US president Barack Obama predicted “periods of progress and setbacks” in the war against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria as he sought to demonstrate a unity of purpose during an unusual face-to-face meeting with senior military chiefs from 21 nations.

US president Barack Obama predicted “periods of progress and setbacks” in the war against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria as he sought to demonstr(...)

Two RAF Tornado jets assisted Kurdish troops in north-west Iraq who were under attack from IS militants. Photograph: Neil Bryden/EPA

British Royal Air Force warplanes struck Islamic State targets in Iraq today for the first time since the government approved military action against(...)

A Syrian Kurdish refugee holds her children as she waits at the Yumurtalik border crossing to be taken to a shelter in Turkey. Islamic State militants have been carrying out a weeklong assault on the Kurdish area across the border, where residents have pleaded for military aid. Photograph: Bryan Denton/The New York Times

US warplanes attacked Islamic State targets in Syria overnight, in raids that a group monitoring the war said killed civilians as well as jihadist fig(...)

British prime minister David Cameron and US president Barack Obama at the Nato Summit at Celtic Manor in Newport, Wales. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire.

The United Kingdom will supply ammunition to Kurds fighting Islamic terrorists in Iraq, British prime minister David Cameron has declared, while a top(...)

Richard Attenborough in 2008: the film Gandhi marked the pinnacle of his career. Photograph: Getty Images 0:50

Richard Attenborough, the film director who chronicled the end of British colonial rule in India with his Oscar-winning epic Gandhi and performed in m(...)

Kurdish forces, known as peshmerga, stand guard near Mosul dam at the town of Chamibarakat outside Mosul in Iraq yesterday.  Photograph: AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed

Kurdish forces have taken control of most of Iraq’s largest dam after battling Islamic State fighters in nearby villages, reversing some of gains m(...)

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, who had fled  violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, take part  in a demonstration at the Iraqi-Syrian border crossing in Fishkhabour, Dohuk province, yesterday.  Photograph: Youssef Boudlal/Reuters

Nuri al-Maliki has given up his fight to remain prime minister of Iraq and now supports his replacement, Haider al-Abadi, state television has reporte(...)

A Hawker Hunter jet does a practice run over Bray ahead of tomorrow’s Bray Air Display 2014
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Military Guard Ceremony A ceremonial military guard is to parade in Dublin today as part of an initiative to remember members of the Defence Forces wh(...)

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh at the Cenotaph in Coleraine.

Queen Elizabeth concluded her busy three-day visit to Northern Ireland by travelling to Coleraine, Co Derry, yesterday to lay a wreath at the town’s (...)

Sub-Lieutenant Michael d’Alton, who joined the Royal Navy in 1942,  is an Irish veteran of the D-Day landings. He said he joined the Royal Navy to try and stop ‘that awful German monster’.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times. 9:45

Ireland was neutral in the second World War, but neutrality did not extend to the tens of thousands of Irish people who joined the Allied cause. One o(...)