US president Donald Trump: ‘Sometimes it’s time to come back home, and we’re thinking about that very seriously.’ Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

The White House on Wednesday said the US fight against Islamic State in Syria is “coming to a rapid end” as Donald Trump reportedly agreed to keep tro(...)

 Civilians flee  as Iraqi soldiers evacuate  wounded people  after  a mortar believed to have been  fired by Islamic State fighters struck  the al-Oraibi district of western Mosul, Iraq,  June 3rd, 2017. Photograph: Ahmed Jalil/EPA

Dozens of dead bodies of civilians killed while fleeing an Islamic State-held neighbourhood in Mosul were lying on Saturday in a street close to the f(...)

Iraqi forces’ BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles, supported by the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) paramilitaries, advance towards the village of Sheikh Younis, south of Mosul, on Sunday,  after the offensive to retake the western side of the city from Islamic State began. Photograph: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

Iraqi forces have launched a long-awaited offensive to retake west Mosul, making cautious advances towards the city’s airport ahead of a push into hea(...)

David Hayes intended on taking up arms in the fight against Islamic State. Photograph: Adrian Butler

A Limerick man who attempted to travel to Iraq to fight the Islamic State (Isis) was detained by airport security in London before his flight was due(...)

Steve Aiken, now an Ulster Unionist MLA for South Antrim, was a commander in the British Royal Navy and was involved in the planning for the invasion of Iraq. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Two Northern Ireland politicians who served at senior level in the Iraq war have spoken of their continuing profound feelings of dismay that Britain b(...)

Civilians who fled their homes due to clashes on the outskirts of Falluja gather in the town of Garma, Iraq, on Monday. Photograph: Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

At least 20,000 children remain inside the besieged city of Falluja, Islamic State’s stronghold near Baghdad, facing the risk of forced recruitment in(...)

People fleeing Islamic State fighters in Mosul last June arrive at a checkpoint in Irbil, in northern Iraq. Photograph: Kamal Akrayi/EPA

Iraq’s national security adviser Falah Fayadh was in Washington struggling to arrange delivery of US fighter jets to aid the country’s fight against a(...)

A resident of Tabqa city touring the streets on a motorcycle waves an Islamist flag in celebration after Islamic State militants took over Tabqa air base, in nearby Raqqa city August 24, 2014. Islamic State militants stormed the air base in northeast Syria on Sunday, capturing most of it from government forces after days of fighting over the strategic location, a witness and a monitoring group said. Fighting raged inside the walls of the Tabqa air base, the Syrian army's last foothold in an area otherwise controlled by IS, which has seized large areas of Syria and Iraq. REUTERS/Stringer   (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

A few months ago few in the West had heard of Isis, the Sunni militants known at different times as Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and as Islamic (...)