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Iraq rebels 'seize nuclear material'

Thursday, July 10th 2014, 11:48
related places: Mosul

Iraq warns the UN that Sunni militants have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in Mosul.
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AUDIO: Iraqi mortuaries 'struggling to cope'

Thursday, July 10th 2014, 10:20
related places: Baghdad

Jeremy Bowen visits Baghdad's main morgue, hearing how it is unable to cope as the city's death toll rises.
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VIDEO: Iran and Iraq: A long history in 90 seconds

Thursday, July 10th 2014, 1:02
related countries: Iran Iran

The ancient rivalry between Iran and Iraq - in 90 seconds
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France eyes anti-terror travel ban

Wednesday, July 9th 2014, 16:21
related countries: France France, Syria Syria

The French government proposes travels bans to stop citizens travelling to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside Islamist militants.
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Fifty bodies found south of Baghdad

Wednesday, July 9th 2014, 15:58
related places: Baghdad

The bullet-riddled bodies of 53 men are found south of Baghdad, as Iraq's prime minister claims Kurdistan is becoming a haven for jihadist-led rebels.
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Iraq confirms chemical site seized

Wednesday, July 9th 2014, 9:04

Rebels control a disused factory with deadly nerve agents, Iraq's government confirms, warning it cannot fulfil commitments to destroy the weapons.
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VIDEO: US-Iraqi refugees reflect on sectarian crisis

Wednesday, July 9th 2014, 0:55
related countries: United States United States
related places: Virginia

The BBC spoke with Iraqi refugees in Virginia about the current conflict and their perspective on sectarian divisions in Iraq.
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Iraqi MPs to meet after criticism

Tuesday, July 8th 2014, 18:13

Iraq's new parliament says it will hold its next session on 13 July, nearly a month earlier than previously agreed, in bid to elect new leadership.
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VIDEO: 'Iraq army needs militias to beat Isis'

Monday, July 7th 2014, 17:52

The Iraq army will not be able to defeat the Sunni-led militant fighters of Isis without support from Shia militias, the leader of League of the Righteous has said.
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The fearsome Iraqi militia vowing to vanquish Isis

Monday, July 7th 2014, 16:58

Meeting the fearsome Iraqi fighter vowing to defeat jihadists
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Leader sorry for UK hostage killings

Monday, July 7th 2014, 14:12
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The leader of a Shia militant group that kidnapped five Britons in Iraq in 2007 and killed four says he is sorry, but blames the UK government for their deaths.
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Iraq MPs delay session amid crisis

Monday, July 7th 2014, 13:27

Iraqi MPs again delay a session to elect new leadership, as a senior general dies in continued fighting with Islamist insurgents.
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AUDIO: Isis 'are terrified of us'

Monday, July 7th 2014, 8:32

The BBC's Jeremy Bowen meets members of the Shia militia group League of the Righteous in Iraq, including its spiritual leader.
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In pictures: Iraq shrines destroyed

Saturday, July 5th 2014, 22:08

Muslim holy sites being destroyed by extremists in northern Iraq
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Indian nurses return home from Iraq

Saturday, July 5th 2014, 9:32
related countries: India India

A group of Indian nurses freed after being trapped in Iraq arrives home in Kerala to be greeted by ecstatic friends and relatives.
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VIDEO: 'Isis enjoy disfiguring Islam'

Saturday, July 5th 2014, 9:14
related places: Baghdad

The BBC's Paul Adams talks to people praying for co-existence between Sunnis and Shias, at a Sunni mosque in a mixed neighbourhood of Baghdad.
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Iraq's PM vows fight for third term

Friday, July 4th 2014, 18:25

Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki insists he will never give up on his bid for a third term despite criticism that he is divisive, vowing to continue battling rebels.
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Indian nurses trapped in Iraq freed

Friday, July 4th 2014, 15:33
related countries: India India

A group of 46 Indian nurses trapped in northern Iraq for the past three weeks have been released, Indian authorities say.
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Briton in Syria calls UK 'pure evil'

