ISIL fighters have drawn battle lines all over the country, destroying villages and shattering lives.
Annabell Van den Berghe
The Islamic State group’s control of a trade route linking Baghdad to Turkey has cut supplies and caused prices to soar.
Faith in the Iraqi army’s strength is reaching a new low, after ISIL-led rebels seized a major oil refinery in Baiji.
Thousands of Syrians have been lining up at the Iraqi crossing, hoping in vain to reach the other side of the Tigris.