A member of the Iraqi security force searches a man at a checkpoint in Ramadi. Photograph: Reuters

Iraq imposed a curfew in the western city of Ramadi amid fears the Islamic State (IS) group was looking to advance on the strategically important city(...)

A handout photo made available by the French Army  shows two ‘Rafale’ fighter jets during a mission at an unspecified location over Iraq

France yesterday became the second western country to conduct air strikes against Islamic State targets in northern Iraq. “This morning, at 9.40am, o(...)

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 (...)

US president Barack Obama addresses the nation from the State Dining Room of the White House, in Washington yesterday.  Photograph: Mike Theiler/EPA

The US military conducted two additional air strikes against Islamic State forces near the city of Arbil in northern Iraq this evening, the Pentagon s(...)

Ahmad Chalabi, a one-time darling of Washington neo-conservatives long since shunned by the US, is improbably being talked up as a candidate for prime minister. Photograph: Bryan Denton/The New York Times

He took millions of dollars from the CIA, founded and was accused of defrauding the second-biggest bank in Jordan and sold the Bush administration a b(...)

Jordanian Copra Helicopters fly over the Ruwaished Iraq-Jordan border in Jordan. Earlier this month, the al-Qaeda splinter group Isis, believed to be backed by local Sunni militias, seized the northern city of Mosul and captured a string of towns stretching south towards Baghdad. Photograph: Reuters

Militants this morning seized a town just an hour from Baghdad which is home to four natural gas fields - another gain by Sunni insurgents who have s(...)

In an undated handout photo, an image posted by militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria appears to show insurgents leading away captured Iraqi soldiers. Handout via The New York Times.

Sunni militants captured the northern Iraqi town of Tal Afar early today, its mayor and residents said, the latest blow to the nation’s Shia-led gover(...)

Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, called the Isis offensive “a very dangerous mistake” by the Iraqi militants. Photograph: Reuters

Iran has reacted with relative calm to the offensive by the extremist Sunni Muslim group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in Iraq (Isis), also known(...)

Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani told a news conference today that Iran could contemplate cooperating with its old adversary the United States on restoring security to Iraq if it saw Washington confronting ‘terrorist groups in Iraq and elsewhere’. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

US defense secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered an aircraft carrier moved into the Gulf today, readying it in case Washington decides to pursue a militar(...)