Lt Gen William C Mayville Jr, briefing the media on airstrikes on Islamic State (IS) positions in eastern Syria in the Pentagon Briefing Room in Arlington, Virginia, on   September 23rd. He said that missiles took out IS command and control facilities, training camps, and explosive facilities. Photograph:  EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

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Irish UN personnel on patrol in the Golan Heights in 2013.

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Iraqi Yazidi enter Iraq from Syria after fleeing  their homes when  IS militants took control of Sinjar. Photograph:   Adam Ferguson/The New York Times

Opinion: About 26 Irish citizens are estimated to be fighting with factions involved in the expansion of the Islamic State

Who dares to step out of line? “The almost universal experience of Irish whistleblowers, in both public and private sectors – whether they be soldiers, gardaí, nurses, midwives, priests or even journalists – is the immediate destruction of their chosen career path.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Speaking out against wrongdoing in the workplace should be commended, not vilified

A pair of bound hands and a breathing hole in the snow at Yangji, Korea, on January 27th, 1951 reveal the presence of the body of a Korean civilian shot and left to die by retreating communists during the Korean War. Photograph: AP Photo/Max Desfor

Book details military, political, sociological and ongoing global impact of a ‘forgotten war’

Tom Clonan with his son Eoghan (11) and Duke, Eoghan’s assistance dog, at home in Booterstown, south Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Seriously ill Eoghan (11), who is treated at the clinic, had to wait a year for a new wheelchair

UN chemical weapons experts wearing gas masks inspect one of the sites of an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Damascus’ suburb of Zamalka – “the  US has estimated that Syria possesses approximately 1,000 metric tons of chemical agent such as the neurotoxin Sarin and other variants including VX gas.” PHOTOGRAPH:  REUTERS/MOHAMMAD ABDULLAH

Regime ought to be able to produce inventory within one-week deadline

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Mourners carry the body of a 17-year-old boy, in Hermel, Lebanon, on Tuesday. The boy was killed in a rocket attack on the village, which is near the Syrian border. Photograph: Bryan Denton/The New York Times

Analysis: The international community must act to dampen rising tensions

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