barack Obama applauds retiring ABC reporter Ann Compton as he speaks about the US involvement in Iraq. [AFP]
06:58 GMT

Barack Obama has insisted that the US has made a “major step forward” after American air strikes assisted Kurdish and Iraqi forces in driving back the Islamic State from one of Iraq’s key dams.

Pope Francis has stated military intervention in Iraq is justified to prevent extremists' 'unjust aggression'. [AFP]
06:46 GMT

Using force against Iraq extremists is justified says Pope: Francis backs military action to stop persecution of Christians by Islamist fanatics.

August 18, 2014

Michael Fallon, pictured meeting British forces at the RAF base in Akrotiri, Cyprus this weekend, said the mission had escalated beyond a humanitarian one and could last for months. [RAF]
07:43 GMT

Britain dragged deeper into Iraq conflict: 150 more special forces on way as minister says mission will take months.