France offers asylum to Christians of north Iraq

2014-07-29 07:10

France is ready to open its door to Christians from northern Iraq who were hounded out of their homes by extremist Islamic militants.

Iraq army kills 17 in anti-jihadist raid

2014-07-28 14:11

An Iraqi government raid on jihadist targets in a district near Baghdad has killed 17 people, including at least three civilians, medical and tribal sources say.

Wear full veil or face punishment: Islamic State

2014-07-25 12:59

Islamic State, the al-Qaeda offshoot that seized large swathes of northern Iraq last month, has warned women in the city of Mosul to wear full-face veils or risk severe punishment.

Iraq MPs stall presidential vote as violence rages

2014-07-23 22:32

Iraqi lawmakers have postponed choosing a new president for their ailing country while air strikes, suicide car bombs and summary executions yielded their daily grim crop of bodies.

Jihadists organise tours in their 'caliphate'

2014-07-23 09:00

Known for kidnapping, public stonings, lashings and executions, the Islamic State (IS) is now expanding into tourism, taking jihadists on honeymoon and civilians to visit other parts of its "caliphate".

Persecution of Iraqi Christians a 'crime' - Ban

2014-07-21 09:55

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that the persecution of Iraqi Christians who have been driven from their homes in Mosul by Islamic State militants could constitute a crime against humanity.

Morocco warns of terror plot from Syria, Iraq

2014-07-17 07:41

Morocco's interior minister says that Moroccan extremists fighting in Iraq and Syria are plotting terror attacks on prominent figures and sites back home.

Militants press Iraq assault, political deadlock

2014-07-15 12:19

Iraq's flagging government formation process seems set to drag as police and tribesmen are battling an assault that could bring militants a step closer to Baghdad.

Iraq forces executed 250 Sunni prisoners - HRW

2014-07-11 22:26

Iraq's security forces and allied Shi'ite militias have executed at least 255 Sunni prisoners as they fled a lightning jihadist-led advance last month, Human Rights Watch says.

Islamic militants on offensive against Kurds

2014-07-10 18:26

Islamic militants using weapons they seized in Iraq have intensified an offensive against Kurdish areas in Syria as they fight to expand the territory under their control.

Grisly killings in Iraq like 2006

2014-07-09 21:10

Grisly killings harken back to the worst days of Iraq's sectarian bloodletting in 2006 and 2007.

Iraq forces find 53 corpses south of Baghdad

2014-07-09 11:23

Iraqi security forces have found the bodies of 53 men who had been bound and executed in a confessionally mixed province south of the capital, police and medical officials say.

Undercover stings can help combat Syrian threat

2014-07-08 20:42

US Attorney General Eric Holder urged countries to do more to keep their own citizens from travelling to Syria to fight.

Jihadist 'caliph' demands obedience from Muslims

2014-07-06 13:30

Self-proclaimed caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has made an unprecedented appearance in the Iraqi city of Mosul, and ordered Muslims to obey him, according to a video posted online.

Indian nurses stranded in Iraq return home

2014-07-05 10:00

News reports say more than 40 Indian nurses stranded in territory held by extremists in Iraq have returned home in southern India aboard a special flight.

India nurses in Iraq conflict 'to be freed'

2014-07-04 16:11

A group of 46 Indian nurses trapped in Iraq are to be freed in a rare piece of positive news in a crisis threatening "Syria-like chaos".

Kurds seek independence poll amid chaos

2014-07-04 05:00

Iraq's Kurds have set the ball rolling for a referendum on their long-held dream of independence, ignoring calls for the nation to unite against rampant jihadists.

32 Turkish truck drivers freed in Iraq

2014-07-03 19:00

Thirty-two Turkish truck drivers have been freed in Iraq, but there is no word on the other hostages.

Iraq struggles to drive back Sunni militants

2014-07-03 13:01

Baghdad's forces are struggling to break a military stalemate with Sunni militants, as US officials reach out to key leaders to push for an end to political chaos in Iraq.

Iraq's new jets likely from Iran: experts

2014-07-02 22:37

Three Sukhoi ground attack jets shown landing in Iraq in a video released by the defence ministry are likely from Iran, a think tank has said.

ISIL captures Syrian border town

2014-07-01 20:59

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has captured a key Syrian town near the Iraq border from other rebels and advanced toward a stronghold of its main rivals.

More than 2 400 killed in Iraq in June - UN

2014-07-01 11:14

The UN says more than 2 400 Iraqis have been killed in June, the highest monthly toll this year in the country

Al-Qaeda splinter declares new Islamic state

2014-06-30 09:19

The al-Qaeda breakaway group that has seized much of north-eastern Syria and huge tracts of neighbouring Iraq formally declared the establishment of a new Islamic state.

Iraq receives Russian jets as it battles militants

2014-06-29 14:35

Iraq has received the first batch of Sukhoi warplanes from Russia as it presses a counter-attack against a Sunni militant onslaught that threatens to tear the country apart.

Officials: 21 troops killed in clashes

2014-06-28 19:43

Iraqi officials say heavy clashes between security forces and Sunni insurgents have killed at least 21 troops south of Baghdad.


