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Iraq country profile

<b>Iraq, which occupies an area once home to some of the earliest known civilisations, became a battleground for competing forces after the US-led ouster of President Saddam Hussein in 2003.</b><p>The mainly Shia-led governments that have held power since then have struggled to maintain order, and the …

Middle East

Profile: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

<b>Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of the Islamic State (IS) militant group, has been careful to reveal little about himself and his whereabouts.</b><p>Rumours about his death surfaced earlier this year, after reports that he had been seriously wounded in an air strike in March by the US-led coalition that is …

Islam

Iraq: A proxy battleground in a regional war

<b>Sectarian violence in Iraq is at some of its highest levels for years - and there is evidence the country is becoming a battleground for regional players in a wider struggle for supremacy, as the BBC's Nahed Abouzeid reports from Baghdad.</b><b>When I met "Abou Ali" for the first time, it was after a</b> …

BBC iWonder - Sunnis and Shias: What's the story?

Sunnis and Shias: What's the story?<p>Presented bySamira AhmedBroadcaster<p>In collaboration withDr Carool KerstenKings College London<p>1. A question of leadership<p>Presented bySamira AhmedBroadcaster<p>In collaboration withDr Carool KerstenKings College London<p>Britain has an estimated Muslim population of about …

Iraq: The real battle is to persuade Sunnis they can be truly equal citizens

The revival of civil war in Iraq is not about ancient sectarian hatreds – that is what the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant – Isis – wants you to think. It is a hardcore ideological group exploiting the political disaffection of one community to stoke sectarian war. Iraq's broken political …

Who are Isis? A terror group too extreme even for al-Qaida

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) is so hardline that it was disavowed by al-Qaida's leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri.<p>Led by an Iraqi called Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Isis was originally an al-Qaida group in Iraq, the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI). As the Syrian civil war intensified, its …