A displaced Iraqi man carries his belongings and pushes a child  after fleeing their homes due to the ongoing fighting between government forces and Islamic State (IS) on Saturday in Mosul. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Iraqi government forces paused in their push to recapture western Mosul from Islamic State militants on Saturday because of the high rate of civilian(...)

Civilians evacuate the area as the Iraqi counter-terrorism service  advances towards the Yabasat neighbourhood of Mosul on March Thursday  during the ongoing offensive to push Islamic State  jihadists out of the city. Photograph: Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

About 400,000 Iraqi civilians are trapped in the Islamic State-held Old City of western Mosul, short of food and basic needs as the battle between the(...)

A man purported to be Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at a mosque in Mosul, according to a video recording posted on online on July 5th, 2014. Photograph: Reuters

US and Iraqi officials believe the leader of the so-called Islamic State (Isis), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has left commanders behind with diehard followe(...)

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(...)

Residents  make their way across a destroyed bridge connecting  the Al Sukar neighbourhood with the rest of eastern Mosul, recently liberated from Islamic State. Photograph: Ivor Prickett/New York Times

After three months of fighting, the battle to retake Mosul has entered a new chapter, but the Islamic State terror group’s vast arsenal of car bombs a(...)

Iraqi rapid response forces fire mortar shells towards Islamic State positions in the Wahda district of eastern Mosul, Iraq, on Friday. Photograph: Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters

Iraqi troops entered Mosul from the north for the first time on Friday, part of a new phase in the battle to retake the city from the Islamic State t(...)

An ancient monument in the city of Palmyra, photographed in April 2016 after the Syrian army had regained control of it from Islamic State, and which is now back under the terror group’s control. File photograph: Youssef Badawi/EPA

With control of Aleppo secured, Syria and Russia may now give priority to the recapture of the ancient city of Palmyra, rather than the northwestern p(...)

A displaced Iraqi woman cries after she finds out that her 15-year-old son Maitham was killed by an Islamic State mortar in Samah neighbourhood, Mosul, Iraq. Photograph: Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters

Iraqi soldiers fighting just north of Mosul, within sight of city neighbourhoods, said on Sunday they were ready to tighten the noose around Islamic S(...)

Mortars of the federal police forces are seen in the south of Mosul. Photograph: Reuters

Iraqi security forces are preparing to advance towards Mosul airport on the city’s southern edge to increase pressure on Islamic State militants figh(...)

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