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US army chief of staff General Ray Odierno speaks during a press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

The fight against Islamic State rebels is at a stalemate and if the US military does not see progress in the coming months it should consider putting(...)

The truck bombing has been claimed by the Islamic State. Photograph: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

At least 76 people were killed and 212 wounded on Thursday in a blast claimed by Islamic State in Baghdad‘s Sadr City, police and medical sources sai(...)

Demonstrators shout slogans in support of reforms introduced by Iraq’s prime minister Haider al-Abadi. Photograph: Haidar Hamdani/AFP/Getty Images

Iraq’s parliament voted unanimously yesterday for the biggest shakeup in its governing system since the US military occupation, eliminating entire la(...)

Haidar al-Abadi: won the support of his cabinet to eliminate a layer of senior government positions. Photograph: Reuters/Iraqi PM Media Office

Iraqi prime minister Haidar al-Abadi has secured the unanimous backing of his cabinet to eliminate senior government posts in a bid to end the syste(...)

Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi has proposed cancelling Iraq’s multiple vice president and deputy prime minister positions, currently shared out along sectarian lines. Photograph: Iraqi PM Media Office/Reuters

Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi won the support of his cabinet on Sunday to eliminate a layer of senior government positions, part of a push to r(...)

An image grab taken from a video shows alleged Islamic State leader  Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Mosul. Photograph: Al-Furqan Media/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

It seems a strange obsession for men so opposed to graven images that they smash ancient statues with sledge hammers. The jihadists of Islamic State (...)

Gráinne O’Hara: ‘The type of work I do is very, very compelling.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The decision to seek asylum in a foreign country is almost always a last resort. Most people are keen to stay as close to home as possible, remain (...)

Sunni worshippers  at a mosque during the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of Ramadan in Baghdad, Friday,  July 17th, 2015. A car bomb killed at least 80 people  at a market in a town near Baghdad which was busy due to the holiday. Photograph: Ahmed Saad/Reuters

A car bomb killed at least 80 people, including children, at a busy market in an Iraqi town on Friday in one of the deadliest attacks since Islamic St(...)

Matthew VanDyke: busy sending US military veterans to train Iraqis on the other side of the fight

The last time Matthew VanDyke saw US journalist James Foley, they were running through war-torn Aleppo in Syria avoiding snipers. Foley became the mo(...)

A Muslim man reads the koran at a mosque during the Islamic month of Ramadan. Photograph: Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images

A bomb has exploded inside a mosque where al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria was holding a fast-breaking meal, killing at least 14, activists said. The blast (...)

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