2011/06/15: McClatchyDC: Militia set up within Iraqi ministry, Maliki says
In a dramatic revelation after a series of major security breaches, Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki has linked the assassinations of security officials to his government and said a "militia" of more than 400 men had been set up within the Interior Ministry, answerable only to an outside political figure he didn't name.
Speaking before his Cabinet in a live television broadcast late Tuesday, Maliki said "investigations, investigating committees and confessions" had indicated that assassinations were carried out using "government weapons, government cars and government IDs."
2011/05/19: BBC: Iraqi city of Kirkuk hit by deadly bombings
Three bombs targeting security forces in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk have left at least 27 people dead and injured dozens more, officials say.
Two of the bombs exploded in quick succession near a police station.
Many of the casualties were police officers who rushed outside after the first bomb went off.
2011/05/15: CBC: Canada offered to aid Iraq invasion: WikiLeaks
The same day Canada publicly refused to join the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, a high-ranking Canadian official was secretly promising the Americans clandestine military support for the fiercely controversial operation.
The revelation that Canadian forces may have secretly participated in the invasion of Iraq is contained in a classified U.S. diplomatic memo obtained exclusively by CBC News from the whistleblower website WikiLeaks.
2011/05/12: BBC: Iraq [Chilcot] inquiry: Campbell dossier evidence questioned
[UK spy agencies were put under pressure by government to make case for war in run-up to 2003 Iraq war, says former top official]
A former senior intelligence official has questioned Alastair Campbell's evidence to the Iraq inquiry about a controversial dossier which outlined the threat posed by Saddam Hussein.
Tony Blair's ex-spokesman told the inquiry last year the September 2002 document was designed to set out UK concerns, not "make the case for war".
But Michael Laurie said those producing it "saw it exactly as that and that was the direction we were given".
2011/04/22: CBC: Blackwater Iraq shooting case revived in U.S.
A U.S. appeals court resurrected the case Friday against four Blackwater Worldwide guards involved in a 2007 shooting in a Baghdad square that killed 17 Iraqis.
A federal trial judge in Washington, D.C., Ricardo Urbina, threw out the case on New Year's Eve 2009 after he ruled that the U.S. Justice Department mishandled evidence and violated the guards' constitutional rights.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Friday that Urbina wrongly interpreted the law. It ordered that he reconsider whether there was tainted evidence against four of the five defendants: former U.S. marines Evan Liberty, Donald Ball and Dustin Heard; and army veteran Paul Slough.
The Justice Department has dismissed charges against a fifth defendant, Nick Slatten, a former U.S. Army sergeant.
2011/04/19: Independent(UK): Secret memos expose link between oil firms and invasion of Iraq
Plans to exploit Iraq's oil reserves were discussed by government ministers and the world's largest oil companies the year before Britain took a leading role in invading Iraq, government documents show.
The papers, revealed here for the first time, raise new questions over Britain's involvement in the war, which had divided Tony Blair's cabinet and was voted through only after his claims that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.
2011/04/08: BBC: Iraq forces attack Iranian PMOI rebels at Camp Ashraf
Iraqi forces have attacked a camp housing an Iranian exile group north of Baghdad, home to about 3,500 people.
Reports suggest at least three died in the clashes between troops and the People's Mujahideen Organisation of Iran (PMOI) at Camp Ashraf.
The PMOI said more than 25 were killed and many wounded in the raid, but Iraqi officials have disputed the figures.
The PMOI said Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki, under the order of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, had committed an "unprecedented murder in Ashraf".
2011/03/25: EUO: Sarkozy warns Arab rulers about Libya precedent
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has warned all Arab rulers that they risk Libya-type intervention if they cross a certain line of violence against their own people.
The president told press at an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday (24 March) that UN Security Council resolution 1973 authorising air strikes on Libya has created a legal and political precedent on the "responsibility to protect."
