Iraq

Iraq veteran kills three in Fort Hood shooting

Nick O'Malley An Iraq veteran undergoing diagnosis for post-traumatic stress disorder killed three people at the Fort Hood military base and injured 16 before taking his own life.

Iraqi women protest against proposed Islamic law in Iraq

Suadad al-Salhy About two dozen Iraqi women demonstrated in Baghdad against a draft law approved by the Iraqi cabinet that would permit the marriage of nine-year-old girls and automatically give child custody to...

Iraq: Dozens killed by suicide bomber in Hilla

Deadly attack: At least 32 people were killed and dozens more injured when the suicide bomber struck this crowded checkpoint.

A suicide bomber has detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle at a crowded checkpoint south of Baghdad, killing at least 32 people and damaging dozens of cars.

Iraq suicide bomber kills at least 45

A woman reacts during a funeral of a victim who was killed in an attack in Hilla, during a funeral in Najaf.

Duraid Adnan A suicide bomber driving a truck loaded with explosives attacked a security checkpoint in the southern Iraqi city of Hilla on Sunday, killing at least 45 people and wounding more than 100, security...

Iraq electoral commission resigns en masse

Raheem Salman The entire board of Iraq's electoral commission quits in protest against political interference, casting doubt on a nationwide vote scheduled for next month.

Iraq tries to legalise child marriage

Girls as young as eight and eight months could be married under a proposed law for Shi'ites.

Sameer Yacoub and Sinan Salaheddin A contentious draft law being considered in Iraq could open the door to girls as young as nine getting married and would require wives to submit to sex on their husband's whim.

US to sell attack helicopters to Iraq

The United States plans to sell 24 Apache attack helicopters to Iraq to help fight al-Qaeda militants.

Missy Ryan The US government plans to sell 24 Apache attack helicopters to Iraq, part of an effort to bolster the military against al-Qaeda linked militants, after addressing Congress concerns that held up the...

Al-Qaeda breaks ties with Syrian affiliate, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

ISIL fighters in Raaqa, Syria.

Rick Gladstone Al-Qaeda's top leadership moved publicly on Monday to sever the organisation's relationship with its Syrian affiliate, which has been widely blamed in recent months for stoking rebel infighting in...

Dozens killed in Iraq violence

Iraqi security forces search the boot of a car at a checkpoint in Baghdad as Iraq witnessed a series of attacks in and around the capital.

Dozens of people have been killed in a string of attacks across Iraq, including a group of Shiites who were pulled out of a bus and shot dead on the roadside while they were traveling to the capital...

US says Iran involved in Iraq massacre

US intelligence officials believe that Iranian commandos took part in a deadly attack on a compound of dissidents inside Iraq and then spirited seven members of the group back to Iran, highlighting...

Christmas car bomb targeting Iraq church kills 14

Iraqi Christians take part in Christmas celebrations.

A car bomb targeted a church in the Iraqi capital on Wednesday as worshippers left after Christmas Mass, killing at least 14 people, most of them Christians, security officials said.

Violence in Iraq at five-year high

W.G. Dunlop Violence in Iraq surged in 2013 to its worst level in five years, fuelled by widespread discontent among the Sunni Arab minority and Syria's civil war, figures released on Wednesday showed.

Iraq readying attack to retake Fallujah

A bullet hole in a shop in the Iraqi city of Ramadi.

Iraq's government is preparing a "major attack" to retake militant-held Fallujah, a senior official says.

Iraq army prepares to take Falluja

A boy holds his Kalashnikov rifle in Ramadi. Iraq's PM urged people in the besieged city of Falluja on Monday to drive out al-Qaeda-linked insurgents to pre-empt a military offensive that officials said could be launched within days.

Ahmed Rasheed The Iraqi army deployed tanks and artillery around Falluja on Tuesday, security officials said, as local leaders in the besieged city urged al Qaeda-linked militants to leave in order to avert an...

Scores of civilians die in Iraq as militants unleash coordinated attacks

Widespread destruction: An Iraqi taxi driver inspects his damaged car after a car bomb attack on Sinaa Street in downtown Baghdad.

Kareem Fahim and Duraid Adnanjan Baghdad: At least seven car bombs detonated across Baghdad on Wednesday, in lethal and apparently coordinated attacks by militants that killed at least 30 people, according to police and health...

Iraq's Maliki flawed champion to fight al-Qaeda

Iraq is facing an immediate threat, says the country's Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki.

Nayla Razzouk Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's self-portrayal as the only viable barrier against a resurgent al-Qaeda has won support from the US and Iran.

Iraq executes 26 people for 'terrorism' offences

Iraq has hanged 26 people convicted of "terrorism" offences, the Justice Ministry announced on Tuesday, pursuing a practice of mass executions despite international criticism.

Iraq wave of violence kills 50

Iraqi policemen and people gather at the site of a car bomb

Salam Faraj A wave of coordinated car bombs ripped through Shi'ite areas of Baghdad on Tuesday, the deadliest attacks in nationwide violence that killed 50 people, as Iraq grapples with surging unrest.

Iraq's long shadow over Syrian strikes

Anti-war demonstrators protest against a possible military action in Syria by the U.S. and its allies in front of the French embassy in San Salvador, on September 11, 2013 . AFP PHOTO/ Jose CABEZAS

Nick O'Malley You did not have to look far this past fortnight for criticism of Barack Obama's handling of the crisis in Syria, but perhaps the Republican Senator Bob Corker has been the most evocative.

Iraq halts TV channels after deadly unrest

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Iraq has suspended the licences of 10 satellite TV channels, including Al-Jazeera, for promoting "sectarianism", the country's media regulator said, after five days of violence killed more than 215...