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    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...

  2. August 19, 2014

    Kurds take tough line as Abadi races to form Iraq government

    The threat of Iraq’s collapse has forced conciliatory tones from the country’s Sunni and Shia Arab populations – but the...

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  1. August 19, 2014

    The Arab world has to take on Isis in its own backyard

    The Middle East hosts a formidable array of air power. Between them, the six nations of the Gulf Co-operation Council...

  2. August 18, 2014

    Kurds retake key Mosul dam in morale boosting victory over Isis

    Kurdish forces wrested control of Iraq’s Mosul dam from jihadis on Monday, after the US launched its most intensive day of...

  3. 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....

  4. August 14, 2014

    Turkey urges US to lift obstacles on Kurdish oil sales

    Turkey has called on the US to lift obstacles to the sale of oil by Iraq’s cash-strapped Kurds to help with their battle...

  5. August 13, 2014

    US rows back on need for international rescue mission in Iraq

    US defence officials said late on Wednesday that the need for an international force to enter Iraq to evacuate a besieged...

  6. August 12, 2014

    Air strikes do little to impede progress of Isis in Iraq and Syria

    US bombs may be falling once more on Iraq, but this week’s dramatic intervention belies a stark truth on the ground: the...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. August 8, 2014

    US conducts Iraq military strikes on Islamist insurgents

    The US launched military strikes on Islamist militant forces in northern Iraq on Friday in a move that substantially...

  12. The World

    August 7, 2014

    Meanwhile, outside Gaza, civilians are also dying

    The Gaza strip was not the only place where civilians were suffering and dying last week. There were (and are) several other...

  13. August 5, 2014

    Genel confident of big rise in piped oil exports from Kurdistan

    Genel Energy, the Kurdistan-focused oil explorer headed by former BP chief executive Tony Hayward, has predicted a surge in...

  14. August 3, 2014

    Corpses bear witness to tit for tat violence in Baghdad belt

    The bodies of 15 Sunnis hung from electricity poles in a public square in the of Baqubah. The men had been shot in the head...

  15. July 31, 2014

    Kurds struggle for energy autonomy

    A tanker carrying $100m of crude, anchored 60 miles off the coast of Texas, is at the centre of the latest war of words...

  16. July 30, 2014

    The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes, Arcola Theatre, London – review

    We first see protagonist Salim handcuffed to the furniture. This could be military detention, sectarian abduction . . .  in...

  17. FT Photo Diary

    July 25, 2014

    Baghdad car bomb

    Ali Al-Saadiali AFP/Getty Images Iraqi onlookers gather on Friday, at the scene of an explosion that took place the previous...

  18. July 23, 2014

    Iraq violence stirs Iranians’ bitter memories of 1980s war

    The three sisters in Tehran’s Behesht-Zahra cemetery sit by the graves of their brothers, Ahmad and Abolghasem, killed in...

  19. Nick Butler

    July 20, 2014

    Oil and an independent Kurdistan

    Flying east over the mountains into the new international airport of Erbil, the administrative capital of Kurdistan, you are...

  20. July 17, 2014

    Kurds pump oil from Kirkuk in defiance of Iraq government

    Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region is pumping crude from the disputed province of Kirkuk into its own oil infrastructure,...

  21. July 17, 2014

    Biggest bank robbery that ‘never happened’ – $400m Isis heist

    It was described as one the biggest heists in the history of bank robbery: more than $400m reportedly stolen from Mosul...

  22. The A-List

    July 15, 2014

    Foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq are a worry but the west needs to rethink the role of Saudi Arabia and Iran

    The most strident debate among western intelligence agencies is whether the reported thousands of foreign fighters involved...

  23. July 15, 2014

    Iraq’s parliament elects speaker as army claims success in Tikrit

    Iraq’s parliament appointed the elected moderate Sunni politician Salim al-Jibouri as speaker on Tuesday as politicians met...

  24. July 14, 2014

    Kurdish dream still swimming in a sea of ‘sharks’

    From a compound overlooking Erbil, Taleb Murad Ali looks out at the construction sites sprawling over formerly fertile...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. July 11, 2014

    Iraqi Kurds seize oil refineries near Kirkuk

    Iraq’s Kurds took control of refineries at two oilfields near the northern city of Kirkuk, state television reported on...

  28. July 10, 2014

    Iraq’s security forces ill-equipped to face militants

    On paper, Iraq’s security forces are among the most powerful in the Middle East. With more than 271,000 men, they are...

  29. July 10, 2014

    Kurds threaten oil companies with legal action to claim revenue

    Iraqi Kurdistan on Thursday threatened to sue buyers of Iraqi crude if they failed to hand over its share of the purchase...

  30. July 9, 2014

    Iraq’s Maliki blasts Kurds in hard-hitting speech

    In an incendiary speech broadcast live on television, Iraq’s Shia prime minister accused the leaders of the country’s...

  31. FT Photo Diary

    July 9, 2014

    Iraqi volunteers

    Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP Shia volunteers from the Iraqi Ketaeb (brigade) Hezbollah, march as they join the Iraq army to fight...

  32. July 7, 2014

    Iraq: A divided future

    One is Sunni, one Shia and one Christian. They have been crammed together for years in a small agricultural supplies store...

  33. July 6, 2014

    Western banks start to pull out of Iraq

    The growing crisis in Iraq has forced western banks that launched themselves into the Iraqi market with gusto in recent...

  34. July 5, 2014

    Video shows ‘Isis leader’ in Iraqi sermon

    A video posted online on Saturday purports to show the leader of the Isis extremist group that has overrun much of Syria and...

  35. July 4, 2014

    Iraq’s Sunni leadership meets in Erbil to plot against Maliki

    Iraq’s Sunni Arab leaders have converged on the Kurdish city of Erbil, holding court in marble hotel lobbies like an...

  36. July 3, 2014

    Iraqi Kurds lay the groundwork for independence

    The president of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government called on the regional parliament to lay the legal...

  37. July 2, 2014

    Isis advance reverses decade of growth in Middle East trade

    The rise of jihadis in Iraq and Syria is disrupting trade routes across the Middle East and casting a shadow over economic...

  38. 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...

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