Abu Al Baghdadi

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Syrian families waiting to register at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon. Mr Trump’s order puts an indefinite hold on a programme resettling Syrian refugees. Photograph: Hassan Ammar/AP

Radical groups have celebrated Trump’s ban on entry into the US of citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, arguing the bans demonstrate the US(...)

The truck involved in the fatal attack on a Christmas market in Berlin earlier this month is prepared for removal afterwards.  File photograph: Bernd Von Jutrczenka/EPA

A Polish truck driver whose hijacked vehicle was used to crash into a Berlin Christmas market was shot in the head several hours before the attack and(...)

Paris public prosecutor  Francois Molins giving a press conference on Friday  following the arrest of a group of suspected extremists who he said were preparing an attack in the Paris area. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

Five men arrested this week in France were planning a terror attack as early as next week and were receiving their orders from an Islamic State group (...)

Smoke rises during clashes between Peshmerga forces and Islamic State militants in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, in  Iraq. Photograph: Azad Lashkari/Reuters

Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces stormed an Islamic State-held town northeast of Mosul on Monday, trying to clear a pocket of militants outside the city(...)

People displaced by the fighting around Mosul  at Al-Khazer refugee camp, east of the Iraqi city, on Friday. Photograph: Thaier Al-Sudaini/Reuters

Iraqi special forces said they recaptured six districts of eastern Mosul on Friday, expanding the army’s foothold in the Islamic State bastion a day a(...)

This file image made from video posted on a militant website Saturday, July 5th, 2014, purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq during his first public appearance. File photograph:  AP

With Iraqi troops battling inside Islamic State’s Iraqi bastion of Mosul, the militants’ leader told his followers to fight to the death in what he sa(...)

Iraqi federal police forces launch a rocket during clashes with Islamic State militants south of Mosul. Photograph: Reuters

The Iraqi army was trying on Thursday to reach a town south of Mosul where Islamic State has reportedly executed dozens of people to deter the populat(...)

People displaced by the fighting near Mosul pass a checkpoint in Qayyara, 50km south of Mosul. The combat ahead is likely to get more deadly as 1.5 million residents remain in Mosul. Photograph: Marko Drobnjakovic/AP

Islamic State fighters have kept up their fierce defence of the southern approaches to Mosul, which has held up Iraqi troops on the southern front an(...)

 A Kurdish Peshmerga soldier relaxes in Bartella, a village  recaptured from Islamic State during the battle to retake Mosul, on Tuesday. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Residents of Mosul said Islamic State was using civilians as human shields as Iraqi and Kurdish forces captured outlying villages in their advance on (...)

Peshmerga forces leaving a base as they take part in an operation to liberate several villages from the control of the so-called Islamic State militant group southeast of Mosul, Iraq. File photograph: Andrea Dicenzo/EPA

Columns of Iraqi and Kurdish forces backed by US-led air strikes have slowly advanced on Mosul from several directions, launching a long-awaited opera(...)

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