Al-Maliki steps down as Iraq prime minister

2014-08-15 07:29

Iraq's embattled Nouri al-Maliki has stepped down as prime minister, caving in to international and domestic pressure to give up his post to a rival politician.

Iraqi Kurds take over 2 northern oil fields

2014-07-11 20:46

Kurdish security forces have seized two major oil fields outside the disputed northern city of Kirkuk before dawn, Iraq's Oil Ministry says, the latest move in a deepening a dispute with the government.

Iraq crisis stirs fears Afghanistan could be next

2014-06-19 07:44

The deteriorating situation in Iraq is giving Congress pause about President Barack Obama's plan to withdraw US forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2016.

Iraqi Kurds ship oil through region's own pipeline

2014-05-23 20:18

Iraq's Kurdish region is shipping oil through its own pipeline for first time, bypassing Baghdad.

Iraqi bill to legalise child marriage

2014-03-14 11:47

A contentious draft law in Iraq may open the door to girls as young as 9 getting married and would require wives to submit to sex anytime, provoking outrage from rights activists.

Death toll rises as Iraq gripped by violence

2014-01-15 18:18

A wave of bombings across Iraq striking busy markets and a funeral north of Baghdad have killed at least 44 people.

Growing violence kills 12 in Iraq

2013-11-05 11:53

Suicide bombings and other attacks have killed 12 people in Iraq, say officials, while Iraqi legislators passed a law laying the groundwork for next year's parliamentary elections.

Iraq violence less prioritised by US

2013-08-16 10:02

Security crises in Egypt, Syria and other countries are overshadowing rising death tolls and new fears of civil war in Iraq, once the top US priority in the Mideast.

Iraq's body count continues to grow

2013-05-30 17:28

A series of bomb explosions in Iraq, including one targeting a provincial governor, has killed at least 30 people and wounded dozens in the latest eruption of violence to rattle the country.

Wave of violence spreads through Iraq

2013-05-28 22:19

Bombings and gunfire in central and northern Iraq have killed at least 15 people and wounded 35 others, in the latest bloody chapter of a wave of violence.

'War on mosques' rages in Iraq

2013-05-20 10:02

A "war on mosques" - deadly attacks by militants on Sunni mosques and Shi'ite places of worship called husseiniyahs - using weapons ranging from bombs to mortar rounds is raging in Iraq.

Iraq votes in test of stability

2013-04-20 09:13

Iraqis have voted in the country's first polls since US troops departed, a key test of its stability in the face of a spike in attacks that has claimed more than 100 lives.

50 killed on eve of Iraq war anniversary

2013-03-19 14:13

A wave of attacks and explosions in Iraq has killed 50 people and officials have delayed provincial polls, highlighting security concerns on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion.

Toll rises in spate of Iraq attacks

2013-01-18 14:01

The toll from a spate of attacks across Iraq has risen to 29 dead and 120 wounded, officials say, amid weeks of anti-government protests and a political crisis engulfing the country.

July deadliest month in two years: Iraq

2012-08-01 15:02

July was the deadliest month in Iraq in almost two years, with 325 people killed in attacks, according to official figures.

Iraq PM condemns Syria 'massacre'

2012-07-14 16:30

Iraq's prime minister has condemned the killing of more than 150 people in a central Syrian town, describing the deaths as an "ugly massacre".

Car bomb kills 23 in Baghdad

2012-06-04 16:01

A suicide bomber has detonated an explosive-rigged car outside Iraq's main religious affairs office for Shi'ite Muslims, killing at least 23 people, officials say.

Iraqi police academy blast - 20 dead

2012-02-19 20:15

A suicide bomber who waited for recruits outside a Baghdad police academy has killed 20.

Iraq detains ex-Baathists

2011-10-29 20:32

Iraq's prime minister has said several people have been detained in a security sweep targeting members of the former ruling Baath party.

Iraq violence toll rises

2011-08-15 17:25

Bomb blasts have ripped through more than a dozen Iraqi cities, killing 66 security forces and civilians in the worst attack this year.

Tens of thousands march across Arab world

2011-02-25 16:03

The escalating revolt in Libya has emboldened protesters across the Arab world, where tens of thousands flooded streets from Tunisia to Yemen to demand better lives.

Baghdad blast walls coming down

2011-02-24 10:25

Iraq is feeling stable enough to begin removing some of the tall concrete blast walls that had gone up as protection against bombings and insurgents during the height of the war.

Car bomb kills pilgrims in Iraq

2010-11-08 12:05

A suicide bomber targeting Iranian pilgrims has killed at least 10 people in the Iraqi shrine city of Karbala, say officials.

Mideast talks 'only to help Obama'

2010-10-02 20:15

Syrian President Bashar Assad says the White House is only using its mediation between Israelis and Palestinians to score political points in the United States.

US to return only if Iraqis fail

2010-08-22 16:32

It would take 'a complete failure' of the Iraqi security forces for the US to resume combat operations there.


