Muqtada al-Sadr: ‘I hope this step will be the beginning of the dissolution of armed groups as well as the handover of their weapons and closure of their bases.’ Photograph: Ali Najafi/AFP via Getty

A hard line pro-Iran Iraqi militia has announced the dissolution of one of its armed units in response to a call from populist Shia cleric Muqtada al-(...)

 Families of some of the 218 people who died in August of 2020 after  a    stockpile of ammonium nitrate exploded at a port storage facility protest in Beirut. Photograph:  Nabil Mounzer/EPA

Powerful politicians in Iraq and Lebanon who have refused to accept accountability for their actions are prolonging instability in both countries. In(...)

Followers of Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr celebrate in Tahrir Square, Baghdad,  after the announcement of election results. Photograph: AP

The main winner of Iraq’s fifth parliamentary election is Shia nationalist cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose Mahdi Army mounted an insurgency against the (...)

Members of Iraq’s security forces take part in early voting ahead of Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Baghdad. Photograph: Sabah Arar

Iraqis go to the polls on Sunday in an assembly election, the fifth since the US ousted the secular Baathist government in 2003 and installed a sectar(...)

A member of the paramilitary group Asaib Ahl al-Haq in front of a banner at the organisation’s headquarters in Baghdad. Photograph: Andrea DiCenzo/New York Times

Outside the headquarters of Asaib Ahl al-Haq, one of the main Iranian-backed militias in Iraq, fighters have posted a giant banner showing the US Capi(...)

Nihaya Issa, (33) an Iraqi woman displaced from Mosul,  at al-Khazir camp for the internally displaced, located between Iraq’s northern city of Mosul and the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region Arbil.  Photograph:  Safin Hamed/AFP via Getty

Baghdad has begun to close camps sheltering Iraqis displaced by the fall of Islamic State’s “caliphate” three years ago on the grounds that its ideolo(...)

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo: Baghdad is concerned the US may launch military strikes to re-energise president Donald Trump’s faltering bid for re-election. Photograph: Riccardo Antimiani

Iraq has urged the US to withdraw its threat to adopt tough measures intended to pressurise Baghdad to disarm pro-Iran militias blamed for lobbing roc(...)

 Thousands of Iraqis demonstrate in the heart of Baghdad on Friday  to demand the ousting of US troops from the country. Photograph:  Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP via Getty Images

Tens of thousands of men, women and children poured into Baghdad on Friday for a “million man” march demanding the expulsion of the 5,000 US troops fr(...)

Sheikh Qais Al-Khazali (left), the Iraqi secretary general of  AAH, which was originally part of the so-called Mahdi Army led by cleric Muqtada al-Sadr (right). Photograph: Haidar Hamdani/ AFP via Getty Images

It was barely noticed internationally, but less than 24 hours after the United States’s assassination of Iranian military commander Qassem Suleimani, (...)

Iraq’s caretaker prime minister Adel Abdul Mahdi (wearing cap): Iraqis must  demonstrate or attack. Photograph: Murtaja Lateef

The US assassination in Iraq of Iran’s Quds Force commander Qassem Suleimani has ratcheted up tensions in a roiled region and torpedoed an effort to m(...)

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