Iraqi Troops

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Children queue for water in the northwestern Syrian city of Ariha, in Idlib province, on Tuesday, after a coalition of insurgent groups seized the area. Syria has seen an increased flow of weapons and funds and an influx of fighters to insurgent and jihadi groups. Photogaph:  Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

In early March, the Syrian regime was on the offensive and had retaken territory lost to insurgents. Reasonable prospects existed for dialogue between(...)

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 (...)

 The US military has identified moderate Syrian rebels to train for the fight against Islamic State. Above, rebel fighters prepare a mortar at al-Breij frontline, after what they said was an advance by them in  Aleppo. Photograph: Abdalghne Karoof/Reuters

The US military has made progress in its effort to identify moderate Syrian rebels to train for the fight against Islamic State militants and a US tra(...)

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(...)

Gen Martin E Dempsey, chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, described the current phase of operations against Islamic State as “extraordinarily complex”. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The US air campaign to thwart the advance of fighters from the Islamic State has been the easy part of President Barack Obama’s strategy in Iraq an(...)

Increasingly bitter political squabbling in Iraq has  prompted the country’s senior Shi’ite cleric today to urge  leaders to pull together and for fighters to respect all Iraqis regardless of sect or ethnicity. Pictured is Sheikh Abdul Mehdi Al-Karbala’i delivering a sermon by Iraq’s top Shi’ite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani. Photograph: Mushtaq Muhammed/Reuters.

Kurdish forces seized two oilfieds in north Iraq today and took over operations from a state-run oil company, while Kurdish politicians formally susp(...)

A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis) waves their flag in Raqqa yesterday.  The group has declared itself an Islamic ‘Caliphate’ and called on factions worldwide to pledge their allegiance. Photograph: Reuters

Iraqi troops battled to dislodge an al-Qaeda splinter group from the city of Tikrit today after its leader was declared caliph of a new Islamic state (...)

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(...)

“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(...)

In an undated handout photo, an image posted by militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria appears to show insurgents leading away captured Iraqi soldiers. Handout via The New York Times.

Sunni militants captured the northern Iraqi town of Tal Afar early today, its mayor and residents said, the latest blow to the nation’s Shia-led gover(...)

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