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 Shi'ite militias launched an offensive toward the west of Mosul on October 30, an operation that will tighten the noose around Islamic State's Iraq stronghold but has alarmed Turkey and could inflame tensions in the mainly Sunni area.
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.
A blast caused by a fire at a weapons storage depot in eastern Baghdad on September 2 set off rockets that hit neighboring districts, killing at least four residents and injuring 14 others.
At least 12 people were killed on April 23 in two separate car bomb attacks in Baghdad targeting security forces, police sources said.
At least 40 people were killed by a suicide bomber at a funeral in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala while a suicide blast at a security checkpoint in Baghdad's western outskirts killed eight members of the security forces, police said on February 29.
Islamic State militants launched an assault on a Kurdish-controlled town on Syria's border with Turkey on February 27, prompting air strikes by the US-led coalition to try to drive them back.
Attacks by five suicide bombers on an Iraqi military base north of Baghdad on January 3 killed at least 15 members of the security forces and wounded 22 others, security sources said.
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More than 100 people were killed in a suicide car bombing at a busy market in an Iraqi town on July 17, in one of the deadliest attacks carried out by Islamic State militants since they overran large parts of the country.
President Barack Obama on June 10 ordered the deployment of 450 more US troops to Iraq's Sunni heartland to advise and assist fragile Iraqi forces being built up to try to retake territory lost to Islamic State.
The Obama administration is considering setting up a new military base in Iraq's Anbar province.
Western and Arab states carrying out air strikes on Islamic State fighters backed on June 2 Iraq's plan to retake territory from the jihadist movement after being accused by the Iraqi premier of not doing enough to help Baghdad push back the insurgents.