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Former British prime minister Tony Blair leaves his office in London, Britain. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

Thirteen years after the start of a war which left Iraq in ruins, the region destabilised and tens of thousands dead, Britain will today learn the ans(...)

A sign on a shop front in Ennis waiting for Boxing legend Muhammad Ali to visit on  September 1st, 2009. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA

Muhammad Ali - the facts * Ali’s great-grandfather Abe Grady was Irish. He emigrated from the Turnpike Road, Ennis, Co Clare, to the US in the 1(...)

Iraq’s prime minister Haider al-Abadi visits an Iraqi army base on Wednesday in Camp Tariq near Falluja. Photograph: Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters

Iraq has delayed its assault on the city of Falluja because of fears for the safety of civilians, prime minister Haider al-Abadi said on Wednesday, as(...)

Shia fighters take a selfie while firing artillery towards Islamic State militants near Falluja, Iraq, on Sunday. Photograph: Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters

The Iraqi army stormed to the southern edge of Falluja under US air support on Monday and captured a police station inside the city limits, launching (...)

Pro-Iraqi government forces  fire a rocket in the al-Sejar village, in Iraq’s Anbar province, as they take part in a major assault to retake the city of Falluja from the Islamic State. Photograph: Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

US-led coalition air strikes supporting Iraqi forces in the recapture of Falluja have killed 70 Islamic State militants, including the group’s command(...)

Shia militia and Iraqi government troops gather near Falluja, Iraq, on Tuesday. Photograph: Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters.

Iraq’s leading Shia Muslim cleric has urged government forces battling to retake Falluja from Islamic State militants to spare civilians trapped in th(...)

Jean-Pierre Filiu disagrees with Barack Obama’s refusal to intervene in Syria because the US did not know who would replace Assad. Photograph: James Leynse

In late 1400 and early 1401, the Mongol conqueror Tamerlane left “pyramids of skulls, like those constructed by Islamic State today” across Syria, rec(...)

Top Hezbollah commander Mustafa Badreddine is seen in this handout picture released by Hezbollah Media office on May 13th, 2016. Photograph: Reuters

Top Hizbullah commander Mustafa Badreddine was killed in an Israeli air strike at the Lebanese-Israeli border this week, the Lebanese Shia group annou(...)

Followers of Iraq’s Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr hold a sit-in in the Grand Festivities Square in Baghdad. Photograph:  Reuters

Hundreds of supporters of a powerful Shia Muslim cleric camped outside parliament in Baghdad overnight a day after thousands stormed the Green Zone an(...)

Followers of Iraqi Shia   cleric, politician and militia leader, Moqtada al-Sadr,  protesting  outside Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone last week. Photograph: Ahmed Saad/Reuters

With tens of thousands of protesters marching in the streets of Baghdad to demand changes in government, Iraq’s Shia prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, (...)

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