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Far from spreading seeds of democracy, the US-led invasion of Iraq, 15 years ago, allowed dangerous forces to supplant the previous Baathist dictatorship.

Comment: The US' disastrous 2003 intervention saw America squander its opportunity to contain Iranian influence in Iraq when it took control 15 years ago, writes Nazli Tarzi.

Iraq's ethnic, religious groups fragmented as elections loom

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Iraq's ethnic, religious groups fragmented as elections loom

Iranian-backed Shia militias allied with the Baghdad government also appear set to gain influence, with Sunnis worried about waning influence.

Qassem <em>Soleimani</em>: Saudi Arabia 'sold its soul to America'

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Qassem Soleimani: Saudi Arabia 'sold its soul to America'

Shia Iran's most notorious general Qassem Soleimani has lashed out at his country's arch-rival Sunni Saudi Arabia, saying it has sold ...

The spark that triggered Iran's Revolution 40 years ago The spark that triggered Iran's Revolution 40 years ago

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The spark that triggered Iran's Revolution 40 years ago

Forty years on, Iranians look back on the moment that sparked Iran's historic 1979 revolution.

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The Iraq Report: Mass executions follow 'sham trials'

This week in Iraq: Rights organisations denounce mass executions while British soldiers found responsible for abuses in High Court.

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CIA chief Pompeo meets with King Salman in Riyadh

King Salman of Saudi Arabia met with director of the CIA Mike Pompeo in Riyadh on Monday night.

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Qassem Soleimani 'prepared to support Palestinian forces against Israel'

Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander Qassem Soleimani said Tehran is ready to extend support to Palestinian forces in the Gaza Strip, ...

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Israel's 'destruction will come sooner thanks to Donald Trump'

Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital will "hasten the destruction" of the Jewish state, Iran's defence minister has said.

CIA chief 'warned' Iran's <em>Soleimani</em> over Iraq aggression

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CIA chief 'warned' Iran's Soleimani over Iraq aggression

US CIA chief Mike Pompeo has sent a letter to Revolutionary Guards commander Qassem Soleimani expressing his concern over Iran’s ...

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The Iraq Report: Shia Islamists rise as IS evaporates

This week in Iraq: IS lose final town, Hizballah declares 'Mission Accomplished', Shia militias continue illegal operations in Syria and militia ...

Iran's General <em>Soleimani</em> spotted with Iraqi fighters in Syria

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Iran's General Soleimani spotted with Iraqi fighters in Syria

Iran's General Qassem Soleimani has been filmed with Iraq's Popular Mobilisation Forces in eastern Syria, in new footage that emerged ...

Iraq plays Iran and United States against each other

Austin Bodetti

Iraq plays Iran and United States against each other

In-depth: Iran is arming anti-American Shia militias, including one labeled a terrorist organization, through the Iraqi government, an American ...

On the road to Karbala with Iran's young pilgrims

Charlotte Phillips

On the road to Karbala with Iran's young pilgrims

Blog: Somewhere between 20-22 million Shia men and women are descending upon the Iraqi city of Karbala following a long, arduous pilgrimage on ...

The Iraq Report: The fall of Barzani

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The Iraq Report: The fall of Barzani

This week's round-up of events in Iraq

Bashdar Ismaeel

Dominance of militias may haunt Baghdad

Comment: Iraq remains at the mercy of sectarianism and violence, writes Bashdar Ismaeel.

Paul Iddon

Divisions in Kurdish ranks drag up civil-war memories

Analysis: Baghdad's recent re-taking of Kirkuk came after a deal to withdraw Kurdish fighters loyal to one political faction, writes Paul Iddon.

James Snell

Kirkuk has already exposed Trump's incoherent Iran strategy

Comment: In Kirkuk, the US has allowed Iranian proxy forces - recently designated a terrorist group - to openly attack an American ally, ...

When 'order' builds sectarianism, peace is just an illusion

Sam Hamad

When 'order' builds sectarianism, peace is just an illusion

Comment: Both the US and Iran favour 'order' in Iraq, but when this means supporting brutal sectarianism and curtailing democratic ...

Tallha Abdulrazaq

Iraq's Kurds missed an historic opportunity for success

Comment: Iraq’s Kurds overestimated the effectiveness of the Peshmerga, and missed an historic opportunity to protect their interests from Iran ...

Russia and Iran's support for Syrian 'terror groups'

Austin Bodetti

Russia and Iran's support for Syrian 'terror groups'

In-depth: Kataib Hezbollah has been internationally listen as a 'terrorist organisation', but that has not stopped Moscow from providing air ...

Iraqi forces assume control after Kurds leave disputed areas

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Iraqi forces assume control after Kurds leave disputed areas

Kurdish forces withdrew from disputed areas across northern and eastern Iraq on Tuesday in a dramatic redeployment of fighters which opened the ...

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