Kurdish peshmerga forces ride in military vehicles on the southeast of Mosul, Iraq, on August 14th. Photograph: Azad Lashkari/Reuters

The planned assault on the Islamic State-held city of Mosul in northern Iraq has the potential to cause a humanitarian disaster unless the internation(...)

Kurdish Peshmerga forces in southeast Mosul, Iraq. Photograph: Azad Lashkari/Reuters

Kurdish Peshmerga forces said on Monday they had secured a river crossing enabling them to open a new front against Islamic State and further tighten (...)

Iraqi forces vehicles drive past incomplete and damaged buildings in Falluja’s southern Hayakel neighbourhood during an operation to retake areas from the Islamic State  group on June 16th, 2016. Photograph: Jean Marc Mojon/AFP/Getty Images

After weeks of battling Islamic State militants, Iraqi forces quickly entered central areas of Falluja on Friday, as thousands of civilians fled in a (...)

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(...)

Shia fighters take a selfie while firing artillery towards Islamic State militants near Falluja, Iraq, on Sunday. Photograph: Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters

The Iraqi army stormed to the southern edge of Falluja under US air support on Monday and captured a police station inside the city limits, launching (...)

An Iraqi Shia fighter close to Falluja on Tuesday. Photograph: Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

Iraqi forces are going slow while advancing on Islamic State fighters controlling the iconic city of Falluja in a battle long postponed by Baghdad. (...)

Shia fighters with Iraqi security forces gather near Falluja, Iraq, on Tuesday. Photograph: Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

Iraqi forces shelled Islamic State targets in Falluja on Tuesday, the second day of an assault to retake the militant stronghold just west of Baghdad.(...)

Iraqi forces secure an area near the Grand Mosque in central Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province, on Friday, 2016, after retaking the city from Islamic State. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

As his armoured vehicle bounced along a dirt track carved through the ruins of this recently reconquered city on Wednesday, Gen Ali Jameel, an Iraqi c(...)

Iraqi security forces and allied Sunni tribal fighters evacuate an injured woman after she was shot by Islamic State fighters in Ramadi, Iraq, on Monday. Photograph: AP Photo

The fighting has finally stopped in Ramadi, a major city in the Sunni heartland. Islamic State has been ousted, and the Iraqi flag is flying once aga(...)

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, meets with his military commanders at an Iraqi Army base near the oil refinery town of Beiji north of Baghdad, Iraq.  Photograph:  AP Photo

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Friday ordered security forces to ease access to Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone and main streets, in an appare(...)

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