Kurdish refugees from the Syrian town of Kobani in the southeastern town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province today. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

Fierce fighting is said to under way in a Syrian border town where Kurdish militiamen are struggling to repel advances by the Islamic State group.The (...)

Muslims perform a prayer today near the Turkish border with Syria for Kurdish fighters killed in Kobani while fighting against Islamic State. Photograph: Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

Islamic State fighters advanced deeper into the Syrian town of Kobani on the Turkish border today, taking almost complete control of an area where the(...)

Syrian policemen  inspect the damage done to a school after two bombs were detonated in a mainly Alawite neighbourhood of Homs yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Sana

At least 32 people, including 10 children, were killed by twin bombings near an elementary school in Syria yesterday.The second blast went off as pare(...)

US president Barack Obama attending a meeting of leaders from the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group in New York last week. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times 2:06

US president Barack Obama acknowledged in an interview broadcast yesterday that the United States had underestimated the rise of the Islamic State mil(...)

A Syrian Kurdish refugee woman and her child wait after crossing the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province today. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

New US-led air strikes against Islamic State fighters failed to stop them from pressing their assault on a strategic Syrian town near the Turkish bord(...)

 British tornado fighter jets prepare for takeoff at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus today. The British ministry of defence has confirmed that Royal Air Force jets have flown from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus following yesterday’s parliamentary approval. Photograph: EPA

Two British fighter jets are flying over Iraq and ready to hit targets today, their first mission since parliament authorised strikes against Islamic (...)

President Barack Obama meets with Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi during the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Photograph:  Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

President Barack Obama laid out a forceful new blueprint yesterday for deeper US engagement in the Middle East, telling the UN General Assembly the Is(...)

Residents inspect a  site damaged in what activists say was a US strike in Kfredrian, Idlib province in Syria yesterday. Photograph: Abdalghne Karoof /Reuters

The Syrian rebel commander has been struggling for two years just to get ammunition for his men’s rifles and food to feed them, as they have sought to(...)

The advance of Islamic State. Map: Irish Times Premedia/Reuters 1:41

The United States, along with a handful of Arab countries, launched the first air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, killing scores of Is(...)

US president Barack Obama who has authorised surveillance flights over Syria, a precursor to potential airstrikes there. Photograph: Reuters

President Barack Obama has authorized surveillance flights over Syria, a precursor to potential airstrikes there, but a mounting concern for the White(...)