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Palmyra citadel: when  Syrian troops took back Palmyra from Islamic State they found the extremists have caused wide damage and demolished invaluable statues. Photograph: Sana via AP

Syrian government forces backed by Russian air strikes battled Islamic State insurgents around Palmyra on Monday, trying to extend their gains after t(...)

A general view taken yesterday shows part of the remains of the Arc de Triomph monument in Palmyra. Photograph: Al Mounes/AFP/Getty Images

Syria’s armed forces have driven Islamic State militants out of Palmyra, recapturing the city of Roman ruins as part of a regional push that is puttin(...)

A general view shows the remains of the entrance to the iconic Temple of Bel that was destroyed by Islamic State group jihadists in September 2015. Photograph: AFP

Syrian government forces backed by heavy Russian air support drove Islamic State out of Palmyra on Sunday, inflicting what the army called a “mortal b(...)

Ibrahim el-Bakraoui: he and his brother blew themselves up in separate attacks in Brussels. Photograph: Haberturk /AFP/Getty

The origins of Islamic State, the network behind both the Brussels bombings and November’s onslaught in Paris, stretch back some three years to before(...)

Abd ar-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli, a senior Islamic State leader in charge of the group’s finances as well as some plots and external affairs. Photograph: handout/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State fighters were on the retreat in the strategic Syrian city of Palmyra on Friday, as the United States said it probably killed several sen(...)

An Islamic State fighter fires a weapon in this still image taken from a video said to be taken on the outskirts of Palmyra. Photograph: Reuters

By bombing Brussels this week and Paris last November, while suffering strategic setbacks in Syria and Iraq, Islamic State is both lashing out against(...)

File photo taken in March 2014 shows Syrian policeman patrols the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, 215 kilometres northeast of Damascus. Photograph: Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images

Syrian government forces, backed by Russian air strikes, have pushed into the ancient town of Palmyra, which has been held by the Islamic State group (...)

A market in   an eastern rebel-held district of Aleppo: a fragile ceasefire in Syria has allowed people in the besieged city to leave their homes and shop, and visit friends and relatives. Photograph: Karam al-Masri/AFP/Getty Images

The Saudi-sponsored Syrian opposition yesterday announced it would take part in the second session of UN-mediated indirect talks to end the five-year (...)

According to  Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, eight of the Dutch fighters are reported to have been “executed” in Maadan last Friday, after being accused of “attempted desertion and mutiny”. Photograph: Reuters/Stringer

Families of Dutch jihadists in Syria are desperately trying to verify reports that eight fighters from the Netherlands have been executed by the Isla(...)

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad agreed on Tuesday to adhere to the cessation. Photograph: Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday vowed to adhere to the cessation of hostilities and grant amnesty to army deserters who relinquished their(...)

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