Royal Australian Air Force takes fight to Islamic State jihadists in northern Iraq

Max Blenkin Iraq: From high in the sky, the most notable feature of this bit of northern Iraq is Mount Sinjar, a weather-eroded ridgeline no one had heard of until Iraq's Yazidi Christian minority sought refuge...

Islamic State close to seizing Iraq's Anbar province

An Iraqi military vehicle burns after an attack by Islamic State militants in Anbar province last weekend.

Erin Cunningham Islamic State militants are threatening to overrun a key province in western Iraq in what would be an embarrassing setback for the US-led coalition targeting the group.

Islamic State now controls half of Syrian border town and intensifies attacks in Iraq

Conflict zone: Smoke rises from parts of Kobane bombed by US and Saudi warplanes.

Jihadists have fought their way into central Kobane, while in Iraq more than 180,000 have fled fighting in Anbar province.

As Iraq body count grows, Shiites start to demand answers

Yara Bayoumy Iraq's Shiite community, shocked by the onslaught of Islamic State, is turning its fury on the government in Baghdad.

Islamic State using water as a weapon in Iraq

Erin Cunningham Militants are increasingly cutting off supplies in northern Iraq to villages resisting their rule and pressing to expand their control over the country’s water infrastructure.

US helicopters attack in Iraq

All on: A Royal Australian Air Force  F/A-18F Super Hornet takes off as another taxis along the runway as they start their first combat mission over Iraq.

Mitchell Prothero The United States sent helicopters into combat against Islamic State targets west of Baghdad on Sunday, the first time low-flying Army aircraft have been committed to fighting in an engagement that...

Belgian F-16 launches first strike in Iraq

ATTACK FORCE: An F-16 fighter jet takes off from a military base in Europe.

An F-16 fighter jet has carried out Belgium's first bombing raid against the Islamist State in Iraq.

Turkish Parliament gives nod for possible military action in Syria, Iraq

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan says the country will fight against Islamic State and other

Orhan Coskun, Tulay Karadeniz, Ayla Yackley and Alexander Dziadosz The Turkish Parliament approved a motion on Thursday enabling the government to authorise cross-border military incursions into Iraq and Syria to battle Islamic State militants, although there was...

Islamic State committing staggering crimes in Iraq: UN report

A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa.

Stephanie Nebehay Islamic State insurgents in Iraq have carried out mass executions, abducted women and girls as sex slaves, and used child soldiers in what may amount to systematic war crimes that demand prosecution,...

Denmark votes to send jet fighters to Iraq

One of the seven Danish F-16 fighter jets takes off from military airport Flyvestation Skrydstrup in Jutland, Denmark, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Danish lawmakers have confirmed the government's proposal to send seven F-16 fighter jets to join an international coalition to take part in airstrikes against the Islamic State extremist group. In a 94-9 vote with 76 absentees, lawmakers on Thursday sent four operational planes and three reserve jets along with 140 pilots and support staff for 12 months. The fighters will be based in Kuwait and will not deploy in Syria. (AP Photo/Janus Engel, POLFOTO)      DENMARK OUT

Danish MPs have voted 94-9 with 76 absentees to send seven F-16 fighter jets to take part in airstrikes against Islamic State in Iraq.

Kurds seize Iraq-Syria border post from Islamic State with support of Sunni tribe

Success: Volunteers with Kurdish peshmerga forces clash with Islamic State militants in Iraq.

Isabel Coles and Jonny Hogg Iraqi Kurdish troops drove Islamic State fighters from a strategic border crossing with Syria on Tuesday and won the support of members of a major Sunni tribe, in one of the biggest successes since...

How the US government underestimated the threat of Islamic State in Iraq

Peter Baker and Eric Scmitt The question of how officials failed to anticipate the rise of the Islamic State resonates inside and outside the Obama administration.

John Kerry wins Arab states' support for Iraq and Syria military campaign

US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, talks with attendees before a meeting of the Gulf Arab region at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia.

Jason Szep The United States signed up Arab allies on Thursday to a "coordinated military campaign" against Islamic State fighters, a major step in building regional support for President Barack Obama's plan to...

UK could soon launch air strikes in Iraq and Syria

David Cameron, the Prime Minister, has set out a potential timetable for a military intervention in Iraq and Syria.

Peter Dominiczak Britain could launch air strikes in Iraq and Syria within weeks after David Cameron, the Prime Minister, set out a potential timetable for a military intervention and pledged to "use everything we...

Obama struggles to hold the centre in Iraq and Syria maelstrom

Heavy lift: Military equipment from Germany bound for Iraq is loaded onto a giant carrier plane at Leipzig/Halle Airport on Thursday.

Nick O'Malley Anyone following the Obama administration’s response to the threat posed by Islamic State this past week might have been left confused. Some might even have suffered whiplash.

Iraq delays delivery of RAAF arms to Kurds

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter.

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Hospital bombing in Iraq kills 18, including newborn babies

Eight newborns were among 18 civilians killed in a hospital bombing in Iraq.

US air strikes target Islamic State militants near Iraq's Haditha Dam

Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen fire at Islamic State positions north of Baghdad.

Ned Parker US warplanes launched four air strikes against Islamic State militants threatening western Iraq's Haditha Dam early on Sunday, witnesses and senior officials said, broadening Washington's campaign...

Yazidis' Iraq horror: 'I know what happened to them, but I cannot bear to say it'

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect flee violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq's north.

Ruth Pollard There are now only an estimated 600,000 Yazidis left in Iraq. Islamic State's brutal assault has left some of them questioning whether it is time to leave the country for good.

British Parliament votes overwhelmingly to approve strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq

British PM David Cameron:

Andrew Osborn and William James Britain will join the US-led military action in Iraq, but did not approve intervention in Syria.