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#Iraq

# iraq - Tuesday 23 September, 2014

Captured British aid worker pleads for his life in audio file sent to his wife

Alan Henning was seized during an aid mission to Syria last December.

# iraq - Monday 22 September, 2014

Fleeing ISIS: More than 130,000 Syrian Kurds have now crossed into Turkey

Extremists with Islamic State have seized dozens of villages in the past week.

# iraq - Sunday 21 September, 2014

Wife of British taxi driver captured by Islamic State pleads with captors to release him

“I cannot see how it could assist any State’s allow the world to see a man like Alan dying,” she said.

# iraq - Friday 19 September, 2014

France is the first nation to join the US in attacking Islamic State...

… but refused to support the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

# iraq - Tuesday 16 September, 2014

US bombs Islamic State near Baghdad for first time

Last week Obama ordered a “relentless” war against the Islamic State.

# iraq - Monday 15 September, 2014

Countries to support Iraq by "any means necessary" against Islamic State

30 diplomats met today in Paris on the issue.

German court puts first alleged Islamic State jihadist on trial

Prosecutors say there is no evidence he was plotting an attack in Germany.

# iraq - Saturday 13 September, 2014

Family of British man kidnapped by ISIS ask his captors to make contact

Islamic State has threatened to kill David Haines, who was kidnapped in March last year.

White House makes it official: The US is at war with Islamic State

“The United States is at war with ISIS in the same way that we are at war with Al-Qaeda”.

# iraq - Friday 12 September, 2014

CIA triples its estimate of the number of Islamic State fighters

Up to 2,000 Westerners are fighting with the group, the intelligence agency says.

# iraq - Wednesday 10 September, 2014

US authorises $25m in military aid to help Iraq fight IS

US President Barack Obama authorised the aid today.

# iraq - Tuesday 9 September, 2014

John Kerry travels to Middle East to hold anti-IS talks

Saudi has confirmed the Arab anti-IS talks with Kerry for Thursday.

# iraq - Thursday 4 September, 2014

Steven Sotloff's family speak out for the first time since his death

“He ultimately sacrificed his life to bring their story to the world.”

# iraq - Wednesday 3 September, 2014

Obama vows US 'will not be intimidated' by Islamic State jihadists

Terrorism experts say the group is not as strong as pre-911 Al-Qaeda.

# iraq - Tuesday 2 September, 2014

US journalist Steven Sotloff 'beheaded by Islamic State' in newly released video

Sotloff appeared in the video in which James Foley was killed.

Opinion: Croke Park war plane stunt betrayed the history of the GAA

The fly-past of two US war planes was no doubt great entertainment for many, but it also trivialises the brutal machinery of war.

Amnesty: IS have carried out "acts of inhumanity on an unimaginable scale"

The human rights group says IS fighters have carried out “systematic ethnic cleansing” in northern Iraq.

# iraq - Monday 1 September, 2014

Irish and UK authorities to launch new terrorist flight watchlist

Irish and UK intelligence sharing is “at an all time high.”

# iraq - Sunday 31 August, 2014

Breakthrough against IS: Iraqi troops reach town of Amerli, ending 2-month siege

It’s the biggest offensive success for the Iraqi government since IS militants overran large areas of the country in June.

# iraq - Saturday 30 August, 2014

'We will go home one day': Yazidis determined to return to their temples and normal lives

“We were pushed out of Sinjar, but even if (the jihadists) come here, I would rather die for this temple than leave Iraq.”

# iraq - Friday 29 August, 2014

UK increases terror threat level from "substantial" to "severe"

There is no evidence however to suggest that an attack is imminent.

Islamic State releases another beheading video

The video shows a Kurdish man being killed and follows the release of a number of videos which militants claim show the mass killing of Syrian soldiers.

# iraq - Thursday 28 August, 2014

Opinion: Dramatic change is needed in American foreign policy – the people have no appetite for war

The US must no longer be impulsively ready to employ its military around the world either for its own or for others’ ends.

# iraq - Tuesday 26 August, 2014

Obama okays spy planes over Syria... but no airstikes yet

The US has long resisted taking action against IS inside Syria, but it’s believed the militants’ murder of journalist James Foley may have altered the President’s approach.

# iraq - Monday 25 August, 2014

James Foley wrote a letter to his family while in captivity and it's beautiful

“Dreams of family and friends take me away and happiness fills my heart.”

# iraq - Sunday 24 August, 2014

Opinion: The killing and imprisonment of journalists should concern us all

Worrying press arrests in Ferguson and the grisly murder of James Foley underlines it is in all of our interests to ensure journalists can report without fear.

# iraq - Saturday 23 August, 2014

Opinion: The murder of James Foley will backfire spectacularly on Isis

Western powers were growing increasingly weary of military engagements in the Middle East – but this provocation will ensure a sustained, focused campaign to eliminate Isis.

Urgent action needed to avoid "massacre" in Iraq

The UN says that the town of Amerli is seriously at risk.

To pay or not to pay? James Foley's death underscores an agonising dilemma

It is estimated that terrorists net about $120m between 2004 and 2012 in ransoms.

# iraq - Friday 22 August, 2014

Islamic State will "have to be defeated" says America's top general

The militants have an “apocalyptic, end of days vision”, it has been said.

Reports: 70 killed as Shiite militiamen open fire at Sunni mosque

It’s reported that a suicide bomber blew up explosives inside the building, and that the gunmen then fired on the fleeing worshippers.

Read the chilling email IS militants sent to James Foley's parents

The email says the militant group will “not stop until we quench our thirst for your blood”.

Opinion: 'I ate leaves and grass to stay alive' – Iraqi families pushed from their homes by ISIS

Religious minorities who have been forcefully displaced by Islamic State extremists face an uncertain future.

# iraq - Thursday 21 August, 2014

ISIS militants holding James Foley captive asked for a ransom of $100m

Foley’s family were in e-mail contact with those holding him.

# iraq - Wednesday 20 August, 2014

James Foley's family asks kidnappers to spare hostages after video of alleged beheading

Diane Foley says the family has “never been prouder of our son Jim”.

# iraq - Tuesday 19 August, 2014

Iraqi troops launch major operation against IS fighters over Saddam's hometown

Meanwhile, Washington insists it is not ‘on the same page’ as Syria in their fight against Islamic State militants.

# iraq - Monday 18 August, 2014

Pope Francis has endorsed the use of force to stop Islamic militants in Iraq

The Pope has said that minorities need to be protected but wants the UN to be involved.

# iraq - Sunday 17 August, 2014

Kurdish troops take towns from Islamic State, advance on key dam

The Kurds are backed by American air strikes.

# iraq - Saturday 16 August, 2014

Dozens of Yazidi villagers 'massacred' in Iraq

It is believed dozens of men from the Yazidi faith were massacred in the village of Kocho.

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