Abu Al Baghdadi

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Members of the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service  cheer as they carry an upside-down Islamic State flag, in  Mosul’s Old City. Photograph: Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

Iraqis prepared on Sunday to celebrate an expected victory over Islamic State (Isis) in Mosul, as battles continued to rage in the city in the last fe(...)

Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service troops rest  beside the ruins of Grand al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul after it was retaken from Islamic State on Thursday. Photograph: Erik De Castro/Reuters

After eight months of grinding urban warfare, Iraqi government troops on Thursday captured the ruined mosque in Mosul from where Islamic State proclai(...)

A pet dove of a member of Iraqi forces  inside an armoured fighting vehicle at the frontline in the Old City in west Mosul, Iraq, on Tuesday. Photograph:  /Erik De Castro/Reuters

Iraqi forces on Tuesday pushed towards the river side of Mosul’s Old City, their key target in the eight-month campaign to capture Islamic State’s de(...)

Mecca attack: Saudi security forces inspect the site of the foiled terror plot. Photograph: HO/AFP/Getty

Saudi Arabian security forces have foiled a terror plot targeting the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, exchanging gunfire with one of th(...)

The al-Hadba minaret of  the Grand al-Nuri Mosque is seen through a  window in the Old City of Mosul on June 1st. Photograph: Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters

The leaning al-Habda minaret that has towered over Mosul for 850 years lay in ruins on Thursday, demolished by retreating Islamic State militants, bu(...)

The Mosul skyline featuring the historic leaning minaret of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, where Islamic State (IS) group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared his caliphate back in 2014. Photograph: Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

The Islamic State group destroyed the al-Nuri mosque in Mosul and the famous leaning minaret when fighters detonated explosives inside the structures,(...)

Iraqi forces advance towards Mosul’s Old City on Sunday, during the ongoing offensive by Iraqi forces to retake the last district still held by the Islamic State group. Photograph: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

Iraqi forces began storming the Islamic State-held Old City of Mosul on Sunday, in an assault they hope will be the last in the eight-month-old campai(...)

Indian Shia Muslim demonstrators burn an effigy of Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during a protest in New Delhi. Photograph: Getty Images

An audio message purporting to come from the spokesman of Islamic State called on followers to launch attacks in the United States, Europe, Russia, Au(...)

Tony Blair: MPs should “keep an open mind on this Brexit negotiation until we see the final terms”. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

Tony Blair has urged voters to oppose candidates who back “Brexit at any cost”, even if that means voting Conservative or Liberal Democrat. The former(...)

Syrian Democratic Forces fighters near destroyed airplane parts inside Tabqa military airport after taking control of it from Islamic State fighters, west of Raqqa city, Syria, earlier this week. Photograph: Rodi Said/Reuters

In the summer of 2014, the movement that became known as Islamic State took the world by surprise when it seized the Iraqi towns of Mosul, Tikrit and (...)

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