Irish troops  in eastern  Chad in 2008. When the Army Ranger Wing was about to travel there, news broke of an all-out rebel assault on the capital. Photograph:  Finbarr O’Reilly/Reuters

The terrorist attack in Mali could not have come at a more alarming time for the Irish Government. Armed extremists struck the luxury hotel in the ver(...)

Police and ambulance vans parked near the apartment being targeted by police in Saint-Denis, a northern suburb of Paris on Wednesday. Photograph: Francois Mori/AP

The Belgian jihadist suspected of masterminding the Paris terror atrocities was reportedly killed when police stormed a flat in the north of the city,(...)

French president François Hollande  and US secretary of state John Kerry at talks on Syria in the Élysée palace, Paris. Photograph: Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images

Even as Paris steps up its military intervention in Syria, French president François Hollande has launched a diplomatic offensive aimed at uniting int(...)

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney attended a meeting of EU defence ministers in Brussels on Tuesday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Irish officials have said that Irish neutrality will not be affected by the decision of France to invoke an EU mutual defence clause in the wake of th(...)

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(...)

French president Francois Hollande speaks to journalists upon his arrival in Algiers. Paris and Algiers are enjoying a period of exceptionally good relations. Photograph: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters

The leaders of France and Algeria doubtless rejoiced in the reported killing of Algerian jihadist Mokhtar Belmokhtar when they met in president Abdela(...)

François Hollande. He telephoned Egyptian president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to “renew the expression of his solidarity”

France’s defence minister signed a €5.2-billion arms deal with Egypt on Monday, hours after the Egyptian air force bombarded Islamic State targets in(...)

The Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in Paris, where four hostages died on January 9th: France plans to spend about €735 million on anti-terrorist measures in the next three years. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

About a dozen former members of the French armed forces, including soldiers from the French foreign legion and paratroopers, have joined jihadist gro(...)

From left: Queen Mathilde of Belgium, Dutch Princess Beatrix and German chancellor Angela Merkel arrive in Nieuwpoort for the World War commemorations. Photograph: Laurent Dubrule/EPA

The small coastal town of Nieuwpoort in northern Belgium became the focus of commemoration yesterday as dignitaries from around the world, including G(...)

French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve has ordered an investigation into the security failures around the arrest of three men suspected of joining Islamist militants in Syria. Photograph:  Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Three men suspected of joining Islamist militants in Syria gave themselves in to French authorities yesterday after a day of high confusion which expo(...)