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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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,...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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,...

  33. 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...

  34. 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 –...

  35. FT Photo Diary

    June 17, 2014

    Civilians join Iraqi forces

    Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty A young boy joins older men as they gather in Baghdad to show their readiness to join Iraqi...

  36. June 13, 2014

    Residents tell of army’s betrayal in face of Isis advance in Iraq

    The Islamist militants’ capture of Mosul, which began Iraq’s slide into a new war, may have been sudden, locals say, but it...

  37. June 13, 2014

    Washington debate over Iraq crisis could define next election

    Hillary Clinton’s new book on her time as US secretary of state is organised by geography: there are chapters on China,...

  38. June 13, 2014

    Iraq’s implosion reflects Syria’s lost national narrative

    When your second-largest city is overrun by a black-shirted horde of jihadi fanatics and your army melts away, you call for...

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