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Mexican army soldiers patrol the streets at Los Cabos, Baja California Sur state, Mexico. Photograph: Daniel Slim/AFP

For years, the sparsely-populated Baja California peninsula in northwestern Mexico was untouched by the cartel-fuelled violence that afflicted much of(...)

Mortars of the federal police forces are seen in the south of Mosul. Photograph: Reuters

Iraqi security forces are preparing to advance towards Mosul airport on the city’s southern edge to increase pressure on Islamic State militants figh(...)

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(...)

US president Barack Obama and Polish president Bronislaw Komorowski at a press conference in the Belweder Palace in Warsaw yesterday. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

US president Barack Obama has promised a greater US military presence in Poland and neighbouring Nato allies over concerns at their exposure to Russi(...)