Al Qaida

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Saddam Hussein and Tony Blair: By the time Blair visited George W Bush at his estate in Crawford, Texas, in April 2002, British thinking about Iraq had hardened. Intelligence chiefs told Blair that Saddam could not be removed without an invasion but that Iraq must disarm or be disarmed.

The language of Sir John Chilcot’s report is cool and restrained but its import is devastatingly clear, for Tony Blair, his cabinet colleagues and Bri(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry,   Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov  and UN and Arab League envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura    meet in Vienna. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

World and regional powers have agreed to try and turn a fragile truce in Syria into a comprehensive ceasefire. Meeting in Vienna, the global powers h(...)

The neighbourhood in Paris that was home to Reda Hame, a French citizen who, according to interrogation records, was trained by Islamic State to strike in Europe. Hame was arrested in August 2015, before he could strike. Photograph: Pierre Terdjman/The New York Times

The day he left Syria with instructions to carry out a terrorist attack in France, Reda Hame (29), a computer technician from Paris, had been a membe(...)

An injured person is rescued  close to Paris’s Bataclan concert hall on the night of November 13th, 2015: the attackers, sent by the Islamic State’s external operations wing, were well-versed in a range of terrorism tactics such as suicide vests, gunmen in various locations and hostage-taking a report shows. Photograph: Miguel Medinamiguel Medina/AFP/Getty

Investigators found crates’ worth of disposable cellphones, used and discarded after being meticulously scoured of email data. All around Paris, they (...)

A man helps a wounded child after heavily armed gunmen opened fire on March 13th at a hotel in the Ivory Coast beach resort of Grand-Bassam. At least 18 people were killed when heavily-armed gunmen opened fire, leaving bodies strewn on the beach. Photograph: Sia-Kambou/AFP/Getty Images

Only a few years after French troops broke up its desert stronghold and scattered its fighters into the dunes, al-Qaeda’s branch in West Africa has r(...)

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad: “If we negotiate, it does not mean that we stop fighting terrorism”. Photograph: Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images

Bashar al-Assad has dealt a swift blow to international efforts to secure a ceasefire, deliver aid and promote a negotiated solution to the war in Sy(...)

Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir  and US Secretary of State John Kerry: there has been a decades-long relationship between the spy services of Saudi Arabia and the United States. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AFP/Getty Images

When President Barack Obama secretly authorised the Central Intelligence Agency to begin arming Syria’s embattled rebels in 2013, the spy agency knew (...)

 African Union officers on patrol in Somalia: the attack happened near the Kenyan border. Photograph: Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic extremist rebels have attacked a base for African Union troops in southwestern Somalia, with dozens of Kenyan soldiers reported to be killed. (...)

A file image  of Donald Trump speaking at a rally. The SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi websites, said Al-Qaida’s branch in Somalia posted a video  of Trump calling for a ‘total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States’ in a recruitment video aimed at African-American youth. Photograph: AP

A video by al-Shabab, al-Qaida’s Somalia branch, criticizes racism in America and features footage of Donald Trump announcing a plan to bar Muslims f(...)

Iraqi Yazidi people fleeing IS in August 2014. More than a thousand women and girls were kidnapped. Younger girls were shared out among fighters, older women murdered. One mass grave held the bodies of around 80 women, all apparently over the age of 40.  (Adam Ferguson/The New York Times)

Kurdish forces announced last Friday that they had driven Islamic State out of Sinjar, a town of some 40,000 citizens on the Syria-Iraq border which h(...)

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