Nuri Al Maliki

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Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr: has allies in Hadi al-Amiri and Haidar al-Abadi. Photograph: Alaa al-Marjani/Reuters

In spite of dramatic differences, the three parties that gained most votes in Iraq’s May 12th parliamentary election have agreed to work together to f(...)

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arriving at a poll station in the capital Baghdad’s Karrada district, as the country votes in the first parliamentary election since declaring victory over the Islamic State  group

Prime minister Haider al-Abadi appears to be on course to retain office in Iraq’s parliamentary election, followed by influential Shia cleric Moqtada (...)

Men  stand in line to cast their votes during a special voting day for members of the security forces on Thursday, ahead of Iraq’s parliamentaryh elections this weekend. Photograph: Ali Abbas/EPA

Iraqis go to the polls on Saturday to elect their fourth parliament since the US-led invasion and occupation 15 years ago. The election was originally(...)

Young women walk past campaign posters of candidates in Tikrit, Iraq, ahead of Saturday’s  parliamentary election . Photograph: Khalid al-Mousily/Reuters

At the gates of Tikrit under a giant billboard of a Shia militia commander, hundreds of Iraqi Sunni Arabs wait in the scorching sun for hours to be se(...)

Kurds celebrate to show their support for the independence referendum in Duhok, Iraq, September 26th, 2017. Photograph: Ari Jalal/Reuters

The Iraqi government has rejected negotiations on secession of the Kurdish autonomous region and adjacent Kurdish annexed “disputed areas” following M(...)

Special forces  in Mosul, Iraq, where Sunni  residents fear Iraqi Shia soldiers   might take  revenge for Mosul’s capitulation to Islamic State in 2014. Photograph:   Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

The people of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria are eagerly but fearfully awaiting liberation from Islamic State. Under its brutal rule, they face tax(...)

Iraqi soldiers hold a captured  Islamic State flag   during an  operation near  Mosul. Sunni citizens fear being branded as collaborators by their Shia liberators, as much as they abhor Isis. Photograph: Hadi Mizban/AP

Iraqis and Syrians living under Islamic State and other insurgent groups have stayed on to protect their homes, lands and businesses, often at great (...)

Iraqi security forces are preparing for an offensive that could be days or weeks away. Photograph: Reuters

Kurdish peshmerga, the Iraqi army’s elite special operations units, Sunni tribal levees and Shia militias have been marshalling forces ahead of the lo(...)

A British soldier secures an area near the burning oil export pipeline – from the southern city of Basra, 500km from Baghdad, to the Faw peninsula on the Gulf – in March 2004, in the Maamer zone 100km further south of Basra. Photograph: Joseph Barrak/AFP/Getty Images

The 2003 US-British invasion of Iraq was a war the world did not want. Millions of people protested around the world in the run-up to the war. Among (...)

An Iraqi Shia fighter close to Falluja on Tuesday. Photograph: Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

Iraqi forces are going slow while advancing on Islamic State fighters controlling the iconic city of Falluja in a battle long postponed by Baghdad. (...)

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