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(...)

People gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad’s Sadr City on Friday. Violence has killed 1,737 people, mostly civilians, in Iraq in July. Photograph:  Wissm al-Okili/Reuters

Islamic State fighters seized control of Iraq’s biggest dam, an oilfield and three more towns today after inflicting their first major defeat on Kurdi(...)

Increasingly bitter political squabbling in Iraq has  prompted the country’s senior Shi’ite cleric today to urge  leaders to pull together and for fighters to respect all Iraqis regardless of sect or ethnicity. Pictured is Sheikh Abdul Mehdi Al-Karbala’i delivering a sermon by Iraq’s top Shi’ite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani. Photograph: Mushtaq Muhammed/Reuters.

Kurdish forces seized two oilfieds in north Iraq today and took over operations from a state-run oil company, while Kurdish politicians formally susp(...)

Shi’ite volunteers, who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis), march in the city of Kerbala, southwest of Baghdad. Photograph: Reuters.

Some 50 bodies have been found in Iraq, many of them blindfolded and with their hands bound, raising concerns over a possible sectarian killing amid t(...)

Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki has called on his nation’s political blocs to close ranks in the face of Sunni militants but rejected calls for a unity government. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Pool via The New York Times.

Iraq’s prime minister has called on his nation’s political blocs to close ranks in the face of Sunni militants - but gave no concrete promise of great(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry (C) arrives to meet with Iraqi speaker of parliament Usama al-Nujayfi, in Baghdad today. Mr Kerry also met Iraq’s prime minister Nuri al-Maliki to push for a more inclusive government. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Pool/Reuters.

US secretary of state John Kerry said has said that US support for Iraqi security forces will be “intense and sustained” to help them combat an Islami(...)

Iraqi Sunni Muslim tribesmen take their positions with their weapons during clashes with the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in the city of Ramadi, 100 km  west of Baghdad. Photograph: Reuters.

Iraqi troops and allied tribesmen killed 57 Islamist militants in Anbar province today, the defence ministry said, in advance of a possible assault on(...)

Iraqi policemen check the trunk of a vehicle at a checkpoint in Baghdad today. Photograph: Ahmed Malik/Reuters.

At least 20 people were killed in a spate of attacks across Iraq today that included the seizure by gunmen of a television station, the targeting of S(...)

Iraqi Sunni Muslims take part in an anti-government demonstration in Falluja, 50 km (31 miles) west of Baghdad, earlier this month. Photograph: Mohanned Faisal/Reuters

The United Nations on has called on Iraq to suspend use of the death penalty after authorities executed 21 people on the same day following th(...)

US Secretary of State John Kerry talks with Jordan's King Abdullah at the airport in Amman yesterday. Photograph: Larry Downing/Reuters

US Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced visit to Iraq today where a senior US official said he would urge prime minister Nuri al-(...)