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A member loyal to Islamic State waves a flag in Raqqa in 2014. FIle photograph: Reuters

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Members of Iraqi federal forces  advance in military vehicles in Kirkuk, Iraq on Monday. Photograph: Reuters

Iraqi forces seized control of the disputed city of Kirkuk on Monday as Kurdish forces appeared to melt away, escalating a crisis triggered by last mo(...)

Shoppers at the al-Qaysareyah market in Kirkuk, Iraq, ahead of the Kurdish independence vote. Photograph: Ivor Prickett/The New York Times

Iraqi Kurds are expected to vote for independence in Monday’s referendum, despite fierce opposition to the ballot from Baghdad and regional and intern(...)

A man sews an Iraqi Kurdish flag bearing a portrait of Iraqi Kurdistan president Massud Barzani, in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq. File photograph: Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images

Iraqi Kurds will hold an independence referendum on September 25th, according to the president of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region Masoud Barzani. H(...)

 Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner during last month’s visit of German chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House. The couple are believed to be a calming presence on the president. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters

When Chinese premier Xi Jinping visits his US counterpart Donald Trump at the president’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida this week, he will have one mem(...)

A man purported to be Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at a mosque in Mosul, according to a video recording posted on online on July 5th, 2014. Photograph: Reuters

US and Iraqi officials believe the leader of the so-called Islamic State (Isis), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has left commanders behind with diehard followe(...)

A US soldier in  a military vehicle at an army base in Karamless town, east of Mosul, Iraq, December 25th, 2016. Photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters

Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi claimed on Tuesday it would take three months to rout Islamic State, as US-backed forces continue to battle to di(...)

Peshmerga forces leaving a base as they take part in an operation to liberate several villages from the control of the so-called Islamic State militant group southeast of Mosul, Iraq. File photograph: Andrea Dicenzo/EPA

Columns of Iraqi and Kurdish forces backed by US-led air strikes have slowly advanced on Mosul from several directions, launching a long-awaited opera(...)

Peshmerga forces shoot as they take part in an operation to liberate several villages currently under the control of the Islamic State southeast of Mosul. Photograph: Andrea Dicenzo/EPA

Kurdish Peshmerga forces have launched a fresh attack on Islamic State (Isis) forces as part of a campaign to capture Mosul, the militants’ de facto (...)

Iraqis at the site of a suicide-bombing attack in Baghdad’s Karrada neighbourhood. Photograph: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

The death toll from a massive suicide bombing in Baghdad over the weekend has reached 250, Iraq’s Health Ministry said on Tuesday. The attack, clai(...)

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