US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and US ambassador to France Jane Hartley, pay tribute to the victims of November 13th terror attacks in Paris, at the Place de la Republique. Photograph: Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images

The French writer and statesman André Malraux allegedly predicted that “the 21st century will be a century of religion or it will not be at all.” Th(...)

Members of Iraq’s elite counter-terrorism service use military vehicles to patrol  Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province,  after Iraqi forces recaptured it from the Islamic State  jihadist group this week. Photograph: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State theologians have issued an extremely detailed ruling on when “owners” of women enslaved by the extremist group can have sex with them, i(...)

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, (...)

Members of Iraq’s elite counter-terrorism service who secured  the Hoz neighbourhood in central Ramadi on December 27th.  Photograph: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

Iraqi forces captured a government complex in central Ramadi, on Sunday, a predominantly Sunni city, forcing the withdrawal of Islamic State fighters.(...)

In February, the UN Security Council was asked to investigate the deaths of 12 doctors in the Islamic State-held city of Mosul. It was alleged the doctors were killed after refusing to remove organs. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Islamic State has sanctioned the harvesting of human organs in a previously undisclosed ruling by the group’s Islamic scholars, raising concerns that (...)

Time magazine named German chancellor Angela Merkel its 2015 “Person of the Year” on Wednesday, noting her resilience and leadership when faced with the Syrian refugee crisis and turmoil in the European Union over its currency this year. Photograph: Martin Meissner/AP File

Time magazine named German chancellor Angela Merkel its 2015 “Person of the Year” on Wednesday, noting her resilience and leadership when faced with t(...)

 Tashfeen Malik (left) and Syed Farook. Photograph: FBI/California Department of Motor Vehicles via AP

Islamic State (Isis) said on Saturday that a married couple who killed 14 people in California in an attack the FBI is investigating as an “act of ter(...)

The San Bernadino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook pictured in his Californian  driver’s licence.  The shooting  rampage by Farook and his wife  Tashfeen Malik   left 14 dead. Photograph: California Department of Motor Vehicles/Handout/Reuters

It happens all too often and the response – and lack of any follow-up action to prevent it happening again – is all too familiar. It is easy to list o(...)

A masked, black-clad militant, who has been identified by the Washington Post newspaper as a Briton named Mohammed Emwazi, brandishes a knife in this still file image from a 2014 video obtained from SITE Intel Group February 26, 2015.  REUTERS/SITE Intel Group

The video footage of Mohammed Emwazi aka Jihadi John from his school days is difficult to erase from the memory. Partly because of the obvious contras(...)

People gather outside Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris,  for  a Mass  after the  attacks in the city, November 15th, 2015. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

An Iraqi intelligence dispatch sent to coalition countries warned of imminent assaults by Islamic State the day before the deadly attacks in Paris kil(...)