* Al Qaeda splinter group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Sources: M Izady - Gulf 2000 Project/Columbia University/Reuters

US president Barack Obama last night threatened US military strikes in Iraq against Sunni Islamist militants who have surged out of the north to threa(...)

Iraqis examine damage inflicted on their house by a car bomb attack in AL-Mashtal district in Baghdad last Tuesday. Car bombs and a suicide blast hit Shi'ite districts of Baghdad and south of Iraq’s capital, killing at least 50 people on the 10th anniversary of the invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen

On March 19th, 2003, the United States, under President George W Bush, and with the support of Britain and a number of other states, led an inv(...)