A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter walks past a house destroyed by American air strikes at Barznki village two days ago in Zummar, controlled by Islamic State (IS), near Mosul, Iraq. Photograph: Ahmed Jadallah/ Reuters

The United States has taken the first step in its expanded fight against Islamic State (IS) militants, going to the aid of Iraqi security forces near (...)

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter launches mortar shells towards Zummar, controlled by Islamic State, near Mosul in Iraq yesterday. Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah

Twenty-six countries, including the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and 10 Arab states, as well as representatives of the Arab Leagu(...)

Iraq’s president Fuad Masum (5th left), French president Francois Hollande (C), French foreign minister Laurent Fabius (5th right) and US Secretary of States John Kerry (4th right) pose for photo during the International Conference on Peace and Security in Iraq, at the Quai d’Orsay in Paris today. Photograph: Reuters

Iran’s supreme leader said today he had personally rejected an offer from the United States for talks to fight Islamic State, an apparent blow to Wa(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry says Iran’s alliance with the Syrian government in its fight against insurgents excludes engagement with Tehran. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry vetoed the participation of Iran in today’s foreign minister-level talks in Paris to devise strategies for tackling I(...)

Threat from Islamic State

The barbaric video execution of British aid worker David Haines, accompanied by a threat to kill another hostage, will have only one effect: to harden(...)

Prime minister David Cameron makes a statement to the media in Downing Street today on the killing of British aid worker David Haines. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Here is the text of David Cameron’s speech, given in Downing Street this afternoon after chairing a meeting of the Government’s Cobra emergency commit(...)

An Islamic State fighter on a street in the Iraqi city of Mosul in June. Photograph: Reuters

Islamic State’s Twitter users, which have trumpeted the group’s violent acts and worldview on the social media service, have gone abruptly quiet in pa(...)

Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

In 1970 the writer and film director Nora Ephron wrote a terrific defence of writing about supposedly fluffy subjects. She had recently appeared on a (...)

Residents react after what activists claim were five air strikes by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad in Douma, eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus. US secretary of state John Kerry announced today nearly $500 million in humanitarian aid for people and countries hit by Syria’s civil war. Photograph: Bassam Khabieh /Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry announced today nearly $500 million (€380m) in humanitarian aid for people and countries hit by Syria’s civil war.The(...)

Obama’s legacy of war
  • US
  • September 12, 2014, 01:00

President Barack Obama, who came to office promising to end his predecessor George W Bush’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, this week ensured that he to(...)