A Turkish soldier at the Turkish-Syrian border in Karkamis, bordering with the IS-held Syrian town of Jarablus, in Turkey. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

The second-in-command of the Islamic State militant group was killed during a US air strike in Iraq on Tuesday, the White House has said, dealing a bl(...)

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(...)

Khadiza Sultana, Shamima Begum and Amira Abase passing through security at Gatwick Airport before flying to Turkey. Photograph: Metropolitan Police via The New York Times 0:36

The night before Khadiza Sultana left for Syria the teenager was dancing in her bedroom. It was a Monday during the February school vacation. Her n(...)

People make victory signs during the funeral ceremony of victims of a suicide bomb attack on Monday in Suruc, Turkey, blamed on Islamic State. Experts are questioning the assumption, however, that Islamic State’s defeat is inevitable. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State uses terror to force obedience and frighten enemies. It has seized territory, destroyed antiquities, slaughtered minorities, forced wom(...)

Syrian refugees shelter near the Turkish border post of Akcakale. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

For 2,000 kilometres along Turkey’s southern plains, there are Syrians in fields and valleys, at lonely roadside truck stops, in seaside city parks an(...)

French police escort Yassin Salhi, a man suspected of decapitating his boss in an attack on a gas factory last Friday. He has denied he is a jihadist. Photograph: Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images

The man being held in France under suspicion of beheading his boss and trying to blow up a chemicals plant has told investigators there was no religio(...)

Syrian Kurds waiting behind barbed wired on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey after they fled the Syrian town of Kobane. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State is a hydra-headed military cult that grows two poisonous heads for every one lopped off. Yesterday’s attacks in France, Tunisia, Kuwait (...)

Syrian Kurds from Kobani wait behind border fences to cross into Turkey. Photograph: Reuters/Murad Sezer

Islamic State fighters have launched simultaneous attacks against Syrian government and Kurdish militia forces, moving back on to the offensive after (...)

Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) fighters stand at the Syrian-Turkish border crossing of Tel Abyad, as vehicles transport people who were wounded in violence, which activists said was caused by Islamic State fighters in Kobani, Syria on Thursday. Photograph: Rodi Said/Reuters

Islamic State fighters launched simultaneous attacks against the Syrian government and Kurdish militia overnight, moving back onto the offensive after(...)

 Members of Kurdish People Defence Units (YPG) on guard near the Tel Abyad border gate, northern Syria, June 23rd, 2015. Photograph: Sedat Suna/EPA

Kurdish-led forces in Syria seized a town from Islamic State on Tuesday after capturing a military base overnight, aided by US-led air strikes in some(...)