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A handout picture provided by the Iraqi president’s press office shows president Barham Saleh and his wife Sarbagh  bidding farewell to Pope Francis at Baghdad International Airport. Photograph: Iraqi presidency/AFP via Getty Images

Pope Francis on Monday ended his historic whirlwind tour of Iraq, which sought to bring hope to the country’s marginalised Christian minority with a m(...)

 Pope Francis attends a interreligious meeting at the Plain of Ur, Nassirya, Iraq. Photograph: Alessandro Di Meo/EPA

Pope Francis held a historic meeting with Iraq’s top Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani on Saturday, in a powerful appeal for coexistence in a(...)

A hoarding of Pope Francis and leading Irai Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf ahead of the pope’s visit to Iraq. Photograph: Ali Najafi/AFP via Getty Images

This Sunday Pope Francis will walk through the ruins of old Mosul in northern Iraq to pray in the remains of a cluster of ancient churches used as a h(...)

A man rides a motorcycle among devastated buildings in the old city of Mosul on April 21st, 2019. Photograph: Getty Images

It used to be the beating heart of Mosul. Nearly three years after liberation from Islamic State, the Old City on the west bank of the Tigris still lo(...)

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 (...)

A boy waits with his mother as they queue with others for humanitarian and medical help after leaving Baghouz, the last stronghold of Isis, in Deir Al Zor, Syria, in March, 2019. File photograph: Rodi Said/Reuters

The death in October of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State, in a raid led by United States special forces, made headlines in 2019. On t(...)

 An Iraqi protester sits next to a wall painted with graffiti  in central Baghdad. Photograph: Murtaja Lateef/EPA

Iraqis took to the streets on Sunday to celebrate parliament’s acceptance of the resignation of the prime minister and his government following two mo(...)

 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(...)

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(...)

Demonstrators carry a man affected by tear gas during a protest in Baghdad, Iraq. Photograph: Thaier al-Sudani/Reuters

A protester struck in the face by a tear gas canister died in Baghdad on Friday as Iraqi security forces sought to repel demonstrators protesting at (...)

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