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    1. October 3, 2014

      UN envoy tells Iraq and Kurds to unite in fight against Isis

      The UN’s special envoy to Iraq has warned that continued disagreements over money and power between the government in...

    2. The A-List

      September 16, 2014

      US must work harder to win over Arab regimes on Isis

      The US administration is trying to convince its populace and the world that it is successfully forging a new alliance in the...

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    1. September 11, 2014

      America must leave the defeat of Isis to local states

      Can the US “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or Isis, as President Barack Obama promised...

    2. August 27, 2014

      Syria’s opposition should steel itself to wait, not fight

      Professional mediators maintain that parties to a conflict have an incentive to enter serious negotiations only when they...

    3. August 20, 2014

      Iraq’s elusive political consensus

      After weeks of alarm over the lightning advance of a brutal, transnational jihadi group in Iraq, a nation fearing for its...

    4. The A-List

      August 18, 2014

      Iraq's new leader will fail without western support

      What is it about political leaders installed by America in third world countries? It seems they never want to leave office....

    5. August 14, 2014

      Maliki steps down as Iraqi PM

      Iraq’s prime minister announced late on Thursday he would step down after eight years in office and endorse the man chosen...

    6. August 14, 2014

      Isis: Armed and dangerous

      The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as Isis but transformed into the Islamic State since it declared its...

    7. August 13, 2014

      Isis is at war with all of us and Kurds need help to defeat them

      Sinjar, a Kurdish area of Iraq near the border with Syria that has seen more prosperous times as a trading and farming hub...

    8. August 12, 2014

      Parliament must address Iraq crisis

      In 2011 British MPs were recalled from their summer holidays to discuss urban riots breaking out across their country. Last...

    9. August 12, 2014

      War-weary America has to show its steel in Iraq

      What the world saw last Thursday evening was an American president torn between personal preferences and cold reality. The...

    10. August 11, 2014

      Haidar al-Abadi seen as steady, if uninspiring, leader for Iraq

      Within Iraq’s corridors of power, Haidar al-Abadi rarely made a big impression, but he always made a good one. Discreet but...

    11. August 11, 2014

      Move against Nouri al-Maliki deepens Iraq crisis

      Iraq’s political crisis intensified on Monday after the country’s president named a new prime minister to replace Nouri...

    12. FT Alphaville

      August 11, 2014

      The (early) Lunch Wrap

      Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Cardiff talks Russia sactions with Dan Drezner, professor of international relations...

    13. August 10, 2014

      Maliki takes premiership battle to court

      Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki late on Sunday warned that he would file a legal complaint in federal court against the...

    14. August 8, 2014

      Barack Obama is right to take risks in Iraq

      President Barack Obama’s decision to go back into the Iraq from which he extricated the US almost three years ago is risky...

    15. August 8, 2014

      Threat to Kurds spurs US action

      Weeks after Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki asked for US help in his fight against the surging forces of the Islamic...

    16. July 13, 2014

      Iraq’s parliament fails to make progress on government

      Iraqi politicians remained deadlocked Sunday as the country’s parliament broke up after a brief session without making any...

    17. July 12, 2014

      Kurdish forces seize oilfields near Kirkuk

      Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) says it has seized two oilfields near the northern city of Kirkuk to protect...

    18. July 8, 2014

      Iraq military signals push to drive insurgents from Mosul

      Preparations are under way to push Sunni insurgents out of the country’s second-largest city of Mosul as progress is made in...

    19. July 6, 2014

      Reprieve for Maliki as jihadi threat mutes Shia opposition

      Ahmed Majid never supported Iraq’s prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, nor his Islamic Dawa party. But the 20-something Najaf...

    20. July 3, 2014

      Saudi Arabia sends 30,000 troops to Iraq border

      Saudi Arabia has deployed 30,000 troops to its border with Iraq, as tribal leaders within the war-torn country reported...

    21. July 2, 2014

      Iraq clashes between rival Shia factions leave at least 14 dead

      At least 14 people were killed in clashes between rival Shia factions in southern Iraq overnight as prime minister Nouri...

    22. July 2, 2014

      In the grisly delusions of Isis, past and present are one

      Faith and memory can haunt the Middle East, often to convulsive effect. Almost 70 years after the founding of Israel in the...

    23. July 1, 2014

      New Iraq parliament session ends in disarray

      Iraqi lawmakers gathering in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone on Tuesday failed to make any progress in choosing a new...

    24. June 30, 2014

      Kurds’ deputy PM Talabani calls for decentralised Iraq

      Iraq and its foreign backers must abandon a centralised system of governance if the country is to survive, Iraqi Kurdistan’s...

    25. June 27, 2014

      Turkey ready to accept Kurdish state in historic shift

      Turkey’s ruling party has signalled it is ready to accept an independent Kurdish state in what is now northern Iraq, marking...

    26. June 26, 2014

      Iraq crisis: Sunni anger returns with revival of Shia militias

      Once a day, pick-up trucks filled with black-clad Shia militia fighters roll through the mostly Sunni Arab neighbourhood of...

    27. June 26, 2014

      Nouri al-Maliki welcomes Syria air strikes against rebels in Iraq

      Iraq’s prime minister has welcomed Syrian air strikes against Sunni insurgent positions inside his country as the lines...

    28. FT Alphaville

      June 26, 2014

      The 6am London Cut

      Camp Alphaville reminder: It’s in six days time (Details here) Markets: The mood across Asian markets was upbeat as traders...

    29. June 24, 2014

      Iraq’s Sunni could defeat Isis if Maliki steps down, says ex-minister

      Iraq’s Sunni community could defeat militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (known as Isis), if a new,...

    30. June 23, 2014

      Iraq must form new government, Kerry warns in Baghdad

      John Kerry called on Iraq’s leaders to immediately form a new government that includes all the country’s political and...

    31. June 21, 2014

      Isis takes control of Iraq-Syria border town

      Sunni militants have seized an Iraqi-Syrian border post in a move that could bolster the insurgency as it seeks to cement...

    32. June 20, 2014

      Middle East: Falling to pieces

      The surge of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the group known as Isis, poses a threat to all countries in the...

    33. June 20, 2014

      Shia militias put brake on jihadis’ big push in northern Iraq

      Ten days after the Iraq crisis began, the lightning advance of jihadi militants through Sunni areas of northern Iraq has hit...

    34. June 20, 2014

      Shia cleric calls for new Iraq government

      Iraq’s most influential Shia cleric appealed on Friday for the country’s politicians to form a new government with “broad...

    35. June 19, 2014

      Obama to send 300 ‘military advisers’ to Iraq

      Barack Obama said on Thursday he was sending up to 300 “military advisers” to Iraq to help its embattled government fight...

    36. June 19, 2014

      Jihadist dream comes true if US backs Maliki with air power

      Acrid discussion about how the Anglo-American invasion of 2003 led to the implosion of Iraq as a unitary state in 2014,...

    37. June 18, 2014

      Iraq’s Maliki fights for survival as rivals seek to topple him

      Iraq’s prime minister struggled to maintain his grip on power on Wednesday with a Sunni insurgency swirling around the...

    38. June 17, 2014

      Iraq crisis: US and Iran tread carefully to find solution

      Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, the George W Bush administration received an offer of help from a surprising source –...

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