Islamic State

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 Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif looks on during a meeting with Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, in Moscow in December. File photograph: Evgenia Novozhenina/Reuters

Iran’s ballistic missile strikes on two Iraqi bases hosting US and Nato troops are intended to convey messages to adversaries, Iraq, and allies and to(...)

General Hussein Yazdanpanah points to the area where he and his troops were ambushed by Islamic State in 2014. Photograph: Lorraine Mallinder

Gen Hussein Yazdanpanah is sipping tea in a leafy shelter atop the arid, pine-dotted hills of Iraqi Kurdistan, gesturing southwards to Kirkuk province(...)

Lisa Smith leaves  a  Turkish Airlines plane  at Dublin Airport  with a pink blanket over her head. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Islamic State supporter Lisa Smith, who was arrested at Dublin Airport on Sunday on her arrival from Turkey, could face up to seven years in prison if(...)

Dutch lawyer Andre Seebregts  arrives at the courthouse in The Hague, on November 1st, 2019, to assist 23 women who are blocked at a refugee camp in northern Syria. Photograph: Koen Van Weel/ANP/AFP

In an indication of the quandary facing many EU countries, the Dutch government has said it will appeal against a court ruling that it must make “all (...)

US president Donald Trump  and Gen Mark Milley: Gen Milley seeks to counter damage caused by Mr Trump’s “we’re keeping the oil” tweet.  Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Syria continues to suffer from contradictory external interventions which create confusion and prolong the eight-year war. While US president Donald (...)

Late Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in an undated image. The death of Al-Baghdadi will undoubtedly weaken Islamic State in important respects. Photograph: US department of defense/Reuters

The announcement by US president Donald Trump that the leader of Islamic State – or Isis – Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, had killed himself in the course of a(...)

Namo, the barber at Mr Erbil’s club for young gents. Photograph: Lorraine Mallinder

In the heart of Erbil, capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan region, Rawa Ali and Ahmed Nauzad are discussing good grooming and gentlemanly deportment. The capp(...)

Naveen Rasho (25): was enslaved by Islamic State for five years and then detained by Kurdish forces along with her captor’s wives. Photograph: Lorraine Mallinder

As a captive of the Islamic State terror group, Naveen Rasho endured nearly five years of hell. She was in Baghuz, Syria, when the caliphate fell, and(...)

Gulistan Hawas Saado  with her son Ahmad. “In history nobody has ever been a friend to the Kurdish people.” Photograph: Lorraine Mallinder

Gulistan Hawas Saado is sitting on the concrete bricks outside her tent, cradling her sleeping son. She arrived in Iraq’s Kurdistan region last Thursd(...)

Kurdish protesters in front of the United Nations Building in Beirut, Lebanon, on Friday, demonstrating against the ongoing Turkish military operation in Northern Syria against Kurdish forces. Photograph: Wael Hamzeh/EPA

Syria’s hobbled and harried Kurds have provided Ankara with two pretexts for invading northeast Syria. Syria’s Kurds, numbering up to 2.5 million, ar(...)

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