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Syrians walk in the street in Deir al-Zor after Syria’s army broke a years-long Islamic State siege on the government enclave. Photograph: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

The Syrian army has broken a 28-month siege by the Islamic State group on the city of Deir al-Zor, a strategic oil hub on the Euphrates river in the e(...)

Al-Ayadieh village, the last remaining active front line near Tal Afar, during an operation to retake the city from Islamic State. Photograph: Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

Politics impinges on all fronts in the campaign to oust Islamic State from Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. All parties involved have their own agendas, which(...)

Smoke rises after an air strike during fighting between members of the Syrian Democratic Forces and Islamic State militants in Raqqa, Syria, on August 20th. Photograph: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters

A US-led coalition campaign to oust Islamic State from Raqqa in Syria has killed hundreds of civilians, Amnesty International said on Thursday. The r(...)

Russian S-400 Triumph rocket systems: purchase puts Turkey in direct confrontation with its fellow Nato members and the West. Photograph:  Alexey Sazonov/AFP/Getty

On a visit to the ruined, ancient city of Ani last month, my tour guide offers an alternative perspective on the murder of hundreds of thousands of Ar(...)

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces calls his comrades during the fighting with Islamic State fighters in Raqqa, Syria, on  August 14th. Photograph: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters

The Baghdad and Damascus governments appear to be co-ordinating their offensives against Islamic State (Isis) with the objective of uprooting the grou(...)

A Free Syrian Army fighter holds a walkie-talkie as he sits with a fellow member in al-Manshiyeh neighbourhood in Deraa, Syria. Photograph: Alaa Al-Faqir/Reuters

The Trump administration’s decision to cancel CIA support for insurgents seeking to topple Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, is unlikely to make muc(...)

People flee after a coalition air strike hit Islamic State positions in Mosul. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

In more than 30 years of journalism, it was the most bizarre journey I had ever set out on. Here we were, driving through the bomb-blasted narrow stre(...)

US presidents have often sought respite overseas from their domestic troubles, looking for achievements in foreign policy as their agendas have been t(...)

Iraqi Army soldiers   celebrate  gains   against Islamic State militants   in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq, on Sunday. Photograph: Felipe Dana/AP

Three years ago, a black-clad cleric named Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ascended a mosque pulpit in the Iraqi city of Mosul and addressed the world as leader (...)

Kurdish fighters from the People’s Protection Units (YPG) sit in a house in Raqqa, Syria. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

US-backed forces encircling Raqqa expect the fight to oust the remnants of Islamic State from its most symbolic Syrian stronghold to take at least thr(...)

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