Abu Al Baghdadi

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Isis fighters in a propaganda video: The jihadi group staged at least 566 attacks in Iraq in the first three months of this year. Photograph:  Al-Furqan Media/AFP via Getty Images

Islamic State terrorists have ramped up attacks in Iraq, forcing government troops to step up counter-insurgency operations just as western members of(...)

Khalaf and Barnu Al-Hadedi with their grandson in their living room in the Al-Nabi Younis neighbourhood  of Mosul. Photograph: Lorraine Mallinder

Not many outside Iraq will have heard of Rifat Chadirji. The father of modern Iraqi architecture died in London last month, after contracting coronavi(...)

Forensic officers at the scene on Monday of the terror attack on Streatham High Road in th London. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

British prime minister Boris Johnson will set out tougher rules on releasing people convicted of terrorism offences after an Islamist attacker injure(...)

A poster of Iranian military commander Qassem Suleimani worn by  a Houthi supporter at a rally in Saada, Yemen to denounce  the US killing.  The writing on the poster reads: ‘God is the Greatest, Death to America, Death to Israel, Curse on the Jews, Victory to Islam.’ Photograph: Naif Rahma/Reuters

“Ladies and gentlemen, we got him.” I can still remember the exultant tone of Paul Bremer, the American governor of post-invasion Iraq, as he announc(...)

This was the year of Nancy Pelosi, whose decision finally to bow to internal Democratic Party pressure and pursue Trump for abuse of power over his dealings with Ukraine led to only the third impeachment of a president in US history. Pelosi, reinvigorated as House Speaker, marshalled the process with poise and a keen political antenna. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

In this age of technological revolution and economic globalisation, it is often taken as given that human agency has been eroded, if not swept away, b(...)

A boy waits with his mother as they queue with others for humanitarian and medical help after leaving Baghouz, the last stronghold of Isis, in Deir Al Zor, Syria, in March, 2019. File photograph: Rodi Said/Reuters

The death in October of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State, in a raid led by United States special forces, made headlines in 2019. On t(...)

US president Donald Trump: 2019 will ultimately be remembered as the year that led to the mercurial businessman becoming only the third president in US history to be impeached. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Twenty-nineteen may be remembered as the year when the United States and the world became inured to the presidency of Donald Trump, the mercurial(...)

Suspected members of Islamic State in a prison run by Kurdish-led forces in Syria. Ivor Prickett/New York Times

The Pentagon has said that the US withdrawal of troops from northern Syria has enabled Islamic State to revive and fortify and pose a fresh threat to(...)

US president Donald Trump at the Economic Club in New York. Photograph: Demetrius Freeman/Bloomberg

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet US president Donald Trump in the White House on Wednesday, in the first face-to-face meeting between (...)

Baghdadi had risen from obscurity to lead the ultra-hardline group and declare himself ‘caliph’ of all Muslims. Photograph: Al-Furqan media via AP

Turkey captured the sister of dead Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Monday in the northern Syrian town of Azaz, a senior Turkish official (...)

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