Friday, July 4th 2014, 10:23
related countries: Syria Syria, United Kingdom United Kingdom

A British man who claims he has been fighting in Syria says he will not return until the "black flag of Islam" is flying over Buckingham Palace.
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VIDEO: Isis 'prepared under Iraq's nose'

Thursday, July 3rd 2014, 22:36
related places: Baghdad

A network of safe houses, precise plans, and a strategy for an attack on Baghdad were prepared by Isis long before its assault in Iraq, BBC Newsnight learns.
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Isis rebels 'hunting down opponents'

Thursday, July 3rd 2014, 22:05

Isis rebels in Iraq have been methodically hunting down non-Sunnis and opponents of the militants, refugees from rebel-held towns tell the BBC.
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VIDEO: Stories from Isis-controlled Iraq

Thursday, July 3rd 2014, 17:47

Iraqis from areas seized by forces led by the Islamist extremist group Isis, have been telling harrowing stories about people being targeted by the fighters and killed.
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Iraq denies Saudi border withdrawal

Thursday, July 3rd 2014, 15:49
related countries: Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia

Iraqi officials deny troops have withdrawn from the Saudi border, amid reports that 30,000 Saudi reinforcements have been deployed there.
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VIDEO: Shia militia: 'We are thirsty to fight'

Wednesday, July 2nd 2014, 22:58

The Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has offered an amnesty to militants willing to "return to their senses" and abandon the Isis-led insurgency.
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'Iran aiding Iraq' with attack jets

Wednesday, July 2nd 2014, 15:19
related countries: Iran Iran

Iran has supplied Iraq with ground attack jets to help it counter the offensive led by the Islamist group Isis, strong evidence suggests.
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Iraqi PM offers partial amnesty

Wednesday, July 2nd 2014, 14:58

Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki offers an amnesty to some Sunni militants backing a jihadist-led Sunni rebellion in the north and west of the country.
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Isis demands Iraq rebels' allegiance

Wednesday, July 2nd 2014, 10:20

Sunni rebels in Iraq face Isis allegiance dilemma
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VIDEO: My friend was executed on Saddam’s orders

Tuesday, July 1st 2014, 23:18
related places: Saddam

Daphne Parish recalls Iraq arrest that led to friend being executed
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Isis leader issues call to Muslims

Tuesday, July 1st 2014, 17:51
related countries: Syria Syria

The leader of the Isis jihadist group calls on Muslims to travel to Iraq and Syria to help build an Islamic state, in a new audio message.
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Iraqi MPs fail to elect new speaker

Tuesday, July 1st 2014, 17:16

Iraq's new parliament ends its first session in disarray, with MPs failing to make any progress in choosing the country's new leadership.
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Iraq Kurdistan referendum planned

Tuesday, July 1st 2014, 10:51

The president of Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan Region, Massoud Barzani, tells the BBC he intends to hold a referendum on independence within months.
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Fresh fighting around Iraq's Tikrit

Tuesday, July 1st 2014, 6:01
related places: Tikrit

Fresh clashes erupt around the Iraqi city of Tikrit, a day after the jihadist militant group Isis declared the creation of a "caliphate".
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VIDEO: Iraqi Kurds push for separation

Tuesday, July 1st 2014, 5:35

The Kurdish region of Iraq is pushing for independence according to their leader, Massoud Barzani.
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VIDEO: Will Iraq turmoil lead to break up?

Monday, June 30th 2014, 21:41
related places: Tikrit

As fresh clashes erupt in Tikrit and Isis declares a "caliphate", the BBC's Jeremy Bowen considers whether the Iraqi government can prevent the break up of the country.
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VIDEO: Isis bulldozes into 'Islamic state'

Monday, June 30th 2014, 12:45
related countries: Syria Syria

Jihadist militant group Isis has said it is establishing a caliphate, or Islamic state, on the territories it controls in Iraq and Syria.
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Isis rebels declare 'Islamic state'

Monday, June 30th 2014, 9:35
related countries: Syria Syria

Jihadist militant group Isis declares the establishment of a caliphate, or Islamic state, on the territories it controls in Iraq and Syria.
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Fresh clashes in battle for Tikrit

