Iraqi pro-government forces advance towards the city of Fallujah, as part of a major assault to retake the city from Islamic State (IS) group. Iraqi forces, consisting of special forces, soldiers, police, militia forces and pro-government tribesmen, launched a major assault to retake Fallujah, the scene of deadly battles during the US occupation and one of the toughest targets yet in Baghdad’s war on the Islamic State group.
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Iraqis from the town of Heet in Iraq‘s Anbar province, are evacuated by government forces to a safe area far from the battlefields where Iraqi troops are trying to retake the western town from the Islamic State
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Female Kurdish Peshmerga attend their graduation ceremony at a police academy in Zakho district of the Dohuk Governorate in Iraq
Kurdish Peshmerga take part their graduation ceremony at a police academy in Zakho district in Iraqi Kurdistan
An Iraqi shepherd herds his sheep in the Kurdish town of Aqrah, 500 kilometres north of Baghdad
Iraqi civilians drive towards a safe area after government forces retook the town of Zankura, northwest of Ramadi, in Anbar province, from the Islamic State jihadist group
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An Iraqi soldier stands in an armed vehicle as they are stationed on the Iraqi-Saudi border in Iraq’s southern Samawah province
Vehicles carry coffins draped with Iraqi flags and containing bodies found in a mass grave in Anbar province. Iraqi authorities have uncovered the mass grave in Ramadi containing at least 40 bodies, including women and children, apparently killed by Islamic State insurgents when they seized the city in May.
People collect their belongings from a heavily damaged building in the aftermath of a car bomb explosion in commercial area of New Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday
Iraqi forces secure an area near the Grand Mosque in central Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province, on Friday, after retaking the city from Islamic State (IS) group jihadists
An Iraqi Muslim woman walks past Christmas decorations for sale in the Shia holy city of Najaf on Thursday
An elderly Yazidi man walks through the town of Sinjar, Iraq. Before it was overrun by Islamic State, Sinjar and the surrounding villages were home to about 200,000 people, mainly Kurdish and Arab Muslims, as well as Christians and Yazidis
Iranian soldiers participate in military manoeuvres on the outskirts of the northeastern Iranian town of Torbat-E-Jam, near Mashhad, on Tuesday. Iran started military manoeuvres to respond to possible attacks by armed groups, such as the Islamic State (IS) group
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Yazidi refugees celebrate news of the liberation of their homeland of Sinjar from ISIL extremists, while at a refugee camp on Friday in Derek, Rojava, Syria. Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Iraq have retaken Sinjar, with the help of airstrikes from U.S. led coalition warplanes
A displaced Iraqi man from the Yazidi community looks on as smoke billows during an operation by Iraqi Kurdish forces backed by US-led strikes in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar to retake the town from the Islamic State group
A displaced Iraqi girl looks out from behind a tent at a camp in Baghdad following heavy rainfall on Thursday
Iraqis attend a funeral in the Iraqi holy city of Najaf on Tuesday for eight fighters who belonged to the Asaib al Haq (The League of the Righteous) group that were killed in combat against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists
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Civilians inspect the aftermath of a car bomb explosion in Husseiniya, about 13 miles (20 kilometers) northeast of Baghdad, Iraq today. Iraqi officials say a series of car bombings across Iraq Monday killed and wounded dozens of people.
An Iraqi army cadet performs “the leap of faith” from a bridge during training in Baghdad today.
A young Iraqi girl who fled the violence in the northern city of Tal Afar poses for a photo at the Bahrka camp for internally displaced people, some ten kilometres west of Arbil, in the autonomous Kurdistan region