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Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr's bloc wins Iraq elections

Saturday, May 19th 2018, 8:25

Moqtada Sadr, a long-time opponent of the US and Iran, makes a comeback in Iraq, final results show.
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An Iraqi road trip of sectarianism and Iranian influence

Wednesday, May 9th 2018, 23:24
related countries: Iran Iran

Iraq is facing a pivotal election which could define how close its relationship with Iran is.
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Survival and division in Iraq after IS

Saturday, May 5th 2018, 23:25

The BBC revisits Iraq to assess the human cost of the fight against the Islamic State group.
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Women in Iraq's refugee camps taught to sew

Monday, April 30th 2018, 23:09

Vulnerable women living in Iraqi refugee camps are being given new hope by old sewing machines.
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Iraqi women election candidates targeted for abuse gain UN support

Wednesday, April 25th 2018, 12:32

Women running in Iraq's elections are being subjected to "defamation and violence", the UN says.
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Mosul: Woman risks backlash to care for 'IS orphans'

Thursday, April 12th 2018, 23:38

Meet the woman facing a backlash for helping orphans from Iraq's war on the Islamic State group.
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The Turkish orphans stranded after IS struggle in Iraq

Wednesday, April 4th 2018, 23:16
related countries: Turkey Turkey

The Islamic State group has left a complex legacy in Iraq including hundreds of wives and orphans, writes the BBC's Selin Girit.
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Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani to step down

Sunday, October 29th 2017, 20:51

His move came a month after the referendum he called on Kurdish independence backfired.
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Iraqi forces launch assault on last IS bastion of al-Qaim

Thursday, October 26th 2017, 12:40

The prime minister tells IS militants in al-Qaim and Rawa to "choose between death and surrender".
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Iraqi Kurds offer to 'freeze' independence referendum result

Wednesday, October 25th 2017, 11:41
related places: Baghdad

The Kurdistan Regional Government says it is ready to enter dialogue with Baghdad.
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Iraq rebuffs Tillerson call to disband Iran-backed militias

Monday, October 23rd 2017, 21:22
related countries: Iran Iran

Iraq's PM defends role of Iran-backed forces fighting IS after criticism from US secretary of state.
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Iraq's Shia militia 'must go home', says Tillerson

Sunday, October 22nd 2017, 18:38
related countries: Iran Iran, Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia, United States United States

The US secretary of state was speaking on a visit to Saudi partly aimed at curbing Iran's influence.
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Under fire in Iraq: A camera crew's view of a warzone

Saturday, October 21st 2017, 12:38

Gunfire, danger - a few of the hazards facing a BBC team covering the news from Iraq.
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Driven out

Friday, October 20th 2017, 23:08
related countries: Syria Syria

Maps and graphics telling the story of the fight against so-called Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria.
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Iraq Kurds: Army claims full control of Kirkuk province

Friday, October 20th 2017, 17:00

Kurdish forces have not confirmed reports that they have given up the last area under their control.
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Court in Iraq orders arrest of Kurdistan VP Kosrat Rasul

Thursday, October 19th 2017, 16:10
related places: Kirkuk

Kosrat Rasul described troops sent to Kirkuk and other Kurdish-held areas as "occupying forces".
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Iraq takes disputed areas as Kurds 'withdraw to 2014 lines'

Wednesday, October 18th 2017, 10:02

Iraq's military says it has completed an operation to retake disputed Kurdish-held areas.
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Kirkuk: Iraqi forces seize largest oilfields near city

Tuesday, October 17th 2017, 16:06

Two more oilfields are seized as government troops take over areas under Iraqi Kurdish control.
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US urges calm as Kirkuk crisis escalates

Tuesday, October 17th 2017, 7:15
related countries: United States United States
related places: Kirkuk

The call comes as Iraqi forces take over the city after a controversial Kurdish independence vote.
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Iraqi forces enter Kirkuk as Kurds flee

Monday, October 16th 2017, 19:14
related places: Kirkuk

Iraqi forces take over key buildings three weeks after a Kurdish independence referendum.
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Kirkuk: Iraqi forces capture key sites from Kurds

Monday, October 16th 2017, 12:40
related places: Baghdad

Iraqi forces move on Kurdish-controlled areas, weeks after the region voted to secede from Iraq.
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Iraqi Turkmen woman recalls horrors of IS captivity

Sunday, October 15th 2017, 23:52
related countries: Turkmenistan Turkmenistan

An Iraqi Shia Turkmen woman recalls the horrors of her ordeal at the hands of IS militants.
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Iraq conflict: Kurdish leaders refuse to reject referendum result

Sunday, October 15th 2017, 14:54

Leaders say they will not reject referendum results following a meeting with the Iraqi president.
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Iraq conflict: Peshmerga 'deadline to leave Kirkuk' passes

Sunday, October 15th 2017, 3:09
related places: Kirkuk

Kurdish fighters say they are preparing to defend their positions against Iraqi forces.
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Iraqi Kurds send reinforcements to Kirkuk amid army 'threats'

