Iraqi forces secure an area in Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province, on January 10th, 2016, after retaking the city from Islamic State  group jihadists. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Gunmen detonated suicide vests inside a shopping complex in Baghdad on Monday and a car bomb exploded nearby in an attack claimed by Islamic State tha(...)

Muhammed Hassan Abdullah al-Jibouri, one of the 69 hostages freed from an Islamic State prison last week by Kurdish and US forces, sobs while recalling the execution of his brother by his captors. He was speaking in Salahaddin, Iraq, on Tuesday. Photograph: Michael R Gordon/New York Times

Muhammad Hassan Abdullah al-Jibouri had long ago lost hope that he would ever make it out of Islamic State’s jail alive, and he had not even seen the(...)

Civilians gather at the scene of a deadly car bomb in the Habibiya neighborhood of Sadr City, Baghdad on Saturday. Photograph: AP Photo/Karim Kadim

A car bomb at a popular car dealership has killed 13 people and injured 52 in eastern Baghdad’s volatile Sadr City neighbourhood, two days after a mar(...)

Sunni worshippers  at a mosque during the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of Ramadan in Baghdad, Friday,  July 17th, 2015. A car bomb killed at least 80 people  at a market in a town near Baghdad which was busy due to the holiday. Photograph: Ahmed Saad/Reuters

A car bomb killed at least 80 people, including children, at a busy market in an Iraqi town on Friday in one of the deadliest attacks since Islamic St(...)

Iraqi Yazidis at the Khanke refugee camp in Dohuk, Iraq. United Nations  investigators  have cited evidence that IS fighters had sought to wipe out the Yazidi minority in Iraq. Photograph: Lynsey Addario/The New York Times

United Nations human rights investigators have levelled accusations of genocide and war crimes at Islamic State (IS), citing evidence that the extrem(...)

Iraqi security forces and Shia fighters on a tank in the Salahuddin province on Monday. Iraq’s armed forces, backed by Shia militia, attacked Islamic State strongholds north of Baghdad  as they launched an offensive to retake the city of Tikrit and the surrounding Sunni Muslim province of Salahuddin. Photograph: Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

Thousands of Iraqi soldiers and Shia militiamen sought to seal off Islamic State fighters in Tikrit and nearby towns on Tuesday, the second day of Ir(...)

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(...)

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(...)