A member of Kurdish security forces stands guard as families fleeing violence in Mosul wait at a checkpoint. Photograph: Reuters

  Islamic extremists have grabbed control of much of Mosul in northern Iraq after troops abandoned their posts and government buildings, i(...)

Members of the Iraqi security forces inspect the site where a suicide bomber drove a truck packed with explosives into a police checkpoint west of the northern city of Kirkuk today. Photograph: Ako Rasheed/Reuters

At least 16 people have died after a series of bombings targeted security forces in northern Iraq, as the country prepares for a crucial electi(...)