A rebel fighter from the Free Syrian Army’s Al Rahman legion covers his ears during the launching of a mortar at the frontline against forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad in the besieged town of Arbeen in the eastern Ghouta of Damascus. Photograph: Yousef Homs/Reuters.

United Nations war crimes investigators plan to publish names of suspects involved in Syria’s four-year war and push for new ways to bring them to ju(...)

At least 70 Syrian army soldiers and 86 insurgents have reportedly died in clashes during an offensive to cut off insurgent supply lines in Aleppo. Photograph: Hosam Katan/Reuters

As fighting surged north of Aleppo yesterday, United Nations envoy Staffan de Mistura said the Syrian government was prepared to suspend aerial bomba(...)

Bilal El Makhoukhi (L) and Michael Delefortrie (R), who are suspected of being part of Sharia4Belgium, arrive for the verdict in the trial of the group in Antwerp. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

A Belgian court jailed the head of Sharia4Belgium for 12 years on Wednesday, ruling that his Islamist group was a terrorist organisation that brainwas(...)

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(...)

Still from passport control CCTV at an Istanbul airport believed to show Hayat Boumeddiene, who is allegedly connected to the attacks on Charlie Hebdo. Photograph: Haberturk/EPA 0:57

With the minimum of fuss or difficulty, Hayat Boumeddiene, the partner of French Islamist Amedy Coulibaly, crossed the French border into Spain on (...)

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 (...)

A Syrian refugee camp. Last spring Lebanon began to limit the number of Syrians granted entry for “humanitarian” reasons. Photograph: Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty Images

Beirut is today set to impose visa restrictions on Syrians for the first time since independence in 1943 as the influx of refugees from Syria’s bruta(...)

A Lindt hostage escaping the cafe in Martin Place, Sydney, on Monday. Photograph: Joel Carrett/EPA

The first that most people heard about what was to rapidly become Sydney’s biggest security operation in more than three decades came shortly after 1(...)

 New South Wales Tactical Police on Phillip Street close to the Lindt Chocolate cafe in Martin Place, Sydney. Photograph: EPA

The ongoing hostage crisis in Sydney shows the Australian government was not overreaching when in September it raised its terror threat level from ‘me(...)

US president Barack Obama finds himself a long way from extricating the US from direct military involvement in the affairs of the Middle East. Photograph: Anthony Behar-Pool/Getty Images

The speech given by US president Barack Obama at the United Nations General Assembly this week has been greeted by some as marking a dramatic chang(...)