The Republic of Iraq is a country in Western Asia, bordering Turkey, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Jordan. It's home to 36 million mainly Muslim people.
After the US-led invasion in 2003 - based on the later to be refuted claim that Iraq had not abandoned its program of weapons of mass destruction - US troops finally withdrew from the country in 2011. Sunnis and Shiites continue to fight each other, causing violence and unrest. This page is an automatic compilation of DW content.
Kabul claims that suspected "Islamic State" militants have killed over 30 civilians in the western Ghor province. Experts say the setbacks in Iraq and Syria could be a reason behind the group's focus on Afghanistan.
Refugee children in Germany told author Thomas Mac Pfeifer their favorite bedtime stories. He then compiled a new multi-lingual book that brings together folklore from Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and other war zones.
Peshmerga fighters and Iraqi forces have launched an offensive on a town near Mosul as a part of an operation to regain control over the city. US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is in Irbil to assess the situation.
The liberation of Mosul is advancing more quickly than expected, according to Iraqi officials. The US defense secretary has said Iraq and Turkey have agreed in principle on a role for Turkish forces in retaking the city.