Turkish army tanks move towards the Turkish-Syrian border yesterday, as clashes intensified with Islamic State militants. Photograph: Carsten Koall/Getty Images

Turkey is gearing up for a bigger role in the fight against Islamic State (IS), which could include sending Turkish troops into Syria and Iraq. But co(...)

The mother (right) of Lebanese soldier Ali Ahmed Hammadi al-Kharrat, who was killed by a bomb near the border town of Arsal, mourns with relatives at his coffin during his funeral in Sidon. Photograph: Ali Hashisho/Reuters

Fortified checkpoints manned by bored Lebanese soldiers surround the south Beirut suburbs known as the Dahiyeh, a stronghold of the Shia Hizbullah mov(...)

A pair of US Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fly over northern Iraq after conducting airstrikes in Syria. Photograph: US Air Force/Senior Airman Matthew Bruch/Handout/Reuters.

Air and missile strikes, thought to be carried out by US-led forces, hit oilfields and Islamic State bases in the eastern Syrian province of Deir a(...)

The stench of raw sewage mixed with the perfume of spent aircraft fuel and the salty scent of the Mediterranean greets visitors leaving Lebanon’s inte(...)

 Syrian Kurds walk after crossing into Turkey at the Turkish-Syrian border yesterday near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, Turkey. The Turkish deputy prime minister said some 60,000 Syrian Kurds had fled across the border as Islamic State militants shelled villages close to the border. Photograph:   Getty Images

Islamic State urged its followers today to attack citizens of the United States, France and other countries which have joined a coalition to destroy (...)

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(...)