Iraqi government forces fought Islamic State militants near Falluja on May 23 and bombarded central districts at the outset of an offensive to retake the longtime jihadist stronghold on the western approaches to the capital Baghdad.
Iraqi security forces opened fire on protesters who stormed into Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone on May 20 and entered the cabinet building, drawing calls for revolt from a powerful Shi'ite Muslim cleric.
At least 77 people were killed and more than 140 wounded by three bombings in Baghdad on May 17, extending the deadliest spate of attacks in the Iraqi capital so far this year and driving Shi'ite fighters into the streets to defend some areas.
Islamic State has not gained significant ground since it took the Iraqi city of Ramadi a year ago, which it then lost in December, as the US-led coalition in Iraq and Syria has been helped by better intelligence and better equipped local forces.
An Islamic State attack on a state-run gas plant in Baghdad's northern outskirts on May 15 killed at least 11 people, including policemen, and forced two power stations it supplied to suspend electricity production.
Three suicide bombings claimed by Islamic State across Baghdad killed at least 80 people on May 11, Iraqi police and hospital sources said, in the deadliest attacks in the Iraqi capital this year.
An air strike by a US-led coalition killed a senior Islamic State official in Iraq last week, a Pentagon spokesman said on May 9.
Islamic State militants killed a US Navy SEAL in northern Iraq on May 3 after blasting through Kurdish defenses and overrunning a town in the biggest offensive in the area for months, officials said.
Norway will send some 60 troops, including special forces soldiers, to train, advise and give operational support to Syrian fighters battling Islamic State militants, the country's prime minister said on May 2.
Three bombs went off in and around Baghdad on May 2, killing at least 14 people, including Shi'ite Muslim worshippers conducting an annual pilgrimage inside the capital, police and medical sources said.
Senior Kurdish and Shi'ite Muslim leaders agreed on April 27 to withdraw their forces from a northern Iraqi town in a bid to end violence that has killed more than 10 people in recent days.
At least 12 people were killed on April 23 in two separate car bomb attacks in Baghdad targeting security forces, police sources said.
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The food situation for 60,000 civilians trapped in the besieged Iraqi city of Falluja is extremely worrying and likely to deteriorate unless aid gets into the city, the UN World Food Programme said on April 11.
President Barack Obama will have the chance to decide on whether to increase the number of US forces in Iraq in the "coming weeks," the top US general said on March 30.
VOV.VN - Vietnam’s football team joined training sessions and practised at the 8,000-seat Ghavamin Stadium, Iran on March 28, to prepare for a match with Iraqi team under the framework of the 2018 World Cup qualifying matches.
Syrian government forces backed by Russian air strikes battled Islamic State insurgents around Palmyra on March 28, trying to extend their gains after taking back control of a city whose ancient temples were dynamited by the ultra-radical militants.
Although the chances of Vietnam reaching the final round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup/2019 Asian Cup joint qualifiers are slim, the country will try to beat Iraq in the final match of the event’s second qualifying round to be held in Iran on March 29, according to coach Nguyen Huu Thang.
A US Marine who was part of the coalition fighting Islamic State was killed in a rocket attack by the militant group in northern Iraq, the Pentagon said in a statement on March 19.
A car bomb tore through a crowded transport hub in the Turkish capital, Ankara, on March 13, killing at least 34 people and wounding 125 in the second such attack in the administrative heart of the city in under a month.