US secretary of state John Kerry and Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov during talks in Vienna on October 23rd on the Syrian civil war. Iran has accepted an invitation to join talks. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/New York Times

The participation of the Iranian foreign minister in Friday’s talks on resolving the Syrian crisis with colleagues from the US, Saudi Arabia, Turkey a(...)

Muhammed Hassan Abdullah al-Jibouri, one of the 69 hostages freed from an Islamic State prison last week by Kurdish and US forces, sobs while recalling the execution of his brother by his captors. He was speaking in Salahaddin, Iraq, on Tuesday. Photograph: Michael R Gordon/New York Times

Muhammad Hassan Abdullah al-Jibouri had long ago lost hope that he would ever make it out of Islamic State’s jail alive, and he had not even seen the(...)

Civilians gather at the scene of a deadly car bomb in the Habibiya neighborhood of Sadr City, Baghdad on Saturday. Photograph: AP Photo/Karim Kadim

A car bomb at a popular car dealership has killed 13 people and injured 52 in eastern Baghdad’s volatile Sadr City neighbourhood, two days after a mar(...)

 A dinghy overcrowded with Syrian migrants approaches a beach on the Greek island of Kos this week after crossing a part of the Aegean sea from Turkey to Greece. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

The appalling realities of mass migration from Syria’s civil war have been highlighted in images from Kos, where thousands of refugees are now arrivin(...)

An image grab taken from a video shows alleged Islamic State leader  Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Mosul. Photograph: Al-Furqan Media/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

It seems a strange obsession for men so opposed to graven images that they smash ancient statues with sledge hammers. The jihadists of Islamic State (...)

Syrian Kurds waiting behind barbed wired on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey after they fled the Syrian town of Kobane. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State is a hydra-headed military cult that grows two poisonous heads for every one lopped off. Yesterday’s attacks in France, Tunisia, Kuwait (...)

 Syrian refugees waiting on the Syrian side of the border crossing  near Akcakale, in Turkey’s Sanliurfa province, on Wednesday. Iran has denied it has deployed troops in Syria to bolster the Syrian army and its militia allies although this has been widely reported in the Syrian media. Photograph: Sedat Suna/EPA

UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura estimates that Iran spends $6 billion (€5.3 billion) a year to sustain the Syrian regime. This figure apparently e(...)

Almost three weeks after President Barack Obama said the US was not losing to Sunni extremists in Iraq his administration is sending a further 450 (...)

US deputy secretary of state Antony J Blinken gives a joint press conference following a meeting with foreign affairs members of the anti-Islamic State coalition in Paris on Tuesday. Photograph: AFP Photo/ Stephane De Sakutin

Despite ample evidence to the contrary, Washington continues to insist that the coalition fighting Islamic State is pursuing what US deputy secreta(...)

An image made available by Jihadist media outlet Welayat Homs  shows the Palmyra prison being blown up by Islamic State group jihadists, 10 days after they seized the ancient city from pro-regime forces. The prison was the site of a massacre in 1980 in which hundreds of inmates were killed.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State group jihadists demolished a notorious government prison in the historic Syrian city of Palmyra on Saturday, as barrel bombs dropped by (...)