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Fuad Masum has been approved as Iraq's new president.

Kurdish Politician Elected Iraq's New President

Iraq's parliament has elected veteran Kurdish politician Fuad Masum as the country's next president, the second step in forming a new government. More

Video Iraqi Militant Attack On Prisoner Bus Kills Dozens

An attack on a bus carrying convicts from a prison near Baghdad has left at least 60 dead. More

The parliament was expected to elect a new president at the session but decided to put the vote off until July 24. (file photo)

Iraqi Kurd Set To Be President

Veteran Iraqi Kurdish politician Fuad Masum looks set to become Iraq's next president after the main Kurdish blocs in parliament agreed on his candidacy on July 24. More

Suicide Bomber Strikes Baghdad, Killing 21

At least 21 people were killed and 35 wounded in a suicide car-bomb attack in Baghdad late on July 22. More

Iraq Attacks Kill 16

Attacks in two Iraqi cities overnight killed at least 16 people as the fighting between Sunni extremists from the Islamic State group continued unabated. More

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Features & Commentary

Mosul Expulsion Ends Centuries-Old Christian Community

When Mosul's Christians fled for their lives, their once vibrant and centuries-old community scattered to the winds. Who were Mosul's Christians?

Video Christians Say Terror Drove Them From Mosul

Iraqi Christians who fled Mosul say a mounting campaign of terror by the Islamic State drove them to flee their city en masse. RFE/RL spoke with a refugee from Mosul about her experience.

Helly Luv: Siren Of Kurdish Independence

Kurdish pop singer Helly Luv has racked up more than 2.5 million hits since she released her "Risk It All" video in February urging independence for Iraqi Kurds.

Iraqi Kurds Talk Independence But Move For Stronger Position In Iraq

Iraq's Kurdish region is playing the independence card, but there are signs it could simply be upping the ante in a bid for more territory and rights within Iraq.

Explainer: How Iran Could Help Iraq Fight ISIL

Reports suggest Iran has deployed several of its warplanes in Iraq to help its ally, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, in his government’s battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Analysts say Iran's potential military assistance to Iraq could also include training and mobilizing Shi'ite militant groups.

Explainer: What Is The Islamic Caliphate?

With the militant group ISIL's announcement that it has created an Islamic caliphate in territory it seized in Syria and Iraq, RFE/RL looks at the current and historical significance of the move.

Nine Months After First 'It's Complicated,' Shifting Priorities In The Middle East

Nine months ago, the world's attention focused on possible missile strikes in Syria in reaction to a deadly chemical attack. Now, as Islamist militants move in on Iraq, world and regional powers are recalibrating their relationships to answer new threats.

What Drives Sunni Anger In Iraq?

As Sunni insurgents take territory in northern Iraq, they hope to win local support by capitalizing on deeply felt grievances within Iraq's Sunni community. What are those grievances and how did they help fuel the current crisis?

Syrian Refugees In Iraq Face New Uncertainties

More than 220,000 Syrians have sought shelter in Iraq's Kurdistan region, where they found relative stability as war raged at home. However, with ISIL militants entering the scene, Syrian refugees face new uncertainties.

Explainer: How Could Washington And Tehran Cooperate Over Iraq?

U.S. and Iranian officials say they could consider cooperating in Iraq against the ISIL. But what form might that take?
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