article 24 July 2014 World, Iran
lethal injection bed
Botched injection prompts calls for new execution methods

A US man was left gasping for air for almost two hours after his lethal injection execution went wrong, leading to calls for the return of the firing squad.

article 29 June 2014 World, Iraq
Isis declare the Islamic caliphate - hype or a new reality?

Osama bin Laden's dream is declared a reality, as the Islamic caliphate is announced by the militants of Isis today, who also demand all other jihadi groups pledge allegiance.

article 22 June 2014 World, Iraq
Sunni militants 'seize three key Iraq towns'

Sunni insurgents led by al-Qaeda splinter group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis), capture three towns in Iraq's western Anbar province, security sources claim.

video 17 June 2014 UK, Iraq

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Should the west embrace Iran? - video

Iranian-American writer Azadeh Moaveni, a former US director of Defense at the National Security Council Kori Schake, and former Defence Minister Dr Liam Fox debate in the Channel 4 News studio.

article 17 June 2014 World, Iraq
Iran at nuclear talks in Vienna
by My enemy's enemy? US considers Iran co-operation

They have been called state sponsors of terrorism - but now the United States is considering working together with Iran, as both countries try to stop Iraq disintegrating into chaos.

post 17 June 2014
Read more from Jon on Snowblog At last, Washington's poodle asserts itself on Iran

Britain must make up its own independent mind as to how to behave towards Tehran, now that a thaw in UK-Iran relations is underway.

article 16 June 2014 World, Iraq
Iraq crisis: John Kerry says air strikes in Iraq an option

The US is considering drone strikes to help the Iraqi government, Secretary of State John Kerry says, after photos emerge that appear to show Sunni extremists massacring captured Iraqi soldiers.

article 14 June 2014 World, Iraq
Iran is 'ready to help neighbour Iraq'

Iran is ready to assist the Iraqi government in its battle against extremist Sunni Islamists, President Hassan Rouhani says.

video 13 June 2014 World, Iraq

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What caused Iraq's sectarian crisis? - video

Iraq is riven by a catastrophic Sunni-Shia divide. Analyst Prof Mohammad Marandi, former US adviser on Iraq Dr Meghan O'Sullivan, and former Iraqi PM Ayad Allawi give their views.

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