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Ghost of Iraq haunts Condoleezza Rice portrait unveiling

Iraq was the ghost in the room Wednesday as Condoleezza Rice returned to the State Department to reflect on her time as the top US diplomat saying history would be the judge. Rice, who was the national security advisor and secretary of state under president……

Iraq’s simmering sectarian and ethnic divisions laid bare by ISIL offensive

A lightning offensive by Sunni militants may have sounded the death knell of a centralised Iraq, say analysts, who suggest the country, at best, may survive as a federal state. In just a week, an insurgency spearheaded by the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has laid…

Iraq fires top military officers amid fears the country may be forcibly split

Iraq sacks top officers as UN warns of break-up (via AFP) Iraq’s prime minister fired several top security commanders in a major shake-up Tuesday as fighting approached Baghdad in a militant onslaught that the UN warned risked breaking the country up. Washington deployed some 275 military personnel to protect…  …

Photos said to show jihadists executing Iraq troops

Militants from jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have executed dozens of captured Iraqi security forces members, according to photos posted online. The authenticity of the photos, which were shared on Twitter and elsewhere……

Chelsea Manning says U.S. public lied to about Iraq from the start

The detained US soldier convicted of leaking a trove of secret documents to WikiLeaks made a rare foray into public life Saturday to warn Americans they were being lied to about Iraq once more. Chelsea Manning is serving a 35-year prison sentence on……

Ex-British PM Tony Blair blames inaction on Syria for current turmoil in Iraq

Blair denies Iraq violence result of 2003 invasion (via AFP) Tony Blair hit out on Sunday at critics who linked the 2003 invasion of Iraq with the current violence in the country, blaming instead the West’s failure to act in Syria. The former prime minister, who led Britain into the…

Misguided U.S. invasion spawned current crisis in Iraq: analysts

The rise of Al-Qaeda-linked militants in Iraq can be traced to America's invasion of the country more than a decade ago, as it left a power vacuum and unleashed sectarian bloodletting, experts said Friday. With television footage of Sunni extremists……

U.S. vows to back Iraq in fight against new jihadist threat

Washington vowed to boost aid to Iraq and is mulling drone strikes amid fears Iraqi forces are crumbling in face of militants increasingly emboldened since the US withdrawal. Iraqi officials have already privately asked the US to consider sending in……

Iran offers Iraq support against the ‘terrorism’ of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

Iran offered neighbouring Iraq support against “terrorism” Wednesday, as Baghdad battled a jihadist offensive that has seized the country’s second city and is moving towards the capital. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that “while condemning the murder of Iraqi citizens… Iran offers its support to the government and people…

Half a million people flee as ISIS militants seize the Iraqi cities of Tikrit and Mosul

Militants seized the Iraqi city of Tikrit Wednesday but their assault on Samarra was repulsed as a lightning jihadist offensive launched in second city Mosul swept closer to Baghdad. Since the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant began their spectacular assault in Mosul late Monday, militants have captured a…

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