A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle in the usually secure Iraqi Kurdish regional capital Arbil Wednesday, killing four people in an attack blamed on the Islamic State (IS) group.
Iraqi forces broke the Islamic State group's months-long siege of the country's largest oil refinery Saturday as America's top officer flew in to discuss the expanding war against the jihadists.
Iraqi forces recaptured the strategic town of Baiji Friday in a significant victory over the Islamic State group, as the UN accused the jihadists of crimes against humanity in neighbouring Syria.
The Islamic State group has released a defiant audio recording it said was of chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, after air strikes on jihadist leaders in Iraq sparked rumours he had been wounded or killed.
The Islamic State group released a defiant audio recording Thursday it said was of chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, after air strikes on jihadist leaders in Iraq sparked rumours he had been wounded or killed.
The U.S.-led coalition unleashed airstrikes near the Iraqi city of Mosul targeting top jihadist militants, officials said Saturday, but the fate of the Islamic State group's enigmatic leader remained unclear.
Iraq's leading cleric, the Shia Ayatollah Ali Sistani, recently criticized army corruption for Iraq's failure to combat Islamic State and reiterated his support for a broad-based secular solution to the sectarian threat.
Interpol has announced that jihadists are using ever more imaginative ways to get to Syria. There is evidence that some of the militants are now posing as tourists and booking on cruise ships in the Mediterranean which dock on the Middle East coast.