Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir  and US Secretary of State John Kerry: there has been a decades-long relationship between the spy services of Saudi Arabia and the United States. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AFP/Getty Images

When President Barack Obama secretly authorised the Central Intelligence Agency to begin arming Syria’s embattled rebels in 2013, the spy agency knew (...)

 African Union officers on patrol in Somalia: the attack happened near the Kenyan border. Photograph: Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic extremist rebels have attacked a base for African Union troops in southwestern Somalia, with dozens of Kenyan soldiers reported to be killed. (...)

A file image  of Donald Trump speaking at a rally. The SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi websites, said Al-Qaida’s branch in Somalia posted a video  of Trump calling for a ‘total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States’ in a recruitment video aimed at African-American youth. Photograph: AP

A video by al-Shabab, al-Qaida’s Somalia branch, criticizes racism in America and features footage of Donald Trump announcing a plan to bar Muslims f(...)

Iraqi Yazidi people fleeing IS in August 2014. More than a thousand women and girls were kidnapped. Younger girls were shared out among fighters, older women murdered. One mass grave held the bodies of around 80 women, all apparently over the age of 40.  (Adam Ferguson/The New York Times)

Kurdish forces announced last Friday that they had driven Islamic State out of Sinjar, a town of some 40,000 citizens on the Syria-Iraq border which h(...)

“Jihad is an egalitarian, equal-opportunity employer: fraternal, fast-breaking, glorious, cool – and persuasive” REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (Gaza)

It’s “the first of the storm”, says Islamic State. And little wonder. For the chaotic scenes on the streets of Paris and the fearful reaction those at(...)

 Medical staff carry the body of a victim in front of the Bataclan theatre in Paris which was one of six sites attacked by terrorists on Friday.  At least 120 people are feared dead. Photograph: EPA

It is clearly extremely early in the investigation. But the best guide to who might be behind the attacks in Paris is earlier violence in France or in(...)

File photograph of Tony Blair and former US president George Bush in the Azores in 2003. Photograaph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Former British prime minister Tony Blair has apologised for aspects of the Iraq War, sparking claims of attempted “spin” ahead of the Chilcot Inquiry (...)

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter at a Nato defence ministers meeting in Brussels. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

Nato will double the size of its emergency response force and may send ground troops to Turkey, its secretary general said yesterday. Speaking after (...)

A Russian warship in the Caspian Sea launches missiles on Wednesday. The Russian Defence Ministry the warships of the Caspian Flotilla carried out massive strikes against Islamic State facilities in Syria. Photograph: EPA/Russian Defence Ministry

Ground troops loyal to president Bashar al-Assad have launched a major offensive in central Syria backed by Russian air strikes. It is an escalation i(...)

An Iraqi migrant woman and her son wait for a bus to take them to the train station after disembarking at the port of Piraeus near Athens  on September 1st. Photograph:  Win McNamee/Getty Images

Having sold his car for $4,600, and then some of his wife’s jewellery, and having loaded his smartphone with photographs of his five children, all tha(...)