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Peshmerga fighters at Mosul Dam in northern Iraq, which Iraqi and Kurdish forces recaptured with the help of US air strikes. Photograph: Reuters/Youssef Boudlal

For weeks, Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, has watched United States military engagement in Iraq with quiet unease: Democrats and Republicans warily b(...)

US secretary of defence Chuck Hagel and Gen Martin Dempsey at the Pentagon. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images.

After months of delay the Pentagon has declared that the Islamic State (also referred to as Isis) must be confronted in Syria, its main base, as well (...)

Kurdish peshmerga troops participate in an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants in Makhmur. Photograph: Reuters

The crisis gripping Iraq escalated rapidly in the past 48 hours with a re-energised Islamic State – formerly Isis – storming new towns in the north an(...)

An Israeli mobile artillery unit firing towards the Gaza Strip yesterday. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Qatar and Turkey continue to play a role in the search for a ceasefire in Gaza, despite yesterday’s breakdown just a few hours into what was to have b(...)

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