Syrian soldiers guard the Temple of Bel in Palmyra before its capture this week. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/New York Times

The seizure of the central Iraqi town of Ramadi by the forces of Islamic State raises crucial questions for the government of Iraq and the internation(...)

Syrian soldiers at the Temple of Bel, an ancient stone ruin, in Palmyra before it fell to Islamic State. Syrian state television reported tonight that Islamic State, which has  destroyed antiquities and ancient monuments in Iraq, was trying to enter the city’s historical sites. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times 1:07

Islamic State militants stormed the Syrian city of Palmyra on Wednesday, seizing it from government forces in fierce fighting as civilians were evacua(...)

Jeb Bush’s  foreign policy team is led by people who were directly involved in concocting a false case for war. Photograph: Alvin Baez/Reuters

Surprise! It turns out there’s something to be said for having the brother of a failed president make a run for the White House. Thanks to Jeb Bush, w(...)

George W Bush (left) with Jeb Bush in 2006. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

It isn’t about what we know now. It’s about what we knew then. It is simply not true, as Republican presidential aspirant Scott Walker said on Friday,(...)

Google has got to be easily the best-known new word of our time. It is also said to be a mistake. At least some people insist this is the case. It has(...)

US army trainers watch as an Iraqi recruit fires at a military base in Taji, Iraq.They are teaching members of the Iraqi Army, as the Iraqi government tries to recover territory lost to IS last year. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

The leader of Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been seriously wounded in an air strike in western Iraq, according to reports.A source in Iraq (...)

Government forces in Iraq believe they have killed Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, Saddam Hussein’s former deputy who later allied himself with Islamic State militants. Photographs: EPA.

Ezzat Ibrahim al-Douri, a former aide to late Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and a leader of Iraq’s Sunni insurgency, may have been killed by Iraqi fo(...)

Nicholas Slatten (left), a former Army sniper from Tennessee, was sentenced to life in prison; Dustin Heard, also of Tennessee and  Evan Liberty of New Hampshire were both sentenced to  30 years. Photograph: Reuters

One former Blackwater security contractor received a life sentence on Monday and three others received 30-year sentences for killing unarmed Iraqi ci(...)

A soldier prays at a suspected mass grave pf Shia soldiers from Camp Speicher who were killed by Islamic State militants last year. Photograph: Reuters/Stringer

Iraqi forensic teams began on Monday excavating 12 suspected mass grave sites thought to hold the corpses of as many as 1,700 soldiers massacred la(...)

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(...)