Members of the Hashid Shaabi Shia  milita gather in the west of Samarra, in the desert of Anbar, as they prepare to depart for Mosul to fight against Islamic State. Photograph: Reuters

Iraq has signed a deal with an Italian company to repair and maintain the country’s largest dam near the northern, Islamic State-held city of Mosul. (...)

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange squints in the sunlight as he prepares to speak from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange called on Britain and Sweden on Friday to let him freely leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London after a UN panel rule(...)

Iraqi forces secure an area in Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province, on January 10th, 2016, after retaking the city from Islamic State  group jihadists. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Gunmen detonated suicide vests inside a shopping complex in Baghdad on Monday and a car bomb exploded nearby in an attack claimed by Islamic State tha(...)

Iraqi forces secure an area near the Grand Mosque in central Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province, on Friday, 2016, after retaking the city from Islamic State. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

As his armoured vehicle bounced along a dirt track carved through the ruins of this recently reconquered city on Wednesday, Gen Ali Jameel, an Iraqi c(...)

A member loyal to Islamic State  waves an Isis flag in Raqqa last year. An FT investigation indicates Isis earns at least as much from taxation, extortion and confiscation as oil. (Photograph: REUTERS)

Even under jihadi rule, death and taxes remain the two great certainties of life. Some learn that the hard way. As Islamic State officials announced (...)

People gather outside Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris,  for  a Mass  after the  attacks in the city, November 15th, 2015. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

An Iraqi intelligence dispatch sent to coalition countries warned of imminent assaults by Islamic State the day before the deadly attacks in Paris kil(...)

Muhammed Hassan Abdullah al-Jibouri, one of the 69 hostages freed from an Islamic State prison last week by Kurdish and US forces, sobs while recalling the execution of his brother by his captors. He was speaking in Salahaddin, Iraq, on Tuesday. Photograph: Michael R Gordon/New York Times

Muhammad Hassan Abdullah al-Jibouri had long ago lost hope that he would ever make it out of Islamic State’s jail alive, and he had not even seen the(...)

Shi’ite fighters gather to fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq. A member of a US special operations team was killed during an operation to rescue hostages held by IS on Thursday. Photograph: Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

A member of a US special operations team was killed during an operation to rescue hostages held by Islamic State militants in northern Iraq, the first(...)

A 12-year-old girl from the Yazidi minority who says she was raped by an Islamic State fighter, at the refugee camp she and her family now live in in Qadiya, Iraq. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times

In the moments before he raped the 12-year-old girl, the Islamic State fighter took the time to explain that what he was about to do was not a sin. Be(...)

Iraqi Sunni fighters battling Islamic State (IS) group jihadists alongside government forces fire their weapons on the outskirts of Iraq’s Baiji oil refinery, about 200 kilometres north of Baghdad on Monday. A military operation has been launched to drive Islamic State out of the western Anbar province. Photograph: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

A military operation has been launched to drive Islamic State out of the western Anbar province of Iraq, where the extremists captured the provincial (...)