Militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant open Syrian office for potential wives

Islamist insurgents have opened an office in northern Syria where single women and widows can register to marry fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, the radical al-Qaeda offshoot,...

Iraq gets US court order to seize $100m worth of Kurdish oil cargo off Texas

A still image from video taken by a US Coast Guard aircraft shows the oil tanker United Kalavyrta approaching Galveston, Texas late last week.

Anna Driver in Houston and Ahmed Rasheed in Baghdad Iraq scrambled to gain control of a cargo of Kurdish oil worth $US100 million off the Texas coast after a US judge ordered its seizure in a bid by Baghdad to halt oil sales by the autonomous region...

Islamic State defied over Iraq's Crooked Minaret in Mosul

A flag of the Islamic State hangs over the entrance of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

Vivian Salama Residents of Mosul have watched helplessly as extremists ruling the northern Iraqi city blew up some of their most beloved landmarks and shrines to impose a stark vision of Islam.

Iraqi Kurds, battling Islamist threat, press Washington for arms

Missy Ryan The semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq is pressing the Obama administration for sophisticated weapons it says Kurdish fighters need to push back Islamist militants threatening their...

Fears Islamic State militants ordering female genital mutilation in Iraq

A member of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant - the forerunner to the Islamic State - waves an ISIL flag.

The United Nations, expressing deep concern, said on Thursday that militant group Islamic State had ordered all girls and women in and around Iraq's northern city of Mosul to undergo female genital...

Iraq elects Kurdish president as UN chief urges unity to save nation

Isra' al-Rubei'i Iraq's parliament has elected a senior Kurdish lawmaker president, a significant step in a delayed process to create a government capable of uniting the country and countering insurgents threatening...

Anti-Assad rebel brigade defects to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

A Free Syrian Army fighter at the Handarat camp, Aleppo.

Mousab Al Hamadee and Roy Gutman A Syrian rebel brigade has defected to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a sign that the extremist group continues to build strength after seizing vast territories in western Iraq and eastern...

53 blindfolded bodies found in Iraq as political leaders bicker

Shiite volunteers from the Iraqi Ketaeb Hezbollah,  join the Iraqi army to fight against Sunni Jihadist militants of the Islamic State.

Raheem Salman and Isra' al-Rubei'i Iraqi security forces found 53 corpses, blindfolded and handcuffed, south of Baghdad on Wednesday as Shi'ite and Kurdish leaders traded accusations over an Islamist insurgency raging in the country's...

Iraq tells UN that 'terrorist groups' have seized nuclear materials

Michelle Nichols ISIL insurgents in Iraq have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the country's north, Iraq has told the United Nations in a letter appealing for help to "stave...

75 Iraqi troops holdout in the battle for Baiji, Iraq's largest refinery

A satellite view of the battle from Baiji last month shows smoke billowing from Iraq's largest oil refinery complex.

Hannah Allam and Mitchell Prothero The fight for Iraq's largest oil refinery has turned into a tense standoff between 75 elite troops loyal to the government in a small compound in the sprawling facility, surrounded by hundreds of...

Iraq crisis continues as militants inch closer to Baghdad

A Shiite fighter with the 'Peace Brigades' on patrol near Samarra, 95 kilometres from Baghdad.

Alissa J. Rubin and Suadad Al-Salhy As Iraq's deadlocked Parliament was again unable to reach a deal to name a new speaker Sunday, Sunni militants carried out a raid near Baghdad, the Iraqi capital - a symbolically significant...

Obama sends Predator drones into skies over Iraq

Richard Spencer in Erbil and W.G. Dunlop in Baghdad The US military has started flying armed drones over Baghdad to defend American troops and diplomats as Iraqi forces took their fight against Sunni insurgents to the strategic militant-held city of...

Family forced to flee their home as sectarian tensions in Iraq reach boiling point

Living in fear: Um Ban with her two-month-old daughter Ghufran.

Ruth Pollard in Baghdad When Sunni militants painted an “X” on the front of her house in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, Um Ban knew she and her family would have to flee.

Iraq mounts major effort to recapture Tikrit

An Iraqi police patrol in Baghdad's Abu Ghraib suburb. Iraqi troops, backed by helicopter gunships, launched an operation on Saturday aimed at dislodging Sunni militants from the northern city of Tikrit.

Loveday Morris Ground forces backed by helicopter gunships launched a three-pronged pre-dawn attack on the militant stronghold of Tikrit on Saturday, marking a major test for the Iraqi military as it attempts to...

Iraq crisis: We will support ISIL until Maliki steps down, says Sunni tribal chief

Demonstrators march in support of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Mosul.

Richard Spencer The leader of Iraq's biggest tribe has refused to break his military alliance with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, saying he will march a hundred thousand 100,000 men on Baghdad if Prime...

Iraq parliament delayed - again - as militants continue fight

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki at the funeral for Major General Negm Abdullah Ali.

Abigail Hauslohner Iraq's parliament has stalled for a second time, cancelling its planned Tuesday session to give the country's deeply divided political factions time to reach an agreement on an urgently needed new...

Iraq crisis: ISIL militants declare 'Caliphate'


Ruth Pollard The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Sunni militants fighting across Syria and Iraq – have proclaimed the establishment of a “caliphate” in a move that experts say could...

Sunnis and Kurds walk out of first session of new Iraq parliament

New Iraqi parliament members argue during the first session in Baghdad.

Rod Nordland The effort to form a new government will have to wait, as Iraq has its deadliest month in many years.

Iraq-Syria 'Caliph' calls for Muslims to take up arms

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, who unilaterally announced the creation of a new Islamic caliphate.

Yara Bayoumy The leader of the al-Qaeda offshoot now calling itself the Islamic State has called on Muslims worldwide to take up arms and flock to the "caliphate" it has declared on captured Syrian and Iraqi soil.

Iraq parliamentary session ends in chaos

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Ruth Pollard Iraq’s first parliamentary session since its April elections – and since Islamic militants took control of its second-largest city and declared a new caliphate – descended into chaos after Kurdish...