Nicolas Henin

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 French journalist and author Nicolas Hénin: ‘Bashar al-Assad is responsible for between seven and 10 times as many civilian deaths as Islamic State.’  Photograph:  Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Nearly five years after it started, the war in Syria has claimed some 300,000 lives. Now the Russian air force is pounding the country’s second city, (...)

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and US ambassador to France Jane Hartley, pay tribute to the victims of November 13th terror attacks in Paris, at the Place de la Republique. Photograph: Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images

The French writer and statesman André Malraux allegedly predicted that “the 21st century will be a century of religion or it will not be at all.” Th(...)

Marine le Pen:  beheading picture vanished from her Twitter account. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

The mother of James Foley, the American hostage beheaded on camera by Islamic State last year, said on Thursday she was angry at French far-right poli(...)

Nicolas Hénin being greeted by his children at Villacoublay military airport outside Paris after his release from captivity  in April 2014. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

A French journalist held hostage by Islamic State for 10 months, has made an impassioned plea against bombing Syria, saying it was a trap that would o(...)

The French air force  launched  air strikes against  Islamic State in its Raqqa stronghold  in Syria on Sunday. Photograph: EPA

The investigation into the attacks that killed at least 129 people and wounded hundreds more in Paris on November 13th focuses on the Raqqa-Molenbeek-(...)

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(...)

Journalist: James Foley films an attack on Muammar Gadafy’s home in Sirte, Libya, in 2011. Photograph:  John Cantlie/Getty

They had spent many dark months together, at times shackled to one another by their youthful captors, several of whom taunted them with European accen(...)

Journalist James Foley was on assignment for Boston-based website Global Post and the Agence France-Presse when he was taken hostage at a checkpoint in northern Syria in November 2012. Photograph: AP Photo

James Foley, the US photojournalist who has been beheaded by the so-called Islamic State, was an avid reader of the Koran who wanted to promote dia(...)

Former French hostage Nicolas Henin at Villacoublay military airport outside Paris yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Etienne Laurent

Joy was written on the faces of Nicolas Hénin (37), his wife Isabel and their small children, Sophie and Émile, as the young family locked in a(...)

Hostages in Syria: French photographer Pierre Torres (left) and French reporter Nicolas Henin. Photographs: Janine Haidar/Chris Huby/AFP/Getty Images

Twenty-two western journalists are currently held hostage in Syria. At least 20 Syrian, Lebanese and Turkish journalists have also been kidnapped. Mor(...)