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Baghdad bombs target restaurants, killing 21

A series of bombs targeting restaurants across Baghdad killed at least 21 people on Tuesday, police and medics said.

Suicide bomber kills 19, wounds 28 at Baghdad Shi'ite mosque

A suicide bomber killed 19 people and wounded 28 others on Sunday outside a Shi'ite Muslim mosque in western Baghdad, a police officer and medical official said.

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Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq volunteer fighter, Ismail Abdul Hassan 17 recovers in Al Wasiti hospital in Baghdad, from wounds caused by an IED explosion whilst fighting against ISIS in Garma town near Fallujah in Anbar Province. Baghdad, Iraq. 20th October, 2014. Photo: Kate Geraghty

Fairfax photographer Kate Geraghty documents the daily life of Iraqi people in Baghdad during October, 2014.

Bombings kill 45 in Shi'ite areas of Baghdad, IS fighters blamed

t least 45 people were killed in bombings in Baghdad and its rural outskirts on Saturday as the government continued to defend the capital against jihadists who four months ago seized major cities in...

Islamic State reportedly on Baghdad's outskirts after week of victories

Mitchell Prothero Islamic State militants have taken control of key cities in Iraq's western province of Anbar and have begun to besiege one of the country's largest military bases in a weeklong offensive that's...

US air strikes near Baghdad show Obama is expanding conflict

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Paul McGeough US Central Command says airstrikes “taken as part of our expanded efforts beyond protecting our own people”, sending a clear message to Congress that Obama feels he doesn't need its...

Iraq war: US launches first air strikes near Baghdad

A US F/A-18 Hornet, the kind of fighter that has been used on missions in Iraq.

A US defence official told AFP on condition of anonymity that American warplanes carried out one air strike on the Islamic State near Baghdad and another near Mount Sinjar, in the north of Iraq, in...

Barack Obama sending 350 more troops to protect US Embassy in Baghdad

US President Barack Obama leaves for a trip to Estonia and Wales for a NATO summit where he will consult with NATO allies on actions to take against Islamic State forces.

US President Barack Obama has ordered about 350 more troops to Baghdad to protect the US Embassy in the Iraqi capital, the White House said.

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...

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.

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.

Abu Ghraib: a town gripped by fear as ISIL approaches Baghdad

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Ruth Pollard Heavily fortified guardposts line the road into Abu Ghraib and more than a dozen military vehicles are on the move alongside the occasional civilian car making the lonely 20-kilometre journey from...

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...

Baghdad braces for the worst

Iraqi youths watch a soccer game in the World Cup at a cafe in the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq.

Hamza Hendawi Baghdad: "Allah, please make our army victorious," rang out the despairing voice of a worshipper making his way through a crowd to reach the ornate enclosure of the Baghdad tomb of a revered Shiite...

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...

Five car bombs in Baghdad kill 28

Police say five car bombs killed 26 people in mostly Shi'ite Muslim neighborhoods in Baghdad on Saturday.

Five car bombs killed at least 28 people in mostly Shi'ite Muslim neighbourhoods in Baghdad on Saturday, police and medics said.

Dozens killed in Baghdad election rally blasts

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Three bombs at an election rally in Baghdad for a Shiite political party have killed at least 31 people, just days before nationwide parliamentary elections.

Islamist militants extend Iraq gains, on move towards Baghdad

A still from a video showing ISIL fighters near Tikrit.

Suadad al-Salhy Iraqi officials have privately asked US President Barack Obama's administration to weigh potential air strikes targeting militants, a Western official said, as Sunni militants extended their control...

US to evacuate Baghdad embassy staff

Islamic militants are threatening Baghdad, where the US will evacuate some embassy staff.

Tim Arango and Michael R. Gordon The US embassy in Baghdad plans to evacuate a substantial number of its personnel this week in the face of a militant advance that rapidly swept from the north toward the capital, the State...