Iraq’s prime minister Haider al-Abadi visits an Iraqi army base on Wednesday in Camp Tariq near Falluja. Photograph: Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters

Iraq has delayed its assault on the city of Falluja because of fears for the safety of civilians, prime minister Haider al-Abadi said on Wednesday, as(...)

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has approved a decision to refer military commanders to a court martial for abandoning their positions in the battle against Islamic State militants in Ramadi. Photograph: Reuters

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi approved on Sunday an investigative council’s decision to refer military commanders to a court martial for abando(...)

The truck bombing has been claimed by the Islamic State. Photograph: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

At least 76 people were killed and 212 wounded on Thursday in a blast claimed by Islamic State in Baghdad‘s Sadr City, police and medical sources sai(...)

Iraqi families, who fled the city of Ramadi after it was seized by Islamic State , gather during a sand storm at a camp. Photograph: Getty Images

A convoy of Shia Muslim militia and Iraqi army forces set out from a base near Ramadi on Saturday to advance on areas held by Islamic State, a Shia sp(...)

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

US president Barack Obama acknowledged in an interview broadcast yesterday that the United States had underestimated the rise of the Islamic State mil(...)

Iraqi SWAT troopers take part in an intensive security deployment during clashes with Islamic State militants, north of Muqdadiyah, in Diyala province. Photograph:  Stringer/Reuters.

Iraq has received “credible” intelligence that Islamic State militants plan to launch attacks on subway systems in Paris and the United States, Iraqi(...)

A child cries in a military helicopter after being evacuated by Iraqi forces from Amerli, north of Baghdad. The United Nations has agreed to send investigators to Iraq to examine crimes being committed by Islamic State militants on ‘an unimaginable scale’, with a view to holding perpetrators to account. Photograph: Reuters.

The United Nations has agreed to send investigators to Iraq to examine crimes being committed by Islamic State militants on “an unimaginable scale”(...)

Kurdish men selling weapons at an arms market in Arbil, capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq. Iraqi and Kurdish forces have today claimed to have recaptured Mosul Dam from the Islamis State group. Photograph: Azad Lashkari/Reuters.

The US military conducted airstrikes today on Islamic State positions near the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq, the Pentagon said.A mix of US fighter, bomb(...)

A US Navy F/A-18 Hornet launches off from the flight deck of the US Navy aircraft carrier USS George HW Bush in the Persian Gulf, at sea, yesterday. Aircraft from the carrier are part of the US military aircrafts conducting strikes against the Islamic State (IS) extremists in northern Iraq to halt their advance. EPA/MAZEN MAHDI

Air strikes by American fighter aircraft and drones have targeted Islamic State (IS) fighters near north Iraq’s vital Mosul dam.The Islamic State grou(...)

Soldiers of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Shia volunteers take position during fighting with Islamic State fighters, in Amerly town in northeastern Baghdad today. Photograph: EPA

Islamist militants surged across northern Iraq towards the capital of the Kurdish region today, sending tens of thousands of Christians fleeing for th(...)

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