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Iraqi Supreme Court ratifies May election results

Iraqi Supreme Court ratifies May election results

Iraq's Supreme Court has ratified the results of the May 12 parliamentary election, setting in motion a 90-day constitutional deadline for the winning parties to form a government.

Iraqi protesters call for downfall of political parties

Iraqi protesters call for downfall of political parties

In the oil hub of Basra, about 3,000 protesters gathered outside the headquarters of the provincial governorate.

12 put to death after Iraqi PM calls for speedy executions

12 put to death after Iraqi PM calls for speedy executions

Haider al-Abadi had ordered late on Thursday "just retribution" through faster executions of all those on death row for terrorism convictions who had exhausted their appeals.

Cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's bloc wins Iraq election

Cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's bloc wins Iraq election

Moqtada al-Sadr himself cannot become prime minister as he did not run in the election, though his bloc's victory puts him in a position to have a strong say in negotiations.

US-led coalition ends operations against Islamic State in Iraq

US-led coalition ends operations against Islamic State in Iraq

Islamic State, however, continues to carry out bombings, assassinations and ambushes in different areas of Iraq, and remains active in neighbouring Syria.

Tillerson makes unannounced visit to Iraqi capital

Tillerson makes unannounced visit to Iraqi capital

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made an unannounced visit to Baghdad on Monday, meeting Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi hours after his office accused Tillerson of interfering in Iraqi affairs.

Iraq launches Kirkuk operation as Kurd fighters mobilise

Iraq launches Kirkuk operation as Kurd fighters mobilise

A senior Kurdish official said thousands of heavily armed fighters had been deployed to resist the offensive "at any cost".

All foreign flights to Iraqi Kurd capital to stop on Friday

All foreign flights to Iraqi Kurd capital to stop on Friday

Haider al-Abadi ordered the halt to flights serving airports in Iraqi Kurdistan in retaliation for the independence referendum held on Monday in defiance of Baghdad.

Iraq announces another major victory over Islamic State

Iraq announces another major victory over Islamic State

Islamic State, which seized nearly a third of Iraq in 2014 in a stunning defeat for the army, now controls just 10% of the country, according to the US-led international coalition against the jihadists.

Trump urged to remove Iraq from travel ban list

Trump urged to remove Iraq from travel ban list

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi asked US President Donald Trump in a phone call to remove his country from a contentious travel ban list, a statement said on Friday.

Iraq warns of 'regional war' over Turkish military presence

Iraq warns of 'regional war' over Turkish military presence

Iraq's prime minister warned Turkey on Wednesday it risked triggering a regional war by keeping troops in his territory, as the neighbouring states summoned each other's ambassadors in a mounting diplomatic stand-off.

Iraqi forces retake key town south of Mosul

Iraqi forces retake key town south of Mosul

Iraqi forces on Thursday pushed the Islamic State group from Qayyarah, a northern town considered strategic for any future offensive against the jihadists' last stronghold of Mosul.