• KIRKUK, IRAQ - JULY 03: A soldier with the Kurdish peshmerga pauses at an outpost on the edges of the contested city of Kirkuk on July 3, 2014 in Kirkuk, Iraq. On Thursday the president of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region, Massoud Barzani, asked Members of Parliament to start making plans for an independence referendum. American leaders and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's have urged the Kurds to back away from seeking independence. Credit Spencer Platt/Getty Images

    The European Union gave approval on Friday to member states seeking to supply weapons to Kurdish forces who are currently battling ISIS militants in Iraq. 

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 15, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT
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    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced on Thursday his intention to relinquish power and support Haidar al-Abadi, his nominated replacement, in the post.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 14, 2014, 4:26 PM EDT
  • BAGHDAD, IRAQ - JUNE 21: Iraqi Shiites of the Mahdi Army militia loyal to cleric Moqtada al-Sadr (on billboard) vow to fight ISIS in a show of strength in a military parade on June 21, 2014 in the Sadr City district of Baghdad, Iraq. In a lightning advance, the Al Qaeda-inspired Sunni jihadists of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) have taken control of western and central sectors of Iraq, and vowed to attack Shiite shrine cities of Karbala and Najaf. Credit Scott Peterson/Getty Images

    Iraqi police and hospital officials say a suicide bomber has blown himself up at an outdoor market south of Baghdad, killing 13 people and wounding 25.

    LAST UPDATE : Jun 25, 2014, 2:07 PM EDT