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A rebel fighter rides a motorcycle past a destroyed house in the village of al-Nayrab, 14km south-east of the city of Idlib in northwestern Syria. Photograph: Omar Haj Kadour/AFP via Getty

After weeks of clashes that killed scores of Turkish and Syrian soldiers, a truce hammered out by Ankara and Moscow has brought some days of much-need(...)

US vice-president Mike Pence and his wife Karen  speak to the media  next to troops at Erbil International Airport in Erbil, Iraq, on Saturday. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP Photo

US vice-president Mike Pence visited Iraq on Saturday seeking to reassure Iraqi Kurds of US support after President Donald Trump’s decision to withdr(...)

Namo, the barber at Mr Erbil’s club for young gents. Photograph: Lorraine Mallinder

In the heart of Erbil, capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan region, Rawa Ali and Ahmed Nauzad are discussing good grooming and gentlemanly deportment. The capp(...)

Kurdish security members stand guard near a restaurant where a Turkish consulate employee was killed, in Erbil, Iraq. Photograph: Azad Lashkari/Reuters

At least two people including a Turkish diplomat were shot dead on Wednesday in a rare attack in the capital of Iraq’s northern Kurdish region, local (...)

 A member of Iraqi federal police forces stands guard next to a popular market in Baghdad’s Karada district. Photograph: EPA

Washington has ordered the departure of non-emergency government employees from Iraq, after repeated US expressions of concern about threats from Iran(...)

Kurdish peshmarga near Altun Kupri, between Kirkuk and Erbil, Iraq on Friday.  The area is considered part of the “disputed territories” claimed by both Kurds and Baghdad. Photograph: Azad Lashkari/Reuters

Iraqi forces clashed with Kurdish peshmerga on Friday south of Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan, as they completed their takeover of the disputed, oil-(...)

Syrian Kurds wave the Kurdish flag, in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli during a gathering in support of the independence referendum in the  Kurdish region. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq’s most powerful Shia cleric, has called on Iraqi Kurds to “return to the path of the constitution” and end effort(...)

 Iraqi Kurd women show their fingers after voting at a polling station during Kurdistan independence referendum in Erbil, Kurdistan region in northern Iraq on Monday. Photograph: Mohamed Messara/EPA

Voters in Iraq’s northern Kurdistan region poured into polling stations to cast their ballots in the controversial referendum on independence on Monda(...)

Turkish protestors hold Turkish and Turkmen flags as they shout slogans against Kirkuk for taking part in the Kurdish referendum during a demonstration in Istanbul, Turkey on Sunday. Photograph: Erdem Sahin/EPA

Iran halted flights to and from Kurdish regions in northern Iraq yesterday in retaliation to a plan by the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (K(...)

Displaced people being treated in a field hospital at the Hasansham U2 camp, where more than 300 people fell ill in a mass outbreak of food poisoning, in al-Khazer, east of Mosul, Iraq. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

A woman and a child died and hundreds fell ill in a mass outbreak of food poisoning at a camp for displaced people east of the Iraqi city of Mosul, of(...)

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