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June 19, 2014

Hundreds of Iraqis volunteered to join the army in recent days and received military training (File/AFP)
15:56 GMT

Iraq's armed forces reportedly made fresh gains in the country's Nineveh Province and Abu Tayban region.

The Israeli army said the airstrikes were in response to rocket fire from Gaza (File/AFP)
14:21 GMT

Israeli warplanes launched overnight air raids across the Gaza Strip, injuring a Palestinian man.

Ultimatum: U.S. officials said Nouri al-Maliki must resign if America is to intervene in the conflict militarily (File/AFP)
14:07 GMT

Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki refused to resign as his Shia-led government continues to battle ISIS militants in the country's largest oil refinery.

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with lawmakers regarding the situation in Iraq (Mandel Ngan/AFP)
13:51 GMT

Washington is interested in sharing information with Iran over Sunni militants in Iraq, says U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Female Kurdish soldiers stand ready to fight in the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain (File/AFP)
13:17 GMT

Syria's biggest Kurdish group, the Democratic Union Party, was accused of employing child soldiers and committing other abuses, according to a Human Rights Watch report.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki said he held Saudi Arabia "responsible" for ISIS attacks (File/AFP)
12:45 GMT

Saudi officials denied any involvement in ISIS activities across Iraq and that the kingdom didn't provide any "moral or financial support" to the terrorist network.

The Egyptian government has sentenced hundreds of Morsi supporters to jail. (AFP/File)
09:50 GMT

Hundreds of Egyptians took to the streets of Alexandria to protest newly elected President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

Militants belonging to ISIL took control of Mosul on June 10. (AFP/File)
09:16 GMT

Iraq's armed forces are preparing to retake the city of Mosul.

Prime Minister Maliki has been criticized for not doing enough to stop ISIL militants from taking over Iraqi cities. (AFP/File)
08:05 GMT

A number of U.S. officials have openly stated that they think Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki should step down.

Human rights groups have criticized Israeli raids and arrests as "collective punishment" (File/AFP)
07:18 GMT

Israel raided 750 homes and arrested 300 people last week in the search for three missing Israeli teens.

Iran's nuclear program is controversial among the international community. (AFP/File)
06:56 GMT

Iran and the P5+1 have begun drafting a nuclear deal in the Austrian capital Vienna.

According to Baghdad, approximately two million Iraqis are volunteering in the fight against ISIL (Haidar Hamdani/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi volunteers are signing up to fight with Baghdad against the jihadist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

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.

Iraq's armed forces is in the process of recruiting volunteers to curb escalating sectarian violence nationwide (Haidar Hamdani/AFP)
19:02 GMT

The UAE recalled its ambassador in Iraq Wednesday for consultations regarding what Abu Dhabi has described as "the continuation of the policy of exclusion, sectarianism and marginalization of basic components of the Iraqi people."

Tfeil is also home to 100,000 Syrian refugees, some who also fled the violence (File/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Residents in the border town of Tfeil fled the area during clashes between Hezbollah fighters and rebel forces from the Free Syria Army.