Maliki refuses to go as Iraqis turn to new leader

2014-08-14 14:23

An increasingly isolated Nuri al-Maliki again protested his removal as Iraqi prime minister, as his own political party and his former sponsor in Iran publicly endorsed his successor.

Suicide bomber attacks near new Iraq PM's house

2014-08-13 07:35

A suicide bomber has attacked a checkpoint near the Baghdad home of new Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, two police sources and local media say.

Iraq's al-Maliki steps up struggle to keep his job

2014-08-11 14:34

Iraq's embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is taking his struggle to keep his post to the courts after announcing he will file a legal complaint against the country's newly elected president.

Tens of thousands flee IS assault in North Iraq

2014-08-05 10:33

Tens of thousands of people have fled an assault by Islamic State on the town of Sinjar in northern Iraq and are now surrounded, the UN says.

Wear full veil or face punishment: Islamic State

2014-07-25 12:59

Islamic State, the al-Qaeda offshoot that seized large swathes of northern Iraq last month, has warned women in the city of Mosul to wear full-face veils or risk severe punishment.

India nurses in Iraq conflict 'to be freed'

2014-07-04 16:11

A group of 46 Indian nurses trapped in Iraq are to be freed in a rare piece of positive news in a crisis threatening "Syria-like chaos".

Kurds seek independence poll amid chaos

2014-07-04 05:00

Iraq's Kurds have set the ball rolling for a referendum on their long-held dream of independence, ignoring calls for the nation to unite against rampant jihadists.

Militant urges all Muslims to build Islamic state

2014-07-02 08:38

The leader of the extremist group that has overrun parts of Iraq and Syria has called on Muslims around the world to flock to territories under his control to fight and build an Islamic state.

Iraq receives Russian jets as it battles militants

2014-06-29 14:35

Iraq has received the first batch of Sukhoi warplanes from Russia as it presses a counter-attack against a Sunni militant onslaught that threatens to tear the country apart.

69 detainees killed in Iraq convoy attack

2014-06-23 14:24

Sixty-nine detainees have been killed in a militant attack on an Iraqi convoy transporting them in an area south of Baghdad.

Obama open to military action

2014-06-20 11:31

Barack Obama pledged to take "precise" military action if needed to check marauding Sunni radicals in Iraq.

Battle for Iraq refinery, US hesitates to strike

2014-06-19 17:07

Iraqi forces battled Sunni rebels for control of the country's biggest refinery as Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki waited for a US response to an appeal for air strikes.

Obama under pressure to respond to Iraq situation

2014-06-19 13:40

President Barack Obama has not decided how to respond to rampant Sunni militants grabbing swathes of Iraq, but is looking at every option short of sending US combat soldiers back to war.

US - Iraq shows need to fight terror financing

2014-06-17 21:44

US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says that developments in Iraq, where jihadist-led militants have seized swathes of the country, emphasise the need to combat terror financing.

US considers air strikes to halt Iraq rebels

2014-06-16 19:03

The United States said it could launch air strikes and act jointly with its arch-enemy Iran to support the Iraqi government.

Attacks raise tensions on eve of Iraq polls

2014-04-29 12:02

Twin bombings have killed 10 people northeast of Baghdad, the day after a wave of nationwide attacks cast a pall over Iraq's first general election since US troops withdrew.

Iraqi forces vote ahead of election

2014-04-28 09:00

Security personnel have voted nationwide ahead of Iraq's first election since US troops withdrew, amid attacks on voting centres and fears the country is slipping into conflict.

Iraq to randomly inspect Syria-bound planes

2014-02-11 05:30

Iraq will step up random inspections of cargo planes from Iran that fly over its territory to Syria.

Multiple bombs rock Iraq capital, 7 dead

2014-02-05 11:02

Three explosions in Baghdad, including a car bomb opposite the foreign ministry, have killed at least seven people and wounded more than 20 others, security and medical officials say.

Iraq executes 11 more 'terrorism' convicts

2014-01-23 16:36

Iraq has executed 11 men convicted of charges related to "terrorism", the justice ministry says, just days after another mass execution of 26 convicts.

Suicide bomber kills 23 Iraqi army recruits

2014-01-09 13:52

A suicide bomber has killed 23 Iraqi army recruits and wounded more than 30 in Baghdad, in an attack on men responding to a government appeal for volunteers to help fight al-Qaeda.

18 bodies found amid Iraq sectarian war

2013-11-29 13:18

The bodies of 18 people kidnapped hours earlier by men in army uniforms have been found abandoned north of Baghdad, the latest troubling sign of worsening violence in Iraq.

Iraq: Deadly attacks on Shi'ites kills 18

2013-11-13 13:56

A series of co-ordinated bombings targeting Shi’ite pilgrims ahead of major commemoration rituals have been the deadliest in attacks across north and west Iraq, that killed 18 people.

Obama to meet Maliki as Iraq fighting continues

2013-11-01 14:46

President Obama is to meet with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to discuss the ongoing war in Iraq, now that the US has withdrawn out of the country.

Baghdad bombs target shi'ites, 23 killed

2013-08-15 14:07

Bombings mainly targeting Shi'ite-majority areas of Baghdad have killed at least 23 people, officials say, a day after the Iraqi Prime Minister vowed to press a campaign against militants.


