Abu Al Baghdadi

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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(...)

This file image made from video posted on a militant website Saturday, July 5th, 2014, purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq during his first public appearance. File photograph:  AP

With Iraqi troops battling inside Islamic State’s Iraqi bastion of Mosul, the militants’ leader told his followers to fight to the death in what he sa(...)

Iraqi federal police forces launch a rocket during clashes with Islamic State militants south of Mosul. Photograph: Reuters

The Iraqi army was trying on Thursday to reach a town south of Mosul where Islamic State has reportedly executed dozens of people to deter the populat(...)

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 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 (...)

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(...)

A fighter from the Free Syrian Army covers his ears as he fires a mortar launcher during fighting against Islamic State on the outskirts of the northern Syrian village of Dabiq. Photograph: Nazeer al-Khatib/AFP/Getty Images

Syrian rebels said they captured the village of Dabiq from Islamic State on Sunday, forcing the jihadist group from a stronghold where it had promised(...)

Three women were arrested after car laden with gas cylinders was found abandoned near Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on September 4th. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images

A French judge handed preliminary charges on Saturday to a 29-year-old woman whom authorities suspect is part of a female “terrorist commando” group i(...)

Abu Muhammed al-Adnani: killed in air strike in Aleppo on Tuesday. Photograph: Militant Photo via AP

When the al-Qaeda breakaway group Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant rebranded itself two years ago as simply Islamic State, a new caliphate without(...)

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 (...)

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