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“You are defending Russia and its citizens,” Vladimir  Putin told military chiefs. “I want to thank you for your service and wish you luck.” Photograph: Alexei Nikolskyi/Sputnik/Kremlin

Russian president Vladimir Putin has vowed to hunt down those responsible for blowing up an aircraft over Egypt and has intensified air strikes agains(...)

A Police van is parked at the cordoned off crime scene at the Bataclan concert hall on Monday. Photograph AFP Photo/ Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images

How many attackers are on the run? Seven of the terrorists who carried out a series of co-ordinated attacks in Paris on Friday night were killed: six (...)

Hanover stadium ahead of the  Germany and Netherlands, which has been cancelled due to security concerns. Photograph: Peter Steffen/EPA

The Germany vs Netherlands friendly soccer match has been cancelled amid security concerns. Hanover stadium, which was due to host the match, was evac(...)

The French air force  launched  air strikes against  Islamic State in its Raqqa stronghold  in Syria on Sunday. Photograph: EPA

The investigation into the attacks that killed at least 129 people and wounded hundreds more in Paris on November 13th focuses on the Raqqa-Molenbeek-(...)

US President Barack Obama gestures during a press conference following the G20 summit in Antalya, Turkey. Photograph: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images

G20 leaders meeting in Turkey vowed to intensify efforts to fight terrorism including targeting the funding channels behind extremist organisations, (...)

Yazidi soldiers cheer a fallen comrade  near Sinjar, Iraq. Kurdish forces, with the aid of US-led coalition air strikes, liberated Sinjar from IS extremists in recent days. Photograph: Getty Images

United States military aircraft for the first time attacked hundreds of trucks on Monday that the extremist Islamic State (IS) group had been using to(...)

“Jihad is an egalitarian, equal-opportunity employer: fraternal, fast-breaking, glorious, cool – and persuasive” REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (Gaza)

It’s “the first of the storm”, says Islamic State. And little wonder. For the chaotic scenes on the streets of Paris and the fearful reaction those at(...)

The  Les Beguines bar in Molenbeek, Brussels was run by the French Abdeslam brothers, one of whom blew himself up in Paris on Friday  and the other who is on the run. Photograph: Eric VidalReuters

Name: Abdelhamid Abaaoud Age: 28 Nationality: Belgian Suspected of: Unclear Status: Wanted French authorities are certain that(...)

The massacre in Paris, following bombings in Beirut, Lebanon, and the downing of a Russian passenger jet over Egypt, all claimed by the Islamic State, reveals a terrorist organization that has changed in significant ways from the West’s initial understanding of it. Photograph: Reuters

Defying Western efforts to confront Islamic State on the battlefield, the group has evolved in its reach and organisational ability, with increasingly(...)

This image made from video released by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office  shows a French army jet taking off from a site in Jordan to strike at Islamic State group targets. Photograph: ECPAD/APTN via AP

France bombed the Syrian city of Raqqa on Sunday night, its most aggressive strike against the Islamic State group it blames for killing 129 people in(...)

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