US army trainers watch as an Iraqi recruit fires at a military base in Taji, Iraq.They are teaching members of the Iraqi Army, as the Iraqi government tries to recover territory lost to IS last year. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

The leader of Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been seriously wounded in an air strike in western Iraq, according to reports.A source in Iraq (...)

Government forces in Iraq believe they have killed Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, Saddam Hussein’s former deputy who later allied himself with Islamic State militants. Photographs: EPA.

Ezzat Ibrahim al-Douri, a former aide to late Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and a leader of Iraq’s Sunni insurgency, may have been killed by Iraqi fo(...)

Nicholas Slatten (left), a former Army sniper from Tennessee, was sentenced to life in prison; Dustin Heard, also of Tennessee and  Evan Liberty of New Hampshire were both sentenced to  30 years. Photograph: Reuters

One former Blackwater security contractor received a life sentence on Monday and three others received 30-year sentences for killing unarmed Iraqi ci(...)

A soldier prays at a suspected mass grave pf Shia soldiers from Camp Speicher who were killed by Islamic State militants last year. Photograph: Reuters/Stringer

Iraqi forensic teams began on Monday excavating 12 suspected mass grave sites thought to hold the corpses of as many as 1,700 soldiers massacred la(...)

A member of the Iraqi security forces stands inside a damaged house in the southern entrance of the city of Tikrit on Sunday. Photograph:  Ahmad al-Rubaye/Getty Images

The decision by Iraqi prime minister Haidar al-Abadi to request US air strikes against Islamic State (IS) fighters entrenched at the heart of the stra(...)

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(...)