Saudi Arabia has cut diplomatic relations with its regional rival, Iran, after attacks on the Saudi Embassy and consulate in Tehran over the execution of a prominent Shi'ite cleric by Riyadh.
Explosions rocked two Sunni mosques in central Iraq early on January 4 amid fears of renewed sectarian violence following Saudi Arabia's execution of a prominent Shi'ite cleric.
Attacks by five suicide bombers on an Iraqi military base north of Baghdad have killed at least 15 Iraqi security forces and wounded 22 others.
Saudi Arabia has reopened its embassy in Baghdad after a 25-year shutdown, in a sign of thawing relations between the two countries.
The U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) says it conducted 24 air strikes against the militant group in Iraq, while French jets attacked IS sites in Syria.
Iraqi forces are extending their control within the central city of Ramadi as they continue to flush out pockets of Islamic State (IS) fighters in the city.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on December 30 that Turkey had not respected a commitment to withdraw its troops from northern Iraq, where they are training an Iraqi militia to fight Islamic State.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has offered to help Iraq restore basic services in Ramadi to allow civilians to return after the city was recaptured from the Islamic States (IS) extremist group.
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said that Islamic State (IS) violence against Iraqi Yazidis and other religious minorities in the Middle East is genocide.
Iraq's state TV says Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has arrived in Ramadi to mark the city's liberation from Islamic State militants.
The United States has hailed Iraqi forces' advance in retaking of Ramadi, after Iraqi officials declared earlier on December 28 that the troops had recaptured the city from Islamic State (IS) militants.