People around the world have celebrated New Year 2017 in different ways.
Several thousand Iraqi federal police are ready to join the assault against Islamic State in east Mosul, a spokesman said on December 12, reinforcing troops who have faced weeks of fierce counter-attacks from the militants.
Iraqi military medics rushed a man whose mouth had been blown apart by mortar shrapnel into their temporary field clinic on the eastern edges of Mosul on November 22.
US President Barack Obama arrived in Berlin on November 16 to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel, with whom he has forged a close transatlantic alliance during eight years in office that President-elect Donald Trump may now call into question.
Islamic State claimed a series of suicide attacks that killed at least 14 people south and west of Baghdad on November 14 as a US-backed campaign to capture Mosul, the insurgents' last urban stronghold in Iraq, made slow progress.
Iraqi special forces said they pushed deeper into Mosul on November 11 despite heavy resistance from Islamic State militants using civilians as cover, and were holding half a dozen city neighborhoods seized in the last 10 days.
Iraqi special forces said they recaptured six districts of eastern Mosul on November 4, expanding the army's foothold in the Islamic State bastion a day after its leader told his jihadist followers there could be no retreat.
Iraqi forces battled Islamic State fighters on the eastern edge of Mosul on November 1 as the two-week campaign to recapture the jihadists' last main bastion in Iraq entered a new phase of urban warfare.
The Iraqi army was trying on October 27 to reach a town south of Mosul where Islamic State has reportedly executed dozens to deter the population against any attempt to support the US-led offensive on the jihadists' last major city stronghold in Iraq.
Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop affirmed Australia is having a good relationship with Indonesia at her meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Jakarta on October 26.
Islamic State fighters kept up on October 26 their fierce defense of the southern approaches to Mosul, which has held up Iraqi troops there and forced an elite army unit east of the city to put a more rapid advance on hold.
An elite unit of the Iraqi army paused its week-long advance on Mosul as it approached the city's eastern edge on October 25, waiting for other US-backed forces to close in on Islamic State's last major urban stronghold in Iraq.
Islamic State expanded its attacks on October 24 against the army and Kurdish forces across Iraq, trying to relieve pressure on the militant group's defenses around Mosul, its last major urban stronghold in the country.
The United States expects Islamic State to use crude chemical weapons as it tries to repel an Iraqi-led offensive on the city of Mosul, although adding that the group's technical ability to develop such weapons is highly limited.
Malaysia has stepped up security at its borders in case Malaysian militant fighters try to return home after Iraqi forces launched a major offensive to take back the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said on October 18.
Iraqi government forces launched a U.S.-backed offensive on October 17 to drive Islamic State from the northern city of Mosul, a high-stakes battle to retake the militants' last major stronghold in the country.
Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on October 17 announced the start of an offensive to retake Mosul, the capital of Islamic State's so-called caliphate in Iraq.
Iraq launched a radio station on October 4 to help Mosul residents stay safe during the upcoming military offensive to dislodge Islamic State from the largest city under its control, state TV said.
The United States will send around 600 new troops to Iraq to assist local forces in the battle to retake Mosul from Islamic State that is expected later this year, US and Iraqi officials said on September 28.
Iraqi forces backed by air strikes from the US-led coalition gained complete control of the northern district of Shirqat on September 22, bringing the military a step closer to a main push on Mosul later this year.