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Iraq's former oil hub deserted years after IS defeat

11 December, 2017

Two years after IS were forced from the industrial hub of Baiji the city remains a devastated ghost town as funds to help rebuild life have failed to materialise.

Thousands of IS fighters could return to Africa

11 December, 2017

More than 6,000 Africans who fought for IS in Iraq and Syria could return home, the African Union's top security official warned, calling on countries to prepare for the threat.

Iraq holds military parade to celebrate 'victory' over IS

11 December, 2017

The Iraqi military has held a celebration to celebrate the end of the campaign against IS, while others warn the fight is not yet over.

Islamic State re-enters Syria's Idlib after clashes

09 December, 2017

After several days of clashes, IS recaptures villages in Syria's Idlib province, four years after they were first expelled, as Russian airstrikes in the province continue.

Abadi declares 'end of war against IS' in Iraq

09 December, 2017

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Saturday declared victory over IS following a bloody three-year campaign, a group which at its height endangered Iraq's very existence.

After IS, corruption should be Iraq's next target

08 December, 2017

Analysis: The injustice of a corrupt state fuels recruitment to armed groups, notes Hadani Ditmars.

Iraq militia threatens US forces after Trump Jerusalem move

07 December, 2017

Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital makes US troops in Iraq a target, a militia has said, while Abadi's government has urged the US to backtrack.

Iraq slams calls to disband Hashd al-Shaabi militia alliance

03 December, 2017

Iraqi politicians slammed calls by the French president to disband a militia alliance that was pivotal in the battle against the Islamic State group.

Badr Organisation militia to form party for Iraq elections

03 December, 2017

After helping defeat IS, Iraq's largest militia the Badr Organisation is setting its eyes on political influence with next year's elections, which could further enforce Iranian influence in the country.

The Iraq Report: US 'violated child soldiers law'

29 November, 2017

This week in Iraq: Insurgent attacks intensify after the Islamic State group is routed from its territory, while fears are raised over next year's elections.

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