Matthew VanDyke: busy sending US military veterans to train Iraqis on the other side of the fight

The last time Matthew VanDyke saw US journalist James Foley, they were running through war-torn Aleppo in Syria avoiding snipers. Foley became the mo(...)

Medics and security forces gather inside Imam Sadiq mosque following a suicide bombing in al-Sawaber, Kuwait City. Photograph: Raed Qutena/EPA

Kuwait has arrested several people on suspicion of involvement in the bombing of a Shia Muslim mosque on Friday that killed 27 people, a security sour(...)

Kuwaiti men react at the site of a suicide bombing that targeted the Shia Al-Imam al-Sadeq mosque during Friday prayers on Friday in Kuwait City. Photograph: Yasser Al-Zayyatyasser/AFP/Getty Images

A suicide bomber killed 25 people when he blew himself up inside a packed Shia Muslim mosque in Kuwait city during Friday prayers, the interior minis(...)

Dust thrown up by shelling is seen near the presidential palace during clashes between the Yemeni army and Houthi fighters in Sanaa . Photograph: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

The Yemeni army and Houthi fighters waged artillery and gunbattles near the presidential palace in Sanaa on Monday in the most intense clashes since t(...)

Yehya Chaker Charkieh (left), the millionth Syrian refugee in Lebanon, speaks to a representative at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Tripoli, northern Lebanon, today. Photograph: Omar Ibrahim/Reuters

The number of Syrian refugees who have fled to Lebanon officially topped 1 million today, highlighting the growing humanitarian catastrophe cau(...)

A man has a child sitting on his shoulders as people gather on Lenin Square after the end of a referendum in Simferopol, Crimea. More than 90 per cent of Crimeans voted for the Ukrainian region’s accession to Russia, according to an exit poll. Photograph: Hannibal Hannschke/EPA

Crimeans have voted overwhelmingly to break away from Ukraine and join Russia in a referendum today that has alarmed the former Soviet republic(...)

A supporter of Hezbollah gestures as he stands at the site of a car bombing in  the southern Beirut stronghold of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group today. Photograph: Hasan Shaaban/Reuters

A powerful car bomb struck the southern Beirut stronghold of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group today, killing 20 people, wounding 120 and trapping ma(...)

A file photograph of a US soldier standing near cells  where high risk detainees are kept at Abu Ghraib prison. About 500 inmates, some of them senior al-Qaeda figures escaped the prison today. Photograph: Reuters.

Hundreds of convicts, including senior members of al-Qaeda, broke out of Iraq’s Abu Ghraib jail as comrades launched a military-style assault to free (...)

A police officer inspects the site of a bomb attack at a coffee shop in Kirkuk, 250 km north of Baghdad. Photograph:  Ako Rasheed/Reuters.

A bomb attack on a tea house in the ethnically mixed Iraqi city of Kirkuk has killed at least 31 people, police and medics said.The blast tore through(...)

Civil Defence workers, Hizbullah members, policemen and civilians gather at the site of an explosion in Beirut’s southern suburbs today. Photograph: Issam Kobeisi/Reuters

A car bomb has exploded in a stronghold of the Shia militant Hizbullah group in Beirut wounding dozens in a major security breach of a tightly-guarded(...)