A firefighter hoses down a vehicle after a car bomb attack in Basra, southeast of Baghdad today. Photograph: Reuters

Dozens of people have been killed in a wave of car bombings and other attacks across Iraq, including 22 in the capital Baghdad.In the deadliest attack(...)

 Ali Hussein Kadhim, an Iraqi Shia soldier  who was captured with hundreds of other soldiers by Sunni militants in June, at his family’s home in Diwaniya, Iraq, late last month. He narrowly escaped death at the hands of Sunni extremists by playing dead after a bullet missed his head during the execution of hundreds of Shia soldiers by the extremists. Photograph: Bryan Denton/New York Times

Ali Hussein Kadhim, an Iraqi soldier and a Shia, was captured with hundreds of his comrades by Sunni militants in June and taken to the grounds of a p(...)

Kurdish peshmerga troops participate in an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants in Makhmur. Photograph: Reuters

The crisis gripping Iraq escalated rapidly in the past 48 hours with a re-energised Islamic State – formerly Isis – storming new towns in the north an(...)

Ahmad Chalabi, a one-time darling of Washington neo-conservatives long since shunned by the US, is improbably being talked up as a candidate for prime minister. Photograph: Bryan Denton/The New York Times

He took millions of dollars from the CIA, founded and was accused of defrauding the second-biggest bank in Jordan and sold the Bush administration a b(...)

Iraqi security forces inspect the site of a bomb attack in Basra, 420km southeast of Baghdad. Photograph: Reuters

Attacks across Iraq targeting mainly Shia Muslims killed at least 30 people today, intensifying fears of a descent into all-out sectarian war.Ten yea(...)