US support for Kurdish troops in the fight against Isis in Syria and Iraq is a major source of tension between the two allies
Isis fighters launch suicide bombs and booby traps to slow onslaught
However, officials believe conventional weapons remain the biggest threat to Iraqi and Kurdish forces
Despite the likely defeat of Isis, sectarian and ethnic hatreds run deep and people in the city face a frightening and uncertain future
Militants release video showing ‘life going on as normal’ as US-backed forces draw closer in massive operation
Sunni Arabs in Iraq are facing 'brutal revenge attacks' at the hands of militias and government forces, and are being punished for crimes committed by Isis — Amnesty report claims
US-led air support will be crucial to victory against the jihadis, but the hatred felt between the various ‘allies’ mean it may not be the last battle within the city
'If anywhere in that book says there were three wounded guys and I killed them, all that is absolute nonsense,' says Colin Maclachlan
The US-Russian military offensive, fewer European recruits and damage to the group's revenue streams have combined to weaken its powerbase
Commanders tell families to put while flags on homes amid fears for trapped civilians
Civilians in the city are rising up against the jihadists as long-awaited US-backed Iraqi army offensive begins, reports say
'We of course are not going to fan hysteria over this matter, like our partners in the West do'
More than 30 others were injured when a jihadist detonated a suicide vest inside a crowded tent
The militant group is clamping down on security in the city in preparation for a major coalition advance
The 'detention room' was reportedly installed by the dictator decades ago, as officials claim intelligence agents used the space to imprison Iraqis in the US
The Cold War superpowers broke off biltateral talks on Syria following the bombing of a UN aid convoy near Aleppo last month which the US said amounted to a 'war crime'