Turkish Kurds watch the Syrian town of Kobani from  the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province at the weekend. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Re-education, with the object of depriving the cult of its spiritual force, is the key to countering the militia

A rebel fighter on the  the frontline against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Aleppo. Photograph: Hosam Katan/Reuters

Fighters migrate from one faction to another in search of highest salaries

Destroyed houses in the Al-Sha-af neighbourhood in the east of Gaza City. Photograph: Mohammed Saber/EPA

Analysis: territory has less than half the budget sought for rebuilding

Migrants arriving at Porto Empedocle in Sicily after being rescued approx 40km off the Libyian coast by a Dutch freighter the Dinteldijk. Photograph: Frank Miller

The International Organisation for Migration says that 22,000 migrants have died since the year 2000

Supporters of Hizbullah wave the Lebanese, Palestinian and Syrian flags, along with the yellow Hizbullah flags during a gathering to mark the “Al-Quds (Jerusalem) International Day” in Beirut’s southern suburb in July. Photograph: Getty Images

Partners provide boots on ground as US co-ordinates attacks from air

The mother (right) of Lebanese soldier Ali Ahmed Hammadi al-Kharrat, who was killed by a bomb near the border town of Arsal, mourns with relatives at his coffin during his funeral in Sidon. Photograph: Ali Hashisho/Reuters

The country now finds itself the third front in the war against Islamic State

Crisis has placed heavy burden on fragile environment, says report

 A grab picture from Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV shows Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah giving a televised address.

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah says coalition is pretext for foreign intervention

Kurdish Peshmerga troops fighting  against Islamic State militants  in Khazir, on the border between Kurdistan and Iraq yesterday. Photograph: Azad Lashkari/Reuters

Damascus warned not to interfere with air raids

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