Displaced people, who fled the violence from Islamic State-controlled area of al-Bab, warm themselves around a fire as they wait in the Syrian village of Akda to cross into Turkey on Saturday. Photograph: Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters

At least 63 people, including nine children, have died in air strikes believed to be carried out by Russian warplanes on a town in eastern Syria, the (...)

A Russian air force cargo plane drops off humanitarian aid near the besieged eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor. Some 300 people have reportedly been killed in the city and 400 others kidnapped by Islamic State in recent days. Photograph: Russian Defence Ministry/Handout via Reuters.

Islamic State militants have killed 300 people in an “appalling massacre” in eastern Syria, according to the Syrian government. A further 400 civilia(...)

The city of Deir al-Zor in Syria. Image: Google Maps

Islamic State militants killed dozens of people execution style in attacks on government-held areas in Syria’s city of Deir al-Zor on Saturday, a sour(...)

A rebel fighter inspects Red Crescent vehicles on their way to al Foua and Kefraya, in Idlib province, Syria, January 11th, 2016. Photograph: Ammar Abdullah/Reuters

An aid convoy entered a besieged Syrian town yesterday where thousands have been trapped without supplies for months and people are reported to have d(...)

French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian talks at a Nato defence ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium October 8th, 2015. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

France launched a new air strike overnight in Syria against an Islamic State training camp and further strikes will follow, defence minister Jean-Y(...)

Syrian Kurds waiting behind barbed wired on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey after they fled the Syrian town of Kobane. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State is a hydra-headed military cult that grows two poisonous heads for every one lopped off. Yesterday’s attacks in France, Tunisia, Kuwait (...)

A member of the Iraqi security forces stands inside a damaged house in the southern entrance of the city of Tikrit on Sunday. Photograph:  Ahmad al-Rubaye/Getty Images

The decision by Iraqi prime minister Haidar al-Abadi to request US air strikes against Islamic State (IS) fighters entrenched at the heart of the stra(...)

 King of Jordan, Abdullah II (2nd right), talking to Safi al-Kassasbeh (2nd left), the father of the recently executed Jordanian pilot, in Aye Village, Karak on Thursday. Photograph: Jordanian Royal Palace/EPA.

Jordanian fighter jets pounded Islamic State hideouts in Syria on Thursday and then roared over the hometown of a pilot killed by the militants. (...)

A woman collects objects from damaged buildings in Jobar, a suburb of Damascus.  A senior figure in Islamic State’s self-declared police force in Syria, which has carried out beheadings, was himself found decapitated in the eastern province of Deir al-Zor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters

A senior figure in Islamic State’s self-declared police force in Syria, which has carried out beheadings, was himself found decapitated in the easter(...)

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(...)