Nouri Al Maliki

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

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

Iraqi volunteers take part in a training session

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.

Iraq crisis continues as militants inch closer to Baghdad

A Shiite fighter with the 'Peace Brigades' on patrol near Samarra, 95 kilometres from Baghdad.

Alissa J. Rubin and Suadad Al-Salhy As Iraq's deadlocked Parliament was again unable to reach a deal to name a new speaker Sunday, Sunni militants carried out a raid near Baghdad, the Iraqi capital - a symbolically significant...

Most Americans favour working with Iran to halt ISIL: poll

ISIL militants parade in northern Syria to celebrate their Islamic

Adam Taylor A new poll has found that the majority of Americans are in favor of cooperating with Iran to help the Iraqi government beat back militants from the Islamic State.

Iraq parliament delayed - again - as militants continue fight

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki at the funeral for Major General Negm Abdullah Ali.

Abigail Hauslohner Iraq's parliament has stalled for a second time, cancelling its planned Tuesday session to give the country's deeply divided political factions time to reach an agreement on an urgently needed new...

Sunnis and Kurds walk out of first session of new Iraq parliament

New Iraqi parliament members argue during the first session in Baghdad.

Rod Nordland The effort to form a new government will have to wait, as Iraq has its deadliest month in many years.

Iraq parliamentary session ends in chaos

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Ruth Pollard Iraq’s first parliamentary session since its April elections – and since Islamic militants took control of its second-largest city and declared a new caliphate – descended into chaos after Kurdish...

Meticulous bookkeeping bolsters ISIL's march on Baghdad

Fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant during a parade in Raqqa.

Hannah Allam The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant sprang from a largely self-funded, corporation-style prototype whose resilience to counterterrorism operations was proved by the time Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi...

Sunni tribes unite with enemies to fight Iraq's rulers

Ruth Pollard Trapped in a state-sponsored campaign of violence and harassment with no end in sight, 27-year-old Bashir al-Ani says he had no choice but to pick up a weapon and join his Sunni tribe in the fight...

Iraqi prime minister to run for a third term

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki wants to hold on to power.

Alissa J. Rubin BAGHDAD - Despite sharp criticism from almost every political party in Iraq and pressure from friendly foreign powers to step down, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced Friday that he would run...

Australian jihadists in macabre threat to soldiers

Soldiers.

David Wroe Australia's most notorious jihadists fighting in Iraq have issued a macabre threat to Australian soldiers as their ranks were bolstered by a Melbourne-born preacher who has joined their new...

Iraq crisis: Kerry promises US support, militants seize key border crossing

US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Lesley Wroughton US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday promised "intense and sustained" US support for Iraq, but said the divided country would only survive if its leaders took urgent steps to bring it together.

Syrian aircraft bomb Sunni militant targets inside Iraq

'New Iraq': Kurdish peshmerga troops flying the Kurdish flag patrol part of Iraq's Salahuddin province.

Karen DeYoung Syrian government aircraft bombed targets inside Iraq on Tuesday, further broadening the Middle Eastern crisis a day after Israeli warplanes and rockets struck targets inside Syria.

ISIL fighters advancing towards large Haditha Dam

Iraqi security forces comb an area during clashes with fighters from ISIL in Ibrahim bin Ali village, west of Baghdad.

Alissa J. Rubin and Rod Nordland Employees of Iraq's second-largest dam told they may be ordered to open the floodgates on the town.

US struggles to protect its superpower image

Good old days: as the US struggles to pivot to the Pacific theatre, its allies wonder if it can capture the American confidence of old, personified by Douglas MacArthur.

Nick O'Malley Friends, allies and foes seem to have been ignoring the “indispensable nation”.

Hillary's choice

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Paul McGeough With her stint over as US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton must soon decide whether she will again run for the American presidency.

Obama sends Predator drones into skies over Iraq

Richard Spencer in Erbil and W.G. Dunlop in Baghdad The US military has started flying armed drones over Baghdad to defend American troops and diplomats as Iraqi forces took their fight against Sunni insurgents to the strategic militant-held city of...

Family forced to flee their home as sectarian tensions in Iraq reach boiling point

Living in fear: Um Ban with her two-month-old daughter Ghufran.

Ruth Pollard in Baghdad When Sunni militants painted an “X” on the front of her house in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, Um Ban knew she and her family would have to flee.

Analysis

In a region in turmoil, Iran and US edge towards unlikely partnership

Tough conversation: Iranian women hold a demonstration in front of the former US embassy in Tehran, which is still covered in anti-US graffiti more than 30 year after the revolution.

Paul McGeough As Iraq implodes again, the question of Washington and Tehran working together resurfaces.