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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

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  1. 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...

  2. 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,...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. July 1, 2014

    Iraqi capital nervously awaits Isis attack

    In Baghdad the Islamist sleeper cells lie in wait, ready for the signal to emerge from hiding and launch their attack. On...

  22. 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...

  23. The World

    June 30, 2014

    Baghdad diary: a city on edge

    A fighter from the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant (Isis) brandishes the Isis flag on the streets of Mosul (Getty)...

  24. FT Photo Diary

    June 30, 2014

    Fighting against the insurgents

    Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters The Iraqi Special Operations Forces prepare for patrol in Jurf al-Sakhar, south of Baghdad. Iraqi...

  25. 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...

  26. June 29, 2014

    Kurdish fighters battle to keep up morale

    Peeping through sandbags piled on to dirt berms, Kurdish fighters on the borders of oil-rich Kirkuk province watch an enemy...

  27. June 27, 2014

    Iraq crisis: Rights group confirms Tikrit mass executions by Isis

    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (known as Isis) – the extremist jihadi group that has swept through northern Iraq...

  28. June 27, 2014

    City on edge as Baghdad residents await Isis attack

    The incessant television reports of his country’s imminent demise became too much for Aamer Ahmed by the end of the week. So...

  29. June 26, 2014

    US drones risk continual war, says report

    The routine use of drones by the US to kill alleged terrorists offshore may be creating “a slippery slope leading to...

  30. June 26, 2014

    Iraq crisis: Sophisticated tactics key to Isis strength

    For the Iraqi government and its morale-sapped armed forces, the military outlook is bleak. If the political deadlock...

  31. June 25, 2014

    Iran-Saudi proxy war heats up as Isis entrenches in Iraq

    When Saudi foreign minister Saud al-Faisal announced in May that he was inviting his Iranian counterpart for a visit, it...

  32. June 25, 2014

    Unrest delays US resettlement for thousands in Iraq

    Thousands of Iraqis who have been waiting years for visas to the US have been left in limbo amid the unrest sweeping their...

  33. beyondbrics

    June 25, 2014

    New York morning espresso

    ** FT News ** * US military advisers arrive in Baghdad | Troops begin to assess the Iraqi forces facing Isis militants and...

  34. FT Alphaville

    June 25, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE The euro macro trade? David notes that the euro’s correlation with stocks has turned...

  35. June 25, 2014

    Iraq crisis: PM rejects calls to form unity government

    Iraq’s prime minister made a defiant speech on Wednesday, dashing hopes he would step aside and allow another, less divisive...

  36. 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,...

  37. June 23, 2014

    Brent slips as Iraq fears discounted

    Oil fell back from a nine-month high as investors locked in profits and analysts said concerns about potential disruptions...

  38. 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...

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