Friday, October 13th 2017, 10:47
related places: Kirkuk

Thousands of Peshmerga are sent to the disputed region, but the army denies reports of an offensive.
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Iraq orders arrest of Kurdistan officials over independence vote

Wednesday, October 11th 2017, 16:32
related places: Baghdad

A Baghdad court says "legal measures" will be taken against officials involved in last month's referendum.
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Saving strays from the streets of Baghdad

Tuesday, October 10th 2017, 10:46
related places: Baghdad

Meet Asan Atallah, the 22 year old student rescuing animals in Iraq.
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Iraq forces retake town of Hawija from IS

Thursday, October 5th 2017, 11:20

Troops are close to clearing one of the last two enclaves of so-called Islamic State in Iraq.
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Iraqi forces storm IS-held town of Hawija

Wednesday, October 4th 2017, 17:40

Troops are stepping up an offensive on one of so-called Islamic State's last two enclaves in Iraq.
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Veteran Iraqi Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani dies

Tuesday, October 3rd 2017, 14:28

Jalal Talabani, who took office after Saddam Hussein was ousted, had been ill following a stroke.
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US-led coalition service member killed by IED in Iraq

Monday, October 2nd 2017, 11:14
related countries: United States United States

The names and nationalities of the casualty are being held until next of kin have been notified.
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International flights from Irbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, to cease

Friday, September 29th 2017, 10:47

Passengers are boarding the last international flights that will leave Irbil, in Iraqi Kurdistan, for the foreseeable future.
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Iraqi Kurds decisively back independence in referendum

Wednesday, September 27th 2017, 15:29

Kurdish officials say 92% of the three million people who voted in a referendum backed secession.
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Iraqi PM urges Kurds to 'cancel' referendum result

Wednesday, September 27th 2017, 13:08

Iraq's prime minister says he will "never discuss" the outcome and calls on Kurds to begin dialogue.
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Iraqi Kurds must give up on independence or go hungry - Erdogan

Tuesday, September 26th 2017, 21:52
related countries: Turkey Turkey
related places: Erdogan

Turkey's leader says it is considering sanctions after Monday's independence referendum.
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Iraqi Kurdistan referendum: High turnout in independence vote

Tuesday, September 26th 2017, 8:56
related places: Baghdad

A "yes" vote is expected in an independence referendum opposed by Baghdad and neighbouring countries.
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Iraqi Kurdistan votes in independence referendum

Monday, September 25th 2017, 21:01

Kurdish areas vote on whether they want to break away from Iraq, despite Baghdad's opposition.
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Jubilant mood at Iraqi Kurdish referendum polling station

Monday, September 25th 2017, 10:36

Voters in Irbil have their say on whether the Kurdistan region should be independent from Iraq.
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Kexit? Iraqi Kurdistan referendum explained

Friday, September 22nd 2017, 2:19

It's highly controversial, but these Kurds are adamant they will vote for their own state on Monday.
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Iraqi forces launch offensive to retake Hawija from IS

Thursday, September 21st 2017, 16:22
related places: Kirkuk

The area, west of Kirkuk, is one of so-called Islamic State's last two strongholds in Iraq.
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Iraqi refugee in Berlin praised for handing over cash find

Wednesday, September 20th 2017, 9:09
related countries: Germany Germany
related places: Berlin

The 16-year-old Iraqi refugee found thousands of euros in a handbag on the subway.
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Iraqi forces 'attack last IS bastion on Syria border'

Tuesday, September 19th 2017, 10:48
related countries: Syria Syria

Soldiers, police and tribesmen are moving on Ana, one of three IS-held towns in the western desert.
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Iraqi Kurdish referendum must be suspended - Iraqi PM

Monday, September 18th 2017, 17:22

Iraq demands the suspension of the Kurdish independence referendum but will likely be ignored.
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Kurdish MPs say yes to independence referendum

Friday, September 15th 2017, 21:27
related countries: Turkey Turkey, United States United States

The decision goes against the wishes of Iraq's central government, Turkey, Iran and the US.
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Iraq: At least 60 die in twin attacks near Nasiriya

Thursday, September 14th 2017, 19:13

Several Iranians are thought to be among the dead as militants attack a restaurant and a checkpoint.
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Iraq MPs vote to sack Kirkuk governor over Kurdish referendum

Thursday, September 14th 2017, 17:43
related places: Kirkuk

Governor Najm al-Din Karim and other Kurdish officials say they will ignore the Iraq parliament vote.
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Iraqi Kurds 'prepared to draw own borders', Barzani warns Baghdad

Sunday, September 10th 2017, 23:11
related places: Baghdad

Kurdistan's president says Baghdad must be prepared to negotiate if Kurds vote to secede this month.
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IS convoy stranded in Syria desert after US bombing

Saturday, September 2nd 2017, 14:19
related countries: Syria Syria, United States United States

The US-led coalition vows not to allow IS fighters and their families to reach Iraq, and bombs their path.
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Sentenced to death

