Messages from ISIL territory ask forgiveness for murder

Correspondence obtained by Al Jazeera and The Intercept paints a bleak picture of life in ISIL-held parts of Iraq.

Inside Story

Is the Iraqi army ready to liberate Mosul?

Iraq's prime minister says government forces and their allies will retake control of Mosul by the end of the year.


Iraq: Troops advance on ISIL-held Mosul

Offensive leads to capture of four villages but ISIL hits back with suicide attacks against Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers.


Red Cross: One million could flee Mosul battle in Iraq

Red Cross warns up to one million face being displaced as Iraqi forces prepare to launch anti-ISIL offensive in Mosul.

War & Conflict

Iraqi security the day after Mosul

Missteps by the Iraqi government, political parties and security forces could breathe new life into an ISIL recovery.

by Michael Knights

Middle East

Iraq: Kurds increase pressure on ISIL near Mosul

Peshmerga forces launched an offensive to retake ISIL-controlled villages, populated by religious minorities.

War & Conflict

Liberating Mosul will not solve Iraq's problems

If Mosul were to fall tomorrow it would be a blow - but not a fatal blow - for ISIL.

by Luke Coffey


British ISIL hostage appears in new video

Photographer John Cantlie was kidnapped in late 2012 and has appeared in several propaganda videos since.


Iraq: Beware the liberation of Mosul

What would happen if ISIL lost control of Iraq's second largest city tomorrow?

by Michael Knights


US warns citizens to evacuate Iraq if Mosul dam bursts

Warning is issued after Iraqi officials play down risk of a dam collapse, which the US says could cause deadly flooding.

War & Conflict

ISIL counterattacks target Iraqi troops in Ramadi

Fighters kill security forces on edge of Anbar's provincial capital, just days after they were driven out of its centre.

War & Conflict

US says ISIL's second-in-command killed

Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali died in military air strike while travelling in a vehicle near Mosul in Iraq, White House says.

War & Conflict

Obama says US intensifying anti-ISIL campaign in Syria

US president says ISIL will be defeated as US-led coalition bombs 19 positions in Syria and Iraq in last 24 hours.