US military airplane at Turkish air base. Photograph: Serdar Yildiz/EPA

Turkey has announced that its fighter jets have carried out their first air strikes as part of the US-led coalition against Islamic State in Syria. A(...)

There is a point at which we become almost inured to the latest excesses of Islamic State (IS). After civilian massacres, beheadings, rapes and enslav(...)

Médecins Sans Frontières has said a family of four, including a five-day-old baby girl and a three-year-old girl , are being treated for symptoms of exposure to chemical agents in northern Syria. Photograph: Médecins Sans Frontières

A family of four, including a five-day-old baby girl and a three-year-old girl , are being treated for symptoms of exposure to chemical agents in nort(...)

The temple of Baal Shamin in the historical city of Palmyra, which was destroyed by Islamic State.  Photograph: Reuters/Stringer 0:43

Islamic State militants have razed a fifth-5th century Roman Catholic monastery and blown up one of the best-preserved first-1st century temples in Pa(...)

A migrant reacts as he carries a child during clashes with Macedonian police at the Greek-Macedonian border. Photograph: Alexandros Avramidis/Reuters 1:38

Macedonian police drove back crowds of migrants and refugees trying to enter from Greece on Friday after a night spent stranded in no-man’s land by an(...)

The citadel at Aleppo.

It was my first experience of crossing a land border in the Middle East, although in the following months I would become breezily familiar with the(...)

Modar Naser from Syria, with his wife, Dima, and their children, Naser (15) and Kamar (17), at home in Lucan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

  The Naser family: arrived from Syria, 2012 The Naser family were eating breakfast the first time they felt the ground shake from a n(...)

Soldiers from the Kurdish YPG militia who have inflicted a string of defeats on Islamic State forces. Photograph: Getty Images/AFP

Islamic State has launched an offensive against Syrian rebels north of Aleppo, gaining ground near the Turkish-Syrian border in an area where Turkey a(...)

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 (...)