A handout image made available by the British defence ministry shows a British (L) and Afghan soldier embracing each other during the handover ceremony of the Camp Bastion-Leatherneck military camp complex in Afghanistan today. Photograph: EPA/MOD

The last US Marines unit and final British combat troops in Afghanistan officially ended their operations today as they packed up to leave the countr(...)

A member of the Iraqi security force searches a man at a checkpoint in Ramadi. Photograph: Reuters

Iraq imposed a curfew in the western city of Ramadi amid fears the Islamic State (IS) group was looking to advance on the strategically important city(...)

US president Barack Obama attending a meeting of leaders from the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group in New York last week. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

US president Barack Obama acknowledged in an interview broadcast yesterday that the United States had underestimated the rise of the Islamic State mil(...)

Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap is seen at a residence in Hanoi in  August 2008. General Vo Nguyen Giap, architect of Vietnam’s military victories over France and the United States, died today, of natural causes, family members and a hospital source said. He was 102. Photograph: Kham/Files/Reuters

Vo Nguyen Giap, the brilliant and ruthless self-taught general who drove the French out of Vietnam to free it from colonial rule and later forced the (...)

More than 300 people have died in violence over recent weeks.  Photograph: Haider Ala/Reuters

Iraqi officials say several parked cars packed with explosives have detonated in mostly Shia areas of Baghdad, killing at least 50 people and woundin(...)

From left, Clement Attlee, Harry Truman and Joseph Stalin at the Potsdam Conference in July 1945

In a hotel room in Soho, the American historian Peter Kuznick starts telling me about the origins of his and Oliver Stone’s television series, The (...)