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Deadliest attack took place in Baghdad's Shia northern Shaab neighbourhood

Baghdad funeral procession hit as dozens killed in suicide car bombing

A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed car near a funeral procession in south-eastern Baghdad today, killing at least 28 people in the latest brazen attack since the US troop withdrawal, officials said.

Body of murdered hostage begins journey home

Five years after Glasgow man's death in Iraq, his family can finally start their grieving

Two car bombings hit Baghdad

Two car bombs apparently targeted at the Shiite community have killed at least 14 people and wounded dozens in Baghdad.

Two pilgrims killed in Iraq blast

A roadside bomb has killed two Shiite pilgrims and wounded eight south of Baghdad, Iraqi officials said.

Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has denounced the sectarian killings by Shia militiamen acting in his name

Iran increases hold in Iraq as Shia militia enters politics

An anti-American Shia militia in Iraq backed by Iran that once killed US soldiers has agreed to give up its weapons and join the political process in a move likely to fuel US paranoia about growing Iranian influence in the country.

The aftermath of a blast in the Kadhimiya district of Baghdad, where two car bombs exploded killing at least 15 people, according to police and hospitals

Bomb attacks leave 70 dead across Iraq as Shia are targeted

The Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki created a political crisis by turning on Sunni leaders

Iraq: Briton's body 'to be released'

The Iraqi militia that kidnapped five Britons in 2007 has offered to hand over the body of the last missing man amid claims he was "killed in a clash".

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's unexpected decision to provoke a political crisis immediately by ordering the arrest his own Vice-President on terrorism charges may weaken his rule and destabilise Iraq

Patrick Cockburn: Some say Maliki is paranoid. And it's no wonder given the violence of Iraqi politics

The Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was expected to try to increase his power in the wake of the final US troop withdrawal this month. But his unexpected decision to provoke a political crisis immediately by ordering the arrest his own Vice-President on terrorism charges may weaken his rule and destabilise Iraq.

William Hague condemns 'cowardly' attacks in Iraq

Foreign Secretary William Hague has condemned as "cowardly" a series of attacks in Iraq which are reported to have killed at least 60 people.

A boy stands near the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's Shaab District

Wave of bombings across Iraq kills at least 63

A wave of bombings has hit Baghdad, killing at least 63 people in the worst violence Iraq has seen for months.

Soldiers pose with their unit’s flag at a base near Nasiriyah before their departure

As the troops pull out, what kind of Iraq has America left behind?

Not long after the "liberation" of 2003, the US-led coalition was preparing the Iraqi public for their ultimate departure. A television advert showed a bunch of boys in an excited football match, while their parents looked on with fond smiles – the portrait of a happy and contented land. In a swirl of dust, came Western troops in their armoured cars; they stopped beside the young players for a brief exchange of greetings, and then the convoy disappeared into the desert.

Soldiers prepare the last convoy carrying US troops at Camp Adder on the outskirts of Nasiriyah, marking the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq

Last US troops elated to leave Iraq

The last US soldiers rolled out of Iraq across the border into neighboring Kuwait at daybreak today, whooping, fist bumping and hugging each other in a burst of joy and relief. Their convoy's exit marked the end of a bitterly divisive war that raged for nearly nine years and left Iraq shattered, with troubling questions lingering over whether the Arab nation will remain a steadfast US ally.

Security firms involved in 200 shootings in Iraq

One fired at a car carrying an Iraqi judge because it was deemed to be driving fast

Iraqis have mocked Joe Biden, here addressing soldiers in Baghdad, for claiming great achievements for the US

Patrick Cockburn: Wars without victory equal an America without influence

World View: For all its military might, the US has failed to get its way in Afghanistan and Iraq, severely denting the prestige of the world's only superpower

An Iraqi worker operates valves at the Rumaila oil refinery near Basra

Exxon's deal with the Kurds inflames Baghdad

The oil giant has defied Iraq's government by signing up to drill in disputed territory

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