Syrian migrants on an overcrowded dinghy try to disembark on the shore of the Greek island of Kos this week. Photograph: EPA/YANNIS KOLESIDIS

The beheading earlier this week of Khaled al-Asaad, an 83-year-old archaeologist, by Islamic State militants in the Syrian city of Palmyra brings into(...)

‘While Tunisia has been regarded by most observers as the model case of democratic transition in the region, following the turmoil of the 2011 Arab uprisings, it too has experienced significant instability, although not on the scale of its neighbours in the region.’ Tunisians wave banners and their national flag during a demonstration in Midoun, north east of Djerba on March 20th, two days after gunmen attacked the National Bardo Museum. German writting on placard reads: “We don’t want any terrorists in Tunisia.”Photograph: ROBERT MICHAEL/AFP/Getty Images

Earlier this week, Tunisia became the latest country to suffer a violent attack at the hands of militants linked to the so-called Islamic State (IS). (...)

Chemical weapons: Syrian activists inspect the bodies of people they say were killed in a  nerve gas attack on the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus in August by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces. Photograph: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters

Nearly three years after the euphoria, both inside and outside the region, that greeted the tumultuous events of the spring of 2011, the Middle East l(...)

Supporters of ousted former president Mohamed Morsi gather in Cairo yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

The intervention by the Egyptian military to remove from office the first elected president in the country’s long history, and the brutal crackdown on(...)

Iraqis examine damage inflicted on their house by a car bomb attack in AL-Mashtal district in Baghdad last Tuesday. Car bombs and a suicide blast hit Shi'ite districts of Baghdad and south of Iraq’s capital, killing at least 50 people on the 10th anniversary of the invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen

On March 19th, 2003, the United States, under President George W Bush, and with the support of Britain and a number of other states, led an inv(...)