Iraq

    11 days, 5 hours, 15 minutes ago

    Wife of British IS hostage in direct plea to militants

    The wife of British hostage Alan Henning has called on “the people of the Islamic State to see it in their hearts to release my husband”, describing him as a “peaceful, selfless man”.

    15 days, 5 hours, 54 minutes ago

    IS issue new video warning to Obama

    The militant Islamic State group has released a video warning the US that fighters await in Iraq if Barack Obama sends troops there.

    15 days, 10 hours, 2 minutes ago

    US airstrikes target IS militants

    The US military has stepped up its campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants with five airstrikes across Iraq.

    22 days, 10 hours, 17 minutes ago

    Obama to outline IS militants plan

    US president Barack Obama has told congressional leaders that he has the authority he needs to carry out a broader campaign to root out the violent extremists in Iraq and Syria.

    25 days, 3 hours, 59 minutes ago

    US launches airstrikes around vital Iraq dam

    The US military says it has launched airstrikes around Haditha dam in western Iraq, targeting Islamic State (IS) insurgents for the first time in the area as the group tries to capture the vital dam.

    29 days, 2 hours ago

    IS militants 'killed up to 770 Iraqi troops' in single atrocity

    Militants from the Islamic State (IS) group carried out a mass killing of hundreds of Iraqi soldiers captured when the extremists overran a military base north of Baghdad in June, a leading international watchdog has said.

    30 days, 10 hours, 20 minutes ago

    Amnesty: 'Gruesome' evidence of large-scale ethnic cleansing by IS

    Amnesty International says it has uncovered "gruesome" evidence of ethnic cleansing in northern Iraq by Islamic State (IS) militants.

    31 days, 59 minutes ago

    Aid arrives to Iraq town after IS siege broken

    Aid has begun to flow to a small northern Shiite town in Iraq, a day after security forces backed by Iran-allied Shiite militias and US airstrikes broke a two-month siege by Sunni militants.

    33 days, 5 hours, 1 minute ago

    Financial cost of US operations in Iraq: €560m in 10 weeks

    The Pentagon has revealed its military operations in Iraq have cost around €560m since mid-June.

    37 days, 6 hours, 1 minute ago

    11 dead, 31 hurt in Baghdad car bomb blast

    At least 11 people were killed and 31 others injured when a car bomb exploded in a busy Shiite area of eastern Baghdad, Iraqi officials said.

    48 days, 19 hours, 6 minutes ago

    Iraqi PM Maliki surrenders post to rival

    Nouri Maliki has given up his post as Iraq’s prime minister to Haider Abadi, state television reported today – a move which could end a political deadlock that plunged Baghdad into uncertainty as the country fights a Sunni militant insurgency.

    50 days, 7 hours, 46 minutes ago

    Yazidis in 'scramble for survival' as volunteers try to resuce some in aid helicopter

    A volunteer said she had “never seen so many people scramble for survival” as she helped drop aid to the tens of thousands of Yazidis trapped on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq.

    50 days, 9 hours, 38 minutes ago

    US sends 130 more troops to Iraq

    Another 130 US troops have arrived in Iraq on what the Pentagon described as a temporary mission to assess the scope of the humanitarian crisis facing thousands of displaced civilians trapped on Sinjar Mountain.

    51 days, 9 hours, 39 minutes ago

    Iraq facing political power struggle as US arms Kurds

    Iraq is facing a fierce political power struggle even as the country battles extremists in the north and west, after its president went over the head of incumbent prime minister Nouri Maliki and picked another politician to form a new government.

    51 days, 10 hours, 23 minutes ago

    Granddad's fears for boy, 7, pictured holding severed head

    The grandfather of a seven-year-old boy pictured clutching the severed head of a Syrian soldier has urged the Australian government to bring the child home.

    52 days, 23 hours, 49 minutes ago

    US launches new wave of airstrikes in Iraq

    A new round of airstrikes by US fighter jets and unmanned drones has targeted Islamic militants in Iraq.

    55 days, 9 hours, 47 minutes ago

    Obama authorises Iraq airstrikes 'if needed'

    President Barack Obama has authorised US airstrikes in northern Iraq, warning they would be launched if needed to defend Americans from advancing Islamic militants and protect civilians under siege.

    75 days, 5 hours, 15 minutes ago

    27 die in series of Baghdad car bombings

    At least 27 people were killed in a series of bombings across Baghdad today, including three over a span of less than 10 minutes.

    85 days, 6 hours, 8 minutes ago

    50 bodies discovered near Baghdad

    Some 50 bodies have been discovered outside a city south of Baghdad, many of them blindfolded and with their hands bound.

    89 days, 5 hours, 43 minutes ago

    Trapped nurses return home

    Dozens of Indian nurses stranded in territory held by Islamic extremists in Iraq returned home to southern India today aboard a special flight, officials said.