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Mourners carry the coffin of a Shi’ite fighter who was killed in clashes with Islamic State militants in Tikrit. Fighting has intensified to the north and south of Saddam Hussein’s hometown as Iraqi security forces vowed to reach the centre of Tikrit within 48 hours.  Photograph: Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters

The tomb of Iraq’s late dictator Saddam Hussein has been virtually levelled in heavy clashes between Islamic State (IS) militants and Iraqi forces in (...)

Iraqi security forces’ armored vehicles  with  Hashid Shaabi militias are driven past smoke arising from a clash with Islamic State militants in the town of al-Alam March. Photograph: Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

Frustrated by guerrilla tactics from Islamic State militants, Iraqi forces paused for reinforcements yesterday in a major offensive to take back th(...)

Iraqi Shia fighters launch rockets towards Islamic State fighters holed up in the centre of the city of Tikrit on Thursday. Photograph: Ahmad Al-Rubayeahmad/AFP/Getty Images

Iraqi armed forces backed by Shia militia and thousands of volunteers, including Sunni tribal fighters, advanced further into Tikrit yesterday, imp(...)

Islamic State militants take sledgehammers to an ancient artifact in the Ninevah Museum in Mosul, Iraq. Photograph: Getty

Two weeks ago, the Islamic State movement released a video that appeared to show members demolishing statues dating back to the 7th century BC in Iraq(...)

Shia fighters who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against militants of the Islamic Statetake part in field training in the desert in Najaf, south of Baghdad. Photograph: Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters

Gunmen have abducted 31 Shia men from their homes in eastern Baghdad, an attack police described as targeting suspected criminals, The kidnappings h(...)

A 2001 file picture taken shows Iraqi workers cleaning a statue of winged bull at an archeological site in Nimrud, which has been levelled by Islamic State. Photograph: Karim Sahib/AFP

Archaeologists and historians the world over have expressed outrage over the levelling by Islamic State (IS) of the ancient city of Nimrud near Mosul(...)

Members of the Iraqi security forces and Shia fighters celebrate after taking control of the town of Hamrin from Islamic State militants, on Tuesday. Two of the Shia militias most feared by Sunnis are taking part in the ongoing offensive to take Tikrit. Photograph:Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

Iraq’s offensive against Islamic State fighters holding the strategic city of Tikrit is a test for the Iraqi army, allied Shia militias, the Shia fund(...)

Iraqi security forces and Shia fighters on a tank in the Salahuddin province on Monday. Iraq’s armed forces, backed by Shia militia, attacked Islamic State strongholds north of Baghdad  as they launched an offensive to retake the city of Tikrit and the surrounding Sunni Muslim province of Salahuddin. Photograph: Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

Thousands of Iraqi soldiers and Shia militiamen sought to seal off Islamic State fighters in Tikrit and nearby towns on Tuesday, the second day of Ir(...)

Iraqi government forces and allied militias fire weaponry from a position in the northern part of Diyala province, bordering Salaheddin province, as they take part in an assault to retake the city of Tikrit from jihadists of the Islamic State group. Photograph: Younis Al-Bayati/AFP/Getty Images.

Iraq‘s armed forces, backed by Shi‘ite militia, attacked Islamic State strongholds north of Baghdad on Monday with an offensive to retake the city of(...)

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters walk next to their tank as they take control of the area on the outskirts of Mosul. Photograph: Ari Jalal/Reuters

The Islamic State (IS) group has released a video showing militants using sledgehammers to smash ancient artefacts in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul, d(...)

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