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(...)

Fighters from a coalition of rebel groups called “Jaish al Fateh” in an underpass near Psoncol, in the Idlib countryside, Syria. Photograph: Mohamad Bayoush/Reuters

Thousands of Iranian, Afghan and Iraqi fighters have arrived in Syria to defend Damascus and its suburbs against Islamic State (IS), which has said it(...)

Then Iraqi deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz in Baghdad in 2003.  Photograph: Samir Mezban/Reuters

Tariq Aziz, who was foreign minister of Iraq under Saddam Hussein, has died in prison, Iraqi officials said on Friday. He was 79. Aziz surrendered in (...)

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(...)