Iraqi security forces stand guard as residents from the city of Ramadi, who fled their homes as Islamic State (IS) group militants tightened their siege on the last government positions in the capital of Anbar province, wait to cross Bzeibez bridge, on the southwestern frontier of Baghdad, on Wednesday
Iraqi Shia Muslim worshippers carry a mock coffin outside the Imam al-Kadhim shrine as they gather to mark the anniversary of the death of the eighth century revered Imam on Thursday in the Kadhimiya district of northern Baghdad
Iraqi Shia Muslim worshippers mourn as they gather at the shrine of Imam Mussa al-Kadhim to mark the anniversary of the death of the eighth century revered Imam on Wednesday in the northern district of Kadhimiya in the Iraqi capital Baghdad
Troops of the Interior Ministry march in a parade during a ceremony marking Iraqi Police Day’s 93rd anniversary at a police academy in Baghdad on Thursday
Boys inspect the site of double car bombings in the northern Shia district al-Hurriyah in Baghdad, Iraq. On Tuesday, officials say a wave of bombings targeted commercial areas across the country, killing and wounding dozens of people
Ali Al-Saadiali AFP/Getty Images
Iraqi onlookers gather on Friday, at the scene of an explosion that took place the previous night in the Karrada district, one of Baghdad’s Shiite Muslim majority districts. Violence struck Baghdad, with attacks including two car bombs killing at least 13 people in the Iraqi capital. The blasts went off in Karrada, a district packed with shops and restaurants, shortly after the time when people gather for the iftar meal breaking the dawn-to-dusk fast many Iraqi Muslims observe during the holy month of Ramadan.
Shia volunteers from the Iraqi Ketaeb (brigade) Hezbollah, march as they join the Iraq army to fight against Jihadist militants of the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis), on Wednesday, in Baghdad
Iraqi civilians gather in Baghdad to show their readiness to join Iraqi security forces in the fight against militants who have taken over several northern cities. Faced with a militant offensive sweeping towards Baghdad, thousands of civilians have signed up as volunteer fighters for the government.
Ali Al Saadi/AFP/Getty Images
Iraqi volunteers to join the fight against a major offensive by jihadists in northern Iraq, climb on to an army truck outside a recruiting centre in the capital Baghdad
Ali Al-Saadi/AFP/Getty Images
Iraqi army troops chant slogans against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (known as Isis) outside a recruiting centre in the capital Baghdad, on Friday, as they recruit volunteers to join the fight against a major offensive by the jihadist group in northern Iraq
Children fleeing violence in Iraq’s northern Nineveh province sleep in a tent at a camp in Aski kalak in the autonomous Kurdistan region. Half a million people are thought to have fled Mosul, which was on Tuesday captured by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) after an assault that routed the army
A voter shows her ink-stained finger at a polling station during parliamentary elections in Baghdad. Iraqis headed to the polls on Wednesday in their first national election since US forces withdrew from Iraq in 2011.
Troops of the Interior Ministry take part in a parade to mark the 92nd anniversary of the Iraqi police force at a police academy in Baghdad
Iraqis walk past a bicycle shop in the central Sadria area of Baghdad on Tuesday.
Iraqi anti-terrorism special forces stand to attention before a simulated hijacking of an aeroplane during a training exercise at Baghdad airport, Iraq.
A Shiite woman prays at the Imam Moussa al-Kadhim shrine at Kazimiyah district of Baghdad, Iraq on Tuesday. Tens of thousands of Shiite pilgrims are converging on a golden-domed Shiite shrine in northern Baghdad to commemorate the death of a revered Shiite Muslim saint. Security is tight after a wave of deadly attacks.
People collect garbage to be sorted and sold to nearby recycling centres in a district near Najaf, 160km (99 miles) south of Baghdad, Iraq.