Peshmerga fighters are seen in vehicles with Kurdish flags as they guard Mosul Dam in northern Iraq . Photograph: Youssef Boudlal/Reuters

Iraqi Shia militiamen opened fire on minority Sunni Muslims in a mosque today, killing dozens of people just as Baghdad is trying to build a cross-com(...)

British prime minister David Cameron has insisted his government has a “fully worked through” strategy to tackle Islamic State extremists after Britain’s role in Iraq moved beyond humanitarian aid. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/PA Wire.

British prime minister David Cameron has insisted his government has a “fully worked through” strategy to tackle Islamic State extremists after Brita(...)

A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi making what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in the centre of Iraq’s second city, Mosul in a video recording posted online on  July 5th.  Photograph: Reuters

When American forces raided a home near Fallujah during the turbulent 2004 offensive against the Iraqi Sunni insurgency, they got the hard-core milita(...)

Refugees from Iraq’s Yazidi religious minority rest on a roadside in Dohuk province, a Kurdish-controlled region of Iraq. While some Yazidis fleeing from Isil fighters wound up here, many fled up the slopes of Mount Sinjar and are now in danger of starving. Photograph: Adam Ferguson/The New York Times.

They ran from the sound of the Sunni militants’ guns in the night last weekend, thousands of Yazidis fleeing miles on foot, carrying almost nothing, t(...)

Russian soldiers unload a Russian Sukhoi SU-25 plane in al-Muthanna Iraqi military base at Baghdad airport yesterday. The first batch of Russian fighter jets arrived in Baghdad  to help Iraqi forces battle Isis fighters in the country’s north. Photograph: Reuters 1:32

An offshoot of al-Qaeda which has captured swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria has declared itself an Islamic “Caliphate” and called on factions wo(...)

Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki has called on his nation’s political blocs to close ranks in the face of Sunni militants but rejected calls for a unity government. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Pool via The New York Times.

Iraq’s prime minister has called on his nation’s political blocs to close ranks in the face of Sunni militants - but gave no concrete promise of great(...)

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore is in Luxembourg today for a meeting of EU foreign ministers to discuss the ongoing crisis in Iraq and developments in Ukraine.

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore is in Luxembourg today for a meeting of EU foreign ministers to discuss the ongoing crisis(...)

“We are strongly opposed to US and other intervention in Iraq,” IRNA news agency quoted Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying. Photograph: Reuters

Iran’s supreme leader yesterday accused the US of trying to retake control of Iraq by exploiting sectarian rivalries, as Sunni insurgents drove tow(...)

Mehdi Army fighters loyal to Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr parade through  the disputed Iraqi city of Kirkuk today. Photograph: Ako Rasheed/PA

In a sign of a split in the coalition of Sunni Muslim forces supporting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis), the militants clashed with an(...)

US president Barack Obama pauses while delivering a statement on the situation in Iraq, prior to departing the White House South Lawn in Washington today. Photograph:  Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

The US will not be sending more troops into combat in Iraq to deal with Islamic militants, but will explore “a range of other options”, Barack Obama h(...)