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.
US-led coalition aircraft waged a series of deadly strikes against Islamic State around the city of Falluja on June 29, US officials told Reuters, with one citing a preliminary estimate of at least 250 suspected fighters killed and at least 40 vehicles destroyed.
Iraqi forces on June 26 recaptured the last district of Falluja held by Islamic State militants and the commander of the operation declared the battle over following a month of fighting.
Morocco said on June 23 that it had dismantled a suspected militant cell inspired by the radical group Islamic State and that it had arrested 10 men who were planning attacks in the North African kingdom.
President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the U.S. military in Africa on June 21 backed the idea of gaining greater power to strike Islamic State, including in Libya, which he described as the group's Plan B as it loses territory in Iraq and Syria.
US-backed Iraqi forces fighting Islamic State militants in Falluja are advancing toward jihadist strongholds in western districts where they expect the final push to recapture the city will take place, the Iraqi commander said on June 20.
Iraq said on June 13 it had made arrests as it investigates allegations that Shi'ite militiamen helping the army retake Falluja had executed dozens of Sunni Muslim men fleeing the city held by Islamic State.
US and Iraqi officials said on June 10 they could not confirm a report by an Iraqi TV channel that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been wounded in an air strike in northern Iraq
Islamic State's far-flung enemies in Syria and Iraq pressed ahead on June 8 with major advances on multiple fronts that have put some of the greatest pressure on the ultra-hardline Islamists since they declared their caliphate two years ago.