Iraq officials disastrously mismanaged Mosul crisis: Inquiry

Top Iraqi officials ignored ample warnings of an impending attack on second city Mosul and grossly mismanaged the ensuing crisis that saw it seized by jihadists, a parliamentary report obtained by AFP says.

Iraq's Maliki slams report on Mosul fall

 Iraq`s former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Tuesday slammed as having "no value" a parliamentary report which held him and dozens others of security and political officials responsible for the fall of Iraq`s northern city of Mosul to the Islamic State (IS) militant group last year.

Iraq probe finds Nuri al-Maliki, others responsible for Mosul fall
Iraq probe finds Nuri al-Maliki, others responsible for Mosul fall

An Iraqi parliamentary investigation found ex-premier Nuri al-Maliki and other officials responsible for jihadists overrunning second city Mosul, in a report being sent for possible legal action, lawmakers said on Sunday.

Iraq PM Haider al-Abadi sacks senior cabinet official: Statement

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has sacked a senior cabinet official who was a close aide to his predecessor and rival Nuri al-Maliki, the premier's office said in a statement on Thursday.

Iraq PM sacks senior cabinet official: statement

 Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has sacked a senior cabinet official who was a close aide to his predecessor and rival Nuri al-Maliki, the premier`s office said in a statement Wednesday.

Iraq PM rolls out sweeping reforms after protests

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Sunday proposed scrapping top government posts and curbing privileges in an ambitious reform drive sparked by swelling popular anger over corruption and poor governance.

Iraq PM calls for sweeping reforms in response to protests
Iraq PM calls for sweeping reforms in response to protests

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called Sunday for sweeping reforms, including abolishing the post of his rival Nuri al-Maliki, in response to weeks of demonstrations against corruption and poor services.

Maliki blames `conspiracies` for Iraq losses

Iraq`s former premier and current vice president, Nuri al-Maliki, blamed "conspiracies" Saturday for the loss of major cities to jihadists and said Baghdad should prioritise paramilitaries over the army to fight them.

The Islamic State: A year of death and destruction

The Islamic State jihadist group launched a sweeping offensive a year ago that overran large chunks of Iraqi territory, led to thousands of deaths and displaced millions of people.

Tareq Aziz, 'voice of Saddam Hussein's regime​', dies: Official
Tareq Aziz, 'voice of Saddam Hussein's regime​', dies: Official

Tareq Aziz, who served as the voice of Saddam Hussein's regime, died in Iraqi hospital on Friday aged 79 after many years of poor health as a convicted prisoner, a provincial official said.

Iraq PM vows to fight graft even at risk of own life

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday said corruption was no lesser threat than terrorism and pledged to combat it even if that puts his life at risk.

Iraqi president in talks with `brother` Saudi king

Iraqi President Fuad Masum arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday night for talks with his "brother" King Abdullah, confirming a thaw in relations after years of strain.

Iraq President to visit Saudi as relations thaw

 Iraqi President Fuad Masum is to visit Saudi Arabia Tuesday for the highest-level talks between the two neighbours in years, as relations thaw in the face of the jihadist threat.

Iraq parliament rejects defence, interior minister nominees

Iraq`s parliament failed to approve Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi`s candidates for the sensitive posts of defence and interior ministers in a vote on Tuesday, according to state television.

Amid US air strikes, Iraq struggles to build own air force

President Barack Obama told a recent interviewer he did not want the US military to become Iraq`s air force. But he may have little choice.

US aid to Iraq may speed up despite billions already spent

The United States may accelerate US economic and military aid to Iraq with the end of Nuri al-Maliki`s eight-year reign but will first want proof that the country`s new leaders have abandoned his sectarian ways.

UN chief commends al-Maliki`s decision to quit as Iraq`s PM

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has commended the decision of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to give up his candidature and support Haider al-Abadi to succeed him.

Iraq`s Nuri al-Maliki steps down as Iraqi PM, backs Haider al-Abadi

Facing enormous pressure at home and abroad to step aside, Nuri al-Maliki dropped his bid for a third term as prime minister of Iraq on Thursday night and pledged support for his replacement, moderate Shia Haider al-Abadi.

Top Iraq Shiite cleric called for Maliki to go: Letter

Iraq`s top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani called for controversial premier Nuri al-Maliki to be replaced with a more conciliatory figure, according to a letter released on Wednesday.

UN `genocide` warning as support grows for new Iraqi PM

Up to 30,000 people are still facing a "potential genocide" on a mountain in northern Iraq, the UN warned as the country`s premier designate gained widespread support from countries hoping political reconciliation would help undercut jihadists.