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(...)

Iraqi forces hold positions about 45km south of Mosul on October 17th. Some 30,000 federal troops are leading the offensive against Islamic State, backed by air and ground support from a US-led coalition. Photograph: Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

After two years scraping back territory lost in a humiliating defeat to Islamic State, Iraqi forces are now advancing on the city where the drama all (...)

A member of the Iraqi security forces  at a government complex in the city of Ramadi  after driving out Isis fighters on Monday. Photogaph: Reuters

Iraqi forces appeared poised to regain control of the city of Ramadi on Monday in what would be their most significant victory against Islamic State, (...)

Members of Iraq’s elite counter-terrorism service who secured  the Hoz neighbourhood in central Ramadi on December 27th.  Photograph: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

Iraqi forces captured a government complex in central Ramadi, on Sunday, a predominantly Sunni city, forcing the withdrawal of Islamic State fighters.(...)

An image grab taken from a video shows alleged Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Photograph: Al-Furqan Media/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Several senior figures from Islamic State were killed in an air strike while meeting in a town in western Iraq, but the group‘s reclusive leader Abu B(...)

A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi making what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in the centre of Iraq’s second city, Mosul in a video recording posted online on  July 5th.  Photograph: Reuters

When American forces raided a home near Fallujah during the turbulent 2004 offensive against the Iraqi Sunni insurgency, they got the hard-core milita(...)