Iraq Blog Posts

Iraqis protest in support of leading Bahraini cleric

People protest in support of Sheikh Isa Qassim outside the Bahraini embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, June 24, 2016. ©Bahrain MirrorPeople have held demonstrations in the Iraqi cities of Basrah and Baghdad to express solidarity with Bahrain’s pr...

354 Izadi women rescued by Iraqi forces from Daesh in Fallujah

A photo taken on January 15, 2015 shows displaced Iraqi women from the Izadi community, who fled violence between the Daesh terrorist group and Peshmerga fighters in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar. (By AFP)Iraqi forces have managed to rescue 354 I...

Iraqi forces start operation to liberate Anbar districts

Iraqi forces patrol the Officers neighborhood of Fallujah as they try to clear the city of Daesh terrorists on June 19, 2016. © AFPIraqi forces have launched a new operation to liberate two districts in the embattled Anbar Province as part of a push...

Four Iraqi soldiers killed in suicide bombing at entrance of Taji military camp

A New Zealand Defence Force trainer instructs ISF soldiers in correct weapons firing positions in Taji, Iraq. Photo / NZDFFour Iraqi soldiers have been killed in a suicide bombing outside the camp New Zealand troops are based at.The attack occurred a...

Iraqi PM says Daesh has no place in Iraq, Mosul liberation is near

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (C) delivers a brief speech on state TV after the liberation of the strategic city of Fallujah from the Daesh terrorist group, on 17 June, 2016.Iraqi premier has congratulated the nation for the liberation of Fall...

Iraq begins new anti-terror operation after Fallujah liberation

Iraqi army soldiers carry their weapons as they gather in the center of Fallujah, Iraq, June 17, 2016. ©ReutersThe Iraqi army has launched a new operation in the north of Salahuddin Province and the south of Mosul, the capital of Nineveh Provin...

Apache gunships in combat as Iraqi forces encircle Mosul

An AH-64 Apache helicopter patrols the skies over eastern Afghanistan. Photo / US ArmyAs Iraqi forces backed by US support engage Isis across multiple battlefronts in Iraq, Defence Secretary Ashton Carter announced that American Apache helicopter gun...

Orlando gay nightclub shooting: Gunman had pledged allegiance to Isis

• US citizen Omar Mateen opened fire inside gay nightclub• At least 50 people killed and 53 injured in the attack• Police used an explosive device to distract the gunman• Mateen shot dead three hours after massacre began• He pledged his all...

Daesh executes 19 of own members in Iraq’s Fallujah

Iraqi government forces and elite counter-terrorism personnel advance from the edge of the Shuhada neighborhood, south of Fallujah, during an operation to regain control of the area from the Daesh terrorist group, June 10, 2016. (Photo by AFP)The Tak...

Iraq arrests over 500 Deash suspects fleeing Fallujah with civilians

Iraqi government forces prepare mortar launchers on the outskirts of Fallujah, during a military operation to regain control of the city from Daesh, on June 13, 2016. (AFP photo)Iraqi forces have arrested more than 500 suspected members of the Deash...

FM Ibrahim al-Jaafari: Iraq needs Iran, Soleimani in fighting Daesh

Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-JaafariIraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari says his country needs Iran's assistance in fighting terrorists, dismissing US questions about Tehran's role in the Arab country.  Jaafari told Lebanon'...

Iraq calls for clarity after Saudi Arabia admits fundraising for Daesh

The file photo shows members of the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group in an undisclosed location.Iraq has called on Saudi Arabia for explanation after a senior official admitted fundraising in the kingdom for Daesh terrorists fighting in the Iraqi city o...

Iraq army secures 'relatively safe' exit route out of Fallujah

Iraqi government forces advance from the edge of the Shuhada neighborhood, south of Fallujah, during an operation to regain control of the area from the Takfiri Daesh terrorists, June 10, 2016. (AFP photo)Iraq’s army has secured the first "relative...

Family of slain Taliban chief's driver presses charges

The new leader of Taliban fighters, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada. Photo / APThe brother of a man who was killed alongside the Taliban's slain chief Mullah Akthar Mansour in an American drone strike in southwest Pakistan is pressing murder and terror...

Isis fighters appear to be hawking sex slaves on the Web

A Yazidi who had been held by Isis militants as a slave for several months sits in a tent outside Duhok, Iraq. Photo / Washington PostThe woman is young, perhaps 18, with olive skin and dark bangs that droop onto her face. In the Facebook photo, she...

Tony Blair will not face Iraq probe by Chilcot into legality of acts

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Photo / APFormer British Prime Minister Tony Blair will not be accused of breaking any laws in the Iraq Inquiry report, the Sunday Telegraph can disclose.Sources close to the inquiry said the report...

Isis fighters appear to be hawking sex slaves on the Web on social media

A Yazidi who had been held by Isis militants as a slave for several months sits in a tent outside Duhok, Iraq. Photo / Washington PostThe woman is young, perhaps 18, with olive skin and dark bangs that droop onto her face. In the Facebook photo, she...

Joanna Palani, Islamic State killer: Terrorists are 'easy to kill'

Joanna Palani is now back home studying in Copenhagen after fighting alongside Kurdish-led forces in Iraq and Syria. Photo / FacebookA young, beautiful and educated woman who dropped out of university so she could fight against Islamic State has reve...

Iraqi civilians flee Fallujah amid security operation against Daesh

Iraqi forces help families near al-Sejar Village, in Iraq’s Anbar Province, after helping them flee the city of Fallujah, May 27, 2016. (Photo by AFP)Hundreds of people have fled the Iraqi city of Fallujah as government forces continue with a major...

Iraqis protest in Baghdad to demand reforms

Iraqi people take part in a protest in the capital, Baghdad on May 27, 2016.Hundreds of Iraqis have taken to the streets of the capital, Baghdad, reiterating their call for reforms as the country remains bogged down in political turmoil.Pro...
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