Islamic State militants bulldozing the St Eliane Monastery near the town of Qaryatain. Photograph: Islamic State militant website via AP

Islamic State militants have demolished a monastery in the central Syrian province of Homs, a monitor said on Thursday, in a strategically located tow(...)

An image grab taken from a video shows alleged Islamic State leader  Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Mosul. Photograph: Al-Furqan Media/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

It seems a strange obsession for men so opposed to graven images that they smash ancient statues with sledge hammers. The jihadists of Islamic State (...)

People have been accused of collaboration for having a picture of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad on their phones, according to one source. Photograph: EPA

Gunmen have abducted 230 civilians, including at least 60 Christians, in a central Syrian town hours after it fell to Islamic State, according to the (...)

A member of the allied Iraqi forces consisting of the Iraqi army and fighters from the Popular Mobilisation units, fires heavy artillery on the front line during battles with Islamic State (IS) group jihadists on the road leading to Saqlawiya, north of Fallujah. Photograph: Mohammed Ali/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State militants have seized a key town in central Syria after clashes with president Bashar Assad’s forces, according to activists. The town o(...)

Lebanon’s Hizbullah deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem speaks as Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moualem (centre) and Iran’s minister of culture  Ali Jannati listen during the International Media Conference Against Terrorism in Damascus. Photograph: Omar Sanadiki/Reuters

Syrian president Bashar al- Assad yesterday welcomed “positive” changes in western attitudes to the conflict in the country – suggesting the United St(...)

President Assad described the regime’s surrender of territory as a question of priorities, given its limited resources. Photograph: Getty

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has admitted his regime has a shortage of soldiers and has suffered military setbacks. In his first public speech for(...)

An image grab taken from a video made available by Jihadist media outlet Welayat Homs on July 4th, 2015 allegedly shows 25 Syrian government soldiers kneeling as, what appears to be children or teenagers, are brought in to execute them. Photograph: Getty

The Islamic State group has released a video showing the killing of 25 government soldiers in the historic town of Palmyra in central Syria. The vide(...)

A billboard depicting Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad is seen in the old city of Homs. Steady advances by insurgents on key fronts in Syria mean president Bashar al-Assad is under more military pressure than at any point in the four-year-old war. The arabic on the billboard reads ‘Together, we will build it’. Photograph: Omar Sanadiki/Reuters

Syria’s defence minister has visited government army units to the east of Homs city, state television reported on Thursday, in what appeared to be the(...)

Islamic State appears to be using Palmyra as the latest outpost of its self-declared caliphate rather than immediately harming or looting the city’s magnificent Greco-Roman ruins. Photograph: AFP/HO/Welayat Homs

Hours after they swept into the Syrian city of Palmyra last week, Islamic State militants carried out scores of summary executions, leaving the bod(...)

Displaced Sunni people fleeing the violence in Ramadi on the outskirts of Baghdad. Iraqi forces recaptured territory from advancing IS militants near the recently-fallen city of Ramadi on Sunday. Photograph: Reuters/Stringer

Rival powers and allies have traded barbs and accusations over the recent successes of Islamic State, a week after the militant group seized Ramadi (...)