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(...)

Members of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces take their positions during a patrol looking for militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis), explosives and weapons in a neighbourhood in Ramadi. Photograph: Osama Al-dulaimi/Reuters

Sunni fighters led by an al-Qaeda breakaway group expanded their offensive in a volatile western province in Iraq, capturing three strategic towns and(...)

The coalition headed by Iraq’s Shia fundamentalist prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, won by far the largest number of seats in the country’s parliamentary election. Photograph: AP

The coalition headed by Iraq’s Shia fundamentalist prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, won by far the largest number of seats in the country’s parliament(...)

Fighters of al-Qaeda linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant carry their weapons during a parade at the Syrian town of Tel Abyad, near the border with Turkey January 2nd. The Al-Qaeda-linked organisation has exploited the unrest in Iraq by moving into  byattacking police stations and looting weapons depots. Photograph: Yaser Al-Khodor/Reuters

Baghdad’s forcible detention of a Sunni lawmaker and brutal dispersal of a Sunni protest sit-in at the city of Ramadi has sparked a tribal revolt i(...)