People fleeing Islamic State fighters in Mosul last June arrive at a checkpoint in Irbil, in northern Iraq. Photograph: Kamal Akrayi/EPA

Iraq’s national security adviser Falah Fayadh was in Washington struggling to arrange delivery of US fighter jets to aid the country’s fight against a(...)

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 president Barack Obama attending a meeting of leaders from the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group in New York last week. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times 2:06

US president Barack Obama acknowledged in an interview broadcast yesterday that the United States had underestimated the rise of the Islamic State mil(...)

Gen Martin E Dempsey, chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, described the current phase of operations against Islamic State as “extraordinarily complex”. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The US air campaign to thwart the advance of fighters from the Islamic State has been the easy part of President Barack Obama’s strategy in Iraq an(...)

Fewer than one in three of today’s members of the United States House of Representatives were in Congress in 2002 for the vote that authorised Preside(...)

 Ali Hussein Kadhim, an Iraqi Shia soldier  who was captured with hundreds of other soldiers by Sunni militants in June, at his family’s home in Diwaniya, Iraq, late last month. He narrowly escaped death at the hands of Sunni extremists by playing dead after a bullet missed his head during the execution of hundreds of Shia soldiers by the extremists. Photograph: Bryan Denton/New York Times

Ali Hussein Kadhim, an Iraqi soldier and a Shia, was captured with hundreds of his comrades by Sunni militants in June and taken to the grounds of a p(...)

A resident of Tabqa city touring the streets on a motorcycle waves an Islamist flag in celebration after Islamic State militants took over Tabqa air base, in nearby Raqqa city August 24, 2014. Islamic State militants stormed the air base in northeast Syria on Sunday, capturing most of it from government forces after days of fighting over the strategic location, a witness and a monitoring group said. Fighting raged inside the walls of the Tabqa air base, the Syrian army's last foothold in an area otherwise controlled by IS, which has seized large areas of Syria and Iraq. REUTERS/Stringer   (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

A few months ago few in the West had heard of Isis, the Sunni militants known at different times as Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and as Islamic (...)

The beheading of American journalist James Foley is only the latest in a catalogue of atrocities perpetrated by the Sunni militants of the Islamic Sta(...)

US secretary of defence Chuck Hagel (L) and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen Martin Dempsey prepare to leave  a media briefing at the Pentagon in Washington last night. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters.

The militant Islamic State poses an “imminent threat” to the US and may take years to defeat, defence secretary Chuck Hagel has said. “They are an imm(...)

Kurdish forces, known as peshmerga, stand guard near Mosul dam at the town of Chamibarakat outside Mosul in Iraq yesterday.  Photograph: AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed

Kurdish forces have taken control of most of Iraq’s largest dam after battling Islamic State fighters in nearby villages, reversing some of gains m(...)