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By James M. Dorsey Iraqi football pitches have emerged as an alternative battleground in the struggle for control of Iraq between the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls chunks of northern Iraq, and embattled Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki. Iraqi officials said the broadcasting last Sunday in Baghdad’s Al-Shaab International Stadium of the World Cup …
Foreign minister warns against threat of descent into sectarian conflict and terrorism in the region
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry continues Arab tour amid increasing violence in Palestine, Iraq
Egyptian president makes phone call to Iraqi counterpart as conflict worsens
Sameh Shoukry to visit Jordan Tuesday on first stop of tour
State media reports Iranian fighter pilot killed, militants destroy shrines and mosques
Foreign ministers touch upon concerning developments in Iraq, Palestine and Libya
After taking over parts of Iraq, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) announced the establishment of a Caliphate or Islamic State
EGP 10bn increase in fuel subsidies for 2014/2015 budget a result of violence in Iraq: Petroleum ministry official
Armed US drones were flying over the city to provide protection for the advisers and other American personnel against the militants led by the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki on Thursday announced that Baghdad was buying more than a dozen of the warplanes from Russia in a deal that could be worth up to $500m
Al-Nusra and other rebel groups in Syria have been locked in fierce fighting with ISIL since January that has killed thousands of fighters.
The militant onslaught has displaced hundreds of thousands of people, alarmed world leaders, and put Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki under pressure at home and abroad.
Kerry met with Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki and was to hold talks with Iraqi leaders across the political and communal spectrum.
Kerry’s visit coincided with the announcement that $572m military aid has been released
Security forces in Mosul wilted in the face of the onslaught, in some cases abandoning uniforms and even vehicles in their haste to flee.
By Michael Young What does one make of the apparent rapprochement between the United States and Iran over Iraq? It’s difficult to say, principally because both countries have very different agendas in the country, even if their shared aim is to contain the offensive of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). For Iran, fragmentation …
An army major confirmed that the town and its surrounding areas were in insurgent hands.
Shoukry met with several Arabic and African counterparts on sidelines of visit to Saudi Arabia for the OIC’s 41st session
The UNHCR said there were 51.2 million forcibly displaced people at the end of 2013, a full six million higher than the previous year
The crisis threatens to carve up the country while the assault on the Baiji oil refinery early Wednesday will likely further spook international oil markets.
Iraqi officials have insisted they are making progress in repelling the fighters, who are led by the powerful Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) jihadist group, but have continued to lose ground.
Arab League Council rejects interference in Iraqi affairs, calls for reconciliation through dialogue
Embassy and consulate in contact with Egyptians workers inside Iraq
The militants, spearheaded by the powerful jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), have overrun all of one province and chunks of three more since they launched their offensive late last Monday.
Egyptian embassy staff continues to contact Egyptian communities amidst ongoing clashes in Iraq
AFP – A bomb attack targeting a weapons bazaar in eastern Syria close to the Iraqi border killed 30 “terrorists” on Saturday, state television reported. “A big explosion hits a terrorist arms market in Mayadeen, killing 30 terrorists and wounding dozens of others,” the television reported. Just 80 kilometres (50 miles) from the Iraqi border, …
Washington spent billions of dollars training and equipping Iraqi security forces before withdrawing its troops in 2011.
Baghdad embassy in touch with Egyptian communities in Iraq
Obama said Washington was examining “all the options” to help Iraq’s beleaguered security forces