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.
Airlines are facing higher fuel bills as they reroute flights to avoid airspace over Iran and Iraq due to heightened tension between Washington and Tehran. And the crash of a Ukrainian jet shortly after takeoff from Tehran on Wednesday. Keith Walker asks aviation industry analyst Alex Macheras if passengers should be concerned about safety with so many routes being affected.
Tension between the US and Iran has eased after President Donald Trump indicated he wouldn't seek military retribution for an Iranian missile attack on US bases in Iraq. But there may be new strains between the US and Europe, which has been struggling to come up with a committed response. Teri Schultz has more from Brussels.
Long-simmering tensions between Washington and Tehran threaten to boil over. Iran has promised retribution for the US drone strike that killed a top general. Guests: Ali Fathollah-Nejad (Political Scientist), Matthew Karitschnig (Politico), Andrea C. Hoffman (Focus)
Iranian officials have warned the US against launching another retaliatory attack. Iran's UN envoy also dismissed calls for cooperation from Trump as "unbelievable" considering the ongoing sanctions against Iran.