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People displaced by the fighting around Mosul jump over a wall to get humanitarian packages, as smoke rises from a burning oil refinery. Photograph: Zohra Bensemra

An elite unit of the Iraqi army paused its week-long advance on Mosul as it approached the city’s eastern edge on Tuesday, waiting for other US-backed(...)

Iraqi forces battle against Islamic State fighters in the Bajwaniyah village, about 30 km south of Mosul, on October 18th, 2016 as they advance to liberate Mosul from the group. Photograph: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

The United States expects Islamic State to use crude chemical weapons as it tries to repel an Iraqi-led offensive on the city of Mosul, US officials s(...)

 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(...)

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(...)

Neelie Kroes pictured  in Dublin Castle in 2013. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

For years, Neelie Kroes traveled Europe as one of the continent’s senior officials, warning big corporations that they couldn’t “run away” from the E(...)

Iraqi security forces escort a man  sentenced to death over the mass killing of hundreds of mainly Shia soldiers at a former US base  two years ago: A local official criticised the executions saying some of the men   had been tortured to extract confessions. Photograph:  Stringer/Reuters

Iraq has executed 36 men convicted of taking part in the Islamic State group’s massacre of hundreds of soldiers in 2014, officials said. The men were(...)

Former British prime minister Tony Blair may face a contempt of parliament motion over his decision to go to war in Iraq  in 2003. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/AFP/Getty Images.

British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has indicated he will back a House of Commons motion to find Tony Blair in contempt of parliament following accusa(...)

 Donald Trump at a campaign rally: during his speech to supporters in Raleigh, North Carolina, he praised Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein for his skill in killing terrorists. Photograph: John Sommers II/Getty Images

What a week. And it should really have been Donald Trump’s week. Hillary Clinton was called “extremely careless” and “negligent” by FBI director James(...)

Donald Trump leaves a meeting with House Republicans at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington on Thursday. Photograph: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

A peacemaking summit meeting between Republican lawmakers and their renegade presidential nominee, Donald Trump, descended on Thursday into an extraor(...)

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