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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(...)

Skiing in Bamyan, Afghanistan: While most would baulk at  such an unusual break, travel companies organise  regular trips to some of the most wartorn countries in the world. Photograph: Abdul Latif Azimi/AFP

Next week, a small group of Europeans will travel from the ancient city of Erbil, in northern Iraq, to the peaks around Choman, near the Iranian borde(...)

Travel writer and backpacker  Jonny Blair   at the Blue Mosque in Mazar-i-Sharif during a 2016 visit: The city – the third-largest in Afghanistan – was one of the first to fall in 2001 after the American-led invasion

From Bangor, Co Down, Jonny Blair has travelled to Afghanistan, Iraq, El Salvador and many places you may not have even ever heard of – such as Transn(...)

Members of Iraqi army forces keep watch in front of Islamic State positions in the town of Safayah near Mosul, Iraq. Photograph: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters

Kurdish fighters said they had taken the town of Bashiqa near Mosul from Islamic State on Sunday, as coalition forces continued their offensive agains(...)

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