Iraq oil minister sees $70 crude by end 2015

2015-03-27 10:00

Iraq's Oil Minister has predicted world oil prices could reach $70 a barrel by the end of 2015 and played down the impact of the emerging conflict in Yemen.

ISIS moves west to attack Syrian army in Homs

2015-03-23 16:37

Islamic State fighters have attacked a military airport in Syria's Homs province as they pushed on with an offensive against government strongholds towards the west.

Experts: ISIS seeks to offset defeats with new attacks

2015-03-22 19:57

By launching attacks in Yemen and Tunisia, the Islamic State group aims to demonstrate its ability to expand in order to divert attention from setbacks in Syria and Iraq, experts say.

Syrian, Iraqi Christians plead for help

2015-03-17 21:12

Syrian and Iraqi Christians have pleaded for international assistance.

Ex-hostage: ISIS victim Foley gave up escape for friend

2015-03-17 05:00

The US journalist killed by ISIS, James Foley, might have escaped but gave up the attempt so as not to abandon his friend, a former fellow hostage says.

UN: 5 million people need health services in Iraq

2015-03-16 20:24

The UN's health body said Monday that more than five million people need medical services in Iraq as it bemoaned a 70 percent gap in funding required to help.

Iraq says it busted ISIS Baghdad bombing network

2015-03-15 22:30

Iraqi intelligence said it had arrested 31 members of the Islamic State group who were responsible for planning and carrying out 52 attacks in Baghdad.

ISIS tightens its grip on Mosul residents

2015-03-13 10:03

Freedom from the Islamic State group comes at a steep price, as one newly wedded couple recently discovered, with new rules now in place for Mosul residents planning to flee the area.

Iraqi forces finally enter ISIS-held Tikrit

2015-03-12 14:26

Iraqi forces have entered Tikrit, dodging bombs and sniper fire in search of their biggest victory yet against embattled jihadists who tried to light new fires elsewhere in Iraq and Syria.

China's Muslim Uighurs join Islamic State

2015-03-11 14:10

China says members of the country's Muslim Uighur ethnic minority have gone overseas to fight with the Islamic State group and returned to take part in plots on home soil.


Islamic State recruits 400 children over three months

2015-03-24 16:55

Islamic State has recruited at least 400 children in Syria in the past three months and given these so-called "Cubs of the Caliphate" military training and hardline indoctrination, a monitoring group said.

'I am responsible,' says grieving father of suicide bomber

2015-03-23 05:43

The heartbroken father of an Australian schoolboy believed to have died while carrying out an ISIS suicide bombing says he feels ‘totally responsible’ for failing to see that his son needed help.

US has flown 2 320 strikes against ISIS

2015-03-19 23:38

The US military has flown 2 320 air strikes against Islamic State militants at a cost of $1.83bn, hitting thousands of targets, the Pentagon says.

US concerned over ISIS gas

2015-03-17 06:22

The US military is concerned about reports that ISIS used chlorine gas in an attack against Kurdish forces.

US returns scores of smuggled artefacts to Iraq

2015-03-16 22:36

More than 60 Iraqi cultural artefacts smuggled into the US have beenreturned to the government of Iraq, the Department of Homeland Security says.

Saddam's tomb suffers extensive damage in Iraq fighting

2015-03-16 08:17

The tomb of Iraq's late dictator Saddam Hussein has been virtually levelled in heavy clashes between militants from ISIS and Iraqi forces in a fight for control of the city of Tikrit.

ISIS readies for last stand in Tikrit

2015-03-13 12:41

Thousands of Iraqi forces have laid siege to jihadists holed up in Tikrit but the Islamic State group shrugged off setbacks by welcoming Nigeria's Boko Haram group into its ‘caliphate’.

14 million children pay price in Syria, Iraq

2015-03-12 21:05

The United Nations children's fund says 14 million children are paying the price for warfare in Syria and neighbouring Iraq.

Australia investigates if teen was IS suicide bomber

2015-03-12 10:49

Australia trying to confirm reports Australian teen was among Islamic State suicide bombers.

Mayor: ISIS pushed out of town near Tikrit

2015-03-10 17:29

Iraqi troops and militias have driven Islamic State fighters out of the town of al-Alam, the local mayor told Reuters, clearing the way for an offensive to retake Tikrit.

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