Saturday, September 2nd 2017, 0:34

The BBC's Yolande Knell gains rare access to trials of IS suspects in Iraq.
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IS conflict: Iraq declares 'liberation' of Nineveh province

Thursday, August 31st 2017, 14:15

It follows so-called Islamic State's defeat in Tal Afar, one of its last strongholds in the country.
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US-led strikes in Syria block IS militants evacuated from Lebanon

Wednesday, August 30th 2017, 16:57
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon, Syria Syria, United States United States

The attacks aim to prevent buses carrying hundreds of militants reaching a town on the Iraqi border.
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Iraqi troops face fierce IS resistance near Tal Afar

Wednesday, August 30th 2017, 11:42
related places: Mosul

One officer says the fighting in Ayadiya is "multiple times worse" than the battle for Mosul.
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Tal Afar battle: Iraqi forces 'dealing with final IS pockets'

Saturday, August 26th 2017, 13:12

Troops clear the old citadel to close in on the final pockets of IS resistance, a spokesman says.
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Tal Afar battle: Iraqi forces 'breach IS defences to reach city centre'

Friday, August 25th 2017, 17:48

Troops reach the centre of the IS-held city in north-western Iraq, a spokesman says.
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Tomorrow's flashpoint?

Friday, August 25th 2017, 0:09

The assault on the last IS stronghold in north Iraq could escalate regional tensions, Joan Soley says.
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IS conflict: Iraqi forces enter outskirts of Tal Afar

Tuesday, August 22nd 2017, 12:09

Troops and militiamen are fighting their way into the biggest city in Iraq still under IS control.
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IS conflict: Iraq army makes advances on Tal Afar

Monday, August 21st 2017, 14:50
related countries: Syria Syria
related places: Mosul

The northern city was once a strategic IS supply route between Mosul and the Syrian border.
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IS conflict: Iraq launches ground offensive in Tal Afar

Sunday, August 20th 2017, 16:53
related places: Mosul

The northern city, one of the last held by IS, has been a target since the fall of Mosul in July.
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Iraqi government staff told to down tools in heatwave

Thursday, August 10th 2017, 3:54

All government workers are told to take Thursday off work because of exceptionally high temperatures.
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How the British army is tackling elephant poaching

Sunday, August 6th 2017, 23:44
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan, Gabon Gabon, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Soldiers are sharing tactics from Iraq and Afghanistan to help gamekeepers in Gabon tackle poaching.
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US Blackwater guard's murder conviction overturned

Friday, August 4th 2017, 17:21
related countries: United States United States

An appeals court orders a retrial for Nicholas Slatten, jailed for the murder of 14 Iraqi civilians.
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Kabul attack: Gun battle and suicide bombing in Afghan capital

Monday, July 31st 2017, 14:06
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan
related places: Kabul

Two Afghan embassy employees were killed in the assault, officials tell the BBC.
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Konstanz nightclub shooting: Gunman opened fire 'after argument'

Sunday, July 30th 2017, 16:28

The shooter was an Iraqi Kurd who was the son-in-law of the nightclub's owner, investigators say.
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Joy and tears for families reunited in Mosul

Saturday, July 15th 2017, 1:46
related places: Mosul

Children used as human shields by so-called Islamic State in Mosul are free, but still suffering.
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The civilians fleeing Mosul

Tuesday, July 11th 2017, 20:45
related places: Mosul

Hundreds of civilians may still be trapped in the Iraqi city of Mosul - many of them children.
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Mosul: US commander says Iraq must stop Islamic State 2.0

Tuesday, July 11th 2017, 10:19
related countries: United States United States

Leaders are urged to reach out to Sunnis to prevent jihadists returning after their Mosul defeat.
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Next chapter

Monday, July 10th 2017, 17:28
related places: Mosul

New military challenges loom for Iraq even as the battle against IS ends in Mosul, writes Michael Knights.
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Battle for Mosul: Iraqi troops clearing last IS militants

Monday, July 10th 2017, 10:59
related places: Mosul

Iraqi officers say a few dozen jihadists are putting up resistance in a tiny part in the Old City.
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Mosul: Iraq PM in city to celebrate victory over IS

Monday, July 10th 2017, 1:10
related places: Mosul

Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi visits Mosul to congratulate Iraqi forces for "victory" over IS.
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Battle for Mosul: 'Still a lot of misery'

Sunday, July 9th 2017, 13:28
related places: Mosul

The Iraqi security forces have still been facing pockets of resistance in Mosul, after a long battle to recapture the city.
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Battle for Mosul: Iraq army mops up final IS pockets

Sunday, July 9th 2017, 7:01
related places: Mosul

Official word that the former IS stronghold has fallen to Iraqi forces is expected imminently.
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Mosul battle: Iraqi forces anticipate IS defeat

Saturday, July 8th 2017, 20:54
related places: Mosul

Iraqi military commanders say they are close to declaring a complete victory against IS in Mosul.
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