UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has arrived in Baghdad to hold talks with Iraqi leaders over the latest security situation in the strife-torn country.
The UN chief is expected to meet Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi and several other officials during his visit.
The Iraqi military campaign, supported by the US-led coalition's airstrikes on the Islamic State (Isis), is likely to feature prominently in the discussions.
The Iraqi prime minister's office earlier said Ban is also keen on talking about the government's initiatives in boosting unity among various groups in the country.
Ban's delegation will head to Kuwait after wrapping up the Iraq visit. The UN leader previously visited Iraq in August last year, when Sunni Islamists began to capture large territories in Iraq. The IS extremists now control nearly one-third of the country.