Smoke rises from the site of a car bomb attack outside the US consulate in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters

A car bombing targeting the US consulate in Iraqi Kurdistan’s capital Erbil has killed one person and wounded five, the local mayor said.A witness sai(...)

A woman fighter from the People’s Protection Units (YPG) stationed in Syria’s northeastern city of Qamishli. IS fighters are threatening  to kill Kurdish fighters taken prisoner. Photograph: Delil Soulemimandelil/AFP/Getty Images

The European Union and Balkan countries launched a campaign on Friday aimed at stemming the flow of fighters from southeastern Europe going to join ji(...)

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini. EPA/Julien Warnand

EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels have given their backing to a UN-led “freeze” in the city of Aleppo, in a bid to improve the humanitarian si(...)

People fleeing Islamic State fighters in Mosul last June arrive at a checkpoint in Irbil, in northern Iraq. Photograph: Kamal Akrayi/EPA

Iraq’s national security adviser Falah Fayadh was in Washington struggling to arrange delivery of US fighter jets to aid the country’s fight against a(...)

French president Francois Hollande said  France launched its first airstrikes today against the Islamic State militant group in Iraq, a day after he said his country would join the US-led aerial campaign against the jihadists. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

French jets struck a suspected Islamic State target in Iraq for the first time today, expanding a US-led military campaign against militants who have (...)

A refugee camp for Yazidis near the town of Zakho, Iraq. The United Nations refugee agency today said it was launching a major aid operation to get supplies to more than half a million people displaced by fighting in northern Iraq. Photograph: EPA.

Iraqi forces launched an offensive today to drive Islamic State fighters out of Tikrit, home town of executed dictator Saddam Hussein, while the milit(...)

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(...)

Iraqi Christians celebrate the Feast of the Assumption at Notre Dame de Chaldée in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Lara Marlowe

Some 100 Iraqi Christians gathered yesterday at Notre Dame de Chaldée in northeast Paris to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption. With 100,000 of (...)

Displaced children from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town,  head towards the Syrian border, near the  town of Elierbeh of Al-Hasakah governorate in Iraq. Photograph: Reuters/Rodi Said

US bombs may be falling once more on Iraq, but this week’s dramatic intervention belies a stark truth on the ground: the fightback against Islamic (...)

Inas (left), an Iraqi Christian living in exile in Paris, talks often to her sister Mariam, a refugee from the jihadists of the Islamic State, via Skype. Photograph: Lara Marlowe

Mariam, a 50-year-old Christian obstetrician from Mosul in Iraq, considers herself and her family lucky, though she fears they will never again see th(...)