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Kadhimi will have to steer Iraq out of the coronavirus crisis, resuscitate an all-but-dead economy, and restore the faith of Iraqis in a political system plagued by corruption and sectarianism.

Mustafa al-Kadhimi is the third candidate in as many months, only this time it appears he may succeed in forming yet another in a long succession of weak Iraqi governments.

Iran's missile strike against US in Iraq was symbolic

Paul Iddon

Iran's missile strike against US in Iraq was symbolic

In a symbolic move of revenge, Iran fired an estimated ten Fateh-313 missiles at the Ain al-Asad military base in Iraq's Anbar province living up to its vow of retaliating.

Timeline: A history of US-Iraq relations since 2003

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Timeline: A history of US-Iraq relations since 2003

The US assassination of General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad comes after a long history of US military intervention on Iraqi soil.

Iraq parliament accepts PM resignation as protests spread

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Iraq parliament accepts PM resignation as protests spread

Sunday witnessed rare anti-government protests in Sunni-majority cities Mosul, Salahaddin, Fallujah and Ramadi.

Paul Iddon

Who did what to defeat the Islamic State group

Analysis: Given the multitude of nations and groups that contributed to the defeat of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, Paul Iddon evaluates the significance each one played.

Austin Bodetti

Iraq and Sudan show how climate change fuels war

Analysis: Desertification and water scarcity help fuel the social desperation necessary for armed insurgencies, reports Austin Bodetti.

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Shia militias begin purges

This week's round-up of under-reported news from Iraq focuses on the ruthless efforts of powerful factions within the PMF to consolidate power.

The New Arab

Iraq hints at playing bigger role in Syria war

Iraq's prime minister has said his country's military forces could play a bigger role in neighbouring Syria's civil war.

Living on the edge with Joanna Palani's Freedom Fighter

Rabi’ah M

Living on the edge with Joanna Palani's Freedom Fighter

Book Club: Joanna Palani's story is a thought-provoking tale prompting readers to wonder the price one has to pay to fight for freedom against ...

The New Arab & agencies

High-ranking IS militant sentenced to death by Iraqi court

Ismail Alwan Salman al-Ithawi has been sentenced to death by the Iraqi courts on terrorism charges.

The Iraq Report: Basra rages on; Iran doubles down

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The Iraq Report: Basra rages on; Iran doubles down

Our fortnightly round-up from Iraq features the latest from the anti-corruption protests, and Tehran attempting to bolster its influence while ...

The Iraq Report: Attempts to move on after IS

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The Iraq Report: Attempts to move on after IS

In-depth: Our round-up of this week in Iraq

In Iraq's Anbar, election offers chance to settle scores

The New Arab & agencies

In Iraq's Anbar, election offers chance to settle scores

In the province of Anbar where IS first emerged in Iraq, parliamentary elections next month are an opportunity for the predominantly Sunni ...

The Iraq Report: IS blamed for PMF's mass graves

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: IS blamed for PMF's mass graves

This week in Iraq: The Islamic State group were monstrous, but they were not the only ones.

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The Iraq Report: Hopes of unity dashed

This week in Iraq: Baghdad’s heavy-handed approach towards its own citizens has tempered people’s expectations regarding a new Iraq that was representative of each of its component communities.

The New Arab & agencies

After IS, who will foot Iraq's $100bn reconstruction bill?

While the defeat of IS brought an end to three years of death and destruction across northern and western Iraq, Baghdad estimates $100 billion ...

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 ...

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: The siege of Kurdistan begins

The New Arab's weekly round-up of events in Iraq

IS leader Baghdadi rallies militants in purported new audio

The New Arab & agencies

IS leader Baghdadi rallies militants in purported new audio

Islamic State group released an alleged recording of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi calling on jihadists under pressure in Syria and Iraq to ...

Mohammed Al-Jumaily

Iraqis tell terrorists: you are not wanted

Comment: Grassroots activists are coming together to repair the colossal damage done to their society and heritage by the Islamic State group, ...

Iraqi forces defeat IS infiltration west of Baghdad

The New Arab & agencies

Iraqi forces defeat IS infiltration west of Baghdad

Iraqi forces swiftly defeated an infiltration by Islamic State fighters in Ramadi, west of Baghdad on Wednesday after the extremists ...

Muqtadr al-Sadr heralds Iraq's return to the Saudi-Arab fold

Stasa Salacanin

Muqtadr al-Sadr heralds Iraq's return to the Saudi-Arab fold

Comment: The recent rapprochement between Iraq and Saudi Arabia is the latest link in a chain of shifting alliances in the Middle East, writes ...

Free media matters: Bringing balance to Kurdish fever

Stephen Brent

Free media matters: Bringing balance to Kurdish fever

Blog: While Kurdish militias are glorified in the media, press freedoms are suffering in Iraq's Kurdish autonomous region, writes Stephen Brent.

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