Iraqi forces face tough ISIL resistance near Fallujah

Battles intensify near city, as aid groups warn of human catastrophe unfolding with 50,000 people trapped by fighting.


Iraqi forces 'close in' on ISIL-held Fallujah

Iraqi defence ministry says it has isolated Fallujah and completed first phase of campaign to retake city from ISIL.


Biden: Iraq disunity threatens efforts against ISIL

US vice president says political unrest could undermine progress being made to defeat armed group.


ISIL retreats from Iraqi town

Counterterrorism troops reach centre of Heet town after fierce battles as thousands of civilians now able to flee.

War & Conflict

Wave of suspected ISIL attacks kill at least 60 in Iraq

At least 62 killed and 83 wounded in string of car bombs and suicide attacks targeting the military and civilians.

Middle East

ISIL suicide attackers storm into army base in Iraq

At least 18 soldiers killed in blasts and fighting as ISIL steps up suicide attacks on areas outside its control.


US deploys Marines to Iraq

After ISIL rocket attack killed US soldier, Pentagon announces more Marines will be deployed on the ground in Iraq.


Iraq assault to retake Mosul from ISIL months away

ISIL's strategic attacks near Baghdad aim to keep security forces stretched to delay Mosul operation, officials say.


ISIL suicide bombers kill dozens of Iraqi soldiers

At least 25 soldiers and a general killed as violence swells, while Iraqi troops launch push to dislodge ISIL fighters.

War & Conflict

ISIL claims responsibility for deadly Iraq bombing

Blast strikes funeral in Miqdadiyah and security forces targeted in two different places in continuing wave of violence.

War & Conflict

Several dead in Baghdad Shia mosque double bombing

The blasts in Shuala come on the eve of a planned protest in Baghdad called for by Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.


Civilians killed in air strikes in Iraq's Anbar

Military yet to confirm who carried out raids which claimed at least 24 lives, including children, in province's west.


ISIL suicide car bombers hit Iraqi forces near Ramadi

In series of attacks, ISIL fighters kill at least 27 Iraqi soldiers and wound 16 more west of strategic city, army says.


Iraq army enters last ISIL stronghold in Ramadi

Iraqi forces raise flag in centre of Hussaibah village, following weeks of fighting with ISIL, security sources say.


Iraq blames ISIL for deadly attacks on troops

At least 28 killed as one car bomb hits army barracks in Ramadi and another targets government base in Fallujah.