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A general view shows the remains of the entrance to the iconic Temple of Bel that was destroyed by Islamic State group jihadists in September 2015. Photograph: AFP

Syrian government forces backed by heavy Russian air support drove Islamic State out of Palmyra on Sunday, inflicting what the army called a “mortal b(...)

Abd ar-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli, a senior Islamic State leader in charge of the group’s finances as well as some plots and external affairs. Photograph: handout/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State fighters were on the retreat in the strategic Syrian city of Palmyra on Friday, as the United States said it probably killed several sen(...)

Syrian troops stand next to a mansion belonging to the Qatari royal family in the ancient city of Palmyra on Thursday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Syrian troops backed by Russian air support fought their way into the Islamic State-held city of Palmyra on Thursday, their biggest offensive yet agai(...)

An Islamic State fighter fires a weapon in this still image taken from a video said to be taken on the outskirts of Palmyra. Photograph: Reuters

By bombing Brussels this week and Paris last November, while suffering strategic setbacks in Syria and Iraq, Islamic State is both lashing out against(...)

File photo taken in March 2014 shows Syrian policeman patrols the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, 215 kilometres northeast of Damascus. Photograph: Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images

Syrian government forces, backed by Russian air strikes, have pushed into the ancient town of Palmyra, which has been held by the Islamic State group (...)

A file photo shows the  ancient oasis city of Palmyra, which Syrian government backed forces are on the verge of recovering from Islamic State, according to local media. Photograph: Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images.

Forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad backed by Russian airstrikes are fighting Islamic State militants close to the historic city of Palmyra, a campaign th(...)

File photograph of the ancient city of Tadmur, in Syria. Islamic State is said to be advancing on the Unesco World Heritage site. File photograph: Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images

The Syrian army is battling Islamic State militants just one or two kilometres from the ancient city of Tadmur, home to a Unesco world heritage site, (...)

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