Iraq president visits Iran
Iraq's new President Barham Saleh made his first official visit to neighbouring Iran on Saturday, calling for "a new order in the region". Saleh met his counterpart Hassan Rouhani to discuss trade, transport links and efforts to tackle dust pollution that plagues areas on both sides of the border. "It is now time for a…
Almost 2 million Iranian pilgrims head into Iraq for Arbaeen
At the border town of Mehran between Iran and Iraq, a sea of pilgrims surges forwards, en route to one of the biggest religious pilgrimages on the planet.
Iraq PM urged to quit as key ally deserts him over unrest
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi faced calls to resign Saturday as his alliance with a populist cleric who won May elections crumbled over deadly unrest shaking the country's south. The two leading groups in parliament called on Abadi to step down, after lawmakers held an emergency meeting on the public anger boiling over in the…
Drought puts Iraq at risk of jihadist resurgence
Iraq risks a jihadist resurgence if it fails to tackle a critical drought and other climate-related security issues, according to a study presented to the UN Security Council and made public Saturday. "The combination of its hydrological limitations, increasing temperatures and extreme weather events puts pressure on basic resources and undermines livelihood security for Iraq's…
Suicide car bomber kills 11 in western Iraq
A suicide bomber blew up a vehicle in the town of Al-Qaim in western Iraq on Wednesday, killing at least 11 people, five of them security personnel, police said.
Iraq caught in crossfire of US sanctions on Iran
Caught in the crossfire between its key allies Tehran and Washington, Iraq's economy could suffer the heaviest collateral damage from the US reimposing sanctions against Iran. Washington slapped unilateral sanctions back on Tehran on Tuesday, after pulling out of a landmark 2015 nuclear deal in May. For Iraq, recently emerged from an expensive war on…
10 Iran Revolutionary Guards killed in border clash
At least 10 members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards were killed when insurgents attacked one of their bases along the border with Iraq, the force said in a statement on Saturday.
Fire destroys Iraq's biggest ballot warehouse before recount
A fire ripped through Iraq's biggest ballot warehouse on Sunday ahead of a vote recount prompted by allegations of fraud during legislative elections that saw a surprise victory for a populist cleric.
Fire hits Iraq's biggest ballot warehouse before recount
A fire ripped through Iraq's biggest ballot warehouse on Sunday where votes for the eastern Baghdad district were stored, before a recount ordered by parliament, a security official said. The cause of the blaze was not immediately known but it comes as Iraq prepares for a manual recount of around 10 million votes following allegations…
Iran reports deadly clashes with insurgents on Iraq border
Iran's Revolutionary Guards said Sunday there had been three clashes with "terrorists" along the border with Iraq in recent days, leaving several dead. "In recent days we have been witnessing some movements and efforts by anti-revolutionary bandits and terrorists in west and northwest border areas with the aim of deep infiltration," said Brigadier-General Mohammad Pakpour,…
Iraq court sentences French woman to life for IS membership
An Iraqi court on Sunday jailed a French woman for 20 years for belonging to the Islamic State group, as her lawyers accused authorities in Paris of "interference" to prevent her returning to France.