Kurdish peshmerga troops participate in an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants in Makhmur. Photograph: Reuters

The crisis gripping Iraq escalated rapidly in the past 48 hours with a re-energised Islamic State – formerly Isis – storming new towns in the north an(...)

A family fleeing the violence in the Iraqi city of Mosul wait at a checkpoint in the outskirts of Arbil in Iraq’s Kurdistan region yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Sunni rebels from an al Qaeda splinter group overran the Iraqi city of Tikrit today and closed in on the biggest oil refinery in the country, making f(...)