Iraq's Tehran-backed Supreme Islamic Council is facing internal disagreements, with members preparing to split and form individual parties ahead of local elections.
Iraq's foreign ministry summoned the Turkish ambassador over an interview in which President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described Iraq's Popular Mobilisation Forces as a "terrorist" organisation, officials said on Thursday.
Comment: Baghdad could be a mediator between Riyadh and Tehran, helping to reduce tensions across the Middle East, writes Paul Iddon.
An Ankara-Baghdad agreement to see Turkish troops withdraw from Iraq may fail as Haider al-Abadi proves powerless in ensuring PKK militants are removed from areas bordering Turkey.
Iran's notorious General Qassem Soleimani met with a number of Kurdish officials as well as the President of the Kurdistan region, Massoud Barzani.
In the aftermath of last week's suspected chemical attack on the rebel-held Syrian town, it seems Iraqi authorities are distancing themselves from the regime of Bashar al-Assad.
More than 200,000 have fled IS-held west Mosul since last month, while the fighting has taken a devastating toll among the hundreds of thousands more still trapped in the battleground.
UN chief Antonio Guterres visited Iraq on Thursday, calling for protecting civilians to be the "absolute priority" as hundreds of thousands are caught up in the battle to retake Mosul.
Former governor of Mosul Atheel al-Nujaifi says the Iraqi army is using Iranian-made weapons, warning that some of the missile launchers are not precise and risk civilians lives.
Firebrand Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr gathered thousands of supporters in central Baghdad on Friday calling on them to snub elections set for later this year and join his "reform revolution"