The figure of Mohammad Mossadegh, the prime minister of Iran who was overthrown by the CIA and MI6 in 1953, continues to haunt Iran, as in this painting by Farideh Lashai. Photograph: Nazanin Paykar-Ara

A tall, ravishing brunette with a superior air, drenched in Chanel 5, greets visitors to a gallery opening in north Tehran. Women flaunt their long(...)

“We are strongly opposed to US and other intervention in Iraq,” IRNA news agency quoted Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying. Photograph: Reuters

Iran’s supreme leader yesterday accused the US of trying to retake control of Iraq by exploiting sectarian rivalries, as Sunni insurgents drove tow(...)

Iranian rial banknotes bearing a portrait of the late Ayatollah Khomeini sit on the stand of an Iraqi money dealer in Arbil. If the six great powers negotiating with Iran reach an agreement on the nuclear issue by the July 20th deadline, the rial is sure to appreciate. Photograph: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images

The face of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the father of Iran’s Islamic revolution, stares at you from one side of the 50,000 rial banknote. On the othe(...)

Children watch a   show of force rally by the Shia Madhi Army paramilitary force   in Baghdad yesterday. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

Iran’s top leader rejected possible intervention in Iraq by the United States or any other outside power, accusing Washington of trying to manipulate (...)

It’s an ill wind that blows no good, and, indeed, the dramatic surrender of Iraq’s second city Mosul and others to murderous Sunni insurgents of the I(...)

A young boy carries a handgun as a militia formed to defend the capital parades through the Sadr City neighbourhood of Baghdad yesterday. Photograph: Ayman Oghanna/The New York Times

Iraq has asked the US to stage air attacks on Sunni insurgents as the Islamist fighters edged closer to full control of Iraq’s largest oil refinery(...)

Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif: “We will not abandon . . . our technological advances.” Photograph: Reuters/Heinz-Peter Bader

The fifth round of negotiations between Iran and the “P5 + 1” – the members of the Security Council plus Germany – began in Vienna on Tuesday. The (...)

A general view of Baiji oil refinery, north of Baghdad. Sunni militants attacked Iraq’s largest oil refinery, located in Baiji in northern Iraq, with machine-gun fire and mortars today, Iraqi security sources and refinery employees said.  Photograph: Reuters

Iraq has requested US air power to try to reverse rapid territorial gains by Sunni Muslim insurgents, US and Iraqi officials said today. Iraq foreign (...)

US secretary of state John Kerry: said the US was “open to discussions” with Tehran if there was a constructive outcome for Iraq. Photograph: Reuters/Gary Cameron

The United States has ruled out co-ordinated military action with Iran as one of the options being considered to thwart radical Islamic extremists(...)

Mehdi Army fighters loyal to Sha cleric Moqtada al-Sadr march during military-style training in the holy city of Najaf yesterday. Photograph: Ahmad Mousa/Reuters

The proposition that “my enemy’s enemy is my friend” might be too simplistic a response to the escalating sectarian crisis in Iraq that would promp(...)