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.

Iraqi Kurds, battling Islamist threat, press Washington for arms

Missy Ryan The semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq is pressing the Obama administration for sophisticated weapons it says Kurdish fighters need to push back Islamist militants threatening their...

Iraqi Shiite militia hangs 15 executed Sunnis on power poles in public square

Michael Georgy Iraqi Shiite militia forces have executed 15 Sunni Muslims and hung them from electricity poles in a public square, police said.

Iraq gets US court order to seize $100m worth of Kurdish oil cargo off Texas

A still image from video taken by a US Coast Guard aircraft shows the oil tanker United Kalavyrta approaching Galveston, Texas late last week.

Anna Driver in Houston and Ahmed Rasheed in Baghdad Iraq scrambled to gain control of a cargo of Kurdish oil worth $US100 million off the Texas coast after a US judge ordered its seizure in a bid by Baghdad to halt oil sales by the autonomous region...

Iraq elects Kurdish president as UN chief urges unity to save nation

Isra' al-Rubei'i Iraq's parliament has elected a senior Kurdish lawmaker president, a significant step in a delayed process to create a government capable of uniting the country and countering insurgents threatening...

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...

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.

Baghdad caught in a ring of fear, waiting for US to wave magic wand

City of fear: Baghdad's citizens do not know when the next blow will fall.

Ruth Pollard Along Iraq’s constantly shifting frontline there is little buffer between civilians and the militants’ advance.

Iraqi forces battle to take control of Tikrit

A member of the Iraqi security forces checks an ammunition belt south of Baghdad.

Ruth Pollard Iraqi troops backed by helicopter gunships launched a major assault on Tikrit in an attempt to regain control of the northern city from Sunni insurgents who have been holding it since June 11.