Alex Lanaghan

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ISIS Claims Massacre of 1,700 Iraqi Soldiers

In a series of tweets and shocking photos posted to their social-media sites, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is boasting to have …

Middle East

What You Should Know About What's Happening in Iraq Right Now

The recent offensive launched by the Sunni insurgents of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is the most significant threat to Iraq’s security …

Middle East

Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood – 'sublime beauty, unimaginable horror'

Justin Marozzi's new book is the first English-language history of Baghdad for nearly 80 years. The previous history was subtitled "City of Peace", a tag without a hint of irony, taking the name by which the city by the Tigris was known to its first inhabitants. Marozzi's additional subtitle – city …

Tony Blair: west must intervene in Iraq

Tony Blair has urged western governments to recognise that they need to take an active role in the Middle East, saying the west should consider military options short of sending ground troops.<p>The former prime minister said there was a huge range of options available, including air strikes and …

U.S. evacuates embassy as bombs, fighting rock Iraq

BAGHDAD – Islamic militant insurgents captured the northern Iraqi town of Tal Afar early Monday, its mayor and residents said, striking another blow to the nation's Shiite-led government a week after it lost a vast swath of territory in the country's north.<p>The town has a population of roughly …

Kurdish fighters hold back ISIS - CNN Video

Terrifying execution images in Iraq; U.S. Embassy in Baghdad relocates some staff

The Iraqi air force struck back at the militant group ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, killing more than 200 militants, Iraqi state TV reported Monday morning. The air raids took place in Saqlawiyah, northwest of Fallujah, according to a graphic run by state TV.<p>ISIS has been ruthlessly …

Militants post photos of mass killing in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Islamic militants who overran cities and towns in Iraq last week posted graphic photos that appeared to show their gunmen …

Iraq conflict: US considers talks with Iran

<b>Washington is considering direct talks with Iran on the security situation in Iraq, a US official has told the BBC.</b><p>The move comes as US President Barack Obama weighs up options on action to take in Iraq.<p>Meanwhile, the US condemned as "horrifying" photos posted online by Sunni militants that appear …

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