Iraqi Yazidi people fleeing IS in August 2014. More than a thousand women and girls were kidnapped. Younger girls were shared out among fighters, older women murdered. One mass grave held the bodies of around 80 women, all apparently over the age of 40.  (Adam Ferguson/The New York Times)

Kurdish forces announced last Friday that they had driven Islamic State out of Sinjar, a town of some 40,000 citizens on the Syria-Iraq border which h(...)

The PSNI  are investigating after the fire-bombing of a Muslim family’s home in Co Antrim. File photograph: Trevor McBride

The PSNI are treating as a religious hate crime the fire-boming of a Muslim man’s home in Co Antrim in the wake of the Paris terror attacks. Amin Ibra(...)

“Jihad is an egalitarian, equal-opportunity employer: fraternal, fast-breaking, glorious, cool – and persuasive” REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (Gaza)

It’s “the first of the storm”, says Islamic State. And little wonder. For the chaotic scenes on the streets of Paris and the fearful reaction those at(...)

 Medical staff carry the body of a victim in front of the Bataclan theatre in Paris which was one of six sites attacked by terrorists on Friday.  At least 120 people are feared dead. Photograph: EPA

It is clearly extremely early in the investigation. But the best guide to who might be behind the attacks in Paris is earlier violence in France or in(...)

 Shaker Aamer: He has written that  he was not sure if he would know how to respond to his name after being referred to as 239 – his prison number – for more than a decade. Photograph: Reprieve  UK/EPA

Shaker Aamer, the last British resident to be held at the US prison camp in the Guantanamo Bay navy station in Cuba, has been freed after 13 years in(...)

Shaker Aamer: said he was originally seized by bounty hunters while working as a charity worker in Afghanistan in 2001 shortly after the 9/11 attacks. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Shaker Aamer, the last British resident to be held in Guantanamo Bay, is to be released after more than 13 years in detention without charge. T(...)

Residents waiting in line to receive food aid distributed in the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp, Damascus, in January 2014. Many Palestinian refugees fled the camp after it was overrun by al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra fighters. Photograph:  United Nation Relief and Works Agency via Getty Images

“The journey began on 9/11 and ended on 11/9,” said Jamil with a wry smile. A smuggler driver, contacted weeks earlier, rang on September 10th last ye(...)

Jeremy Corbyn has come under fire for saying it was a “tragedy” that Osama bin Laden was killed by the US rather than being put on trial. Photograph:  Will Oliver/EPA

Jeremy Corbyn has come under fire for saying it was a “tragedy” that Osama bin Laden was killed by the US rather than being put on trial. The Labour l(...)

This 11th September 2001 file photo shows Marcy Borders covered in dust as she takes refuge in an office building after one of the World Trade Center towers collapsed in New York. Photograph: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images.

It was one of the most haunting images that emerged after 9/11: a woman covered in ash and powdered concrete fleeing the World Trade Center after the (...)

‘Charlie Hebdo’ on a newsstand, O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Many moderate Muslims see the support for Charlie Hebdo as “nothing more than the triumphalist hatred that the West has had for Islam almost since it(...)