2011/03/06: Guardian(UK): Fair Game: Free agents
Valerie Plame's CIA cover was blown after her ex-ambassador husband criticised the Iraq invasion. Joe Wilson talks to Stephen Moss about how the film Fair Game depicts their fight with the Bush administration
2011/03/02: OpenDem: The tragedy that is Iraq by Issa Khalaf
Totalitarian rule, war, sanctions, invasion, destruction, sectarian suspicions, western manipulation all have brought Iraq to its knees. Any formula that relies on a basic regrouping and reshuffling of a corrupt regime in control of state resources will collapse in violence.
2011/02/26: BBC: Iraq's biggest oil refinery shut by gun and bomb attack
An early morning gun and bomb attack has shut down Iraq's biggest oil refinery, Baiji, with at least two employees killed.
The attackers stormed the site in Salaheddin province north of Baghdad at 0430 (0130 GMT), planting bombs in one of its units.
A fire broke out and the installation was badly damaged, officials said.
2011/02/16: al Jazeera: Iraq activists storm public offices
At least one person killed in clashes with security forces after protesters break into council building.
At least one person has been killed in clashes between security forces and protesters, after around 2,000 people attacked government offices in a southern Iraqi province in protest over poor services.
Protesters took over a provincial council building in Kut, Wasit province, about 160km southeast of Baghdad on Wednesday, officials said, throwing rocks at the headquarters and setting the governor's house alight.
One person was shot dead after private security guards fired into the crowd, the AFP news agency reported, while Reuters put the death toll at three and said up to 30 had been wounded.
2011/02/15: Guardian(UK): Defector admits to WMD lies that triggered Iraq war
Man codenamed Curveball 'invented' tales of bioweapons - Iraqi told lies to try to bring down Saddam Hussein regime - Fabrications used by US as justification for invasion
The defector who convinced the White House that Iraq had a secret biological weapons programme has admitted for the first time that he lied about his story, then watched in shock as it was used to justify the war.
Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, codenamed Curveball by German and American intelligence officials who dealt with his claims, has told the Guardian that he fabricated tales of mobile bioweapons trucks and clandestine factories in an attempt to bring down the Saddam Hussein regime, from which he had fled in 1995.
2011/01/26: RawStory: Blair sister-in-law wants him tried for Iraq crimes
Former prime minister Tony Blair's sister-in-law Lauren Booth, a rights campaigner and Muslim convert, said on Wednesday that he should be tried for war crimes over the invasion of Iraq.
Booth, the half-sister of Blair's barrister wife Cherie, is in Malaysia for lectures organised by Viva Palestina, a British-based organisation associated with controversial politician George Galloway.
Asked whether Blair should be arrested and sent to the International Court of Justice in The Hague for war crimes, Booth replied: "Absolutely. He misled the British people and took Britain to war on a lie."
2011/01/24: CNN: U.N. calls for 'beginning of end' for Iraqi refugees' struggle
The United Nations official overseeing efforts to help Iraq's many displaced people said Monday the country could be at a turning point.
"This new government represents an enormous opportunity for Iraq, but also for our work," said Antonio Guterres, the U.N. high commissioner for refugees, on his first visit to Iraq since the country formed a new government in December.
2011/01/24: BBC: Two bomb blasts strike pilgrims in Iraq city of Karbala
The recent increase in violence in Iraq has shattered a lengthy period of calm
Two separate car bomb attacks targeting Shia pilgrims in the Iraqi city of Karbala have killed 25 people and injured almost 70, officials say.
The first blast killed seven people and injured 18 at a terminal filled with buses carrying pilgrims to Karbala.
Hours later, another blast on the southern outskirts of the holy city left 18 people dead and 50 injured.
Last week, three suicide bombers killed 56 people and wounded 180 others along pilgrim routes to the city.
Also on Monday, two roadside bombs exploded in the capital, Baghdad.
The first bomb killed an Iraqi army intelligence officer and his driver, while at least eight passers-by were injured in the second blast.
2011/01/18: CBC: Iraq suicide bombing kills 52 police recruits [in Tikrit]
A suicide bomber blew himself up Tuesday in a crowd waiting to apply for jobs with the police, killing at least 52 people in the latest strike against Iraqi security recruits, officials said.
A suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest joined about 100 recruits outside the police station in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, some 130 kilometres north of Baghdad.