An Islamic State fighter fires a weapon in this still image taken from a video said to be taken on the outskirts of Palmyra, Syria,  and uploaded on March 21st, 2016 by an agency affiliated to the  Islamic State terror group. Photograph: Reuters

Islamic State is carrying out a rising number of kidnappings, killings and bombings in Iraq and fighting fiercely in Syria as the extremist group retu(...)

Mountjoy Prison: All transfers  to Ireland of Irish people in prison abroad have been on hold since 2016. Photograph: Eric Luke

New legislation will be required to overcome a legal issue which is preventing nearly 30 Irish people in prison abroad from serving their sentences he(...)

Iraqi Kurds wave flags and chant slogans during a protest outside the US consulate in Irbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, on October 21st. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Kurdish authorities in Iraq offered on Wednesday to put an independence drive on hold, stepping up efforts to resolve a crisis in relations with Bagh(...)

Displaced Iraqi Kurds people fleeing violence in the northern Kirkuk province take shelter in an unfinished housing project in Irbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on Thuraday. Photograph: Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images

About 100,000 Kurds have fled the Kirkuk region for fear of persecution since Iraqi armed forces retook disputed territory after a Kurdish independenc(...)

Iraqi armoured units are seen heading for the town of Tal Afar, the main remaining Islamic State stronghold in the northern part of the country. Photograph: AFP

Iraqi forces have pushed into the outskirts of one of the last Islamic State-held areas in the country – the northwestern city of Tal Afar. The opera(...)

Soldiers gather in Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, on July 6th, to celebrate the test launch of North Korea’s first intercontinental ballistic missile two days earlier. Photograph: Jon Chol Jin/AP

North Korea’s threat on Thursday to test-fire ballistic missiles soon near the US territory of Guam deepened the challenge confronting the Trump admin(...)

Shi’ite militiamen in al-Mazraa,  Iraq. While Iran has built up militias to fight  Islamic State in Iraq, it has also mobilised an army of Shi’ite Iraqi men to fight on its behalf in Syria. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/New York Times

Iran and Iraq signed an agreement on Sunday to step up military co-operation and the fight against “terrorism and extremism”, Iranian media reported, (...)

Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service troops rest  beside the ruins of Grand al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul after it was retaken from Islamic State on Thursday. Photograph: Erik De Castro/Reuters

After eight months of grinding urban warfare, Iraqi government troops on Thursday captured the ruined mosque in Mosul from where Islamic State proclai(...)

A pet dove of a member of Iraqi forces  inside an armoured fighting vehicle at the frontline in the Old City in west Mosul, Iraq, on Tuesday. Photograph:  /Erik De Castro/Reuters

Iraqi forces on Tuesday pushed towards the river side of Mosul’s Old City, their key target in the eight-month campaign to capture Islamic State’s de(...)

The al-Hadba minaret of  the Grand al-Nuri Mosque is seen through a  window in the Old City of Mosul on June 1st. Photograph: Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters

The leaning al-Habda minaret that has towered over Mosul for 850 years lay in ruins on Thursday, demolished by retreating Islamic State militants, bu(...)

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