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An Iraqi counter terrorism services  member prays in the Old City of Mosul on Monday during an ongoing offensive to retake the city from Islamic State. Photograph: Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images

Iraqi forces slowed their advance on Tuesday through the last streets in Mosul controlled by Islamic State where militants and civilians are packed in(...)

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s mausoleum – the Anitkabir –  was built as a monument to the founder of Turkey. But  is Atatürk’s vision for Ankara now being erased?

The Bayram holiday that in Turkey follows the Muslim holy month of Ramadan sees thousands descend on Ankara to pay their respects to Mustafa Kemal Ata(...)

Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service troops rest  beside the ruins of Grand al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul after it was retaken from Islamic State on Thursday. Photograph: Erik De Castro/Reuters

After eight months of grinding urban warfare, Iraqi government troops on Thursday captured the ruined mosque in Mosul from where Islamic State proclai(...)

A woman holds her injured child at a camp for people displaced from fighting in the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa, in Ain Issa, Syria June 14, 2017. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

By granting free rein to the Pentagon and commanders in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, US commander-in-chief Donald Trump has ceded civilian control ove(...)

Graduates of a US-trained police force that expects to be deployed in Raqqa, Syria, dance during a graduation ceremony near Ain Issa village, north of Raqqa, on Tuesday. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday dozens of people were killed in an air strike believed to have been carried out by the US-led (...)

A pet dove of a member of Iraqi forces  inside an armoured fighting vehicle at the frontline in the Old City in west Mosul, Iraq, on Tuesday. Photograph:  /Erik De Castro/Reuters

Iraqi forces on Tuesday pushed towards the river side of Mosul’s Old City, their key target in the eight-month campaign to capture Islamic State’s de(...)

The al-Hadba minaret of  the Grand al-Nuri Mosque is seen through a  window in the Old City of Mosul on June 1st. Photograph: Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters

The leaning al-Habda minaret that has towered over Mosul for 850 years lay in ruins on Thursday, demolished by retreating Islamic State militants, bu(...)

F18 Super Hornet: the Pentagon says  one shot down a Syrian government fighter jet shortly after the Syrians bombed US-backed fighters in northern Syria on June 18th. Photograph: Jake Cannady/US Department of Defence

Warplanes from the US-led coalition operating over Syrian government-controlled areas west of the Euphrates river will be tracked as potential targets(...)

A Kurdish fighter from the People’s Protection Units (YPG) fires a 120mm mortar round in Raqqa, Syria. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

Spare a thought for the innocent civilians of Raqqa, a city under siege. In recent weeks, hundreds of civilians have been killed by western-backed coa(...)

People fleeing the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa in an area near the village of Balaban, south of Jarablus, Syria, on June 8th. Photograph: Zein al-Rifai/EPA

Intensified coalition air strikes supporting an assault by US-backed forces on Islamic State’s stronghold of Raqqa in Syria are causing a “staggering (...)

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