Iraq

ISIL suicide car bomber kills a dozen in Baghdad

At least 12 killed and 50 others wounded in blast that hits Shia neighbourhood in the Iraqi capital.

Iraq

Baghdad car bombings leave more than a dozen dead

At least 17 people killed and 15 others wounded in two separate car bomb blasts in the Iraqi capital.

ISIS

BBC stirs controversy with 'real ISIS housewives' skit

Sketch portraying British female members of the group in Syria criticised as tasteless by some but welcomed by others.

Middle East

Fourteen detained over Istanbul nightclub massacre

State media reports that tips from citizens led to more detentions as MPs extend the state of emergency.

Iraq

UN: At least 6,878 civilians killed in Iraq in 2016

UN mission in Iraq says the figure does not include casualties from western Anbar for May, July, August and December.

Battle for Mosul

ISIL ramps up fight with weaponised drones

In addition to using drones for reconnaissance in Iraq, ISIL has been sending them out with bombs attached.

Iraq

Bloody day in Baghdad as attacks kill nearly 60

ISIL claims responsibility for suicide car bombing that kills day labourers in Sadr City, a mainly Shia suburb.

Inside Story

How will Turkey deal with ISIL's domestic threat?

Massacre at Istanbul nightclub claimed by armed group based abroad signifies growing security challenges in the country.

Middle East

ISIL claims responsibility for Turkey nightclub attack

Group says it carried out New Year's Eve raid on Istanbul nightclub where "Christians celebrate their apostate holiday".

Middle East

France's Hollande in Iraq to review war on ISIL

French president also visits Iraq to salute troops which are taking part in a US-led military coalition against ISIL.

Iraq

ISIL attacks Iraqi police near Najaf, kills seven

Armed group claimed responsibility for the attack, which also wounded 17 people including civilians.

Middle East

Double bomb attack hits crowded Baghdad market

At least 28 Iraqis killed and dozens wounded as blasts triggered by suicide bombers strike crowd during morning rush.

Media

Nearly 100 journalists killed worldwide in 2016: IFJ

Iraq and Afghanistan deadliest countries for journalists in 2016, IFJ says, as it deplores impunity for killings.

Middle East

Russia and Turkey broker fragile Syria ceasefire deal

Truce aims to cover entire Syria but fighting could continue in areas controlled by groups not included by agreement.

Iraq

Iraq resumes Mosul operation after a two-week lull

Iraqi forces launch the "second phase" of the battle to retake eastern Mosul from ISIL.