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(...)

People gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad yesterday. The latest attacks follow a series of dramatic advances in Iraq by Islamic State fighters. Photograph: Reuters

Mursitpinar and Islamic State militants have targeted Baghdad with a wave of devastating car bombs and mortar attacks, killing at least 150 people si(...)

US president Barack Obama predicted “periods of progress and setbacks” in the war against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria as he sought to demonstrate a unity of purpose during an unusual face-to-face meeting with senior military chiefs from 21 nations.

US president Barack Obama predicted “periods of progress and setbacks” in the war against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria as he sought to demonstr(...)

A handout picture made available by the Australian Department of Defense shows two Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft conducting a mid air refuelling from a RAAF KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport en route to the Middle East Region.

Australian special forces troops will be deployed in Iraq to assist in the fight against Islamic State militants, prime minister Tony Abbott said toda(...)

In a crucial effort to rebuild the army, Iraqi military command launches campaign to re-enlist soldiers and officers who had abandoned their units. Photograph: AP Photo

The Iraqi military command has launched a campaign to re-enlist soldiers and officers who abandoned their units, a crucial step in its effort to reb(...)

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(...)