Despite predictions that the Islamic State would soon be routed from Iraq’s second-largest city, the offensive is stuck, and casualties are piling up - Foreign Policy
Aid agencies had planned for a massive exodus of residents from Mosul, but many residents decided to remain in their homes - Refugees Deeply
ISIS drones are the extremist group's eyes in the sky for suicide car bombs in the streets in the battle for Mosul - Vocativ
Islamic State open fire on residents as they flee but Iraqi artillery and air strikes 'have killed dozens' - International Business Times
ISIS fighters holed up in Mosul have spent months planting explosives throughout the city, it will take months before it is all over - Vocativ
Fighters and journalists came under fire at a newly-liberated airport outside Tal Afar - International Business Times
Both Iraqi and Kurdish forces have been criticised for their heavy-handed treatment of suspects - International Business Times
As Iraqi forces bear down on Mosul, the jihadi group is setting oil wells ablaze, using civilians as human shields, and executing those who try to flee - Foreign Policy
It's not just about bringing fashion to Iraq. For these Kurdish peacocks it's also about promoting a positive image of their homeland to the world - Vocativ
Talent competition highlights World Refugee Day and shows off enormous potential of asylum seekers worldwide - Middle East Eye
The dust-swept Qushtapa camp in northern Iraq offers shelter to Syrian refugees but few employment or educational opportunities. So when residents heard of a program promising to turn them into employed computer programmers within eight months, they queued up to apply - TakePart
Iraqi heavy metal band Dark Phantom are midway through the third song in their set when the power goes out - Noisey
A ragtag band of self-styled warriors from around the world have flocked to Kurdistan to battle the Islamic State. Mostly, they wait - Vocativ
Running a Middle Eastern airport is fairly challenging at the best of times. There are the lovesick hijackers and the irate music legends; the rogue sons of ministers who force the return of departed planes after they’ve arrived late to the gate.
But for Erbil International Airport the last few years have presented a series of unique problems - Quartz
Murad Khalid is a metalhead.
He's also a Turkmen, an Iraqi and an electrician. But those things are less important to him than fronting Dark Phantom, Kirkuk's premier – read: only –death metal band - Mashable
Chad Martin, a ruddy-faced 22-year-old American, is driving a pickup truck through the rubble-strewn streets of Sinjar, Iraq. Riding shotgun next to him is Eric Detweiler, also 22, from Colon, Michigan.
But they aren't soldiers, or private military contractors, or even civilians who have come to war-ravaged northern Iraq to take part in the fight against Islamic State, as dozens of others have done - Vice News
A blast wall across a shopping street in the northern Iraqi town of Tuz Khurmatu separates a knot of grim-faced Kurdish stallholders from their Shi'a Turkmen neighbors - Vice News