Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki seems determined to carve out a role for himself as Saddam Hussein's worthy successor.
A Shiite lawmaker on a social affairs committee in Iraq said government leaders need to do more to prevent an escalation of sectarian violence.
A leader from Turkey's main opposition party called on his counterparts in Ankara to ensure diplomatic efforts with Iraq are inclusive.
The Iraqi government has stopped an airliner carrying Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz landing in Iraqi Kurdistan amid Baghdad's deepening rift with Ankara over its support Iraq's independence-minded Kurds.
An Iraqi court sentenced to death several of fugitive Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi's guards for charges related to terrorism, an official said.
The Turkish prime minister said his government was concerned about security in neighboring Iraq, saying the central government there is "deeply in trouble."
A Turkish diplomat confirmed that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was invited to attend a summit for Ankara's ruling Justice and Development Party.
The U.S. government said it encouraged Baghdad to settle issues with Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi in a way that strengthened the country's stability.
Turkey is preparing an appropriate response to Iraq should the Baghdad government demand a recall of Turkey's counsel general, a government official said.
A death sentence issued to fugitive Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi is "obviously" a politically motivated action, a Turkish diplomat said.