Gen Martin E Dempsey, chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, described the current phase of operations against Islamic State as “extraordinarily complex”. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The US air campaign to thwart the advance of fighters from the Islamic State has been the easy part of President Barack Obama’s strategy in Iraq an(...)

A string of bomb blasts in predominantly Shi’ite provinces of Iraq killed at least 15 people today, police and doctors said.The largest explosion took(...)

Iraqi security forces at the site of a car bomb attack in Basra, 420km  southeast of Baghdad, today. Photograph: Reuters

At least 45 people were killed in bomb attacks across Iraq today, most of them in busy markets and commercial areas of the capital Baghdad, police and(...)

Iraqi security forces inspect the site of a bomb attack in Basra, 420km southeast of Baghdad. Photograph: Reuters

Attacks across Iraq targeting mainly Shia Muslims killed at least 30 people today, intensifying fears of a descent into all-out sectarian war.Ten yea(...)

A wave of attacks has killed up to 80 people in Shia and Sunni areas of Iraq extending one of the most sustained bouts of sectarian violence t(...)

Residents gather at the site of a car bomb blast in Basra, 420 km southeast of Baghdad today. Photograph: Atef Hassan/Reuters

A car bomb exploded at a bus terminal in Iraq's predominantly Shi'ite Muslim south today, killing at least nine people, police said, as the cou(...)