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  1. September 15, 2014

    Think Lebanon rather than D-Day in campaign against Isis

    From US air power above to the grassroots intelligence contacts of Turkish, Kurdish and Iranian security apparatus on the...

  2. 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...

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  1. September 11, 2014

    Iraq gives cautious welcome to US military intervention

    Sunni and Shia Iraqis cautiously welcomed the prospect of more robust US intervention in their country to combat Islamist...

  2. September 10, 2014

    US faces deep mistrust in garnering Arab support for Isis battle

    The US effort to rally Middle East governments to confront the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is facing a deep well of...

  3. September 9, 2014

    Mistrust and reluctance follows rush to form Iraq cabinet

    Signs of reluctance and mistrust emerged almost immediately following the surprise announcement by Iraqi politicians that...

  4. September 8, 2014

    Iraq defies doubters to form government under Abadi

    Iraq’s squabbling political class defied expectations and forged a new government proposed by Prime Minister Haider Abadi,...

  5. September 7, 2014

    Obama to set out strategy to defeat Islamist militants

    President Barack Obama will use a speech on Wednesday to make the case for a prolonged military campaign against Islamist...

  6. September 7, 2014

    Hurdles obstruct US strategy to counter Isis

    After weathering weeks of criticism that he has no strategy to take on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as...

  7. September 7, 2014

    Isis threat to Iraq’s crucial Haditha dam contained

    American forces, Iraqi government troops and their militia allies say they have cleared Islamist militants threatening the...

  8. September 4, 2014

    UK edges closer to military operations against Isis

    The UK is moving closer to scaling up its operations against jihadis in Iraq after meetings with world leaders in Wales at...

  9. September 4, 2014

    Iraq prepares legal crackdown on Kurdish oil sales

    Iraq’s oil ministry is preparing to sue a Greek shipping company for its role in the “illegal” export of crude from the...

  10. August 28, 2014

    Gulf Keystone plans return of foreign workers to Kurdistan

    Gulf Keystone Petroleum is planning the return of evacuated staff to the Kurdistan region of Iraq amid a resumption of...

  11. August 23, 2014

    Car bomb hits Kurdish regional capital Erbil

    A car bomb hit the Iraqi Kurdish city of Erbil on Saturday, in a rare attack on the regional capital that could signal...

  12. August 22, 2014

    White House resists Pentagon’s advice on Iraq

    The White House is resisting a decisive shift in tactics in its battle with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant...

  13. August 22, 2014

    The Kurds and the ruthless compliance tribe

    As we have seen from the headlines, Kurdish militia forces, aided by US air strikes, have been scoring battlefield victories...

  14. August 22, 2014

    Sixty killed in Iraq mosque massacre

    Gunmen shot dead more than 60 worshippers during Friday prayers at a Sunni mosque north of Baghdad, complicating efforts to...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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....

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. 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,...

  37. 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...

  38. 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...

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