Smoke rises from the site of US-led air strikes in the town of Sinjar, Iraq. Photograph: Ari Jalal/Reuters

Kurdish forces backed by US air strikes have seized the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar from Islamic State (IS), giving the jihadists’ opponents an impo(...)

Iraqi Kurdish forces take part in an operation backed by US-led strikes in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar on Thursday. Photograph: Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images

Kurdish peshmerga forces have started clearing parts of the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar and have established positions along an Islamic State supply(...)

Eighteen people were killed in clashes with the military in southeastern Turkey on Thursday, lifting this week’s death toll to almost 40 in the mainly(...)

Musicians play as supporters wait for Turkey’s prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu at Ataturk airport in Istanbul on Tuesday. Turkey’s long dominant AK Party scored a stunning election success at the weekend. Photograph: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images

Following a failed government-forming process, Turkey’s worst-ever terrorist attack and the return to war with militant Kurds, how is it Turkey’s AK P(...)

A supporter of the ruling AK Party holds a scarf with a slogan that reads, “Man of the nation – Ahmet Davutoglu”, in reference to the prime minister, during an election rally in the central Anatolian city of Konya, on Friday. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

Turkey goes to the polls on Suday for the second time this year following months of fractious political wrangling, deadly bombings and a return to war(...)

Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan said operations against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants “will continue until peace is attained. It is the job of the state to protect its citizens and the country.” Photograph: Yiannis Kourtoglou/Reuters

Three Turkish soldiers and 28 Kurdish militants have been killed in air strikes and clashes over the past two days in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish (...)

Turkey in turmoil: Protesters hold placards that read “We know the killer” as Turkish riot police block their way on Tuesday. Photograph: Ozan Koseozan/AFP/Getty Images

Kurds in Turkey have found themselves increasingly singled out for violence, as the death toll from Saturday’s twin bombings in Ankara is expected to (...)

Kurdish militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)  behind a barricade during clashes with Turkish forces. Photograph: Ilyas Akengin/AFP/Getty Images

The embers of a dormant war have reignited in southeast Turkey with devastating effect just weeks before crucial parliamentary elections. Last Monday,(...)

Forensic teams of  police investigate in the aftermath of the deadly explosions on Saturday in Ankara. Photograph: EPA

Turkey is focusing efforts on Islamic State in investigating a suspected suicide bombing in Ankara that killed up to 128 people, officials said on Sun(...)

A man asks for help after an explosion during a peace march in Ankara on Saturday. Photograph: Tumay Berkin/Reuters

Eighty-six people were killed in twin bomb blasts in the Turkish capital Ankara on Saturday, while another 186 people were wounded including 28 who a(...)