Iraq`s former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Tuesday slammed as having "no value" a parliamentary report which held him and dozens others of security and political officials responsible for the fall of Iraq`s northern city of Mosul to the Islamic State (IS) militant group last year.
Cloaked in Kurdish flags, thousands of people lined the roads to cheer on a military convoy headed for what was -- until recently -- an obscure Syrian border town, now the focus of a global war against the militants of Islamic State.
Germany`s armed forces began sending aid supplies to northern Iraq where thousands of people have fled Islamic State militants, and the defence minister said Germany was looking into whether it would also deliver military equipment.
The Iraqi government provided a planeload of ammunition to Peshmerga fighters from Iraq`s semiautonomous Kurdish region on Friday, a U.S. official said, in an unprecedented act of military cooperation between Kurdish and Iraqi forces brought on by an acute militant threat.
Iraq`s Foreign Minsiter Hoshiyar Zebari said on Friday that the Kurdish political bloc has ended all partipation in the national government in protest over Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki`s saying that Kurds are hosting terrorists in their capital Arbil.