Mourners carrying the body of King Abdullah during his funeral at Riyadh’s Imam Turki bin Abdullah mosque. AFP/Getty Images

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has died aged 90 after a short illness. The news, announced late on Thursday on state television, came after the king wa(...)

An airstrike from US-led coalition in the city of Kobani, Syria, in November. Islamic State laid siege to Kobani, in September.  The fighting continues with most residents having fled but the city is being defended by the People’s Protection Units (YPG). Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

Last September nine Arab states agreed at a meeting in Jeddah to join the US-led military campaign against Islamic State jihadis in Iraq and Syria, bu(...)

Hizbullah supporters  carry the coffin of Jihad  Mughniyeh, son of late Hizbullah leader Imad Mughniyeh in a suburb of Beirut on Monday. Photograph: Nabil Mounzer/EPA

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have confirmed that a senior member of their elite forces died in an Israeli attack in Syria in which six fighters of the (...)

 The US military has identified moderate Syrian rebels to train for the fight against Islamic State. Above, rebel fighters prepare a mortar at al-Breij frontline, after what they said was an advance by them in  Aleppo. Photograph: Abdalghne Karoof/Reuters

The US military has made progress in its effort to identify moderate Syrian rebels to train for the fight against Islamic State militants and a US tra(...)

Ireland’s ambassador Isolde Moylan with Palestinian president Yasser Arafat, whom she met dozens of times, in his compound in Ramallah in 2000

Since 2010, Isolde Moylan, who has served as a diplomat for 40 years, has been accredited to five countries: Egypt, Sudan, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan. (...)

Israeli soldiers watch the Syrian side of the border near the Quneitra crossing point between Syria and Israel, September 2014. Irish troops will be in “the area of separation” until June 30th. Photograph: EPA/ATEF SAFADI

With the UN Security Council recently extending the mandate for its Golan Heights peacekeeping force by six months, Irish troops will be in the “area (...)

Islamic State militants control all but a few pockets of Deir al-Zor province, which borders territory also under its control in Iraq. Photograph: Reuters

  More than 230 bodies of people believed killed by Islamic State militants have been found in a mass grave in Syria’s eastern Deir al-Zor(...)

Rebel fighters walk around the Hamidiya base, one of two military posts they took control of from forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad on Monday. Photograph: Reuters.

Around 100 Syrian soldiers and 80 Islamist fighters were killed during a two-day battle in which insurgents captured the Wadi al-Deif military base, (...)

A handout picture made available  by the Syrian Arab News Agency  shows Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad speaking during an interview with French magazine Paris Match, in Damascus. Assad spoke scathingly of France, portraying the last two French presidents as puppets of Qatar and Washington. Photograph: EPA/Sana

Airstrikes by the US and the coalition against Islamic State are neither “serious” nor “efficient”, the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad has told Paris(...)

Smoke raises on November 23rd last in  central Kobani, where buildings have been damaged in months of fighting between Islamic State militants and Kurdish forces. File photograph: Osman Orsal/Reuters

Turkey’s main Kurdish party accused the government of turning a blind eye to Islamic State militants on its soil on Saturday after suicide bombers att(...)