Ali Al Sistani

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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 (...)

Iraqi protesters hand over job requests to government employees in Basra, Iraq. Photograph: Essam al-Sudani/Reuters

Iraqis demanding electricity, water, jobs and an end to corruption are expected to take to the streets in Iraq’s Shia south on Friday following mosque(...)

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(...)

Shia militia and Iraqi government troops gather near Falluja, Iraq, on Tuesday. Photograph: Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters.

Iraq’s leading Shia Muslim cleric has urged government forces battling to retake Falluja from Islamic State militants to spare civilians trapped in th(...)

Moves to suppress chess are likely to have come as a surprise to the seventh-century Muslims who conquered Persia and adopted the game before exporting it to Europe.

Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti has ruled that chess is forbidden in Islam, saying it encourages gambling and is a waste of time. Sheikh Abdullah al-Sheik(...)

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