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Close ties: Iraq’s prime minister Adel Abdul Mahdi  with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani in Baghdad. Photograph: EPA/Ahmed Jalil

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani will conclude his first official visit to Iraq on Wednesday after signing agreements on energy, trade and the constru(...)

US resident Donald Trump at a rally at Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq in December. Photograph: Al Drago/New York Times

US president Donald Trump’s declarations on the future of US forces in Syria and Iraq could jeopardise the ongoing campaign against Islamic State remn(...)

People fleeing Islamic State fighters in Mosul last June arrive at a checkpoint in Irbil, in northern Iraq. Photograph: Kamal Akrayi/EPA

Iraq’s national security adviser Falah Fayadh was in Washington struggling to arrange delivery of US fighter jets to aid the country’s fight against a(...)

Increasingly bitter political squabbling in Iraq has  prompted the country’s senior Shi’ite cleric today to urge  leaders to pull together and for fighters to respect all Iraqis regardless of sect or ethnicity. Pictured is Sheikh Abdul Mehdi Al-Karbala’i delivering a sermon by Iraq’s top Shi’ite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani. Photograph: Mushtaq Muhammed/Reuters.

Kurdish forces seized two oilfieds in north Iraq today and took over operations from a state-run oil company, while Kurdish politicians formally susp(...)

Members of the Iraqi security forces celebrate near the bodies of militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis), who were killed during clashes with the security forces, on the outskirts of the city of Samarra. Photograph: Reuters

Iraqi government forces backed by helicopter gunships have begun an offensive to retake the northern city of Tikrit from Sunni Islamist militants whi(...)