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Iraqi refugees who fled Mosul, the last major Iraqi city under the control of the Islamic State group, on October 25th, 2016. Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images

Iraqi special forces have moved more than 1,000 people from villages near the front lines of the battle to retake the Islamic State-held city of Mosul(...)

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(...)

Members of Iraqi army forces keep watch in front of Islamic State positions in the town of Safayah near Mosul, Iraq. Photograph: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters

Kurdish fighters said they had taken the town of Bashiqa near Mosul from Islamic State on Sunday, as coalition forces continued their offensive agains(...)

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(...)

A man smokes a cigarette next to an oil field that was set on fire by retreating Islamic State fighters ahead of the Mosul offensive in Qayyarah, Iraq. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Islamic State launched a major attack on the city of Kirkuk on Friday as Iraqi and Kurdish forces pursued operations to seize territory around Mosul i(...)

Iraqi security forces detain a boy after removing a suicide vest from him in Kirkuk, Iraq. Photograph: Ako Rasheed/Reuters

A young boy has been apprehended in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk before he was able to detonate his explosives belt, police said. Local televi(...)

Iraqi security forces are preparing for an offensive that could be days or weeks away. Photograph: Reuters

Kurdish peshmerga, the Iraqi army’s elite special operations units, Sunni tribal levees and Shia militias have been marshalling forces ahead of the lo(...)

An image of Joshua Molloy from his Facebook page

“A nice young chap” is how postmistress Mary Brennan describes Joshua Molloy, the 24-year-old from Ballylinan, Co Laois, who is currently detained in (...)

A Sunni Muslim who had fled the Islamic State’s strongholds arrives at a refugee centre in Makhmour, south of Mosul, this week. Photograph: Azad Lashkari/Reuters

A US marine who was part of the coalition fighting Islamic State, also known as Isis, was killed in a rocket attack by the militant group in northern (...)

The site of a car bomb attack  today in Baghdad’s Habibiya district. Three civilians were killed late last night when the  bomb went off near a popular restaurant in the Shia neighbourhood. Photograph: Wissm al-Okili/Reuters

Militants in northern Iraq ambushed an army convoy and abducted at least 20 soldiers before shooting them in the head, army officials said today - th(...)

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