• 30 May 2017

    At least 31 people have been killed in a series of bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, including one outside a popular ice cream shop in the city centre. Militants from the Islamic State group said they carried out the attacks, which left dozens of other people injured, just days into the holy month…

  • 31 Dec 2016

    Two explosions have killed at least 28 in a busy market in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.  The so-called Islamic state say their combatants targeted shoppers in the Shia district with a car bomb followed by a suicide bomber.

  • 1 Jul 2014

    The time has come for a Kurdish state

    With Baghdad battling Isis militants, will Iraqi Kurds finally achieve the goal of an independent Kurdish state?

  • 27 Jun 2014

    Fear and loathing in Baghdad

    I was in Baghdad in 2003, filming “shock and awe”. Despite the violence, it was a time of hope. But now the Iraqi capital is riven by terrorism and state-sponsored violence.

  • 13 Jun 2014

    Note to Kerry: two questions do not a press conference make

    Why, when insurgents are rampaging through Iraq, were British journalists permitted to ask John Kerry and William Hague only two questions at a press conference today?

  • 13 Jun 2014

    Things fall apart in Iraq – are we to blame?

    The entity of Iraq – invented by Britain – cannot hold, and the utter foolhardiness of 2003’s Shock and Awe adventure has been exposed.

  • 21 Feb 2012

    I don’t know what it was like before, but if this is the new normal in Baghdad it must take some getting used to.

  • 14 Dec 2010

    Father Christmas was dancing outside the clothes shop. A gaggle of small children were watching, entranced. When the electricity was switched off, he drooped and they drifted away. All over Ankawa, the Christian enclave in Erbil, you can see signs of Christmas: outside one house we saw an orange tree with tinsel and baubles hanging amongst the fruits.

  • 17 Aug 2010

    Lindsey Hilsum blogs on how today’s Baghdad bomb attack is the latest sign that insurgents are seeking to exploit the political void caused by Iraq’s inconclusive election.

  • 10 Dec 2009

    Sir John Sawers, who gave evidence at today’s Iraq inquiry session, was more notable for the glamour of his current position than for the value of his evidence.

  • 7 Dec 2009

    The inquiry kicks off this morning with Baghdad 2004-5. The first hearing starts at 11.30am, with diplomat Edward Chaplin, who we heard from in the first week.

  • 23 Feb 2009

    I remember the horror when we entered the plundered Baghdad Museum two days after the Americans took the Iraqi capital in April 2003. We picked our way through broken shards of pottery and destroyed statues – the looters had smashed as well as grabbed. A lone archaeologist was wandering around in shock. “We would have…