Iraq


Kurdish peshmerga head to Kobani

2014-10-31 22:20

A convoy of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces in Turkey have headed towards the Syrian border where they were expected to help push back Islamic State insurgents.

Group says militants killed 600 Iraqi prisoners

2014-10-30 18:53

Rights group are accusing ISIS militants of killing around 600 Shi'ite Iraqi prison inmates.

US urges online fight against ISIS

2014-10-28 09:31

The US-led coalition has carried out fresh air strikes against jihadists in Syria and Iraq as Washington called for the battle against the ISIS group to be taken to the internet.

ISIS video places UK hostage in Kobane

2014-10-28 08:23

ISIS has released a video showing a British hostage apparently in Kobane, in a bid to disprove that it was losing the battle for the disputed Syrian border town.

French raid destroys ISIS arms centre

2014-10-24 12:54

France’s military chief says an overnight air raid has destroyed an arms depot for the Islamic State group in Iraq.

Belgium extends Iraq air mission

2014-10-23 20:00

Belgium has said six F-16 fighter jets would continue operations until the end of the year as part of the US-led coalition trying to force back Islamic State militants in Iraq.

US may expand training of Iraq military advisers

2014-10-22 14:09

Any Iraqi request for more American military advisers or trainers to help the country's security forces fight ISIS will be considered, senior US officials say.

Baghdad shootout points to growing militia threat

2014-10-21 14:42

Shortly after midnight, when a curfew usually shrouds the Iraqi capital in silence, the thudding sounds of heavy machinegun fire rip through the air and echo across Baghdad.

Egypt: No plan for action against ISIS in Iraq, Syria

2014-10-21 09:42

Egypt has no plans to provide the US with direct military assistance in its war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria even though American aerial bombardment may not be enough to defeat the group.

US airdrops ammunition to Kurds battling ISIS

2014-10-20 14:33

The American military have airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurds fighting ISIS in the flashpoint Syrian city of Kobane, in a move likely to anger ally Turkey.

US slams ISIS with 25 new air strikes

2014-10-18 18:34

US war planes have struck more than two dozen times in Syria and Iraq, hitting Islamic State jihadists and oil infrastructure they control, the American military says.

Malaysia arrest ISIS recruiters

2014-10-16 13:19

ISIS main recruiters in Malaysia, who funded trips to Syria for converts are among the 14 suspected militants arrested earlier this week, Malaysian authorities say.

More Americans want ground troops to fight ISIS

2014-10-15 14:42
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A rising number of Americans think the battle against the Islamic State group should broaden to include US ground troops, a according to a poll.

UK terror suspect had Blair's address

2014-10-14 16:10

A man on trial in London for terrorism had the address of a property owned by former British prime minister Tony Blair in his car when he was stopped, a prosecutor says.

ISIS makes Yazidi women, girls sex slaves

2014-10-13 21:00
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ISIS says it has enslaved families from the minority Yazidi sect after overrunning their villages in northwestern Iraq, in what it praised as the revival of an ancient custom of using women and children as spoils

Iraq pulls troops from ISIS-held western city

2014-10-13 16:55

Iraqi government troops stationed on the edge of Heet in beleaguered Anbar province have withdrawn to another base, leaving the city under full jihadist control, security sources say.

Triple suicide bombing in Iraq kills 58 people

2014-10-12 21:48

Iraqi officials in eastern Diyala province say the death toll in a triple suicide bombing has jumped to 58 people, including members of the Kurdish security forces and civilians.

ISIS jihadists execute Iraqi journalist, 12 others

2014-10-11 14:16

Islamic State militants have executed an Iraqi news cameraman and 12 other people in several towns and villages north of Baghdad.

ISIS seizes large areas of Syrian town

2014-10-10 09:16

ISIS fighters have seized more than a third of the Syrian border town of Kobani, a monitoring group says, as US-led air strikes failed to halt their advance and Turkish forces looked on without intervening.

US uses helicopters to hit ISIS

2014-10-07 05:59

The US military is flying Apache helicopters against ISIS rebels in Iraq for the first time, exposing US troops to greater risk from ground fire as they help Iraqi forces.

Turkish MPs back military action as jihadists advance

2014-10-03 12:10

Turkey’s parliament has authorised military action against the Islamic Sate jihadist group, whose fighters have battled their way to the doorstep of a key town across the border in Syria.

Iraq considering Australian airstrike request

2014-10-02 12:23

Iraq’s ambassador to Australia has given no timetable to when his government might decide on Australia’s request to launch airstrikes against Islamic State targets.

Turkey considers Iraq, Syria incursions

2014-10-02 11:27

Turkey’s parliament is considering a motion that would give the government new powers to launch military operations in Syria and Iraq and allow foreign forces to make incursions from its territory.

Balkans launch fight against jihadist recruitment

2014-09-30 09:48

With the world on high alert over foreign fighters joining jihadist ranks in Syria and Iraq, Balkan states are launching efforts to clamp down on recruiting in their region.

ISIS close in on key Syria border town

2014-09-29 22:25

ISIS group fighters are closing in to within only a few kilometres of a key Kurdish town on Syria's border with Turkey.

