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Smoke rises from Ramadi’s Hoz neighbourhood, about 110km west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, during military operations conducted by Iraqi pro-government forces against the Islamic State. Photograph: AFP

Iraq’s army said on Sunday it had defeated Islamic State fighters in a provincial capital west of Baghdad, the first major victory for the US-trained (...)

Iraqi security forces close to the centre of Ramadi: If  captured, it will be the second major city after Tikrit to be retaken from Islamic State. Photograph: Reuters

Iraq’s army chief was quoted on Wednesday as saying he needed only days to drive Islamic State from the city of Ramadi, whose fall in May exposed the (...)

Iraqi soldiers advance their position in northern Ramadi on Monday. Photograph: AP

Iraqi soldiers began a fierce assault to wrest control of the city of Ramadi from Islamic State on Monday night, and by midday Tuesday had battled th(...)

Iraqi mourners carry the body of one of the soldiers who  died the previous day in “friendly fire” from a US-led coalition aircraft west of Baghdad. Photograph: Haidar Hamdani/AFP/Getty Images

A US aircraft appears to have mistakenly carried out an air strike that killed Iraqi security forces near the city of Fallujah, US defence secretary A(...)

The southern desert of Samawa in Iraq.  A Samawa police colonel said the hunters were escorted by an Iraqi security force but that it decided not to engage a large number of gunmen. Photograph:  Haidar Hamdani/AFP/Getty Images)

About 100 gunmen kidnapped at least 26 Qataris from their hunting camp in a sprawling desert area near the Saudi borders in the early hours of Wednesd(...)

Egyptians light candles as the French and Egyptian flags and France’s national colours are projected onto one of the pyramids at Giza, outside Cairo,   in tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks. The words on the pyramid read: “Solidarity with France”. Photograph:  Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

Egypt lit the Giza pyramids on Sunday night with the colours of the flags of both France and Russia in solidarity with the victims of Islamic State at(...)

The massacre in Paris, following bombings in Beirut, Lebanon, and the downing of a Russian passenger jet over Egypt, all claimed by the Islamic State, reveals a terrorist organization that has changed in significant ways from the West’s initial understanding of it. Photograph: Reuters

Defying Western efforts to confront Islamic State on the battlefield, the group has evolved in its reach and organisational ability, with increasingly(...)

Sympathisers put a candle  outside the French ambassador’s residence in Dublin. Ireland should not be shy about making its  experience and position known. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Basing our response to Friday’s attacks in Paris on a long-held and comfortable self-image of Ireland as a non-aligned, benevolent country could le(...)

Smoke rises from the site of US-led air strikes in the town of Sinjar, Iraq. Photograph: Ari Jalal/Reuters

Kurdish forces backed by US air strikes have seized the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar from Islamic State (IS), giving the jihadists’ opponents an impo(...)

Yazidi refugees celebrate news of the liberation of their homeland of Sinjar from Islamic State at a refugee camp in Derek, Rojava, Syria. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

The Kurdish regional president in Iraq said that peshmerga forces have taken the northern town of Sinjar from Islamic State (IS) militants in an offen(...)

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