Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr: did not run as a candidate and has ruled himself out as prime minister – but made clear whom he considers natural political allies. Photograph:  Karim Kadim/AP

Iraqis are still haunted by memories of black-clad death squads roaming Baghdad neighbourhoods a decade ago, cleansing them of Sunnis as the country w(...)

An image shows a pool of blood and damage tp a classroom after it was reportedly hit by rebel rocket fire in the Furqan neighbourhood of the government-held side of west Aleppo, on Sunday. Photograph: George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty Images

The remaining hospitals on the rebel-held side of Aleppo have been badly damaged and forced to stop providing care amid an intensifying bombardment, a(...)