Turkish police and soldiers observe Syrian Kurds waiting   to cross into Turkey near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds have crossed into Turkey in the past 24 hours, fleeing an advance by Islamic State fighters who have seized dozens (...)

Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan (left) heads a security meeting as he is flanked by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (2nd left) and top military and government officials at the Presidential Palace in Ankara this week. Photograph: Kayhan Ozer/Handout via Reuters

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has confirmed that 49 hostages seized by Islamic State militants in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in June ha(...)

A handout photo made available by the French Army  shows two ‘Rafale’ fighter jets during a mission at an unspecified location over Iraq

France yesterday became the second western country to conduct air strikes against Islamic State targets in northern Iraq. “This morning, at 9.40am, o(...)

Gen Martin E Dempsey, chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, described the current phase of operations against Islamic State as “extraordinarily complex”. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The US air campaign to thwart the advance of fighters from the Islamic State has been the easy part of President Barack Obama’s strategy in Iraq an(...)

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney earlier this week  at a review of the 46th Infantry Group, who are due to be deployed with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force in the Golan Heights. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney said a statement expected from the United Nations should offer Ireland the necessary assurances to allow it continu(...)

French president Francois Hollande said  France launched its first airstrikes today against the Islamic State militant group in Iraq, a day after he said his country would join the US-led aerial campaign against the jihadists. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

French jets struck a suspected Islamic State target in Iraq for the first time today, expanding a US-led military campaign against militants who have (...)

Fewer than one in three of today’s members of the United States House of Representatives were in Congress in 2002 for the vote that authorised Preside(...)

French president François Hollande during  a news conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris where he outlined plans for the rest of his five-year term. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

President François Hollande yesterday attributed the strength of the pro-independence movement in Scotland to the failings of the European Union. “Eur(...)

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney says Government had not decided “definitely” to go ahead with sending more troops to the Golan Heights. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney is hopeful agreement can be reached soon on a UN statement confirming a structural change to the Golan Heights mis(...)

A photograph made from a video released today by the jihadist affiliated group Furqan Media allegedly shows a British hostage of Islamic State (IS) talking about a series of videos in which he will appear revealing the truth about IS, at an unidentified location. Photograph: EPA

A man identified as British journalist John Cantlie has purportedly appeared as a captive of Islamic State militants in a video posted by the organisa(...)