Iraq

Suicide bomb claims 37 lives in Iraq

Thirty seven people were killed yesterday when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-packed Humvee military vehicle into a construction site used by the army and police, according to two police...

Britain raises its terrorism threat level to 'severe' over Syria and Iraq

British PM David Cameron says the UK will take passports of those planning to travel to Syria and Iraq to fight.

Michael Holden Britain raised its international terrorism threat level to the second highest level of 'severe' in response to possible attacks being planned in Syria and Iraq.

US launches new air strikes on Islamic State rebels

The wreckage of a Humvee used by the Islamic State militants.

The US military has launched new strikes on Islamic State forces in Iraq near the Mosul Dam and the town of Amerli.

Amid criticism, US strategy on Islamic State showing results

President Barack Obama speaking about the militant threat in Syria and Iraq.

Nick O'Malley In the face of criticism even from close political allies that the White House has been too slow in its military response to the Islamic State threat, the White House is still signaling it will not...

Analysis

Iraqi theatre more dicey than ever for Australia

Tony Abbott

Paul McGeough The Prime Minister is right when he says that Australia’s escalating involvement in the Iraq conflict is nothing like 2003, when Australia joined the US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.

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James Foley death: Obama unlikely to deepen Iraq military involvement, say US officials

US Barack Obama: unlikely to deepen Iraq military involvement.

Missy Ryan Despite outrage at home and abroad over the grisly beheading of an American journalist, President Barack Obama is unlikely to deepen military involvement in Iraq or Syria and will instead stay the...

Brutal beheading of James Foley an attempt to provoke ground invasion of Iraq and Syria

FILE - In this Friday, May 27, 2011, file photo, journalist James Foley poses for a photo during an interview with The Associated Press, in Boston. A video released by Islamic State militants that purports to show the killing of Foley by the militant group was released Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Foley, from Rochester, N.H., went missing in 2012 in northern Syria while on assignment for Agence France-Press and the Boston-based media company GlobalPost. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Tom Allard The purpose of the horrific video of the beheading of US photojournalist James Foley seems straightforward - to terrify the US into halting its aerial bombardment of the militant group.

Gunmen massacre more than 60 Sunni worshippers in central Iraq

Ben Hubbard Baghdad: More than 60 Sunni worshippers were killed during a militant raid on a mosque in central Iraq on Friday in an attack that security officials said appeared to be revenge for a number of...

Car bombs kill 20 in Iraq's Kirkuk

At least 20 people are dead after three near-simultaneous car bombs exploded in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk.

Bombs kill at least 35 in Iraq a day after mosque shooting

A volunteer with the Iraqi security forces stands next to the wreckage of a vehicle belonging to the Islamic State in Adhaim, a village in Diyala province, where the massacre of Sunni worshipers took place.

Ahmed Rasheed Bombings across Iraq killed at least 35 people in attacks that appeared to be revenge for an assault on a Sunni mosque that has deepened sectarian conflict.

UN Security Council resolution targets jihadists in Iraq and Syria

Displaced children from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar west of Mosul, take refuge at Dohuk province.

The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at weakening Islamists in Iraq and Syria with measures to choke off funding and the flow of foreign fighters.

Third day of US strikes in Iraq spur Kurd fightback against Islamic State

Kurdish peshmerga troops fight back against Islamic State militants.

Iraq's Kurdish peshmerga, buoyed by US air strikes, have reclaimed two towns from jihadist fighters, while Western powers ramped up efforts to save displaced civilians stranded on a mountain.

Pope says legitimate for world to stop Islamist aggression in Iraq

Pope Francis has said it is justified to stop Islamist aggression in Iraq.

Pope Francis said on Monday the international community would be justified in stopping Islamist militants in Iraq but that it should not be up to a single nation to decide how to act.

Yazidi exodus from the mountain: thousands flood into Iraq following air strikes

Refugees from the Yazidi sect cross the Syrian border into Faysh Khabur, Iraq.

Liz Sly Hungry, thirsty and tired, thousands of Yazidis limped across a narrow bridge on the Iraqi-Syrian border, the last leg of a nightmarish journey that some have not survived - and many more may not.

Iraq crisis: US heaps pressure on Nouri al-Maliki, as Biden calls appointed successor Haider Abadi

Under pressure to step down: Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Kathleen Hennessey As the US tries to pressure Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to step aside, Vice President Joe Biden called Mr al-Maliki's disputed successor Monday to urge him to form a new government.

'No' from one Iraq villager triggered Islamic State mass killings, says witness

Humeyra Pamuk When Islamic State militants stormed into a northern Iraqi village and ordered everyone to convert to Islam or die only one person refused.

UN announces emergency aid for 500,000 in northern Iraq

Yazidis, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, reach out to receive ice at Nowruz refugee camp in Qamishli, north-eastern Syria.

Jonathan Fowler Geneva: The UN refugee agency said on Tuesday it was poised to mount a massive aid operation for 500,000 Iraqis driven from their homes by jihadist rebels.

US could announce more troops to Iraq: officials

A US soldier in Iraq in 2008.

The Obama administration may announce on Tuesday a decision to send more military advisers to Iraq, U.S.

Iraq crisis puts Obama's foreign policy in crosshairs

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made comments interpreted as critical of Obama's foreign policy.

Nick O'Malley As the US military continues its operations against Islamic militants in northern Iraq, tension over the Obama administration’s response to events remains high in America.

US military sends more advisers, but still no boots for Iraq

Survival assured?: Yazidi Iraqi refugees are safe for now, according to General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Tom Vanden Brook The US military has sent 130 additional advisers to northern Iraq to plan for the evacuation of refugees under siege by Islamist militants, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel announced on Tuesday.