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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.

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...

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...

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.

Obama: Islamic State 'has no ideology of any value to human beings'

Diane and John Foley, parents of the US journalist James Foley, talk to reporters after speaking with US President Barack Obama.

Nick O'Malley An angry Barack Obama has called on governments and people from across the Middle East to unite to “extract” the “cancer” that is the Islamic State.

US air strikes hit Islamic State near Mosul dam

A Peshmerga fighter monitors the area in Bashiqa, near Mosul.

Sandra Maler The United States has conducted air strikes in Iraq against Islamic State fighters near the Kurdish capital of Erbil and the Mosul dam, the US Central Command said.

Kurds push back Islamic State, retake key Mosul dam

The dam in Mosul, 360 kilometres northwest of Baghdad, Iraq.

Serene Assiri Iraqi Kurds backed by US warplanes have retaken the country's largest dam from jihadists, as Sunni tribesmen and security forces continue to fight the militants west of Baghdad.

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.

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.

Maliki digs in as Obama backs new Iraqi PM

Iraqis chant pro-government slogans bearing a picture of embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad on Monday.

Loveday Morris Iraq's President has asked a veteran Shiite politician, Haider al-Abadi, to form a new government, setting the stage for a vicious political showdown in a country already struggling to contain an...

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?

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.

Sunni support, Iraq's frail military created the ISIL monster

This still from a propoganda video shows ISIL fighters raising their weapons as they stand on a vehicle mounted with the Jihadists' trademark flag.

Con Coughlin in London The speed with which Islamist militants have notched up a series of victories in northern Iraq represents a dramatic surge in the fortunes of an organisation that until recently was a little-known...

Barack Obama warns of months of US airstrikes in Iraq

US President Barack Obama: “When we have the unique capabilities to help avert a massacre, then I believe the United States of America cannot turn a blind eye.”

MICHAEL D. SHEAR and TIM ARANGO Laying the groundwork for an extended airstrike campaign against Sunni militants in Iraq, President Barack Obama said Saturday that the strikes that had begun the day before could continue for months...

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Obama announces airstrikes on ISIL militants in northern Iraq

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Nick O'Malley US president Barack Obama has announced the targeted bombing of Islamist militants in Iraq, underscoring the humanitarian need of the military action.