Iraqi government forces and allied militias fire weaponry from a position in the northern part of Diyala province, bordering Salaheddin province, as they take part in an assault to retake the city of Tikrit from jihadists of the Islamic State group. Photograph: Younis Al-Bayati/AFP/Getty Images. 1:15

Iraq‘s armed forces, backed by Shi‘ite militia, attacked Islamic State strongholds north of Baghdad on Monday with an offensive to retake the city of(...)

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters walk next to their tank as they take control of the area on the outskirts of Mosul. Photograph: Ari Jalal/Reuters 1:36

The Islamic State (IS) group has released a video showing militants using sledgehammers to smash ancient artefacts in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul, d(...)

A French navy Rafale fighter jet lands on an aircraft craft carrier  following a mission over Iraq.  Coalition air strikes in Iraq have killed at least 23 Islamic State militants and 20 civilians, hospital sources say. Photograph: Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images.

The number of Christians abducted by Islamic State in north-eastern Syria has risen to 220, activists say.The militants have picked up dozens more Chr(...)

Volunteer Shia fighters  supporting Iraqi  forces in  combating  Islamic State  drive through the village of Fadhiliyah, which pro-government forces retook from IS militants last month,   in Iraq’s Anbar province  on February 24th, 2015. Photograph: Amhad Al-Rubaye/AFP Photo

A wave of bomb attacks around Baghdad killed 37 people and wounded dozens more on Tuesday, as at least seven explosions struck in or near the Iraqi c(...)

A European Union flag, left, flies alongside a Greek national flag beneath the Parthenon temple on Acropolis Hill in Athens, Greece. Photographer: Yorgos Karahalis/Bloomberg

European stocks reversed early losses on Tuesday and yields on lower-rated euro zone bonds fell as investors reassessed the collapse of Greek debt tal(...)

Iraqis celebrate  the lift of curfew in central Baghdad at the weekend. A wave of violence has hit the city since Saturday, despite the government lifting the longstanding curfew aimed at normalising life in the city. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

At least 15 people were killed in two bombings in and around Baghdad on Monday, police and medical sources said, the latest in a string of deadly att(...)

An image grab taken from the Jordanian TV shows flames erupting from a building hit by an airstrike against Islamic State by warplanes of the Jordanian Air Force. Photograph: Jordanian TV/AFP/Getty Images.

Arab leaders have bemoaned what they call a lack of strategy and weapons in the fight against jihadists groups like Islamic State, a security confe(...)

The scene after a suicide bomber detonated explosives inside a restaurant in Baghdad al-Jadida on February 7th, 2015. Photograph: ABAH ARAR/AFP/Getty Images

At least 34 people were killed in three bombings around Baghdad on Saturday, police said.The attacks came hours before the government was due to lift (...)

An Iraqi Airways aircraft lands at Baghdad International airport on Tuesday: Airlines from at least three countries suspended flights to Baghdad on Tuesday after bullets hit an aircraft operated by budget carrier Dubai Aviation Corp, known as flydubai. Photograph: Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

Six airlines from the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Lebanon suspended flights to Baghdad on Tuesday after bullets hit an airplane operated by budge(...)

 Members of the coalition against IS meet in London to discuss the threat posed by Islamic State. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

The US-led coalition against Islamic State could take up to two years to expel the group from Iraq, while Baghdad’s own forces will be incapable of pr(...)