Iraqi soldiers inspect human remains and military equipment found at a site believed to be a mass grave containing the bodies of Iraqi soldiers killed last year by Islamic State  militants,  in Tikrit, northern Iraq, April 8th,  2015. Photograph: EPA

Iraqi security forces launched a new offensive against Islamic State insurgents in the Sunni Muslim heartland of Anbar on Wednesday, seeking to build(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Iraqi security forces and Shia fighters on a tank in the Salahuddin province on Monday. Iraq’s armed forces, backed by Shia militia, attacked Islamic State strongholds north of Baghdad  as they launched an offensive to retake the city of Tikrit and the surrounding Sunni Muslim province of Salahuddin. Photograph: Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

Thousands of Iraqi soldiers and Shia militiamen sought to seal off Islamic State fighters in Tikrit and nearby towns on Tuesday, the second day of Ir(...)

An image grab taken from the Jordanian TV shows flames erupting from a building hit by an airstrike against Islamic State by warplanes of the Jordanian Air Force. Photograph: Jordanian TV/AFP/Getty Images.

Arab leaders have bemoaned what they call a lack of strategy and weapons in the fight against jihadists groups like Islamic State, a security confe(...)

Members of the Kurdish security forces who took part in the offensive to regain control of Iraq’s Sinjar mountain on Thursday. Photograph: Ari Jalal/Reuters

Kurdish forces, backed by a surge of US airstrikes in recent days, recaptured a large swath of territory from Islamic State militants on Thursday, (...)

Iranian F-4 Phantom fighter jets such as those which the US believe were used in  air strikes on Islamic State forces in Iraq. File photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

US secretary of state John Kerry called apparent Iranian air strikes on Islamic State forces in Iraq a positive step, as the Pentagon said it believed(...)

A convoy of Iraqi peshmerga fighters arrive in southeastern Turkey early today ahead of their planned deployment to the Syrian town of Kobani to help fellow Kurds repel an Islamic State advance which has defied US-led air strikes. Photograph: Reuters

A convoy of Iraqi peshmerga fighters and weaponry has made its way across southeastern Turkey en route for the Syrian town of Kobani to try to help fe(...)

A member of the Iraqi security force searches a man at a checkpoint in Ramadi. Photograph: Reuters

Iraq imposed a curfew in the western city of Ramadi amid fears the Islamic State (IS) group was looking to advance on the strategically important city(...)