Tourists walk in the historic city of Palmyra in 2007. Islamic State, which took control of the site earlier this month,  has released new footage depicting the ruins unscathed and it says it will not destroy them. Photograph: Nour Fourat/Reuters

Islamic State has released new footage depicting unscathed ruins in the Syrian city of Palmyra, and activists say the group has promised to spare much(...)

Displaced Sunni people fleeing the violence in Ramadi on the outskirts of Baghdad. Iraqi forces recaptured territory from advancing IS militants near the recently-fallen city of Ramadi on Sunday. Photograph: Reuters/Stringer

Rival powers and allies have traded barbs and accusations over the recent successes of Islamic State, a week after the militant group seized Ramadi (...)

This picture released today by a militant website which had been verified shows Syrian government soldiers captured by Islamic State militants in the Palmyra area  of Syria. Photograph: militant website via AP

Islamic State (IS) fighters have killed at least 400 people in Palmyra since capturing the ancient Syrian city last week, Syrian state media said t(...)

Iraqi families, who fled the city of Ramadi after it was seized by Islamic State , gather during a sand storm at a camp. Photograph: Getty Images

A convoy of Shia Muslim militia and Iraqi army forces set out from a base near Ramadi on Saturday to advance on areas held by Islamic State, a Shia sp(...)

Iraqi families, who fled the city of Ramadi after it was seized by Islamic State, waiting to cross Bzeibez bridge on the southwestern frontier of Baghdad on Friday.  Photograph: Ahmad al-rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

The Islamic State (IS) seized Syria’s last border crossing with Iraq yesterday, after big advances in both countries that have cast doubt on the effe(...)

The ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, before it was overrrun by Islamic State forces. The advance of the jihadists in both Iraq and Syria has forced their opponents to reappraise strategy. Photograph: AP 1:07

Islamic State fighters are celebrating their second major conquest in a week in Syria and Iraq as they pick through the ruins of the historic city of(...)

File photograph of the ancient Palmyra theater in the historical city of Palmyra.   Islamic State fighters in Syria have entered the ancient ruins of Palmyra after taking complete control of the central city. Photograph: Omar Sanadiki/Reuters 1:07

Islamic State (IS) now controls more than half of Syrian territory according to a UK human rights group.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human(...)

Islamic State militants were reported to have gained ground against Syrian troops in fighting near the historic city of Palmyra, also known as Tadmur. This is a file potograph of the ancient city. Photograph: Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State militants were reported to have gained ground against Syrian troops in fighting near the historic city of Palmyra, also known as Tadmur(...)

A UN chemical weapons expert gathers evidence at one of the sites of an alleged poison gas attack in the southwestern Damascus suburb of Mouadamiya on August 26th, 2013. File photograph: Ahmad Alshami/Reuters

Chemical weapons experts have found traces of deadly nerve agents used to make chemical weapons at a site in Syria where the agents were not supposed (...)

 Syrians holding portraits of President Bashar al-Assad as they gather in the central city of Homs around the city’s newly renovated clock tower during a ceremony revealing the restored monument. Photograph Getty Images

Prosecution cases have been prepared against president and senior members of his regime for possible war crimes tribunal Smuggled Syrian documents en(...)