More than a decade on from the US invasion of Falluja, Iraqi troops have lost control of the strategic city to al Qaeda fighters.
Hannah Campbell suffered horrific injuries in a bomb in Basra and was told she would not be a mother again. She is celebrating a 'miracle.'
A British security guard who shot dead two colleagues in Iraq in 2009 claims he was framed for the murders.
The International Criminal Court has been asked to investigate alleged war crimes in Iraq by British soldiers, it has emerged.
A complaint filed by Berlin-based European Centre for Constitutional Rights and a British law firm has accused UK troops of abusing and killing detainees in their custody.
According to the Independent on Sunday, human rights lawyers have presented a dossier of drawing on the cases of more than 400 Iraqis, arguing they represent "thousands of allegations of mistreatment amounting to war crimes of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment".
Phil Shiner, a solicitor from Public Interest Lawyers, told Sky News: "This is historic. The UK has never been investigated by the ICC. There is clear evidence this goes right to the top."
A dossier, reportedly detailing allegations of beatings, electrocution, mock executions and sexual assault of Iraqi detainees has been presented to the International Criminal Court, the Independent on Sunday has reported.
According to the dossier:
- It calls for an investigation into the alleged war crimes under Article 15 of the Rome Statute
- It says "those who bear the greatest responsibility" for alleged war crimes "include individuals at the highest levels" of the British Army and political system
- It states UK military commanders "knew or should have known" that forces under their control "were committing or about to commit war crimes"
- They describe incidents ranging from "hooding" prisoners to burning, electric shocks, threats to kill and "cultural and religious humiliation"
The Ministry of Defence has rejected the suggestion that UK armed forces "systematically tortured" Iraqi detainees, according to the Independent on Sunday, which reported that a complaint had been filed with the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the allegations.
An MoD spokesman said:
These matters are either under thorough investigation or have been dealt with through various means including through the Iraq Historic Allegations Team, independent public inquiries, the UK and European courts and in Parliament.
As such, further action through the ICC is unnecessary when the issues and allegations are already known to the UK Government, action is in hand and the UK courts have already issued judgments.
We reject the suggestion the UK's Armed Forces – who operate in line with domestic and international law – have systematically tortured detainees.
The Government has insisted it will fight a bid to trigger prosecutions of former ministers and senior military figures over alleged war crimes in Iraq, according to the Independent on Sunday.
A complaint filed with the International Criminal Court (ICC) has accused British forces of abusing and killing detainees in their custody.
Human rights lawyers have drawn on the cases of more than 400 Iraqis, arguing they represent "thousands of allegations of mistreatment amounting to war crimes of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment".
The formal complaint to the ICC was lodged yesterday by Public Interest Lawyers (PIL) and the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR).
Iraq's prime minister Nuri al-Maliki vowed to uproot al Qaeda in Iraq and said he was sure of victory as his army prepared to launch a major assault against Sunni Islamist militants.
In a televised address on Wednesday, Mr Maliki thanked the international community for its support in the fight against al Qaeda and urged the group to surrender.
Fighters from the al Qaeda affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which is also active across the border in Syria, overran police stations in Falluja and Ramadi cities in Iraq's western Anbar province last week.
The United Nations described the humanitarian situation in Anbar province as critical.
"The situation in Falluja is particularly concerning, as existing stocks of food, water and life-saving medicines begin to run out," UN envoy to Iraq Nikolay Mladenov said in a statement.
The United States is fast-tracking deliveries of military hardware, including drones and missiles, to Iraq, a Pentagon spokesperson said in a statement.
The US promise comes after al Qaeda-linked militants took over parts of Ramadi and Falluja, strategic cities on the Euphrates River.
The US ruled out sending American troops to Iraq, two years after Washington ended nearly a decade of occupation.
Former Pentagon Chief and a long-time CIA officer Robert Gates has harshly criticised the Obama administration for its approach to foreign policy, claiming the President’s opposition to increasing the number of American troops in Iraq in 2007 was “political.”
In his upcoming book Mr Gates describes an exchange between him, President Obama and the then Secretary of State Hilary Clinton:
– Robert Gates, former Defence Secretary
Hillary told the president that her opposition to the  surge in Iraq had been political because she was facing him in the Iowa primary...
The president conceded vaguely that opposition to the Iraq surge had been political. To hear the two of them making these admissions, and in front of me, was as surprising as it was dismaying.
Long-time Washington Post reporter, Bob Woodward, said the book was "highly emotional, antagonistic portrait of sitting president."
Mr Gates's book, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” will be published next week.
Iraqi government forces battling an al Qaeda offensive near the Syrian border launched an air strike on Ramadi city on Sunday killing 25 Islamist militants, according to local officials.
Government officials in western Anbar province met tribal leaders to urge them to help repel al Qaeda-linked militants who have taken over parts of Ramadi and Falluja, strategic Iraqi cities on the Euphrates River.
Al Qaeda's Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been steadily tightening its grip in the vast Anbar province in recent months in a bid to create a Sunni Muslim state straddling the frontier with Syria.
Falluja has been held since Monday by Sunni Muslim militants linked to al Qaeda and tribal fighters united in their opposition to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, in a serious challenge to the authority of his Shi'ite-led government in Anbar province.
Al Qaeda's Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been steadily tightening its grip in the Sunni-dominated desert province bordering Syria in recent months in a bid to create a Sunni Muslim state straddling the frontier.
But this week's seizure of territory in Ramadi and Falluja was the first time in years that Sunni insurgents had taken control of the region's most important cities and held their positions. In Ramadi, tribesmen and the army have been working together to counter the al Qaeda insurgents.