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Candles  next to a flower in  a broken window of Le Carillon restaurant in Paris,  the site of one of the attacks in the French capital on Friday. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

  French aircraft conducted a “massive” bombardment of Islamic State’s stronghold in Raqqa, northern Syria, last night, 48 hours after eig(...)

French fighter jets launched their biggest raids in Syria to date targeting the Islamic State’s stronghold in Raqqa. Photograph: Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images

French fighter jets launched their biggest raids in Syria to date targeting the Islamic State’s stronghold in Raqqa just two days after the group c(...)

People gather outside Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris,  for  a Mass  after the  attacks in the city, November 15th, 2015. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

An Iraqi intelligence dispatch sent to coalition countries warned of imminent assaults by Islamic State the day before the deadly attacks in Paris kil(...)

Smoke rises from the site of US-led air strikes in the town of Sinjar, Iraq. Photograph: Ari Jalal/Reuters

Kurdish forces backed by US air strikes have seized the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar from Islamic State (IS), giving the jihadists’ opponents an impo(...)

Delicate diplomacy: John Kerry with foreign ministers from Russia, Sergei Lavrov; Saudi Arabia, Adel al-Jubeir; and Turkey, Feridun Sinirlioglu. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Reuters

The second round of talks on the Syrian crisis taking place in Vienna could be more positive than the initial October 30th session because the politic(...)

Yazidi refugees celebrate news of the liberation of their homeland of Sinjar from Islamic State at a refugee camp in Derek, Rojava, Syria. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

The Kurdish regional president in Iraq said that peshmerga forces have taken the northern town of Sinjar from Islamic State (IS) militants in an offen(...)

 A file composite image showing two still frames from a video released by the Islamic State (IS) showing IS militant known as ‘Jihadi John’ and identified as British national  Mohammed Emwazi, who was born in Kuwait and is from London, Britain. Photograph: EPA

British prime minister David Cameron said on Friday that if US forces had succeeded in killing the militant known as “Jihadi John” in Syria, it would (...)

Iraqi Kurdish forces take part in an operation backed by US-led strikes in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar on Thursday. Photograph: Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images

Kurdish peshmerga forces have started clearing parts of the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar and have established positions along an Islamic State supply(...)

A group of Syrian pro-government forces raise their guns in celebration on the outskirts of Kweires near the Kweires military air base, east of the Syrian province of Aleppo.  Photograph: George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty Images

Syrian soldiers have fought their way into an airbase in northern Syria, according to state television, breaking a nearly two-year siege by Islamic St(...)

Russian ground staff members check on a Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jet at the Hmeymim air base near Latakia, Syria. US fighter aircraft and a Russian fighter aircraft conducted a communications test over south-central Syria to validate safety protocols agreed between the two countries. Photograph: Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation/Reuters

Russia does not see keeping Bashar al-Assad in power as a matter of principle, the country’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday. The statement suggests (...)

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