Iraq


Unesco condemns ISIS destruction of ancient Iraq city

2015-03-06 14:28

The head of Unesco has condemned the destruction of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in Iraq by the Islamic State group, saying it amounted to a “war crime”.

UN: Iraq military operations cause 28 000 to flee

2015-03-06 05:00

Military operations aimed at retaking the Iraqi city of Tikrit from ISIS have caused around 28 000 people to flee their homes, the United Nations say.

Iraq launches major assault to retake Tikrit from ISIS

2015-03-03 08:54

At least 30 000 Iraq troops and militia backed by aircraft have pounded jihadists in and around Tikrit in the biggest offensive yet to retake one of the Islamic State group’s main strongholds.

ISIS executes four Iraqis from Tikrit

2015-03-02 17:22

The Islamic State jihadist group has released a video in which four Sunni tribesmen from the Tikrit region are executed for allegedly collaborating with the government.

Operation to retake Tikrit from ISIS begins

2015-03-02 12:22

Iraq's state TV says government forces backed by allied Shi’ite and Sunni fighters have begun a large-scale military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown from ISIS.

Iraq reopens museum 12 years after looting

2015-02-28 18:18

Iraq's national museum has officially reopened after 12 years of painstaking efforts during which close to a third of 15 000 pieces looted during the US-led invasion were recovered.

ISIS destroys ancient artefacts at Mosul museum

2015-02-27 14:42

Archaeologists have expressed fears that after ransacking the Mosul museum in Iraq, ISIS would embark on a systematic destruction of heritage in areas under their control.

Air strike near kills 17 ISIS militants in Iraq

2015-02-26 14:49

A coalition air strike near the Iraqi border town of al-Qaim killed at least 17 ISIS militants and 9 civilians overnight, a hospital source says.

Christians flee jihadists after Syria kidnappings

2015-02-25 20:39

The kidnapping of dozens of Assyrian Christians by ISIS in Syria has prompted an exodus of terrified families fleeing their homes, activists have said.

New Zealand troops will train local forces in Iraq

2015-02-24 07:41

New Zealand will send a small number of troops to Iraq to help train local forces in their battle against ISIS, Prime Minister John Key has announced.

 

ISIS militants bulldoze ancient Nimrud city – govt

2015-03-06 10:03

Islamic State fighters have looted and bulldozed the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in northern Iraq, the government and a local tribal source say.

2 Malaysians identified in ISIS beheading video from Syria

2015-03-04 13:59

Malaysian authorities have identified two Malaysians in a video by the Islamic State of a beheading that is believed to have taken place in Syria.

Australia to send extra 300 troops to Iraq

2015-03-03 07:42

Australia has announced it will send another 300 troops to Iraq in a joint mission with New Zealand to help train local forces fighting ISIS.

Former principal: Jihadi John was a hardworking student

2015-03-02 13:57

The former school principal of the man who became 'Jihadi John' says he was a relatively hardworking student who showed no signs of radicalisation.

Car bombs kill 27 people near Baghdad

2015-02-28 20:19

Car bombs targeting a crowded market and Shi'ite militia checkpoints north of Iraq's capital have killed 27 people, authorities say.

Bombings kill 19 people in Iraq

2015-02-28 14:32

A series of car bombs has ripped through a crowded marketplace and a Shi’ite militia's checkpoint, killing a total of 19 people in separate attacks north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

ISIS fighters destroy priceless Iraq antiquities

2015-02-26 17:07

Hardline Islamist militants in northern Iraq have destroyed a collection of priceless statues and sculptures dating to the ancient Assyrian era.

Australia minister: ISIS no romantic adventure

2015-02-26 12:07

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has warned Australian women who are heading to Iraq and Syria to become so-called Islamic State group ‘jihadi brides’ that the move is no ‘romantic adventure’.

US Marine gets 2-years for desertion

2015-02-24 12:24

A US Marine who disappeared from his base in Iraq in 2004 and later fled to Lebanon has been found guilty of twice deserting the military and has been sentenced to two years in prison.

France seizes passports of 'jihadists' headed for Syria

2015-02-23 20:12

Authorities in France have seized the passports of six alleged French jihadists who were planning to depart to fight in Syria, the first time this anti-terrorism measure has been used, an official says.

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