Ramadan killings leave 15 dead in Baghdad

2014-07-28 17:54

Iraqi police have found 15 corpses, including three women shot in the head in militia-style killings, in a bloody start to the holiday ending the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

IS militants destroy historic mosque in Mosul

2014-07-28 09:16

Militants from the Islamic State group have blown up a mosque and shrine dating back to the 14th century in Mosul, local residents say.

US congratulates Iraq on electing new president

2014-07-25 07:49

The United States has thrown its weight behind the newly elected president of Iraq, Fuad Masum, and urged him to form a "cohesive government" to help fight Islamic militants.

Baghdad suicide car bomb kills 23

2014-07-23 11:46

A suicide car bomb explosion has ripped through a police checkpoint in Baghdad, killing 23 people and wounding more than 40.

Ten killed in air strike north of Baghdad

2014-07-21 21:17

Ten people have been killed in a government air strike on a militant-controlled town north of Baghdad, hospital sources and witnesses said.

Bomb at Baghdad market kills at least 4

2014-07-17 21:38

Iraqi officials say a bomb in the main marketplace in central Baghdad has killed at least four people.

Iraq extremists must face sanctions - UN

2014-07-16 11:46

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging all countries to enforce sanctions against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) extremist group that has captured a vast stretch of territory in Iraq.

Afghan candidates agree to audit results

2014-07-12 21:08

US Secretary of State John Kerry says both of Afghanistan's presidential candidates are committed to abiding by the results of the "largest, most comprehensive audit" of the election runoff ballots possible.

Iraqi Kurds take over 2 northern oil fields

2014-07-11 20:46

Kurdish security forces have seized two major oil fields outside the disputed northern city of Kirkuk before dawn, Iraq's Oil Ministry says, the latest move in a deepening a dispute with the government.

Iraq tells UN that 'terrorists' seized nuke material

2014-07-10 08:22

Insurgents in Iraq have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the country's north, Iraq told the UN in a letter of appeal.

Iran ex-president can 'co-operate' with US

2014-07-09 20:04

Tehran could cast aside bitter differences with Washington to "co-operate" on Iraq as the crisis-hit country battles a fierce militant offensive.

Iraq says 'terrorists' seize chemical arms site

2014-07-09 09:04

Iraq says the extremist group ISIL has taken control of a vast former chemical weapons facility northwest of Baghdad, where 2 500 chemical rockets filled with the nerve agent sarin are stored.

Iraqi Kurd secession would splinter Mideast - Sisi

2014-07-07 12:32

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has warned that the independence of Iraq's Kurdish region would be "catastrophic" and cause the Middle East to splinter along ethnic and religious lines.

Christian leader appeals for missing Iraq nuns

2014-07-05 16:30

Iraq's most senior Christian leader has appealed for the release of two nuns and three orphans who have been missing for several days in militant-held areas of northern Nineveh province.

Kurds seek independence vote amid Iraq 'chaos'

2014-07-04 12:09

Iraq's Kurds have set the ball rolling for a referendum on their long-held dream of independence, ignoring calls for the nation to unite against rampant jihadists or face "Syria-like chaos".

Indian nurses taken from hospital against will

2014-07-03 19:00

A group of nearly 50 Indian nurses have been taken against their will by bus from a hospital in the militant-controlled city of Tikrit in Iraq.

Al-Qaeda leaves east Syria strongholds

2014-07-03 16:58

Fighters from al-Qaeda's Nusra Front have withdrawn from two towns in eastern Syria leaving most of the border province of Deir al-Zor under the control of advancing forces of the Islamic State.

Growing concern about Islamist militancy

2014-07-03 05:00

Large majorities in Muslim countries are increasingly worried about Islamist militancy and oppose its best-known groups, such as al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and Hamas.

Militant urges all Muslims to build Islamic state

2014-07-02 08:38

The leader of the extremist group that has overrun parts of Iraq and Syria has called on Muslims around the world to flock to territories under his control to fight and build an Islamic state.

Mortar wounds 14 near major Iraqi Shi'ite shrine

2014-07-01 13:35

At least 14 people have been wounded by mortar fire near an important Shi'ite shrine in the Iraqi city of Samarra, officials say, as the Shi'ite-led government fights a major Sunni insurgency.

US sends 300 more troops, drones, copters to Iraq

2014-07-01 06:15

The United States is again ramping up its military presence in Iraq, sending around 300 additional troops into the country as well as a detachment of helicopters and drone aircraft, the Pentagon says.

Sectarian genie out of the bottle from Syria to Iraq

2014-06-29 17:14

As jihadists storm through the Sunni heartlands of Iraq towards Baghdad, they have lifted the veil on deep sectarianism which has also stoked the fires of Syria's civil war.

ISIL 'crucifies' 8 rebels in Syria

2014-06-29 14:35

A jihadist group in Syria has publicly executed and crucified eight rebels fighting both President Bashar al-Assad's regime and the jihadists, according to a monitor.

Over 1 200 Chinese evacuated from north Iraq

2014-06-28 14:18

More than 1 200 Chinese workers who had been trapped in the embattled northern Iraqi city of Samara have been evacuated to Baghdad, a report says.

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