Patrick Cockburn

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Shia tribesmen gather in Baghdad to take up arms against Sunni insurgents marching on the capital. Thousands have volunteered to bolster defences

Iraq crisis: Sectarian hatred stalks Baghdad as the rise of Isis widens the gulf between Shia and Sunni

The city has long been a divided society. But the murder of a Sunni doctor – two bullets to the head – demonstrates a new chapter in the killings

Shiite Muslims have been protesting against the ongoing conflict in Iraq where Sunni militants attacked its largest oil refinery, located in Baiji

Iraq crisis: Nouri al-Maliki is ‘taking Iraq to hell’ by rejecting salvation government

Hated by Sunni, Shia and Kurds, the PM must go immediately. But is an inclusive regime possible?

Kurdish fighters believe they are ‘facing a new reality and a new Iraq’

Iraq crisis: Kurds winning the battle for self-rule as country disintegrates

Patrick Cockburn reports from Baghdad, where John Kerry’s calls for unity are falling on deaf ears

Iraqi soldiers patrolling an area on the borders between Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Isis fighters entered Rutba, a town in Anbar province near the border with Jordan after government troops abandoned their posts

Iraq crisis: Fears of partition grow as Islamists seize border crossing with Jordan and sweep towards Baghdad

Despite meeting between Kerry and Maliki, hopes of power-sharing government recede

Fighters loyal to Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr march in Najaf at the weekend; Mr Al-Sadr is calling for unity with the Sunnis to stop civil war

Iraq crisis - the great unravelling: US and Iran need to work together fast, as the barbarians are at the gate

Sunni militants seized more towns on Sunday as the crisis in Iraq deepened, the Baghdad government desperately tried to fight back, and the West agonised over how to respond to the crisis. Where next for the country whose fate has the gravest implications for those both within its borders and beyond?

Rally point: Isis supporters wave al‑Qa’ida flags outside the provincial government HQ in Mosul

Iraq crisis: As the Sunni terror spreads, its fighters look for wives

Isis is closing in on Baghdad and the government is faltering, but the Shia’s militias are mobilising

The longer Nouri al-Maliki clings on to power, the more support Isis is likely to gather for its actions

Iraq crisis: Maliki’s days in power numbered as Iran and US lose faith

Obama has demanded more ‘effective’ leadership and Iran looks set to follow as Isis militants threaten Baghdad

Isis militants with a captured Iraqi army vehicle at a checkpoint outside the Baiji refinery, north of Baghdad, yesterday

Iraq crisis: US precision attacks will hurt the jihadists but they won’t defeat them

US air strikes aimed at stopping Isis from advancing on Baghdad or taking more territory would be very different from previous American air campaigns in Iraq in 1991, 2003 and during the guerrilla campaign against the US occupation between 2004 and the departure of US troops in 2011.

A recruiting drive in Baghdad yesterday. While state media emphasises patriotism, Isis is dominating on Twitter

Iraq crisis: In Baghdad, a city gripped by fear, news is priceless - but Isis is winning the propaganda war

In the capital, shockwaves from the fall of Mosul can still be felt

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter wounded in clashes with ISIL lies on a bed in the emergency ward of a hospital in Arbil

Iraq crisis exclusive: US rules out military action until Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki stands down

The US has told senior Iraqi officials that the Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, must leave office if it is to intervene militarily to stop the advance of Sunni extremists, The Independent has learnt. The Sunni community sees Mr Maliki as the main architect of its oppression and the Americans believe there can be no national reconciliation between Sunni and Shia unless he ceases to be leader of the country. 

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