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Flares from oil wells light the night sky in Nahran Omar in Iraq. Photograph: Ivor Prickett/New York Times

The men of Nahran Omar, a village in the heart of southern Iraq’s oil country, filed into a Shia shrine clutching envelopes with X-rays, medical repor(...)

Sheikh Qais Al-Khazali (left), the Iraqi secretary general of  AAH, which was originally part of the so-called Mahdi Army led by cleric Muqtada al-Sadr (right). Photograph: Haidar Hamdani/ AFP via Getty Images

It was barely noticed internationally, but less than 24 hours after the United States’s assassination of Iranian military commander Qassem Suleimani, (...)

Iraqis burn a US  flag during a demonstrationagainst  attacks by US planes on several bases belonging to the Hezbollah brigades near Al-Qaim. Photograph:  Haidar Hamdani/AFP via Getty Images

Iraqi prime minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on Monday condemned US air strikes on Iranian-backed Iraqi militia bases, a move that could plunge Iraq further (...)

 Iraqi demonstrators wearing protective gear rest amid clashes with security forces in Baghdad on Wednesday. Photograph: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP via Getty Images

Protesters have burnt down an Iranian consulate in southern Iraq in the latest evidence of popular anger over Tehran’s alleged interference in Iraqi l(...)

Protesters throw stones at riot police during clashes between Iraqi security forces and anti-government protesters in Baghdad, Iraq. Photograph: Hadi Mizban/AP Photo

Security forces opened fire on protesters in the southern Iraqi city of Nassiriya late on Saturday, killing at least three people, police and medical(...)

Anti-government protesters throw stones at security forces during clashes in the al-Rasheed street in Baghdad on Friday.  Photograph: Khalid Mohammed/AP

Fresh clashes between Iraqi security forces and anti-government protesters broke out in Baghdad on Friday, killing one person, despite a call for calm(...)

An Iraqi protestor gestures in front of security forces during a demonstration against state corruption, failing public services and unemployment, on Wednesday in the southern city of Basra. Photograph: Getty Images

Three people were killed and at least 115 wounded on Wednesday in renewed nationwide clashes between demonstrators and Iraqi security forces, the larg(...)

The oil tanker Grace 1 is seen near the coast of La Linea de la Concepcion, Cadiz, southern Spain, on Thursday after it was seized in Gibraltar. Photograph: A Carrasco Ragel/EPA

British Royal Marines seized a giant Iranian oil tanker in Gibraltar on Thursday for trying to take oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions, a dram(...)

Both Hadi al-Amiri, above, and his nominee are backed by Tehran, while Muqtada al-Sadr is a nationalist who opposes foreign interference in Iraq. Photograph: Khalid al-Mousily/File Photo/Reuters

A power struggle between two rival Shia political parties has stymied efforts to form an Iraqi government six months after parliamentary elections. Th(...)

A man on a motorbike pulled up next to a car window and fired three shots at Tara al-Fares, killing her on a Baghdad street. Photograph: Instagram

Even to a country inured to violence, the images were shocking. A man on a motorbike pulled up next to a car window and fired three shots at Tara al-F(...)

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