Dividing people into winners and losers might seem like weirdly reductive behaviour, but Alastair Campbell was once the British Labour Party’s director of communication and strategy, where he thrived on reduction. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

On the cover of Alastair Campbell’s new book, Winners and How They Succeed, there’s a big number “1” made from the names of the subjects and interv(...)

The bloodshed in Baghdad comes as Iraqi forces continue to prepare for a large-scale operation to recapture the city of Tikrit from the Islamic State.

At least 19 people have died and 36 others have been wounded in multiple bombings in the Iraqi capital.The bloodshed in Baghdad comes as Iraqi forces (...)

Mourners carry the coffin of a Shi’ite fighter who was killed in clashes with Islamic State militants in Tikrit. Fighting has intensified to the north and south of Saddam Hussein’s hometown as Iraqi security forces vowed to reach the centre of Tikrit within 48 hours.  Photograph: Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters

The tomb of Iraq’s late dictator Saddam Hussein has been virtually levelled in heavy clashes between Islamic State (IS) militants and Iraqi forces in (...)

Shia fighters from Hashid Shaabi forces walk with their weapons at the front line at the Shia Turkman village of Bashir, 20km south of Kirkuk on Saturday. Kurdish peshmerga forces, backed by Shia militia fighters, have been attacking Islamic State-held towns and villages south and west of the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, peshmerga sources said. Photograph: Reuters

There is evidence that the Islamic State group used chlorine gas as a chemical weapon against peshmerga fighters, Kurdish authorities in Iraq said.(...)

“ ‘We are not seeking a grand bargain’, said John Kerry in Riyadh after his nuclear talks with Iranian ministers in Switzerland.”  Photograph: REUTERS/Brian Snyder

‘We are not seeking a grand bargain”, said United States secretary of state John Kerry in Riyadh after his nuclear talks with Iranian ministers in Swi(...)

Iraqi security forces’ armored vehicles  with  Hashid Shaabi militias are driven past smoke arising from a clash with Islamic State militants in the town of al-Alam March. Photograph: Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

Frustrated by guerrilla tactics from Islamic State militants, Iraqi forces paused for reinforcements yesterday in a major offensive to take back th(...)

Iraqi Shia fighters launch rockets towards Islamic State fighters holed up in the centre of the city of Tikrit on Thursday. Photograph: Ahmad Al-Rubayeahmad/AFP/Getty Images 1:15

Iraqi armed forces backed by Shia militia and thousands of volunteers, including Sunni tribal fighters, advanced further into Tikrit yesterday, imp(...)

Islamic State militants take sledgehammers to an ancient artifact in the Ninevah Museum in Mosul, Iraq. Photograph: Getty 1:36

Two weeks ago, the Islamic State movement released a video that appeared to show members demolishing statues dating back to the 7th century BC in Iraq(...)

A Shia fighter gestures during clashes with Islamic State militants in Salahuddin province at the beginning of the month. Iraq’s armed forces, backed by Shia   militia,  have  launched an offensive to retake the city of Tikrit and the surrounding Sunni Muslim province of Salahuddin. Photograph:Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

Iraqi security forces and militias have fought their way into Saddam Hussein’s home city of Tikrit, advancing from the north and south in their bigge(...)

Members of the Iraqi security forces and Shia fighters celebrate after taking control of the town of Hamrin from Islamic State militants, on Tuesday. Two of the Shia militias most feared by Sunnis are taking part in the ongoing offensive to take Tikrit. Photograph:Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters 1:15

Iraq’s offensive against Islamic State fighters holding the strategic city of Tikrit is a test for the Iraqi army, allied Shia militias, the Shia fund(...)