Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan  shakes hands with Belgian PM Charles Michel during a meeting at the Chateau of Val-Duchesse in Brussels on Tuesday. Turkey’s leader began his  European tour in Strasbourg last Sunday. Photograph: Nicolas Maeterlinck/AFP/Belga

The picturesque Alsatian town of Strasbourg is used to finding itself at the centre of political activity when thousands of MEPs and Eurocrats descend(...)

Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg at  a press conference  in Brussels on Tuesday. “I will not speculate on the motives but this does not look like an accident,” he said. Photograph: Laurent Dubrule/EPA

Nato general secretary Jens Stoltenberg rejected claims by Russia that its incursion into Turkish airspace last weekend was accidental, amid claims t(...)

Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad: targeting of Syria shows Moscow gives priority to strengthening Damascus against near enemies rather than striking Islamic State. Photograph: Sana via Reuters

Russia’s deployment of war planes, missile systems, tanks, and armoured troop carriers has dramatically changed the shape of the conflict on the groun(...)

Footage released by Russia’s defence ministry shows airstrikes carried out by the country’s air force in Syria. Photograph: Reuters

Nato ambassadors told Russia to halt its incursions into the airspace of Turkey, a member of the alliance, saying the violations were both extremely d(...)

An Islamic State loyalist in the terror group’s de factor capital, Raqqa, in Syria, in June 2014. Photograph: Reuters

The US-led coalition fighting Islamic State has begun preparing to open a major front in northeastern Syria, aiming to put pressure on Raqqa, the terr(...)

The Kurds are paying a heavy price for their electoral impudence. In Turkey’s June election the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) passed the 10 (...)

 Mourners carry the coffin of Günay Özarslann, who was killed by Turkish police in  Istanbul in an anti-terror operation on July 24th. ‘Günay ...  wasn’t married – she was in love with her revolutionary aspirations,” says her elder sister. Photograph: Sedat Suna/EPA

For Günay Özarslan, July 24th began like any other searing Istanbul summer morning. She had been staying with friends in the city’s Bagcilar district (...)

A US Air Force transport plane on the runway at Incirlik Air Base, on the outskirts of the city of Adana, southeastern Turkey on Tuesday. Turkish warplanes started striking militant targets in Syria last week and also allowed the US to launch strikes from Incirlik Air Base. Photograph: AP

Few were surprised when Turkish fighter jets launched airstrikes on Islamic State positions in northern Syria last week . However, the simultaneous ta(...)

Kurds protest outside the Turkish embassy in Paris. The Turkish military confirmed on Tuesday it had used jets to target Kurdish rebels. Photograph: EPA 1:21

Nato has said it stands in “strong solidarity” with Turkey following last week’s suicide bomb in Suruk, after Nato ambassadors met for an emergency me(...)

Turkish riot police truck during clashes with protesters. Photograph: Ulas Yunus tosun/EPA

Syria’s rebels have cast doubt on Turkey’s ambitious plans to confront Islamic State, saying Ankara has yet to provide details of how it will drive ji(...)