Peshmerga fighters are seen in vehicles with Kurdish flags as they guard Mosul Dam in northern Iraq . Photograph: Youssef Boudlal/Reuters

Iraqi Shia militiamen opened fire on minority Sunni Muslims in a mosque today, killing dozens of people just as Baghdad is trying to build a cross-com(...)

US defence officials have said they failed in an attempt to rescue journalist James Foley (pictured) and other hostages in Syria earlier in the summer. Mr Foley was subsequently executed by the Islamic State group, which was documented in a video posted online by them.  Photograph: Louafi Larbi/Reuters. 0:45

A secret nighttime military mission authorised by US president Barack Obama to rescue Americans held captive in Syria failed early this summer when a (...)

A US Navy F/A-18 Hornet launches off from the flight deck of the US Navy aircraft carrier USS George HW Bush in the Persian Gulf, at sea, yesterday. Aircraft from the carrier are part of the US military aircrafts conducting strikes against the Islamic State (IS) extremists in northern Iraq to halt their advance. EPA/MAZEN MAHDI

Air strikes by American fighter aircraft and drones have targeted Islamic State (IS) fighters near north Iraq’s vital Mosul dam.The Islamic State grou(...)

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, who had fled  violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, take part  in a demonstration at the Iraqi-Syrian border crossing in Fishkhabour, Dohuk province, yesterday.  Photograph: Youssef Boudlal/Reuters

Nuri al-Maliki has given up his fight to remain prime minister of Iraq and now supports his replacement, Haider al-Abadi, state television has reporte(...)

Shi’ite volunteers, who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis), march in the city of Kerbala, southwest of Baghdad. Photograph: Reuters.

Some 50 bodies have been found in Iraq, many of them blindfolded and with their hands bound, raising concerns over a possible sectarian killing amid t(...)

Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki has called on his nation’s political blocs to close ranks in the face of Sunni militants but rejected calls for a unity government. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Pool via The New York Times.

Iraq’s prime minister has called on his nation’s political blocs to close ranks in the face of Sunni militants - but gave no concrete promise of great(...)

A traffic policemen faces a video screen showing government-controlled images of Iraqi soldiers in central Baghdad yesterday. Photograph: Ayman Oghanna/The New York Times

Iraqi government forces fought off jihadi rebel forces north of Baghdad yesterday amid signs from the US that the Obama administration is hesitating (...)

Members of the Iraqi security forces inspect the site where a suicide bomber drove a truck packed with explosives into a police checkpoint west of the northern city of Kirkuk today. Photograph: Ako Rasheed/Reuters

At least 16 people have died after a series of bombings targeted security forces in northern Iraq, as the country prepares for a crucial electi(...)

Residents call rescue workers for help at the site of a bomb blast in Peshawar in Pakistan today in which at least eight people were killed. Photograph: Fayaz Aziz/Reuters.

A suicide bomber has killed at least eight people near a mosque frequented by minority Shi’ite worshippers in a densely populated neighbourhood of the(...)

Iraqi Sunni Muslim tribesmen take their positions with their weapons during clashes with the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in the city of Ramadi, 100 km  west of Baghdad. Photograph: Reuters.

Iraqi troops and allied tribesmen killed 57 Islamist militants in Anbar province today, the defence ministry said, in advance of a possible assault on(...)