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(...)

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(...)

Em Khamri, a Syrian refugee woman from Raqqa, checks on her twin girls inside their tent in an informal settlement in Deir al-Ahmar, Bekaa valley today. Em Khamri and her family fled from Raqqa to Lebanon about five months ago fearing clashes between Islamic State fighters and forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad. Photograph: Reuters

Islamic State fighters shot down a Syrian war plane using anti-aircraft guns today, the first time the group has downed a military jet since declarin(...)

Iraq’s president Fuad Masum (5th left), French president Francois Hollande (C), French foreign minister Laurent Fabius (5th right) and US Secretary of States John Kerry (4th right) pose for photo during the International Conference on Peace and Security in Iraq, at the Quai d’Orsay in Paris today. Photograph: Reuters

Iran’s supreme leader said today he had personally rejected an offer from the United States for talks to fight Islamic State, an apparent blow to Wa(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry (C) walks to his car as he arrives at Cairo International Airport today. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry has said it was “not appropriate” for Iran to join talks on confronting Islamic State militants, as he appeared to pl(...)

Obama’s legacy of war
  • US
  • September 12, 2014, 01:00

President Barack Obama, who came to office promising to end his predecessor George W Bush’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, this week ensured that he to(...)

 Arab League secretary general Nabil al-Arabi (left) welcomes Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas  to the  Arab League foreign ministers’ meeting in Cairo, Egypt. Photograph: EPA

Arab League foreign ministers agreed yesterday to take all necessary measures to confront Islamic State and co-operate with international, regional an(...)

Rally: a Palestinian Hamas supporter in the West Bank. Photograph: Alaa Badarneh/EPA
What next for Hamas?

Ten days after the ceasefire Raji Sourani’s rage still boils. He brushes aside my questions about Hamas rule, the execution of collaborators, and Pale(...)

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters advance during clashes with the Islamic State on the front line at Buyuk Yeniga village yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah

The United Kingdom will ramp up support for Kurdish forces fighting Islamic extremists in Iraq, increasing the prospects of air strikes by the Royal (...)