 

US man pleads guilty to trying to help ISIS

2014-10-31 12:22

A US man has pleaded guilty to trying to help the ISIS and now faces 15 years in prison and a $250 000 fine, officials said.

Kurds to use anti-tank weapons against ISIS

2014-10-29 13:45

Iraqi Kurdish fighters are expected to bring anti-tank and anti-armour weapons when they enter the Syrian town of Kobani to aid fellow Kurds in their fight against ISIS militants.

US air war on ISIS costs $8.3m a day

2014-10-28 08:39

The Pentagon has revised its estimate of the cost of the US air war in Iraq and Syria, saying the price tag for the campaign against the ISIS comes to about $8.3m a day.

Car bombings in Iraq kill 34 people

2014-10-27 22:32

Authorities say two car bombings in Iraq, including one where a suicide attacker drove a Humvee into a checkpoint manned by Iraqi troops, have killed at least 34 people.

ISIS militants now world's richest

2014-10-23 22:25
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The Islamic State has become the world's wealthiest terror group, generating tens of millions of dollars a month from black market oil sales, ransoms and extortion.

Lawyers for convicted Blackwater guards to appeal

2014-10-23 10:57

Lawyers for four former Blackwater security guards convicted in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad plan to appeal, they say. The convictions stemmed from an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe.

Car bombs kill at least 18 in Baghdad

2014-10-22 05:00

Three car bombs have exploded in a Shi'ite area of northeast Baghdad, killing at least 18 people, Iraqi security and medical officials say.

Jihadists launch fresh assault on Kobane

2014-10-21 11:17

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has launched a fresh assault on Kobane after it was announced that Kurds, who are defending the besieged Syrian border town, had received a first US airdrop of weapons.

Suicide, car bombings in Iraq kill at least 43

2014-10-20 17:24

Militants have unleashed attacks on Iraq's majority Shi'ite community, killing at least 43 people.

Australia to join anti-ISIS fight

2014-10-19 19:32

Australia has reached an agreement with Iraq for its special forces to support Iraqi forces in their fight against Islamic State.

Attacks in Baghdad kill at least 50 people

2014-10-16 21:50

Militants have unleashed a wave of attacks in Iraq, mainly targeting Shi'ite areas in and around the capital of Baghdad, killing at least 50 people and wounding dozens, authorities say.

Battles rage to hold back ISIS, Obama consults leaders

2014-10-15 21:10

Kurdish and Iraqi forces have fought to hold back advancing jihadists on the Syria-Turkey border and near Baghdad as Washington pushed to rally its allies against ISIS.

Obama rallies coalition commanders against ISIS

2014-10-15 09:09

President Barack Obama attempted to rally allied commanders around his emerging strategy to defeat Islamic State jihadists on Tuesday, as the US-led air armada stepped up its raids in Syria.

Sister of UK ISIS hostage urges talks to resume

2014-10-14 11:39

The sister of a UK man held hostage by ISIS militants fighting in Iraq and Syria has urged his captors to resume contact, saying that all communication with those holding him had ceased.

Iraqi town Hit falls, up to 180 000 flee

2014-10-13 19:42

Up to 180 000 people have been displaced by fighting in and around Hit in western Anbar province since the city fell to ISIS.

Kurds thwart ISIS in Kobane

2014-10-13 08:41

Turkey -Attacking ISIS jihadists has met firm Kurdish resistance in the Syrian battleground town of Kobane, as neighbouring Turkey heeded pressure to intervene and handed the US access to its air bases.

Iraq car bombs kill 25, including Anbar police chief

2014-10-12 15:39

Three car bombs have killed 25 people at a government compound near Baquba city in Iraq and the Anbar province police chief has died on patrol.

We must talk to ISIS, says slain US journo's dad

2014-10-10 13:50

The father of James Foley, the US reporter beheaded at the hands of ISIS militants in August, says he believes governments would have to negotiate with the extremists "eventually".

Biden calls Saudi Arabia after diplomatic gaffe

2014-10-08 10:26

US Vice President Joe Biden has called Saudi Arabia’s foreign affairs minister and “clarified” his diplomatic gaffe in which he suggested Saudi Arabia and other key allies had financed the ISIS.

Hagel, French minister talk about Syria strikes

2014-10-03 12:10

Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel says he spoke with the French defence minister about the possibility of France participating in airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, something the French have so far declined to do.

US army drops murder charges in slaying of Iraq boys

2014-10-02 11:27

The US Army has dropped premeditated murder charges against a soldier accused of fatally shooting two deaf and unarmed Iraqi boys in 2007 as the cattle-herding teens stumbled across his unit in a grove.

Australian military jets to support Iraq strikes

2014-10-01 07:54

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says his country’s military jets are set to join the US in its war against Islamic State jihadists through support flights over Iraq.

Turkey mulls joining anti-ISIS coalition

2014-09-30 08:03

Islamic State fighters have closed to within a few kilometres of a key Kurdish town on Syria's border with Turkey, as Ankara mulls joining the anti-ISIS coalition.

Obama: US intel underestimated ISIS

2014-09-28 18:50

US intelligence agencies underestimated ISIS activity inside Syria, which has become "ground zero" for jihadists worldwide, President Barack Obama says.

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