Gráinne O’Hara: ‘The type of work I do is very, very compelling.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The decision to seek asylum in a foreign country is almost always a last resort. Most people are keen to stay as close to home as possible, remain (...)

Sunni worshippers  at a mosque during the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of Ramadan in Baghdad, Friday,  July 17th, 2015. A car bomb killed at least 80 people  at a market in a town near Baghdad which was busy due to the holiday. Photograph: Ahmed Saad/Reuters

A car bomb killed at least 80 people, including children, at a busy market in an Iraqi town on Friday in one of the deadliest attacks since Islamic St(...)

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 Muslim man reads the koran at a mosque during the Islamic month of Ramadan. Photograph: Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images

A bomb has exploded inside a mosque where al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria was holding a fast-breaking meal, killing at least 14, activists said. The blast (...)

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 (...)

French taxi drivers clash with riot police on the ring-road around Paris. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA 1:55

France’s interior minister called for a nationwide legal clampdown on UberPOP on Thursday, siding with taxi drivers who blockaded major transport hubs(...)

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(...)

The Iraqi politician Tariq Aziz, who has died aged 79, was one of the most instantly recognisable faces of Saddam Hussein‘s regime. Since the 1980s, (...)

Almost three weeks after President Barack Obama said the US was not losing to Sunni extremists in Iraq his administration is sending a further 450 (...)

 Salafi members in Upper Maoca village, Brcko, in northeastern Bosnia, deny allegations they are connected with Islamic State.  Upper Maoca is in the focus of the Bosnian public as the place from which recruited fighters were allegedly going to fight on the battlefields in Iraq and Syria to support the IS. Photograph: Samir Yordamovic/Anadolu Agency/Getty

The video’s slick style is now familiar: between clips of documentary footage, and with English subtitles, young Muslim gunmen urge fellow believers t(...)