Iraqi Sunni Muslim tribesmen take their positions with their weapons during clashes with the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in the city of Ramadi, 100 km  west of Baghdad. Photograph: Reuters.

Iraqi troops and allied tribesmen killed 57 Islamist militants in Anbar province today, the defence ministry said, in advance of a possible assault on(...)

Iraqi security forces take position with their weapons during clashes with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in province of Anbar on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

Al-Qaeda’s general command said today it had no links with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in an apparent attempt to reassert its aut(...)

A man reacts after an explosion in a bus caused by what activists said was shelling from forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar Al-Assad in Tariq Al Bab neighbourhood of Aleppo. Photograph: Ahmad Othman/Reuters

The death toll in Syria’s civil war has risen to at least 130,433, more than a third of them civilians on both sides of the conflict, but the real fig(...)

Undated handout  made available by Hizbullah’s media office of Hassan al-Laqqis, a senior commander with the Lebanese Shia militant group, who was reported killed overnight outside his home in Beirut. Photograph: EPA

Lebanon’s Shia militant Hizbullah group has said one of its commanders was killed outside his Beirut home in an overnight attack which it blamed on (...)

Medics transport a body at the site of explosions near the Iranian embassy in Beirut today. Photograph: Reuters

Two explosions, at least one caused by a suicide bomber, rocked Iran’s embassy in Lebanon today, killing at least 23 people, including an Iranian cult(...)

Fighting erupted in the Damaj area of Yemen (A on map) despite government mediation efforts to shore up a ceasefire in place since late last year. Image: Google Maps.

The death toll from a Shi’ite Muslim Houthi attack on a mountain town in north Yemen held by their Salafi Sunni Muslim rivals has risen to 24, a Salaf(...)

Kurdish security forces inspect the site of a bomb attack in the city of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdistan region, about 350 km  north of Baghdad. Photograph: Azad Lashkari/Reuters

At least 40 people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a Shia Muslim funeral in a southern Iraqi town today. The blast brought down t(...)

Residents prepare to transport the coffin of a victim who was killed during bombings in Baghdad this week. Photograph: Ahmed Malik/Reuters

An al-Qaeda affiliate has claimed responsibility for a series of bombings in Baghdad and other areas of Iraq in retaliation for the execution of Sunni(...)

A Palestinian boy holds a candle during a vigil to show solidarity with Syrian civilians in the West Bank city of Ramallahafter hundreds were killed yesterday in rebel-held Damascus suburbs. The United Nations has demanded that Syria gives its chemical weapons experts immediate access to the suburbs where poison gas appears to have killed hundreds just a few miles from the UN team’s hotel. Photograph: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

The United Nations demanded Syria give its chemical weapons experts immediate access tonight to rebel-held Damascus suburbs where poison gas appears t(...)

Kuwait has banned the television show of a prominent Sunni Muslim cleric, accused of instigating hatred with speeches and comments on social media calling for arming rebels fighting the army of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad (pictured). Photograph: SANA/Handout via Reuters.

Kuwait has banned the television show of a prominent Sunni Muslim cleric, accused of instigating hatred with speeches and comments on social media ca(...)

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