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A resident of Tabqa city waves an Islamist State flag after the terrorist group  took over Tabqa air base near Raqqa in August 2014. Many are now fleeing Isis’s harsh regime. Photograph: Reuters

After the Syrian government stopped paying him, a technician who had spent two decades pumping the country’s oil received an enticing offer: do the sa(...)

New air strikes targeting the Syrian city of Raqqa have killed at least eight people, including five children, according to opposition groups(...)

 French president Francois Hollande and US president Barack Obama shake hands during a joint news conference at the White House, November 24th, 2015 in Washington, DC. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday the United States and France have agreed to step up strikes in Syria and Iraq to target Islamic Sta(...)

Aws,  a pseudonym, in  southern Turkey where she now lives. She used to be a member of the Khansaa Brigade, the Islamic State’s female morality police. Photograph:Tara Todras-Whitehill/The New York Times

Dua had been working for only two months with the Khansaa Brigade, the all-female morality police of Islamic State, when her friends were brought to t(...)

Suicide bomber: 20-year-old Bilal Hadfi, who blew himself outside the Stade de France, raising his right index finger in the Islamic State salute

Their faces became familiar to us this week, through images recorded on Islamic State videos, through police mugshots and through Facebook pages. But (...)

French President Francois Hollande: Was left clearly shaken by the attacks. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

In the United States, the turning point that defined George W Bush’s presidency is captured in a single famous photograph. Taken on the morning of Sep(...)

A peshmerga soldier on Highway 47, which links Mosul and Raqqa: Families of Islamic State fighters are believed to be  attempting to flee to Mosul in Iraq where IS also holds sway. Photograph: Bryan Denton/The New York Times

Residents in Islamic State’s de facto capital Raqqa are trapped in the Syrian city as the militants attempt to consolidate and put a brave face on re(...)

Police and ambulance vans parked near the apartment being targeted by police in Saint-Denis, a northern suburb of Paris on Wednesday. Photograph: Francois Mori/AP

The Belgian jihadist suspected of masterminding the Paris terror atrocities was reportedly killed when police stormed a flat in the north of the city,(...)

French president François Hollande  and US secretary of state John Kerry at talks on Syria in the Élysée palace, Paris. Photograph: Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images

Even as Paris steps up its military intervention in Syria, French president François Hollande has launched a diplomatic offensive aimed at uniting int(...)

“It is in Syria, in Raqqa, that [IS] has its headquarters and it is from Raqqa that some of the main threats against this country are planned and orchestrated,” Britain’s prime minister David Cameron said. Photograph: PA

British prime minister David Cameron has pledged to make the case for RAF air strikes against Islamic State (IS) targets in Syria in the wake of the P(...)

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