Masked Palestinian Hamas militants watch the televised speech of US President Barack Obama in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip in 2009. AP Photo/Eyad Baba

The horrendous last five years in the Middle East started with joy at the fall of dictators in Tunis and Cairo. Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali’s flight to (...)

Brothers  Brahim El Bakraoui (left) and Khalid El Bakraoui, identified as two of the suicide bombers in the Brussels attacks. Experts warned that extremists were trying to recruit entire families in Europe, portending the possibility of yet another evolution in jihadism. Photograph: EPA/Interpol

The identification of Khalid and Ibrahim El Bakraoui as suicide bombers in the deadly Brussels attacks is confronting investigators and counterterror(...)

“I am not in favour of banning foreign preachers but I am in favour of being very careful about bringing foreign speakers to speak to Muslims in Ireland,” said Shaykh Dr Umar Al Qadri (pictured). Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A Muslim cleric has called on all foreign Muslim scholars visiting Ireland to sign a declaration condemning extremism before they are allowed to preac(...)

Osama bin Laden:  laid out in letter composed in the late 1990s  how he wanted to distribute about $29 million he had in Sudan. Photograph: AP Photo

Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden outlined in letters and other documents how at least $29 million (€26.7 million) of his funds and possessions should b(...)

Convenient for criminals? €500 notes, aka ‘Bin Ladens’

Farewell, €500 note, we hardly knew ya. According to reports coming out of the European Central Bank this week, Mario Draghi and co have decided that (...)

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders smiles as he waves to the crowd at his 2016 New Hampshire presidential primary victory rally in Concord, New Hampshire February 9, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

It is a measure of the radical mood of America that virtually every presidential candidate who has so far come to the fore present themselves as an op(...)

King Salman meeting US president Barack Obama in Washington last September. File photograph: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

The atrocity in Paris on November 13th blew away some of the gloom which had settled on a number of major companies. In the first 30 minutes of trad(...)

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(...)