Abu Al Baghdadi

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Omar Mateen carried out an attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando in the early hours of Sunday, killing 49 people. File photograph: Myspace/AP

US investigators have questioned the wife of the gunman who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, the FBI said on Wednesday, and a law enfor(...)

People pray near a makeshift memorial for the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting outside of Orlando Regional Medical Center Orlando, Florida, USA, 14th June 2016. Photograph: John Taggart/EPA

US investigators have questioned the wife of the gunman who killed 49 people at an Orlando gay nightclub on Sunday, the FBI said on Wednesday, and a l(...)

A vehicle burns as forces aligned with Libya’s new unity government advance on the eastern and southern outskirts of the Islamic State stronghold of Sirte, in a still image taken from video on June 9th, 2016. Photograph: Reuters TV

Islamic State (Isis) militants are retreating from their main bastion in Libya, as militiamen allied to a UN-brokered government pushed into the centr(...)

  Iraqi security forces detain dozens of men from  Fallujah  for interrogation on suspicion of belonging to Isis during a military operation  to take back the city. Photograph:  EPA

Territorial losses in both Syria and Iraq are driving Islamic State (Isis) to lash out with suicide and car bombings targeting mainly Shias in Baghdad(...)

Life in a war zone: wounded children at a clinic in Douma. Photograph: Abd Doumany/AFP/Getty

Few war reporters have described the sights, sounds and smells of war as vividly as Janine di Giovanni, whose new book, The Morning They Came for Us: (...)

British  prime minister David Cameron addresses  a World Economic Forum event in London focusing on Britain’s EU referendum. Photograph:  Facundo Arrizabalaga/Reuters

David Cameron has suggested Islamic State would be happy if the UK votes to leave the European Union on June 23th. Answering questions after deliveri(...)

Masked Palestinian Hamas militants watch the televised speech of US President Barack Obama in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip in 2009. AP Photo/Eyad Baba

The horrendous last five years in the Middle East started with joy at the fall of dictators in Tunis and Cairo. Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali’s flight to (...)

According to  Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, eight of the Dutch fighters are reported to have been “executed” in Maadan last Friday, after being accused of “attempted desertion and mutiny”. Photograph: Reuters/Stringer

Families of Dutch jihadists in Syria are desperately trying to verify reports that eight fighters from the Netherlands have been executed by the Isla(...)

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and US ambassador to France Jane Hartley, pay tribute to the victims of November 13th terror attacks in Paris, at the Place de la Republique. Photograph: Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images

The French writer and statesman André Malraux allegedly predicted that “the 21st century will be a century of religion or it will not be at all.” Th(...)

Members of Iraq’s elite counter-terrorism service use military vehicles to patrol  Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province,  after Iraqi forces recaptured it from the Islamic State  jihadist group this week. Photograph: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State theologians have issued an extremely detailed ruling on when “owners” of women enslaved by the extremist group can have sex with them, i(...)

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