Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi  in Mosul on Sunday, a day before he formally declared victory over Islamic State. Photograph:  Iraqi prime minister media office/via Reuters

Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi formally declared victory over Islamic State in the city of Mosul on Monday, marking the biggest defeat for the g(...)

An Iraqi counter terrorism services  member prays in the Old City of Mosul on Monday during an ongoing offensive to retake the city from Islamic State. Photograph: Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images

Iraqi forces slowed their advance on Tuesday through the last streets in Mosul controlled by Islamic State where militants and civilians are packed in(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Iraqi forces’ BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles, supported by the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) paramilitaries, advance towards the village of Sheikh Younis, south of Mosul, on Sunday,  after the offensive to retake the western side of the city from Islamic State began. Photograph: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

Iraqi forces have launched a long-awaited offensive to retake west Mosul, making cautious advances towards the city’s airport ahead of a push into hea(...)

US army personnel gather at the University of Mosul during a battle with Islamic State militants on Wednesday. Photographer: Reuters/Muhammad Hamed

Iraqi forces have driven Islamic State from most of the eastern half of Mosul city, officials said, as the prime minister vowed that final victory in(...)

A Kurdish peshmerga fighter during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in the town of Naweran, near Mosul, on Sunday. Photograph: Azad Lashkari/Reuters

A growing spat between the Turkish and Iraqi governments has cast a pall over the operation to oust Islamic State from Mosul. On Saturday, Iraq’s pr(...)

 A Kurdish Peshmerga soldier relaxes in Bartella, a village  recaptured from Islamic State during the battle to retake Mosul, on Tuesday. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Residents of Mosul said Islamic State was using civilians as human shields as Iraqi and Kurdish forces captured outlying villages in their advance on (...)

Maj Gen Najim al-Jabouri, commander of the Nineveh Liberation Operation, at his temporary HQ in Makhmur ahead of the planned assault on Mosul. Photograph:  Ruaidhrí Giblin

Iraqi forces in the assault on Mosul must “win the people” as well as the battle, according to the Iraqi general in charge of the operation begun on M(...)

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