Matthew VanDyke: busy sending US military veterans to train Iraqis on the other side of the fight

The last time Matthew VanDyke saw US journalist James Foley, they were running through war-torn Aleppo in Syria avoiding snipers. Foley became the mo(...)

A photo taken on June 28th shows the house of Seifeddine Rezgui, the assailant behind the beachside massacre at Riu Imperial Marhaba on the outskirts of Sousse, in the town of Gaafour near Siliana, northwest of Tunis. Photograph: Fawsi Dridi/AFP/Getty Images

The mother of the Tunisian beach gunman has revealed her son once refused to kill a mouse because he “couldn’t kill anything”. Radhia Manai (49) said (...)

Medics and security forces gather inside Imam Sadiq mosque following a suicide bombing in al-Sawaber, Kuwait City. Photograph: Raed Qutena/EPA

Kuwait has arrested several people on suspicion of involvement in the bombing of a Shia Muslim mosque on Friday that killed 27 people, a security sour(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry was in Geneva to meet his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Geneva in an effort to bridge differences on a far-reaching nuclear deal that is to be sealed by the end of next month. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA

US secretary of state John Kerry broke his right leg in an accident while cycling a portion of the Tour de France route near Scionzier, France, on Sun(...)

A man holds an injured boy after what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad hit a school and residential building in the Seif al-Dawla neighborhood of Aleppo. Photograph: Hosam Katan/Reuters

Children were killed and wounded in Aleppo on Sunday in a barrel-bomb attack that destroyed a building where students were sitting exams, residents a(...)

Palestinian families arrive at a makeshift center in Damascus after being evacuated from the al-Yarmouk camp in southern Damascus. Photograph: Motaz Mawed/EPA/Sana handout

The PLO (Palestine Liberation Organisation) said on Thursday it refused to be drawn into supporting any military offensive in the war-battered Yarmouk(...)

 Palestinians wait for food supplies in the  Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria. Islamic State has taken control of 90 per cent of the camp, according to monitoring groups. File photograph: Sana/EPA.

Islamic State has taken control of 90 per cent of a Palestinian refugee camp on the Damascus outskirts where 18,000 civilians have suffered years of b(...)

A member of the Iraqi security forces stands inside a damaged house in the southern entrance of the city of Tikrit on Sunday. Photograph:  Ahmad al-Rubaye/Getty Images

The decision by Iraqi prime minister Haidar al-Abadi to request US air strikes against Islamic State (IS) fighters entrenched at the heart of the stra(...)

Riot officers patrol in Longpont, north of Paris. The suspects were were identified by a petrol station attendant in the town of Villers-Cotterets, 70km northeast of the French capital. Photograph: Thibault Camus/AP

All France became Charlie Hebdo on Thursday. As one commentator put it, the extremists who attacked the satirical magazine on Wednesday murdered 12 pe(...)

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(...)