Australia close to resettling nearly 12 000 Syrian refugees

2017-03-22 12:57

Australia is close to resettling the 12 000 refugees from the war in Syria and Iraq it promised to urgently take more than a year ago.

Nearly 100 000 Iraqis flee battle for west Mosul

2017-03-15 14:01

Nearly 100 000 Iraqis have fled the battle to retake west Mosul from the Islamic State jihadist group, the International Organisation for Migration says.

Iraqi forces retake third of west Mosul

2017-03-12 17:45

Iraqi security forces have seized control of more than a third of west Mosul, a commander has said after a week of steady gains in their battle to retake the city from ISIS.

Eight Iraqis saved from refrigerated truck in Spain

2017-03-11 17:47

Eight Iraqis, including four children, have been found crammed inside a refrigerated truck in a service area in eastern Spain.

Twin suicide bombing kills at least 20 at Iraq wedding

2017-03-09 10:25

Iraq's Defence Ministry says twin suicide bombing targeting village wedding north of Baghdad killed at least 20.

Archaeologists find treasures in Mosel tunnels

2017-03-07 20:30

Archaeologists are astounded at the treasures they have found in a labyrinth of narrow tunnels apparently left by ISIS supporters.

Iraq hails exemption from Trump travel ban

2017-03-06 18:36

The Iraqi government has hailed the country's exemption from US President Donald Trump's revised travel ban as an "important step".

Over 45 000 displaced by west Mosul fighting

2017-03-05 12:46

The battle to retake west Mosul from the Islamic State group has pushed more than 45 000 people to flee, the International Organisation for Migration says.

US-led strikes claim another 21 civilian lives

2017-03-05 00:27

Twenty-one civilians have been killed in US-led coalition air strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria in recent months, US officials say.

Children given sleeping pills as civilians flee Mosul

2017-03-04 08:03

Children are being given sleeping pills so as not to inadvertently alert ISIS fighters as thousands of civilians flee the Iraqi city of Mosul.


Iraq says more than 180 000 displaced from west Mosul

2017-03-21 10:10

More than 180 000 people flee west Mosul as Iraqi forces battle to retake it from the Islamic State group.

Iraq holds detainees in 'horrendous conditions' - HRW

2017-03-14 17:52

Iraq's interior ministry is holding over 1 200 men and boys suspected of ties to jihadists in "horrendous conditions" without charge at facilities south of Mosul, Human Rights Watch says.

Most victims of Damascus blasts Shi'ite pilgrims

2017-03-12 16:22

The death toll from twin bombings targeting Shi'ite pilgrims in the centre of the Damascus, the Syrian capital, has risen to 74 dead, a monitor says.

ISIS leader Baghdadi may have fled Mosul

2017-03-09 17:32

Islamic State group chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is reported to have abandoned Mosul, leaving local commanders behind to lead the battle against Iraqi forces.

ISIS hopes to hold onto shreds of 'caliphate' - US official

2017-03-08 22:26

The Islamic State group has lost most of the land it once held in Iraq and Syria, but hopes to cling to scraps of a self-declared caliphate, a US official says.

Anti-IS assaults gain ground in Iraq and Syria

2017-03-07 10:58

Iraqi forces advanced in west Mosul and fighters in neighbouring Syria seized a key supply route to Raqa, as twin US-backed offensives gained ground against the Islamic State group.

Thousands flee offensives in Iraq, Syria

2017-03-05 22:15

Tens of thousands of civilians have fled offensives against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, where the jihadists are battling to keep what remains of their territory.

Wave of ISIS car bombs targets Iraqi troops in Mosul

2017-03-05 12:06

An Iraqi commander says troops are moving toward the local government complex in Mosul's ISIS-held western side amid the "heaviest" clashes since the start of the new push more than two weeks ago.

UN: If confirmed, chemical attacks in Mosul a war crime

2017-03-04 21:45

The UN has warned that the alleged use of chemical weapons in Mosul, if confirmed, will be a serious violation of international humanitarian law and a war crime.

Chemical weapons injure 7 in Mosul area: Red Cross

2017-03-03 22:00

Seven people, among them five children, have been hospitalised near Iraq's Mosul area with injuries from chemical weapons, says the Red Cross.

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