Islamic State

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People walk on rubble of damaged buildings after an airstrike in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria. Photograph: Reuters

The defeat of Islamic State’s territorial caliphate in Iraq and Syria has plunged Syria into fresh conflicts involving local and external forces form(...)

Salah Abdeslam sits surrounded by Belgian special police officers in the courtroom at the Palais de Justice courthouse in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Salah Abdeslam was taken from his cell in Fleury-Mérogis prison, south of Paris, before 4am on Monday, to be transported by road to the Palais de Just(...)

Afghan security forces inspect the site of an attack on British charity Save the Children’s office in Jalalabad  on Wednesday. Photograph:   Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images

Gunmen stormed an office of the Save the Children aid agency in Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad on Wednesday and battled security forces all d(...)

Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan chairs a security meeting in Ankara on Tuesday. Photograph: Kayhan Ozer/presidential palace via Reuters

Turkey seeks to avoid any clash with US, Russian or Syrian forces but will take any steps needed for its security, a Turkish minister said on Tuesday(...)

Hassan Bal, who was born in the UK but came to Ireland when he was 12 and holds Irish citizenship, spoke only to confirm his identity and his guilty pleas to both charges.

A 26-year-old man has been remanded in custody after he pleaded guilty to providing funding for terrorist grouping Islamic State and attempting to col(...)

A mosque in the Egyptian town of Bir al-Abed, North Sinai, photographed a day after a  bombing and shooting attack, for which Islamic State was held to be responsible, killed more than 300 people on November 24th, 2017. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Three brothers from the dusty Gaza border town of Rafah paid smugglers to spirit them through underground tunnels across the border into Egypt. There (...)

Displaced people from a village in southern Idlib head on the Damascus-Aleppo motorway towards the northern part of the rebel-held province on January 5th. Photograph: Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey called on Russia and Iran on Wednesday to pressure Syrian authorities to halt a military offensive in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province, which(...)

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad (in camouflage) with Russian president Vladimir Putin and defence minister Sergei Shoigu (both suited) visiting an  air base in Latakia Province, Syria, on  December 11. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik

Russian president Vladimir Putin’s visit to his country’s Khmeimim air base in Syria should have been no surprise. Putin has repeatedly declared his i(...)

 French president Emmanuel Macron: France has sold €12 billion in weapons to Saudi Arabia over the past decade, and €8 billion worth to Qatar. The sale of up to a dozen more Rafale fighter jets may be announced in Doha. Photograph:  Charles Platiau/EPA

French president Emmanuel Macron will travel to Algiers on Wednesday, then fly on to the Qatari capital Doha. The two countries are at opposite ends o(...)

Prime minister and vice-president of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, meets  French president Emmanuel Macron in Dubai today. Photograph: Dubai Media Office/Reuters

French president Emmanuel Macron has claimed victory over the Islamic State terror group, two years after the attacks in Paris in which 130 people wer(...)

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