Members of the Kurdish security forces who took part in the offensive to regain control of Iraq’s Sinjar mountain on Thursday. Photograph: Ari Jalal/Reuters

Kurdish forces, backed by a surge of US airstrikes in recent days, recaptured a large swath of territory from Islamic State militants on Thursday, (...)

US secretary of state John Kerry: “It is up to them [the Iranians] or up to the Iraqis to do that if it did indeed take place”.  Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry flew to Brussels for talks with western allies on Wednesday, as the Pentagon said Iran had launched attacks on the(...)

Iranian F-4 Phantom fighter jets such as those which the US believe were used in  air strikes on Islamic State forces in Iraq. File photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

US secretary of state John Kerry called apparent Iranian air strikes on Islamic State forces in Iraq a positive step, as the Pentagon said it believed(...)

Tribal fighters take part in a security deployment against Islamic State militants in the town of Amriyat al-Falluja, in Anbar province. The jihadists’ momentum in Iraq appears to be stalling. Photograph: Reuters

Islamic State appeared unstoppable after its blitz through Iraq this summer, with its battle-hardened fighters continually raising their black flag ov(...)

US secretary of defence Chuck Hagel and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff Gen Martin Dempsey, who said Islamic State would remain a danger until it could no longer count on safe havens in Syria. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Iraqi Shia militiamen machine gunned minority Sunni Muslims in a village mosque today, killing dozens just as Baghdad is trying to build a cross-co(...)

Ubiquitous campaign posters prior to Iraq’s parliamentary elections in Sulaimaniya, in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Voters go to the polls today in Iraq’s first nationwide election since the withdrawal of US forces at the end of 2011. Photograph: Yahya Ahmad/Reuters

Snipers line the rooftops across Fallujah, waiting for a chance to shoot at government soldiers, should they try to invade. Homes have been wir(...)

Iraqi security forces and people gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Kut on Monday. Another bomb blast today killed at least 20 in Wajihiya in the province of Diyala today. Photograph: Jaafer Abed/Reuters

A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a Sunni mosque in central Iraq, killing at least 20 people in the middle of a sermon today.The explosion took (...)

People inspect the scene of a car bomb attack in eastern Baghdad on Saturday. A car parked outside a medical centre exploded, killing three civilians and wounding 20 others. Photograph: Thaier al-Sudani/Reuters

At least 13 people were killed when two car bombs exploded and a suicide attacker targeted a market in a mainly Shia Muslim town north of Baghdad. (...)