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.
Turkey vowed to root out allies of the US-based cleric it blames for an abortive coup last week, widening a purge of the army, police and judiciary on July 19 to universities and schools, the intelligence agency and religious authorities.
At least nine people were killed and 32 wounded on July 12 when a car packed with explosives was detonated in a district just north of Baghdad, security and medical sources said.
The United States is stepping up its military campaign against Islamic State by sending hundreds more troops to assist Iraqi forces in an expected push on the city of Mosul, the militants' largest stronghold, later this year.
Islamic State lost an area the size of Ireland - a quarter of its territory - to hostile forces in the last 18 months in Iraq and Syria and is likely to further step up attacks on civilians in coming months, IHS said in a report on July 10.
Iraq's interior minister resigned on July 5 and said a deputy would take over his responsibilities, a few days after the deadliest of many car bombings in Baghdad since the 2003 US-led invasion.
President Tran Dai Quang on July 4 cabled a message of condolence to his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Masum over a terror bombing in the Iraqi capital of Bagdad that claimed the lives of 165 people and wounded 131 others.