A displaced Iraqi woman cries after she finds out that her 15-year-old son Maitham was killed by an Islamic State mortar in Samah neighbourhood, Mosul, Iraq. Photograph: Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters

Iraqi soldiers fighting just north of Mosul, within sight of city neighbourhoods, said on Sunday they were ready to tighten the noose around Islamic S(...)

Mortars of the federal police forces are seen in the south of Mosul. Photograph: Reuters

Iraqi security forces are preparing to advance towards Mosul airport on the city’s southern edge to increase pressure on Islamic State militants figh(...)

People displaced by the fighting around Mosul  at Al-Khazer refugee camp, east of the Iraqi city, on Friday. Photograph: Thaier Al-Sudaini/Reuters

Iraqi special forces said they recaptured six districts of eastern Mosul on Friday, expanding the army’s foothold in the Islamic State bastion a day a(...)

A Kurdish  peshmerga soldier carries a boy displaced by the fighting near Mosul   upon his arrival at Al Khazar camp near Hassan Sham, east of the Iraqi city, on Friday. Photograph: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters

Islamic State fighters have killed scores of people and are using tens of thousands more as human shields as government and Kurdish forces battle to (...)

People displaced by the fighting near Mosul pass a checkpoint in Qayyara, 50km south of Mosul. The combat ahead is likely to get more deadly as 1.5 million residents remain in Mosul. Photograph: Marko Drobnjakovic/AP

Islamic State fighters have kept up their fierce defence of the southern approaches to Mosul, which has held up Iraqi troops on the southern front an(...)

A girl displaced by the fighting near Mosul at a checkpoint in Qayyara on Wednesday. Humanitarian agencies fear a catastrophic outflow of civilians from Mosul if there is heavy bombardment and urban warfare. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

Why is Mosul under attack? Mosul is under attack because in June 2014 the city was seized by Islamic State during an offensive which gave the terror (...)

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(...)

Civilians return to their village after it was liberated from Islamic State militants, south of Mosul in Qayyara, Iraq on Saturday.  The fumes in the background are from oil wells that were set ablaze by Islamic State militants. Photograph: Reuters

Up to 1,000 people have been treated for breathing problems linked to fumes from a sulphur plant set ablaze during fighting with Islamic State in nort(...)

Displaced Iraqi children, who fled Falluja because of Islamic State violence, at a camp on the outskirts of the city this summer. Amnesty International says some of those fleeing Falluja were subjected to human rights abuses by security forces and Popular Mobilisation Units comprised of mainly Shia militias. Photograph: Reuters

Amnesty International has accused Iraqi government forces of compounding civilian sufferings inflicted by Islamic State by committing war crimes and 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 (...)

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