• Ruins of homes in Kirkuk a sign of divisions to come in Iraq

    Arab residents sit amid their destroyed home in Kirkuk's Huzeiran neighborhood, Iraq, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. In the weeks following a deadly Islamic State group attack in central Kirkuk, residents of the city's Arab neighborhoods say Kurdish security forces moved into a small mostly Arab neighborhood on the city's southern edge, destroyed homes and confiscated identity documents. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

    IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — All along the street, houses have been reduced to rubble in the central Iraqi city of Kirkuk. The work of Kurdish security forces retaliating against Sunni Arabs after a recent Islamic State group attack, residents say.

  • Empowered Shiite militias poised to dominate key Iraq town

    In this Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016 photo, an Iraqi special forces humvee passes with a Shiite flag bearing the likeness of Imam Hussein and Imam Ali with Arabic words reading "At your service Hussein," in the front line neighborhood of Bakr, in Mosul, Iraq. State-sanctioned Shiite militias are positioning themselves to control areas liberated from Islamic State militants in northern Iraq, opening the door to fresh domestic and regional conflict and raising concerns among religious and ethnic minorities. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    AIN AL-JEHESH, Iraq (AP) — On the road to Tal Afar, an Iraqi city near Syria that’s been key to sectarian catastrophes in both countries over the past decade, a mosaic of rag-tag troops advancing against Islamic State militants have one symbol in common.

  • Iraqi troops south of Mosul face IS attack

    EDS NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT - Soldiers of the Iraqi Army pull the body of an Islamic State fighter in the village Al-Qasr, 7 kilometers outside of Mosul, Iraq, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016.(AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

    AL-QASR, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi army troops sweeping through an area southeast of Mosul on Wednesday came under attack from Islamic State militants firing automatic weapons and mortars.