Iraqi ministries approved 15,000 Sunni tribesmen to join into ranks of the Iraqi army in the fight against self-styled Islamic State.rebels.
Iraq's escalating crisis means that the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq is now hosting more than 600,000 internally displaced civilians
Maliki infuriated Kurdish leaders by accusing them of harboring militants after ISIL militants swept through northern Iraq in June.
Baghdad is now trying to turn the tide after the Kurds said they had taken the dam, easing fears that the militants could cut off electricity and water supplies
The UNHCR estimates that a total of 1.2 million have fled their homes across Iraq this year.
Fighting between rebels and Kurdish peshmerga, supported by Iraqi army helicopters, saw 21 killed while an activist reported 300 Yazidis freed.
"The United States summarises the whole dilemma into attacking (ISIL) only. This is not going to put an end to the Iraqi issue," Tarek al-Hashemi said, adding Shi'ite militias were also guilty of acts of terrorism.
ISIL militants have so far killed dozens Kurdish peshmerga fighters and captured 170 of them
Hoshiyar Zebari said a final decision on whether the Kurds will end their suspension of participation in the government would come later
Iraqi Turkmen Front leader Ersad Salihi said that if the support was given to the Kurds alone, it would indicate that there are “other plans and games” being played in the region.
Kurdish fighters pushed to retake Iraq's largest dam in an attempt to reverse gains by ISIL insurgents who have overrun much of the country's north, officials said.
Dressed in green military fatigues, young and old men were taught how to use assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades by the Syrian Kurds
Masoud Barzani, the president of Iraqi Kurdistan, said the Kurds needed more than the humanitarian aid that Germany began sending
Iraq's third largest ethnic group after Arabs and Kurds, Iraqi Turkmen include both Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims and have a history of being targeted in previous conflicts.
A push by the rebels through northern Iraq to the border with the Kurdish region has sent tens of thousands of Yazidis, Turkmen and Christians fleeing for their lives.
The UN Security Council resolution aims to tackle funding and recruiting for the Islamic State and other al-Qaeda-inspired groups.
Abadi said he would not make unrealistic promises but he encouraged Iraqis to work together to strengthen the country. Spiritual leader of Iraq's Shi'ite majority said the handover offered a rare opportunity to resolve political and security crises.
The UK, which is already helping to transport Soviet-era military equipment from eastern Europe to the Kurdish peshmerga forces, has also been using its airbase in Cyprus to assist in the delivery of aid to civilians fleeing violence.
Nuri al-Maliki has given up his fight to remain prime minister of Iraq and now supports his replacement, Haider al-Abadi
An Iraqi lawmaker who gave an impassioned speech in the Iraqi Parliament about the plight of her Yazidi community survived a helicopter crash on Tuesday and is recovering in an Istanbul hospital.
Having seen the massacres not only carried out on local Christian and Yazidi minorities, but also on their fellow Sunnis, Sunni tribes that once supported the ISIL are now planning to expel the ISIL from their midst, an Iraqi Kurdish tribal leader said.