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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 (...)

Indian Shia Muslim demonstrators burn an effigy of Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during a protest in New Delhi. Photograph: Getty Images

An audio message purporting to come from the spokesman of Islamic State called on followers to launch attacks in the United States, Europe, Russia, Au(...)

Syrian Democratic Forces fighters in the north of Raqqa, Syria. Photograph:  Rodi Said/Reuters

Kurdish and Arab forces backed by the US have entered Islamic State’s de facto capital of Raqqa, setting the stage for what could be a months-long cam(...)

Police officers stand outside Iran’s parliament building following an attack by several gunmen  in Tehran, Iran which killed at least 16. Photograph: Majid Saeedi/Getty Images

Five of the men who launched an attack in the heart of Iran’s capital previously fought for Islamic State, the country’s intelligence ministry has sai(...)

Iranian policemen try to help civilians fleeing from the parliament building during the attack in Tehran. Photograph: EPA/Omid Wahabzadeh

The first terrorist attack in Tehran in more than a decade underlines how the shifting dynamics of the Syrian conflict are being felt far from the bat(...)

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