A man places flowers as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege on December 16th, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Photograph: Daniel Munoz/Getty Images 1:38

The gunman at the centre of the siege at a Sydney cafe was not on a terrorism watchlist, Australia’s prime minister has said, as police began a wide-r(...)

Two Sydney men have been accused of financing the travel of Australians to the Middle East to fight with the militant group Islamic State (Isis). Photograph: Getty

Two Sydney men, including one already facing trial for allegedly preparing to commit a terrorist attack, have been accused of financing the travel of (...)

US president Barack Obama talks before a luncheon for bi-partisan Congressional leaders in the Old Family Dining Room at the White House yesterday. Photograph: Larry Downing/ Reuters

President Barack Obama has approved sending up to 1,500 more troops to Iraq, helping Iraqi and Kurdish forces battle the militant group Islamic State,(...)

Shane McCoy on a US navy humanitarian mission to Ghana in 2004

It came down to a flip of a coin, and Shane McCoy won. On January 11th, 2002, McCoy was a 27-year-old photographer with the United States navy station(...)

People gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad yesterday. The latest attacks follow a series of dramatic advances in Iraq by Islamic State fighters. Photograph: Reuters

Mursitpinar and Islamic State militants have targeted Baghdad with a wave of devastating car bombs and mortar attacks, killing at least 150 people si(...)

Smoke rises following an air strike by the US-led coalition aircraft in the Syrian town of Kobani, near the border with Turkey, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and Islamic State  militants  yesterday. Photograph: Gokhan Sahin/Getty Images

Fighting in Iraq’s western Anbar province has forced up to 180,000 people to flee since the city of Hit fell to Islamic State (IS) earlier this mon(...)

Refugees wait near the Turkish-Syrian border after fleeing Syria, near Sanliurfa, Turkey, yesterday. More than  130,000 Syrian Kurds fleeing the Islamic State militant group have crossed into Turkey in the past three days, the deputy Turkisk prime minister said. Photograph: Ulas Yunus Tosun/EPA.

Syrian Kurdish fighters say they have halted an advance by Islamic State fighters to the east of a predominantly Kurdish town near the border with Tur(...)

A photograph made from a video released today by the jihadist affiliated group Furqan Media allegedly shows a British hostage of Islamic State (IS) talking about a series of videos in which he will appear revealing the truth about IS, at an unidentified location. Photograph: EPA

A man identified as British journalist John Cantlie has purportedly appeared as a captive of Islamic State militants in a video posted by the organisa(...)

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter launches mortar shells towards Zummar, controlled by Islamic State, near Mosul in Iraq yesterday. Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah

Twenty-six countries, including the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and 10 Arab states, as well as representatives of the Arab Leagu(...)

French president  Francois Hollande (C) speaks with former French hostages and journalists, from L-R, Didier Francois, Edouard Elias , Nicolas Henin, who holds his children, Pierre Torres and France’s roreign minister Laurent Fabius, moments after their arrival by helicopter from Evreux to the military airbase in Villacoulbay, near Paris today. Photograph: Reuters

Four French journalists held captive in Syria for more than 10 months returned home to France today, freshly shaved and beaming, where they wer(...)