Army general John Campbell, commander of US forces in Afghanistan, prepares to testify for a hearing before the senate armed services committee  in Washington, on Tuesday. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

The deadly air strike that hit a hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz was a mistake made within the US chain of command, the American commander of in(...)

Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad: targeting of Syria shows Moscow gives priority to strengthening Damascus against near enemies rather than striking Islamic State. Photograph: Sana via Reuters

Russia’s deployment of war planes, missile systems, tanks, and armoured troop carriers has dramatically changed the shape of the conflict on the groun(...)

A handout provided by Medecins Sans Frontieres shows the hospital in Kunduz. Photograph: MSF handout/EPA 0:51

Medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has said it is ‘disgusted’ by Afghan government claims justifying a suspected US air strike that kill(...)

The first person to be charged with the war crime of destroying religious or historical monuments as part of an Islamist campaign against idolatry was(...)

Shaker Aamer: said he was originally seized by bounty hunters while working as a charity worker in Afghanistan in 2001 shortly after the 9/11 attacks. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Shaker Aamer, the last British resident to be held in Guantanamo Bay, is to be released after more than 13 years in detention without charge. T(...)

Western leaders now say  Syrian president Bashar al-Assad must be involved in peace talks. Photograph: Vahid Salemi/AP Photo

German chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad must be involved in peace talks – the latest evidence that key we(...)

Former Syrian army fighter jets at the Abu Duhur military airport, the last regime-held military base in northwestern Idlib province, after Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate and its allies seized the base on September 9th in the latest setback for President Bashar al-Assad’s forces. Al-Nusra Front and a coalition of mostly Islamist groups captured the military airport after a siege that lasted two years, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said. Photograph: AFP

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has confirmed entities with ties to al-Qaeda have more than $1.2 million (€1.07 million) frozen in Irish bank acco(...)

Pope Francis waves from the Popemobile after his arrival in Havana. Photograph: Adalberto Roque/EPA

Pope Francis hailed the restoration of relations between the US and Cuba as a victory for the culture of engagement and dialogue after he landed in Ha(...)

 Men help an injured boy who survived what activists said were airstrikes by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad, in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus in late August. Although international attention has turned to Islamic State atrocities, the country’s war has been far more destructive and deadly.  Photograph: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters

Every morning, at the dawn call to prayer, women and children move silently from the Damascus suburb of Douma to the surrounding farm fields, seeking (...)

Woman and child on a platform in Berlin’s Schoenefeld station after emerging from a special train coming from Munich. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Jamil and his family arrived in Munich at night, jaded in body and confused in spirit. “We had mixed feelings,” he says. “We could not believe we rea(...)