The situation has deteriorated since the end of 2011 when the US handed over to the government headed by prime minister Nouri al-Maliki (above) and his Shia Dawa party. Photograph: AP Photo

Nearly 11 years after the US occupied Iraq and overthrew its brutal regime, promising reform and democracy, the country’s authorities continue to deta(...)

Iraqi Sunni Muslim tribesmen take their positions with their weapons during clashes with the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in the city of Ramadi, 100 km  west of Baghdad. Photograph: Reuters.

Iraqi troops and allied tribesmen killed 57 Islamist militants in Anbar province today, the defence ministry said, in advance of a possible assault on(...)

Iraqi security forces take position with their weapons during clashes with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in province of Anbar on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

Al-Qaeda’s general command said today it had no links with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in an apparent attempt to reassert its aut(...)

Iraqi soldiers man  a checkpoint in western Baghdad yesterday, Photograph: Ahmed Saad/Reuters

A suicide bomber killed 23 Iraqi army recruits and wounded 36 in Baghdad today, officials said, in an attack on men volunteering to join the governmen(...)

Tribal fighters gesture after deploying themselves on the streets of Ramadi yesterday. In a statement on state television, Iraq’s prime minister Nuri al-Maliki called on tribal leaders to drive out militants who last week seized key towns in the desert leading to the Syrian border. Photograph: Ali al-Mashhadani/Reuters

Iraq’s prime minister has appealed to the residents of the besieged city of Falluja to expel al-Qaeda-linked insurgents, who have seized control of(...)

Mourners carry the coffin of a soldier, who was killed during clashes in Falluja, at his funeral in Najaf, 160 km  south of Baghdad today. Photograph: Reuters

Iraq’s prime minister urged people in the besieged city of Falluja today to drive out al Qaeda-linked insurgents to pre-empt a military offensive tha(...)

Tribal fighters who have been deployed on to the streets patrol in the city of Falluja yesterday. Photograph:  Reuters

The Iraqi military tried to dislodge al-Qaeda militants in Sunni-dominated Anbar province yesterday, unleashing air strikes and besieging the regio(...)

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(...)

A Sunni Muslim fighter looks at a burning police vehicle during clashes in Ramadi, Iraq, yesterday. Photograph: Ali al-Mashhadani / Reuters

Sunni Muslim fighters clashed yesterday with Iraqi troops trying to regain control of two western cities, in a serious escalation of their confrontati(...)

A man looks at the site of bomb attack at a marketplace in Baghdad’s Doura District. Photograph: Ahmed Malik/Reuters

At least 34 people were killed in bomb attacks in Christian areas of Baghdad today, some by a car bomb that exploded near a church after a Christmas s(...)

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