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(...)

Syrian Kurdish fighters celebrate on Monday after wresting Tal Abyad from Islamic State. Photograph: Rodi Said/Reuters

Islamic State fighters have been expelled from the strategic town of Tal Abyad by a Syrian Kurdish militia bolstered by US air cover. Commander Husey(...)

Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) fighters gather at the eastern entrances to the town of Tel Abyad in Raqqa. Photograph: Rodi Said/Reuters

The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, aided by US-led air strikes, have seized most of the town of Tel Abyad from Islamic State (IS) militants and pushed th(...)

Children queue for water in the northwestern Syrian city of Ariha, in Idlib province, on Tuesday, after a coalition of insurgent groups seized the area. Syria has seen an increased flow of weapons and funds and an influx of fighters to insurgent and jihadi groups. Photogaph:  Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

In early March, the Syrian regime was on the offensive and had retaken territory lost to insurgents. Reasonable prospects existed for dialogue between(...)

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(...)