Even as Iraq mourned the destruction of priceless artefacts by jihadists in Mosul, the national museum in Baghdad brought joy and pride to visitors as it opened its doors for the first time in 12 years.
Car bombs targeting a crowded market and Shiite militia checkpoints north of Iraq's capital killed 27 people on Saturday, authorities said, as the country's prime minister vowed to punish Islamic State militants who smashed ancient artifacts in a northern city.
A series of car bombs on Saturday ripped through a crowded marketplace and Shiite militia's checkpoint, killing a total of 19 people in separate attacks north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, officials said.
Continuing to display its barbaric act to the world, Islamic State militants ransacked the public library of Mosul in Iraq and burned down thousands of rare books and manuscripts, reports claimed on Thursday.
The Iraqi security forces Saturday launched a major offensive in the western province of Anbar to free a town from where the Islamic State (IS) militants abducted around 43 people and later burned them alive inside iron cages, a provincial security source said.
Iraqi security forces backed by Shi`ite Muslim militias repelled an early morning assault by Islamic State insurgents on a dam area north of Baghdad, security sources and a local official said on Sunday.
About 25 Islamic State fighters led by several suicide bombers attacked Ain al-Asad air base in Iraq`s Anbar province on Friday but were repulsed by Iraqi security forces guarding the perimeter who killed most of the assailants, the Pentagon said.