Russian soldiers unload a Russian Sukhoi SU-25 plane in al-Muthanna Iraqi military base at Baghdad airport yesterday. The first batch of Russian fighter jets arrived in Baghdad  to help Iraqi forces battle Isis fighters in the country’s north. Photograph: Reuters

An offshoot of al-Qaeda which has captured swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria has declared itself an Islamic “Caliphate” and called on factions wo(...)

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(...)

Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki has called on his nation’s political blocs to close ranks in the face of Sunni militants but rejected calls for a unity government. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Pool via The New York Times.

Iraq’s prime minister has called on his nation’s political blocs to close ranks in the face of Sunni militants - but gave no concrete promise of great(...)

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore is in Luxembourg today for a meeting of EU foreign ministers to discuss the ongoing crisis in Iraq and developments in Ukraine.

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore is in Luxembourg today for a meeting of EU foreign ministers to discuss the ongoing crisis(...)

Members of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces take their positions during a patrol looking for militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis), explosives and weapons in a neighbourhood in Ramadi. Photograph: Osama Al-dulaimi/Reuters

Sunni fighters led by an al-Qaeda breakaway group expanded their offensive in a volatile western province in Iraq, capturing three strategic towns and(...)

Volunteers in the newly formed “Peace Brigades” participate in a parade near the Imam Ali shrine in the southern holy Shia city of Najaf, Iraq, yesterday. Photograph: Jaber al-Helo/AP

US president Barack Obama has said the US plans to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to help halt the advance of radical Islamic fighters but (...)

A young boy carries a handgun as a militia formed to defend the capital parades through the Sadr City neighbourhood of Baghdad yesterday. Photograph: Ayman Oghanna/The New York Times

Iraq has asked the US to stage air attacks on Sunni insurgents as the Islamist fighters edged closer to full control of Iraq’s largest oil refinery(...)

An Iraqi security guard outside the Church of the Virgin Mary in the northern town of Bartala, east of the northern city of Mosul. Iraqi troops stayed in the town to protect local churches and the mainly Christian community. Photograph: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images

With extremists battling for control of Iraq’s largest oilfield on Tuesday, upping the stakes in a burgeoning war against the central government in(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry: said the US was “open to discussions” with Tehran if there was a constructive outcome for Iraq. Photograph: Reuters/Gary Cameron

The United States has ruled out co-ordinated military action with Iran as one of the options being considered to thwart radical Islamic extremists(...)

Mehdi Army fighters loyal to Sha cleric Moqtada al-Sadr march during military-style training in the holy city of Najaf yesterday. Photograph: Ahmad Mousa/Reuters

The proposition that “my enemy’s enemy is my friend” might be too simplistic a response to the escalating sectarian crisis in Iraq that would promp(...)

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