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An image from the video published by Islamic State purportedly showing an English-speaking IS fighter along with four other jihadists. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

A masked jihadi with a British accent mocks David Cameron in a purported new Islamic State video showing the execution of five men accused of being sp(...)

A minute’s silence in Paris for the victims of the November terror attacks which claimed the lives of 130 people. Photograph:  Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

It was as if the nightmares of New York on 9/11, Madrid in 2004 and London in 2005 had returned with a vengeance. Jihadist attacks opened and closed 2(...)

Syrian antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim  at his office in  Damascus. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty

Syria’s director of antiquities is a worried man. On December 13th, a mortar struck the garden of the national museum and a second shell hit the adjac(...)

Damaged buildings are pictured at night in the rebel-controlled area of Maaret al-Numan town in Idlib province, Syria. Photograph: Reuters

A UN-sponsored deal to evacuate more than 2,000 Islamic State fighters and other militants from rebel-held parts of south Damascus in Syria has been d(...)

Islamic State members ask people to go back to the city centre at the Turkish Akcakale crossing gate in Sanliurfa province in June. Turkey has said it was taking measures to limit the flow of Syrian refugees on to its territory. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

The names of European jihadis who have used Turkey to return to Europe evoke some of the worst tragedies to visit the continent in recent years. The w(...)

US president Barack Obama during his address to the nation from the Oval Office. Photograph: AFP Photo

President Barack Obama spoke to the American people in a rare televised Oval Office address – only the third of his presidency – in order to make a po(...)

 Francie Molloy MP:  After a House of Commons vote to bomb Isis targets in Syria, he posted a tweet saying, “Brits back to what they do best. Murder.”   Photograph:  Paul Faith /AFP/Getty Images

Sinn Féin has stood by a comment made by its Mid-Ulster MP Francie Molloy, who posted a tweet saying, “Brits back to what they do best. Murder.” His (...)

An RAF Typhoon arrives at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus to begin operations against Islamic State targets in Syria. Photograph: PA

Britain’s first air strikes in Syria targeted oil fields in the eastern Syrian desert that have been controlled for more than a year by Islamic State.(...)

An RAF Typhoon plane flies above  southern Cyprus on Thursday. Photograph: Darren Staples

Britain’s entry into the air war in Syria against Islamic State is unlikely to drive the militarised cult from its capital at Raqqa city, the country(...)

Members of the Free Syrian Army.  Cameron believes there are 70,000 pairs of suitable Syrian boots on the ground. Robert Fisk reckons 70 might be nearer the mark. Photo: Tomas Munita/The New York Times

David Cameron was following patriotic precedent in backing Turkey against Russia following the downing of a Russian aircraft on the Turkish-Syrian bor(...)

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