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Human Rights Watch has reported the illegal detention of thousands of women by Iraqi authorities. Photograph:  Rodi Said/Reuters

Iraqi authorities are detaining thousands of women illegally and subjecting many to torture and ill-treatment, including the threat of sexual abuse, H(...)

People gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Abu Dsheer district in southern Baghdad, yesterday. At least 16 people were killed in the latest attacks in the city. Photograph: Ahmed Saad/Reuters

Another wave of bombings has rocked central Baghdad, killing at least 16 people mainly near the heavily fortified Green Zone where key government offi(...)

A man walks over rubble inside the Islamic Art Museum after a bomb attack in downtown Cairo today. Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

Four separate bombings rocked the Egyptian capital today on the eve of the third anniversary of the Arab Spring revolt, killing at least six people, i(...)

Masked Sunni gunmen take up position in Fallujah city, western Iraq. The Iraqi army has started a large-scale campaign to expel militants linked to al-Qaeda from an area in the volatile western province of Anbar. Photograph: EPA/Mohammed Jalil
Baghdad bomb attack kills 9

A car bomb exploded outside a bus terminal in central Baghdad today, killing at least nine people and wounding 16, police and medics said.No group im(...)

Iraqi soldiers man  a checkpoint in western Baghdad yesterday, Photograph: Ahmed Saad/Reuters

A suicide bomber killed 23 Iraqi army recruits and wounded 36 in Baghdad today, officials said, in an attack on men volunteering to join the governmen(...)

Tribal fighters gesture after deploying themselves on the streets of Ramadi yesterday. In a statement on state television, Iraq’s prime minister Nuri al-Maliki called on tribal leaders to drive out militants who last week seized key towns in the desert leading to the Syrian border. Photograph: Ali al-Mashhadani/Reuters

Iraq’s prime minister has appealed to the residents of the besieged city of Falluja to expel al-Qaeda-linked insurgents, who have seized control of(...)

Mourners carry the coffin of a soldier, who was killed during clashes in Falluja, at his funeral in Najaf, 160 km  south of Baghdad today. Photograph: Reuters

Iraq’s prime minister urged people in the besieged city of Falluja today to drive out al Qaeda-linked insurgents to pre-empt a military offensive tha(...)

Tribal fighters who have been deployed on to the streets patrol in the city of Falluja yesterday. Photograph:  Reuters

The Iraqi military tried to dislodge al-Qaeda militants in Sunni-dominated Anbar province yesterday, unleashing air strikes and besieging the regio(...)

A  local council building destroyed by gunmen in Fallujah yesterday. Photograph: EPA/MOHAMMED JALIL

Al-Qaeda-linked militants now held control of much of the Iraqi city of Fallujah and other nearby towns and have seized military equipment provided by(...)

Fighters of al-Qaeda linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant carry their weapons during a parade at the Syrian town of Tel Abyad, near the border with Turkey January 2nd. The Al-Qaeda-linked organisation has exploited the unrest in Iraq by moving into  byattacking police stations and looting weapons depots. Photograph: Yaser Al-Khodor/Reuters

Baghdad’s forcible detention of a Sunni lawmaker and brutal dispersal of a Sunni protest sit-in at the city of Ramadi has sparked a tribal revolt i(...)

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