Iraq's prime minister Nuri al-Maliki has asked parliament to declare a state of emergency in the country after Sunni Islamist insurgents took control of most of the country's second largest city, Mosul, in a daring military raid.
Militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant and their allies overran a military base and freed hundreds of prisoners earlier today.
The Foreign Secretary has been clear on the threat of Isis, but he has ruled out the prospect of any UK military involvement in the crisis.
Iraq’s foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari, is a natural diplomat. Polite, immaculately dressed, and blessed with a great memory.
Isis has paraded military equipment in Mosul it captured from when the Iraqi army fled in what some see as a "nightmare scenario."