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Iraqi security forces launch a rocket against Islamic State militants positions during clashes in the western side of Mosul, Iraq, on Sunday. Photograph: AP

US-backed Iraqi forces on Monday captured Mosul’s al-Hurriya bridge, which leads to the Islamic State-held old city centre from the south, a military (...)

A man cries while he carried his daughter as he walks from Islamic State controlled part of Mosul towards Iraqi special forces soldiers during a battle in Mosul, Iraq. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

More than 40,000 people have been displaced in the past week from the Iraqi city of Mosul, where US-backed forces launched a fresh push towards the Is(...)

Displaced young residents of Mosul gather at a petrol station, used as a gathering point, after fleeing the Iraqi city on Friday, during an offensive by US-backed Iraqi forces to retake the western parts of the city from Islamic State. Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

The number of civilians escaping the fighting in Mosul has increased significantly as battles intensify between US-backed Iraqi forces and Islamic Sta(...)

Two people run for cover as they flee Mosul’s Al-Tayaran neighbourhood on Tuesday, during an offensive by Iraqi forces to retake the area from Islamic State fighters. Photograph: Ahmad al-Rabaye/AFP/Getty Images

US-backed Iraqi forces on Tuesday battled their way to within firing range of Mosul’s main government buildings, a major target in the offensive to d(...)

Displaced people fleeing  their homes in western Mosul on Monday. Photograph: Azad Lashkaril/Reuters

Iraqi forces have seized a damaged Mosul bridge which could link up their units on either side of the Tigris river, as thousands of civilians fled the(...)

Iraqi forces’ BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles, supported by the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) paramilitaries, advance towards the village of Sheikh Younis, south of Mosul, on Sunday,  after the offensive to retake the western side of the city from Islamic State began. Photograph: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

Iraqi forces have launched a long-awaited offensive to retake west Mosul, making cautious advances towards the city’s airport ahead of a push into hea(...)

Syrian families waiting to register at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon. Mr Trump’s order puts an indefinite hold on a programme resettling Syrian refugees. Photograph: Hassan Ammar/AP

Radical groups have celebrated Trump’s ban on entry into the US of citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, arguing the bans demonstrate the US(...)

The truck involved in the fatal attack on a Christmas market in Berlin earlier this month is prepared for removal afterwards.  File photograph: Bernd Von Jutrczenka/EPA

A Polish truck driver whose hijacked vehicle was used to crash into a Berlin Christmas market was shot in the head several hours before the attack and(...)

Paris public prosecutor  Francois Molins giving a press conference on Friday  following the arrest of a group of suspected extremists who he said were preparing an attack in the Paris area. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

Five men arrested this week in France were planning a terror attack as early as next week and were receiving their orders from an Islamic State group (...)

Smoke rises during clashes between Peshmerga forces and Islamic State militants in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, in  Iraq. Photograph: Azad Lashkari/Reuters

Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces stormed an Islamic State-held town northeast of Mosul on Monday, trying to clear a pocket of militants outside the city(...)

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