Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, meets with his military commanders at an Iraqi Army base near the oil refinery town of Beiji north of Baghdad, Iraq.  Photograph:  AP Photo

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Friday ordered security forces to ease access to Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone and main streets, in an appare(...)

Refugees rush to cross the border between Greece and Macedonia  outside the small Greek town of Idomeni on Wednesday, August 26th. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times

Tens of thousands of migrants and refugees, mostly fleeing unrest in the Middle East and Afghanistan, are desperately pushing their way through the Ba(...)

Iraqi soldiers clash with Islamic State  militants at the front line in the eastern suburbs of Ramadi earlier this month. Photograph: AP

An Islamic State suicide bomber has killed two Iraqi army generals as they led forces against IS positions in the turbulent Anbar province west of Bag(...)

The sons of Khaled al-Asaad, the late 83-year old retired chief archaeologist of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, Omar and Mohamad, display a portrait of their father during a ceremony in his memory at the National Museum in Damascus. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images

The beheading by Islamic State of Palmyra’s guardian angel archaeologist Khaled al-Asaad (83 ) and the demolition of the iconic Baalshamin temple in t(...)

Iraqi security forces fire a rocket at Islamic State positions on the outskirts of Anbar province, Iraq, August 22nd, 2015. Photograph: Reuters

Seventeen soldiers and six Sunni fighters allied to them have been killed in an attack by Islamic State (IS) militants in the turbulent Anbar province(...)

Bentiu, South Sudan. Photograph: Colm Moloney

The day is written into my mind in indelible ink. The biggest, whitest, fluffiest clouds raced across the bluest sky I had ever seen. I was in Zimbabw(...)

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has approved a decision to refer military commanders to a court martial for abandoning their positions in the battle against Islamic State militants in Ramadi. Photograph: Reuters

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi approved on Sunday an investigative council’s decision to refer military commanders to a court martial for abando(...)

Civilians gather at the scene of a deadly car bomb in the Habibiya neighborhood of Sadr City, Baghdad on Saturday. Photograph: AP Photo/Karim Kadim

A car bomb at a popular car dealership has killed 13 people and injured 52 in eastern Baghdad’s volatile Sadr City neighbourhood, two days after a mar(...)

The aftermath of a truck bomb explosion,  claimed by Islamic State, in  Baghdad’s northern Shiite district of Sadr City on August 13th, 2015. Photograph: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images

Despite the fact the so-called Islamic State has resulted in a new wave of global radicalisation and has also precipitated population displacement on (...)

A member of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) mans a mounted machine gun in the Al-Nashwa neighbourhood in the northeastern Syrian province of Hasakeh last month. Photograph: Getty Images

Kurdish forces in northern Iraq who are fighting Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants were attacked with chemical weapons a few days ago, (...)