Protesters attack party offices in Iraq's Kurdistan region

ERBIL, Iraq - Protesters attacked several political party offices in part of Iraq's Kurdish north on Saturday in a third day of violent unrest that threatens to destabilise the region at a time of war with Islamic State militants.

Protester killed in unrest in Iraq's Kurdistan region 09 Oct 2015

ERBIL, Iraq - Protesters torched an office of the main political party in Iraq's Kurdish north on Friday after at least one demonstrator was killed in the worst unrest the region has seen for several years.

Kremlin turns opinion over Syria with U.S.-style 'shock and awe' media blitz 09 Oct 2015

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin and his circle have spent years criticising what they said was Washington's calamitous 2003 military intervention in Iraq and its pernicious habit of meddling in the Middle East.

Yazidi women and girls held by Islamic State forgotten, say campaigners 09 Oct 2015

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The world has abandoned the Yazidi people of northern Iraq, leaving women and girls from the minority group to be brutalised at the hands of Islamic State, two Yazidi sisters told a conference in London.


Iraq leans towards Russia in war on Islamic State 07 Oct 2015

BAGHDAD - Iraq may request Russian air strikes against Islamic State on its soil soon and wants Moscow to have a bigger role than the United States in the war against the militant group, the head of parliament's defence and security committee said on Wednesday.

Kurds protest in north Iraq as discontent grows with government 07 Oct 2015

ERBIL, Iraq - Kurds protested and went on strike in northern Iraq on Wednesday in a show of growing discontent that threatens to further undermine stability at a time when their region is at war with Islamic State.


EU seeks Turkey help to block migrant flows, offers cash 06 Oct 2015

BRUSSELS - The European Union wants more Turkish cooperation with Greece and other EU neighbours to stem migration flows and in return is ready to offer more funding for Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Turkey, according to an EU plan published on Tuesday.

Iraqi Shi'ite militias welcome Russian action against Islamic State, criticise U.S. 05 Oct 2015

BAGHDAD - Iraq's most powerful Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias said on Monday they would welcome Russian air strikes on Islamic State in the country and accused the United States of failing to act decisively against the ultra-hardline group.


Iraqi PM opens Baghdad's fortified 'Green Zone' to public 04 Oct 2015

BAGHDAD - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared the heavily fortified Green Zone in central Baghdad open to all citizens on Sunday, part of a reform drive prompted by protests demanding greater transparency and openness.


Middle East would be more stable if Saddam, Gaddafi still in power - Trump 04 Oct 2015

WASHINGTON - U.S. Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said on Sunday the Middle East would be more stable if Muammar Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein were still in power in Libya and Iraq, saying it's "not even a contest".