UNESCO condemns IS destruction of ancient Iraq city as `war crime`

The head of UNESCO condemned on Friday the destruction of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in Iraq by the Islamic State group, saying it amounted to a "war crime".

Iraq says Islamic State militants 'bulldozed' ancient site

Islamic State militants have "bulldozed" the renowned archaeological site of the ancient city of Nimrud near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul using heavy military vehicles, the government said.

UN says 28,000 flee drive to retake Iraq`s Tikrit

Some 28,000 people have fled the Tikrit area as Iraqi forces battle the Islamic State jihadist group in a massive offensive aimed at retaking the city, the UN said Thursday.

Islamic State torches oil field near Tikrit as militia advance

Islamic State militants have set fire to oil wells northeast of the city of Tikrit to obstruct an assault by Shi`ite militiamen and Iraqi soldiers trying to drive them from the Sunni Muslim city and surrounding towns, a witness said.

Saudi FM urges coalition to face IS challenge 'on the ground'

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal called on Thursday on the US-led coalition conducting air strikes against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq to fight the jihadists on the ground.

Tikrit operations cause 28,000 to flee: UN

Military operations aimed at retaking the Iraqi city of Tikrit from the Islamic State jihadist group have caused around 28,000 people to flee their homes, the United Nations said on Thursday.

Turkey rules out combat mission to to help Iraq retake Mosul from ISIS

Turkey will not take part in any military offensive by Iraq to retake the city of Mosul from the Islamic State group, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Thursday.

Turkey rules out combat mission to to help Iraq retake Mosul

 Turkey will not take part in any military offensive by Iraq to retake the city of Mosul from the Islamic State group, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Thursday.

Iraq forces look to tighten noose around Tikrit

The Iraqi army said Wednesday that its strategy for retaking the jihadist stronghold of Tikrit is to surround the city before launching an assault.

Dempsey says Iranian hand in Iraq could turn out well

Iran's direct support for an Iraqi push to dislodge the Islamic State group from the northern city of Tikrit could turn out to be "a positive thing" if it does not inflame sectarian tensions, the top US general has said.

Iraqi forces try to seal off Islamic State around Tikrit

Thousands of Iraqi soldiers and Shi`ite militiamen sought to seal off Islamic State fighters in Tikrit and nearby towns on Tuesday, the second day of Iraq`s biggest offensive yet against a stronghold of the Sunni militants.

US-led coalition launches 14 air strikes against Islamic State: Task force

The United States and its coalition partners staged 14 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq since early Monday, according to the Combined Joint Task Force leading the operations.

Iraqi forces recapture IS-held town

 Iraqi security forces on Tuesday recaptured a town in Salahudin as part of a major offensive to free the northern parts of the province, including Saddam Hussain`s hometown of Tikrit.

U.S. spy chief says 40 Americans who went to Syria have returned

About 180 Americans have travelled to Syria to join Islamist militants and around 40 of them have returned to the United States, the U.S. National Intelligence director, James Clapper, said on Monday.

No coalition air raids for Iraqi assault on Tikrit: US

The United States and its allies have received no request from Iraq to carry out air strikes in support of Baghdad government troops fighting to recapture Tikrit, the Pentagon said today.

Turkey mulls joining US-led coalition in Iraq

Turkish Defence Minister Ismet Yilmaz on Monday said Turkey will consider taking part in military operations by US-led coalition forces to retake control of Mosul city from the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Iraq.

Iraq launches major assault to retake Tikrit from Islamic State militants

Some 30,000 Iraqi troops and militia backed by aircraft pounded jihadists in and around Tikrit on Monday in the biggest offensive yet to retake one of the Islamic State group`s main strongholds.

IS video shows execution of four Iraqis from Tikrit

The Islamic State jihadist group released a video on Monday in which four Sunni tribesmen from the Tikrit region are executed for allegedly collaborating with the government.

IS executes 32 security personnel in Iraq

Islamic State (IS) militants on Monday executed 32 security personnel in Iraq`s western province of Anbar, a provincial security source said.

Museum reopening boosts Iraqi national pride

Even as Iraq mourned the destruction of priceless artefacts by jihadists in Mosul, the national museum in Baghdad brought joy and pride to visitors as it opened its doors for the first time in 12 years.