Iraqi Shiite cleric calls for unity after militia pullout

Iraq's most revered Shiite cleric today called for unity among the country's forces battling the Islamic State group after most of the Iran-backed Shiite militias pulled out of the offensive in the militant-held city of Tikrit in protest over US airstrikes there.

US providing recon support for Iraq Tikrit operation: Official

The United States is providing reconnaissance support for Iraq`s operation to retake Tikrit from the Islamic State group, a senior military official from the anti-jihadist coalition said on Tuesday.

Baghdad car bomb kills young Iraqi footballer

A car bombing in Baghdad killed Iraqi footballer Mahdi Abdulzahra on his way to practise, an official from his Electricity Club team said on Tuesday.

Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric urges more professionalism in fight against IS

Iraq`s most important Shi`ite religious leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, called on Friday for greater professionalism and planning by government forces and allied militias in fighting Islamic State insurgents.

'Anbar blast killed at least 13 soldiers'

A bombing by the Islamic State group in the city of Ramadi last week killed 13 Iraqi soldiers, defence ministry said Thursday, denying reports they died in an air strike.

Anbar blast killed at least 13 soldiers: Ministry

A bombing by the Islamic State group in the city of Ramadi last week killed 13 Iraqi soldiers, defence ministry said on Thursday, denying reports they died in an air strike.

US returns Iraq treasures as IS threatens heritage

As Iraq struggles to protect its ancient sites and heritage from the Islamic State group, the United States returned some 60 historical items to the country on Monday, many dating to thousands of years ago.

Iraq seeks coalition air support to free IS-held city

A top Iraqi army officer said on Monday that Iraqi troops need US-led coalition air support to recapture the city of Tikrit, as a major offensive against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group stalled after two weeks.

Iraq Army says coalition raids needed in Tikrit battle

Iraqi forces need support from coalition air strikes in Tikrit, where die-hard jihadists are defending their last redoubt with trenches, sandbags and roadside bombs, a top officer said on Sunday.

Iraq says busted IS Baghdad bombing network

Iraqi intelligence said on Sunday it had arrested 31 members of the Islamic State group who were responsible for planning and carrying out 52 attacks in Baghdad.

Iraqi forces pound besieged Tikrit jihadists

Iraqi forces on Friday battled jihadists making what looked increasingly like a last stand in Tikrit but the Islamic State group responded by vowing to expand its "caliphate".

Islamic State readies for Tikrit last stand but `expands` to Nigeria
Islamic State readies for Tikrit last stand but `expands` to Nigeria

Thousands of Iraqi forces have laid siege to jihadists holed up in Tikrit but the Islamic State group shrugged off setbacks by welcoming Nigeria`s Boko Haram group into its "caliphate".

Wary Iraq forces tighten noose on IS in Tikrit
Wary Iraq forces tighten noose on IS in Tikrit

Thousands of Iraqi troops and militiamen laid siege to jihadist fighters holed up in Tikrit on Thursday, wary of rushing into streets littered with bombs and infested with snipers.

Iraqi forces push into Tikrit, bombers hit Ramadi

Iraqi security forces and militias fought their way into Saddam Hussein`s home city of Tikrit on Wednesday, advancing from the north and south in their biggest counter-offensive so far against Islamic State militants.

Iraq's divide could strain anti-IS coalition: US

The international coalition fighting Islamic State extremists could be jeopardised if the Baghdad government fails to bridge Iraq`s sectarian divide, the US military`s top officer warned Monday.

 

Top US officer in Baghdad as Iraq fights for Tikrit

The top US military officer arrived Monday in Baghdad urging patience in the battle against the Islamic State group as Iraqi forces pressed their largest operation yet against the jihadists.

US military chief in Baghdad amid Iraqi offensive

The US military`s top officer landed in Baghdad on Monday as Iraqi forces battle the Islamic State group in their largest operation to date against the jihadists.

Iraq minister says coalition must defend heritage sites

The US-led coalition carrying out air strikes against the Islamic State group must try to protect archaeological sites being destroyed by the jihadists, Iraq's tourism and antiquities minister said on Sunday.

Iraq says Islamic State militants raze ancient Hatra city

Islamic State militants have destroyed ancient remains of the 2,000-year-old city of Hatra in northern Iraq, officials said on Saturday, in their latest attack on Iraqi antiquities which the United Nations condemned as barbarism.

Iraq investigating IS attack on another ancient site

Iraq's minister of tourism and antiquities says the government is investigating reports that the ancient archaeological site of Hatra in northwestern Iraq is being demolished by militants from the Islamic State group.