Khadiza Sultana, Shamima Begum and Amira Abase passing through security at Gatwick Airport before flying to Turkey. Photograph: Metropolitan Police via The New York Times 0:36

The night before Khadiza Sultana left for Syria the teenager was dancing in her bedroom. It was a Monday during the February school vacation. Her n(...)

The parents of the late American hostage Kayla Mueller say they were told by American officials that their daughter was repeatedly forced to have sex with Abu Bakr Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State group. Photograph: AP

The late American hostage Kayla Mueller was repeatedly raped by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State group, US officials have said. M(...)

An image grab taken from a video shows alleged Islamic State leader  Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Mosul. Photograph: Al-Furqan Media/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

It seems a strange obsession for men so opposed to graven images that they smash ancient statues with sledge hammers. The jihadists of Islamic State (...)

Members of the Assyrian Gozarto Protection Forces, consisting of Sutoro militia, a pro-Syrian government Syriac Christian movement, and other Assyrian fighters rest and drink tea before heading to  the front line in the battle against  Islamic State in the northeastern Syrian province of Hasakeh on July 13th. Photograph: Youssef Karwashan/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State’s reclusive leader has empowered his inner circle of deputies as well as regional commanders in Syria and Iraq with wide-ranging authori(...)

Out of this desperation will IS find a base? .... Palestinian children play in the rubble of houses destroyed during the  Gaza  war between Israel and Hamas militants in the summer of 2014 Photograph: Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images

One of the more puzzling aspects of the politics of conflict in the Middle East has been the failure of Islamic State to take up the cause of the Pale(...)

Coffins draped with Kuwaiti flags belonging to victims of the Kuwaiti Shia mosque  bombing,  which have been brought to  Najaf, Iraq, for burial. Photograph: jaber al-helo/AP/

A Saudi citizen has been identified by Kuwait as being the suicide bomber who detonated his explosives at a Shia mosque in Kuwait during noon prayers (...)

Iraqi fighters from the Hashed al-Shaabi “popular mobilisation” in al-Nibaie area, northwest of Baghdad.  Photograph: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

A senior Islamic State figure known as “the blind judge” has made an appearance in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, asserting the militant group’s dominion o(...)

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, above, harshly criticises the Saudi royal family in the message. Photograph: Al-Furqan Media/AFP

The Islamic State group has released an audio message purportedly from its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who has not been seen or heard from in months(...)

US army trainers watch as an Iraqi recruit fires at a military base in Taji, Iraq.They are teaching members of the Iraqi Army, as the Iraqi government tries to recover territory lost to IS last year. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

The leader of Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been seriously wounded in an air strike in western Iraq, according to reports.A source in Iraq (...)

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan (C) carries a child as he marches  in Abuja on Saturday. Jonathan led government officials as well as leading sports personalities on an outdoor physical training exercise aimed at promoting sports and fitness among state officials and culminating in a rally to drum support for his relection. Presidential elections scheduled for February 14 were delayed for six weeks as the military said the ongoing counter-offensive against Islamist Boko Haram militants meant troops could not provide security on polling day. Elections will take place on March 28th, with gubernatorial and state house assembly polls two weeks later. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Nigeria’s Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has reportedly pledged formal allegiance to Islamic State.The pledge, which came after Boko Haram was dis(...)