Rob O’Neill pictued in Butte, Montana in 2013. O’Neill is a former member of the elite US Seals, the principal special operations force of the US Navy. Photograph: Walter Hinick/Reuters/The Montana Standard

A former member of the Navy Seals has come forward claiming to have shot the al-Qaeda leader during the daring operation in Pakistan in 2011. Two year(...)

People gather at the site of a suicide bombing as Yemeni security officials collect debris in Sanaa, yesterday. Photograph: AP

A bomb blast tore through Tahrir Square in central Sana’a yesterday, killing dozens of supporters of the Houthi movement that controls the Yemeni ca(...)

A picture taken from Turkey shows Islamic State (IS) flags displayed by militants in the east of Syrian Kobani city, at the Syria-Turkey border near Sanliurfa. Photograph: EPA/SEDAT SUNA 2:15

Street fighting raged between Kurdish defenders and Islamic State militants who advanced into Kobani today after subjecting the Syrian border town to (...)

His Holiness Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, centre, at the opening of the Maryam Mosque on the Old Monivea Road at Ballybrit, Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Europeans volunteering to fight for radical Islam are “misguided”, the world head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community has said. Fifth Khalifa His(...)

A still image taken from a purported Islamic State video  shows British captive John Cantlie making a statement.

A new propaganda video featuring the British hostage John Cantlie has been posted online by Islamic State (IS) within hours of the launch of US-led a(...)

Residents of Buulomareer in the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia walking alongside an African Union Forces tank, one day after the town was liberated from the terrorist group al-Shabab. The US has said that the leader of the group, Ahmed Abdi Godane, has been killed in an airstrike. Photograph: Tobin Jones handout via EPA.

The leader of the al-Shabab terror group, Ahmed Abdi Godane, who was the target of a US airstrike on Monday in Somalia has died.The Pentagon’s press s(...)

A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi making what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in the centre of Iraq’s second city, Mosul in a video recording posted online on  July 5th.  Photograph: Reuters

When American forces raided a home near Fallujah during the turbulent 2004 offensive against the Iraqi Sunni insurgency, they got the hard-core milita(...)

A passenger gives in his belt as he undergoes a security check at Frankfurt Airport. Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters

Passengers using airports that offer direct flights to the US may be forced to switch on their mobile phones and other electronic devices to prove to (...)

Iraqi security forces pull down a flag belonging to Sunni militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Photograph: Reuters

An extremist group’s declaration of an Islamic state in territory it has seized in Iraq and Syria is a threat to the entire region, Iraq’s prime minis(...)

Sunni militants in Tikrit, northern Iraq. The extent of the Iraqi army’s defeat at the hands of militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) became clear 
on Wednesday (11JUNE)
yesterday when officials in Baghdad conceded that insurgents had stripped the main army base in the northern city of Mosul of weapons, released hundreds of prisoners from the city’s jails and may have seized up to $480
million in banknotes from the city’s banks.

Iraq is facing its gravest test since the US-led invasion more than a decade ago, after its army capitulated to Islamist insurgents who have seized f(...)