Bombs hit as Iraq grapples with political crisis

2016-05-01 18:23

Two car bombs in the southern Iraqi city of Samawah have killed scores of people in the latest in a series of large attacks claimed by ISIS as the country grapples with a worsening political crisis.

Protesters storm parliament in Iraq's Green Zone

2016-04-30 21:43

Thousands of angry protesters have broken into Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone and stormed the Iraqi parliament building after lawmakers again failed to approve new ministers.

US deploys legendary B-52 bombers against ISIS

2016-04-21 05:43

The US Air Force has started using its hulking B-52 bombers against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, but the enormous aircraft are only conducting precision strikes, a military spokesperson says.

'Humiliated' student thrown off plane for speaking Arabic

2016-04-19 13:34

A university student who was taken off a US flight after another passenger heard him speaking Arabic has said he suffered an emotional breakdown because he felt singled out and humiliated.

US eyes ways to step up ISIS fight

2016-04-17 07:28

Defence Secretary Ash Carter says he'll talk with his commanders in the coming days to identify additional ways the US can intensify the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

French defence chief in Iraq for anti-ISIS talks

2016-04-11 19:52

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has arrived in Baghdad on an unannounced visit for talks with Iraqi officials on the war against the Islamic State jihadist group.

Wave of suspected ISIS attacks kill at least 60 in Iraq

2016-04-04 20:22

At least 62 people have been killed and over 80 wounded in a wave of suspected ISIS attacks on military posts and civilian neighbourhoods across Iraq.

One-third of EU fighters in Syria return home

2016-04-02 15:33

Of over 4 000 Europeans who had gone to fight with armed groups in Syria, 30% have returned to Europe, research has found.

Russian archaeologists offer to help rebuild Palmyra

2016-03-31 10:30

Ancient Syrian city was recently recaptured from ISIL fighters who had demolished some of its best-known monuments.

ISIS claims five Russian troops killed in Syria

2016-03-18 16:59

The Islamic State jihadist group has claimed the killing of five Russian troops in fighting near the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.


Iraq PM calls for punishment of Green Zone rioters

2016-05-01 14:19

Thousands of protesters have been inside Baghdad's Green Zone after breaking into the fortified area and storming the parliament, as Iraq's premier called for rioters to be pursued and punished.

US sends warning shot in Iraq

2016-04-27 07:26

Before blowing up a jihadist cash hoard in Iraq, the US military warned bystanders of an impending strike by using a Hellfire missile to deliver the wartime equivalent of a door knock.

Ban slams 'deeply worrying' attacks on refugees

2016-04-19 20:52

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has denounced rising attacks on migrants and refugees, calling for "political will" to resolve the root causes of Europe's worst migration crisis in decades.

US to send more troops, choppers to Iraq

2016-04-18 18:59

Defence officials say the US will send 200 more troops and a number of Apache helicopters to Iraq to assist in the fight against the Islamic State group.

Young Arabs say ISIS biggest regional challenge

2016-04-12 20:00

Young Arab people see the rise of the Islamic State group as "the single biggest challenge" in the region, a survey says, with respondents prioritising stability over democracy.

Kerry: Coalition, Iraq to turn up the pressure on ISIS

2016-04-09 08:00

US Secretary of State John Kerry has vowed that America and Iraq will "turn up the pressure" on the Islamic State jihadist group.

Iraq's new government presented

2016-04-03 15:54

Iraq's PM has presented his new cabinet line-up to parliament, but the political crisis is unlikely to go away.

ISIS chief Baghdadi's ex-wife wants freedom

2016-03-31 16:01

An ex-wife of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, with whom he had a daughter, wants to live in Europe "in freedom".

Two more children die after Iraq chemical attack

2016-03-19 11:00

Two more children have died of wounds sustained in a suspected jihadist chemical attack last week in Iraq.

US Congress calls ISIS atrocities 'genocide'

2016-03-15 11:39

American lawmakers have voted to label ISIS atrocities in Syria and Iraq 'genocide', and called for setting up Syrian war crimes tribunal under United Nations authority.

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