Former US deputy secretary of state William Burns: the Iranians will “play on anxieties in a fragile Iraqi government and an angry Shia cleric establishment in Iraq to push us out”. Photograph: B;oomberg

President Donald Trump’s decision to assassinate Qassem Suleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards, was “a signifi(...)

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei called the missile attack on an American military base in Iraq a  ‘slap in the face’ for the US, while president Donald Trump tweeted ‘All is well!’ Photograph: AFP via Getty/Bloomberg

For a period of approximately two hours on Tuesday night, Washington seemed as though it was on the brink of war. As darkness settled on the US capit(...)

UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab: In a joint statement with Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s Emmanuel Macron, London has called for restraint. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Britain has warned Donald Trump against targeting cultural sites in Iran as the crisis over the killing of Qassem Suleimani exposed a rift b(...)

 A protester places a shoe on a poster of US president Donald Trump outside the US embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. Photograph: Khalid al-Mousily/Reuters

George W Bush had the chance to take him down. So did Barack Obama. But ultimately it was Donald Trump who ordered a strike that killed Qassem Suleima(...)

US president Donald Trump announces the lifting of sanctions on Turkey in a White House speech on Wednesday. Photograph:  Mark Wilson/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump has lifted sanctions on Turkey, saying the country has committed to a permanent ceasefire in northern Syria and defending th(...)

An Islamic State fighter fires a weapon in this still image taken from a video said to be taken on the outskirts of Palmyra, Syria,  and uploaded on March 21st, 2016 by an agency affiliated to the  Islamic State terror group. Photograph: Reuters

Islamic State is carrying out a rising number of kidnappings, killings and bombings in Iraq and fighting fiercely in Syria as the extremist group retu(...)

Mountjoy Prison: All transfers  to Ireland of Irish people in prison abroad have been on hold since 2016. Photograph: Eric Luke

New legislation will be required to overcome a legal issue which is preventing nearly 30 Irish people in prison abroad from serving their sentences he(...)

Iraqi Kurds wave flags and chant slogans during a protest outside the US consulate in Irbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, on October 21st. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Kurdish authorities in Iraq offered on Wednesday to put an independence drive on hold, stepping up efforts to resolve a crisis in relations with Bagh(...)

Displaced Iraqi Kurds people fleeing violence in the northern Kirkuk province take shelter in an unfinished housing project in Irbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on Thuraday. Photograph: Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images

About 100,000 Kurds have fled the Kirkuk region for fear of persecution since Iraqi armed forces retook disputed territory after a Kurdish independenc(...)

Iraqi armoured units are seen heading for the town of Tal Afar, the main remaining Islamic State stronghold in the northern part of the country. Photograph: AFP

Iraqi forces have pushed into the outskirts of one of the last Islamic State-held areas in the country – the northwestern city of Tal Afar. The opera(...)

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