European court to decide if detention during search for Saddam supporters was unlawful
World View: The Shia record of governance here is not good, but the city's ancient heroes remain untarnished
Saddam Hussein may have gone but, for many poor Iraqis, little has improved. Now a devastating flood has left villagers homeless and there is precious little government support
Law firm worker Alex Wilson-Fletcher now sentenced to 13 years for 'disturbing and shocking' offence
Top Kremlin aide: 'It would be hard even to call them facts'
It’s 10 years since Britain went to war on Saddam, but a six-hour Commons debate showed there is little evidence of any lessons learned
World View: After the fiasco over Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, people around the world are rightly sceptical about claims of gas attacks
The new presidential Library in Dallas offers an interactive experience of life in the Oval Office. David Usborne takes the hotseat
An apology over Iraq?
There's no doubt the legacy of the war in the UK has been dire, but we must look beyond this insular point of view
News Corp refuses to deny new claims of US military payment
There is one candidate for Director General who would really ruffle Murdoch feathers
World View: Its three main communities – Shia, Sunni and Kurd – cannot seem to run the country together, and yet none can run it alone
The Year of Revolution: As the leaders of Syria and Bahrain cling to power, Patrick Cockburn explains how they have managed to resist the protesters – and wonders whether they can survive another 12 months
Maliki's demands for handover of rival heighten fears of sectarian strife
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.