Air strikes seek to oust Isis from Tikrit

Coalition jets back stalled offensive by Iraqi forces

Maliki clings to remnants of power in Iraq

Abadi’s predecessor is hampering Baghdad, say critics

FILE - This undated file image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 shows fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria. Once a vibrant, mixed city considered a bastion of support for President Bashar Assad, the eastern city of Raqqa is now a shell of its former life, transformed by al-Qaida militants into the nucleus of the terror group's version of an Islamic caliphate they hope one day to establish in Syria and Iraq. In rare interviews with The Associated Press, residents and activists in Raqqa describe a city where fear prevails, music has been banned, Christians have to pay religious tax in return for protection and face-veiled women and pistol-wielding men in jihadi uniforms patrol the streets. (AP Photo/militant website, File) isis

Isis accused of using chlorine gas

Iraqi Kurds report evidence of chemical weapon use

Baghdad bookseller trades in big answers

Secularists remain assertive amid a vivacious literary scene

Iraqi forces advance further into Tikrit

Government troops backed by Shia militia and thousands of volunteers

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Greece, Russia and humiliation politics

Solving international conflicts may involve thinking as much about emotions as interests

Isis bulldozes ancient ruins of Nimrud

Unesco condemns destruction of Iraqi site as a ‘war crime’

Turkey loses friends and regional influence

Erdogan embraces solitude but wonders why no one comes around any more

Iraq launches offensive against Isis

Military seeks to clear fighters from Salahuddin province

UK puts 3,000 extremists on terror watch

Rise of Isis boosts ranks of potentially violent militants

Isis brutality reawakens Sunni resistance

Jihadi group alienates Iraq’s mainstream community

Isis kidnaps Christians in eastern Syria

Isis operation has similarities to the group’s August attack on the Yezidi minority in Iraq

Iraq’s cash crisis forces salary squeeze

Lower oil prices and higher expenses lead to austerity measures

Pentagon reveals plans to retake Mosul

US gives advanced warning of the battle, to take place in spring

Obama’s muddled stance in war against Isis

Defeat in Congress would hand propaganda victory to America’s foes

Isis is not about Islam, says Obama

Republicans criticise president for denying religious dimension

Isis raid on base hosting US forces fails

Eight jihadis die in Iraq raid on training camp in Sunni heartland

UK drifts to foreign policy sidelines

As security challenges mount, Britain is increasingly absent

MPs attack ‘modest’ role in Isis fight

Lack of ‘clear military strategy’ under fire in lawmakers’ report

Isis video shocks the Arab world

Reaction to Jordanian pilot’s immolation is swift and unequivocal