UN warns of 'genocide' in Iraq

2014-08-13 08:51

Up to 30 000 people are still facing a "potential genocide" on a mountain in northern Iraq, the UN has warned.

Iraq's rebel-turned-PM trying to cling to power

2014-08-11 21:13

Nuri al-Maliki, Iraq's rebel-turned-leader who saw his bid for a third term fall apart, rose from anonymous exile to powerful premier but lost support as the country's security collapsed.

US: Baghdad situation tense

2014-08-11 13:38

The US has viewed defiant comments from Iraqi PM Nuri al-Maliki as troubling, but has seen no evidence of Iraqi forces mobilising in an unusual way despite a tense climate in Baghdad.

Iraq jihadists seize another town from Kurdish forces

2014-08-04 10:38

Jihadists have raised their black flag in Iraq's northern town of Sinjar in a second straight day of advances against Kurdish forces, sparking mass displacement the UN called a humanitarian tragedy.

US congratulates Iraq on electing new president

2014-07-25 07:49

The United States has thrown its weight behind the newly elected president of Iraq, Fuad Masum, and urged him to form a "cohesive government" to help fight Islamic militants.

Kurds seek independence vote amid Iraq 'chaos'

2014-07-04 12:09

Iraq's Kurds have set the ball rolling for a referendum on their long-held dream of independence, ignoring calls for the nation to unite against rampant jihadists or face "Syria-like chaos".

Iraq struggles to drive back Sunni militants

2014-07-03 13:01

Baghdad's forces are struggling to break a military stalemate with Sunni militants, as US officials reach out to key leaders to push for an end to political chaos in Iraq.

Al-Qaeda splinter declares new Islamic state

2014-06-30 09:19

The al-Qaeda breakaway group that has seized much of north-eastern Syria and huge tracts of neighbouring Iraq formally declared the establishment of a new Islamic state.

Militant backers: US air strikes in Iraq would be avenged

2014-06-25 16:33

Online backers of the Sunni Islamist militants who seized swaths of Iraq this month have said that any US air strikes on the fighters will lead to attacks on Americans.

Militants seize more Iraq towns

2014-06-23 07:04

Sunni militants have advanced in western Iraq after security forces withdrew from several towns, as the US warns the offensive could spill over into other regional nations.

Kerry says US may share information with Iran

2014-06-20 05:00

US Secretary of State John Kerry said the US is interested in communicating with Iran to share information about the Sunni insurgency spreading across Iraq.

Islamic body vows to combat 'sectarian policies'

2014-06-19 14:28

The Saudi-based Organisation of Islamic Co-operation, representing more than 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide, has affirmed a commitment to unity in combating "sectarian" policies.

Iraq sacks top officers as UN warns of break-up

2014-06-18 13:48

Iraq's premier fired several top security commanders in a major shake-up as fighting approached Baghdad in a militant onslaught that the UN warned risked breaking up the country.

Sunni militants attack Shi'ite village in Iraq

2014-06-17 15:41

Sunni Muslim militants attacked a northern Iraqi village inhabited by Shi'ite ethnic Turkmens but have been repelled, police say.

Maliki likely PM frontrunner with Iraq results due

2014-05-19 11:11

Election results are expected to put Nuri al-Maliki in the driver's seat to remain Iraq's prime minister for a third term despite vocal opposition and markedly worsening security.

Iraq attacks kill 20 as security forces vote

2014-04-28 14:55

Deadly attacks, including a spate of suicide bombings, have killed 20 soldiers and policemen as they cast their ballots ahead of Iraq's first election since US troops withdrew.

Iraq executes seven

2014-03-13 20:20

Iraq has executed seven people including three men convicted of the 1994 killing in Beirut of the father of a current MP.

Baghdad Green Zone bombings kill 34

2014-02-05 21:59

A spate of bombings in Baghdad, including several blasts near the heavily-fortified Green Zone and a busy square in the centre of the Iraqi capital, have killed at least 34 people,

140 000 Iraqis flee violent region

2014-01-24 21:01

Anti-government fighters in parts of the Anbar province have killed three people as the UN has warned of Iraq's worst displacement since its brutal 2006-08 sectarian conflict.

Senators aim to end US Iraq war authority

2014-01-15 19:15

Several US lawmakers led by Republican Senator Rand Paul have introduced legislation that would finally bring to an end Washington's authorisation to wage war in Iraq.

Iraq PM urges Fallujah to expel militants

2014-01-06 14:47

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has called on residents of Fallujah to expel "terrorists" holding the city to spare it an assault by the army, state television reports.

Death toll from spate of Iraq attacks on the rise

2013-11-26 16:59

A spate of Iraq attacks, including twin bombings at a market and the assassination of a former MP, have killed at least 46 people.

Obama, al-Maliki vow to fight al-Qaeda

2013-11-02 09:20

US President Barack Obama and Iraqi leader Nuri al-Maliki have discussed how to "push back" against al-Qaeda after the resurgent group whipped up the deadliest surge of violence in the country in five years.

Turkish envoy survives bomb attack in Iraq

2013-09-02 14:01

A roadside bomb has struck the convoy of Turkey's consul general in Iraq, a Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesperson said, but there were no casualties.

Iraq security campaign to continue

2013-08-14 19:08

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has vowed that security forces will keep up a campaign of mass arrests and targeting of militant camps, to counter Iraq's worst outbreak of violence since 2008.

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