Sunday, June 29th 2014, 21:02
related places: Tikrit

Iraqi government forces continue an offensive to retake the northern city of Tikrit from Sunni rebels, with air strikes and clashes across the city.
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VIDEO: The Iraqi Christians who refuse to flee

Sunday, June 29th 2014, 18:20

As thousands of Iraqi Christians flee the advance of Isis rebels, the BBC's Quentin Sommerville reports from one town where Christians are refusing to leave.
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Iraq receives first Russian jets

Sunday, June 29th 2014, 7:13
related countries: Russia Russia

The Iraqi government says it has received the first batch of military jets it ordered from Russia to help counter an offensive by rebels.
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Iraq army claims victory in Tikrit

Saturday, June 28th 2014, 20:09
related places: Tikrit

Iraq's army routs Sunni militants during a major offensive on the northern city of Tikrit, state media say, but the insurgents deny the claim.
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VIDEO: Sistani calls for Iraqi PM appointment

Friday, June 27th 2014, 20:54

Iraq's most influential Shia cleric has called for a prime minister to be appointed before Tuesday to try to defuse the country's political crisis.
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Armed US drones flying over Iraq

Friday, June 27th 2014, 18:46
related countries: United States United States

Armed US drones are flying over Iraq to protect American military advisers on the ground, say officials.
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Top Iraq cleric urges quick PM deal

Friday, June 27th 2014, 15:04

Iraq's most influential Shia cleric has called for a prime minister to be appointed quickly in order to defuse the political crisis.
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VIDEO: Christians flee mortar attacks in Iraq

Friday, June 27th 2014, 14:44
related places: Mosul

Thousands of Christians are fleeing mortar attacks on the city of Qaraqosh, south east of Mosul, under control of Isis.
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Afghanistan 'won't mirror Iraq'

Friday, June 27th 2014, 4:25
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan, United Kingdom United Kingdom

The most senior British Army officer in Afghanistan says he does not believe that country will follow Iraq into sectarian conflict when international troops withdraw.
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VIDEO: Maliki: Russian jets purchased by Iraq

Thursday, June 26th 2014, 21:49
related countries: Belarus Belarus, Russia Russia

Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has told the BBC that he hopes jets from Russia and Belarus will turn the tide against rebels in the coming days.
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Maliki: Russian jets will turn tide

Thursday, June 26th 2014, 21:22
related countries: Belarus Belarus, Russia Russia

Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Maliki tells the BBC that he hopes jets from Russia and Belarus will turn the tide against rebels in the coming days.
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Iraq crisis sees battle lines redrawn

Thursday, June 26th 2014, 19:36

Can Iraq sort itself out before it's too late to stop Isis?
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Iraqi PM welcomes Syrian air strikes

Thursday, June 26th 2014, 14:50
related countries: Syria Syria

Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Maliki tells the BBC he supports an air strike on Islamist militants at a border crossing between Iraq and Syria.
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VIDEO: Do US-Iranians want closer ties?

Wednesday, June 25th 2014, 22:36
related countries: Iran Iran, United States United States
related places: California

As the conflict in Iraq prompts speculation of possible co-ordination between the US and Iran, Alistair Leithead assesses the mood towards closer ties in California's 'Tehrangeles'.
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Iraq PM rejects emergency cabinet

Wednesday, June 25th 2014, 19:17

Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Maliki rejects calls for an emergency "national salvation" government to counter jihadist-led Sunni rebels.
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US special forces arrive in Iraq

Tuesday, June 24th 2014, 23:37
related countries: United States United States

The first US troops deployed to assist the Iraqi army in combating a growing Sunni militant insurgency have arrived, the Pentagon says.
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VIDEO: 'Baghdad will fall within a month'

Tuesday, June 24th 2014, 22:20
related places: Baghdad

In an exclusive interview, Sunni fighters have told the BBC that they are determined to reach Baghdad within a month.
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US urges unity to expel Iraq rebels

