Kurdish Peshmerga troops have reportedly repelled a major Islamic State attack in northern Iraq, southwest of the city of Irbil.
Islamic State militants have been accused of harvesting the organs of their victims to help finance their terrorist activities, according to claims by a top Iraqi diplomat.
Militants from the Islamic State have attacked various military checkpoints across the Kurdish-controlled city of Kirkuk, in the north of Iraq.
Syrian Kurds, backed by US-led airstrikes, have managed to push Islamic State militants from the strongly contested border town of Kobane, officials have said.
A suicide bomber has detonated a vehicle laden with explosives in the Iraqi Kurdish capital, Erbil.