An Islamic State attack in a busy shopping area of Baghdad and other blasts around the country claimed at least 35 lives on January 11 in one of Iraq's worst days of violence in months.
Reports from northern Iraq say hundreds of families have been fleeing hunger and rule by Islamic State (IS) militants in the city of Hawijah and the surrounding area.
An Iraqi drone strike has killed nine members of a pro-government militia force in an apparent case of so-called friendly fire.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has pledged to stamp out graft this year.
The arrest on terror charges this week of two Iraqis who entered the United States as refugees is fueling sentiment in Congress against the program for resettling refugees from the Middle East.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey needs to keep troops in northern Iraq after they thwarted a planned attack on its military training camp there this week by Islamic State militants.
Turkey says it has repelled an attack by the Islamic State (IS) group on its troops in Bashiqa in northern Iraq.
U.S. authorities on January 7 arrested two Iraqi refugees on terrorism-related charges in California and Texas.
Islamic State (IS) spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani has been wounded in an air strike in Iraq's western Anbar Province, Iraq's Joint Operations Command said on January 7.
The White House is seeking to help Iraq's leadership prevent a diplomatic rift between Saudi Arabia and Iran from aggravating sectarian conflict in Iraq and undermining recent victories against the Islamic State group.
The U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State (IS) militants says its air strikes have cut oil production by the group in Syria and Iraq by around 30 percent.
Germany says nearly 1.1 million asylum seekers were registered in the country last year, with Syrians making up almost 40 percent of arrivals.