Islamic State expanded its attacks on October 24 against the army and Kurdish forces across Iraq, trying to relieve pressure on the militant group's defenses around Mosul, its last major urban stronghold in the country.
The United States expects Islamic State to use crude chemical weapons as it tries to repel an Iraqi-led offensive on the city of Mosul, although adding that the group's technical ability to develop such weapons is highly limited.
Malaysia has stepped up security at its borders in case Malaysian militant fighters try to return home after Iraqi forces launched a major offensive to take back the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said on October 18.
Iraqi government forces launched a U.S.-backed offensive on October 17 to drive Islamic State from the northern city of Mosul, a high-stakes battle to retake the militants' last major stronghold in the country.
Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on October 17 announced the start of an offensive to retake Mosul, the capital of Islamic State's so-called caliphate in Iraq.
Iraq launched a radio station on October 4 to help Mosul residents stay safe during the upcoming military offensive to dislodge Islamic State from the largest city under its control, state TV said.
The United States will send around 600 new troops to Iraq to assist local forces in the battle to retake Mosul from Islamic State that is expected later this year, US and Iraqi officials said on September 28.
Iraqi forces backed by air strikes from the US-led coalition gained complete control of the northern district of Shirqat on September 22, bringing the military a step closer to a main push on Mosul later this year.
VOV.VN - Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh held a meeting on September 18 with leaders from Venezuela and Iraq on the side-lines of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit in Venezuela.
President Barack Obama will meet with the leaders of Iraq, Nigeria and Colombia on the sidelines of the annual United Nations General Assembly gathering next week, the White House said on September 16.
The United States said on September 14 it would give Iraq US$181 million in humanitarian aid, anticipating a wave of displaced people when Iraqi forces launch a drive to recapture the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State.
An Iraqi Shi'ite militia said on September 7 it had dispatched more than 1,000 fighters to the frontline in neighboring Syria, escalating foreign involvement in the battle for Aleppo, the biggest prize in five years of relentless civil war.
A blast caused by a fire at a weapons storage depot in eastern Baghdad on September 2 set off rockets that hit neighboring districts, killing at least four residents and injuring 14 others.
Kurdish Peshmerga forces retook a swath of northern Iraq late last month from Islamic State and days later American forces appeared in the area, the latest sign of increasing US military activity in the country.
Vietnam defeated Uzbekistan 2-1 in their first match of the Asian Football Confederation U16 Women’s Football Qualifiers on August 25 in Hanoi.
Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi held talks on August 25 with visiting Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem about securing their common border after a partial retreat by Islamic State militants.
Iraq said on August 21 it had hanged 36 militants sentenced to death over the mass killing of hundreds of mainly Shi'ite soldiers at a camp north of Baghdad two years ago.
Many Islamic State leaders have fled Mosul with their families toward Syria ahead of a planned offensive by US-backed Iraqi forces on the city, Iraq's defense minister said on July 30.
Knife-wielding attackers interrupted a French church service, forced the priest to his knees and slit his throat on July 26, a murder made even more shocking as one of the assailants was a known would-be jihadist under supposedly tight surveillance.
US officials on July 21 called on partners in the coalition against Islamic State to increase intelligence sharing as the militant group morphs to focus on attacks beyond its shrinking self-declared caliphate in Iraq and Syria.