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Iraq crisis: US heaps pressure on Nouri al-Maliki, as Biden calls appointed successor Haider Abadi

Kathleen Hennessey As the US tries to pressure Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to step aside, Vice President Joe Biden called Mr al-Maliki's disputed successor Monday to urge him to form a new government.

Forces loyal to Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki deploy in Baghdad streets, sparking coup fears

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Ahmed Rasheed Special forces loyal to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki were deployed in strategic areas of Baghdad on Sunday night after he delivered a tough speech indicating he would not cave in to pressure...

Nouri al-Maliki surrenders post as Iraq's PM

Nuri al-Maliki.

Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has agreed to relinquish power – a move that came after days of crisis in which his deployment of extra security forces around the capital had raised...

Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki rejects calls for unity government, as violence engulfs nation

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Ruth Pollard As Sunni insurgents continued their campaign to seize key towns throughout Iraq, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki rejected calls to form a national unity government aimed at healing some of the...

Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki blames US for failure to block Sunni insurgents

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Shashank Bengali Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has blamed the United States for his army's inability to stop Sunni Muslim insurgents who are threatening his grip on the country.

Shiite cleric rebukes Nouri al-Maliki with call for 'effective' Iraqi government

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Colin Freeman Iraq's most senior Shia cleric has called for the formation of an "effective" government, adding to pressure on prime minister Nouri al-Maliki as fighting with the jihadist ISIL group continued.

Islamic State offensive opens old sectarian wounds in Iraq

Checkpoint: A Badr Brigade militia guard on a road outside Amerli.

Ruth Pollard in Amerli "Walk in my footprints and do not step off the track." With those softly spoken instructions I follow the Peshmerga fighter, an M4 slung over his soldier, along the small sandy path beside an olive...

Arab states sign up to US fight against IS

US Secretary of State John Kerry with Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud.

Richard Spencer and Peter Foster A coalition of 10 Arab states threw their support behind Barack Obama's pledge to destroy the Islamic State movement in Iraq and Syria on Thursday.

Arab League vows to confront Islamic State as US steps up air campaign

A member of the United Arab Emirates delegation records proceedings of the  the Arab League meeting in Cairo.

Ruth Pollard The Arab League has endorsed international action against the radical Islamic State and vowed to take all necessary measures to confront the “corrupt, immoral” militants who now control...

UK could soon launch air strikes in Iraq and Syria

David Cameron, the Prime Minister, has set out a potential timetable for a military intervention in Iraq and Syria.

Peter Dominiczak Britain could launch air strikes in Iraq and Syria within weeks after David Cameron, the Prime Minister, set out a potential timetable for a military intervention and pledged to "use everything we...

Analysis

Tan-suited Obama a victim of his own honesty

President Barack Obama holds a news conference and delivers a too-candid admission on strategy.

Nick O'Malley Perhaps it was sign of America’s war-weariness, or at least that of its pundit class, a group that has clearly tired of discussing the nation’s seemingly intractable crises in Ukraine,...

Amid criticism, US strategy on Islamic State showing results

President Barack Obama speaking about the militant threat in Syria and Iraq.

Nick O'Malley In the face of criticism even from close political allies that the White House has been too slow in its military response to the Islamic State threat, the White House is still signaling it will not...

Iraq and Syria: the situation in six maps

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Maher Mughrabi What are the forces at work in Iraq and Syria that have brought us to the current conflict?

Iraqi president names Haider al-Abadi as new prime minister but al-Maliki remains defiant

Nouri al-Maliki: This has taken the political process into a “dark tunnel”.

Loveday Morris and Anne Gearan After signs of a possible coup by Nouri al-Maliki, a prominent Shiite politician has been nominated as the new PM.

US military sends more advisers, but still no boots for Iraq

Survival assured?: Yazidi Iraqi refugees are safe for now, according to General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Tom Vanden Brook The US military has sent 130 additional advisers to northern Iraq to plan for the evacuation of refugees under siege by Islamist militants, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel announced on Tuesday.

Islamic State militants grab new weapon - Iraqi wheat

Islamic State fighters in a still from a video released by the militant group.

Maggie Fick After seizing five oil fields and Iraq's biggest dam, Sunni militants bent on creating an Islamic empire in the Middle East now control another powerful economic weapon - wheat supplies.

Meet Haider al-Abadi, the man named as Iraq's new prime minister

Haider al-Abadi has been named as the new Iraqi Prime Minister.

Adam Taylor Iraq's president has named him as the country's new PM, over defiant incumbent Nouri al-Maliki. But who is Abadi?

Obama gives full US support for creation of new Iraqi government

US President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the situation in Iraq from his vacation home at Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Nick O'Malley President Barack Obama thrown US support behind Iraq’s new prime minister designee, Dr Haider al-Abadi.

Barack Obama under fire over wisdom of anti-stupidity foreign policy

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Nick O'Malley Both Obama's critics and allies are taking pot-shots at his foreign policy, writes Nick O'Malley.

Sunni tribal leaders offer to battle Islamic State if Baghdad makes concessions

Iraqi Yazidi refugees walk through the Newroz camp in Hasaka province, north eastern Syria, on August 14, 2014, after fleeing advances by the jihadist Islamic State in Iraq. Nearly 1,000 Iraqi families have taken refuge in the Syrian province of Hasaka despite the raging civil war there that has ravaged the country since March 2011 and killed more than 170,000 people. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

Mitchell Prothero and Adam Ashton Leaders of Iraq's Sunni Muslim tribes threatened on Friday to rebel against the Islamic State.