Iraq

    87 days 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”.

    91 days 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.

    92 days ago

    US airstrikes target IS militants

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

    99 days 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.

    101 days 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.

    105 days 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.

    107 days 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.

    107 days 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.

    109 days 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.

    113 days 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.

    125 days 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.

    126 days 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.

    127 days 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.

    128 days 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.

    128 days 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.

    129 days 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.

    132 days 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.

    151 days 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.

    161 days 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.

    165 days 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.

    178 days 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.

    178 days 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.

    181 days 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.

    184 days 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.

    185 days 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.

    187 days 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.

    189 days 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.

    189 days 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.

    189 days 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.

    190 days 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.”

    193 days 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.

    336 days ago

    12 killed in Baghdad bomb attacks

    At least 12 people have been killed in a series of bombings around Baghdad today, Iraqi officials said.

    339 days ago

    Iraq: 14 killed in three bombings

    Fourteen people have died in three separate bombings in the Iraqi capital.

    346 days ago

    Fresh bomb carnage in Iraqi capital

    A new wave of bombings has caused carnage in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, killing at least 20 people.

    346 days ago

    Al-Qaida-held cities 'will be retaken'

    A senior Iraqi military commander has said it will take a few days to fully dislodge al-Qaida-linked fighters from two key western cities.

    385 days ago

    Five killed in Baghdad attacks

    A series of attacks in Baghdad has killed at least five people and wounded 13, officials said.

    393 days ago

    Baghdad hit by deadly bomb attacks

    A wave of attacks, mostly by car bombs, has hit mainly Shiite and commercial areas of Baghdad, killing at least 24 people and wounding 87.

    405 days ago

    Bombings kill 19 Iraqi soldiers

    At least 19 Iraqi soldiers have been killed in a dual suicide car bombing at a military base just north of the capital Baghdad.

    406 days ago

    Seven killed in Iraq suicide blast

    At least seven policemen have been killed and 14 injured after a suicide attack in eastern Iraq, officials say.

    413 days ago

    12 dead in Iraq suicide attacks

    A twin suicide attack targeting soldiers and anti-al Qaida militiamen in central Iraq has killed 12 people, officials said.

    423 days ago

    10 killed in Iraq attacks

    A car bomb and an assault on a local council building in Iraq have killed at least 10 people, according to officials.

    444 days ago

    Dozens killed in Iraq violence

    Suicide bombings tore through a Shiite mosque south of Baghdad and the relatively safe Kurdish area in the north as a wave of attacks killed at least 46 people across Iraq, officials said.

    452 days ago

    Dozens dead as funeral bombed in Iraq

    The death toll from a bombing at a funeral in a Shiite neighbourhood in Baghdad has risen to 51, Iraq officials said.

    458 days ago

    At least 35 dead in wave of attacks in Iraq

    A new wave of insurgent attacks, mostly car bombs targeting Shiite-dominated cities in central and southern Iraq, killed at least 35 people today, officials said.

    469 days ago

    16 killed in attacks on Iraq families

    Gunmen attacked two Shiite families in a largely Sunni area south of Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, killing 16, officials said today.

    475 days ago

    23 killed in Iraq car bomb blasts

    Twenty-three people have been killed in two car bomb attacks in Iraq, officials said.

    477 days ago

    At least 26 killed in Iraq attacks

    At least 26 people have been killed and dozens of others injured in a wave of bombings in Shiite Muslim areas in and around Baghdad, Iraqi officials said.

    494 days ago

    33 die in wave of Iraq bombings

    A wave of bombings around the Iraqi capital of Baghdad has killed 33 people celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

    504 days ago

    Nine killed in Iraq mosque bombings

    At least nine people have been killed in bomb attacks on two mosques in Baghdad, Iraqi officials said today.

    513 days ago

    Twelve killed in Iraq suicide attack

    Twelve people have been killed in a suicide attack on an army patrol in northern Iraq, officials said today.

    547 days ago

    Baghdad suicide attacks kill 24

    A double suicide bombing attack at a Shiite mosque in Baghdad has killed at least 24 people and wounded dozens more.

    579 days ago

    Dozens dead as 'worst bombings in months' hits Baghdad

    Bombs struck Sunni areas in Baghdad and surrounding areas today, killing at least 76 people in the deadliest day in Iraq in more than eight months, officials said today.

    595 days ago

    Four killed in Iraq car bomb attack

    A car bomb in a Shiite suburb of Baghdad has killed four people and wounded 12 others.

    620 days ago

    Suicide bomber kills 20 in Iraq

    A suicide bomber has blown himself up at a lunch hosted by a Sunni candidate in Iraq’s upcoming regional elections, killing 20 people, officials said.

    638 days ago

    56 killed in wave of Iraq blasts

    At least 56 people have been killed and more than 200 others injured in a wave of bombings across Baghdad and nearby towns, Iraqi officials said today.

    640 days ago

    Eight die in Iraq car bomb attacks

    Eight people have been killed and 21 others injured after two car bombs exploded in the south of Iraq, according to authorities.

    656 days ago

    Five killed, 70 hurt in Iraq market blasts

    Five people were killed and dozens of others injured when two car bombs exploded at a livestock market in southern Iraq, an official said today.

    668 days ago

    35 die in Iraq car bomb blasts

    A series of car bombs exploded within minutes of each other as Iraqis were out shopping in and around Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 35 people in mainly Shiite areas.

    668 days ago

    Baghdad car bomb blasts kill 28

    A series of car bombs exploded within minutes of each other in and around Baghdad today, killing at least 28 people and wounding dozens in overwhelmingly Shiite areas.

    676 days ago

    Six killed in refugee camp attack

    Assailants fired rockets at a refugee camp for an Iranian exile group outside Baghdad, killing six people and wounding more than 40.