Tuesday, June 24th 2014, 18:48
related countries: United States United States

The US secretary of state tells the BBC there must be regional unity to expel Isis rebels, as he holds talks with Kurdish leaders in north Iraq.
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Iraq toll 'more than 1,000 in June'

Tuesday, June 24th 2014, 11:11

More than 1,000 people have been killed in Iraq between 5 and 22 June, most of them civilians, the UN says.
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Iraq key refinery 'seized by rebels'

Tuesday, June 24th 2014, 6:38
related places: Baghdad

Sunni rebels in Iraq say they have fully captured the country's largest oil refinery at Baiji, north of Baghdad, after days of heavy fighting.
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VIDEO: On the frontline with Shia militia

Monday, June 23rd 2014, 21:50

BBC News spends a day with the Badr Army on the outskirts of Baquba in Iraq.
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VIDEO: Iraqi forces 'fighting back'

Monday, June 23rd 2014, 21:00
related countries: United States United States
related places: Baghdad

US Secretary of State John Kerry has vowed "intense and sustained support" for Iraq after meeting key politicians in the capital, Baghdad.
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US vows 'intense' support for Iraq

Monday, June 23rd 2014, 19:34
related countries: United States United States

Visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry vows "intense and sustained" support for Iraq, as Sunni rebels increase gains in the north and west.
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Kerry in Iraq amid Sunni rebel gains

Monday, June 23rd 2014, 14:38
related countries: United States United States
related places: Baghdad

Visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry vows "intense and sustained" support for Iraq, as Sunni rebels make more gains in the north and west.
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VIDEO: Iraq: UN warns of impact on minorities

Monday, June 23rd 2014, 13:09

As the conflict continues in Iraq, the UN has recently warned of its impact on religious minorities. The BBC's Reda El Mawy has been to meet some of them.
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VIDEO: Isis is a 'clear and present danger'

Monday, June 23rd 2014, 10:14

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari tells the BBC's John Simpson that the ''fight'' in Iraq with militant groups has regional and global implications.
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Iraq 'loses western border control'

Monday, June 23rd 2014, 4:28
related countries: Jordan Jordan, Syria Syria

Iraq's government loses control of its western borders after Sunni militants seize crossings into Syria and Jordan, reports say.
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VIDEO: Key Iraq border crossings 'captured'

Sunday, June 22nd 2014, 21:57

The Iraqi government appears to have lost control of its western borders after Sunni militants reportedly captured crossings to Syria and Jordan.
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Western Iraq towns fall to militants

Sunday, June 22nd 2014, 14:48
related places: Baghdad

Islamist militants seize another key town in western Iraq - the fourth to fall in quick succession in the mainly-Sunni province of Anbar.
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VIDEO: Iraq crisis: Shia show of strength

Saturday, June 21st 2014, 18:34

Thousands of Shia militia loyal to the powerful cleric Moqtada al-Sadr have paraded through Iraq, raising sectarian tensions amid continued fighting in areas of Iraq.
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Show of force raises Iraq tensions

Saturday, June 21st 2014, 15:07
related places: Baghdad

Thousands of Shia militia loyal to powerful cleric Moqtada al-Sadr parade in Baghdad, raising sectarian tensions amid fighting in northern Iraq.
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How inequality drives Iraq's Sunni rebellion

Saturday, June 21st 2014, 14:57

Is social inequality the real driver of Sunni revolt in Iraq?
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VIDEO: Snipers capture battle against Isis

Friday, June 20th 2014, 22:18
related places: Jalula'

The BBC's Fergal Keane went to Jalula in northern Iraq, and obtained exclusive footage of Isis suspects surrendering to Kurdish forces.
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Fierce battles for key Iraqi sites

Friday, June 20th 2014, 16:34
related countries: United States United States

Islamist militants and pro-government forces battle for Iraq's Baiji oil refinery and Tal Afar, after the US said it would send military advisers.
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Oil price around nine-month high

Friday, June 20th 2014, 10:11

Violence in Iraq has sent oil prices close to a nine-month high of $115 per barrel.
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