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Veteran politician has just returned from Tehran as part of 'well received' UK parliamentary delegation

Tariq al-Hashemi says the accusations against him are fabrications

Iraqi PM escalates crisis with ultimatum to Kurds

Maliki's demands for handover of rival heighten fears of sectarian strife

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.

Obama salutes US Iraq war veterans

President Barack Obama saluted troops returning from Iraq today, declaring that the nearly nine-year conflict is ending honourably, "not with a final battle, but with a final march toward home."

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Culture Club: Super 8 (12A)

Readers review this week's big film

UK operation in Iraq set to end

The UK's military operation in Iraq will finally end this weekend when the Royal Navy completes its mission to train the country's sailors, Defence Secretary Liam Fox has said.

Max van der Stoel

After the first Gulf War, Max van der Stoel was the expression of the world's conscience and a thorn in the side of Saddam Hussein. Every year for eight years, the former Dutch foreign minister and special UN human rights representative wrote stinging denunciations of Saddam's abuses of his people.

'Devil's Advocate' and defender of Saddam Hussein is arrested

A celebrity lawyer whose clients have included Saddam Hussein, Gary Glitter, Harold Shipman and Ian Brady has been arrested at his Spanish villa.

The Devil's Double, Berlin Film Festival

Cooper excels as Saddam's son

Leading article: Sympathy for Straw should be limited

It was somehow fitting that Jack Straw should notch up the most appearances – three – of those called to give evidence to the Chilcot inquiry and that his final session should have been scheduled for the last day of public hearings. As Foreign Secretary at the time, Mr Straw occupied a key position in the government that took Britain to war; he has also emerged as one of the most conflicted of witnesses, describing his eventual decision to support the war as the hardest of his life.

Leading article: The folly of a gung-ho prime minister

Two charges were put to Tony Blair in his second appearance before the Iraq inquiry yesterday.

Weir fined £3m over Iraqi sanctions case

Weir, the Scottish engineering group which makes pumps and valves for the energy sector, has been fined £3m after pleading guilty to two charges of violating United Nations sanctions against Saddam Hussein's government in Iraq.

A Day That Shook The World: Saddam Hussein captured

On 14 December 2003 ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was dramatically captured by US forces after he was found to be residing in a tiny underground cellar.

Family relive their pain in hope of ending rumours

The decision to publish the post-mortem and toxicology reports into the death of Dr David Kelly now, rather than in 70 years time, was, to a large extent, to allow the family of the scientist some form of closure.

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

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The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
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Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
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League system no longer measures up

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Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

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