The US embassy in Baghdad and its consulate in the Iraqi Kurdish regional capital Erbil evacuated non-emergency staff this week.
Kurdish Regional Government Cabinet Spokesman Sefin Dizayi reiterated the call for the PKK to leave Sinjar district in Mosul province.
Qassem Suleimani, the head of Iran’s powerful Quds Force, reportedly told Iranian proxy militias in Iraq that they should be ready for a proxy war. Who exactly are these groups?
The US has deployed military equipment and pulled non-essential staff from its embassy in Iraq amid tensions with Iran.
Qatar is trying to "defuse escalating tensions" across the Persian Gulf, Al Jazeera reports amid allegations of oil tanker sabotage, a drone attack by Yemen's Iranian-allied rebels and deployment of US warships and bombers to the region.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Ankara and Baghdad discussed a possible deal to increase military and security cooperation, after meeting with visiting Iraqi PM Adil Abdul Mahdi in Ankara.
The Department of State ordered the pullout of employees from both the US Embassy in Baghdad and its consulate in Erbil. Meanwhile, Germany and Netherlands suspended their military missions to Iraq due to regional tensions.
Both the US and Iran are reluctant to make the first move towards talks and if it remains that way a third-party should initiate contact before tensions reach a boiling point.
For almost a year, mainly American and British pilots created a lifeline to support war-ravaged West Berlin, then encircled and blockaded by Soviet forces, with food and fuel.
"A suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt blew himself up close to stalls at the crowded Jamila market," said a senior police officer, who asked not to be named.
Donald Trump's administration is pushing Iran to the edge but the administration might not understand exactly what that entails.
Donald Trump's chief foreign policy advisor made an unannounced trip to Baghdad which sees both its neighbour Iran and the US as key allies.
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