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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 (...)

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 (...)

Fighters from the Popular Mobilisation units, supporting Iraqi  government forces, and members of the Iraqi police pose with an Islamic State flag in Falluja on June 28th after Iraqi forces retook the city from the jihadists. File photograph: Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State has lost a quarter of the territory it controlled in Iraq and Syria and is likely to retaliate by mounting attacks on civilians and econ(...)

Syrians fleeing the northern  city of Aleppo wait  in Bab Al-Salam, near the city of Azaz, northern Syria, near the Turkish border crossing. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey is under pressure to admit 40,000 Syrians who have been camped on the border between the two countries after fleeing the biggest Syrian governm(...)

In February, the UN Security Council was asked to investigate the deaths of 12 doctors in the Islamic State-held city of Mosul. It was alleged the doctors were killed after refusing to remove organs. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Islamic State has sanctioned the harvesting of human organs in a previously undisclosed ruling by the group’s Islamic scholars, raising concerns that (...)

A Turkish soldier check cars at a check point in Diyarbakir on July 26th, 2015 following the death of two Turkish soldiers. Photograph: Inilyas Akengin/AFP/Getty Images

Kurdish militants killed two Turkish soldiers in a roadside bombing on Sunday, the military said, apparently retaliating for Ankara’s crackdown on th(...)

An explosion rocks Kobani city centre yesterday during a reported suicide car bomb attack by Islamic State militants group. Photograph: Getty

US secretary of state John Kerry justified the first air drop of weapons to Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State (IS) militants in Kobani, Syria, (...)

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(...)

Sunni gunmen walk at a street in Fallujah city, westren Iraq, yesterday. Photograph:  EPA/Ahmed Jalil

A group of Sunni militants attending a suicide bombing training class at a camp north of Baghdad were killed yesterday when their commander unwittingl(...)

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