Iraq extremists must face sanctions - UN

2014-07-16 11:46

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging all countries to enforce sanctions against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) extremist group that has captured a vast stretch of territory in Iraq.

Kerry issues warning after Syria bombs Iraq

2014-06-26 08:42

Syrian warplanes have bombed Sunni militants’ position inside Iraq, military officials say, deepening concerns that the extremist insurgency could morph into an even wider regional conflict.

US focus shifts away from airstrikes in Iraq

2014-06-18 10:37

President Barack Obama is not expected to approve imminent airstrikes in Iraq, in part because there are few clear targets that could blunt a fast-moving insurgency, US officials say.

Bombs kill at least 11 people at Iraq market

2014-04-29 13:00

A pair of back-to-back bombs has ripped through an outdoor market northeast of Baghdad, killing at least 11 people and wounding 19, officials say.

Iraq announces offensive against al-Qaeda

2014-01-19 21:07

Iraqi government forces and allied tribal militias have launched an all-out offensive to push al-Qaeda militants from a provincial capital, officials say.

Iraq PM may stage an attack on Fallujah

2014-01-07 10:09

Iraq's prime minister has urged Fallujah residents to expel al-Qaeda militants to avoid an all-out battle in the besieged city, a sign that the government could be paving the way for a military push.

Iraqi PM: Terror has 'second chance' in Iraq

2013-10-31 22:26

Terrorists have found "a second chance" to thrive in Iraq, the nation's prime minister has said in asking for new US aid to beat back a bloody insurgency.

Al-Qaeda gathers strength in Iraqi city

2013-06-20 17:51

Al-Qaeda's Iraq arm is gathering strength in the restive northern city of Mosul, ramping up its fundraising through gangland-style shakedowns and feeding off anti-government anger, say residents and officials.

Deadly explosions rock Baghdad

2013-05-30 15:02

Six explosions have battered Shi'ite and Sunni Muslim neighbourhoods across Baghdad, killing at least 14 people and extending a descent into sectarian violence.

Wave of deadly attacks hits Iraq

2013-05-20 15:00

At least 43 people have been killed in car bomb explosions targeting Shi'ite Muslims in the Iraqi capital and the southern oil hub of Basra, police and medics say.

Iraq bombs target Shi'ite neighbourhoods

2013-05-16 12:00

Two car bombs have exploded in sprawling Shi'ite neighbourhoods of the Iraqi capital morning, killing at least 12 civilians and wounding 30, officials say.

10yrs later Iraq still faces instability

2013-03-20 18:07

Grappling with a spike in violence and a worsening political situation, Iraq has marked 10 years since a US-led invasion that sought to establish a stable ally in the Middle East.

4 killed in Iraq attacks

2013-02-21 12:00

At least four people have been killed in two separate attacks north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, say police, amid rising sectarian and political tensions in the country.

'Terrorist attacks' alert in Iraq

2013-01-04 14:01

The Iraqi government has warned of possible "terrorists attacks" targeting mass protests being held by the country's Sunni Muslims against Shi'ite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Iraq lets Syrian refugees in

2012-07-23 19:45

Iraqi state TV says Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has formally authorised the entry of Syrian refugees into his country.

Bombings, shootings around Iraq kill 22

2012-06-28 21:03

Bombings and shootings around Iraq have killed 22 people and wounded more than 50, authorities say, as a spike in violence made June Iraq's bloodiest month in almost a half a year.

At least 36 killed in wave of Iraq blasts

2012-04-19 13:44

More than 20 bombs have hit cities and towns across Iraq, killing at least 36 and wounding more than 100, police and hospital sources say.

Last US troops leave Iraq as war ends

2011-12-18 07:09

The last US soldiers have rolled out of Iraq across the border to neighbouring Kuwait at daybreak, hugging each other in a burst of joy and relief.

Obama: War in Iraq is over

2011-10-21 19:13

US President Barack Obama has declared an end to the Iraq war,announcing that all US troops will be withdrawing from the country by year's end.

Panetta in Iraq to see officials, officers

2011-07-10 21:37

Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is visiting Iraq for talks with government officials and US commanders.

Iraqis protest in 'Day of Rage'

2011-02-25 12:33

Thousands of Iraqis have taken to the streets to protest against corruption and a lack of basic services in a nationwide "Day of Rage" inspired by uprisings around the Arab world.

France defends reception of wounded Iraqis

2010-11-11 14:01

France has defended its decision to bring to France those wounded in an attack at a Baghdad church, after Iraq warned against encouraging Christians to abandon their homeland.

Iraqi PM seeks support

2010-10-16 20:32

Iraq's Prime Minister will travel to Iran and Jordan to seek support for his bid to win a second term more than seven months after national elections.

Baghdad military HQ attack kills 12

2010-09-05 18:01

Suicide bombers have hit a Baghdad military headquarters killing 12 people, two weeks after an attack on the same site.

$8.7bn missing in Iraq

2010-07-27 22:02

The US Defence Department is unable to account for over 95% of $9.1bn in Iraqi oil money for rebuilding the war-ravaged nation.

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