Iraq

    6 days, 1 hour, 59 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.

    7 days, 14 hours, 39 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.

    7 days, 16 hours, 31 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.

    8 days, 16 hours, 32 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.

    8 days, 17 hours, 16 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.

    10 days, 6 hours, 42 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.

    12 days, 16 hours, 40 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.

    32 days, 12 hours, 8 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.

    42 days, 13 hours, 1 minute 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.

    46 days, 12 hours, 36 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.

    58 days, 15 hours, 8 minutes ago

    Iraqi militants seize control more towns and border crossings

    Sunni militants have blitzed through the vast desert of western Iraq, capturing four towns and three border crossings and deepening the predicament of the Shiite-led government in Baghdad led by Nouri Maliki.

    59 days, 12 hours, 24 minutes ago

    Sunni fighters expand Iraq offensive

    Sunni fighters led by an al-Qaeda breakaway group expanded their offensive in a volatile western province, capturing three strategic towns and the first border crossing with Syria to fall on the Iraqi side.

    62 days, 4 hours, 6 minutes ago

    Obama: US 'prepared for action in Iraq'

    President Barack Obama has said the US is prepared to take targeted military action in Iraq if it would help fight a growing threat from extremist militants.

    65 days, 14 hours, 35 minutes ago

    Militants capture town in northern Iraq

    Sunni militants have captured the northern Iraqi town of Tal Afar, close to the Syrian border, the mayor and residents said today.

    66 days, 11 hours, 46 minutes ago

    US aircraft carrier moves into gulf as Iraq violence continues

    The United States has ordered an aircraft carrier into the Persian Gulf as it laid out specific ways for Iraq to show it is united in order to gain assistance in its fight against Islamic insurgents.

    68 days, 14 hours, 50 minutes ago

    Militants vow to invade Baghdad and impose strict Shariah law

    Islamic militants have vowed to march on Baghdad to settle old scores after seizing a number of cities and towns in Iraq.

    69 days, 14 hours, 56 minutes ago

    Militants push into Sunni heartland

    Al-Qaida-inspired militants have pushed deeper into Iraq’s Sunni heartland, conquering Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit as soldiers and security forces yielded ground once controlled by US forces.

    70 days, 5 hours, 5 minutes ago

    Iraq: Militants seize Saddam Hussein's home town Tikrit

    Al Qaida-inspired militants have seized control of Saddam Hussein’s home town of Tikrit.

    70 days, 12 hours, 3 minutes ago

    Iraq 'determined to retake Mosul'

    The governor of an Iraqi province overrun with militants says authorities are determined to recapture the northern city of Mosul after large parts of it were seized by Islamist insurgents.

    70 days, 15 hours, 40 minutes ago

    US condemns Mosul siege

    The United States has condemned a siege of Iraq’s second-largest city by Islamic militants “in the strongest possible terms.”

    74 days, 4 hours, 24 minutes ago

    Dozens killed in Iraq car blasts

    A series of car bombs exploded across Iraq’s capital tonight, killing at least 52 people in a day of violence that saw militants storm a university in the country’s restive Anbar province and take dozens hostage, authorities said.