A member of the Iraqi security forces  at a government complex in the city of Ramadi  after driving out Isis fighters on Monday. Photogaph: Reuters

Iraqi forces appeared poised to regain control of the city of Ramadi on Monday in what would be their most significant victory against Islamic State, (...)

Syrian Arab Red Crescent ambulances evacuate fighters and civilians from the two besieged Shia towns of al-Foua and Kefraya in the mainly rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib. Photograph: Reuters

Buses evacuated several hundred fighters and civilians from two besieged areas in Syria on Monday under a deal between warring parties backed by the U(...)

Syrian children carry placards as they call for the lifting of the siege off Madaya and Zabadani towns in Syria, in front of the offices of the UN headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

Ambulances and buses entered the besieged rebel-held Syrian town of Zadabani on Monday to ferry scores of the insurgents to Turkey under a deal broker(...)

The Abou Hajar family: from left Mohammad,  Kawkab, Abdul Rahran and Osama. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

When you live in Syria you learn to recognise the sound of different types of bombs. You know to run to shelter when you hear that high-pitched whistl(...)

Toys and cards from local school children in a welcome centre at an undisclosed location in Belfast which will provide temporary accommodation for the first group of Syrian refugees to resettle in Northern Ireland. Photograph: PA

A group of 51 Syrian refugees have arrived in Northern Ireland and are being looked after at a welcome centre in Belfast. The first group of refugees(...)

Syrian rebel fighters leave the last opposition-held district of al-Waer in the city of Homs under a deal with the Syrian regime. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Rebels are leaving their last stronghold in the Syrian city of Homs in a truce that gives president Bashar al-Assad control of what was known as the (...)

An RAF Typhoon arrives at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus to begin operations against Islamic State targets in Syria. Photograph: PA

Britain’s first air strikes in Syria targeted oil fields in the eastern Syrian desert that have been controlled for more than a year by Islamic State.(...)

Sgt Edmund O’Neill arriving at the Four Courts  for the continuation of his High Court action for damages. Photograph: Courts Collins

An Irish soldier who suffered a brain injury when the UNIFIL land cruiser in which he was travelling in Lebanon crashed, killing four of his co(...)

Paris attacks: An atrocity in a familiar place in a neighbouring country is always going to hit home in a way that will not be the case for a more remote place.  Photograph: Adrien Morlent/AFP/Getty Images

After the atrocities in Paris, a lot of people are rushing to their keyboards. Some are understandably expressing empathy and solidarity with those wh(...)

A peshmerga soldier on Highway 47, which links Mosul and Raqqa: Families of Islamic State fighters are believed to be  attempting to flee to Mosul in Iraq where IS also holds sway. Photograph: Bryan Denton/The New York Times

Residents in Islamic State’s de facto capital Raqqa are trapped in the Syrian city as the militants attempt to consolidate and put a brave face on re(...)